(Re)Creating (dis)Comfort

Saturday was a damp, grey day, certainly not the kind of day which inspires a 100 mile road trip. But, the plans had been made and downstate friends and I were meeting at my brother’s new house to celebrate his recent birthday. “House” is a bit of a misnomer in this case because where my … Continue reading (Re)Creating (dis)Comfort

What’s the point of government?

As President Biden’s domestic agenda and climate change strategies get increasingly more cannibalized, I can’t help but conclude that the government of this country serves to perpetuate war and make mostly white men very, very rich. How is it possible that the people who have been chosen to represent the population do not understand, accept … Continue reading What’s the point of government?

Paddling one’s own canoe

At times, it seems as if I’ve been divorced forever. It’s been over a decade since my marriage blew up, and there have been so many new experiences and adventures since that time, that it almost feels like I was a different person in a different life. Despite the years which have passed and the … Continue reading Paddling one’s own canoe

Rex Ogle is my spirit animal

When I first encountered the book Free Lunch, I never imagined the slim volume relating the author’s experiences as a sixth grade student in Texas would revive so many of my own elementary feelings, if not experiences. In the work, published in 2019 and awarded the ALA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction medal, Ogle shares … Continue reading Rex Ogle is my spirit animal

Can you believe this is still happening?!

Early in the afternoon on Saturday, as I walked up Delaware Avenue, a most remarkable thing occurred  - I was greeted with a honk, wave and smile all from the same man driving past me.  I know that many are offended by this type of uninvited attention, but as a woman who recently acknowledged that she … Continue reading Can you believe this is still happening?!

Closing the window(s)

We’re at that point in the year where it’s time to admit that summer is indeed over. While it seems to me that cooler nights are arriving later than in previous years (I recall struggling to not put the heat on in Septembers past), there’s no denying that my plants are going to want to … Continue reading Closing the window(s)