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Father’s Day 2013

My father spent time in federal prison for seeking to overthrow the United States government pursuant to the Taft Hartley Act. In 1952, it was against the law in this country to be an officer in a labor union and affiliate with the Communist Party in any way. At the age of 28, my father resigned from the Communist Party…

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Gratitudes: Carry the Water

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.

Today I am grateful for….. (gosh let me think…)

1. Southern Pecan coffee from PJs. Mmm good. And huge coffee cups for drinking.

2. Staples, thumbtacks, scotch tape, and other magical things that make offices work. My life and desk would fall apart without them. Especially sticky notes, those glorious things that color my life with semi-permanent reminders and labels.

3. The number 3 for its mystical properties and for forcing me to think of a third thing to be grateful for every time I do gratitudes. The number 3 keeps me mindful of what’s in life.

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Gratitudes: Grandma on Mother’s Day

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.

Grandma Gratitudes: Three things I’m grateful for

1. Always work for peace.

2. A love of ballet and the arts; the lifelong lesson that “high” art does not belong to the elite.

3. A map for how to live fully as a senior citizen and how to approach death with readiness.

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Mother’s Day 2013

In the 1870s, Julia Ward Howe attempted to start a Mother’s Day for Peace. Anna Jarvis started Mother’s Day as a memorial for her mother, and did not appreciate its commercialization. My grandmother, a “right on woman,” completely agreed, but ate the candy anyway. Here is my grandmother, Anna Zuckerman, accepting an award for her service to the Susan B.…

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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 gratitudes cannot include people, but this is actually a happiness list)

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 now worn every day for a week. The bracelet is made of some unknown material, plant or shell, perhaps;

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.

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 nothing overly stressful stands on the horizon except for typical work responsibilities. Perhaps 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, fat, size, and stealth. He’s all love, and all…

Olivia Pope: Scandal’s Tragic Mulatto

Scandal is a guilty pleasure with its bodice-ripping, twisty-turny Shonda Rhimes storyline. Lauded in many circles as a positive image, Olivia Pope is a familiar tragic trope clad in a power suit. 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…