Monthly Archives: May 2016

Dispensing with the nonsense

Continuing on with my unintended but apparently thematic week, now it’s time to discuss my endlessly thwarted efforts to provide a stylistically and color-coordinated match for my guest bathroom in that most critical of items – the soap dispenser. Now I, like many of my generation, was raised on soap dishes and bars of soap…. Read more »

Repairmen at the gate

Owning a home is one of the most powerful and rewarding experiences in life. I can still recall the overwhelming feeling of pride I had when entering this house, 20 years ago, and inhaling that fresh sense of accomplishment. And in just 2 more years, I’ll actually own it! A little over seven years ago,… Read more »

Taking the plunge

“A rising tide floats all boats” is a phrase that gets used fairly often. It was often associated with the abnormally long bull market that made everyone’s portfolio look like a winner, so it’s a friendly and encouraging statement. A rising toilet, however, tends to be viewed in the opposite light. So it was with… Read more »

My problem with prunes

Let’s just get it out there up front: I like prunes. No, wait, that’s doing a disservice to prunes. Let me clarify: I REALLY like prunes. I also like raisins a whole bunch and I’m a big fan of their poppas, plums and grapes, but I digress… For many people, prunes are simply a means… Read more »