If only I’d launched my Munchie Delivery Service in 1987, I’d be a billionaire by now

“DoorDash Brings Big Gains In Debut of Shares,” my copy of the Wall Street Journal says today. But the idea for it was hatched over games of Risk I played in college; I can only assume that a friend of a friend latched onto my idea in 1987 and then sat on it for a few decades.

Just to set the scene, my friend Lori and our then-spouses were college seniors who sometimes got together to play Risk and indulge a bit. After such…


A cure is in sight for both, but we’re not out of danger yet

Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

DONALD-45 and COVID-19 have so much in common it’s not hard to understand why DONALD-45 welcomed and encouraged the virus into the country as if it were an old friend.

He’s enthusiastically promoted his viral comrade by discouraging masks, holding frequent super-spreader events, declining to champion another relief bill and refusing to properly utilize the Defense Production Act. He’s aligned himself with some of the worst human beings on the planet, such as Roger Stone, Rudy Guiliani, Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, Betsy DeVos, Mike Pompeo, Bill…


An allegory for almost literally everyone

Once upon a time, there was a man who loved baskets and had many in his shelter.

One held his hunting tools and another held his small store of dried meat. Another held a stack of sleeping furs. One small basket held the animal bladders he used to store water. Quite a few were empty. He had enough baskets to last the rest of his life.

But he still felt he did not have enough. In his village, baskets were often traded for food, clothing and other needed items. …


We now live in a world that doesn’t distinguish between experts, morons and conspiracy theorists.

The destruction of the building that housed my former newspaper for more than 100 years. It’s now a graveled lot.

In a country with freedom of speech as well as millions of morons, there needs to be some kind of system that sorts through the voices. We have brilliant thinkers, ordinary citizens who just want to have their say occasionally, people who are so stupid they can barely look after their own affairs and conspiracists who seek to spread objectively false and incendiary shit. …


To anti-patriots, the symbol is more important than our values.

How to Tell Patriotism From Anti-Patriotism

I write this in the waning days of either my America or of Trump’s. It is less than one week from the election and I don’t know what kind of country this will be. I’m hoping for the America of my birth, but I’m terrified.

You may think I’m overreacting. Perhaps you’re a Trump supporter, or perhaps you’re an optimist who believes the United States strong enough to withstand eight years of even a madman’s rule.

I am not an optimist. I’ve long understood we have both patriotism and anti-patriotism in this country, and…


Here’s how to escape all those bad influences and get back to the Good Old Days

The world is full of bad influences, and it’s up to you to remain vigilant. Here’s how to keep you and your family safe.

Look out for subversive books!

Too Much Schooling

You can’t trust colleges, because they will indoctrinate your children. You know it happens, because you’ve seen kids come back from a year of college saying things you know they certainly never heard at your house, like support for those LGBTQ pervs.

As it turns out, you can’t trust even elementary school or high school, either. Your…


Ginger, about two months before she died.

My dog, Ginger, died on July 20, 2020. My family made the difficult decision to end her life when she stopped eating and had trouble walking. She was an ornery little beagle mix we adopted from a shelter in 2003, and she was thought to be at least a year or two old then, so she was probably 18 or 19 when she died. It was a peaceful death. She died surrounded by everyone she loved petting and kissing her and telling her how much we loved her.

In 1997, my mother died of cancer. Like Ginger, she was unable…


It would probably tell you it’s all going to be OK, and then you could eat it.

A loaf of my sourdough, bread in a cloche.

Five years ago, my job as the editor of a small daily newspaper came to an end during one of many rounds of layoffs.

The death of my career was expected, but that didn’t mean I didn’t grieve hard when it happened. I cried every day. I went on a lot of long bike rides out in the country. And, of course, I made a sourdough starter from scratch. His name is Seymour and even though he’s only 5, he has lots of…


A screenshot from my 2018 order.

In December of 2018, after reading a newspaper story that said we were overdue for a pandemic, I bought a 10-pack of N-95 masks and showed the box to my family.

“I know this is kind of silly,” I remember saying, feeling like a crazy doomsday prepper. “But, you know, if the worst happens, we’ll be glad to have these.” …


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

— Ben Franklin, who was not talking about Covid-19

A used N-95 mask, seen from the inside.

Militant conservatives are re-defining the effort to fight COVID-19 as a matter of personal fear: If you’re afraid, go ahead and stay home, but the rest of us want to work. And we don’t want to wear any stinking masks, either.

In other words, if you’re a weak little baby, cower away in your home or hide behind a mask. …

Michelle Teheux

Lover of literature. Blogger at Unbranded. Writer of genre fiction. Former newspaper editor. Fascinated by everything.

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