50 Shades of a Cupcake: an Erotic Tale by Sarah Fazeli [Bewitched, Bot...

You. Cupcake. You sit, innocent, behind the clear glass. You hide between row after row of imposters. You cannot deceive me. You cannot hide. I bend low, in order to see you clearer. My eyes sure of you there. Nothing, not even a pane of Plexiglas can shield you from my desire. You, the one...

Bipolar Women: The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me (and Catherine Zeta-Jo...

For a while, there was this Facebook thing going around where you were supposed to post your “doppelganger” as your profile pic – some famous person you physically resemble in some obvious-to-vague way. I was conflicted about whom to post as mine (as you can read here in my article Sarah...

PART 3 of “Why New Year’s Eve is Amateur Night (and I’m the Amateur)- ...

PART 3 of “Why New Year’s Eve is Amateur Night (and I’m the Amateur): Where I confess the goings-on, paths not taken, the heaps of missteps and miscalculations that created the world’s worst New Year’s Eve. You think yours was bad? Read this and dare to compare. You will recall from Parts 1...

Part Two: Why New Year’s Eve is Amateur Night (and I’m the...

With 3 couples visiting from out of town over the holidays, I felt  a singular pressure to show them the kind of Entourage-themed New Year’s Eve they’d seen on HBO, the flash and money of it all, the outrageous L.A.-ness of it all. This pressure was somehow made worse because they were...

Why New Year’s Eve is Amateur Night (and I’m the Amateur) [Bewitched, ...

I freely admit I’ve never been much of a New Year’s Eve reveler. To date, my most memorable and successful New Year’s Eve was probably in Columbus, Ohio circa 1989: we made tacos for a midnight dinner (crazy!) and did a conga line to “Walk Like an Egyptian,” as the Bangles’ performed on TV...

R.E.A.D. DOGS: A RADIO INTERVIEW WITH ROVER: Teaching Children to Read...

I have heard of seeing-eye dogs. I’ve heard of therapy dogs, special assistant dogs, service dogs. But when I recently saw a newspaper headline about READING DOGS, I did a double take. Were there really dogs learning to read? That seemed pretty far-fetched. Well, joining me here to explain it...

Has the Popcorn Bucket Kicked the Bucket? [Bewitched, Bothered & B...

There are a lot of things to complain about these days. Rising health care costs. Corporate greed. That stunt Netflix pulled earlier this year. But, few trends have aroused the wrath, frustration, the unbridled ire in my otherwise serene sensibility than this: the replacement of the...

Pop (corn) Psychology [Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered]

If you haven’t read Part 1 of the Popcorn Series, you can do so here Psychoanalysis of Friends & Family Based on PES (Popcorn Eating Styles) HOARDER:  The hoarder, anticipating a shortage of popcorn, uses a section of a coat, skirt or shirt corner as a makeshift bundle, protecting...

Defending Popcorn: A Traditionalist Speaks Out [Bewitched, Bothered an...

Popcorn is an American original. Tried and true, part of its charm is the unmistakable scent as one walks into the movies theatre- invisible, aromatic oils rising above glass counters. The scent of popcorn can throw even the most well-intentioned Adkins dieter, or any holier-than-thou “I...

My Kindle vs. My Conscience: The Final Chaper (Part 4: God of Carnage,...

This is part 4 in a 4 part series. To read parts 1, 2 and/or 3 click on this link  My Kindle vs. My Conscience: Parts 1, 2, and 3 The iPad had landed. I hardly missed my Kindle at all. After losing it during a bungled airport layover in Phoenix, (see part 3) I discovered the free Kindle app...

Kindle vs. Paper Book SMACKDOWN (My Kindle vs. My Conscience: PART 3A)

Some genres are best read via the Kindle or some other e-reader, some in the form of a good old-fashioned, paper book. Let us explore them here: Academic reading: There you are, sitting at Barnes & Noble café, highlighting your way through a small-print 1700 page textbook called...

My Kindle vs. My Conscience: Part 3 – My Kindle Karma [Bewitched...

This is the 3rd in a 4 part series. If you haven’t read the first 2 parts, you can read them HERE. PART 3 I knew what I must do: Frodo had to get rid of the ring. I had to get rid of the Kindle. But how?     I’d sell it on eBay, of course. I let the page load while I got myself a nice...

My Kindle vs. My Conscience – Pt. 2 [Bewitched, Bothered & ...

If you haven’t already, read part one HERE. I look down at the Kindle, now laid bare, resting on my lap, admiring this innocent-looking, cream-colored creation. Space for how many books? Goodness. It’s so small and delicate. So filled with possibility…. I caress its fragile, silky...

My Kindle vs. My Conscience Pt. 1: Bewitched, Bothered, & Bewilde...

I never wanted a Kindle. Now, three Kindles and an iPad later, let me explain why. The novelist in me was intrinsically against the very idea of an eReader like the Kindle– even before I knew that writers make less per book if purchased through Amazon. No. Others may shell out their...

Sarah Palin: My Damned Doppleganger [Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewilder...

I’ve avoided taking on the Palin thing for a variety of reasons. Like many others, I feel like any press is good press, ergo any press for Palin is bad for reasonable, rational people like you and me. But, I can be silent no more. It’s not her lack of basic American history. It’s not her it...

Why I am OVER the Hollywood Hotties Claiming the Bisexual Label [Bewit...

Here I am trying to use my lunch hour (procrastinate) to stock up on important world news (blogs) that I, a responsible citizen (unemployed writer) should completely know and understand (fake) and thus be able to converse about intelligently: war, oil, and policy. So, it irks me when my ADHD...