Today is Memorial Day, that hallowed day of the year that we, grateful citizens of these United States, formally honor those men and women who have died while serving in the US military. By the early morning hours, there were many heartfelt sentiments posted on social media to these men and women, to our cherished veterans, and to those who […]
My mother is 83 years old. She weighs 75 pounds this week, 7 lbs less than she did five days ago. Her doctor has said that at 60 pounds, her organs would begin to shut down , so any sudden weight loss means an immediate trip to the ER. Over the past five years, my poor mother has been in […]
It’s a simple enough concept, this idea of “settling down”. It’s what we humans do, is it not? When we come into this world, all brand spankin’ new, pink and chubby, and all seemingly bearing a remarkable resemblance to Winston Churchill, we are the products of our parent’s path into settling down, raising a family, and becoming one with their […]
Oh Monday, Monday Most hated of the days How you haunt our weekends With your displeasing haze With gratitude we pass you Oh Monday from Hell To endure your neighbor Tuesday Who hates you, we can tell Alas, there comes the Wednesday The day we most can bear We walk as if in slumber Thinking, yes, we’re halfway there. Dear Thursday, second best You lift our spirits some We see the light that hovers there The end of the week to come Oh Friday, my dear friend Our favorite by far Oh how we love you Friday The rest we find sub par The weekend is upon us! What happiness abounds We sleep, we play, we carry on With smiles all around Come Sunday night, however Our moods begin to soil When once again we realize With Monday comes more toil Oh Monday, Monday Most hated of the days Why must you torment us By repeating in this way?
Lately, when I venture over to Facebook, I see, more often than not, the same “Suggested Post”. Now, I am fully aware that these posts will show up based on things I’ve posted in my own feed or things I’ve perused on the wonderful world wide open-to-anyone-to-stalk-you web. For example, I expect to see suggested posts about Universal Studios Hollywood […]
I’m telling you, we got this ALL wrong. We need a do-over! Remember that scene in the Superman movie, when Margo Kidder gets caught in the car and dies, and Superman goes into space and does his speedy flying thing in reverse of the earth’s normal orbit and time goes backward? Yes, that’s what we need. When “they” say that technology has made our lives easier, I call bullshit. No,no, no, it has not. For one thing, before cell phones, if my daughter ran out of toilet paper, that was her problem. I wouldn’t be getting 36 text messages about it while trying to have coffee with a friend. Yes, remember face to face interactions? I still have those. I didn’t have to listen to that strangers loud one-sided phone conversation while trying to have lunch and read the paper in peace. Never did the thought cross my mind that someone might take my photo surreptitiously as I wandered into Starbucks in sweats with my bed-head and yesterday’s make up. And that’s just the beginning people. And let’s talk about productivity shall we? I am old enough to remember when we had to WRITE things…letters, cards, school papers, checks even! Do I wish we still had to? Of course not! The time saved is a spectacular human achievement. But here is where we misstepped ladies and gentlemen. We should have stood back and said, wow, look at that. We just […]
My daughter is, in the most objective of ways, awesome. She’s sweet, kind, generous and forgiving. She would adopt every stray she came across if her mother would let her (which she most emphatically will not). She befriends the lonely and protects the weak. She once befriended a stranger laying in a gurney at the hospital when her grandfather was in the ER because she looked “sad and alone”. She just has that kind of gentle and caring spirit. With this in mind, understand my trepidation at the thought of her DATING. For longer than I should have, I just put it out of my mind and hoped it didn’t happen while I still had my sanity. At the very least, I held out hope that it wouldn’t happen until I started drinking again (post-cleanse in Thailand in 2014, I am still more or less alcohol free…damn!). Sadly for me, but certainly more joyously for her, the time has come and, well, I am grossly unprepared. This has led to some very humorous discussions, mostly led by my brave girl, about what I am and what I am not ok with (holding hands, yes, kissing, uh NO). Honestly, her guess is as good as mine. Frankly, I yearn for the days when I was the only one she wanted to hold hands with. Seriously, that was just a month or two ago so don’t judge me. However, at this very […]
On May 28, President Obama will make history as the first sitting President to visit Hiroshima, Japan. Hiroshima. There is so much history, so much emotion, so much grief and sadness, death and destruction, power and strength, in the very word. Enough discussion goes on about whether or not it was right or wrong, necessary or evil, whether it saved […]
There are few things I love more than writing what I feel. Actually, it’s a desperate need. Ok, honestly, it’s a survival skill. I am mentally bombarded with the oddities, trivialities, and, occasionally, deep thoughts about everyday life. They plague me like bad boyfriends and overzealous mall hawkers. If I don’t get them out somewhere, somehow, they haunt my days and deprive my nights of sleep. So this is my therapy. I invite you to cavort with me through the sometimes humorous, sometimes irreverent, often ridiculous, meanderings and musings of my soul. Oh, and I travel. A lot. So you get pretty pictures to look at, too. What more could you possibly want?