Who I am…
I am a lawyer, former mother of teenagers, and a quixotic seeker after and champion of factual truth.
I make the best damn brownies you have ever had that are not regulated by the federal government.
I love movies, Broadway, and intelligent conversation.
I think in song lyrics and movie and television quotes.
I believe in the use of proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar even in text messages. I am willing to debate the use of the Oxford comma, if you know what the Oxford comma is. It also makes me very happy if people use the subjunctive mood when appropriate.
I have been told I intimidate people. I am really just a fluffy-centered teddy bear. Really.
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Words to live by ….
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8.
“Pray for the dead, fight like hell for the living.” Mary Harris (“Mother Jones”).
“Don’t boo. Vote.” Barack Obama.
“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr.
“No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.” Sir Terry Pratchett.
“Damning facts are still facts.” Steven C. Holtzman.
“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re tested, they’re not values — they’re hobbies.” Jon Stewart.
“Darkness never sustains, even though it sometimes seems it will.” Doctor Who.
“Writing is a form of mischief.” Stephen Sondheim.
“An idea is not responsible for the people who believe it.” Don Marquis.
“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” Joseph Campbell.
“Truth is our strongest ally, our biggest weapon, and our best defense.” Me.
“Reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Stephen Colbert.
“The opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s creation.” Jonathan Larson.
“We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger.
We rise and fall, and light from dying embers
Remembrances that hope and love last longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love;
Cannot be killed or swept aside.”
“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” Emma Goldman.
“No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett.
“I believe that the God who made (among other things) light, and space, and number, and time, and the spiral curve of Fibonacci numbers, must be acknowledged to understand more than I do about why there’s pain in the world.” Teresa Neilsen Hayden.
“No, it’s not fair. You’re in the wrong universe for fair.” John Scalzi.
“Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.” Lawrence O’Donnell
“So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.” Molly Ivins.
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Monthly Archives: November 2011
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2. It has taken awhile. Usually, in the fall, I am filled witha sense of … Continue reading
…and still pretty wiped out. I had two different meetings today, and now want to nap.
It is vitally important not to try to watch the Colbert Report while drinking milk. Oww.
So, I’m still weak, fatigued and coughing. I did go to Starbucks for a couple of hours today with the kids. We had a far ranging, interesting discussion, as is our wont. Then I came home and slept, and talked … Continue reading
… and you know who you are. “[Geocachers] use multimillion dollar military equipment to find Tupperware hidden in the woods.“*Ken Jennings, during a talk abut his new book Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks.*Just to be clear, … Continue reading
Each year, I add a few songs to my collection of Christmas music. Last year it was Josh Groban. This year it is… Straight No Chaser, “The Twelve Days of Christmas (Live),” and… “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” by… … Continue reading
“Silent Night” is a simple song. That’s what makes it so very moving: simple does not mean empty or shallow. It is like “What Child Is This?,” beautfiul and simple but not plain. That simplicity may be why so many … Continue reading
I am really trying to post every day, whether or not I think I have anything to say. Writing something is the beginning to writing something worth reading, and this is the forum I am most comfortable writing in. What … Continue reading
A list of fifty things I give thanks for, in varying levels of importance: For my household. The boys, The Rocket Scientist and the Resident Shrink. For my mom and my siblings. For my friends. For continued employment for my … Continue reading
I am currently under orders from my doctor to rest, having been diagnosed with severe asthma, acute bronchitis and a sinus infection, all courtesy of the crud I had a couple if weeks ago. (I should be better in a … Continue reading
First Thanksgiving disaster: I put too much pineapple in the cranberry sauce. It’s too sweet: almost a cranberry-pineapple preserves rather than a sauce. Pooh. I wonder if adding Tabasco (heat) would help?
It’s Thanksgiving week. Followed by the holidays in December. I have too much to do. I am declaring myself on a political moratorium at least through the end of the week, both here and Facebook. It won’t make that much … Continue reading
I don’t rent cranes or other construction equipment, but if I did, I know for sure who I would not rent them from. As can be seem in this photo, U.S. Cranes, LLC is refusing to hire people as long … Continue reading
Me: Did you know that Torani makes bacon syrup? That seems just so… wrong. The Not-So-Little-Drummer Boy: You live in the twenty-first century, Mom, If they don’t have bacon-flavored air fresheners by now, we’re not in the future.
[To Michael Morrill, in response to a Move-On.org email asking people to sign a petition calling on Congress to give up their “federally subsidized health care.”] Dear Sir: MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DO NOT GET FREE HEALTH CARE. They are entitled … Continue reading
What wine? We do not have my (and Ted Allen’s) wine of choice to go with turkey, which would definitely be a Gewurtztraminer. We do have some other wines, though. In fact, we have a fair amount of wine, which … Continue reading
[Cross-posted to FB] Thinking aloud, or maybe an informal poll: I am making or buying a pumpkin pie for those person(s) in my house who like pumpkin. I am making a key lime pie for those who like key lime. … Continue reading
The Rocket Scientist and I spent the weekend in Cambria, California, a quaint (as in the cutesy and somewhat overpriced sense) seaside town about 10 miles south of San Simeon. And, for all of you who may be in that … Continue reading
…collapse when one has had simply too much wine. I was going to spend a little time tonight (while the Rocket Scientist was involved with other business) running down a list of current cases before SCOTUS and why they interest … Continue reading