Thanksgiving Tidbits

Happy Thanksgiving! I have lots of excellent excuses for not writing very much this month, but no one wants to hear about my new job…You do? Really? Well, if you must know, I’m a “professional” proofreader now, which is fantastic, because I actually get paid to read stuff and correct all the errors I find.… Continue reading Thanksgiving Tidbits

A Letter to My Future Robot Overlords

In response to Kevin Drum’s mind-blowing article, “You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot—and Sooner Than You Think” Every once in a while, I read something that shakes me to my core, forcing me to reconsider my life and my fundamental beliefs. Kevin Drum’s series of articles about artificial intelligence, most notably, “You Will… Continue reading A Letter to My Future Robot Overlords

Growing Up in the 1980s: Things My Kids Should Know About My Childhood (Part 4)

1980s Video Games, Computer Games, Board Games, and Playground Games Previous posts in this series: Part One—a brief discussion of my favorite 1980s movies, the Reagan presidency, and Michael Jackson Part Two—a fun look back on my favorite ’80s television shows and books Part Three—a trip into my old toy chest full of ’80s treasures… Continue reading Growing Up in the 1980s: Things My Kids Should Know About My Childhood (Part 4)

Growing Up in the 1980s: Things My Kids Should Know About My Childhood (Part 3)

1980s Toys and Collectibles My whole family loves the Netflix series, Stranger Things, which is set in a small town in the early 1980s. While binge-watching Stranger Things 2 this weekend, I’ve gleefully pointed out Nancy’s Trapper Keeper, Dustin’s Three Musketeers bar in the white wrapper, and many other instances of retro product labels and… Continue reading Growing Up in the 1980s: Things My Kids Should Know About My Childhood (Part 3)

Growing Up in the 1980s: Things My Kids Should Know About My Childhood (Part 2)

My Favorite ’80s TV Shows, Music Videos, Books, and Junk Food In Part One of this series, I discussed my favorite ’80s movies, Ronald Reagan, Michael Jackson, and more. Now it’s time to reminisce about the TV shows and music videos I watched, all the junk food I ate, and all the books I read… Continue reading Growing Up in the 1980s: Things My Kids Should Know About My Childhood (Part 2)

Growing Up in the 1980s: Things My Kids Should Know About My Childhood (Part 1)

“When I was your age, Ronald Reagan was president, but Michael Jackson ruled.” My kids have never experienced life without Google, SpongeBob, Disney-Pixar movies, Blu-ray discs, DVRs, MP3s, and cellphones. They’ve never had to rewind a VHS tape, and they would never even consider picking up a dusty encyclopedia to look up information. There are… Continue reading Growing Up in the 1980s: Things My Kids Should Know About My Childhood (Part 1)

More Drabble, Less Babble

Reflections on My First Month of Blogging Hooray! My blog baby, Popcorn and Pigtails (Poppy Pig? Piggy Pop?), is one month old! Awww, she’s so cute and tiny and clueless, but sometimes she smiles at me, and I swear it isn’t gas. I am thrilled to have this itty-bitty space—a little room of my own… Continue reading More Drabble, Less Babble