Originally published in the Journal Inquirer Tuesday, March 4, 2014
By Kristen J. Tsetsi
“There was a lot of giggling, and then, ‘Look how fat that little boy is,’” wrote Waldorf, Md. resident Pamela Cukor, 30, in a private Facebook message. “And then more giggling followed by, ‘He’s not as fat as his sister. Oh my God, look at her.’”
In the message, Cukor was describing a scene she recently witnessed while sitting with her own children in the mall food court: three women in their 30s making fun of overweight children. Continue reading
Pretty Much True once again has a new cover as it re-releases on Kindle under my own imprint, Penxhere Press. Craig Lancaster, to whom I am eternally grateful for taking on PMT with his independent publishing label Missouri Breaks Press, realized he was spread a little thin and needed to restructure his time.
I considered letting PMT go completely – it began as a project in Jan. 2005, and nine years later, it’s time for something else – but a note from a reader persuaded me to push it out there one last time. So, on Kindle it is (for the low, low price of $3.99!), and on Kindle it will be for the foreseeable future.
The new cover circles back to the book’s beginning as Homefront. For fun, here’s the cover progression from beginning to end: Continue reading
Originally posted on my other site. Re-posted here because it’s still relevant.
Photo (c) Newsbusters.org
Last year I was visiting my childhood friend, now a mother, when dinner time arrived. She squirted ketchup onto her daughter’s plate and then her son’s. And then mine. I looked at it.
She immediately recognized her mistake and laughed. She knew I could squirt my own ketchup, she said, but she was just so used to doing it… She apologized (still laughing) for overstepping her role as “mother” by inadvertently mothering me.
This is where many women, such as Kathleen Parker in her recent column “Of pleasure and parenthood,” fail miserably when they say things, as Parker did, like, “it’s hard to know for certain that one doesn’t want children. Many don’t, until they do.” Continue reading
Originally published in the Journal Inquirer Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
by Kristen J. Tsetsi
Sir James Galway has been called the “man with the golden flute,” the “living legend of the flute,” and a “supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire.” Many artists or performers might “Aw, shucks” their way out of such titles, but not Galway, awarded a National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award in Ireland earlier this month.
“I’m still the best flute player in the world,” he said from his home in Switzerland. “Of that there’s no question in my mind when I listen to these other pretenders.” Continue reading
Theodore R. Cummings as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, 1st Marine Division. Click image for another interview with Cummings conducted by Eileen Hurst as part of the Central Connecticut State University Veterans History Project.
Since retiring from his position as chairman of the Manchester, Conn. Democratic Committee in 2007, a position he’d held for 47 years, lifelong Manchester resident Ted R. Cummings has been “staying out of the way,” he said, while spending time with friends and family. Fresh from a trip to Israel to visit a son who’s been living there with his family since 1974, Cummings agreed to spend some time talking to the Journal Inquirer about his childhood, his participation as a Marine in the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II, and what inspired his interest in politics. Continue reading
Originally published in the Journal Inquirer as “How can we stop rape?” Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
by Kristen J. Tsetsi
The University of Michigan reports that according to studies conducted in 2000 and 2001, teaching men to be dominant and aggressive often leads to their development of hyper-masculinity, male peer support for sexual aggression, and adversarial sexual beliefs.
Earlier studies conducted from 1974 to 1997, the university reports, show additional factors contributing to sexual violence include sex-role socialization, rape myths, lack of sanction for abuse, male peer support groups, and all-male membership groups such as fraternities and sports teams. Continue reading
told in 178 or more cliches
Ah, to be young and foolish. In one fell swoop, Jenny had learned that history repeats itself, and she was therefore resolved to never again put her cart before the horse and to always look before she leaped.
Originally published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in the Journal Inquirer
by Kristen J. Tsetsi
The website wikiHow, which offers step-by-step instructions on how to build a door, drive a car with manual transmission, and accept not having children, also explains how to achieve thigh gap.
Thigh gap, an aesthetic desired by a segment of young people (primarily females), is a space that exists between the thighs even when standing with the feet together. It’s a look somewhat common among very skinny runway models that might occur naturally in people with wide-set hips, but which is otherwise difficult to achieve without extreme and unhealthy weight loss.
It might seem because the thigh gap is currently trending online that this is some newfangled danger threatening America’s children, but what is more likely is that
[Note: This drive was initially inspired by the government shutdown, which you'll see reflected in the post below. But the end of the government shutdown doesn't mean the end of the donation book sale. All proceeds from any remaining copies purchased will still go to the Fisher House.]
Everyone has seen in the news the failure of the government to send survivor benefits to military families who lost a loved one at war. Shutdown, and all. So the Fisher House has taken over.
To help the Fisher House (rather, the families they’re helping), I’m selling all of the copies of the signing & giveaway left-overs I have lying around my house Continue reading
Holloway tells a group of girls, who said they had just been interviewed by “Inside Edition,” that it was just the beginning of the media frenzy. “Once this starts, this is nothing. I’ll be your shield. You can text me or email.” He also encouraged them to show compassion for the 300, who along with their parents are probably under a lot of pressure, he said.
In news-of-the-crazy, parents of teens who trashed the house of former NFL player Brian Holloway want to sue Holloway because he posted pictures & names on his website of the teens who broke into, partied in, and damaged his house – pictures he was only able to obtain because the teens intelligently made them available on social media (accompanied by such comments as, “518 was the place to be. Busted or not, #fuckinglegit,” and “Fuxking cleared a porch and a kid who [nice use of "who," Amanda Briell!] broke through a screen got my way to Cumbys and got away from the trooper there too!”). Continue reading