Lazy Presenters

Tell me a story. A nurse stands at the lectern.  She is an oncology nurse, specializing in breast cancer.  The point of her talk is how to follow the recommended guidelines for follow-up care, but instead of dryly repeating the information on the slides, she tells stories.  For every recommendation, she tells a story of success or failure. She talks…

Writers who don’t Write

The Google Doodle pissed me off this morning.  It reminded me that one of my favorite authors will never write another word for me. Of course, Douglas Adams has a good excuse for not writing anymore: he's dead. However, there are a few writers out there who do not have that excuse.  My first case in point is…

Makes Me Mad: Fat USB Drives

And before I can even get started, I have to mention another thing that makes me mad - what to call them? Memory Stick or Thumb Drive or USB Drive or USB Flash Memory or Flash Memory Stick or Drive or ARGGGG!!!! I'm in a strange position, I think, in that the invention of these…

Makes Me Mad: Charming Old Houses

I grew up in a house built in 1885.  My parents tell me the heating bills were higher than the mortgage payments.  I loved that house for its spacious uniqueness, but I didn't have to pay those bills. After I married, my husband and I lived in a house built in the 1930s.  We struggled…

Makes Me Mad: Haters

From the Urban Dictionary: 1. hater A person that simply cannot be happy for another person's success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person. Hating, the result of being a hater, is not exactly jealousy. The hater doesn't really want to be the person he or she hates, rather the…

Nature is Yucky

I am not a fan of Mother Nature. On a beautiful September morning, my usually homebody boyfriend suggests a 'nature walk.' This is early on in our relationship, when he is far more eager to entertain me and to show off the wonders of his city. "A 'nature walk?' In Philadelphia?" is my politely curious…

A Commentary on a Comment

So I was reading through the Freshly Pressed page this morning and I read a post there called, "Letter to a girl I harassed." I don't want to link back to it, because what I am going to write about here doesn't have a lot to do with what the author was talking about. (It…

Got Time to Talk?

*cell phone rings* Me: Hi! Caller: "Hi, Jill. Are you busy?" Me: Well now, let me see... I have twenty-five people coming over for dinner in about an hour. I'm half way through cooking them a three course meal and the oven just caught fire. I have to clean the bathroom and fold three loads…

This is just a silly rant…

I really, really wish there was someone out there in the world who liked to play MMORPGs* the way I want to play them: 1) Quests only: no dungeons or raids, I just want to follow a character through the story-line of the game. 2) No PvP*: I don't want to fight real people -…

Over Complication

Why do we need to attribute symbolic meaning to the creations of extinct cultures? I have a picture of a squid, drawn by my five-year-old nephew. It is pink and squiggly but is clearly the thing that it is. Because he is a part of our current culture, and because we inherently understand the artistic thought…