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Sophie's Choice: Bite your tongue

December 21, 2011

There are times in life where words fail us. A situation arises where we wish we really did have a Hollywood scriptwriter in our back pocket to save us from the ensuing social awkwardness or to offer a succinct token of encouragement or consolation to someone in need.

Speaking of Sports: It's show time for the "Pirate of the Palouse"

December 15, 2011

Picture a more manly (without the mascara and the effeminate affectation) Captain Jack Sparrow drawing up passing plays on the deck of the Good Ship Coug It.
Scurvy Husky Dogs! Air Raid Offense indeed. Stretch the field, sideline to sideline…is that Black Beard or Henry Morgan?

Sophie's Choice: How to hunt men

November 9, 2011

“There are no men around here.”
That is a complaint I hear from rural single ladies quite often. It’s not that there has been a mass disappearance of men-folk via space aliens or something akin to a gender selective Roanoke Colony. Allow me to translate: If they are not already married, or barricaded in the closet, there are no single, desirable, disease free men to date in this area.”
I know that is what that statement means because I used to be of the same mindset. Ah, me of narrow vision.

Citizen Jane: What is your labor worth?

October 26, 2011

Imagine, if when you signed on as an employee, you had a negotiation with your employer about wages. Not just incremental adjustments to what the employee is offering, but a blank slate, square-one discussion.

Sophie’s Choice: Thanks for keeping me honest

October 19, 2011

Not to sound like the philosophically waxing Grand High Poobah of 20/20 hindsight that I am, but the phrase, “pick your battles” is more applicable on a day-to-day basis than I like to acknowledge. I was forced to embrace this bit of counsel last week. Well, admittedly I didn’t so much embrace it. More like it clamped me in a bear hug and held on until I stopped struggling and screaming like a toddler pitching a fit in a toy store.

Sophie's Choice: Your John Hancock, please?

October 13, 2011

“I think the newspaper should do an investigative report on the vague so-and-so, because they vaguely did such-and-such and it’s ruined my life. I’m not signing this letter, as I am well known in this area and the so-and-so is out to get me for such-and-such and it it’s just, like, mean. Did I mention they ruined my life? Go get em’!”

Chris Cowbrough's Around the Ville

October 13, 2011

Talk about government intelligence. Yes, I am aware that is an oxymoron.
The U.S. government, with a serious shortage of cash, but no lack of chutzpah and the ability to make incredibly short¬sighted, stupid decisions totally bereft of even an iota of percep¬tible common sense infused into the equation, is apparently thinking about building a northern border fence with Canada to go with the one on the southern border with No, I Won’t Go To Mexico.
What the Peso? They don’t even play hockey in Mexico!

Sophie's Choice: How social is social networking?

October 5, 2011

Facebook has totally turned me into a stalker. No, not a stalker like Cristin KeleherI (I know where to find the frozen pizza without breaking and entering), but one of those people who really needs to cut back on the cyber connections and brush up on her human connections (that does sound a wee bit murkily unwholesome, but you get what I mean).

Let's hear it for volunteers

September 7, 2011

If I could entertain your attention for a bit, I have a story to tell.
Once upon a time there was a nurse called out for a check-up on a home health patient to see if the woman should go to the hospital. Yes, the nurse was getting paid, as this was her job, but I know very few people who would sign up to serve in the medical field for free (and I have yet to meet a rich LPN or RN, for that matter).

Sophie's Choice: I'm not a fan, but James Taylor has a point

August 29, 2011

I may risk the wrath of Baby Boomers and elitist hipster wannabe songwriters everywhere, but I have to say it, I don’t dig James Taylor’s music. Yes, I know he didn’t win five Grammy’s for nothing and his lyricism is pretty splendiferous, but how a guy manages to span a career of 40 years with songs that sound exactly the same makes me think that some lambs were sacrificed to the Dark Gods of Tuneage in order to hit the Billboard 100.

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