10 Things WNBA Fans Can Do To Share the Fun!!!

When you are at a sports bar, ask that the closest TV be tuned to a WNBA or women’s college basketball game. Wear your WNBA team gear outside the arena - it's great advertising! Organize a "Let's Go to a WNBA Game" event for your co-workers. Support girls’ basketball in your community by mentoring, coaching, fund-raising and cheering. Challenge unfair, derogatory comments about women's basketball.  Staying silent lets people think you agree. Donate extra tickets to charity or to someone who otherwise couldn't go. Tell everyone how family-friendly and fun the WNBA games are. If … [Read more...]

Don’t Pick Your Pet’s Poison

Easter brings lots of cooking and candy.  It can also bring danger to our household pets.  Too few people know that Easter Lilies are highly poisonous to cats.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website contains an excellent list of almost 400 plants that are toxic to cats and dogs, such as aloe vera and many kinds of ivy.  … [Read more...]

Stinky Documents

When we store food well past its expiration date, it starts to stink.  That bad smell reminds us to put it in the trash.  But unlike food, documents don’t send a clear and obnoxious signal when they should be thrown out.  The staggering volume of paperwork clutters our homes.  But it doesn’t have to.  The table below shows five bulky records we tend to keep past their usefulness.   DOCUMENT TYPE WHEN TO SHRED THEM Credit card bills and receipts After you check and pay each bill, unless needed for your tax return or a warranty. Bank statements At the end of each … [Read more...]

The Age of Ma’am

Article first published as The Age of Ma'am on Blogcritics. Women enter “The Age of Ma’am” at different times because The Age is not tied to a specific birthday. Instead, The Ma’am Age is similar to The Ice Age, in that it describes both an era and an environment. … [Read more...]

The Sculpture Mystery

Houses hold stories created by their inhabitants.  Sometimes the house itself contains the story’s physical record: the successively-higher pencil lines on a doorjamb showing a child’s growth; the secret hiding spot above the ceiling tile; the dusty box of letters left in a forgotten corner of the attic.  These relics provide unique connections from prior home owners to later ones. … [Read more...]

Rants from the Grocery Check-out Lane

Accept this as true: No matter which grocery check-out lane you pick, the other lanes will move faster.  So while you are waiting, why not stock up on some patience and compassion? These commodities languish on the shelves because too few people use them regularly. That frazzled check-out clerk didn’t get any sleep last night because she was taking care of a sick child. … [Read more...]

Noses Worldwide

While doing research for my recent post "Smells That Sell", I encountered an fascinating article by the Social Issues Research Centre on the scents most prized in non-Western cultures.   Fried onions, manure and rain are highly desireable odors in certain places for reasons making perfect sense in those environments. Many non-Western societies regard smell as "the emperor of the senses."  For them, noses play a central part in communications and local customs.  This sense can be so finely honed that people know who is related simply by sniffing body odors.  The article also explains how … [Read more...]

The Best Cure for a Bad Day

Happy New Year!!!  Are you still sore that I didn't get you a Christmas present?  If so, I'll try to make up by sharing my secret for curing those bad days we all have from time to time.  Even chocolate comes in second to this cure.  It's free and it works whether your awful mood is caused by anger, loneliness, frustration or sadness. When I am having one of those "Mama-said-there-would-be-days-like-this" , I head to the Animal Humane Society (AHS) in Golden Valley.   Once there, I pet cats of all colors and sizes until the blues are gone.  I often visit the dogs too, and the rabbits, and … [Read more...]

Hire this Photographer!

  Since the debut of my remodeled website, I have received tons of compliments on the great photos in the slider showcase.  Those pictures came from the talented young photographer at left, Katie Wamsley. Her portraits of people are equally impressive. I especially like the candid shots.  Besides being talented, Katie is an absolute pleasure to work with – professional, detail-oriented and amiable.  Click here to see more of her work. Then hire this woman while you can still afford her!!! … [Read more...]

Pearl and Saber Learn How to Gift-Wrap a Cat

Pearl and Saber are earning their Masters of Catness degrees through home-schooling. They decided to earn extra credits during the Christmas break in the hopes of graduating early. Saber enrolled them in a "Holiday Wrapping" course because he thought it was about hip-hop caroling.  They found out too late that it wasn't that kind of rapping. … [Read more...]

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