Jennifer McBride's Touching the Trees Blog
MY RECENT POSTS
- When I was a Lesbian
September 04, 2012 01:56PM
- Does anyone really care about
August 21, 2012 06:19PM
- Grateful for Second
November 29, 2011 09:39AM
- Missing the Christmas Card
November 21, 2011 05:05PM
- My Two Mother-in-Laws
November 17, 2011 10:47AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “bnzoot -- Thanks for
your comment. I should mention
of things. First,
November 23, 2011 09:42AM
- “Pauline -- I use
Shutterfly a lot. They
definitely have that
:-) Good lu…”
November 23, 2011 09:35AM
- “I love this song. It's
even my ringtone for one
Thanks for posting
November 21, 2011 05:38PM
- “Thanks, Just Thinking!
It's actually been a fun
November 21, 2011 05:35PM
- “As one of those bloggers
who used cyber-space to make
October 04, 2011 12:46PM
- MY LINKS
It turns out that in the fall of 2009, I was a lesbian. In fact, I may still be one, to some.
Imagine my surprise as a mother and former housewife when a dear friend of mine, in the middle of a morning walk, told me a secret she’d been holding… Read full post »
I hate to ask such a crass question, but seriously -- recent statements by politicians trying to classify and qualify rape is just the most recent de-rape-fying of criminal sexual conduct. "Legitimate rape" is supposed to be juxtaposed with what? Illegitimate rape? Imagined rape? A date gone wrong --… Read full post »
This year was the second time I didn't have my children for Thanksgiving dinner on actual Thanksgiving Day. I'm an admitted "traditionalist," which means I get a lot of strength from creating and maintaining family traditions. So, not having my kids with me when there's a tradition at stake is often… Read full post »
I haven't sent Christmas cards to anyone, except for a very few family members, since my divorce. For one, I haven't had enough extra cash lying around to justify spending $50 or more printing photo cards (or buying boxes of something cute and religion-neutral) and mailing them out.… Read full post »
Recently, at a book club I was speaking with, the subject of first wives came up. One woman told the group that her husband's first wife was probably, at that very second, hanging out with his family...even though they'd been divorced for well over two decades. As the second wife, even… Read full post »
Sitting on my covered front porch the other day, in the middle of a storm, I watched Dorothy's tree quiver as the raindrops bounced its few, brittle boughs. I'd recently moved the tree from it's place of honor in my dining room to the outdoors, exposed to… Read full post »
Do you catch yourself thinking, “Man, I just want to run away!” Or, “Things would be so much easier if I weren’t married”? Do you look at your divorced friends and wonder what you’d
Guess what I saw in the mirror today? Janice Tomilowitz's hair.
On my head.
I spent an inordinate amount of 2nd grade sitting, alphabetically, just behind Janice Tomilowitz. At some point every day, probably during addition/subtraction, I stared at the back of her head -- at her perfect… Read full post »
The Commune: Prologue
My house is becoming The Commune. In a week.
In this first installment of The Commune, I'll introduce you to the people, animals, reasons why, and our hopes...and fears.
Right now, here's who lives at my address: Me, my three kids, and my two cats. Here's who's moving… Read full post »
Zillions of us are familiar with this situation...your mobile phone breaks, you go to the cell phone store to get it fixed, and you end up hating your life. You wonder how in the world a company can stay in business when their customers leave the store wanting… Read full post »
Will our country collapse under the weight of Planned Parenthood defunding? One person is screaming, "YES!" But is anyone listening?
Last weekend, while sitting in a friend's kitchen hoping to
catch a DVR-ed, concert performance of "Don't Stop Believin'," all
hell broke loose.
Prior to that moment, John (aka Huck, Manfriend, and Peter...one of these days something'll stick) had started to nod off while conversation mellowed; I'… Read full post »
Ups? Yes, and I've literally reverberated with the joy of them (like when I got to go on the unexpected first motorcycle ride of the season). Downs? Of course, though those are much less soul-tisfying.
1. Self-esteem is really great birth control.
2. Longing for love won't make it magically appear.
3. Fixing yourself works better than trying to fix someone else.
4. Giving is better than receiving, unless you never get anything back...then it's worse.
5. Your stomach never lies. It tells you when yo… Read full post »
There was something compelling about when the little, old, Puerto Rican, Betty White doppleganger (named Candy) looked me straight in the eye and said, "Give your body to Jesus and stop eating salt." She had so much strength in her conviction, plus a whole lot of heavily-accented… Read full post »
(And into the Rheumy Eyes of a Street Balladeer) Part 2
Living Up is a philosophy of change that I'm using more and more often in my daily life now. It first came about when I was going through a divorce a few years ago. I was so beaten… Read full post »
Last week I was in Puerto Rico, on an Un-eymoon with Manfriend. For better or for worse, it wasn't a real honeymoon because we aren't really married. In fact, unless I find a pile of money and decide that I'm not owed anything more from my…
Yesterday I explored the idea of applying math equations to a past relationship. The math equations came from the concept of Social Exchange Theory made popular in the '90s (so right up my generational alley). Basically, when two or more people come into contact with one another… Read full post »
www.NBC.com/Parenthood, Episode 217
In this episode of the highly-acclaimed television drama about a large family and its requisite sibling/parent/spouse issues, one key moment occurred that caused me to pause, rewind, pause, rewind, jot down notes, and (finally) write. It's a scene toward t… Read full post »
On Saturday night, I went to a movie, The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Going to the movie was a treat for my SO (significant other) and myself because we'd spent all day working -- he on renovating the basement and me on marketing/writing.
We… Read full post »