Category Archives: Humor

Free Signed Books! Mothers Day Giveaway

With first book 1

In honor of Mother’s Day, coming up on May 11, 2014, I will select two blog subscribers at random and send them a signed copy of my book, Eldercare Is Making Me Fat.

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Eldercare has earned all five-star reviews on Amazon. Readers I have met at book signings and other events say they relate to its honesty, sense of humor, and big heart. Continue reading

This Just In: Women Like a Man with Moves


Washington Post Dance GraphicThis just in from the frontiers of evolutionary biology: Women like a man with moves. And not just any moves. Women like a man who can nod his head; twist his torso; and especially, shake a leg. Actually. Shake. A. Leg.  The faster, the better, and the right one specifically. Or so reports Christopher Ingraham in the Washington Post’s Wonkblog.

These are just some of the results of a study by anthropologists, sociobiologists, and life scientists at Northumbria University, United Kingdom, and the University of Gottinghem, Germany.

The researchers wired-up nineteen men with motion sensors, asked them to dance for 30 seconds to a steady drum beat, filmed them from 12 camera angles, and converted their performances into animations featuring blank-faced, empty-crotched, naked blue avatars.

The idea was to strip the guys of any looks, cues, or socioeconomic clues–like clothing and a, um, package–that might distract female subjects from men’s actual motions. The women viewed the resulting animations and rated the dancing dummies on a standard seven-point scale from “extremely bad dancer” to “extremely good dancer.” The results were statistically sliced and diced to determine what women really want.

I could have saved  them the trouble.  Continue reading

Day Four: I’m Grateful that I’m (Almost) Over Pumpkin

Pumpkins by Richard Bowen/Used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license

Photo by Richard Bowen/Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

In case you haven’t noticed, this is pumpkin season in America. I don’t mean the big orange gourds that grow on sprawling vines. I mean the flavor, which has become ub-everywhere-iquitous from October through the first of December, when gingerbread vies for its own shot at number one.

Pumpkin Spice Latte even has a hashtag: #PSL

A piece last month on Quartz by Christopher Mims explains how Starbucks stumbled on the stuff ten years ago and examines just how badly the trend has gotten out of hand.

Although I drank so many PSLs in the early years that every Fall I developed a pumpkinish roundness to my cheeks–all four of them–I’m thankful to say I’m finally over it.

As usual, my poor husband, Herman, was the last to know. Continue reading