Halfway between nope and yep.
Twerpette (named for my dachshund Molley, the original twerpette or "goofy girl") seeks to tweak the long nose of life with humor, affection, and gravitas. Topics include dating and relationships, faith and spirituality, language and writing, journalism, technology, arts, academe, whimsy and humanity. Cheeky and tweaky, Twerpette is rated PG13 for mature language and themes. This weblog began May 10, 2005. Copyright 2005-2016 Steve Deyo.
Salon discovered the minimalist yet acerbic cartoon Toothpaste for Dinner. You may find certain lines memorable but all quirky, like "If I had a dollar for every time I had 60 cents, I would be Canada."
I'm not too short, I'm not too tall,
This was an interesting article that covers all the bases: Resist the pressure to try to be physically perfect, since women (at least) exist who want more than physical perfection -- and ballroom dancing is one alternative to bodybuilding at the gym. However, while this is all excellent theory, it is not how the real world pans out (for the most part).
Look for a counselor's professional certification: LCSW and the like. It's important to know that any medical doctor or therapeutic counselor is qualified to address the things you need addressed. There is a Christian counseling clinic on the corner of I-10 and Corbindale. They give the Divorce Recovery seminars at Second Baptist. I'm glad you stood up to your previous counselor, who besides acting so unprofessionally, seems to have some kind of a methodological axe to grind.
Christian Fundamentalism: The doctrine that there is an absolutely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable, universe-spanning entity that is deeply and personally concerned about my sex life. -- erikc (email@example.com)
Power consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation. -- Woodrow T. Wilson
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. -- Bertrand Russell
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. -- Anne Frank
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. -- Mahatma Gandhi
I realize it may sound chauvinistic, but I think it is a fair question raised by men's frequent experience, even in the workplace: Why do men often find themselves fording a gauntlet of women discussing gynecological issues at length and in public? Do women have to listen to men discussing their urological concerns while getting themselves a cup of coffee? Your comments, experiences and suggestions are welcome.
Psycho-American: "Mr. Natural's foil is Flakey Foont, a befuddled everyman who is Crumb's most scathing -- and yet most endearing -- portrait of Middle-American cluelessness. Foont is always searching for spiritual answers from Mr. Natural, but he doesn't like what he hears. And on the rare occasions when he does, his cynical impatience or his obsessive sex drive obstructs any attempt to achieve true understanding. [...] the episodes with Foont are like low-rent zen koans [...]"
I am glad you have a sense of humor about your hopes and dreams! I think a couple that can laugh at their troubles together, can stay together.
Linda's drawings are beautiful all right! I have always known (believed) that Jesus laughed. He was fully human! I do not know where people got the idea he was so solemn all the time (he is positively catatonic in Zeffirelli's film), unless they just can't conceive of him being two things at once -- but since he was fully human and fully divine, a little thing like emotional balance would have been part of that.
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. -- Friedrich Nietzsche
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. -- Albert Einstein
Great people aren't those who are happy at times of convenience and content, but of how they are in times of catastrophy and controversy. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Great beauty, great strength, and great riches are really and truly of no great use; a right heart exceeds all. -- Benjamin Franklin
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, to live gratitude is to touch heaven. -- Johannes A. Gaertner
To the tune of "I would do anything for love," a young man demonstrates devotion to his girlfriend by a making a tampon run (complete with price check) and other sacrificial gestures; then she tries to steal a sip from his Dr Pepper and he leaves her.
The Onion 2056: "LeGuin (Jan. 3-Mar. 14)
The inevitable partisans on Fox News banter about how the media is at fault for how the war in Iraq is going badly in the field and in public opinion. Any statement of fact or opinion that seems critical of the Bush administration is taken as an attack against patriotism and a failure to support our troops. (I disagree with the liberals who say "Supporting our troops means bringing them home" before accomplishing their mission.) This is like Bill Clinton saying the press, and not his own words and actions, tainted his reputation and drew his detractors.
When the media says the administration has not yet demonstrated sufficient resolve, resources and a winning exit strategy in Iraq ... they are advocating for a coalition win! What could be more patriotic than that? They are not negating the Bush strategy (whatever the real reason for why we invaded Iraq in the first place) but calling for more in the form of a sufficient and definitive strategy. At the same time, Bush and company have had years as the ones responsible for capping the influx of foreign combatants, protecting the infrastructure, capturing and containing the insurgency and so on. Has this been done sufficiently? Using Bush's own declaration of the cessation of hostilities, it is fair to say no.
It is also fair and patriotic to discuss the subject. It is a contradiction of patriotism to blindly take the administration's assurances at face value (and for the adminsitration to tell us to do so). This is a participatory democracy, not an oligarchy where we kowtow to our leaders' wishes.
George Bush and kingmaker Karl Rove do not get to make every decision themselves. Listen. Discuss. Decide together. This is the definition of democracy.
To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; to forego even ambition when the end is gained -- who can say this is not greatness? -- William Makepeace Thackeray
Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself. -- Alan Alda
Be not angry that you cannot make another what you wish them to be; since you cannot make yourself what you wish to be. -- Thomas a Kempis
Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. -- Mother Teresa
With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice. -- Pat Benetar
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
World Wide Words has a good exploration of the probable origins of the Australian word chunder (spew or vomit).
Intellectually, I understand the premise behind decaffeinated coffee (and Diet Coke and so on); but decaf java seems blasphemous to me. I can't drink coffee "just for the taste" (which is inferior in decaf) or out of habit or addiction (hence needing to ameliorate its attendant caffeine-induced symptoms). Yes, I practice moderation when it comes to coffee, but I love how my heartbeat accelerates just by walking into a coffeehouse and smelling the fresh roast. If you are ever in St. Paul, Minnesota, by the way, visit the family javerie Jerabek's New Bohemian Coffeehouse and Bakery, up on the bluffs south of downtown. Tell them Steve sent you.
While I was editor of ComputerUser magazine, we moved to nicer corporate digs. In the pre-move briefing, building management told us the air conditioning replaced entire building's air supply "every 30 minutes." After the move (and in most other buildings where I have worked), I found the air conditioning in the men's room to be not only less robust than the halls and suites, but noxious odors remained for hours. (Ladies, you don't want to know what men do in men's rooms.) When I asked if the AC could be stepped up in what would seem to be the most important place, management said it couldn't be altered. Why is that?
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Without the usual rush today, I let Molley poke around the front yard for 10 minutes before I was to leave for work... So when I opened the door and called her to come in, she looked guiltily at me... Turned around and crept slowly in the opposite direction... Sat down... Looked guiltily (if remorsefully) at me...
Bartleby's has a good selection of searchable reference, poetry, fiction and nonfiction works, including one of my two favorite dictionaries, the American Heritage English Dictionary (AHED). (My other favorite is the OED, or Oxford English Dictionary.)
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. -- Henry David Thoreau
The saints are the sinners who keep going. -- Robert Louis Stevenson
A Puritan is a person who fears that somebody, somewhere, might be having fun -- and must be stopped. (Unknown)
There never has been, and cannot be, a good life without self-control. -- Leo Tolstoy
Perfect happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. -- Henry F. Amiel
Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is at their heels. -- Bertolt Brecht