The Written Word

I used to be enamored with the beauty of the written word. As I’ve grown older I’ve come to appreciate the beauty of clear meaning. The beauty of a well-told story no matter how beautiful the writing. I think it has to do with my attention span growing shorter.

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Arithmetic

The run up to the nominating conventions for the presidential candidates is all arithmetic. Delegates must add up to the proper numbers or the nomination isn’t there. Enthusiastic voters, popular votes, none  of that matters if the arithmetic isn’t there. American electoral rules are strange, indeed.

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Personal

Traffic isn’t personal. Yet we develop road rage because we take it personally. It isn’t about us, but we make it about us. There should be Burma Shave type signs along the roadways that remind us that traffic isn’t personal.

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Joy

It’s a simple joy, yet profound. It makes me smile with pleasure at just the knowing. All the stretching and grunting and shuffling needed to move beyond it still wait. The night is passed with its troubling dreams. And here it is, morning. Morning when I wake up to one more day. And I smile.

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Play

Play is a good way to rest your brain. I don’t think our brains get enough rest these days. Too much information, too many images, too many screens. We need to find more ways to play and rest our minds and reduce our stress. I’m going out to play right now, how about you?

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Elders Rock

I’ve been accumulating images of elders who I think rock in a Pinterest board. I’m just getting started with this project, but it occurs to me that my grandmother rocked. She was self-supporting at a time when women didn’t work, she worked hard at a job of her own devising, and she was plain awesome. Here’s to you, Grandma!

Eating Cake

Baskin Robbins birthday cake

Somehow in my family a tradition of having a cake from Baskin Robbins got started. I generally have to go buy one for myself on my birthday, and this year I picked the one my friend dubbed “a sperm cake.” Really, I’ll never be able to look at a balloon the same way again. Happy birthday to me. The sperm were delicious.

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Eating Pie

New Mexico Apple Pie

This is New Mexico apple pie from the Pie Town Cafe in New Mexico. Pie Town is a tiny place on highway 60. Because of the town’s strange name, 3 cafes operate along the roadside where people make a living selling pie. This pie contains a layer of mild green chili and piñon nuts. It’s delicious, too. If you ever have a reason to drive across New Mexico on highway 60, plan a stop in Pie Town.

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The Vacation

Since the economy went south in 2008, I haven’t been able to take a vacation. But I did get in the vacation of a lifetime before that happened. When I turned 60, I went to New Zealand. I loved it there. I wish I could live there for a year or more. Mountains and ocean everywhere, wonderful people and places, pristine and beautiful. The perfect place.

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I’m starving

There are starving people in America. But most Americans are far from starving. They are overfed and complacent, familiar with the grocery store and the restaurant where food is abundant. What if you said, “I’m starving,” and meant it. What if you made $2 a day and lived on rice and hoped for a vegetable now and then? What if that was you? Starving.

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