That New Car Redolence

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New Car

Who doesn’t get hooked on that new car smell? And who doesn’t just suck it in when they crawl into a new car – whether it’s their own or someone else’s. And on the few times I’d actually purchased or leased a new car, I’d downright suck the oxygen right out of the air every time I got in it. It’s intoxicating!

Until it finally fades away… (did I really just suck it all up like a vaccuum?) More

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The Fresh Meat Conundrum

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Bad Beef

I remember a time when street corner grocery stores existed. These were those awesome “mom and pop” places that were run by generations of a family. It was a small store stuffed with items on shelves down two aisles, and it was the place where you would do the majority of your weekly grocery shopping. The one I remember growing up with was just about a block away, and was run by our next-door neighbours: Calmareski’s. We were so close to them, they were like family to us (later, they literally became family when their youngest daughter married my mother’s cousin’s son).

(I’ll wait till you wrap your brain around that…)

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Mercury Retrograde II

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Mercury Retrograde

Well, it’s happening again. Mercury is retrograde this month, starting on the 19th, and going until June 11th. And how do I know this?

People are assholes. More

Allergies Schmallergies!

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Fuji Apples
[Note: The front row is a splash zone. In reading this, you just might get splashed with all the gushing I’m going to do. You have been warned.]

It never fails to amaze and surprise me when it happens. I go to my acupuncturist to work on an issue, and when it actually goes away like it’s supposed to, I sit dumbfounded at the reality of it. And after 9 years of experience with acupuncture, you’d think I’d be used to it by now! More

Birthday Hazards

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Lavender Roses
Let’s face it. Birthdays are hazardous to your health. Every birthday you have brings you one year closer to the grave.

They can also be stress inducers! Either we place lofty expectations on ourselves for the special day, or others put expectations on us: You have to have a party; you have to invite all your friends and family, even the people you don’t necessarily like; you have to go out and party; or, someone needs to take you out for a special dinner on the special day. More

Binge and Purge

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Binge-Watching
I know I’ve written about this once before, but its come up again and I felt the need to write more on it. You know me… I’m so transparent. If it pops into my head, it falls out of my mouth. There’s very little filter. My grade-school teachers used to tell me I had diarrhea of the mouth because I kept on talking all the time, even when it was inappropriate to be talking when I was talking… More

NJ Standardized Testing

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Standardized Testing
I keep seeing these ridiculous commercials in the Philadelphia tri-state region about standardized testing in the state of New Jersey. Mostly, it’s a bunch of parents and teachers whining and complaining about how standardized testing is the Greatest Evil this world has ever known! At least that’s what I’m getting from them. And if I’m totally off-base in my understanding, I would love for someone to let me know. More

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