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Do I Hear Five?

On May 29, 2011, I was fifty-four and a half years old.  And I was seriously irritated at the GOP in Congress.  You see, they had announced that they were going to take away Medicare from those then under 55 years old.  And that meant me.  I spouted off about it to anyone who would listen.

They’re gonna take Medicare from ME!  I’m 54-1/2!  That’s where they’re gonna start!

After the first 528 times I mentioned this fact to each and every person I could corner, I still felt unsated.  I wanted to tell more people of my irritation.  Whether or not I knew them.

And so I heard a voice inside my head (something I rarely admit to):

Go forth, it said,  and start a blog.

Oh and give it a stupid name to keep yourself humble.

And so I did.  Both of those things.  FiftyFourAndAHalf was born with this post.

Blogging has been a completely different experience than I expected.

My original plan was to do a political/humor blog.  But in spite of a never-ending source of fodder, I found that I wanted to write about other things, too.  That part didn’t really surprise me.

What surprised me was that blogging, and Word Press, became a place where I met new friends, discussed topics important to me.  Where I laughed and cried along with folks I will probably never meet.

Thanks, everybody.  And while I’ve been writing less than usual and reading less than usual, I love the special place that is the ‘sphere.  So, yeah, thanks for being out there, for reading, and for giving me stuff to read too.

From Daily

From Daily



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For Peg O’Leg, Me and Medbh and For What Should Have Been

One if the best things about blogs/bloggers/blogging is the camaraderie.  Because the more we all write blogs, the more we all read blogs and the more we all comment on each other’s blogs, the more fun we have.  And of course, the more likely we are to meet fellow bloggers face to face in the unemployment line.

No, no, no.  That’s not what I mean.

What I mean is that, we bloggers like to spread the wealth. Share the fun.  Tell each other about other fun places to visit and enjoy.  Other folks’ blogs.  The more the merrier.  (Hell, who wants to work at work anyway.)

Today I am honored to be pulled along in the wake of one of the funniest of all of my bloggin’ buddies, Peg O’Leg at her blog Peg-O-Leg’s Ramblings.  Yup, today I’m posted over at Peg’s in her pretty darn new Wednesday feature called

“THIS One Should Have Been Freshly Pressed”!

Most of you know Peg as a gifted humor writer who can stand her ground among other brilliant Irish writers like James Joyce, Bram Stoker and Medbh McGuckian.  Unlike Joyce, Peg is NEVER boring.  Unlike Stoker, Peg never terrifies us.  And unlike Medbh McGuckian, we all know who Peg IS.  Plus we can spell her name, which is nice.

Now Peg created her “Should Have Been FP’d” feature after realizing that all of us bloggers, from time to time, hit the PUBLISH button thinking-hoping-wishing that the brilliant piece we’ve just posted will hit the Big Time.  Reach the masses.  Be Freshly Pressed.  And then it misses.  It doesn’t.  It isn’t FP’d.  Our hearts are broken when only two people end up reading that brilliant post, our STATS tank, and we need to drown our whines, in wine, ice cream and chocolate.  Or, in Peg’s case, in anything Reese’s.

This has happened to you.  It has happened to me.  But Peg, with her big heart and blog feature eased my pain.  So head on over to Peg’s to sample one of my favorite humor pieces and take in a big bunch of Peg’s.  Please?  I bribed her into including me in the feature by promising her brilliant stats.  Don’t let me down!

The Ultimate Honor

The Ultimate Honor

Here’s the link in case you missed the other three links:  Not that I’m anxious, mind you.  I just don’t have enough chocolate on hand to cope if you don’t head on over to Peg’s.


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