I don’t particularly care about football, but my cat was named after a Texan. This is a Colorado state park, summer of 2021 (image provided by author).


I just spent an exhausting half hour on Twitter, finally reporting a few tweets actively calling for my death and forcing a time-out on myself. My crime? I admitted, aloud, that if I did ever get pregnant, I’d get an abortion.

My husband is fine with this; it’s part of…


I went ahead and labeled a column QUORA before making a single cent from them. Sigh. Give it time. Chart provided by author via Google Sheets.


On the effort to publish every day for 31 days

I failed.

Ok, ok, I published 27 stories — three by my father — and hundreds of comments. I got over 1K views. I made more than I spent on my Medium subscription for the month. I got both parents onto Medium, one paying, and one publishing.

Photo by Eric Rothermel on Unsplash

It wasn’t exactly…


It’s a toy, but it’s a great one and should get credit for that

BitClout is many things, but the basic idea is that it’s the first real combination of cryptocurrency and social media. Members, known as creators, can buy the coin of other members, effectively investing in that person’s — or their own — future success. …


Another soon-to-be-classic by Fred Dooley, inspired and edited by my outstanding self.

The old Remington’s polished stock was a beautiful burled walnut. It felt cool and smooth to the cheek, an oddly comforting sensation. The rifle was scratched and worn, but was built to work and to last, and had…


And I kind of hate it

Our trailer park has the ultimate say on what we do with our yards, but we’ve conned them into allowed two raised beds, each 4' by 8' and surrounded by cinder blocks. This allows us a modest but continuous production of food, including tomatoes and onions, through the non-frozen months.

Photo by Chad Stembridge on Unsplash


You want a hot body? You want a Bugatti? You want a Maserati? You better work, $!+&#

Britney Spears Work, Bitch (2013)

For those of us, especially women, especially of a certain generation, Britney Spears represents… well, we don’t quite know what, but it’s certainly relevant. And important.

Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

Britney…


I’ve been vegetarian since I was 8. My dad likes to tell people it’s because Babe, the movie about the charming pig, came out around that time, but really, I was just copying my older cousin.

That said, it clearly stuck, because I’m 34 and still vegetarian — and now…

Melinda "Millie" K. Dooley

Ms. Melinda Dooley is a lifelong educator and enthusiastic biologist, and is a confirmed student of failure.

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