Just Call Me Rock God

“From now on, I’ll call you Rock God, OK?”

If these words sound familiar, it’s because you have been eavesdropping on one of the many intimate conversations that people are having with… their phones. On nationwide TV.

Geez, get a room.

I don’t know… I find this faintly worrisome. Here these folks are — a couple sharing a beautiful beach, the boy wondering if he’ll get a snow day off from school, a man traveling across the country to visit his lady love, the kid who has just played a perfect set with his garage band — and who do they tell about it?

Their phones!

Is this the end of relationships as we know them?

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As If

While it’s true that no one would (or did) call me a “fashion plate,” when I was of the age to care about such things, I was usually au courant.  My style was perhaps a bit unconventional occasionally, but never over the top.  I was never one to go to extremes.

(Well, okay, maybe some of those skirts were kinda short, but that was the style of the day, right?)

Now that my style is more casual (one might call it haute comfort), I seldom see anything in the fashion world that tempts me to pull out my haute couture self for one more sashay down the runway.

Could this be the exception?

As if.

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Traveler, Beware

Do you routinely travel with your computer bag slung over one shoulder? A glance around any airport will show that many business travelers do these days. As if the whole process of air travel weren’t fraught with enough indignities, an article in today’s Boston Globe describes another, one that is new to me, thank heavens.

In her article, Laptop Seizures at Customs Cause Thorny Legal Dispute, Globe staff journalist Katie Johnston describes the plight of some travelers returning to the US after a trip outside the country. It seems that when they came though US Customs, their laptops were unceremoniously seized by Customs officials.

Writing about the experience of David House, a traveler returning to Chicago after a working vacation in Mexico, Johnston says, “They didn’t have a search warrant. They didn’t charge him with a crime. And there was nothing House could do about it.”

The government kept House’s computer for 49 days!

Sound like something you’d never expect to see here in the US? Yeah, that’s what I thought too. Seems we were wrong.

“As long as they don’t use invasive techniques such as strip searches, government agents don’t need reasonable suspicion or probable cause to seize what they want – including laptops, a 2008 appeals court ruling held,” Johnston reports.

According the the article, this seeming violation at US ports of entry of our 4th Amendment protection against unlawful search and seizure  is  what civil liberties activists are calling “Constitution-free zones.”


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And now, we pause our regular programming for some shameless bragging

Many of you “know” my daughter Lisa. It’d be hard not to if you’ve been visiting me here for long. But if you don’t, you can meet her here (The Superhero) and here (She Speaks) and here (They Walk).

(Hey, I told you it would be shameless.)

As she was working through her Master’s program (finished last year – hooray!), Lisa gained many useful skills. One of them was how to research.  The need to research for school behind her, she’s putting that skill to work today to create a road map to a healthier lifestyle, and she has a new blog to share the results of her research with us.

Lisa Rounds Healthy Living

Many of us began 2012 with a list of resolutions, and I’m betting a healthier lifestyle was on most of those lists. The journey to a healthy lifestyle is tough, especially if you’re making the trip alone.  Go check out the blog, and join Lisa on the road to a healthier life. I know she’d love it if you shared some of the highlights and roadblocks you encounter on your own journey.

Lisa’s latest series of posts is on skin care, and there is some really useful information there.

…We now return you to our regular programming.



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Remember that party?

You know, the one where you ended up doing the Funky Chicken on the pool table with a fringed lampshade on your head?  Uh-huh, that’s the one.

(Image created by Rodolfo Sampaio and Marco Martins of
Brazil’s Moma Propaganda agency for the MaxiMidia Seminars)

Gives you pause, doesn’t it?


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My Fifteen Minutes of Fame

(This is a cross-post with my other blog, PattiKen and the Muses.)

Poets United is a wonderful site for everyone who enjoys reading or writing poetry.  Its community of contributors is so talented.

Unbelievably, Poets United has given me the great honor of interviewing me for their “Life of a Poet” series. (I still have to chuckle at that. Me, a poet!)

The interview was published today, and I’m still blushing a little.  I’m a talker, as many of you might have guessed  My dad used to tell me I’d been vaccinated with a phonograph needle. After reading my interview responses, I’m thinking he was right. Oh, boy, I talked. A lot.

Alas, there goes all the mystery…

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I hope I get it; I hope I get it…

(AP Photo)

Holiday Show Auditions

Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch…


Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch…


Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch…


Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch…

Turn, turn, out, in, jump, step,

Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch…

Turn, turn, touch, down, back, step,

Pivot, step, walk, walk, walk.

Let’s do the whole combination…

From the top…

Five, six, seven, eight!


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