The Rebirth of the Poo House Blog

The Rebirth of the Poo House Blog

I’m dating a 49 year-old-man who has never been married.  He’s funny and strong and kind. He doesn’t seem to have many troublesome habits. I imagine myself to be still reasonably attractive, particularly in dim light, and what are a few wrinkles (okay, more than a few) in comparison to my wise, witty, experienced, mature, undemanding personality? I know how to grill stuffed game hens and make donuts. I have less than twelve pairs of shoes, not counting the ones I don't wear....

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The Difference Between "Horse and "House"

The Difference Between "Horse and "House"

I spend most of my waking hours struggling with words and the many means we have nowadays of putting our words “out there.” Sometimes I make very bad mistakes with words. My latest very bad mistake was assuming that, having been involved for many years in the buying and selling of horses, I could, similarly, buy and sell a house. I mean, there is only the difference of an “r” and a “u”....

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The New Tax Codes and a $10 Stapler

The New Tax Codes and a $10 Stapler

Our world is needlessly complicated. Honestly. I just spent five days trying to decipher HTML code to unscramble a digital file, fraught with errors. I could only allow myself to peck carefully at the weird strings of symbols because I had made several copies of this horrible file and scattered them around my virtual desktop. I’d open one now and then, just to be certain my tinkering hadn’t mysteriously migrated, and that I could always revert back to the original mess....

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Cheesy Goodness

Cheesy Goodness

I was once assigned to write a feature article on an osteoporosis treatment that involved repairing crumbled vertebrae with injectable cement. I went to the hospital to watch this procedure one morning and was given, to my surprise and trepidation, a full set of surgical scrubs. Somewhere in the midst of the resulting article, I corrupted the popular saying You are what you eat by substituting for “eat” the word “wear”....

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Many Hats Disclaimer: The Channel 19 Interview

Many Hats Disclaimer: The Channel 19 Interview

Stephanie's Heroes aired in spring of 2012 for Channel 19It was my first time on television, other than two brief appearances—one five years ago, one 30-some-odd years ago. In the more recent one, I had driven my pickup (Moby Dick, the Great White Truck) out to get horse bedding and was asked what I thought of the skyrocketing price of gasoline. I made a brilliant, insightful comment about how expensive it is to drive a three-quarter ton truck and pulled away from the gas station praying fervently the interview would not be aired....

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The Unfortunate Demise of Common Courtesy

The Unfortunate Demise of Common Courtesy

I have a question for anyone who cares to comment: Why, in your opinion, are people just plain rude sometimes? I don’t mean mindless rudeness, which is plenty annoying—loud cell phone conversations in coffee bars, leaving drips of catsup on the table in a self-service restaurant, cutting off another driver in traffic, and the like.  I have a new coaster for my coffee mug these days. It’s a ticket I got for parking, legally I thought, in a hospital parking deck. The deck, tucked amid a labyrinth of distracting construction scaffolding, walkways and orange cones, is a visitor lot. And I was a visitor, attending a meeting there....

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