Sometimes On A Tuesday – Overheard at Our Nation’s Grocery Stores

Rounding the corner of the health food aisle at our town’s redoubtable Stop and Shop, rolling my cart along between the cheese display and the chip shelves, I drew up beside an older white man. He was bald, in shorts, wearing one white glove on his right hand. Just as I passed him, smiling politely under my mask, he said, softly but clearly, “I’m God’s chosen one and no one else matters.”

Sometimes On A… is inspired by the book Overheard At America’s Lunch Counters by Susan Catherine, Professional Eavesdropper, St. Martin’s Press, 1989, which contains, among so many others, the immortal overheard comment, “Pardon me if I’m wrong, but this isn’t my impression of a quality donut.” Have you overheard something delicious lately? Write to me at and I’ll post it!

At the Total Femme, my intention is to post three or four times a week: Meditations for Queer Femmes on Monday, Pingy-Dingy Wednesday on Wednesday, Femme Friday on Friday, and (new for spring 22!) the occasional Sometimes On A…. Rather than play catch-up in a stressful fashion on those weeks when life prevents posting, I have decided to just move gaily forward: if I miss a Monday, the next post will be on Wednesday, and so on. Thank you, little bottle of antibiotics for inspiring me in this! (“…if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed one.”) And…as I go through life life life, I will post as I am able, Mabel.

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