jury summons

This is not a cookie fortune

Back story No. 1: About eight years ago, I served on a federal jury. For two weeks our panel heard evidence in a fraud case that netted the defendant about $65 million from a rather sloppy Ponzi scheme. We took a smidge under two hours to convict. The sentence was 33 years, approximately six months…

blood donor

Thank you, may I have another

Today I thanked someone for sticking a needle in my arm and draining a vial of blood from a vein. Because of a couple of autoimmune issues, I have to endure periodic medical procedures that range from innocuous to downright torturous. On this occasion, I had to relinquish a small amount of bodily fluids to…

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

I read banned books

Each year the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of books banned, or challenged for removal, in libraries and classrooms. The main reasons for these challenges are because of parental concerns over what they consider inappropriate language, sexual content, violence, drug and alcohol use, and racism or religious intolerance. After perusing the…

train

Train wreck rubbernecking

When celebrities do something stupid, illegal, bonehead, offensive, tactless, socially unacceptable, (insert adjective du jour here) and we complain that they’re only seeking media coverage while blasting their faux pas over every available news and social media outlet ad nauseam… then the terrorists win. Perhaps… if we just ignore them. Cut off their attention whore…

It all counts

Throughout her academic career, my daughter worked exceedingly hard to earn high grades. A consummate overachiever, she maintained an A-average from elementary school through her recent master’s degree. Her education was serious business. When she was in middle school, probably around seventh grade, the scale for earning an A was a numerical score of 95-100.…

Piggy bank half full

Yesterday morning, while the rest of my house quietly slept, I sat up in bed watching CBS Sunday Morning and tended to bills and our bank account – a chore that I loath. When I know I have to access our account – checking balances, outgoing payments, incoming deposits, who’s spending how much on what…

Hermit pie

Some days I worry that I’m gradually turning into a recluse. There are weeks that I rarely leave my house, even to check the mailbox. (That perk belongs to my son). I do my fill-the-fridge shopping twice a month, and on those days I try to squeeze in all my errands. I even pay my bills…