Columns 2016

Anchorage should be proud of its police

I think it’s time to take a break from the horror of our current presidential campaign and turn inward just a bit. Because, quite frankly, once the word for a baby cat entered into the national debate in a presidential election, all hope that the campaigns would somehow get back to real issues is lost. All hope that our current presidential campaigns will not embarrass us on a global level has vanished. It’s time to turn our thoughts towards something locally that we can honestly take pride in.

Have you noticed that our Anchorage Police Department has been in three Continue reading →


I think I broke her heart

So my dear friend Elaine Mello came over on Sunday to help me figure out outfits for my European trip next month. She even brought some of her own scarves for me to try on. Poor dear lady. I can’t stand anything around my neck. It’s why you will never see me in a turtleneck or cowl neck anything. But Elaine so wanted me to understand how beautiful the right scarf could make my fairly plain clothes. Sadly, there is simply no way to truly explain to someone how even a loose scarf can feel like a hang noose tightening Continue reading →


What happened to the snow

A few weeks ago, termination dust could be seen on the mountains surrounding Anchorage. Now it’s all gone again. There was a time we watched termination dust slowly work its way down the mountains and knew when we would be next. Now… we vainly look for the mountains to have enough snow to sustain at least a small hope of a real winter. Sadly, the forecast is another one like last one… little snow, lots of rain and that oh so fun ice that forms at night on the rain wet streets.

Isn’t global warming fun? Continue reading →


Here’s how my morning started

I just spilled a whole cup of coffee over my desk, keyboard, floor and box of books that will clearly now never get sold as new. This is how my day started.

I refuse to let it end with a debate between Tiny Orange Cheeto man and the other candidate. Instead, I will watch The Big Lebowski.  I can’t have my day bookended with two tragedies. Continue reading →


Am I the only one…

Am I the only person who has a shirt or sweatshirt that is so comfortable and easy to wear but is just this side of not being wearable outside the house anymore? And do you agonize as I do when trying to decide if it’s disrespectful to wear it to coffee with friends because after all, you really can’t see the frayed parts yet?

While others focus on world peace, I focus on the concerns of everyday people. Continue reading →


Stellar Jays and me

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I have a family of Stellar Jays that have lived in trees in my backyard almost since the day I bought this house. After years of patience and putting peanuts out for them with some reliability, I’ve actually gotten them to come to my hand to take a peanut. I know this sounds silly but having that little bit of fluffy blue wildness trust me enough to come to my hand fills me with a happiness that is hard to explain. Continue reading →

Columns 2016

Fat shaming… not cool

Long before the term “fat shaming” came into vogue, I was all too well aware of what it was. I started my childhood in a store lovingly called Chubettes. When I grew too big for Chubettes, I moved up to Lane Bryant in the days before the store sold itself as modern clothing for the big sized modern woman. I got to try on clothes that had clearly been meant for my grandmother.

So yes, I know about fat shaming. Anytime I walked out of one of these stores, I wanted to hide my head in a bag. The only Continue reading →


Why isn’t he in jail?

Let’s see if I have this straight.  If you rob a bank, you go to jail. There really is little discussion about that fact. It is usually non-negotiable. Rob a bank, get caught, go to jail. This happens even if you are robbing the bank to pay for your child’s medical needs, your wife’s surgery, to put food on the table or, simply because you are greedy and want more money. Even if you don’t hurt anyone in the robbery, even if the bank is FDIC insured so no customers will lose money… even if all that is true, you Continue reading →


Now that I can breathe deeply again…

I would have written about the debate earlier but it’s taken the past few days for me to get over that much Trump in one sitting. Well, in actual fact, two seconds of that face, hair and voice and I feel like I’m already overdosed. And putting the TV on mute while he’s speaking doesn’t help. You can still see him.

I am voting the minute early voting opens here so I can cast my vote and move on with the rest of my life. Also, once I’ve voted, I will no longer feel obligated to pay that much attention Continue reading →