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A Riff on ‘Better Red than Dead’ – with Blue Jeans

PJ Colando

It’s said that redheads’ personalities have to be constantly, carefully managed –

I disagree. I’m blonde. I’m female, I’m human, I’m as insecure as the next. We all have to be carefully managed in the world. It’s become blasty-nasty out here.… ...

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I don’t say “hella”

PJ Colando | Hashes & Bashes

“I like reading your book, PJ. I’m getting to know your personality better,” she said as she paddled and kicked in water aerobics class.

I smiled as I paddled and kicked, too. Nice to receive a direct reader compliment. She’d honored my endeavor of writing a book – a year-and-a-half of my life – by buying it, and now she gave me more.… ...

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What’s in a name?

One of my friends’ favorite lines in HASHES & BASHES is this –

That girl’s name is Amy, a sequence of names in infamy, which is what she brought to all our lives.”

Referencing the conniving ex-daughter-in-law, Amy, who ended STASHES in the gray bar hotel and played no part of the HASHES & BASHES conflict.… ...

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A Talent for Refuting Reality

I am ardent, authentic, and undeniably out-going, a perennially chipper sort, a habit that astonishes people who’ve known me over time.

After all, reality bites, doesn’t it? Life episodes hammer at one’s spirit, sending a person to drink or hunker down.… ...

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Lands’ End

It’s the season: catalogue season. You can tell that the economy is back: back in the saddle, back in the box…back in the use-your-charge-card mode.

Nearly 100 catalogues have clogged our mailbox in the past month – yes, I counted. I’m a little compulsive like that.… ...

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One-up womanship is a pain in the butt

Yesterday I met Predatory Pam for tea-and-me-and-thee. I hoped for mutual benefit.

When I arrived, in an area not in my ‘hood, she was posed in front of the coffee shop window, as if ensconced on a throne, well perched and poised, ready to – Strike.… ...

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Campaign

I have been on a personal campaign, a vigorous solo force to recruit young men and women into the fold of speech-language pathology, the core of a legion of fixers of communication. Yeah, we all know about the role of psychologists and marriage-family-child therapists, but speech-language pathologists’ role should not be discounted.… ...

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