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Fun Facts About Hard Rock & Heavy Metal

by Ambertolina

I like heavy metal and hard rock music.

That’s kind of an ironic statement for me, given that during my high school and college years, I couldn’t get enough pop and dance music. For many years, hard rock and heavy metal sounded like nothing more than loud, obnoxious noise to me; singers screaming, […]

What it Means to be a REAL Patriot

by Ambertolina

After listening to as much right-wing talk-radio as I can stand and having endless arguments with hardcore Republicans in person and over the Internet, I have now established what it means to be a REAL American patriot. And boy, have I been totally wrong about what it means to be a good American! […]

My Daughter, the Nerd

by Ambertolina

Recently, at the recommendation of our dentist, it became necessary to take the daughter to the orthodontist. This did not surprise me, since the child is virtually my clone and I had to have extensive orthodontia work done. What did surprise me is how orthodontia has come […]

The Hipsters Scene (a commentary)

by Ambertolina

I was quick to agree with my writing colleague’s assessment of the hipster scene, which, in the eyes of a 40-something year old person is A) contrived, B) silly, and perhaps most importantly C) no longer hip.

Then I thought about this band I […]

The Dad Who Did Not Let Me Do Text Chat

Somehow or another, my husband and I have produced this high-maintenance, picky, precocious, drama queen of a child. She is 7 years old. Though she’s a good reader, she far more enjoys writing her own books than reading other peoples’ material, thank-you-very-much.

She and her father also enjoy playing […]

Chitty Chitty vs. Shitty Shitty

by Ambertolina

This is a plea aimed at Hollywood. And I guess just parents in general.

Ian Fleming's brilliant book

When my husband and I had a kid and she turned four or so, it was a great excuse to purchase my most favorite musical of all time, Mary Poppins. The next logical movie […]

Is This Your Name?

by Ambertolina

We here at Wiffli like to spend lots of time surfing the Internets when we’re supposed to be writing. As such, we sometimes stumble upon sites that we think you the reader might be interested in.

I happened across this silly little site which doesn’t do all […]

Dear Rachael: No One Cares

by Ambertolina

The following is an open letter to Rachael Ray.

My Dearest Rachael:

First off, I want to explain that I am neither a Rachael Ray hater, nor, particularly, a Rachael Ray fan. (By the by; I was […]

Public Humiliation: The BEST Advertising

by Ambertolinadina

I live in a relatively small town of about 100,000 people. However, this is a college town, so we have a huge variety of service-related businesses that cater to the kids.

As my daughter and I drove down one of our main thoroughfares recently, […]

I like Independence Day

by Ambertolina

I know this entry is a little late, but then I’m always a little late for everything. As I sat with my family in the dark out on our deck at our suburban home watching fireworks pop and sparkle all over town this past July Fourth, […]