Survival Under Atomic Attack

My formative years occurred during the tail end of the Cold War, so in addition to earthquake drills (since we lived on a fault line), we also had frequent “nuclear” drills. These drills consisted of exercises like “Duck and Cover” (we climbed under our desks and covered our heads), or “Basement Shelter Drills” (we formed […]

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The 7 Stages of Heat in the Southwest

Arizona is a land of extremities. After all, we have an environment that is actively trying to kill you. Each year, Phoenicians experience what I like to call, the 7 stages of heat grief. They look a little like this…   February – Stage 1: Shock and Denial   This usually occurs in February. We’ll […]

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My worst injuries include cow skulls and walking

I’m the clumsiest person you’ll ever meet. Some of this is due to a lack of equilibrium from chronic ear infections and a malformed ear canal.  But most of it is due to not paying attention. Ironically, I’ve spent most of my life engaged in very dangerous activities that range from breaking mustangs to racing […]

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UFOs (and Earth as a no-fly zone)

This morning, my husband and I were having one of our complex discussions about life and naturally the topic turned from square watermelons to life on other planets. (This is how a conversation typically goes when a Sagittarius marries an Aquarius). At any rate, I thought I would share it with you (purely for entertainment […]

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Of Vampires and Dentistry

There are only two things I fear in this world: vampires and dentists. Yesterday, I lost a filling in one of my molars, which is the absolute worst tooth for me to lose a filling because I have severe TMJ and having someone work that far back in my mouth is going to result in […]

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Fast Zombies and Our Daily Walk

My husband and I have been trying to commit to getting a little healthier. This means that we’re starting with a healthier diet, which entails adding a vegetable in my husband’s view. Luckily, my view means a little more than that, but since he does all the cooking, I have to guilt him into cooking […]

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