Bullying and the sad state of the North American Playground

Bullying and the sad state of the North American Playground

As a mom, I spend a lot of time at the playground.  Particularly in summer (or winter, if I happen to be fortunate enough to be visiting a warmer locale).  My children seem to enjoy running around all day and today was particularly wonderful: rarely is the weather such a combination of mild heat and blowing wind.  It was like sitting under a blow dryer set on low, with a bit of a chill at one’s…

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5 Minute Post: Ladies…I think we know what to do…..

A rose, by any other name……….

A rose, by any other name……….

My name is Catharine.  It’s a fairly common one, although it can be easy to slip up.  This is because there are over 26 possible spellings.  The first one was “Catherine”, back when St Catherine of Sienna wore it.  Officially, her name was  Caterina di Giacomo di Benincasa and I suppose, with my Italian roots, I should have some affinity for the original spelling. I did once date a young man from…

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Can a hermit on a desert island know himself?

Can a hermit on a desert island know himself?

It’s one of the questions scientists, psychologists, and pseudo-practitioners have been asking for a very long time, and it appears to have no answer.   As a social group, we are so compelled by this question that one study after another has been launched to find out whether the self is identified for and by the self, or by our association with others. 

There has been some progress.  Certainly,…

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What’s wrong with reading the comments?

What’s wrong with reading the comments?

Rule Number One of Blogging: NEVER read the comments.

How many times have I read this “rule” and ignored it? At least a dozen ;) In all honesty, I enjoy reading the comments.  I enjoy living with the understanding that, at least in this blogosphere of the world, most of us are writers (or at least, readers) who have ideas and thoughts and dangit, we want to be heard?

What kind of writer doesn’t…

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Time for an Overshare (because people need to know this)

Time for an Overshare (because people need to know this)

**The following post contains one swear word.  By the end, I hope you will admire my restraint**

I’m sure I’ve blogged about my weight before or at least, the obsession we have with weight and weight gain in North America today. If I haven’t, let’s make up for it today.  I want to talk about the reasons why obese people have more health problems than others these days. One medical journal article…

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Barbie (that’s right Mattel, you’re next)

Barbie (that’s right Mattel, you’re next)

I have read a lot about Barbie.  She creates an unnecessary expectation of a certain body type among young girls, encourages them to become commercialized and, furthermore, she dresses like a Playboy bunny. What’s to love?  What’s even to like?

That’s when I saw this commercial.   Panda Hoodie and all of her friends love the “Bring it On” movies…whatever.  It’s not my fault. But PH is also strong…

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ENGLISH STUDENT VERSUS LIBRARIAN (or, MK’s adventures in her English Degree)

M.K. Hello, friendly librarian. (OK, I didn’t really say that)
LIBRARIAN (Gertrude, I imagine): Hello, M.K. How can I help you.
M.K: I am looking for an etymological dictionary.
GII: Great, I can certainly help you.

GII goes to the back office. Rummages around for a moment. And brings me back this:<p>gallery</p>

M.K: No.  An etymological dictionary.  E-t-y-m-o…the study of words.  Not the study of bugs.

GII: Oh.  I see.  I don’t think I’ve seen one of those.  RANDY!  Have you seen a…what was it you called that again?

M.K: Etymological dictionary.

GII: An entomolog–

M.K: (yelling toward Randy) ETYMOLOGI–

Randy: Yeah.  Yeah.  A student was in here looking for one a week or so ago, so I took them all out just in case. Here you go.

M.K: Thanks, Randy.  Thanks Ger…er…thanks.

GII: Anytime.  So you don’t want this one?

M.K: No, no.  I’ll take that one, too. 

FIVE MINUTE POST! ENGLISH STUDENT VERSUS LIBRARIAN (or, MK’s adventures in her English Degree) M.K. Hello, friendly librarian. (OK, I didn’t really say that)

Nefarious Sloganity

I’ve read a lot about the nefarious ways advertisers get into our heads and force us, as women, to feel poorly about ourselves.  It made me wonder….if replacing photos of anorexic models draped half-naked over the back of a chair (where a man might hang his coat) with photos of many-sized and -hued models in white underpants smiling and dancing around will change the world, what about the most…

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Saying Goodbye (a work of prose by M.K. Bell)

  You can reach a point of depression where you just don&#8217;t care anymore.  The weight of the world has been on your shoulders, you have cried for so long that there is no longer anything worth crying over.  

Saying Goodbye (a work of prose by M.K. Bell)

  You can reach a point of depression where you just don’t care anymore.  The weight of the world has been on your shoulders, you have cried for so long that there is no longer anything worth crying over.