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