Tag Archive | "survival"

Day 235 — Digging Out

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


How do you know when you’ve hit bottom? This has recently become a pressing question for me. However bad things are, I’m always on guard for signs that life will get worse. Without succumbing to negativity, I find myself preparing to hit bottom, and then for the bottom to fall out and sink even further […]

Day 231 — Economic Adventure

Monday, December 14, 2009


Jelly beans have a lot in common with drugs. The next time you’re in a drugstore, look at the poster for poison drug look alikes. At my CVS in Northwest D.C., a poster near the pharmacy shows more comparisons with Good & Plenty than any other candy. But a drug doesn’t have to be poisonous […]

Day 230 — Another Tragedy

Friday, December 11, 2009


The holiday cheer in our house feels like it’s been sucked up by a vacuum. Last week, we bought a tree, and I got my two children a few small presents. What they really want for Christmas is an Xbox 360 Elite, and they’ve saved up their own money to buy one. That’s the good […]

Day 228 — Add Forgiveness to Your Gift List

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Even when life is bad, it soon chirps along like a spring-born sparrow. While the bad part of our lives don’t change at the core, we somehow manage to hone the surface to make them look okay; sometimes even great. Used car dealers are good at this. They can take a damaged car, even when […]

Day 224 — So There

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


As you know, my ex and I live together. I’m not proud of that, but however difficult it has been (unbearable, at times), it has allowed our two kids to remain in the house through very tough times for both of us. And we have no car. The family Volvo was totaled while parked on […]

Day 221 — Purse-Dialing Your Ex

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless you’re purse dialing your ex. He won’t titillate me with what he heard. I asked. And, I can’t, won’t, provide a rundown of the possible details. Purse dialing is akin to “butt dialing.” Maybe you’ve seen the commercials: Boy sits on couch with his Blackberry mobile phone […]

Day 217 — The D-List for Unemployment

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I’ve never been a big fan of comedian Kathy Griffin, but my opinion is beginning to change. Griffin stars in the The D-List, which refers to her self-proclaimed celebrity status, not her cup size. Griffin is beginning to grow on me because of her honesty with where she stands in life. She knows—and admits—that she […]

Day 208 — Pop Thoughts

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


While walking to my temp job, I passed a man in overhauls blowing leaves (n0, not with his lips) into the street along Wisconsin Avenue. Almost immediately, I had a pop thought. When he attended kindergarten and his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, do you think he said, […]

Day 203 — Comforting You

Thursday, October 29, 2009


ANN’S NOTE: Andrew Beaujon, managing editor of Washington City Paper, spoke with me yesterday and updated his blog entry, Washington Post Profile Brings Up Touchy Subject: What Claim Do Writers Have on Their Bylines? Everything south seems to provide comfort—south of the waist, south of the border and southern food. We all need a little […]

Day 198 — Analyze This

Friday, October 23, 2009


Ann’s rushing and running late—again. This time to the doctor’s office. No car. No time for a cab, or nerve to hitchhike. She hauls up her bike from the basement, dashes out the front door and swings her leg over the bike seat to catch the pedal. But, uh-oh, her fanny flies into the air […]