An Opportunity

While I didn’t watch the Oscars, I have heard all about it. Primarily about Seth MacFarlane’s song “We Saw Your Boobs.” I’m not a Seth MacFarlane fan. Not because I don’t like him, but because I just don’t watch his shows. So, I’m not a fan as I’m not familiar with his humor. However, this whole hullabaloo over his song seems like a perfect opportunity to change things. Women are sexualized by Hollywood. They always have been. Women are beautiful. We are, ladies, so let’s admit it. It’s just the way Hollywood uses women that is not okay. Personally, I’d rather see less emphasis on violence and a more wholesome approach to our bodies. How can boobs, asses, penises, and vaginas be wholesome? It all depends on the point of view. And it’s important for us to do that. Not exploit them at all. Respect them and make them less of a mystery and taboo than what we’ve got going on now. It’s all illusion. But, then, Hollywood is all about illusion. It’s best to remember that. For instance, I had dropped Lily off somewhere the other day and the crew was out prepping for an NCIS shoot. Um, that’s supposedly in Washington, D.C. So, yeah, Hollywood’s all about illusion. Photos are touched up to hide wrinkles, cellulite, blemishes, etc. So, it’s time, ladies, to take our rightful place in Hollywood. To be the directors, screenwriters, actresses, agents, managers, grips, producers, etc. that we already are and let our voices be heard. Let’s use this as an opportunity to change that which we find offensive, to bring more women...

Hieroglyph Reviews

Today, I was doing some research to update Wild Child and discovered some nice reviews of Hieroglyphs. One, I must have read as I’d left a comment, but the second one I don’t recall seeing at all. No, my main job is not as an author, but it sure is nice when you get good reviews. 🙂 All of the reviews recommended that people read my short story. 🙂 That makes me very happy. Bitten by Books review Surrounded by Books review Miz Love’s Reviews Although these are all older reviews, two of them I haven’t seen, so they are new to me....

Out in the Wilds

Thursday, Lily and I went out to Temescal Canyon again. Although it started out cold, we had a wonderful time. Again, our guide Chris Morasky was full of information. And this time we not only learned (and ate) some edible plants, we also went for a hike. Here, Chris is making an arrow shaft from a toyon bush. The small knife he carries in his belt is incredibly sharp. Although it’s hard to see, he’s holding the arrow shaft in his hands. This only took him a few minutes to make. Amazing. This is the toyon bush. The berries are edible if lightly fried/cooked. Poisonous if raw, particularly if you eat a lot of them. We tried them just to get a taste, but spit the berry out without swallowing it. Sweet and sour tasting, but really dries mouth out when raw. Very astringent. The natives cooked it lightly, and it was a very important food plant for them. Also very strong wood and used for bow and arrows. They grow very straight. Leaves are sharp/prickly edges, almost like holly. Matter of fact, these bushes populate the surrounding mountains and some believe that the first people (not the natives) who came here mistook them for holly, thus the name Hollywood. You will see this vine all over the place in Temescal Canyon. The flowers are very delicate, the fruit looks like a cucumber (hence the name), but it is poisonous. The leaves look like regular ivy leaves but are somewhat furry. So, should you see this plant in the local Santa Monica mountains and you see a cucumber on it,...

Just five minutes…

Is that too much to ask? Sometimes, I just want to be able to sit down and not have anyone bother me. I go into the bathroom. They follow me. I sit down and pick up my laptop. They ask, “What are you doing?” o.O What does it look like I’m doing? I pick up my iPhone to read my email. “What are you doing?” I just want to check my email. Is that crime? After this constant barrage of questions, I get grumpy.  The next question: “Are you tired?” No, I’m not tired. I just want a moment’s peace. Can I get a moment’s peace? Do you need me 24/7? Can I eat my meal without you expecting me to entertain you by reading to you? Or talking to you? And if you I get to eat my meal without doing all of that, can I have a few moments to just be before the barrage of questions and demands starts again? If I am alone, it’s the cats. Now that it’s cold, my lap, or my torso really as the laptop occupies the lap, my cats will climb up on my chest and across my arms. This isn’t as bad, until they start getting pissy because my arms moves a little when I type. Or they follow me around the house meowing at me. “I’m hungry,” they cry, except there’s food in their dish. I tell them that, but they say, “We don’t like that kind.” Um, too bad. It’s what you’ve go. Eat it. All I’m asking for is five minutes. Okay. Maybe I want more...

Out on the trail

Lily, my daughter, and I went hiking in Temescal Canyon last week. We were taking a nature class. (For those of you who don’t know, I homeschool my daughter.) This particular class, we learned about edible and poisonous plants, as well as a plant that’s the only known antidote to poison oak. Edible Plants: Sour Grass Chris, the instructor, started us with sour grass. It’s edible and it’s, well, sour. So sour it will make you pucker, but children love it, even Lily. She is phobic of almost anything green. One tast of sour grass, and she was hooked. Of course, introducing her to new foods food  when she’s starving helps… a lot. And tromping in the hills around in cold temps builds up an apetite. Mustard We tried this. I’m not sure why I didn’t take a picture of the mustard plant. Perhaps because I was less than enthused with the flavor. LOL Apparently, the only type of mustard I like is French’s. Curly Dock I’d heard of this one before, but I’d never seen it. It looks like immature lettuce leaves, but didn’t taste like lettuce to me. While I enjoyed the fruity, somewhat tart flavor, Lily was full of sour grass by the time we got to this one and was less than impressed. (g) It would make an interesting addition to a salad… if I could convince others in my household to eat it, too. Nasturtiums Nasturtiums aren’t native to California. While they are pretty, they are consider an invasive species, but they are edible. And after watching the kids tromp through the sour grass...