Do not touch on pain of death

Ladies(or gentlemen — don’t be blowin’ up my comments), how many times has this conversation gone down in your kitchen with your significant other? I’m somewhere up in the gazillionties by this point, and I’m gonna bet many of you can rival, if not exceed, my numbers. …


Now with more snark!

It’s that time again, boys and girls. I’m feeling stabby (think crabby ×10000) and need a safe outlet for my angsty discontent. So I’m gonna trash talk a bunch of singers and bands far more talented(with the exception of Men Without Hats) than myself.

It’s not like Billy Joel or…


Five examples of urban-to-rural culture shock

In 2007, I moved to my father’s bucolic hometown on the MA/NH/ VT border from Boston, my hometown. Located out here in the hinterlands of western Massachusetts, our beautiful burg boasts a population of 700 or so. We are greatly outnumbered by trees as most of the town is state…


Confessions of a teenage Navy girlfriend

Don’t wish it away
Don’t look at it like it’s forever
Between you and me I can honestly say
That things can only get better

And while I'm away
Dust out the demons inside
And it won't be long before you and me run
To the place in our hearts where we hide


The life and times of funny lady Mabel Normand

Outside of silent film aficionados, few people have ever heard of Mabel Normand, one of Hollywood’s earliest comedy greats. Mabel’s films introduced the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin’s little tramp character, and the classic if now cliche pie-in-the-face bit.

Mabel was the only comedian to work with all of the following…


“After Brian died, we collapsed”

On August 27, 1967, the man who launched the career of the most celebrated rock band of all time was found dead in his Sussex, England home. His death was believed to be an accidental drug overdose. He was just 32 years old.

People were shocked that a man with…


Except maybe my parents and the U.S. Navy

Wind and fire and fallin’ rain
I’ll be comin’ through
There ain’t nothin’ gonna keep me from you
My love (no nothing), nothin’ gonna keep me from you, my love
I’ll find you

1979 was a banner year for me. That July, within days, I met two people who would…


It’s malice aforethought

Every day, I see articles and read social media conversations lamenting how the Democrats are failing average Americans. Their lackluster efforts to address the crisis that is America in the 2020s are legendary. Thing is, they are not failing at all, at least not by their estimation. Quite the contrary…


Brace yourselves

Greetings, people of Earth. Let’s try something a little bold and off-the-wall today, just for the shits and giggles. Here's the dealio — I’m treating you all to a COVID-19-free reading experience. …


Denim leads to the road of prostitution

Well, they showed you a statue, told you to pray
They built you a temple and locked you away
Aw, but they never told you the price that you pay
For things that you might have done
Only the good die young

Two images spring to mind when most…

Kathy Copeland Padden

is a news junkie, history buff, and music fanatic surfing the End Times wave with bemusement. Come along!

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