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Category Archives: Anathema

PLAGIARISM

A awkward encounter: I have a small, relatively obscure blog that I keep primarily as a writing exercise.  Today I read a very famous website that had content on it that was shockingly similar to mine…the structure was the same, some of the phrases were vanishingly similar.  What should I do? LISTEN: I doubt very […]

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COMPUTER (INTERRUPTED)

The robots that write to me are really reaching out.  It seems in this instance I’ve stumbled across the end of a really intense conversation. They’re plotting to kill us, people. “…but he or a substitute will say the same thing when this piece of habitual cowardice has killed enough women and children. But it’s […]

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OH MAN, YOU’RE BREAKING MY HEART

An incensed reader complains: For an etiquette blog you’re (sic) advice is kind of rude.  I guess those who can’t do teach. LISTEN: First of all, you’ve misplaced your comma.  You’ve accidentally turned it upside down and used it an apostrophe. Second, you have an extra e there.  Let’s see if I can find a use […]

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IN VINO VERITAS

A complication with your complication: I have a friend who is an an open relationship.  Recently, the two of them have started sleeping with a third person who is married and cheating on his spouse.  I don’t know this new person and I don’t want to.  I am absolutely disgusted by this behavior.  I don’t […]

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WHAT CAN YOU SAY WHEN A LOVE AFFAIR IS OVER(RATED)?

An incensed inquiry: I have a friend – I wish it was just one – who takes hyperbole to an extreme.  If he goes out to a four-course meal, it was “epic”, if he likes a car, it’s “epic”, if there is a band he likes coming to town, they, and all their music, is […]

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MELOTOXIC

A disgusting salad suggestion: I despise melon – all kinds – and yet I find myself going to a dinner at a friend’s house where they will be serving a something with melon (they always do).  I can’t choke it down, and I feel terrible…what is the most polite way for me to decline a […]

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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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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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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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CHI IL BEL SOGNO

An exasperating introduction: I was at a fête last night and I was introduced to a woman who, not rudely, turned away quickly to talk to someone else she knew.  It was a fleeting introduction, like these things can be, with people swirling all around.  Anyway, at the end of the night I went to say […]

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