From NY Times: “Women who said ‘No’ to Motherhood”

  https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/03/style/childfree-women.html I am so glad I clicked on this article today, because I needed it. My dad's dead, so there's no pressure from him, and my mom's not talking to me, so no pressure there, either. But there are quite a few other ladies (and some guys) who've gotten a version of the lovely … Continue reading From NY Times: “Women who said ‘No’ to Motherhood”

Blitz Q #148: Where the hell did we go so wrong with basic consideration of others (re: masks) in the U.S.A.?

It's been a doozy of a week, good and not so good stuff. I've been tired as hell and trying to get things put together and educate myself. All in all, if you asked me what the heck I actually did, I couldn't tell you much. But with more stories about infection rates spiking, restrictions … Continue reading Blitz Q #148: Where the hell did we go so wrong with basic consideration of others (re: masks) in the U.S.A.?

I don’t understand the seething hate conservatives seem to have for liberals…

I haven't been north of my house for shopping or anything else in several weeks, certainly not before the mask mandates for the whole state came down. I went to a dollar store about a mile north of my house this morning for coffee creamer (because the world ends in this place if there is … Continue reading I don’t understand the seething hate conservatives seem to have for liberals…

Q #129: Another COVID-19 question: They keep saying “make ventilators”. Okay, but who’s making gloves, gowns, & other PPE right now?

A comment from someone that I read today prompted this question. I get the need for ventilators for all the people who are coming down with the worst bits of this coronavirus. Obviously, there's a need. However, the longer this goes on, the more it feels like it's just tackling a small part of the … Continue reading Q #129: Another COVID-19 question: They keep saying “make ventilators”. Okay, but who’s making gloves, gowns, & other PPE right now?

Blitz Q #128: Mass Covid-19 testing in the U.S.: How many can we really test & how long to test everybody?

I got to thinking about this a little while ago, because the more I look, the more confused I get. I'm assuming we can't test every single person in the United States who wants one right now, which rather stinks in my opinion. In a more-perfect world, a test would be great for the 300+ … Continue reading Blitz Q #128: Mass Covid-19 testing in the U.S.: How many can we really test & how long to test everybody?

One thing I realized I’m thankful for during this virus-time: I live alone.

Considering how easily I get mind-numbingly bored (and you, dear readers, have bumped into a few of those posts), that might seem surprising. My kids, so to speak, are feathered, finned, or have paws and floppy ears. It hit me today, while people are so worried about their families and I'm doing all I can … Continue reading One thing I realized I’m thankful for during this virus-time: I live alone.

Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)

My Copy: 9780060184711 (image from bn.com) Ever since I was a little kid, and Jaws was my favorite movie (still is, actually), I've been curious about sharks and Naval ships. That began with the scene of Quint telling about the Indianapolis disaster. I don't care if I've seen it 200+ times, I will stop what … Continue reading Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)

Getting over that little thing you can’t deal with until Monday, anyway…

I wasn't supposed to work today. I covered for somebody's evening shift and said person had to open this morning, but they were still ill and getting worse. So, I came in, and it was probably the most insane Saturday I can remember. We started out with some major computer glitches that were on the … Continue reading Getting over that little thing you can’t deal with until Monday, anyway…

It is time I let retailers and banks know how much I HATE chip cards, and why.

Banks and retailers, please listen up. It's the Christmas shopping season, a time when we're supposed to be thinking about peace and good will toward men (the philosophers of Peanuts already covered this pretty well--go look it up). Doesn't stop outright greed in the form of overindulgence or theft. Especially theft. And the easiest way … Continue reading It is time I let retailers and banks know how much I HATE chip cards, and why.