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Single Women are Families, Too

Rocky the Boxer has a new picture perfect family.   Which sucks for Rocky.   Rocky was surrendered to a shelter by his first family because “they did not have time for an energetic dog like him.”   Apparently this family is a family of Luddites who don’t know about Google; a little bit of research on the breed would have saved everyone involved heartache and aggravation.   Dogtime gives Boxers Five Stars for Energy Level, Intensity, Exercise Needs and Potential for Playfulness. Five equals the MOST. Not good if you don’t have time.   So, I guess as sad and irresponsible as it is to get and then give up a dog, at least Rocky had a second chance at finding a lifetime of love and special attention.   That is,...

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Millie and Me

Today is Millie’s birthday. She’s two years old. Yesterday was my birthday. Ha! As if I was going to tell how old I am. Besides, nobody is interested my birthday. Not even me.


Millie gets top billing today and every day. She’s a dog, after all, and dogs are better than people. They are easier to love, and they always love you back. At least eight or 10 humans didn’t love me back. But that’s a story for another day.


This is a dog tale. Like all canine chronicles, it is a story of a hero’s journey. But remember, it’s the journey that counts, not the destination.


Some dogs are born heroes. Lassie. Rin Tin Tin.


Some dogs have heroics thrust upon them. Lady. Tramp.


Some dogs have heroism buried deep within. Marley. Millie.



As Seen On TV– Or Not

69% of homicide victims on tv are single women


“What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons.” Don Draper



You’d have to be headless not to know that what we see on TV influences our attitudes and behaviors.



That’s kind of the point.



Why are soap operas called soap operas? Right. You get the picture.



How about the picture you don’t get, literally? What we don’t see on TV is just as persuasive as what we do.



The media re-enforces dominant cultural expectations. Emphasis on enforce. Common sense tells you that. So do countless studies.



Which explains the current and, hopefully, on-going focus on the lack of good role models for girls on screens small and large.



“If she can see it, she can be it.” Geena Davis

There’s No Easter Bunny Either, Charlie Brown

There's no easter bunny

    Do you remember “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and how the Peanuts gang compared treats after every house they visited? Candy, gum, pennies, and…   “I got a rock.”   I know how you feel, Charlie Brown. Except I got soap.  You were right, there is no Great Pumpkin. I found out the hard way there’s no Easter Bunny either.   Charlie Brown was a good brother. He was overjoyed when his baby sister came along, protected her when he could and let her learn lessons the hard way when necessary. I’ll stop there with the Charlie Brown comparison, before we get into the lovable loser with no charm or athletic skills.   I don’t know if this is true for every single woman but “sister” is...

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20 Reasons to Believe in the Magic of Christmas

Christmas magic


Thank goodness dogs can’t write to Santa. 


My delightful, smart, perfectly imperfect friend Cathy was on the phone with her husband, in frantic discussion: what to get her children for Christmas.


Her younger son’s letter to the chubby guy is lengthy and specific, albeit with some creative spelling. She’s a lawyer with a keen eye so she didn’t have to check it twice to see everything could be found on-line or in Toys R Us.


Her older son, however, is seven years old. He is fighting the evidence and the bigger kids to hang on to Santa one last time. He had a single item on his Christmas list.



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