Mighty Life List
Jul 28 2005


Whoa. Mighty Goods got the highest rating in Forbes.com’s shopping blogs round up! I’m totally a professional mall rat.

Jul 27 2005

One Small Thing

Bird on an awning.

Jul 25 2005

Million-Dollar Idea

Walking along the beach, we see four little girls frantically digging a hole on the edge of the surf. When a wave washes in, filling the hole, they squeal in dismay, and then redouble their efforts.

Me: What is it with kids digging futile holes in the sand when they know the water is just going to rush in? I must have done that a thousand times when I was little.

Bryan: (announcer voice) Since the dawn of time, children have battled the sea. Will the kids emerge victorious today, or will their small hopes be dashed yet again, against these rocky shores?

Ev: We should do a kid sports channel.

Bryan: That would be awesome! The announcers would have to be really serious.

Me: (announcer voice) If you look closely, Bob, Timmy’s lower lip is just beginning to quiver. Around mid-field he tends to turn away from the play and seek guidance from the goalie, as you may recall from the Beaver Park game in 04. Let’s see if history repeats.

Ev: I think we’ve really got something here.

Jul 21 2005

First Things First

When I turn on the radio, I pay special attention to the very first thing the announcer says. Two quintessential NPR opening lines:

1)I have several Navajo friends, I can do a little plumbing

2) opened fire on a peaceful crowd.

Jul 19 2005

Act Natural

Scenario: Two girls at a bar posture in short skirts and camis. One notices a pinball machine.

Girl 1: Oh my god. Amy, I’m such a dork. I have to play a game.

Girl 2: What?

G1: I’m such a dork, I love pinball.

G2: Oh.

G1: I hope no one is watching.

(Looks around exaggeratedly, bends deeply at the waist, and leans one-handed against the machine with hip cocked while she searches for the quarter slot. Her friend sighs.)

G1: I’m such a dork.

G2: Yeah.

Jul 18 2005

Foreboding Cupcakes

Shark and Beach Cupcakes
Originally uploaded by MaggieMason.

I made shark and beach cupcakes this weekend. Yet more proof that the projects in Martha Stewart’s Kids magazine are far less daunting than the Living ideas. I didn’t even need to buy a jig saw.

Jul 13 2005

Faithful Reader

I like this poem. It’s from a book called Sure Signs.

Selecting a Reader

by Ted Kooser

First, I would have her be beautiful,

and walking carefully up on my poetry

at the loneliest moment of an afternoon,

her hair still damp at the neck

from washing it. She should be wearing

a raincoat, an old one, dirty

from not having money enough for the cleaners.

She will take out her glasses, and there

in the bookstore, she will thumb

over my poems, then put the book back

up on its shelf. She will say to herself,

“For that kind of money, I can get

my raincoat cleaned.” And she will.