April 2006

I’m impatient by nature. My Crohn’s recovery, a.k.a. the five months of enforced relaxation it took to stay up eight hours straight without two hours of nap, taught me some patience, but I’m still not even qualified to be a monk, let alone a master. Every once in awhile, though, I think the universe drops […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones

Apr 24, 2006 5

Blow up your TV

When you calibrate your afternoon not by the subtle changes in the play of light through your office window but by the shifting of the shrill Judge Judy into the ‘shucks, ma’am’ sucker punch or Dr. Phil… When you feel your ire rise as basket-base-football cuts into The Simpsons and back-to-back repeats of King of […]

Posted in: The Political Ones

I think it’s a good thing that Earth Day falls hard on the heels of April 15th in this country. Like it or not, that paper trail left by months and months (and months and months) of spending affords one a stark look at one’s true politics. And enlightenment is rarely pleasant. I still remember […]

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It occurs to me that while I’ve been bitching and moaning about what I can’t eat on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I’ve done precious little talking about what I can eat in my sugar-free, starch-free world. Since I’ve been craving one of my old delivery staples, beef with broccoli, for some time, I finally decided […]

Posted in: The Useful Ones

The lie of Western medicine (here’s your silver bullet; see me in two weeks) gave my dad permission to live with for-shit quality of life for 40+ years. The truth of Western medicine (hey! quantifiable information, here!) allowed him to live out those 40+ years, period. I just got word from my G.I. doc that […]

Posted in: The Useful Ones

Apr 11, 2006 7

Not-fat girl*

I do not know what it is like to be fat; we run to the thin side in my family, probably in part due to the subpar assimilation of our diseased digestive tracts (Crohn’s is known as a wasting disease, although there are overweight Crohnies out there). So except for the stares and whispers when […]

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Several things struck me as interesting about my brief turn on stage this past weekend. First, I’d forgotten how much I love hanging out with actors, as an actor. For the past few years, I’ve been spending more and more time around actors in other capacities, graphic designer, bartender, butt-in-the-seat support. Most actors are fun […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones

A rare personal plug for a rare personal appearance onstage: Me. As Tanya, the Whore. THE STRIP. Satiddy night. Details posted at blogging.la. Be there or be a snatch-sniffin’, crank-smokin’, degenerate hillybilly sister-daughter. xxx c Photo by John Zalewski.

Posted in: The Quotidian Ones

Apr 4, 2006 4

Order up!

I have been getting better, but this intestinal healing is some sloooow going and you don’t want to push it. It’s kind of like going back to Baby Tummy. First, when you’re in a flare, you literally get a big, air-filled, protruding baby belly. Super-sexy. Second, in the same way that it might be inadvisable […]

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Apr 3, 2006 9

It was not ever thus

Here’s the thing to remember when you have been sick or sad or otherwise sporting the cosmic “kick me, hard” sign on your back for a long, long time: this is not who you are. You are not this collection of aches and pains that consume your body now. You are not this bundle of […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones,The Useful Ones