Umbrella

The shadow spread silently under the umbrella of capitalism. It poured into minds and hearts, affirming greed and exploitation. Traditional values such as the importance of the individual and the rights of others grew coated with dark cobwebs of power and money.

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A Good Word

I learned a good new word the other day. Eyehump. It’s so descriptive, isn’t it? I’m dying to use it in a blog post for my entertainment blog. I wrote a post about a woman who gives men smoldering, smokey-eyed looks and wanted to use it there, but it doesn’t fit with her character. Now I’m searching for a place to put my new word. If only Lost Girl was still on the air, I could use it there!

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I Coulda Been

I coulda been one of those people whose vinyl record collection was still an everyday part of their lives. I coulda kept my turntable and my stereo components. I shoulda. Now I have an iPod that cuts off the end of songs and a batch of cassettes that need to go wherever all that old vinyl went. I can’t even insert a CD into my computer anymore to put new songs into iTunes. I woulda loved having all that old vinyl around.

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Water

“Oh, hey,” he called. “Did you water today?”

“A little, but not enough. I’ll do more tomorrow when I plant those onions,” she answered.

“You know that bare spot in the back corner?”

“Yeah.”

“Could you really soak it good? I want to put something in that spot.” He smiled at the thought of her softening up her own grave site.

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Inventory

She knew the inventory. She knew right where to take a customer who wanted stretch pants with pockets or a long sleeved white shirt. She also knew her days were numbered. Help for customers was no longer the thing. Now they were supposed to wander the store for 45 minutes, helplessly searching for the item they wanted. And buying more stuff along the way.

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Cats

I admire cats. Their independence. Their self-sufficiency. Of course if you have one confined to your house, they want to be fed. But if they got out the door one day, dinner wouldn’t be hard to find for them. As a pet, they aren’t demanding.

I don’t want one – don’t get me a cat – but I admire them.

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Dogs

My position on dogs is not a popular one. I know they are loyal and friendly. I guess I don’t need a lot of loyal and friendly, because I find dogs pretty uninteresting. They take a lot of work – the kind of work I’d rather not give. I’m glad you love you dog like one of your children. Good for you. But I don’t want a fur child.

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Learning to Breathe

Months of anxiety attacks, months of hyper alert fear, months of bombs falling at random all around her. But now she and he baby girl were free – away – across the border where the bombs did not fall. She didn’t know where she would be allowed to enter, but as long as it wasn’t back where she came from she knew she would be able to learn to breathe again.

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Wind Turbine

Out in the middle of nowhere, AKA Cline’s Corners New Mexico, there’s a wind turbine that looks like an egg beater. It’s one of those failed designs that was supposed to be better for birds than the windmill type wind turbines we mostly use. I convinced my granddaughter that the Cline’s Corners turbine was used to scramble eggs for the restaurant below. People can be convinced to believe anything at all.

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