The Fear Of…

From the Grammar Diva who has a fondness for phobias, here are some entertaining ones that may ruin your social season. FEAR OF… Alcohol – methyphobia [Understandable, just don’t hang out with me.] Anything New – neophobia [Change is always hard.] Church – ecclesiophobia [The structure will not hurt you unless it collapses on you.] […]

…And you MUST have four names

Welcome to the UES, where old money gents are mellow yet insecure because they didn’t earn it themselves, or, even worse, it is from their wife’s side of the family and hurts their di(ck)nity. Moving down to other generations, like mine, which I think have a slightly better grasp of the real world, I am […]

The Crunchies

The popular (senior) boys in high school were called The Crunchies. They were a mix of highly preppy, privileged stoners with major sideburns and long hair, though this was not the seventies, just 1998. They listened to The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Cream (and Eric Clapton on his own), and developed […]

What Will It Take To Make You Happy?

I remember my mother telling me about a former friend of hers who said, “If only I get that new Mercedes, I’ll be happy;” “When I get that mink fur coat, I’ll be happy.” The thing was, she got those things and countless others, and was never happy. When it came to materialistic things, she […]