This is what I woke up to

Well, not this exactly. This picture. Alfie standing on Christer’s head.

Been a crazy couple of weeks, and I haven’t been blogging. Haven’t been reading much either, though I’ve been pumping out work at a crazy rate, which is good. Finally got the photo shoot in for what is the end of two years of surgeries and healing and assorted hassles. Been a long haul; the photographer, Danny Bailey, and I are hoping to wrestle some kind of doc or article out of all this. It’s tough being unsure of the direction it will take, but I do know that I want to share with women everything I’ve learned, and and answer any questions I can. Every time I’ve been in my surgeon’s office lately, he’s hauled me into another examining room to do show and tell for another patient about my boobs and my tattoos. And I couldn’t be happier. Final story will end up here, one way or another, eventually. Adam Higson has been a godsend; thank you, buddy. Stay well. And me? Well, I’m just going to go back to eating cheese and bread…


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…if you see this, please contact me xo

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This – THIS – would have been my dream vacation


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Sure, it’s Trump, but…

…brilliant piece, and a joy to read.

” I had struggled to explain how America has always been willing to dare, and double-dog dare, and triple-dog dare itself. America has always offered to drink anything for five dollars, no matter how disgusting.”

And there ya have it, folks.

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When Christer bothers to talk to me now, this is what he sends…


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Newport Beach

Got to take the kids (well, three of ‘em) to Newport Beach for a few days. It was pretty magical. Thank you, Chrysler. Christer hadn’t renewed his passport and Alfie really needed him home, anyway. Pammy was happy to abandon them both and come along with Ari and Taryn. We stayed at the spectacular Pelican Hill Resort, and they got used to the good life in about ten seconds.
kids newport
A colleague announced that Ari looked like Mitt Romney and called him the Young Republican the whole time. That’s what happens when you buy a new shirt and comb your hair. Last week, he was a member of a boy band…
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We could have gone anywhere we wanted, but we headed to Santa Monica Pier because for some reason, I just like it.
me santa monica
And I really liked having the kids with me.
kids santa monica

Read this today about the Loomis Gang, a reprint from 1877. Pretty cool. And tonight, I will have to find some old western to watch.

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We’re all busy packing, and Pammy sends me this:

sad alfie

Sad Alfie. Alfie isn’t coming on the trip.

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And again, a remiss blogger…

Aw. Turns out Charles Manson didn’t endorse Donald Trump. Thing is, when I read the rumour, I totally believed it. That’s how bad things are at this point: there is absolutely nothing I wouldn’t believe about His Orangeness. Oh, read somewhere that if Trump is elected, we are officially Orange is the New Black. That cracked me up.

Double writing in advance of heading out in a few days. I actually get to take my kids with me on a work gig! Look out Newport, California….Sommerfeld tribe is heading your way. Lovely swank resort will be tough to top. I’ll also never be able to complain about my “work” ever again.

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Yay, Kit Kat!

My niece has been accepted into every engineering program she applied to. I am soooo proud of her! Ottawa accepted her something like a day or two after she applied. Kid rocks. She’ll also be rocking my alma mater. Probably just as well she has a different last name…

If you’re watching the American Political Trainwreck playing out downstairs, take a few minutes to read this excellent piece on what’s happened/happening in journalism. This is not dinosaurs bitching; this is a loss that will tip over what we know about ourselves and our country, and our world. If you haven’t watched Spotlight, it’s terrific and, well, spotlights what we’re losing.

Aaaand I had a bunch of other thinks but I ran out of time. Where did today go???

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Great pic. Great article. Unrelated.

This is Cairo. Cairo is an idiot. But we love her anyway.

This a fabulous piece from Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone about Donald Trump. There are so many great lines I can’t chose just one or four. Maybe I can.

“Trump is no intellectual. He’s not bringing Middlemarch to the toilet. If he had to jail with Stephen Hawking for a year, he wouldn’t learn a thing about physics. Hawking would come out on Day 365 talking about models and football.”

“Cruz certainly has an odd face – it looks like someone sewed pieces of a waterlogged Reagan mask together at gunpoint.”

“Sanders worries about the poor, while Trump would eat a child in a lifeboat”

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