Paula Houseman

 
 
 

Why Does Weird Trump Normal?

August 18th, 2017

Spawn of the Yawn When I was little, my mother used to tell me that if someone intimidated me it helped to imagine them sitting on the toilet. Her little pearl of wisdom wasn’t worth diddly-squat because she intimidated me, I’d seen her on the crapper, laughed, got into trouble, and felt more intimidated. It … Read more



Why It’s Time for a New Women’s Anthem!

April 14th, 2017

I  ♥ My Dirty-Girl Mouth I have a potty-mouth. It’s not a bad thing. For a long time, though, I was ashamed of what came out of my bazoo. Why couldn’t I be demure—ladylike, like the fairy-tale damsel? It’s not as if I didn’t try to make nice. We bobby-socked baby-boomers were groomed to. Still, … Read more



Why the Lure of Horror Is a Good Thing

April 3rd, 2017

A Nightmare on Overwhelm Street The man’s bloodied forearm dangled limply outside the door of his horribly smashed-up car. I slowed down to get a better look at this accident on the other side of the road. The drivers in front of me had also reduced speed, but the stretch ahead of them was clear. No … Read more



Does Cupid Aim to Please? Or Is He One Sharp Cookie?

February 13th, 2017

Love Is Blind, Deaf, and Dumbed-Down Chubs draws back his bow, shoots his ♥-tipped arrow, and pierces the heart of our love interest. Aww. Happy Valentine’s Day. This picture, this Hallmark moment, is the stuff of fairy tales. Rewind some centuries, though—before these fluffy stories made us go all gooey; before February 14 was known … Read more



Why Obscenity Is Good for Your Health

July 20th, 2016

Truth or Dare? Dare. I dare say we all crave obscenity. Ooh … I sense prudes mounting their high horses, shouting a spotless synonym for ‘bullshit!’. But that would indicate that they’ve opened up this post, which could indicate that they were unable to resist sneaking a peek at something that might be grubby. Why? … Read more