… Clap along if you love looking for every last receipt

That "clap along if you feel" tune is catchy. Admit it. You know which tune I'm referencing. You know... "Clap along if you feel / like happiness is the truth..." It's upbeat, and I can dig it. That said, it's this version I'm unable to get out of my head. Well played, Remy. Well … [continue]

Dave Barnes in DC tonight, 4-11-14

Josh and I are seeing Dave Barnes play at The Hamilton tonight. (Note: the site is showing a few Standing Room tickets are still available for tonight’s performance.) It’s a venue worth checking out, and Barnes is an artist worth checking out. This is a rare recommendation, coming from a girl who has a generally agreeable […]


Happy 33rd anniversary, Mom and Dad Sturgis!


HAPPY 33rd anniversary, Keith and Angie Sturgis! Quite an accomplishment, particularly in 2014. We three kids have spent our entire lives reaping the blessings of your commitment to one another. We benefit from your example and your shared determination to stick together, through thick and thin, and we know enough to know that it’s far […]


Remember that one time when I won the #MarchMadness Office Pool?

March Madness 2013 winning bracket

In 2013, much to EVERYONE’s surprise, I won my office’s March Madness pool. Why do I say “to EVERYONE’s surprise?” Because, if you had a gun to my head, I couldn’t name a modern-day basketball player. I don’t know if this competition is college basketball or … um… national league (?) basketball. Sadly, the above […]


Vote for Puggle, and we won’t ask another favor (for 6 months)

Puggle with his antlers

Facebook friends (and IRL friends): are y’all the type who send emails ALL. THE. TIME. asking your friends to vote for your entries in various pageants and shenanigans? If so – everyone hates you. Meanwhile, Puggle has entered his *FIRST* ever contest, only because the prize is a moose antler from Acadia Antlers, one of […]


“Mail Call!” Honor Flight Capital Region needs your letters


If you can write a postcard or letter – and get it in the mail by the end of March – CONGRATULATIONS. You’re now officially a part of the Honor Flight Capital Region volunteer crew! Thanks to this latest MAIL CALL campaign, anyone can support our Greatest Generation via Honor Flight. In case you missed the announcement, Honor […]


(Farewell) ode to my beloved iPhone 4S

NRA blackberries

In 2010, when I was an employee of the NRA, I set not one but TWO records related to cell phone usage: First, I won a lunchroom contest, earning the unauthorized, unofficial title of NRA Employee Who Can Type The Fastest On His or Her Blackberry. I’m that fast, y’all. The second record, in hindsight, […]


Props to St. Clair Township Board Members Carroll, Sturgis, & Barnes


NOTE: Several people chose to anonymously post inappropriate comments on this article, including personal attacks on my family. As a result, comments have been disabled. I support free speech, but this is MY blog. I pay the bills, I make the rules, and I am not interested in providing a forum for cowards. ************************************************************************************** Last […]


Are you in the DC area on Sat. April 5?


Consider joining us at the WWII Memorial. Starting at 8:30 am on Saturday April 5, 2014, DCA Honor Flight Volunteers will gather at the Memorial to welcome not one, not two, or three, but FOUR Honor Flights (and possibly more – it is four weeks away and more groups may add to the schedule). RSVP […]


Honor Flight Capital Region announces April 5 trip

From InsideNOVA.com: Group plans trip for World War II vets Honor Flight Capital Region is recruiting World War II veterans who live in the Washington area to participate in one of two trips scheduled for this April. As part of the Honor Flight Network, the Washington-based chapter is one of 127 chapters serving veterans by […]