Author Archives: Djanka Gajdel

Shameless Privilege

It appears that William H. Macy’s character from ‘Shameless,’ Frank Gallagher, is in the shadow of the actions of his wife, Felicity Huffman and others including actress Lori Laughlin from “Full House” fame, arrested for bribes concerning university placements for their kids. Come on people; you can do better than that. You have the resources […]

Ah Men

I’m watching, what I believed was a tremendous opportunity, for the Catholic church to finally redeem itself. Taking ownership for the grave damage imposed on the lives of the victims that were sexually abused by its clergy, but I was sadly mistaken. For me, the equation is simple. Abuse is abuse is abuse. If anyone […]

Buzzing To The Magic Kingdom

With Valentine’s upon us, many will be given traditional gifts, like chocolates, roses, dinner even a small box from Tiffany’s. But Cupid’s checklist of seasonal goodies is expanding to reflect the times. Including in it, vibrators. The vibrator has come a long way. No longer perceived as a tool to till the garden or something […]


In the month recognized for candy hearts and all things that beat wildly in our chest, Susan Lucci, aka Erica Kane, from the Soap Opera ‘All My Children’ went public about her recent heart scare. Thank you, Susan. She spoke about not realizing her arteries were blocked, experiencing severe pressure in her chest and blowing […]

The Queen of Lists

A life without checklists is like slow dancing to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ It starts predictable even romantic but then transitions into a melody with no possible dance steps to follow — an excellent metaphor for life. I’ve become the Queen of Lists. I never use to be. Birthed out of necessity; my allegiance […]

The Indomitable Christmas Spirit

As a child, we got our Christmas tree a block away from St. Peter’s Church. Each year an argument ensued between my folks and the guy they negotiated with who they affectionately called ‘the robber.” He was notorious for selling overpriced Christmas trees to the locals in the shadow of the enormous crucifix perched high […]

Political Correctness, Meet Your Ego

I grew up in a noisy Eastern European family that only knew spirited discussions around the dinner table.  Our relatives would debate over a spread filled with food and drink. The tone was loud to compete with the lively conversations happening simultaneously. Once the night was over, everyone would hug, kiss and part ways until […]

Titty Torture

It’s that marvellous time of the year where my breasts get squeezed into pancakes you’d find at an IHOP.  My biennial mammogram. Sounds like candygram but not so sweet. I arrive at my appointment wondering whether a guy would ever agree to get his family jewels squished between two acrylic square panels resembling s’mores. I […]