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Category Archives: Quill & Ink: Scrolls
Evil Snack – Who’s Eating Whom?
Play dates, we have all had them, like the flu. The most memorable was when my six-year-old guest boldly cocked her head on one side and asked me for $20 to play nicely. At the other end of the scale … Continue reading
Time to Quit “The Pursuit of Happiness”
“I’ve just realised, there is something wrong with the Constitution.” These words echo through the darkness above our marital bed. They are hard to ignore, however ill-timed and as I come round to consciousness I feel irritatingly compelled to ask … Continue reading
My own two cents on the US budget
Disclaimer: firstly, I am not sure whether it’s two cents or ten cents. If it’s actually ten cents I was not attempting to be fiscally conservative, represent fiscal conservatives or in any way lobby for interest groups on the Hill … Continue reading
Posted in Quill & Ink: Scrolls Tagged Electrical grid, Infrastructure, PEPCO, Potomac Electric Power Company, Washington DC 1 Comment
Little Green Men
When I moved to DC, my daughter was two and a half. I only had the one child and was still busy not wanting her to get run over and therefore mid the laborious process of instilling road sense into … Continue reading
Posted in Quill & Ink: Scrolls Tagged Grand National, Leprechaun, Pedestrian signals, Saint Patricks Day Leave a comment
What do the Wonderbra and the US Capitol have in common?
They are both just a little too pert. After six years here, the fact that I had failed to be moved by the US Capitol, niggled at me. My logic countered: “It stands there resplendent in white, the backdrop of … Continue reading
Posted in Quill & Ink: Scrolls Tagged Art and Architecture, Domes, US Capitol 5 Comments
Excuse me, or not.
I was in my beloved Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s offers one of the happiest shopping experiences to be found in the USA. Music, such as Soul Kitchen offers a pleasing background vibe. A brass Captain’s bell is struck for customer service, … Continue reading
Posted in Quill & Ink: Scrolls Tagged etiquette, Legal Alien, Manners, Trader Joes 2 Comments
Wire communication: “Winter Social Come and Gone – Stop”
This blob has been on sabbatical. And so it is that Christmas and the New Year have come and gone and it is now all but February. The winter holidays hit the beginning of school like an ocean freighter that … Continue reading
Posted in Quill & Ink: Scrolls Tagged School fundraisers, Stop signs, Traffic signs, Washington DC 4 Comments
Response to Anna Quindlen – Family Snapshots
A while ago a friend sent me an article by the renowned American journalist, Anna Quindlen. It was a retrospective on motherhood by one who has survived its most arduous years. She acknowledges the ‘unreliable haze of the past’, the … Continue reading
Posted in Quill & Ink: Scrolls Tagged Anna Quindlen, Carpe Diem, Eating with children, Family and Relationships, Parenting 3 Comments
Flash Mob takes on Food Court
Someone forwarded me this video recently. I am generally hesitant about diving into forwarded messages or videos, my feeling being that for something to be worth forwarding it needs to be really good and I am a little skeptical. Then … Continue reading
Posted in Quill & Ink: Scrolls Tagged Christmas, Consumerism, Flashmob, Food court, Handel, shopping and retail Leave a comment
What happens when Capitalism comes full circle?
What happens when Capitalism comes full circle? As far as I can work out you end up in Rockville in an eerily Communist landscape. Rockville, for the uninitiated, is a massive six lane highway, or it might even be eight … Continue reading
Posted in Quill & Ink: Scrolls Tagged British Legal Alien, Capitalism, Communism, Consumerism, Rockville, shopping and retail 1 Comment