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Neat and Tidy, a messy multipart essay, part one

[This is the first of a series of loosely connected, perhaps sometimes contradictory, essays sparked by various books and conversations around ideas of neatness, messiness, and the good life]. In my library district many people have waited long months to read Marie Kondo‚Äôs book The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering […]

Small Movements on a Monday Morning

My cat is determined to lay her head in the crook of my elbow as I try to type. She lays on the desk between my right and left arms and between my body and the keyboard. As she purrs, Kuniko Plays Reich plays and the hum of a bit of computer equipment fills the […]

Filling the Thank Full Second Sunday of February 2015

On this cold (for North Central Florida) morning I give thanks for: The view from my office window. Daddy finally got the large chunk of trunk to tip over all the way to the ground. The grand old dame of an oak tree fell on May Day 2010. The tree trimmers came and cut away […]

Taking Our Mumps: Why the Those Who Don’t Vacinate are Wrong But So Are the Rest of Us

Lately on FB, seems like every other post is related to the recent DiseaseLand measles outbreak. In between clickbait and status updates, there will be yet another post that validates all of us who believe that imperfect but rigorous science has improved public health more than fear-driven campaigns led by pop stars. One of my […]

Letting Grumbly Grumbles Float in a Phat Vat

One of the tricks that helps me keep on keeping on is letting grumbly grumbles float. This morning, I was easily annoyed by the “slings and arrows” of annoying fortunes. First the kvetch: I woke up tired and headachy, and my back still hurts from a recent flare up of an old muscle injury. I […]

Making the minimum

My body and my mind are tired. One of my health problems is acting up, AND I have a dissatisfied mind. I am grumbly and a bit worried about small and large potatoes. I want to write for longer, to piece together a bit of something that speaks to something, but tonight, that ain’t going […]

You need to yoke

For the first few months of this year, my goals for this here project are small. To write every day, even if it is just fifty or so words. I have to finish up my grad work- which means I can get better paying day job work, which, in the long run, might mean I […]

Slipping soft and quiet through a soft, quiet, wet day

I am not sure how much I got done today. The day slipped, in the most delightful way, through my fingers. I read the news, scanned some FB, applied for a librarian position, did a semi-significant amount of school work, had a two hour catch up conversation with a friend, read a little, slowly drank […]

No feast (of words) this Friday; instead rest.

Tonight will be one of those nights when I only write a sentence or two. I am tired, coughing, sniffling and cold to my core (no central heat in my house). I have one more day of work. And then a couple of days of rest. I am ready for a little rest. Sleep tight, […]

Filling the Thank Full First Sunday January 2015

Yes, my faithful and faithless followers, it is time to once again fill the thank full. I fill the thank full so I can keep on keeping on. I fill the thank full so that I thrive, not just survive. Tonight, I am thankful for the tired eyed feeling that comes after a day of […]