The Bad-Tempered Woman

In college I wrote a paper about a play written by Menander, a Greek playwright who wrote comedies during the 3rd Century B.C. The play was called Dyskolos, translated as The Misanthrope or The Bad-Tempered Man. I thought about him this week, since I am about as bad-tempered as I generally get and trying to minimize the damage. To be fair, it’s been a pretty rocky few days. The week was kicked off with our sewer lines backing up into our basement after tree roots invaded the main sewer pipe. Spending a… Read More

Naked People Speaking

For the second time in as many months, I had to address my daughter’s school assembly last week, an audience that numbered 600+ people. That’s 1200+ eyes looking at me. It’s hard to imagine a greater hell, except if the assembly were in a mall. And I were standing near a smoothie stand whose blenders occasionally chimed in, while a small child shrieked in the background. I have never done this before – spoken in front of such a large group. In high school, I competed in speech contests and performed in… Read More

The Green Study “Worst Job I Ever Had” Contest: Honorable Mention

An Honorable Mention from The Green Study “Worst Job I Ever Had” contest goes to Rebecca at Living La Vida London for a job with some bite to it. She was sent one The Green Study Coffee Mug, a cheesy postcard from Minneapolis and I made a $25 donation to the American Red Cross on her behalf to the International Red Cross organization (IFRC). Paper Girl In  A Dog’s World by Rebecca at Living La Vida London I’ve had a fair few jobs over the years. As a student, I haven’t had the… Read More

The Green Study “Worst Job I Ever Had” Contest: Honorable Mention

An Honorable Mention from The Green Study “Worst Job I Ever Had” contest goes to Dave over at 1pointperspective for a job where the work was only slightly less humiliating than the uniform. He was sent one The Green Study Coffee Mug, a cheesy postcard from Minneapolis and I made a $25 donation to the American Red Cross on his behalf of his local Red Cross Chapter. Two Pepsis and Hold the Red-Eye by Dave at 1pointperspective Naming your worst job is not as easy as you might think.  On any given day,… Read More

The Green Study “Worst Job I Ever Had” Contest: 3rd Place

3rd Prize from The Green Study “Worst Job I Ever Had” contest goes to Bill at Pinklightsabre’s Blog for a job straight out of a Chekhov story. He will receive a Green Study Mug and a priceless postcard from Minneapolis. A $50 online donation to the American Red Cross has been made on his behalf to his local Red Cross Chapter. Ball Bearings by Bill at Pinklightsabre’s Blog My friend Dave and I were down on our luck. Smoking cigarettes, staying up late playing Dungeons & Dragons, no luck with the ladies…. Read More

I Know You Are, but What Am I?

Over the last couple of days, I’ve seen the use of the term “politically correct” numerous times in regards to the recent hosting of the Oscars. The phrase is both pejorative and overused in the sense that it is being applied against the most common of courtesies these days. I have rarely watched the Oscars, because I find them as interesting as a middle school end-of-season sports banquet. If you’re related to the recipients, I’m sure it’s delightful. I love humor and on occasion, well done raunchy humor. But that’s subjective. What… Read More

Happy Birthday, Mr. President

It has been a tradition since the Civil War for one or both houses of Congress to read George Washington’s Farewell Address on the anniversary of his birthday. I sat down last night and read it. Since I have a 3rd grader for whom every holiday is the bliss of no school, I seek to squash that joy by talking over the meaning of the day – especially since half the time, I haven’t a clue. It’s an opportunity for me to learn what I missed in social studies all those years… Read More

It’s Debatable. Or Not.

I spent the good portion yesterday arguing with myself. A few of my posts lately have brought out some strong feelings in not only myself, but readers and commenters as well. Everyone has their opinion and while most people are respectful, I hesitate before responding to some of them. The argument in my head is about the nature of debate and what to do when we disagree. When political debate happens, it is less about, as the media and pundits would have us believe, a winner or a loser. It’s about showing… Read More

You Were One of Them, Once

I try very hard to not use this blog as a vehicle for pointless ranting, but on occasion, I just have to get it out. Today I read that some airlines are now having child-free seating. I have high hopes for asshole-free seating, but the screening process may be too subjective. I’m fed up with people complaining about everything under the sun, but the vitriolic rants unleashed about children and parents alike are getting out of hand. I don’t have a natural affinity for kids. I’ll be honest. I’m fond of quiet… Read More

Dancing, Green Study-Style

I love to dance – as long as there are no witnesses. Growing up in the 80s, I was fed a steady diet of dance movies from Footloose to Flashdance to Dirty Dancing. I also have a mad fondness for Gene Kelly movies. The grace, the rhythm, the magic of movement to music – all of which I don’t possess. When I used to drink, I thought I was an awesome dancer. When I dance now, sober, I look like a drunk. Many a night was spent in Army base NCO clubs… Read More