Category Archives: My life and times

I am full of grief. I thought it was simply depression, but the more I experience, the more I think it is something else. Depression is soft and enveloping. It smothers. It pins your hands to your sides, and drops … Continue reading

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Things I like recently: fall, pumpkins, eggnog (even if the store is starting eggnog season early), chili, medical care (which I have had far too many opportunities to rely on recently)… And Says You!. Says You! is a quasi-game show … Continue reading

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Pumpkin time.

It’s October! Oh, boy! I generally love October. (This month is a bit of an exception.) I love the weather, especially this year with its mist and rain. I love Halloween decorations. When the kids were young, I loved planning … Continue reading

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Death and dying.

October has been a bitch of a month and it is only two-thirds done. Usually, October is my second favorite month, but I will be happy to see this one in the rear-view mirror. On September 30, we got word … Continue reading

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Thank you, I’ll be here all week.

During the course of this epidemic, our family has begun to create that which before we would have simply bought. We don’t sew our own clothes, but we do cook our own pizza and bake our own bread and… brew … Continue reading

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That’s one blessing counted.

I find myself struggling. The stress of the ongoing pandemic, and the knowledge that until everyone in the household gets completely vaccinated I am not going anywhere (we agreed on this as a family), gets to me. Having a relatively … Continue reading

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Aliens, and the rapture that didn’t happen, and Q-Anon.

I caught Cocoon on FXM the other day. I only saw about the last hour of the movie, but it nonetheless brought back waves of nostalgia. For those who don’t remember Cocoon, it concerned a group of St. Petersburg, Florida nursing home residents who discover … Continue reading

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Dorothy was right.

Razors pain you;Rivers are damp;Acids stain you;And drugs cause cramp.Guns aren’t lawful;Nooses give;Gas smells awful;You might as well live. “Resume,” Dorothy Parker Growing old sucks. This thought intrudes into my consciousness right now because I have hurt my hip. I’m … Continue reading

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Thirty-five years ago today.

One of the earliest posts I wrote in this blog, in January, 2006, was on the Challenger disaster. It still encapsulates my thoughts about the tragedy.

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Days of infamy.

December 7th, 1941. November 22, 1963. September 11, 2001. January 6, 2021. These days raise questions: Where were you when you heard about Pearl Harbor? What were you doing when you heard Kennedy had been shot? Who told you about … Continue reading

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Have yourself a movie little Christmas.

Two days before Christmas, I developed a sore throat and congestion. In prior years, I would have taken some DayQuil and returned to cooking cornbread. (It really feels like a sinus infection.) In these times, though, I arranged for a … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year again…

…that time when I go over my favorite Christmas songs. Because, you know, you need to realize that if I could I would start playing Christmas music in August. Only the threats of my family to disown me keeps me … Continue reading

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Small victories.

I am not sure I have mentioned it before, but I have tremors. In the past couple of years, they have gone from moderate to significant. (Both typing and eating have become difficult, although still possible. Between tremors and recurrent … Continue reading

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My life.

I have not written for quite a while. Something drowns my thoughts, these days. I grieve our nation — the pandemic of COVID-19, the epidemic of Blacks dying at the hands of the police. The refusal of the Administration to … Continue reading

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Quarantine food.

In the last few weeks, in addition to more regular fare (i.e. things we normally make), I have had: Homemade sourdough English muffins Homemade sourdough bread bowls for soup Crepes: savory buckwheat and white bananas foster sweet crepes Homemade white … Continue reading

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