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Snap Out Of It!
A collection of Madge Madigan's column "Snap Out Of It!" from Rochester Woman Magazine. Thought provoking laughs on every subject from holidays to social media to dining to breasts.
My Dining Hell
'I have been a restaurant critic for over a decade, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing I have learnt it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. No, scratch that. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush.
They claim otherwise, of course. Readers like to present themselves as private arbiters of taste; as people interested in the good stuff. I'm sure they are. I'm sure they really do care whether the steak was served au point as requested or whether the soufflÃ© had achieved a certain ineffable lightness. And yet, when I compare dinner to bodily fluids, the room to an S&M chamber in Neasden (only without the glamour or class), and the bill to an act of grand larceny, why, then the baying crowd is truly happy.'
About the Author
Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster with a fine collection of floral shirts. He has written on everything from crime and politics, through cinema and theatre to the visual arts, but is best known as restaurant critic for the Observer. For a while he was a sex columnist for Cosmopolitan; he also once got himself completely waxed in the name of journalism. He only mentions this because it hurt. Jay is a former Young Journalist of the Year, Critic of the Year and Restaurant Critic of the Year, though not all in the same year. Somehow he has also found time to write four novels and two works of non-fiction. He is a regular on British television, where he is familiar as a judge on Masterchef and the resident food expert on The One Show. He likes pig.
Beauty Out Of Barrenness
"He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD." Psalm 113:9 Barren. Even now, the pain is still very real. The reality of the failure I felt as a woman in not being able to conceive is beyond what I can put into words. The empty feeling of barrenness is as massive and harsh as the word itself implies. But, even in the midst... God's grace is sufficient!
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