Self-Acceptance

It’s been a longer delay than I intended, but a very good period for me. I’ve dropped weight and lowered my blood pressure in the two weeks since I’ve been working on this. Plus I have a lot more energy. I still have another five days before I’m no longer in classes every day. But…

Just Show Up

The dietary program has been intense, taking up about 12-14 hours a day, but I’ve still found time to write. Yesterday I wrote another chapter in the Chef Station Murder, which I’m quite pleased with. This brought a realization this morning. In the past, if I were pleased with something i’d written, I worried that…

Life Update

I’ve created a new graphic for my main identity page: CarolynIvyStein.com. This one fits better with the Thule anthology stories and I think it looks better as well. I met with my new doctor who seems to think that I will have an easier time than his other patients with the nutrition program, partially because…

Yom Kippur and Other Details

Tomorrow evening at sunset Yom Kippur begins and continues through Monday at sunset. My intention is to write and schedule a post to run Monday morning to keep this blogging streak alive, but will otherwise be out of contact for that period. Yom Kippur is our Jewish day of fasting, prayer and atonement. It is,…

RBG, My Father, and the Future

This is the final Rosh Hashanah post for the year and it deals with the future, particularly a spiritual take on my future. I’ve thought about death all weekend. First, because Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of my heroes and a truly good person, died at the beginning of the holiday. Second, because this is my…

Birthday Tasting

This weekend we celebrate Steve’s birthday, which is planned as a deeply sensual experience with entertainments, food, and wine. We started yesterday with three tastings: a wine tasting, a vegan cheese tasting, and a halvah tasting. For the wines we learned about three Italian wines: a 2010 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera, a 2012…

The Critique

I brought the first 3,000 words of my Viking naval short story to my critique group and they honed in on the exact things that were bothering me about it (but that I couldn’t see how to fix) and pointed to solutions. I went into tonight’s critique with a lot of foreboding because I knew…

Stormy Internet Access

Yesterday was a lost day, characterized by fights with two computers, one phone, and problems with the internet. I made progress writing, but not enough. The cable guy came out to see us yesterday. Here is our situation: The box that houses the connections for our neighborhood is damaged. Our connection lives on the damaged…

Data Issues and an Update

It’s Sunday and like many Sundays since the pandemic started, my WIFI connection is down. For many years now we’ve chosen inexpensive options for both our internet access and our phones and banked the extra money: first to save enough for me to leave my job to write. And then once I had left, to…

Poetry for Resilience

I looked this morning for Eliot Cohen, who is a thinker on international affairs respected by my husband. He has a Twitter account which makes it easy to find his latest articles, unlike many of the thinkers my husband admires who stay away from the hoi polloi. I wanted his take on recent international affairs….