Thursday, September 29, 2005

Things That Offend Islam

September 27, 2005
by Barbara J. Stock

Burger King will be withdrawing and changing the logo for its ice cream cups because, if one looks very closely and has a good imagination, the logo appeared to some Muslims to look sort of like the word Allah in Arabic if it was viewed from just the right angle. Not wanting to offend, Burger King caved in to the constantly complaining and whining Muslims who seem to find some offense in just about everything these days. One has to wonder just how many Western Muslims can even read Arabic.

The Taliban found offense in the ancient statues of Buddha in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, and blew them to bits. These Muslims also found offense in several smaller and much easier to destroy ancient clay and wood-carved statues at the same location. All of these irreplaceable pieces of history were destroyed because some Muslims found them "offensive." Should the great pyramids of Egypt be destroyed if someone finds them offensive?

The Taliban also found music, flying kites, dancing of any kind, women leaving the house without a male family member, and balloons offensive. Any woman leaving the house without being covered from head to toe was so offensive that she risked being beaten to death.

Strict Islamics find the human female body offensive and feels every woman should be covered from head to toe. Muslims will tell you that they cover their women out of modesty and respect but this simply isn't the case. Strict Islamics believe a woman is born in sin and is just one living, breathing sin that needs to be covered at all times so that the public cannot see her shame. If a woman crosses a man's path while he is praying, he must begin anew because the woman is offensive to Allah.

An incomplete list of people Islamics also seem to find offensive is: all Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, ex-Muslims, and all non-Muslims.

These days, it seems that Sunni Muslims find Shia Muslims to be offensive as well.

Also offensive is any reference to the Quran by non-Muslims that does not expound on how every word is perfect and written by God himself. Anything less than complete agreement is an offense that often carries a death sentence. Just ask Salman Rushdie, author of "Satanic Verses," who had to hide for years to stay alive, and Theo Van Gogh, who paid with his life for speaking the truth about Islam.

This past week, Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts suggested that since virtually every terrorist attack around the world has been carried out by Muslims, it might behoove us to listen in on what is being preached in American mosques. Just as a reminder, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was planned with the assistance of Muslim cleric, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, better known as the "Blind Sheik." As expected, the Council of American/Islamic Relations (CAIR) went ballistic. To no one's surprise, CAIR did not claim that Islamic governments don't eavesdrop on Christian churches. Of course, Islamics don't do that; Islamic governments just burn churches down, occasionally with the people still in them.

Strict Islamic countries find women wearing white socks sexually provocative and offensive. Pictures of humans or animals are offensive and men who shave their faces are offensive. Card playing is offensive. Girls attending school and receiving an education are also offensive. Women who vote are also offensive.

A woman daring to leave her home without permission even to rush her sick child to a doctor is offensive. Of course, female doctors are offensive so any woman requiring medical care can't receive it because all the doctors are men.

Islamics also seem to be offended by: America, Great Britain, Poland, Israel, Australia, Spain, Italy, Japan, Russia, and New Zealand, just to mention a few countries. Interestingly, Islam doesn't seem to be as offended by France or Germany.

In fairness, what Islam doesn't find offensive should be examined. Many Muslims did not find the murder of 3000 people on 9/11 offensive. Saddam Hussein, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands fellow Muslims, was not offensive. Forbidding the practice of other religions in an Islamic country is not offensive while daring to question what might be going on inside a mosque in America, is terribly offensive.

The murder of thousands of Iraqi Muslims doesn't seem to offend Islamics, as long the killing is being done by other Muslims. If an American soldier kills a Muslim trying to kill him, that is offensive. The beheading of helpless prisoners by "freedom fighters" is not offensive. Putting mass murderers in a prison camp that provides good food, allows time to pray, provides copies of the Quran and prayer rugs, gives medical and dental care, and allows Islamic clerics to provide the prisoners with religious council, is offensive.

The Quran touching the floor is offensive but urinating on or burning the Bible is not. Profiling people from Islamic countries that support terrorism is offensive but imprisoning Christians for wearing a cross is not.

Teaching people about Islam is encouraged, but teaching Christianity is a beheading offense.

Islamics are not offended when Omar Ahmad, co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, declares that it is the goal of CAIR to replace our Constitution with the Quran and is incensed if Americans are offended. After all, that is being disrespectful of the Quran. Any American who does not want the Quran replacing the Constitution and who speaks out against Islam is immediately labeled an "Islamaphobe." When Islam is involved, there is no freedom of speech.

Another thing that doesn't seem to offend many Muslims is the killing of a ten-year-old rape victim. She must have been "asking for it." The little vixen soiled the family name and was probably wearing white socks. Also not offensive is the stoning to death of women who are merely suspected of "being with a man not their husband." Hanging college students who dare to speak out against oppressive and cruel ayatollahs isn't offensive to many Muslims either.

Muslims are not offended by the age-old Islamic tradition of forcing their young daughters to marry their 60-year-old uncles. Girls as young as 12 are forced to marry their cousins and occasionally even their half-brothers. This is done to keep the family money in the family. However, this practice also produces the genetic defects caused by constant inbreeding.

What Americans should find offensive is how the media, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), CAIR, and American leftists recoil in horror if a cruel word is said about Islam as they all set about the business of destroying our own Christian-based society. As socialists and atheists slowly remove all traces of God from America, Islamics are standing ready to fill the void with Allah and Islamic law. Any American who doesn't believe that we are war with Islam isn't paying attention.

Americans need to wake up from their liberal-media and television-induced stupor. CAIR and the ACLU do not represent American culture but they are both being allowed to destroy it. That offends me. It should offend you.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Ugh! I got a cold. Or maybe it's the flu -- I can never tell the difference anyhow. When I was a kid being sick was fun. You were doted on, got to miss school and watch cartoons.

As a grown-up, you are just laying there silently cursing the $#@% teapot that has been whistling for the last 5 minutes. You fix your own tea and plop back in bed half-buried in Kleenex tissues. Then you realize it's someone's birthday tomorrow, so you have to drag yourself out of bed just to go and get a card. You don't want to look like Courtney Love checking into a rehab, so you try to put on at least some make-up and a baseball cap, because there's no energy left to fix the hair....

So, while I was at the store getting the medicine I decided to get some comfort food. No, not chocolate (I still have a couple pounds left) but a huge bag of Jalapeno and Cheddar potato chips. Jalapeno for it's well-known anti-something properties, and potatoes are vegetables, right?

I rented a movie, too. I wanted some hopelessly romantic sappy chick flick, but ended up getting A Love Song For Bobby Long. It was very touching, I even cried in the end. It made me wish I had friends like that....

A funny video about our neighbors to the North.

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Wow! I finally figured out how to post mp3 files!! Damn, I am good....
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

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Monday, September 26, 2005

Recipe for Happiness

Remember Tom Cruise's outburst during the interview on the "Today Show" that psychiatry is a pseudo-science? It prompted me to think about depression and happiness and the physical factors involved. Numerous health studies have shown that certain chemicals (like serotonin) and lack thereof are responsible for our moods. It seems like you hear about so many people who are depressed, and yet have no visible reason to be -- they are employed, have a home, good health.

I have no reason to question the medical findings, but I can't help but wonder whether chemistry is all there is to our happiness. It's sobering enough to know that I am merely a mixture of the four types of carbon molecules. But to surrender to the fact that my happiness, my hopes and aspirations are a result of a lucky chemical mixture is just....too....devoid of imagination.

Yes, there are times I feel sad for no apparent reason, and there's the whole hormone thing, and the chocolate of course. Is happiness really as simple as taking the right drug? What about music and poetry and art? Do they just enhance the chemical reaction?

Is love, too just the right cocktail of pheromones and endorphins at the right time?........

Sunday, September 25, 2005

News Alert

Coming Sep 26: - freelance journalist Kevin Sites' multimedia coverage of conflicts around the world. His bio can be found on his blog.

Scheduled Conflict Coverage

  • Afghanistan
  • Chechnya
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Israel/Palestinian Territories
  • Kashmir
  • Korean peninsula
  • Nepal
  • The Philippines
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Uganda

Another one worth reading: Michael Yon: Online Magazine
He is a writer and a former Army Special Forces soldier embedded with LTC Kurilla's 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment in Iraq. He also wrote a book "Danger Close".

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Scent of a Woman

As A Perfume

As a perfume doth remain
In the folds where it hath lain,
So the thought of you, remaining
Deeply folded in my brain,
Will not leave me: all things leave me:
You remain.

Other thoughts may come and go,
Other moments I may know
That shall waft me, in their going,
As a breath blown to and fro,
Fragrant memories: fragrant memories
Come and go.

Only thoughts of you remain
In my heart where they have lain,
Perfumed thoughts of you, remaining,
A hid sweetness, in my brain.
Others leave me: all things leave me:
You remain.

~Arthur Symons

Who says money can't buy happiness? Ok, maybe not happiness, but the smell of it. So, I got a new perfume, adding to my collection of dainty little bottles two-thirds full. Ooh, but this one claims:

Be seduced by this lush and dewy floral scent. Notes of clementine, guava and hydrangea embraced by velvety magnolia and tuberose.

Uh-huh...sure....if you say so, Ms Claiborne. So, I'll smell like one of those fancy fruit baskets that busy people send to their friends. (Has anyone actually seen those baskets being opened and sampled? I always see them just sitting there all smug in the safety of their colored Saran Wrap.)

I couldn't exactly pick out the individual fruity scents, but it smelled like summer to me; perhaps it was a subconcious yet futile effort to hold on to this fleeting season....Or perhaps, something as prosaic as being bored with my old fragrance.

Invincible and inspired by the newly acquired air of "seductiveness", I set off to conquer the world of rural retailers. 2 hours and a swipe of my Visa card later I was once again a proud supporter of the US economy. I got a cute outfit which will probably be outdated by next spring, but who cares? I am armed and dangerous!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Desperate Housewives

YES!! YES!! YESSS!!!!!!
The ABC comedy/soap second season premiers this Sunday! It's another one of my guilty pleasures, just like chocolate, Kettle Chips and Guinness beer. Last season's finale tied a few loose ends, but left several unanswered questions. I am not going to give a re-cap here: true fans already know, and those who don't know - don't care.

I took one of those fun quizzes to determine which character I am closest to. I was thinking Susan -- sweet, sincere, a little goofy. Surprise, surprise -- I am a closet Gabrielle! Well, at least it wasn't Edie or Bree...yikes!

P.S. James Denton can fix my sink anytime!

Sundays on ABC, 8 pm Central :))

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

On relationships, gender and cultural differences

Woman is opaque in her very being; she stands before man not as a subject but as an object paradoxically endued with subjectivity; she takes herself simultaneously as self and as other, a contradiction that entails baffling consequences. -- Simone de Beauvoir

I have lived here my entire adult life: age 18 - present. But my attitudes and values have been shaped by two societies. I'll get straight to the point. It surprises me how many American women feel the need to prove something, to compete with men, to point out all the little differences and see them as inequality. This book I am reading now (Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver) illustrates what I have been trying to say but couldn't quite do so as precisely:

"Why would a man be scared of a woman?" Sung asked, genuinely bewildered. "It's like yin being scared by yang. Night and day. They should not compete; they should complement and fulfill each other."

I am probably going to get a lot of flak for this, but I agree! Have you noticed the recent trend in TV ads? Apparently, TV producers are being criticized for stereotyping and sexism, so men are looking more and more domesticated (emasculated, I say), and not in a flattering way. They increasingly fall into one of these categories:
1) the sensitive caring type (either a father or an asexual friend);
2) the inept bumpkin screwing up a chore;
3) ESPN-watching, beer-drinking; clueless but harmless half-wit;

Is this how our society wants to see our men? Are my daughters supposed to feel empowered by seeing a man being put down on TV? Isn't this reverse sexism?

Think about it if the roles had been reversed. Say a man comes home, sees her fumbling over a dish, rolls his eyes and takes over. There would be an outcry among all the femi-nazis and their posse because the woman is being portrayed as subservient and inadequate. Hollywood is making a shift calling all actors and actresses an "actor." What the hell? How's being gender-neutral going to prove your worth? Are queens also supposed to change their names to female kings?

Another example: a celebrity lawyer, Gloria Allred "is representing a 14-year-old girl who was suing the Boy Scouts of America for excluding girls. Allred characterized same-sex scout troops as a form of "gender apartheid." She spoke of the need to "socialize" boys to play with dolls so they could be more nurturing and less fractious."

Lastly, another thing I find curious is bringing up the subject of exclusivity and defining the transition from 'dating' to being a girlfriend/boyfriend. Being a faithful reader of Cosmopolitan, I have noticed this issue a while ago as being one of the most important questions to women in a new relationship. Where I come from, as well as many of my friends in Europe, this is a non-issue. Qu'est-ce que c'est "exclusive"? Once you become intimate, aren't you supposed to be exclusive? This is all semantics giving people a license to have casual sex while calling it 'dating'. Hmmm, relationships seem so much more complicated over here...(no wonder there are so many mental health therapists here!) But, I guess, to each his own...

Once again, I am speaking from observation and not first-hand experience. These are some big subjects that deserve a lot more attention, but I just felt like sharing my views on them. I may be completely wrong, so feel free to argue...

Monday, September 19, 2005


I don't feel like whining today despite the gloomy weather. It rained all night but the loud storm didn't wake me up. What did though, was the steady 'drip-drip' monotonous sound just outside my window. I remembered I had earplugs from going to the shooting range, but they were still in the glove box of my car. So I was lying there wide awake contemplating the newfound meaning of the phrase 'Chinese water torture." At around 4 am some moron's car alarm went off and blared for perhaps 30 seconds -- long enough for me to recall most of the profanities I know in two languages.

I spent the day running a few errands, but being lazy for the most part. One of the things I did was look at others' blogs. Each time you click on 'next blog' at the top of this page, a different blog shows up at random. Some are similar to mine -- blogs about nothing in particular, personal observations; others are dedicated to a hobby or a cause. I came across one I found rather curious -- The Sins. What makes it different is that everything the author talks about fits into these seven categories:

Pride is excessive belief in one's own abilities, also known as Vanity.
Envy is the desire for others' traits, status, abilities, or situation.
Gluttony is the desire to consume more than that which one requires.
Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.
Anger is a feeling that is directed toward some grievance.
Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain.
Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.

This very subject came up the other day during the movie Seven. Why should pride be a sin? (I am not sure that humility is necessarily a virtue.) Why isn't hate a sin? Or jealousy or indifference?

Is the main purpose of these seven sins is for the organized religion to deny us overindulgence in anything, be it food, sex, rage or material gain? It's all about control....

Sunday, September 18, 2005

20 Things You Should Do In This Lifetime

"Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for." - David Starr Jordan

There's something I have kept on my refrigerator for the past 8 years or so. It's a list of things one should do in this lifetime. Over the years it has become wrinkled and torn, bearing stains of mysterious culinary creations. I remember ripping it out of a magazine in the doctor's waiting room....

It's probably an impossible goal to attain all twenty for someone with average means, but it has served as an inspiration to live life to the full. So far, I accomplished seven or eight -- the easy ones (I put check marks next to them).

  • Visit the country your ancestors called home
  • Leave a dollar where a kid will find it
  • Lend money to a friend without expecting it back
  • Teach a class
  • Plant a tree
  • Learn to speak French (do 3 semesters count?)
  • Kiss someone passionately in public
- Fly over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter
- Have a suit made by a Saville Row tailor
- Ride in a gondola down the Grand Canal in Venice
- See the sun rise over the ruins at Machu Picchu
- Fly on the Concorde
- Stand on the Great Wall (not to be confused with eating at the “Great Wall”)
- Make your own beer (I finally bought everything for it; took me years to collect the bottles!)
- See an opera at La Scala in Milan
- Take a balloon ride over the Serengeti
- Hang up on a lawyer
- Play the Old Course at St. Andrews
- Shoot the rapids on the Snake River in Idaho
* Be happy!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Things that annoy me....

Despite being optimistic most of the time, many things annoy me to various degrees. So, instead of going on a discussion board, hijacking someone else's thread and whining, I am going to whine right here. So, I am annoyed/upset by:

- days without sunshine and cold weather in general;
- my friends being taken advantage of;
- people smoking around me;
- sneaky, insincere, hypocritical or ignorant people;
- those who just can't shut up (like anyone cares about someone's cousin's floral arrangements);
- running out of coffee and chocolate (see my post on chocolate)
- not being able to find the precise words when I speak;
- people saying things about me that are not true (slander vs regular gossip);
- my kids getting picked on;
- forgetting to tape my favorite TV show (yes, I still tape them on VHS);
- forgetting a person's name;
- those who blame everyone else but themselves;
- those without a sense of humor;
- me being too nice/naive and honest and assuming others are too;
- people who whine....haha!

Well, as my beloved instructor Sgt Sparrow always says: The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Words, words, words...

I love words. My first college major was linguistics of the Romance languages. I was hoping to some day become an Indiana Jones of comparative French, Italian and English linguistics, sitting in a dusty office muttering to myself. Or perhaps, deciphering a message inscribed on a rock in some dead tongue.

Years later I had an English professor who embodied everything you'd expect from a stuffy old maid who spent far too many hours analyzing The Beowulf. She giggled to herself while reading Chaucer out loud in class, staring in disbelief at the lackadaisical students who didn't share her excitement....

At the same time, I was completely enchanted with an art history professor who would quote the very same Chaucer. I actually told him I'd had a crush on him when I was no longer his student.

Words...they can be so powerful and mean nothing at the same time. They can elicit a long-lost memory, incite passion or inflict pain..... I have some words that are my personal favorites, and some that just make me laugh, and others that just sound cool, because English is my second language (it's up to you to figure out which are which):

- bizarre
- besmirch
- vixen
- Va va voom!
- ambiguous
- evanescent
- gigolo
- amazing
- intricate
- labrador
- dude!

There are many more, these are just the ones that come to mind immediately...Feel free to share yours.

Monday, September 12, 2005

On Shopping

I went shopping today. I decided I was going to finally succumb to the pressure of the fashion magazines and update my wardrobe. Most of my outfits are conservative enough for a school teacher, but I do own my share of what I hope are sexy clothes. I also own an innumerable amount of shoes in every color and style.

As it turns out, the eye-popping colors and the bohemian look are still very much 'in'. It's starting to grow on me a little, although I am not convinced bright-mustard and hot pink are the colors that will look good on me. The beaded fringy look is cute, but I can't help but think of the coloful bands of gypsies I remember seeing as a child. I have a psychological connection deeply rooted in my childhood which associates motley colorful clothing with sneaky nomads.

I browsed the Victoria's Secret store. I even have their card, but I have a difficult time paying $12 for 3 strings they have the audacity to call panties. I justify my cheapness by translating that into the price of 2 paperbacks, 1 CD or 4 hazelnut lattes. Their bras, on the other hand are wonderful, except for some odd reason they don't quite make me look like Heidi Klum or Tyra Banks.

Shopping used to be fun. Now I am far too selective to truly enjoy it. I have to see something and instantly like it and it rarely happens. It doesn't have to be impulsive; I just think I should really like what I own. And what I own is jeans, high heels and tight shirts.....

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Chain mail

We all get those. Most of them are annoying hoaxes. This video sums up my sentiments pretty well

I got another one this morning from a buddy's co-worker. This one, I thought is actually sweet:

Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will stay awake just to watch you sleep. Wait for the guy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in your sweats, who holds your hand in front of his friends, Wait for the one who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares about you and how lucky he is to have you. Wait for the one who turns to his friends and says, "...that's her."

Thursday, September 08, 2005


I was reading today how some stores in other states have already displayed their Christmas decorations. What the hell is wrong with these people? I still have to make my kids' Halloween costumes! I will be in Knoxville when they go trick-or-treating, but I'll tell them I will be here in spirit (ghost, specter, apparition, etc.) Boo!

Last two Halloweens I was a cat, which was really just an excuse to wear tight black pants and fake eyelashes. One house (college students) gave us Ramen noodles. The kids were not impressed, but I still thought it was nice of them to even bother opening the door and sharing one of their staples.

I've always wondered how bars manage to card patrons on Halloween -- the ones wearing costumes with masks and/or make-up. (The carding thing reminds me of the time I gave my ID to a friend. She went to a local bar (Noel's, I think) and the bouncer recognized my picture because we used to work together. He kept the ID, she got kicked out and I had to report it stolen.)

So, this Halloween I'll spend dressed in blues or BDUs, depending on the uniform of the day, and my kids are going as a Power Ranger and 2 witches. I keep thinking we should do a theme some year, like the 4 Teletubbies, or the Star Wars characters. Some day.....

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Tidbits and other useless info

During my three-year stint at a junior high teacher, I have
accumulated vast amount of useless knowledge and trivia.

This can be all found here: 
Absolutely Useless Trivia

1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
2. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it will digest itself.
3. Scissors as we know them today (well, pretty much) were invented in Rome in about 100 AD (or CE, if you want to be politically correct).
4. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
5. A raisin dropped in a fresh glass of soda will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.
6. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
7. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino.
8. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

9. During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance.
10. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

OK, ok who cares? Patience, my friends! How about facts about sex?

Minks have intercourse that lasts an average of eight hours.

Mosquitoes, which mate in the air perform a sex act that lasts only 2 seconds.

Women with a Ph.D. are twice as likely to be interested in a one-night stand than those with only a Bachelor's degree.

Australian women have sex on the first date more than women the same age in the USA and Canada.

Today, Japan leads the world in condom use. Like cosmetics, they're sold door to door, by women.

More Americans lose their virginity in June than in any other month (must be all those weddings and prom nights).

The word avocado comes from the Spanish word aguacate which is derived from the Aztec word ahuacati which means testicle.

Most turkeys and giraffes are bisexual.

The penguin only has one single orgasm in a year.

The rhinoceros has a penis about two feet long.

Seventy percent of women would rather have chocolate than sex. (Poll taken in a 1995 popular women’s magazine).

Hybristophilia is arousal derived by having sex with people who have committed crimes.

The same chemical responsible for the ecstatic highs of love and sexual attraction, phenylethylamine, is also found in chocolate. (There’s the answer now).

So, there you have it, live and learn :) Some links I found interesting:
free online magazine for men
sex stuff for women

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Theme Song

On one of the episodes of "Ally McBeal" Ally agrees to see Dr. Tracy Clark (Tracey Ullman), John Cage's therapist. Not only does Dr. Clark tell Ally to go ahead with her scheduled kickboxing match with Georgia, but she tells her to get a theme song, "something with bounce." The doctor also says "You can't stand being liked for your sex appeal and you can't stand not being liked for it."

Here's mine:

I hate the world today
You're so good to me I know that I can't change
I tried to tell you but you look at me like maybe
I'm an angel underneath; innocent and sweet
Yesterday I cried; Must've been relief to see the softer side
I can undertsand how you'd be so confused
I don't envy you; I'm a little bit of everything
all rolled into one

I'm a Bitch I'm a Lover
I'm a child I'm a Mother
I'm a sinner I'm a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I'm your hell I'm your dream
I'm nothing in between
you know you wouldn't want it any other way

So take me as I am
This might mean you'll have to be a stronger man
Rest assured that when I start to make you nervous
I'm going to extremes; Tomorrow I will change
And today won't mean a thing


Just when you think, you got me figured out
The season's already changin'
I think it's cool; you do what you do
And don't try to save me


I'm a bitch, I'm a tease
I'm a goddess of my knees
When you hurt; when you suffer
I'm your angel undercover
I'm enough; I'm revived
Can't say I'm not alive
You know I wouldn't want it any other way


(Alanis Morissette, Bitch)

Monday, September 05, 2005


I was going through some of my old junk and came across some haiku poems I've written about ten years ago entitling them "Solitude."

At dusk, the moonlight
is my only guest, stealing
through the open door.

My own reflection
greets me in the mornings when
Silence wakes me up.

I rush to the door
to answer the knocking, just
to find out it's rain.

I thought I can buy
Love. When I tried, I woke up
in an empty bed.

Why is the same Love
that made me sing yesterday
now causing me pain?

Now you break my heart
with the same quill that you once
wrote "I love you' with.

O how beautiful
she is, when she sings a song,
embroidering silk.

The smell of the scarf
that slipped of your neck in May
still makes me dizzy.

The turn of your silk
umbrella is more powerful
than a crystal ball.

Saturday, September 03, 2005


OK, most people who know me are aware of my addiction to chocolate. Do I need an excuse to eat it? Hell no! But here are some reasons anyway:

1. If you got melted chocolate all over your hands,
you're eating it too slowly.
2. Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices
and strawberries all count as fruit, so you can eat
as many as you want.

3. The problem: how to get two pounds of chocolate
home from the store in a hot car. The solution: eat
it all in the parking lot.

4. Diet tip. Eat a chocolate bar before each meal.
It'll take the edge off your appetite, and you'll
eat less.

5. If I eat equal amounts of dark and white
chocolate, is that a balanced diet?

6. Money talks. Chocolate sings.

7. Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives
make you look younger. Conclusion, you need to eat
more chocolate.

8. Put "eat chocolate" on the top of your list of
things to do today. That way you'll get one thing

9. A nice box of chocolates can provide your total
daily intake of calories in one place.

10. If you can't eat all of your chocolate, it will
keep in the freezer. But if you can't eat all your
chocolate, what's wrong with you?

11. If not for chocolate, there would be no need for
control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry
would be devastated. You can't let that happen, can
Not to mention antioxidants and endorphins!

P.S. Lastly, if you want to get on my good side......

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Disturbing Pictures

I am saving these for one of those days when my kids make me
go completely nuts!! So, come Christmas, we'll see who is naughty
and who is just plain evil.