Scandal is back!  And I’ve taken to calling the last three episodes of Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal, Dethroned.

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Windy City Live and $18,000.00 a Year

This morning, I was sitting on the end of the bed watching Windy City Live while getting dressed for work and almost fell off the bed when I heard Val Warner say that you can’t live comfortably on $18,000.00 a year.

She, Ryan, and Ji were discussing a story about a young man and his wife who retired at the age of thirty and were raising their son on $18,000.00 a year.

I watched as Val wrinkled up her nose and shook her head at the thought of living on $18,000.00.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love Val Warner and Windy City Live, but Val Warner there are hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans living, working, and raising more than one child on $18,000.00 a year.

And I do believe, we have just raised the minimum wage in the state of Illinois to $10.00 an hour which, if a person worked 40 hours a week would come up to about $18,000.00.

And just so you know, most of those same workers who had their salaries raised to $10.00 an hour also had their hours cut.

Comfortable to me means a roof over our heads, a clean home, food on the table, clean clothes on our backs, and a reliable car to get us back and forth.  Movie night means renting a movie from Redbox or the local library and dinner out is Chili’s or Applebees and Red Lobster for really special occasions.  Clothes shopping is done at Marshalls, Target, and Burlington’s and there are no designer shoes in our closets but isn’t that what got Mrs. Blagojevich in trouble with the media and then her husband investigated?

And Val, have you heard about retiring on Social Security?  I’m sure most of your viewing audience is made up of retirees living on Social Security that pays abouth $18,000.00 a year or LESS.

I say all of this to say, ‘comfortable’ is a state of mind, or, like beauty, relative to those observing it.

And if you’re listening Windy City Live, there’s a show in there.  Why not find a family that is living comfortably on $18,000.00 and find out how they’re doing so.

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth


Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
Dancing With The Fat Woman

What happened to the World in World News Tonight

Is it me?  Or has ABC’s World News Tonight omitted the ‘World’ part of the News.   Since the death of Peter Jennings and the takeover by Disney it seems that ABC’s World News Tonight hopped aboard a Disney Theme Park ride and forgot to get its ass off!

To me, ABC has gone positively medieval broadcasting the World News as though the sun revolved around the United States.

Now, I’ll admit that I haven’t watched a lot of ABC’s World News Tonight broadcasts lately, but the few I have watched were themed around middle class white American (this week, the floods in Texas, the tornadoes and storms in Kansas and Illinois focusing on white suburbia); people who have gotten themselves into unfortunate situations (like falling or being pushed off a cliff, standing trial for murder, or acting out on planes);  celebrities (Bruce Jenner and the Kardashians), and ending with an uplifting story about someone doing something noble and/or heroic which in my humble opinion was designed to leave us with a positive cheerful attitude about the state of the World.  Except, there’s nothing about the rest of the World, and what’s happening in it, in their News broadcast.  Except, maybe once or twice a week, there’s something about ISISL.

By contrast, BBC’s World News covers Asia, Africa, Australia, Latin America, the Middle East, Germany, Indonesia, Europe, and of course the United States.

This not an ad for or an endorsement of BBC World News, but simply wishful thinking hoping that ABC World News will put the ‘World’ back in their broadcasts.  Then perhaps, middle class American can answer the question, “What the hell is Fifa?”

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
OneThreeThirteen – Master of the Day Of Judgment
Dancing With The Fat Woman

A Writing Prompt or A Harbinger of Things To Come

Sometimes as a writer, you get these fantastic ideas for a novel or novella but because of other commitments — finishing and — you know you’ll never get around to starting the project let alone finishing it.

I have one such idea, and I was reminded of it again this morning while watching ‘Good Morning America. So, I’d like to throw that idea out to the writing community.

It goes like this:

When I was a child, we were taught in school that the sun is 93 million miles from earth and that the continental United States was farther south than it is today. However, if you fact check that in Wikipedia today, it states that the sun is 108 million miles from the earth and we’re experiencing a slow continental drift northward. My story idea takes that information and paints a doomsday that the sun is moving away from the earth and as it does it is slowly pulling the earth apart which is the reason for the recent rash of sinkholes.

Who would live and who would die.  And what would life be like on the part of the earth that was left in its old orbit.

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth







Sausage and Cheese Pizza with Extra Cheese

I live in Maywood, Illinois sometimes known as Murderwood, Illinois.  But according to recent polls we might have to give that title over to Chicago. 

With that said, there has been a lot of talk out in Maywood,aka, Murderwood about our not being able to get a major supermarket chain to put a grocery store in the area.  I really don’t mind that so much because I shop at Aldi’s most of the time any way and Aldi’s already has a store in Maywood.

What is really yanking my chain is Pizza.  There is NO PIZZA DELIVERY IN MAYWOOD. 

Madam Mayor and Trustees, forget about the darn supermarket for awhile and start solving the of NO PIZZA DELIVERY IN MAYWOOD

I think you should first concentrate on why neither Pizza Hut, Dominos, or Papa John will deliver a pizza to Maywood? 

And by the way, you can’t get Chinese food delivered either!    Now that’s true discrimination.

And finally, no sit down restaurants.  Only fast food chains that won’t deliver!

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

Manys Thanks to Justice John B. Simon
Former Mayor Richard Daley
You’re both my finest inspirations




LOL Laughing Out Loud

Checked on STALKED! this morning.  It’s still listed with Stephen King but at least, I moved up. Thank you


Click the link to check it out.

Two things made me laugh this week.

The first thing, maybe not so funny for some, but when I thought of it in terms of my life I literally started laughing out loud (LOL).

It was news that Jesse Jackson Junior’s things were being auctioned off to pay back the $750,000.00 he inappropriately used to pay for his shopping spree.

I had to laugh because if the Feds were to auction off everything I owned, and that includes recently purchased items, I’d come up short by about $650,000.00.

They might get another twenty thousand or so by selling the car, maybe. Then throw in two years of my salary. And finally, the apartment building in which I live, even though technically, I don’t own it and maybe just maybe, if the buyer were drunk enough and therefore feeling quite generous, they might fetch a cool hundred thousand. Who am I kidding? LOL .

 Secondly, I finished book one of the series STALKED! By Voices and got it on And when I Goggled the book, sure enough there it was, listed under Stephen King’s, ‘The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.’

I danced around with great personal joy, finished my day job, went home and slept like a baby. When I woke the next morning, God did one of those very very very very rare things and spoke to me. He say, “You’re listed under Stephen King because they think your life is a horror story. A well written one, but a horror story none the less.” LOL Trying to get the book moved to the Memoir section.

 But speaking of horror stories, Tuesday night I watched Brad Pitt’s movie, World War Z on Comcast On Demand. The street flight through Jerusalem street was so intense I felt like I was part of the battle.

It’s well worth watching even though I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending.

Keep laughing. Keep dreaming. Enough said.


A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth