An Admirable Woman

Today is the last day for Diane Rehm to be on her show. She’s the host of the long-running and always interesting radio show bearing her name. If I had to name women I admire and respect, she would be on the list. Thanks, Diane, for all the great discussion and information and thought-provoking topics.

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A Good Book

To me, a good book is one I don’t want to stop reading. It engages. I’ve read a lot of literary high brow books in my life, but I don’t especially enjoy it. I’ve read a lot of nonfiction on social justice topics, but I don’t especially enjoy it. What I really enjoy is a good mystery, something that drags me along with well-defined characters and a fascinating plot.

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Jane

This makes me laugh. Jane and her mother Xiomara speak only English to their grandmother/mother. Alba, the mother/grandmother understands their English conversation perfectly. But she speaks only Spanish. Her daughter and granddaughter understand her Spanish conversation perfectly. Watching them talk back and forth in English and Spanish makes me laugh every week.

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Blessings

Here in the USA, many people spent time over the holiday thinking about their blessings. You know the old expression “if you want to feel rich, count your blessings.” It works. It works as long as you’re doing it. It doesn’t work if you’re climbing over a sales clerk at the Wal Mart trying to reach a toy before your neighbor from church gets it first.

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I Want

Scheduling is not my favorite thing. I want what I want when I want it. Not on a schedule. If I’m hungry at 4 PM, why can’t I have dinner then? If I want to go to the grocery store at 5:45 AM, why can’t I go then? If I want to publish a blog post right now, not in 8 minutes, why can’t I do that?

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The Sunrise

Sandia Sunrise

I’m waiting for the sunrise, just to make sure the world is still turning and that last night’s election results didn’t cause the end of everything. I woke up dreaming I was on the phone with a 911 operator because a crazy man with a gun was inside my home threatening everyone. I need the sunrise to cheer me up.

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One Vote

The election’s over for me. I cast my vote on the first day of early voting. The polling place I went to was crowded already. Each of us is equal in the voting booth: one vote, one person. It’s the loudest way I know to announce my position on the fate of the country – filling in circles quietly and feeding my ballot into a counting machine.

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It’s Heaven

If there is a heaven on earth, it’s wild nature. The places where the trees, birds, animals, and tiny multitudes live without interference from the homo sapiens overrunning the planet. To experience that heaven, people have to go there, be in it. Hear it, smell it, see it, feel it. Yet leave it alone in the process. We have a heavenly planet but it needs care.

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Hair

I have a list of complaints about hair.

  1. Man buns
  2. Super long hair on women
  3. Men who have a 3 day growth of beard every damn day
  4. Half shaved heads
  5. I reserve the right to complain about any other hair issue I encounter in the future. I feel justified in this because my hair is perfect.

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Look! Look!

Look! Look! People write here. People leave comments here. Are you reading them? Don’t skip that part of the blog. It isn’t about what I write, it’s about what they write. That’s why we’re here: to get you to writing. So don’t just read the prompt, read the comments. Look at the genius that flashes by in the comment section.

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