Stranger in the Mirror

Her face is no longer recognizable. Today change blistered below the epidermis unable to be ignored or unrecognized one moment longer. “What happened,” Stick Chick wondered, “since the last time I looked—I mean really looked at my face in the mirror?” Had she not faithfully returned like a worshiping zealot at the foot of fashion … Continue reading

By the way, You’re Irish

Stick Chick’s family descends from Europeans. If you chopped her into 12 slices like a key lime pie, each slice representing three generations before her on both sides, she’d be mostly German, possibly some Polish (though she’s not entirely sure about this due to some name changes), maybe a hint of English, and she’s 1/12 … Continue reading

The Amazing Bouncing Gas Gauge

Some of us have been fortunate enough to own a vehicle which transported us to the places we needed to go countless times. That car however, the one that we look back upon with wistful nostalgia, had its quirks. For Stick Chick, the old Dodge Intrepid, later traded for a more practical family mobile, grows in … Continue reading

Bob Barker was the Whole Reason I Dreamed of Hawaii

My dreams have changed. I think this happens to everyone, especially when contemplating our childhood wishes. One scene in Disney’s movie The Kid provides a perfect example of this phenomenon. Jean Smart delivers a poignant moment as her character, anchorwoman Deidre LeFevre, counsels Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) saying, “I mean how many of us turn … Continue reading