Monthly Archives: July 2012

I went to see “Cavalia” tonight.  Gorgeous men*, stunning women, horses — what’s not to like? My inner 12-year-old, who’s miffed that she won’t be able to see the Olympic dressage** and showjumping,  was in heaven, and my outer 51-year-old wasn’t unhappy … Continue reading

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Just one of those days…weeks…months…years….

Ever had times when you felt like a total waste of oxygen? Pretty much sucks, doesn’t it?

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Yet more evidence that the world has gotten to be a much smaller place….

…. and yet, at the same time we are farther away from each other than ever. I am sitting in a Starbucks in Palo Alto, California, IMing with the Rocket Scientist, who is thousands of miles away on Devon Island … Continue reading

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There is a reason that the quote by Don Marquis is on my sidebar. Dan Savage, founder of the “It Gets Better” project, is a prime exhibit of ideas not being responsible for the people who believe in them. I … Continue reading

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July 20th.

Today is the 43d anniversary of the first time that — as far as we know — the species of one object in our solar system set foot upon another.  The first time where humans became the alien invaders, even … Continue reading

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Dignity. Always dignity.

“Cosmo, call me a cab!” “Ok, you’re a cab.” Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor), Singin’ In the Rain. The Red-Headed Menace and I caught one of my favorite movies on the big screen tonight. And it was … Continue reading

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There’s always a downside.

I really want to support the Not-So-Little Drummer Boy’s interest in cooking, not the least because it means I don’t have to make dinner for the next week.  But having had my coffee mill appropriated to grind spices means my … Continue reading

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So, I have just started a very part time freelance gig doing research and writing for the nonprofit I volunteer for.  And thus far I have two pertinent observations: I hate Open Office with a passion that grows deeper every … Continue reading

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Food for thought.

I have learned a new expression recently: “Stairway to Heaven syndrome.” The Not-So-Little Drummer Boy  (my artist-in-residence for the summer) and I were talking about impostor syndrome and dealing with self-doubt.  He claimed that he generally accepted that all creative … Continue reading

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Oh, my God, I’ve created a monster.

The Not-So-Little Drummer boy is working at a new Starbucks in an adjacent city this summer.  Perhaps in response, he has taken to viewing our Saturday morning family outings to the neighborhood Starbucks as an opportunity to exercise some misplaced … Continue reading

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My favorite July 4th post.

Because of the ongoing Charles Carreon v. The Oatmeal circus (which is the source of a blog post I need to write about the brokenness of the legal system, except that there are so many others writing far more cogent … Continue reading

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Amid the political back and forth about the health care mandate on my Facebook a few days ago, someone slipped in a piece about how conservatives give more to charity than liberals. I made myself read the article, even though … Continue reading

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Even stormtroopers have mothers.

It’s been a hard year.  Part of the pain thus far has been the death of two people in my circle of acquaintances, friends and relatives.  They were not people I was really close to, and I know as I … Continue reading

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