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A comment about comments

October 21, 2011

I used to get a lot more comments here but now the comments box has been “improved,” making it look like you need to log-in or give me your email address just to say something. Let me explain, I’ve had this blog for years and I’ve never collected anyone’s email addy. If you want to say something here, just say it! Unless it’s awful, I won’t delete it.

Here’s a brief tutorial on commenting. (Yes, I admit it’s ridiculous to need to do this, but here we go.) This is what you’ll see when you click the comment link:

Boeing cockpit much? Yeah. Kind of looks like you’re creating your own blog, huh? Okay, always remember this little secret: you need to learn what to ignore.

Yup, just like dealing with a talkative three year old, or a government bureaucrat. I colored over the parts to ignore with my little pink crayon. Observe:

And you know what? You don’t even have to use your real name.

I know people are naturally shy about some of the topics I cover, but I also know that there are visitors here, a bunch every day, so if you want to jump in and say something, just know I’ve done all I can to make that happen. Hugs.


Congratulations, Katie!

January 25, 2009

If you missed it, here are some photos from last night’s Miss America Pageant.


The winner is Katie R. Stern, Miss Indiana, who has a wonderfully expressive face.


Now who doesn’t wish they were her right now? Even for a few minutes maybe?

There she is

Rest In Peace, Bettie Page

December 12, 2008


L.A. Times has the obituary.

A fascinating and complex lady, and an inspiration to me personally. Please read my review of the film Notorious Bettie Page.

What I’ve been up to for the past 11 months

December 4, 2008

Wow … was it that long since I’ve updated this bloggie? Apologies to anyone who’s been revisiting and looking here for updates. I haven’t been all that busy … really I think the word is lazy.

I did lose a LOT of weight this year which I’m very proud of. I went from something in the neighborhood of 210 down to 165, then bounced back a few pounds and I’m trying to get back to 165 again, pound by pound. Losing weight is easy if you:

  • write down everything you eat in a journal
  • read ingredients labels on everything
  • weigh and measure everything before eating
  • educate yourself on the basics of nutrition – like what protein does in your body, what cholesterol does, the different kinds of fats
  • start a schedule of regular exercise
  • join a group of people who are focused on losing weight, i.e. sparkpeople (google ’em).

Okay, that is not exactly easy, but it is possible for anyone to do. Even if you have serious emotional issues with food (which, thankfully I don’t), you can do this if you set your mind to it.

I didn’t get to go to camp this year but I did get to visit my friend Krissi in Boston on the fourth of July weekend. We went whale watching and later saw lots of fireworks from the boat. It was extremely fun.

I did other stuff too. I guess it would take another 11 months to fully catch you up on the past 11 months, but then you’d still be 11 months behind, so maybe it’s not all that important. Anyway, I promise to post again soon … like in less than an hour.

A gift from a friend

December 23, 2007

Imagine you are a little girl and every Christmas you get gifts like: men’s shirts, men’s socks, and computer books. You need the clothes because the world still isn’t ready to deal with girls like you. The computer books come in handy too, they’re very nice gifts, but gosh, sometimes a girl wants something girly. That’s just the way we are.

That’s why I was soo thrilled by the package I received from a very dear lady friend of mine. The gift was all wrapped up in gingerbread men paper and pretty red ribbons. The card, addressed to Little Miss Giselle, had a beautiful angel standing in the snow being embraced by little kids. Inside was a nice big mug covered with tulips, and peeking out of the tulips was a very mischievous looking Tinker Bell!


I can’t tell you how thrilled I was by this wonderful giftie! I want to drink everything I can out of it! Thank you, dear Mistress Juliet, for thinking of little ol me! (big huggs)

To all my dear friends and loyal readers, I wish you all the merriest of Christmases, and the happiest of New Years! Thank you for visiting my silly little blog and please know that you are all in my thoughts and in my prayers. (hugggs everybody!)

Comin Up On 10,000

October 31, 2007

You can watch in the box over in the right-hand column as the number of spam comments gradually rises to 10,000. Thank God for Akismet, otherwise I would have had to delete each of those spams manually.

I’ll be out of town so I won’t be able to catch the actual date, but the rate things are moving, it should not be too far away.

Happy Halloween, all!

Almost trashed my blog

October 7, 2007

Almost trashed my blog
It happened just the other day
It was getting kinda old
Guess it would be easier than an update
But I didn’t and I wonder why
I feel like lettin my hitcount die
Cause I feel like I owe it to someone …

I’m getting 4,000 hits a month on this thing? And I haven’t put a word here to read since … ohhh wow.

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What we see now is like the dim image in a mirror. Then, we shall see face to face …


I found out a friend of mine passed away. We haven’t been in touch in a while. She was one of those people with multiple blogs and other brilliant projects going. Gosh it’s amazing how motivated some people are!

I mean, were.

One less transgendered genius on the planet. One less friend …

Wish I could share you a photo but it’s just not done. We are not all camera hogs. In fact, many of us are quite shy.

But I will share with you a link to one of her sites. She put it together under the moniker Susan McDonald (not her real name (who uses their real name on the internet?)). is a unique site and without Susan McD to put it together, would never have been, and without her (I predict) will not continue. A great loss to anyone who’s ever tried on a pair of lacy bloomers that weren’t theirs. The site is mostly comprised of true letters that are probably 80% fantasy … but truth is relative, and if you can’t use your imagination when you send in a true letter, what’s the use?

I was privileged to have met “Nanny Susan” on several occasions and I was always impressed with her spirit of fun, her sparkling wit, her curiosity about everyone and everything that’s going on, her breadth of knowledge of history and literature and gosh, everything.

Rest well, my friend. You will be missed.

D-Day 2007

June 6, 2007

Woman Town

April 12, 2007

Would you like to move here?

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas huggs to everyone on the whole internet! I hope everyone gets what they truly want and that they can find a little peace and happiness in their lives today.

Spinner Grace put up an online Christmas tree with decorations from her little girl friends. I think it’s the prettiest tree they’ve done yet.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 

Here is one of my favorite Christmas songs, from the great old movie Meet Me In St. Louis. Judy Garland sings it at the darkest moment of the film. She is trying to cheer up her little sister, who is
heartbroken about having to leave their home town.

There’s been a lot of messages in the media lately about how we are all sick of hearing Christmas carols, how it’s the same thing year after year, and that the whole season is about shopping and materialism and the economy. I guess this resonates with the kind of Americans who prefer music from Justin Timberlake and Britney and that whole crew of slobs. I’m a little too old fashioned for that. Leave me to my Judy Garland and Johnny Mathis and Bing Crosby. Christmas carols will never die.