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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Category Archives: Blogging
This is going to be one of those most cliched of blog posts: a post about how hard it is to blog right now. My impassioned rant about Bernie Sanders notwithstanding, I struggle to write these days — not that … Continue reading
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I am I, Don Quixote, the Lord of La Mancha My destiny calls and I go And the wild winds of fortune will carry me onward Whithersoever they blow “Man of La Mancha,” from Man of La Mancha, lyrics by … Continue reading
I have been re-reading a bunch of my posts. I think I have a “voice,” but I also think the voice tends to be over-serious, humorless, and somewhat presumptuous. I know there are political blogs out there, and personal blogs … Continue reading
Reading comprehension, it’s a thing. A thing at which I apparently failed yesterday. Ian Osmond has pointed out to me that he did not actually do a cost-benefit analysis, merely pointed out that one needed to be done. I think … Continue reading
There is so much to write about… Capital punishment and the botched execution in Oklahoma. A school shooting that did not happen because gun control laws worked the way they should. Vincent and Frank, a tale of two Mustangs. But… … Continue reading
I am working again now. It’s a temporary, part-time job. I actually like temporary assignments: I like the goal oriented nature of the work. And besides, it’s good to be useful. Longer term work with more hours would be good, … Continue reading
I just got a very concerned call. It turns out that since my posts are cross-posted to both Twitter and Facebook, there was a tweet from me which said “We’re being held hostage. At gunpoint.” Um, no, I am not … Continue reading
I have been doing a lot of reading of blogs and other online media lately. (Yes, I know, instead of writing my own online content.) There is a lot of good material out there, usually in my case linked to … Continue reading
I have not been writing. There is a big post on a very painful (but not too personal — do not worry) subject. I could post about inconsequential things — how the cat has bombed the bed again; how happy … Continue reading
I did not blog about Christmas (which was good, more or less) or New Year’s. I made no new resolutions: I have made little headway on those I made for 2011, so I until that happens, I am not going … Continue reading
I have written 182 posts thus far this year, not including this one. In 2012, I wrote 361 — nearly an average of one a day — and in 2011, 313. The last year I posted less than 200 blog … Continue reading
I did not make the fifty thousand words. It’s a shame really — but I resisted the temptation to go back and edit former posts to make them longer. I suppose that if I had chosen to do so last … Continue reading
I am sitting contemplating the evolutionary advantages of boredom. I can’t think of any, but that might simply be because right at this moment I am bored out of my skull. Edited to add, later: I might have written more, … Continue reading
WordPress just ate 700 words of a lengthy post I was writing. I feel like I want to hit something.
If you are paralyzed by a voice in your head It’s the standing still that should be scaring you instead Go on, and do it anyway “Do It Anyway,” The Ben Folds Five So, I have been trying to do … Continue reading
I am doing a lot of my writing offline. There is a problem in using Starbucks Wi-Fi, and not just with security: depending upon the Starbucks and the time of day, the network can be horribly slow. I was in … Continue reading
I have so much to write about. At this point I have 16 browser tabs open, not including this one, and a mess (that’s a term of art) of links stored in my Safari reading list. Topics range from Jenny … Continue reading
Part of the problem with being on painkillers is that it shuts down the part of the brain capable of making complicated arguments. I can do some of it, but not nearly as well as I would like. Foregoing the … Continue reading
I had planned to spend a lot of time writing this evening, and this month in general. Friday was the first day of NaNoWriMo, and while I have not participated in years (I have neither the attention span nor the … Continue reading