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Long Time, No Write

...And no excuses, except for several small upheavals and general laziness. But all is going well(-ish) with me. Way better than I deserve.

Lolo, Carol and I are headed up to Chicago this weekend to reunite with Jazzfest guest John from last spring, also to see Trish and Charlie and their young sons  Read More 
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Regarding Hurricane Isaac

My electricity is back on now, and I'm happy to say my little house weathered the storm as well as it always has. My street didn't flood and neither did the rest of New Orleans, but we're all just sick over what's happened down in Braithwaite, up in LaPlace and over in Slidell. Plus what might yet be happening around the  Read More 
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Keeping Up With The Barbies

I need to shave my legs and just can't get excited about doing it.

All those decades ago when women stopped wearing long skirts, started rolling down their hose below the knee and turning into flappers, little unborn me became doomed to the razor. My high school algebra teacher, the fearsome (and old) Mrs.  Read More 
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A Fantastically Okay Sunday

I'm sort of wary about admitting this--don't let me jinx it--but today's turning to be a fantastically okay Sunday. So far.

That scary, dying giant of an elm in my back yard dropping branches like bombs and looming over neighboring rooftops this hurricane season has been successfully removed, thanks to an intrepid crew of  Read More 
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Signs and Portents

I hear distant thunder. This is nothing new. It happens every day now and often doesn't mean a thing for my own location, and the sun is still bright here on my street and the sky still blue. But somebody somewhere south of the city is getting clobbered.

That about sums up my general mood  Read More 
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Good News, Anybody?

Dammit, there must be some good news on some front out there somewhere. I keep searching for it. Today's Google headlines feature a Florida teen whose arm was bitten off by an alligator, British scientists confirming climate change (and not for the better) and stats revealing that sitting for more than three hours a day can shorten your life (hmm...about how  Read More 
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Patriotic Me

Okay, it's the Fourth of July again and I'm still trying to figure out why conservatives think I hate my country. Maybe they don't really believe it--the intelligent ones--any more than I believe all Republicans witlessly subscribe to Creationism. Maybe it's just a convenient thing to say, a kind of political shorthand. A way of distinguishing themselves from those  Read More 
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The To-Do List and Teddy Bears

I woke up this Sunday morning feeling oppressed by a chock-full To-Do list with little appetite for doing any of it. None of the items on it are onerous if considered singly: feed the pets of a neighbor who's away on vacation, do laundry, go to Walgreen's (don't forget toothpaste),  Read More 
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Confessions of A Sleepie

Sleep is the most underrated of basic human pleasures.

There's an entire TV network for foodies, vast industries of porn and prostitution to serve sexual gourmands, wine tastings for oenophiles and smugglers for drugheads, yet we sleepies remain largely unembraced. Only the occasional ad for Ambien or TempurPedic mattresses even hints at our existence.

Me, I just love to sleep. Always have. I  Read More 
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Knock Knock, Who's There?

And no, it's no joke, it's my old friend Lana. Unexpectedly in town. Mother's Day morning, I'm still in bed (cats never make you breakfast) and somebody knocks on my door and I call out "Who is it?" And this voice answers "Lana", and the Lana who immediately comes to mind is one of  Read More 
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