Tuesday, June 26, 2018

I just said a sentence that ended with

"...from Christ the Redeemer to the nuns, including the elf. Thank you."

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wonderful Deathless Ditties

Good Boy Kitty

This morning I was out on the porch having my coffee. Next door, Lili was also out on her porch having her coffee, and I saw her big gray cat saunter over and sit next to her. Lili patted his head and stroked him between his good boy ears, and good boy kitty rubbed his good boy head against her. Such a lovely, soothing and sweet sight to see on an otherwise fraught summer morning in the city; what a good boy kitty.

I don't know that gray cat's name, and that's why I say he's a good boy, because Lili also has another cat, a whitish fluffy flufferpuff whose name is "Cleo! Cleo no! Cleo, come ON. Cleo come here! Cleo what are you doing? Cleo! Cleo? Cleo. Cleo! CLEO."

Cleo don't give a fuck.

I for one am having a hard time right now, and in Cleo terms, I feel like knocking every glass off every table and peeing in your shoes. As such, I'd just like to say a sincere thanks to all the coffee, lovely neighbors, and good boy kitties out there making it possible to stay reasonably sane in Donald Trump's America.   

Sunday, June 17, 2018


You guys, this band called Kuinka (formerly Rabbit Wilde) will be at Brighton Music Hall (formerly Harpers Ferry) on Saturday night. I, Michelle DiPoala (formerly Lexi Kahn), might go.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018


“When you write from your gut 
and let the stuff stay flawed 
and don't let anybody tell you to make it better, 
it can end up looking like nothing else.”
- Louis CK

Friday, May 18, 2018


Digital "painting" on the iPad.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Everyone's doing it.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

I'm a Blogger On My Mother's Side?

We do not have your typical mother-daughter relationship, JoAnna and I, but what we lack in tradition we certainly make up for in...well I don't have a word for it yet.

Take today's realization. You guys will get a kick out of this. This is bananaballz, and how fitting a thing to randomly occur on Mother's Day.

Joe is writing some new songs in French, so I was rooting through my junk trunk looking for an X-rated French comic book that I know I have somewhere around here, when I saw my baby book.

This thing is a baby shower item for sure. It's called Through Baby's First Years with Dr. Dafoe. Inside, it's illustrated with sweet watercolor paintings of cherubic baby girls. There are empty spaces and the idea is that mom fills in the book with important dates, such as date and time of baby's arrival, first spoon feeding and so forth. There's also spaces to fill in names, like doctors, godparents, and people who came to my first birthday party. Dr. Dafoe includes useful snippets of advice and what-to-expect notes about babyhood such as nursing, first teeth, talking and playthings. In this manner, moms of the 1970s could chronicle the milestone events in a baby's first five years up to kindergarten.

JoAnna didn't fill out the whole five years. Her last page is my third birthday. That makes sense because I know what was going on with her when I was three. I'm sure it was a crazy time. On this third birthday page, the list of presents and who gave them to me is crazy. Some guy John gave me five bucks! Who the hell is John? And Benny? Benny gave me three bucks. In 1970, three bucks was like twenty bucks by today's standards. Benny, you're good people, Benny. I will make a list of my patrons, Benny, and it shall be called the Benny List.

I have no idea what happened to my book's cover, it's just a handful of yellowish bound pages. Even if it had its cover, this thing would still be a mess because it's been cut apart with scissors.

So half-finished, fading and falling apart? I'd say that's about right. Hi.

Wholly missing is every single photo that had been glued into the square spaces provided throughout the book. These empty squares have titles such as Baby At One Day, Baby at One Month, Baby's First Birthday and so forth.The photos aren't totally missing, I mean I know where they are back at my mom's house. I vaguely remember these photos. 

You guys, she wrote down when I started to brush my own teeth (two and a half) and the day I got my first haircut. There's even a swatch of my baby hair. She wrote down my first three words (Mommy, No, and Bye Bye, which is kind of too hilarious actually) and exactly when I said them.

I tell everyone that my blog is going to be 20 years old in 2020, the same year I turn 50? Well actually, as it happens, my mom started my blog for me the very day I was born. It turns out that I'm a Blogger on my mother's side.

My mother keeps on knocking me out with new things all the time. Is there nothing this woman can't do? Fer fuck's sake, you guys.

Happy Mother's Day, JoAnna,
you extraordinary superhero.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Deadline White House with Nicolle Wallace

"He is a titanic, and I mean TITANIC fraud. We have listened to this guy for many, many years in this country, on his moral high horse, assaulting the dignity of gay people, across the board. His moral preening is famous throughout the land, yet he is the most obsequious of all of Trump's cultists in the cabinet. ...We have never seen such slobbering servility by a high government official in this country than we do with Mike Pence and Donald Trump. It is amazing." - Steve Schmidt

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sometimes I Look At My Life

Michael Avenatti: ...check my bio and you will find over a billion worth of verdicts and settlements.

Me: What's the deal with this rock.
You know, if things had been different, I could totally have been the brilliant lawyer for a splendid porn star. I'm sure of it.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mitt Freakin' Romney


"You know, I think it's about envy. I think it's about class warfare."  Full story (opens in new page)

“My favorite meat is hot dog, by the way. That is my favorite meat,” Romney said. “My second favorite meat is hamburger. And, everyone says, oh, don’t you prefer steak? It’s like, I know steaks are great, but I like hot dog best, and I like hamburger next best.” Full story (opens in new page)

   Full story (opens in new page)

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Schadenfraude...on the first anniversary of The Fyre Festival Fiasco


The Fyre Festival was a music festival scheduled to take place on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma over two weekends in April and May 2017. (Wikipedia)

1934 villain (Babes in Toyland)
1986 villain (Pretty in Pink)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

Admiral Jackson: Let's All Take A Beat

About these allegations against Admiral Jackson. This is a puzzling story. I smell a rat. Something is off about this whole thing.

First of all, these salacious stories about Admiral Jackson's history of excessive drinking and rage-fueled abusive rants are just rumors, at this point. That's the word missing from this national gossip train. I'm disappointed and pissed at the media furor that's treating this like it is all fact. Maybe it'll be proven true, but does it really ring true? Have the ring of truth? Because I don't hear it. I hear a Bullshit Alarm.

You've got this guy, the White House doctor. He's career military and by all accounts an outstanding person and a terrific doctor. He's had a stellar record, he's decorated. He's been repeatedly recognized by people we trust. So what is this really about?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Peak Gen X...Blossom & Luke & Duckie & ME THIS TIME?!

I'm just happy to be in there somewhere.

This is an incredibly romantic moment, and you're ruining it for me!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Facebook? That was never a secret.

He is such an ape

Here's what landed in my email nine minutes ago (5:30pm EST). Yes I'm on the devil's email list, and I also tune in to the Hairdo McTrumpbutt shows on Fox sometimes, because never turn your back on these people. Think he's havin' a bad day? #MAGAMOTHERFUCKERS

with apologies to apes, who are actually thoughtful, intelligent creatures.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Whatever it was probably involved chocolate.

thought I made it clear about the cake balls.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Necco or Necc-no?

Being a New England girl at heart, these damn things are the most divisive thing, by and large, in my local network. Everybody either loves them or hates them with the heat of a...well...something really hot...and everybody is sure the other guys are frikkin' nuts. So deeply and forever divided a group of people! Second only to that part of Connecticut that's like half Yankee / half Red Sox fans. (Note: I am pro-Yankee, anti-Necco wafers, so I'm on your team if that's you too.)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

You Don't Know Rosie

Rosie the Riveter, and the perpetuated myth about who she was and what she stands for, is another example of "collective misconception," the phenomena known as the Mandela Effect. One group of  people repeat a thing enough times, and then enough large groups simply accept it as true and keep repeating it, that it then "becomes true." It is kind of amazing, and also terrifying.

First of All, It's Not Her

In 2015, Naomi Parker Fraley's daughter-in-law saw a picture of Ms. Fraley from when she was a factory worker, and noticed a resemblance to the woman in the iconic "We Can Do It!" poster. Suddenly Ms. Fraley "became" the "real Rosie," just because she was pictured in a chambray shirt and a head scarf, working on a factory line. By that logic, my grandma was also Rosie. So was yours if she worked in a factory during WW2.

Condolences about Naomi Parker Fraley passing today at the grand age of 96. I am sure she was a fine lady but, and with no disrespect meant, it's not her. We already know that the model for the real Rosie was a young lady named Mary Doyle Keefe. Well-known to have sat for the famous Rosie painting, Mary Doyle Keefe was a nice lady who passed at the age of 92...coincidentally, and I'm being kind here...in 2015.

...aaaaand It's Not HER, Either

 Yes, today every news organization carrying the story about the passing of Ms. Fraley is showing the iconic image and saying it is "Rosie", but no, that "We Can Do It!" image does not depict Rosie the Riveter.

So it's a double-Mandela mega-dose of wrongness. Not only was Fraley not the model for Rosie, but the woman everyone thinks is Rosie is not Rosie.

"We Can Do It" was a poster that Westinghouse used in 1943 at the factory, internally, in an effort to cut down on absenteeism. There was a lot of that kind of thing in the forties. Ask your grandma. "We Can Do It" was never intended to be about empowering women, and it sure as heck ain't our Rosie.

An artist named Howard Miller drew the "We Can Do It!" poster. Miller's factory lady doesn't have a name, nor red hair. Westinghouse doesn't even use rivets.

Another Howard Miller poster.
From the Smithsonian: 
"Artist J. Howard Miller produced this work-incentive poster for the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. Though displayed only briefly in Westinghouse factories, the poster in later year [sic] has become one of the most famous icons of World War II. 
As women were encouraged to take wartime jobs in defense industries, they became a celebrated symbol of female patriotism. But when the war ended, many industries forced women to relinquish their skilled jobs to returning veterans." 
Researcher Kelly Shanahan adds:
"This poster was commissioned by the Westinghouse electric and manufacturing company as a part of the United States effort to increase production and dedication within the warehouses. This poster was actually only posted for two weeks in February in 1943 and was never titled as Rosie the Riveter that she has become known as today. The poster was rediscovered in the 80's [sicand misinterpreted as a symbol for the feminist movement and involvement in WW2. Miller never intended for "Rosie " to last longer than her two week poster debut, however she has somehow become ingratiated into society as a symbol for those women working in WW2."

Norman Rockwell painted the real Rosie the Riveter.  

She was one of the great iconic Rockwell covers for Saturday Evening Post. He even put her name on her lunchbox, gave her greasy overalls far too big (the rolled up cuffs just kill me), and he boldly painted a copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf under her foot. Rockwell gave his Rosie unruly red hair, cheeks pinked from hard work, well-muscled forearms and a big ol' rivet gun. It's kind of a big deal.

Whole Lotta Rosie

So well received was Rockwell's May 1943 cover that he painted more "rosies" for more covers, and that is how "Rosie to the Rescue" became a hopeful and patriotic carillon call to women everywhere, and remains an iconic inspiring figure to this day – if you know where to find her. The real Rosie will always be seated smartly upon her post, on her Post, covered in grease, goggles pushed up so she can eat her lunch before going back to work. You go, real Rosie. We see you, girl. ∎
Rosie the Riveter
Norman Rockwell, 1943

Model: Mary Doyle Keefe

Further Reading (Saturday Evening Post):

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Throwback Thursday: 2016

TRUMP:....Look, Putin...

WALLACE: Wait, but...

TRUMP: ... from everything I see, has no respect for this person.

CLINTON: Well, that's because he'd rather have a puppet as president of the United States.

TRUMP: No puppet. No puppet.

CLINTON: And it's pretty clear...

TRUMP: You're the puppet!

CLINTON: It's pretty clear you won't admit...

TRUMP: No, you're the puppet.

CLINTON: ... that the Russians have engaged in cyberattacks against the United States of America, that you encouraged espionage against our people, that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do, and that you continue to get help from him, because he has a very clear favorite in this race.

So I think that this is such an unprecedented situation. We've never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election. We have 17 -- 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyberattacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin and they are designed to influence our election. I find that deeply disturbing.

WALLACE: Secretary Clinton...

CLINTON: And I think it's time you take a stand...

TRUMP: She has no idea whether it's Russia, China, or anybody else.

CLINTON: I am not quoting myself.

TRUMP: She has no idea.

CLINTON: I am quoting 17...

TRUMP: Hillary, you have no idea.

CLINTON: ... 17 intelligence -- do you doubt 17 military and civilian...

TRUMP: And our country has no idea.

CLINTON: ... agencies.

TRUMP: Yeah, I doubt it. I doubt it.

CLINTON: Well, he'd rather believe Vladimir Putin than the military and civilian intelligence professionals who are sworn to protect us. I find that just absolutely...

TRUMP: She doesn't like Putin because Putin has outsmarted her at every step of the way.

WALLACE: Mr. Trump...

TRUMP: Excuse me. Putin has outsmarted her in Syria.

WALLACE: Mr. Trump...

TRUMP: He's outsmarted her every step of the way.

WALLACE: I do get to ask some questions.

TRUMP: Yes, that's fine.

WALLACE: And I would like to ask you this direct question. The top national security officials of this country do believe that Russia has been behind these hacks. Even if you don't know for sure whether they are, do you condemn any interference by Russia in the American election?
TRUMP: By Russia or anybody else.

WALLACE: You condemn their interference?

TRUMP: Of course I condemn. Of course I -- I don't know Putin. I have no idea.

WALLACE: I'm not asking -- I'm asking do you condemn?

TRUMP: I never met Putin. This is not my best friend. But if the United States got along with Russia, wouldn't be so bad.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My New Favorite Hat

The record playing in the background is 
Love Songs for the Hearing Impaired
Dan Baird

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Phone Is Not The Problem

This week is when I try to figure out what makes sense about 
who have bought a product, 
criticizing the company that makes the product, 
because people are getting too much use out of the product they bought. 
What chapter of The Modern Capitalism Handbook deals with this?

"What Is She Talking About?"

If your kid is addicted to her iPhone, doesn't that seem like a problem that would be solved not by the iPhone's maker, but by you, their actual parents? To my ears, the crazy is busting out with this aggressive blaming, specifically of the device, and the company. In the BLOGCAST video I talk about my mom limiting my TV, but same goes true for the phone. Like when I was twelve and called all those "story lines" and then my mom got a huge big phone bill and so I was banned from the phone when she wasn't home. I certainly didn't get my own phone. I couldn't be trusted, no phone for me. Now, with this "study" that they're demanding of Apple. What do we expect the data will show, hmmmm? I'd expect the results will start off showing phone use across OX, how many hours a day, using what platforms, which apps, and it'll show the geo-locations of all these children. Here's my question: shouldn't every mom and dad already be in control of knowing all that stuff about their own actual kid's phone use, especially the fallout, which is: should they be using the phone this much? When we were kids, "the phone" was just a phone, but the approximate analog version of this whole conversation would have been, "I don't want you watching that goddamn General Hospital! And no Atari until you finish your homework! And no calling Colleen until after 7, for fuck's sake! Go outside! And stay where I can see you." Or is Apple now in charge of all that pesky stuff. "Parental controls," are you freakin' kidding me.

Further Reading

If you are concerned about the increasingly negative impact of technology (which is really no laughing matter, despite my laughing about this "Apple is ruining our kids" iPhone story) then I recommend you check out an online publication called The Technoskeptic. They take a serious look at our dependence on tech of all kinds, and what you can personally do to avoid the pitfalls of  "too much technology." There are articles and a podcast. Please donate if you can.