After 20 years, the tradition died. All of a sudden. No planning. It just did. I am one of those people who spent Thanksgiving Day writing out Holiday cards to people I saw last week or a decade ago, picking out the best card in my stash to use for this particular person, and then … Continue reading I didn’t bother to send Christmas Cards this year…
Banks and retailers, please listen up. It's the Christmas shopping season, a time when we're supposed to be thinking about peace and good will toward men (the philosophers of Peanuts already covered this pretty well--go look it up). Doesn't stop outright greed in the form of overindulgence or theft. Especially theft. And the easiest way … Continue reading It is time I let retailers and banks know how much I HATE chip cards, and why.
Recommend: from Dandelion Salad: Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts! I can't help it--I get suckered into good deals and the belief that I won't get stuck in debt every year. I'm sure I'm still paying for Christmas gifts from 10 years ago because I've never crawled from the hole I dug. I'm working my way … Continue reading Against Excess this Holiday Season…I will do my damnedest.
I admit, I have tons of go-tos for getting out of a crap-tastic day. Sometimes I let myself wallow, but most of the time I get impatient and go looking for things that never fail to make me laugh or at least smile and feel good for a little while. And most of them are … Continue reading My Top 10 List: videos or moments that make me smile or laugh no matter what
Anybody who met me personally, other than wondering where the hell my energy and babbling comes from, would probably consider me to be the biggest square that ever walked about in my generation. I'm not much of a drinker, not a smoker, and more than a handful of college classmates told me that I'd probably … Continue reading Creating Poetry When You Don’t Have a Life
I probably could've jumped on the #metoo bandwagon while it was still rolling strong, but I wanted to listen more than anything. I wanted to understand, because when it comes to social skills, I have few. Then the texts came this morning. Maybe it's some twisted coincidence, but 10 has become a cursed number for … Continue reading I Can Be Afraid and Angry, Even When I Don’t Know Where to Set It.
If you looked at my office, you'd swear I'd never heard the word "organize" in my entire life. It's a wreck--partially due to aborted efforts TO organize in the past few months. Yet, when you see my notebooks, my journals, calendar, to-do list, or any other writing, you'll notice some organization there...by color. I don't … Continue reading My quirky love affair with colored pens
I’m not usually a re-blogger, but there seem to be quite a few good ones this week…and I can see the people described very clearly in these words in my own past and present…and the new generation coming up. Hope we can let civility reign again, and learn how to deal with disappointment
“War is what happens when language fails.”
— Margaret Atwood
We all fight with someone, even the people we love the most. We fought all the time, nearly daily for some, but it’s rare we reach for physical violence to get our point across. It is common to reach for emotional savagery at the slightest threat to our self-image, our way of thinking, or our sense of control. Real or perceived we are quick to hate, to degrade, and to cut off people around us for the smallest transgression because we have lost the ability to really tell one another how we feel, and to really listen to the feelings of another.
We’ve all utilized violence at some point on siblings or schoolmates. Some have hit their children or had to fight a stranger. Worse are those who have struck a spouse, a parent, an animal. I’ve seen it all and done…
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My inner Geography-teacher really wishes I knew more about GIS technology and how to do it myself. But I hope these projects get a lot of info out there. I couldn't help but pass along this one. Great information for the having. Source: Mapping Racism And Assessing the Success of the Digital Humanities Original post … Continue reading Cross-post: Mapping Racism And Assessing the Success of the Digital Humanities
I downloaded the series a few weeks ago (legally) and finally had a full day at home to take care of some filing and paperwork, so I started the series over and watched every episode (I only caught the first two on TV before my work hours went wonky). I thought it was an interesting … Continue reading Binge-watching “Manhunt: Unabomber” got me thinking today…