TIE A BOW ON THIS PIG: to make something good out of a bad situation

bow on a pig

Anyone who was paying attention during the presidential election of 2008 will remember the numerous times the idiom, “like putting lipstick on a pig,” was employed.   The entire idiom continued, “It’s still a pig.”  While it’s a humorous idiom, it was used in  a sexist, nasty way to refer to Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate […]

PARSIMONY: Unusual or excessive frugality; extreme economy or stinginess.

You’ll know what I mean when I say that every now and then a song gets into my mind and I can’t get rid of it.  It may be days later before I shake it.  In the meantime, it is a distraction, not allowing me to concentrate on things before me. Well, I have the […]


In 1969 I experienced a major change in theatrical mind-set when I attended a performance of Ianesco’s Rhinoceros at a theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. It was my first exposure to the genre of drama which explored the absurd as a medium of expression. My theatrical repertoire was shaken and enhanced at the same time. […]