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December 3, 2009

Raising Teens

Filed under: Cultural Rants, Parenting — Tags: , , , , — serena @ 3:23 pm

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: teens are God’s way of helping mothers let them go. It’s not that they are bad, it’s just that they aren’t likeable. (more…)

October 28, 2009

Strange and Unusual: Cat Fight!

Filed under: Cultural Rants — Tags: , , , — serena @ 10:29 pm

catfight450.jpg cat fight image by zboytony

It wasn’t one of those things on my bucket list, but today I got in a cat fight with a complete stranger.


October 26, 2009

Decrepit Appliances

Filed under: Married to a Miser — Tags: , , , , — serena @ 8:36 pm

The 1st in a series



Last night I dreamed that I found an extra room in my house.  I immediately began planning how to use this bonus room and how to decorate it. Then, I opened the closet and, low and behold, a brand new refrigerator.  Beautiful, tall, massive drawer space, and unstained doors. This was too good to be true.

I opened the gleaming doors — every shelf was filled to busting with beer – and not just any beer, but Keystone Light. For those of you who aren’t married to misers, this is THE cheapest beer out there. (more…)

April 28, 2009

How Lovely To Be A Woman!

Filed under: Beauty, Cultural Rants, Parenting — Tags: , , , , — serena @ 2:26 pm

Two things happened this past month that made me re-think being a woman.

 One, I watched the local grammar school performance of Bye Bye Birdie.

In one song the main character, 16 year old Kim, sings “How lovely to be a Woman,” in which she glories in her burgeoning figure, the privileges of mascara and high heels and all the perceived goodies of her passage into womanhood.

It ain’t lovely, I thought. Not one bit. You’ll get tired of the constant adjustments women have to make to (more…)

March 30, 2009

Feeling Old

Filed under: Beauty, Cultural Rants — Tags: , , — serena @ 9:50 pm


“Already?” my twenty year old niece asked.


“Yup,” I answered. “I can hardly believe it.”


We were discussing my thirteen year old and the fact that he is, well, a teen.


My niece surprised me when she said, “Wow, that makes me feel old.”


I chuckled – and it was in no ways a chuckle of delight, but one of bitterness. I had once felt “old” the way she did, and that was much, much more preferable to the “old” I feel now.



February 1, 2009

Beauty You Foul Thing

Filed under: Beauty, Cultural Rants — Tags: , , , — serena @ 3:33 pm

Cosmetic Enhancement

Beauty isn’t just everything to me, it’s everything to everyone. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking of beauty (I wrote a novel about it), and besides it being the meanest, least rewarding object of pursuit of our times, it also haunts us the same way Catherine Earnshaw haunted Heathcliff – that is, relentlessly and only because we want it to. (more…)

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