At various times since I retired, I have found myself searching for a new purpose, a new activity, or a new volunteer opportunity. I talked to people and I searched the internet for the perfect fit and had no success. Twice, at least that I have been aware of, the opportunity was laid right at … Continue reading Crocheting for Charity
As part of a church book study in February and March I was struck by a passage about gifts that has prickled at my mind every since. It’s always amazing, yet maybe not, when I encounter the same thought repeatedly over a period of months in a variety of places. Probably this is not a … Continue reading A Reflection on Gifts
It’s Father’s Day weekend, and, as usual, I have no gift for my husband. I can’t even provide my children with an idea for their father. It is always tough to think of gifts for him. He never wants anything. He never wants any hoopla. He’s that quiet, unobtrusive guy who thinks, way before I … Continue reading Father’s Day Meanderings
Yesterday was the last day of the year at “my school.” It’s been seven years since I retired from that school, which is also the school my children attended. It will always be my school, though. Every time I head north out of my subdivision, I pass the building. I look to see how many … Continue reading Ramblings of a Retired Teacher
His latest book is crap—in my mind anyway. Jonathan Lethem’s The Arrest takes place in the near future, some years after everything stops. You know, everything: electronics, motors, hydraulics, solar power, indoor plumbing. Amenities, creature comforts. It all stops, but you never learn why. Witchcraft is my guess. As good a reason as anything else.
The cartoon cover should have been my clue, and it almost was. It drew an eye-roll, but then I read the back cover; they called it a dystopian story. I’m a sucker for dystopian. But here’s the thing, they actually portrayed a utopia. An agrarian society, bicycles as transport, homemade wine, bushels of weed, a community library. It all seemed pretty A-OK to me. But of course, there was the stupid car on the cover. And around that stupid car sat a stupid plot. Whatever. I gutted through the book, the whole way wondering why…
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The answer to that question is YES, I AM REAL! The problem, it seems, is proving it. I turned seventy this week and that should make me real. As the Skin Horse told the Velveteen Rabbit in the popular children’s’ book by Margery Williams, “Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair … Continue reading Am I Real?
How would you like to change? I’m not talking about things like losing weight or exercising more. I mean how would you like to change in ways that make you a better person in your dealings with those around you? Or in ways that are important to others? I am confronting that question right now … Continue reading Generosity
2019 gnomes I have been off the grid for months. I've been on a merry-go-round of turning out projects, mostly for Christmas gifts. Crocheting is something I learned as a child. Amigurumi, or the creation of stuffed yarn items, is something I learned a few years ago before the birth of my first grandchild. In … Continue reading Christmas Making
“Gray day. Everything is gray. I watch. But nothing moves today.” Dr. Seuss Since I first decided to be a teacher, my life has been one in which I continually asked myself what I was “supposed to” be doing. I always felt I should be helping others in some way. I wanted to be a … Continue reading Who Am I? What Am I Supposed to Do?
My morning view from the corner of my patio About a month ago, I posted about taking a break from things that had become my "jobs" during lockdown. I started doing some of the things that I like to do on vacation. I realized that most of what I vacationed from were things that were … Continue reading Social Distancing Staycation – 2