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Debra DeAngelo

Change and renewal, without the cat urine flavor

Last year’s “what if” experiment involved politics: What if I just stopped following and writing about our whole stupid, sad, tired political charade — what would that feel like? Following a year’s worth of political detox, all in all, I feel considerably more serene and less spiritually contaminated than when I used to hang on […]

January 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Politics or no politics, I’m always doing my job

I’m proud to announce that I kept my 2011 resolution: no more politics. Not just writing about politics, but following it like a bad soap opera. It’s tricky trying to keep up with current events and remain detached from the political melodrama, as they frequently cross-contaminate, but it is possible. What it wasn’t — astounding […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Humor and metaphor often lost in communication

Every so often, you get a piece of hate mail that’s so gloriously awful, it must be shared. Such was the case this week, as I began the new year with the following communication: “Dear Ms. DeAngelo, “I have tolerated your articles in spite of their poor English, superlatives and comparisons. Sorry to say that […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

How will you spend these last precious moments?

What if those wacky Mayans were right. What if, at precisely the stroke of midnight on Dec. 21, 2012 (12-21-2112, if numerology’s your thing) — poof. Or… boom!!! Or nothing but salt and pepper static where the Earth used to be, like what we saw on TV back in the day, when programs actually ended […]

January 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Next year’s tree will be cat-friendly

* Editor’s note: This column originally ran in December 2000, Angelo and Milo’s second Christmas, and runs in memory of Milo, who passed over this year and is especially missed at Christmas. When that last ornament was delicately placed on the Christmas tree, I took a moment to admire the finished product. My little angels came […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Coming to you live, from the NBC Coliseum …

So help me God, had I not seen this with my own eyes (albeit nearly squeezed shut in horror), I wouldn’t have believed that anyone could be this desperate. This devoid of integrity. This pathetic. First, let me ask you: What is the price of your integrity? What line(s) would you never cross for money? […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

They gave their lives, and they deserved better

I want to know how this can happen in our country. More than that, I want to know who is responsible, and I want him or her put behind bars. According to an Associated Press story on Dec. 7 (how disgustingly ironic — on the 60th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor), the cremated […]

December 11, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The Island of Misfit Toys comes to life this year

“We’re on the Island of Misfit Toys, Here we don’t want to stay. We want to travel with Santa Claus in his magic sleigh…. A pack full of toys means a sack full of joys for millions of girls and for millions of boys, when Christmas Day is here… The most wonderful day of the […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

His life, and his death, were enveloped in love

I’ve written about all sorts of things over the last 20 years, but my recent column about my cat, Milo, who was rather suddenly incapacitated with kidney failure generated more email, well-wishes and thoughtful suggestions than any in recent memory. We pet lovers are a strange breed, aren’t we. Because so many people commiserated and […]

November 27, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Bring Black Friday home or boycott it entirely

Two months into the Occupy Wall Street movement and if it doesn’t unravel because of the chaos and violence, it will when the cold winter weather sets in. But that doesn’t mean the energy behind it has to chill too. It’s great timing, actually, because like anything else, if the Occupy movement is to survive, […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The downside of having a pet is dreading ‘that day’

If there’s one thing that’ll make you forget all about your own troubles, it’s when someone you love gets sick. Even when that someone is covered with fur. If you’ve been visiting this space long enough, you’ve heard many stories about my little fur people, Angelo and Milo. Just like their owner, they’re getting on […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

We have the collective weaponry to fight the big-bank dragon

Holy moly, the people stared into the eye of the dragon … and the dragon blinked. Following Bank of America’s recent announcement to start charging a $5 fee when customers use their debit card, customers retaliated with the only weapon they have: their money. In the wake of customer uproar as other large banks like […]

November 06, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The dark, wee hours are when you connect the dots of disaster

When that internal switch flips inside my brain promptly at 3 a.m. most every morning, and all my cerebral circuits come roaring online, I’m jolted wide awake and falling back asleep is just silliness. So, I make use of the quiet, dark hours to think (some would call it obsess) about things I just don’t […]

October 30, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Until I get through menopause, just call me ‘Burger’

What I expected after 11 years of perimenopause: My cycle would just stop cycling, the hot flashes and night sweats would simply end, I’d dab a nostalgic tear from my eye, and with a bittersweet wave goodbye to fertility, I’d toss my tampons in the trash, and start taking tai chi and watercolor classes, and […]

October 23, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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