Moonshine Chronicles Blog

A moment of dignity from the TSA

I know, I know. TSA? Really? The abominable agents of airport angst? The humorless automatons whom we meekly obey, no matter how capricious the rules, since they have the power to thwart our best laid plans? That TSA? Yes, them.

I traveled from Seattle to Los Angeles yesterday. It’s been one year since my mother passed away and I was heading to a……


Waxing Brazilian… and Beyond: A New Guide to Going Bare Down There

Not long ago I went to get a Brazilian wax. (For the uninitiated, imagine a bikini wax, but with no bikini.) There were a few truly eye-watering moments, but overall, I like the results (if not the process).

But as I was lying there on the waxing table, legs akimbo, I got to thinking. Why does Brazil rate its own wax?……


If I could turn back time

If I could turn back time and alter the roll of the genetic dice that gave me the BRCA1 mutation — never experience agonies of fear waiting for biopsy results, not face the wrenching decision to give up my breasts and ovaries, endure 22 hours of surgeries, months of recovery and 60 inches of scars — Would I do it?

It……


Call me Juror No. 3

The bold lettering on the envelope was unmistakeable. I had been summoned. For jury duty. The call has come a number of times over the years, but this was, for a variety of reasons, the first time I ever had to actually report. I was alternately worried and intrigued. It’s sort of a reverse lottery — the “jackpot” being a……


50 Shades of GPS

His voice was deep, firm, insistent.

“Dé vuelta a la izquierda.”

I turned left. I could only obey and trust him to guide me to the end… and hope my sick obsession was never discovered.

It started innocently enough with the gift of a GPS — something I didn’t even want. The last thing I needed was yet another electronic device. I barely……


13 Signs you’re in a dive bar

We may only be halfway through September, but already October beckons, along with thoughts of the beery excesses of Oktoberfest. With that in mind, I took myself to a local tavern — in the interest of research, mind you! I definitely needed a refresher course. It’s been years since my bar days and suburbia seeps into your soul like warm……


The Menopause Bill Of Rights — And Make It Snappy

It seems like every interest group wants its own Bill of Rights these days — Airline passengers, Cruise Passengers, Online Privacy Advocates. A Postpartum Depression Bill of Rights was just proposed last week.

All worthy causes, I’m sure…….


What I discovered about my husband when I lost my breasts

I consider myself a fairly liberated, independent woman. I grew up with the pill and bra burnings. I am not defined by my appearance, completed by my relationship with a man or limited in my aspirations by my gender. I don’t consider myself a victim. And heaven help anyone who suggests my body or choices should be dictated by the……


Follow These Simple Steps to Turn Your $10 DIY Home Repair Into a $360 Emergency Plumbing Bill

Our upstairs hall toilet sprung a leak……


The Top 5,840 Pearls of Mom Wisdom

Just how many nuggets of advice, pearls of wisdom, dire warnings and exasperated threats does the average mother attempt to cram into a child’s unwilling head over a lifetime? Let’s say, for the sake of argument, you plant one unique seed a day, on average, from age 2 to……