A Matinee

A spate of good movies always come out around the holidays. Have you been out to the theater lately? I usually go to a matinee because it’s cheaper. One of my secret pleasures is to go to a movie alone. It’s like I’m hiding from the world all alone in that dark space. No one knows where I am for a couple of hours. It’s delicious to me.

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Childhood idol

Many people have talked about Carrie Fisher as a childhood idol. For my generation her mother Debbie Reynold was the idol. For me personally, I idolized Esther Williams when I was a child. She was a swimmer, as I was, and she could do magical things in the water. I wanted to do everything in the water that Esther Williams could do.

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Cake

She was straight when she made the cake, but by the time it was cooled down and ready to frost she’d shared a couple of joints with Sal from next door. Adding the frosting felt rather creative and joyful as she did it. Later when she looked at it, it looked done by a kindergarten child and not creative at all.

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Strange Gifts

You’ve been opening presents lately, right? I’ll bet there are some strange gifts in your history. Things you can’t imagine why someone gave you? Mine was a basketball. What did I want with a basketball? Nothing, actually. But I got one. Odd how other people around me had so much fun with it.

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My Favorite

My favorite barista is Denise. She’s in her 20s, dark as a cup of the coffee of the day, and cheerful under every circumstance. She remembers my name, she remembers my drink, and she worked on Christmas Day. A big tip is the least of what she deserves for brightening my day, every day.

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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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Got Rhythm

Have you got rhythm? Can you keep the beat? Sometimes I think I needed my own private drummer (or perhaps a bass player) to follow me around and keep my tempo up to a steady “get ‘er done” speed. Make everything a dance step and think of what you could accomplish.

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The Post Office

Why can’t real life be more like the post office? Everyone behaves. No one shouts insults at other people. People take turns and wait patiently for their chance at the window. When a transaction is finished, people leave the area quickly without bullying to taunting anyone around them. It’s a beautiful world at the post office.

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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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The Best Holiday

Without little children around, I’ve lost interest in holidays and holiday traditions. The best holidays are about children – opening presents, hiding colored eggs, watching fireworks. I need little people with their wonder and excitement around me to stir up my appreciation for another holiday observance.

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