Monthly Archives: November 2012

Stamping out the humbug

  My grandmother hated Christmas. I didn’t realize this until several years after she passed away.  My aunt and I were talking about Christmas, and she told me that the holidays were stressful for my Nanny.  She took on the … Continue reading

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I was a Waffle House waitress

In case you are not from the South, if you are not close to the South, you have never been to the South, or you do not know a single Southerner, this is a Waffle House: These little restaurants pepper the … Continue reading

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It’s green, it’s monstrous, and it’s very unbecoming on a 40-year-old woman

  In the fourth and fifth grade, I was frenemies with a girl named Patty.  In a region heavily populated by Italians, Patty was Italian and I was not.  She had soft wavy hair, pretty dresses, and an unbroken home, and I … Continue reading

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The 5 worst songs you will ever hear

I’m not much of a music critic, in that I do not derive great pleasure in denigrating the efforts of an artist.  Any musician, after all, no matter how lowly I consider his talents, is still 100% more of a … Continue reading

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The most precious thing I’ve ever lost

It was the summer of 1997.  I had happened upon a flyer in a coffee shop for an art exhibit that would be on display  at the New Orleans Museum of Art.  The exhibit, entitled “The Helga Pictures”, contained a large … Continue reading

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