Sylvia Archive: Brain Capacity

This just in! Another scientific study. Spare a brain cell or two in a comment.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Dogs Who Panic

Dogs Who Panic

Sylvia Archive: Space Cake Kitties

The cats with signs take on space exploration.  Click the comic for details.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Catching A Cat: The Manual

The cats with signs take on space exploration.
the manual


Why The Relentless Assault On Abortion In The United States?

A well-written piece and valuable perspective on the war against abortion and Women’s rights in the U. S.  In particular, the last paragraph of Ruth’s article which discusses fear of women’s sexuality is, in my opinion, key to the assault on Women’s rights.

Why the relentless assault on abortion in the United States?

by RUTH ROSEN 22 July 2013

From  50/50

Americans have grown more supportive of same-sex marriages, gun control, immigration reform and even taxes on the wealthiest individuals.  Why, then, have the cultural and political wars over abortion accelerated?

Americans have become more liberal, despite the rise of the Tea Party and the election of some of their right-wing politicians. Teenagers can now buy “morning after” emergency contraception pills without consulting a physician or a pharmacist. The Supreme Court recently struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented federal recognition of same-sex marriages. It also upheld the right of same-sex couples in California to wed. As of July 2013, there are now 13 states that permit same-sex marriages. Despite the gridlock caused by Republicans in Congress, more Americans than ever support gun control, immigration reform, same-sex marriage and taxes on the wealthiest individuals. This is why Democrats have won the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.

For the full article, please see:

Sylvia Archive: Two Birds With One Stone

Efficiency is key for the busy woman.  Suggest another way to save time.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Behind The Spotlight

The other night I saw a documentary on backup singers called “20 Steps From Stardom.” Very thoughtful commentary from the male superstars: Sting, Springsteen, and Mick Jagger. Bette Midler was the lone female  superstar discussing  backup singers. I wish the makers of the film had interviewed Tina Turner.

Many of the backup singers discussed the pleasures of blending with the other voices. I had no idea how intense it was and how hard to give up being part of this intimate group.  Others wanted to be soloists…the music business is so mercurial and why one extremely talented person is successful and the other not is a matter of luck, timing and something unknowable. You must see it. It won’t be around forever, although with streaming media you will eventually be able to see it outside of the theater. Oh streaming media, how did we live without you? I hear Roz Warren saying, “I don’t even have a television.”

For a review of the film:

And for more on Darlene Love, one of the singers:


Sylvia Archive: Out, Damned Spot

Yes, there’s a goddess for that, too.  Click the comic for a better view of her abilities.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Adventure With Someone Else Not Named Nicole

On Friday I send out this email. “I want to see Paper Machete at the Green Mill tomorrow at 3:00. I know this is short notice, but I have a feeling the performances will be incredible. Will you come?” Unspoken here in the message is, “And will you pick me up?”

Only Connie responds to both the said and unsaid messages. She will be at my door in 15 minutes. She has never been to Paper Machete. She picks me up; we find a parking place around the corner from the Green Mill. I notice she parks as I do, with collateral damage to the car behind her.  We are 30 minutes late. We stand at the back, then two people, perhaps performers, vacate their front row seats, we scurry. We are in! The performances are based around the news: Edward Snowden’s stay at the Russian Airport, a new definition of rape out of a California university where rape is now defined as a crime only if the perp orgasms, and Science: the discovery of Shrews with extra vertebrae… . The stories are funny and timely. We are learning things and we are laughing. A duo stages a debate on Dennis Farina vs. the cereal Farina.  In between comedy and current events there are wonderful singers. Here’s the link:

paper machete

Josh Zagoren & Chad watch the Machete. Photo by Evan Hanover.


Sylvia Archive: Excess Baggage

Want to shed some? There’s a goddess for that.

Saturday, July 27, 2013