Just my take on


Because I have long lived in the same town as my elderly parents, most of the caregiving responsibilities have fallen to me.  Still, my sister was a great help to me in caring for our father when he was alive, and is even more present now as our mother moves further and… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2012 11:45PM

Poetry Out of the Clouds Sampler

I have my mother to thank for my love of poetry.  I don't know that she read much of it, but she made sure I did when I was little.  A Child's Garden of Verses was just the start.  The Childcraft book of poetry and others followed.  My great teacher Ronnie… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2012 9:21PM

We Need More Poets

I wish I could say I wrote this beautiful essay, but I'm thankful to the author, E.R. Bills, for allowing me to repost it from today's Dissident Voice (http://dissidentvoice.org).


Writer Don DeLillo once wrote that r… Read full post »

 EXCITING NEWS!  I found a GREAT product that will draw men's eyes back up to our breasts where they belong:

"Women can rejoice – our very last wardrobe malfunction has now been addressed!"

Interesting device  

"SmoothGroove is the safe and effective way to alleviate the crudely termed… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2012 7:35PM

In remembrance and celebration of

In a little park horse-shoed by water a few steps from my townhouse:  an evergreen.


I planted this tree today as a gift of life to support someone who has suffered a devastating loss.  I don't know how to PM a photo, so I offer this new life to m… Read full post »

A quick update on my last post:  I've given out only three bags, but oh how wonderful it was.  The first was the day after my post.  The guy was at the light I go by regularly.  He told me, "God bless you, baby."  Oh wow.  My car floated home.  The next ti… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2012 7:46PM

The $12.50 vs. $50,000.00 gift bag

Daisy Jane/Dirty Harry pushed my compassion buttons this morning, and I went out into the world to do good.  I was going to post not about what I did, but about a small thing perhaps some OSers might like to do that would be meaningful to a few of the overwhelming number of… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2012 7:31PM

Have no fear, no fish here!

I've laid low today because of a dreadful cough, perhaps bronchitus.  The human body is amazing in how it reacts to outside attacks.  No details on that, though.  You're welcome.

I finally at 4 p.m. traded my pajamas for clothes and ventured out to check on yesterday's fish.  Pret… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2012 7:16PM

A Year Outside Myself

This year, I'd like to be more aware and appreciative of the miracles that occur around me each day.

This morning I was leaving to have a late Christmas with a friend when a neighbor stopped me to tell me something crazy.  She was walking her dog in the park at the end of our… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2011 11:13PM

Happy Sadiversary

 One year ago today, my father died.  He was ninety years old.

A  post by Rachel Coyne reminded me of when my dad taught me to ride a bicycle without training wheels.  He had watched me teeter back and forth on those stabilizing tires, never really gliding free from… Read full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2011 9:19PM

Do we need to write a new dictionary?

A little sidebar piece in today's paper:


BOSTON:  Police officers swept through Dewey square early Saturday, tearing down tents at the Occupy Boston encampment and arresting dozens of protesters, bringing a peaceful end to the 10-week demonstration.
&nb… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2011 1:35PM

Yes, it IS wrong

NOVEMBER 20, 2011 12:06PM


Did I say I'd post twice a week?  Um....taking Kosher's advice:  when I can and want to. 

I've watched this video probably twenty times and it gives me an exhilarating rush of joy every time.

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.


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OCTOBER 2, 2011 6:21PM

What I did on my summer vacation

 Common Gannet, Detail 
In the spring I applied for and was accepted to a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute to study John James Audubon at Indiana University, basically for the month of July.  We had visiting poets, art historians, filmmakers, novelists, biologists, and the direc… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2011 2:39PM

Iron Man III--Tr ig's Open Call

Casey had long suspected something was amiss at Bob's studio.  The thin windows with their smoky, opaque glass, the awning hanging over the door like some moldy Brezhnevian unibrow, the eternally empty parking lot, now needlessly plowed--it all rang untrue to her.  But wha… Read full post »

1.  I am a procrastinator extraordinaire.  After being away for a while, I got back to posting with the idea that I'd post/journal every day about my separation from my husband, but so much else gets in the way and I'm so damn tired at the end of the day and there's… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2011 9:14PM

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Warning:  Rambling ahead. 

I'm putting one foot in front of the other and making it through my days.  The love and support from my friends at work (I teach in high school) has been continuous and amazing.  One woman who has annoyed the shit out of me for a long time… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2010 5:58PM

My dad died

DNH  breathed his last at 9:12 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, with TGD by his side to the end. Shortly thereafter, other family members - his wife, FMH; daughter, AHC; son-in-law, LRS;, grandson, MDS; and grandgirlfriend, LP - said farewell to his body and committed his soul into heaven where… Read full post »

When I went to Paris two years ago, I finally saw this Degas bronze.


He made many little models of dancers in various positions, but this pose is the sweetest.  I love that she really is dressed!


This one's a bit fuzzy, but there's my wonderful fellow trave… Read full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2010 7:37PM

Blessings, Indeed

I've been so busy I haven't had time to post, but have enjoyed reading posts.  Such amazing writers here, and such kindness and wit.

Trying to find a picture for my avatar led me to review photos of my trip to Paris with A. (she had to speak at a conference in Brussels, and… Read full post »

Maybe today I should change my avatar.  That's my picture, right? 

Today I got my first look at what not having a guy around who knows guy stuff will be like.  The low tire pressure light came on in my new (since August) car (first one I have EVER had)… Read full post »

Almost a month ago, after another fight with L.,  I packed up two suitcases and came over to my parents' townhouse.  (They moved to assisted living about a year ago so the place has been empty since then--Lord knows I'll get to them later as things have SO changed.)

I don't want… Read full post »

I suppose I've had worse weeks--the time my mom was hospitalized after nearly being run over by her own car, and two days later my husband was admitted to the floor below after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure; the time my mom broke her neck and left the hospital for rehab… Read full post »

JULY 28, 2010 7:21PM

Advertising Gone, Oh, So Wrong

I just saw an ad on TV for a sanitary napkin.  I didn't hear the words because I was too stunned by the animation.  The product was "being worn" by, I kid you not, one of those bronco bull contraptions they used to have (or still do, who knows?) in country… Read full post »

Friday afternoon on the lake, GREEN after a hard rain.


The parental units decide to investigate TGD on the dock:

Ma and Pa Goose 

"She seems okay."

 Fuzzy wuzzies 

Get in line, kids!

Which way do we go? 

 No food this way, either!

 Back this way!

Could we be any sweeter?

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