Month: October 2004

  • Fall pumpkins

    Last October I tagged along as the grandchildren wandered straw strewn paths between rows of pumpkins perusing for the perfect one to use at a barbecue party that evening. All around pre-schoolers hefted pumpkins – the bigger, the better – as the proprietor perched, ready to pounce to prevent any possible pumpkin plop. Pumpkins chosen,…

  • Ms. Downsized

    It was a sad, if brief, story on the Associate Press wire about Ms. Downsize, the perfect employee. For years Downsize faithfully served the No Longer Great Department Store in Richmond, Va. She began her career with NLGD as a model showing off the changing fashions of the seasons. She was there every day and…

  • Wife swap reality show

    Reality shows are not my thing … usually. I abhorred even the title of ABC’s newest show, “Wife Swap.” But, I happened to be flipping through the channels when the premier began and it caught my attention. I ended up watching the obsessive-compulsive house cleaner swap places with a woman who had no idea where…

  • Used or experienced

    The grandkids have spoken their minds again – their mother reports. It all began with a sibling rivalry fray according to a recent e-mail: During a quiet moment in the van with the three children, Ginger, the oldest, spoke up from the backseat. “Mom, do you know what?” “What?” “Guess,” she said. (I hate it…