Monthly Archives: December 2014


I got no turkey, no dressing, no gravy this year!

No family and friends filled my house

That wet, cold  4th Thursday.

I roasted two Game Hens,

Baked one pumpkin pie,

Then drowned it in whipped crème,

And remembered days gone by.

Those store-bought-whip-crème wars

With our next generation – or two

When everyone is a kid again,

And if you are not I’ll sure squirt you!

We leaned back, then, to honor time

With Remember Whens:

“Remember when she grabbed a

Bag of powdered sugar sat next to the stove

When she was making our gray-vee?”

“Just think, next year will be Olive Hands on these tiny new fingers!”

We always inculcate our new generations

Into holiday-only bad manners!

The following Friday is the kick-off to Christmas:

Rain or shine we got a tree

And two be-ribboned fresh door-wreaths.

It hasn’t happened yet.

In our window in front of the tree should be

Three carved and glittered wood blocks in

red, blue and green :  “Peace”, “Love” and “Lulu.”

White icicle lights should shine elegant and bright

From our roof and invite

Family, and friends to stop by.


Commercial entities preach

All day and all night

To buyers who obey

as Eloy’s

In this new Time Machine:

“You will be seen

Swiping your card

In the mouth of

Our Money Machine.”

Melanie Wood

10 Dec. 2014

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RE: A Book by Charlene Azam

1197 words posted 12/8/2014

I believe most Americans agree that as a society we are totally overboard in our commercial activity, have been for decades.  The author indicates  the desire for commercial goods has a whole new low and it is shocking.  Too worrisome for me to mention on my social media space, hence only the announcement of “another post on my blog….”  I’m sure today’s kids could care less about going to read my rants!

We have tons of expensive “product” pushed at us on television.   Advertisers lie by omission as well as about quality. They often are untruthful about product components (which often only support their need for higher sales price)  and most deliberately fabricate possible results. (A good example of this deceit is in beauty products for females.)

There is an old adage “seeing is believing” which until the last few decades was construed  if one can SEE something, one can BELIEVE it is true.   Children see this all the time on television; now as non-adults they do believe what they see, what they hear, and especially if product or service will make them popular.

Children are growing up  with an incredible desire for product, and as they become desirous for product, they may well have little or no access to funds. If they are to afford their treasured Brands, Labels and Symbols they need big money and the quickest way to get money has always been the most dangerous and destrutive way, which remains the cruelest human activity:  taking advantage of the desperate;  desperate girls.

According to Canadian author Charlene Azam, the most vulnerable species of our times other than little tots  now appears to be our pubescent and post-pubescent teenage girls.

Her research is in her native and neighboring Canada, but we have no guarantee that this practice is not a part of our society as well. I fear we may be overlooking a similar attack on our own young girls with their cravings for being cool and accepted in a world that worries about who is and who is not enjoying The Good Life.

I’m a mom and a grandmother.   I have battled and paddled with my tweens and teens as they navigate the rapids to adulthood, watching, asking questions, paying attention when a gang was at my house, surreptitiously listening to what they were joking about in my presence to get my clues. These young humans cannot resist winking and giggling at each other as they talk about “secrets” in front of parents. I know from my own teen experience, when I believed parents were basically crabby and a few biscuits short of a dozen in the brain pile.

My kids survived, married, and had children of their own. And, both have children in the danger years when kids want to be like other kids:  conform and just do anything to be popular.

I intend to read Ms. Azam’s brave book, although the prospect makes even my stomach turn. I wanted to get the word out quickly and publicly, but not spilled out via social media. I know I have young ones looking at my social media site and I feel it is dangerous.  And I am concerned about whether or not, this kind of Good Night Kiss is already the norm in our country!   I’m hoping mothers, fathers and extended families will be looking after and watching over their young women, checking in with them.

Families! Think in term the old fashioned “Round Table for Dinner” even if pizza is involved. as it is an institution that needs to be re-installed and treasured once again at home. Bring up important subjects like safety, health and family values while they can be dealt openly and with honestly in the early years, between 1 and 10. Children absorb easily, and when so very young they are at their most vulnerable to be fooled, especially by peers.

The good news is that it’s never too early nor too late to arm our children with information about personal behavior; likewise, to help them understand the fickle, foolish, and dangerous commercial world they most likely will inherit.  If you wish to read more the author’s site is below.

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