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Can We Just Get Back to Smiling Normally for Pictures?

June 12, 2017

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Is personal dignity in photographs mortally wounded?  First it was the weird fake gang-like hand signs (or signs that have crass sexual meanings); then it was the ridiculous kissy-face expression which has spawned numerous references to “whores of the Internet,” or “duckfaces.”  It seems that this pose is widely mocked and reviled, but that hasn’t […]

Happy New Year… Happy BUSY New Year!

January 2, 2017

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Well, 2016 was an incredibly busy year for Lila.  Starting last January, Lila got involved with about 40-60 hours per month of collaborating with management at a local nonprofit.  The work is by turns fun, frustrating, and interesting, and Lila learns something new with practically every new project she has worked on in the past […]

Dear Aggressively Hypersensitive Victims, Shaming Others Does Not Help Your Cause

April 25, 2016

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I’m tired of aggressively hypersensitive victims acting as if the whole world has to stop and change the way they live, laugh, and relate. Saturday Night Live is not exactly known as a bastion of gentle humor.  It is crass and stupid and cutting and spot-on and hilarious and fun.  So, it should not have surprised […]

Easter Pondering: I Don’t Understand God as Martyr

March 28, 2016

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I readily confess that I am agnostic in the true Greek sense of the word, “not knowing.”  Thus I shall remain, I suspect, because I just can’t get my head around many articles of faith.  This, despite a Catholic-school upbringing and scholarly study of the Bible. With Easter just past, my mind once again ponders […]

Easter Special: The Art of Ukrainian Pysanky

March 21, 2016

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Tired of the same old boring Easter Eggs?  Check out the art of Ukrainian Pysanky at Ann Morasch’s site, LearnPysanky.com.  This is the best website I have yet seen explaining how to make these elaborate decorations, with a great FAQ section for all of your questions. Pysanky are not like our boring, yet generally edible, […]

Can We Just Get Back to Smiling Normally for Pictures?

February 15, 2016

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Lila is swamped with a consulting project, believe it or not.  Meanwhile, enjoy this repeat rant from February of 2014! Is personal dignity in photographs mortally wounded?  First it was the weird fake gang-like hand signs (or signs that have crass sexual meanings); then it was the ridiculous kissy-face expression which has spawned numerous references […]

Wonderful Wool – and Other Old Things

November 30, 2015

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The holiday season is upon us!  May you stay safe in your forays into the shopping chaos. I’d like to make a suggestion for this year: buy old stuff. I started pondering this with the arrival of the cold weather last year. It happens that I have my parents’ wool blankets that they bought way […]

Lila’s Best Jacket for Cold, Wet Weather

March 6, 2015

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Last year, we moved a bit farther south on the Eastern Seaboard, and this has brought us a bit of a change in the weather. Oh, we have had our snow and single-digit temperatures this winter, but that is not normal for the area. Usually, if it’s cold enough to snow, then it will be […]

Friggatriskaidekaphobia

February 13, 2015

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It’s a mouthful for sure, this fear of Friday the 13th.  And it can be serious business, at least for those so affected by it that it disrupts their lives, or for those who provide the treatments for this phobia, whether that is serious psychological counseling or more lighthearted programs designed to help people reason […]

10-4, Driver: CB Radios Still Have Their Uses

February 9, 2015

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Many years ago, when cell phones were still as big as your head and probably cost as much as your car, my husband and I were reassigned from one coast of the US to the other coast.  We decided to drive our two vehicles in our own mini-convoy, and bought two CB radios for this […]

Pondering Things Beyond the Earth

December 29, 2014

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It’s Lila’s last post of 2014… time for a little pondering about big things beyond the Earth (mainly because we are probably all pretty tired of hearing about all the human-inflicted calamities on our little planet this year). The news this year has been full of all kinds of space-related stuff: humanity has managed to […]

What Is Forgiveness, and Is It Always a Good Thing?

December 26, 2014

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for-give verb : to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong) : to stop blaming (someone) : to stop requiring payment of (money that is owed) To err is human; to forgive, divine. – Alexander Pope The other day, I ran across some kind of holiday sermon on the radio. The speaker […]

Wonderful Wool – and Other Old Things

November 28, 2014

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Happy Black Friday, all, and may you stay safe in your forays into the shopping chaos. I’d like to make a suggestion for this year: buy old stuff. I started pondering this with the arrival of the cold weather. It happens that I have my parents’ wool blankets that they bought way back in the […]

Is There Really Such a Thing as the Evil Twin?

September 29, 2014

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Lila has known several sets of twins over the years. Last weekend, I had occasion to renew the acquaintance of a set I have known for several decades now. Nothing has changed: one twin is kindhearted and thoughtful, and the other is… well… kind of a jerk. How could twins be so different from each […]

Moving Hiatus! Meanwhile, Back to…. The Unpretentious Elitist

August 22, 2014

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All, the big week is here!  Lila and Hubby are busy packing, boxing, driving, unpacking, unboxing, and hopefully not killing each other in the process.  At the end of it all we should… I hope… have our new dream home all set up and running smoothly.  As Lila’s computer is somewhere in between here and […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Living Your Life With Passion – The Holstee Manifesto

July 16, 2014

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By Joan Larsen   Each year in my home,we celebrate a day that is private only to us. This year it began in early morning. A long thin wrapped gift lay on the dining table. On top, the heavy cream-colored envelope said only “My Love”. The note paper was heavy. My husband obviously had spent […]

A Lila-Pause

June 20, 2014

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My more alert readers (more alert than I, to be sure), may have noticed my tardiness this Friday. Lila has been moving furniture all day in 95-degree heat (ah, yes, that is a story in itself), leaving her presently in a form very similar to a limp dishrag. Time for a Lila-Pause! Which reminds me:  […]

Grampa on a Gold Chain: No Thanks

April 11, 2014

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If you opt to keep your loved ones’ ashes close to your heart, what will eventually happen to them when you die?   There have always been some folks who kept their loved ones’ ashes enshrined in fancy urns on the fireplace mantel. Then there was the hair jewelry of the 19th century. Now, we […]

Can We Just Get Back to Smiling Normally for Pictures?

February 10, 2014

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Is personal dignity in photographs mortally wounded?  First it was the weird fake gang-like hand signs (or signs that have crass sexual meanings); then it was the ridiculous kissy-face expression which has spawned numerous references to “whores of the Internet,” or “duckfaces.”  It seems that this pose is widely mocked and reviled, but that hasn’t […]

Friggatriskaidekaphobia

September 13, 2013

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It’s a mouthful for sure, this fear of Friday the 13th.  And it can be serious business, at least for those so affected by it that it disrupts their lives, or for those who provide the treatments for this phobia, whether that is serious psychological counseling or more lighthearted programs designed to help people reason […]

The Cicadas are Here!

May 13, 2013

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We East Coast residents have been hearing the warnings for some days now:  a brood of 17-year cicadas (Magicicadas) is due to arrive at any moment!   Prepare to be overwhelmed! Well, Saturday afternoon I saw the first heralds of the brood, at least the ones who have been lurking beneath Lila’s lawn for nearly two […]

D.C.’s Unique “Slugging”: Carpooling With Random Strangers

April 5, 2013

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It’s something in between organized hitchhiking and anonymous carpooling, but strangely, it works. I recently ran across a CNBC story lamenting the fact that even as gas prices spike, more people prefer to drive alone.  This should “make you scratch your head,” writes Philip LeBeau. Not really!  When Hubby and I were first assigned to […]

The Cornucopia Ditch

January 7, 2013

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We live on a well-traveled rural corner, or at least, as rural as one can get in busy Northern Virginia.  Okay, it’s more like an island of less-developed land amid the crush of pavement and strip malls everywhere else, and we do see the effects of the commuters passing through. The traffic doesn’t bother me […]

Merry Christmas to All

December 25, 2012

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Everyone – Many thanks to you for visiting my blog and reading and commenting on the content here, and special thanks to those who have made such fantastic contributions to the site – things I could never have written myself – Joan Larsen, Mike Firesmith, Luanne Keifer, Jeannot Kensinger, and Lauriate Roly.  May everyone enjoy […]

NORAD Tracking Santa Today!

December 24, 2012

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Happy Christmas Eve to all, and if you’re concerned about Santa’s schedule, NORAD can help you out! NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command), a joint US-Canadian organization, has a lot of experience in this activity:  they’ve been tracking Santa’s sleigh since 1955, when a typo in an ad for children to phone Santa directly […]

Thoughts from Lulu: How Do We Compromise?

November 16, 2012

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By Luanne Keifer How do we compromise?  That question has rattled around in my brain since the election.  Is it ethics, pride, stubbornness, or the influences of our upbringing that debilitate our ability to not only listen but compromise? I sat laughing when John Boehner informed his fellow Republicans that not everyone looks like you […]

Stay Alert, Stay Alive – and Keep Your Kids Alive Too

October 2, 2012

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Last night at dinner, my friend and I were discussing the dangers of smartphones.  We have all seen the funny video of the woman forging obliviously ahead, head down, straight into the fountain.  Maybe you saw the one about the young woman who walked into a work zone and fell down an open manhole.  Or […]

Mike Firesmith: I Fought the Lawn and the Lawn Won

September 7, 2012

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By Mike Firesmith At seven this morning I was in the yard tossing some limbs and tree debris into a pile while waiting for the sun to get up.  Back in June I could have been mowing already but the sun has only begun to brighten the sky. It’s 74 degrees, humid, and muggy. This […]

If You Leave Your Dog For Dead on Top of a Mountain, Should You Get Her Back?

August 30, 2012

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Before you read any farther, yes, the dog is fine.  That was my first concern so I thought I’d get it out of the way for you right up front.  But while this is one of those stories that warms the heart of an animal-lover, it also just makes you want to scream. Here’s the […]

Sally Ride, First US Woman in Space

July 24, 2012

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Dr. Sally Ride, first US woman in space, has passed away at the young age of 61, just three days after the 43rd anniversary of the first moon landing.  She was a real role model for women everywhere:  bright, educated, brave, adventurous, and fully capable of achieving great things on her own merits. Dr. Ride […]

So Women Are Out-Scoring Men on IQ Tests: Why, and Does It Matter?

July 18, 2012

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Doug Barry has a humorous aside in Jezebel, pondering why it is that women have recently been out-performing men on IQ tests, whereas in the past, women have scored about five points lower than men, on average. I think the reason is obvious: social progress in women’s equality, coupled with increased access to education.  Can […]