Dietary Update

October 4, I stepped on the scale and knew that I needed to take action to deal with my weight, which had been going up and was now higher than it had been in more than a decade. In fact, I don’t have records that go back far enough with a higher weight than my…

Writing Challenges

I do not yet have a writing challenge for 2021. I have my goals, but no game to go with them. Last year I completed the short story a week and then failed the novel challenge. I also completed 2020’s challenge to send a story to the Writers of the Future contest every quarter. (The…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I am so pleased that you survived 2020 along with me. And let me add an additional note of thanks that both my husband and my mother survived this plague year. I wasn’t sure that would be the case in much of this year. Thanks to both of you for being careful….

Tea and Writing

As 2021 begins I’ll return to writing mostly daily entries here. Most will be short. I feel the daily practice helps me. On occasion I’ll review a new tea or a Masterclass or a book. But mostly you’ll just hear from my life. I have one final duty to carry out before 2020 leaves. (Don’t…

Kindness

Kris Rusch in a recent post talks about the devastation wrought in this year. She says “We are emerging, one finger at a time, from the worst of the crisis. And then we’re going to have to stand on the piles of our own personal rubble and see what remains.” It has been a year…

Burning 2020 to the Ground

Every year Steve and I check the progress we made on the goals of the current year. This year there are a whole lot of “Goal Cancelled Due to Plague” as I’m sure is the case for others who made goals on January 1 only to see them burned up in 2020’s inferno of challenges….

Social Transitions

A friend of mine told me that her daughter is socially transitioning to be her son, which set me thinking about identity. We all try on identities in our teens. It’s a natural part of growing up. I tried on religions, sexual identities, and many other ways of thinking of myself as a social being…

Happy Holidays

I’ve managed to miss Hanukkah and probably other winter holidays while staying away from social media this year. I considered trying to go back in time to wish my family and everyone who celebrates it a good Hanukkah, but the idea of spending extra time in 2020 seemed questionable. So I’ve taken a time machine…

The Week of Broken Things

It has been a week of breaking things: laptop, portable keyboard, a bowl, and my ankle. Well, the ankle is just sprained, but it fits nicely into the spirit of the Week of Broken Things. I am typing this with my new keyboard that I bought to replace my Logitech K380, which has been my…

Blue Pumpkin and Red Hot Prose

I hope you have all had a lovely Thanksgiving if you celebrate it. Here in Memphis we celebrated with a stuffed blue pumpkin and it was both strange and delicious. My laptop computer’s keyboard and trackpad suddenly and irretrievably failed yesterday. I am not sure whether to be frustrated that it didn’t last a full…