And Then There Were Three

Christmas, 1967. The stuffed bear ever at my side is Loofy, short for Lucifer. Lucifer, a hand-me-down from my aunt, was a best beloved and devilish beast who stood up to hellish things in the night. If I recall the story correctly, Loofy was named after Lucifer brand matches. His name bears a pun, for Lucifer is the bear-er of…

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I’m Almost Fifty

Many years ago, I was a child who played in Chelsea Park, Manhattan, NYC. In those days, it was concrete with a little bit of green. Today, it’s green with a little bit of concrete. Somewhere in the middle, it was just sand, like a big cat litter box. I’m sure I could turn Chelsea Park into a metaphor for…

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Gratitudes: Under the Rocks and Stones

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

Tea, Cinderella cup, and bracelet. Life is good.

Ten things that made me happy today:

1. My niece (I broke the people law wherein I cannot include people in my gratitude list; however, this is a happiness list, so I am excused);

2. A nice dinner at Bistro Byronz for a good cause – “Dining Out for Life”;

3. I got away with an excellent joke on my boss’s boss’s boss;

4.My boss’s boss’s boss didn’t fire me for said excellent joke;

5. My house is clean;

6. Celestial Seasonings’ Gingerbread Spice Tea is out of production and off season, but I still have some left over;

7. I took a minute last week to re-string my twenty+ year old beaded bracelet from Key West that broke last year and I’ve worn it every day for a week. I do not know what this bracelet is made of. Some sort of plant material, I think, or perhaps shells;

8. Hank the autistic cat has been letting me pick him up for hugs;

9. I don’t need to complete my list all the way to ten things because I am content with nine; and

I’m not feeding into my perfectionism today.

And You May Find Yourself

I spent much of today wasting time. Some of this wasted time was spent in productive efforts that have no apparent rewards, and some was spent in an ephemera of data as I tried to clean out multiple email account folders, flash drives, and other collection baskets. I feel like I’m a thousand points of bitterness, I’ve got a dry…

On Academic Biorhythms

This year was peculiar at school because various calamities kept us in crisis mode all year. As we plod toward April, I find myself worn as thin as some of the most stressful times of my adult life even though I have nothing overly stressful except for typical work responsibilities. I think that I could weather daily work more easily…

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Attila the Hunny

My cats are overweight, a problem common to aging pets and pet owners who spend too much time indoors at the computer or on the sofa watching television. My cats are on a diet, which causes Milo some serious problems. Milo is a large, lumbering cat of Siamese mix. He’s muscle and fat and size and stealth. He’s all love,…

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Olivia Pope: Scandal’s Tragic Mulatto

Scandal is a guilty pleasure. I’m hooked on the bodice-ripping, twisty-turny Shonda Rhimes storyline.  All the blogs say that audiences, particularly women of color, have a love/hate relationship with Olivia Pope, the main character of Scandal, because she’s a two-steps forward, two-steps back kinda girl. Lauded in many circles as a positive image, Olivia Pope is simply a familiar tragic…

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Huey Long and Occupy Wall Street – My Easter Message

Huey Long is the heart of Louisiana. I think of him when I think of Louisiana and I understand the anathema of this state. Its collectivism, which derives from its non-Anglo traditions and its agrarian culture, gave easy rise to its populist politics. That populism was intensely complicated by a racism that Huey Long managed to navigate. Long dreamed of…