“Happy” Earth Day Thoughts From a Fledgling Phoebe


"Happy" Earth Day? You're going with that? Seriously? One Day? Earth walks with you shoulder to shoulder.  Earth is below your feet and above your head. Earth is everything you see, hear, taste, touch, feel & do. Earth is all day, every day, and every where you go. Earth is and should be forever. But everyday is Happy Human Day. Wake up, humans! You are killing Earth and the … [Read more...]

Thanks, Mr. Bill!


*Welcome new contributing author -- Heather D of BECOMING CLICHE* Sometimes you only think you’re taking one for the team. It’s Spring Break. I know. Technically, it’s not even Spring. I don’t get to make these decisions.  When given an entire week of nothing, I’ve learned it’s good to plan at least a little something lest the critters get restless, so I planned a trip to … [Read more...]

Funny Ellen, 20 Feet From Stardom, Cate Blanchett — Oscar Gold or Niche Experience?

Anita Finlay and Jerry Doyle

Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle Talk Oscars and Women in Film An article I posted, What the Oscars Tell Us About How Society Views Women, is getting a lot of play.  It addresses Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett's acceptance speech calling out studio heads and filmmakers for keeping women’s stories sidelined — even though many play big at the box office. Blanchett is correct.  Her film “Blue … [Read more...]

Book Feature: THE LAST SNOWMAN by JC Little


A snowy day brings a teenage girl in touch with her inner child as she constructs a giant snowman.  But heartbreak awaits when the inevitable forces of life and nature take their toll. Never fear, JC Little, The Animated Woman is here! The giant snowman gets a second life when the young girl's Mom (aka JC Little, The Animated Woman) springs into action to do what Moms do best - make … [Read more...]

Equality & Marriage = Sexual Turn Off?

Anita Finlay and Jerry Doyle

Hilarity ensues when Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle Talk Successful Relationships  on 2/11/2014 --  (audio below) My most recent article, Is Equality and Marriage a Sexual Turn Off, offers an irreverent take on current studies stating that marriages where both partners share chores & child rearing have less sex.  You can also check out Lori Gottlieb’s underlying NY Times magazine … [Read more...]

Winter Snow Humor


Just a couple of favorite winter snow day cartoons (pre #PolarVortex and #PolarVortex2) from the Great Snow Storm of 2001 : *cartoonist: Stuart Carlson, 2001, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nope! - *** - * cartoonist: unknown  I thought so!   Have any good snow toons to share? # … [Read more...]

Is Political and Media Sexism Stuck in Repeat?


~ Listen to an excerpt of The Jerry Doyle Show as radio talk show host Jerry Doyle and his guest, Anita Finlay, engage in a lively battle of the sexes while discussing -- SIRI humor, auto correct's "gome," "Lady Mayor" qualifiers, Hillary's big heels, who is or isn't a "shill" and more … Just click on the audio bars below to listen to both segments. ~ * Then check out a related … [Read more...]

BTSN Features: THANK MY LUCKY SCARS by Ward Foley


"...wonderfully funny, tragically heartbreaking, and deeply inspiring..." Ever heard of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita? Neither had I, until last year when I encountered Ward 'Scarman' Foley on twitter.   It was just before a Dewey's Read-a-thon.  So when I discovered that Mr. Foley was the author of a inspirational memoir with a catchy title, I added THANK MY LUCKY SCARS to my read-a-thon … [Read more...]

Could Appointing Women CEOs Be A Win?


~ Listen to an excerpt of The Jerry Doyle Show as radio talk show host Jerry Doyle and his guest Anita Finlay engage in a lively battle of the sexes while discussing -- Mary Barra, the stats to back women CEOs, The Ellen Show, inclusion and solutions vs shopping confirmation bias, women drivers and more ... ~ Just click below to listen. … [Read more...]

For The Joy of Animals: Are Humans Just Tools for a Monkey?

clipped from video - from International Primate Rescue sanctuary

Are human's just hand tools and free labor to animals? Maybe you've seen the video that's gone viral of an cute monkey using a human hand to crush leaves.  The Capuchin monkey, Chino, is impatient and a bit of a demanding task master of the slow learning human hand.   After numerous attempts, the hand completes the task of crushing the leaves to the Capuchin's satisfaction and the monkey takes … [Read more...]

Pondering The Possibilities: Robotic Olympians

robot gymnast

Could Olympic sports be manned by robots? Would Olympic robots generate the same national fervor as our human competitions? Would the physical feats of robots make for compelling TV? Since robots are just now learning how to walk across rubble (e.g. Boston Dynamics' Atlas, a headless robotic toddler) and run on four legs (e.g. DARPA’s  WildCat, a robotic bulldog with insect feet ), my immediate … [Read more...]

Pondering The Possibilities: Digital Toilet Paper?

emma screen shot

Like it or not.  Embrace it or not. The digital age has brought a lot of changes to our world. But there has to be a limit. Right? Still ... Can we really rule out the possibility of digital "toilet paper"? After all, there was a time when we used leaves, rocks, and even sticks. And isn't it about time for some innovation -- the electric toilet tissue has been around since the 60's. ### … [Read more...]

Featured Book: I SPIDER by Anthony Lance


"…think Hitchcock’s PSYCHO meets THE BIRDS with flashes of humor -- and spiders." I have a rather compulsive habit of downloading books to my e-reader, so it was no surprise when I SPIDER joined the masses on my kindle after I'd read a few book excerpts on author Anthony Lance’s I SPIDER Blog. But that, as they say, is only the beginning of the story. Intrigued by the humor, vivid depictions and … [Read more...]