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61. the curse of the f-word
unveiling the feminine mystique
news - lifestyle
2.27.06 : feature column!

Women, we are a bunch of narrow-minded bitches. What’s worse, we don’t seem to care. Upon the death of Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer dragged out petty grievances 35 years old. Jennifer Baumgartner and Amy Richards think the point has been missed completely. Donna Haraway theorizes we’d be better off acting as machines, because we don’t have anything that naturally binds us together. We femmes have suffered a fatality of purpose. Let loose with the f-word these days, and many other cursed l...
62. pick on someone your own kind
caring for, and about, your pets
general - lifestyle
1.30.06 : feature column!

As a former farm girl, I have a real tender spot for animals. I like wet-nosed cows, silky soft foals and puffy bunnies. I adore mischievous ferrets, furry dogs with deep barks and playful cats. If asked to choose sides, I’m more of a cat person. Dogs are loyal, sure, but cats don’t slobber. I love the way cats narrow their eyes at you, size you up, and then take over your lap like it’s a rent-controlled unit in Manhattan. I relate to their purring, pouncing, persnickety attitude, because once...
63. how much is the fourth estate worth?
irresponsible journalism slices the have-nots from the whole
news - criticism
12.26.05 : feature column!

The front-page, above the fold headline read, “Paradise Lost: A Felon’s Wife Picks Up the Pieces of Her Luxury Life.” Hmm. The front-page subhead said, “Her Trader Husband Jailed, Mrs. Elgindy Sells Jewelry And Cuts Kids’ Therapy.” I’m...intrigued. The second front-page subhead confirmed, “Cobwebs on the Bronze Lions.” I’m all up in this now. Mary Faith Elgindy was one of three sisters, each named by their minister father for a heavenly virtue: faith, hope and charity. She lived a relati...
64. cheapity cheap cheap cheap
pecking around for spending alternatives
general - improvement
9.26.05 : feature column!

You know the feeling. You have two crisp $20s on Monday and by Friday, there's one ripped dollar left, and you have no idea where it all went. A bad pastrami on rye, stale chips and a copy of Maxim on Tuesday? Another chocha-mocha-gigante-latte Wednesday morning? Two Sapphire tonics after work Thursday? This nickel and diming adds up. I'm fairly frugal, but compared to my husband, I'm a rhinestone-wearin', gum-poppin', nouveau riche, “Show Me the Money!” lotto winner in a beeline for the ...
65. dona nobis pacem
news - discussion
8.31.05 : feature column!

I never watch daytime television. My husband, a news reporter, knows this. That’s why one Tuesday morning, he called me and said, “Turn on the television.” Then hung up. I turned it on. I saw a tall building on fire. I heard the mumbles and pontifications from talking heads not comfortable with ad-libbing. No one had an answer. Helicopter cameras from a safe distance never wavered. A friend of mine in D.C. doesn’t watch television at all. But she has one, so I called her and said, “Turn on ...
66. bob don’t mean jack
the devolution of corporate radio continues
music - criticism
6.27.05 : feature column!

Hello, it’s me. Talking about the condition of terrestrial radio again. Why? Because I’m an idiot. There’s a new sensation sweeping the nation. New York. Dallas. Chicago. Los Angeles. Seattle. Des Moines. Its name is Jack. Or perhaps Bob. The goal is to make you feel warm, fuzzy and slightly sedated with the sounds of your past. It’s a new oldies format for the 35-44 set, and like the first name implies, it’s been personalized, just for you, with 2,000 songs selected by someone else. Gone...
67. i care more than you -- see?
wearing your heart on your sleeve, chest, wherever
pop culture - criticism
5.30.05 : feature column!

Dana Reeve, widow of Christopher Reeve, recently announced that Superman-logo dog tags are available through the Christopher Reeve Foundation for a mere $10. She believes people wearing them will transmit the spirit of Christopher Reeve and the many causes for which he stood. You know what happens next, right? The Lemurs with Lisps Foundation will create dog tags stamped with the image of adorable fat-tailed lemurs reclining on a bed of scattered raisins. Women for Women Supporting Some Women...
68. this column is your free gift!
a cliché heyday in advertising
advertising - criticism
4.25.05 : feature column!

I received a solicitation the other day: “You too can write persuasive advertising copy!” Me too? And, um, who else, exactly? This direct mail piece described all the glorious riches that could be made writing, well, direct mail advertising. How there were just thousands of dollars waiting to be given to me, too, if only I'd buy this introductory course for $425, plus shipping and handling. But once I took the course, I'd be on my way to financial independence. I wanted to pluck my eyelashes...
69. what, exactly, is a good thing?
examining the ethics of society
news - sample
3.30.05 : feature column!

Hey! There's Martha Stewart with her designer ankle bracelets and a new TV show! It's a good thing! Lookie there! Kenneth Lay is dancing a soft shoe on 60 Minutes with an Alfred E. Newman-esque “What? Me Take Responsibility?” hand jive! Hoo-boy! Michael Jackson still can't find anything wrong with sleeping with non-family member pubescent boys because he wasn't in Cub Scouts when he was a youngster! Whoa nellie! America's Game has become America's Seedy Drug Den! Some days, it just seems bet...
70. ch-ch-ch-changes
embracing the rolling wheel of life
general - lifestyle
2.28.05 : feature column!

This was supposed to be a funny column. It’s cathartic to alternate the serious discussion-based fodder for more lighthearted brain flush. Kind of like slamming Pynchon followed by an Onion chaser. Invigorating for the writer, refreshing for the reader, and, really, when it comes right down to it, when I’m not thinking about me, I’m thinking about you. Besides, I feel like most of the columns I’ve written lately resemble those inspirational message/men hang gliding over the Rockies pictures pr...
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re: guns don't kill people....

A flawless piece written in record time. Awesome!

re: god for president 2012

Damn straight.

re: god for president 2012

I vote you to be God's next press secretary. Just sayin'.

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re: irrussistible

Just an incredible job capturing what Russ was about. Thank you.

re: irrussistible

Russ is smiling!

re: irrussistible

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful man gone too soon. Thank you so much for writing and sharing with us.

re: irrussistible

Not really sure that a critique here is necessary. Nice job.

re: irrussistible

Lovely. Absolutely lovely.

re: tune out to tune in

Very thought provoking and well argued, but I'm not sure this CNN junkie can break the addiction. I know I -do- feel better when I take a break from current events but can't seem to resist.

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