Competitive

Her competitive nature keeps her playing with me. I’m easy to beat so she wins a lot of the time. You might wonder why I keep playing with her if we are so mismatched. I’m not competitive. I play to play. Winning doesn’t matter. Therefore, we are a perfect game-playing couple. I enjoy the game, she enjoys the winning. Life is run on combinations like this – they don’t make much sense to outsiders, but they work for those on the inside.

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The Water Cooler

I so seldom find real people in my personal life who share my taste in television. I have no real water cooler around which to discuss last night’s TV. So I’ve invented a virtual one. But last week at my granddaughter’s high school graduation, I discovered that everyone, including the grandkid, loves “Orange is the New Black.” Happy dance!

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2015 Girls Write Now Awards Speech

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The Real World

Have you been to a big public event in a big public place lately? I’ve just returned from two such events. The thing I noticed most was that the U.S. is no longer lily white, if it ever was such a place. Most of the people are some variation of ethnicity and race that doesn’t translate to northern European. Isn’t it time we started acting like that was the truth of the world and not some obscure “diversity” issue for the margins?

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Time Out

Lizard

I’m going to be chasing lizards next week. You’re on your own here. Find an old prompt and write something during my time out. Remember, just write.

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Yes

No changes nothing. Only yes can create change. If you don’t like the way things are in your life right now, you need to say yes to something new, something different. You can quit your job and find a new one. You can leave your spouse and be happier alone. You can survive the loss of a loved one. You can move to the suburbs and plant a garden. Yes, you can.

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A Hammer

The small metal case looked impenetrable. No seams, no screws, no way to get inside. What can you do with a failed hard drive?

She placed it on the sidewalk and knelt beside it with a hammer. Smashing into the device with a hammer gave her surprising joy. She held the hammer with both hands and bashed at the box with more vigor. Ahh, the case cracked. Inside was glistening metal waiting to be attacked. She attacked.

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No floods here

I live in a very dry place. But I have family who live in the tornado/flood zone of Texas. I worry about the weather because they are in it. I worry about extreme weather because it’s just going to get worse as the planet warms and no one takes responsibility for stopping it from happening. Oil money does many things; the worst one is make people blind to the truth.

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A Brain Break

The disk is full and must be reformatted. That’s what my brain is telling me each night as it scatters and misfires and returns to the same strange waking dreams. My brain needs a break. I know what is required. Air, trees, water, lots  of walking, maybe a lunch in a backpack and a camera round my neck. Yes, a break.

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Brush

Early childhood memories are so rare. I remember a few things. One is the frustration my mother felt trying to run a brush through my curly hair while I screeched loudly in protest. Funny how I remember, not my pain, but her emotion.

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