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Monthly Archives: September 2012

THE CURE FOR WHAT AILS YA

An inebriated inquiry: I have small dinners at home with some frequency – me, my partner, two close friends and then two newer friends – people we’d like to get to know and who we think everyone would get along with.  I take a great deal of care creating a new menu for each dinner, […]

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SHE BANGS

A disturbed tenant writes: I live in the middle floor of a rather large apartment complex.  The new upstairs neighbor makes so much noise – I know when you first move in you have to move stuff around and hammer nails into the wall and everything else.  But it’s been months.  And now she has rather […]

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YOU’RE IN TROUBLE, TOO

Another fragrant question: What should you do when your neighbor’s dog pees on your dog while playing? LISTEN: Give it a bath?

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STOP! IN THE NAME OF __________

Wonders a wasteful writer: My husband and I went to have dinner with an old friend at their new house.  Before dinner we were making cocktails, and she handed my husband a glass of ice, as he prefers straight liquor on the rocks.  She had filled the glass full of ice, so he went to […]

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OBBLIGATO

Silver solemnity: My best friend’s mother recently passed away, and in many ways she was like a second mother to me.  As part of her will, she left me the family silver.  Neither my best friend or his sister wanted it, so they told her to give it to me.  I’m truly grateful for this, […]

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IT’S ALL OR NOTHING NOW

Etiquette v Apathy “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.”  Hosea 8:7 I think it can be demonstrated that the greatest adversary to etiquette, to polite behavior in any […]

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LAUNDRY DAY

I totally kicked Apathy’s ass.  But I have to do laundry.

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I DREAMED A DREAM IN TIME GONE BY

A devastating story of tremendous implications: I was at a coffee shop a few days ago, in my usual morning commute mode, and I wanted to get some cream.  At the condiment station, there was a guy sort of taking up the whole space, but I’m pretty tall, so I just reached over him and […]

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BOARD

A criticized creature reports: I am finishing up a let’s call it a creative project.  I have shared it with some of my friends and the reaction has been mostly positive.  Then out of the blue at a dinner party one of my friends said it was boring!  It took me aback and I didn’t […]

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BLANK SLATE

A terrible human being asks an incredibly stupid question: Yesterday I had plans with a friend, and I inadvertently made plans with another.  As soon as I remembered, I called the second friend back, and now she’s really mad at me!  I don’t know why, because it’s not like this is the first time I’ve […]

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