Firecrackers. City-Style.

Yesterday was the Fourth of July, and while I am all for the great fireworks displays, I’m not so big on the personal noisemakers in my neighborhood. Aw no. I’m not just an old lady complaining. We’ve had firecrackers popping and banging at night in the city for weeks. I hope we’re finished. I didn’t […]

Spirits and Redecoration

I’m not seeing painting today! I am living in a house that is over 100 years old, and the previous owner just slapped some neutral paint on everything! Matte paint on walls? Seriously? “Oh well,”  he said, “I figured you would want to change to your own colors.” Yes, actually I do. But there is […]

Taking Criticism

I’m in a writing workshop where online classmates and I will “exchange papers,” and try to critique them fairly. We are all grad students, but, I swear, there is always, always, someone who tries to be the English teacher, which is ridiculous because we are all English teachers. I usually struggle to find suggestions for […]