I’m sorry, Robin Williams
Aug13

I’m sorry, Robin Williams

Someday, when we are fighting suicidal depression, we are going to be able to get a blood test and the doctor will say, “ok. This is why you are feeling this way. Here is the precise concoction that is going to get your brain chemistry back to normal, lickety-split.” You are going to feel instant relief and no side effects because your body won’t be fighting against drugs you don’t need and you won’t be a...

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Kindness
Apr12

Kindness

When someone has done something terribly wrong to me, I do not feel like being kind. I will be angry or self-destructive instead. But eventually, you have to reach for kindness. Certain religions, philosophies or therapies say you need to forgive the person who caused you pain, so you can let go. I say to heck with that. Sometimes the person doesn’t deserve forgiveness or isn’t around to deal with the aftermath. (Of...

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Home
Apr09

Home

About 15 months ago, my home was pulled out from under me. I have lived in this house that I call home since 2001. The house was built by my aunt, who called it home for 40 years and raised her family here. It is the only home my daughter remembers. And while it is too much property for me, too much space to tend, too old to keep up on repairs, too much house to clean, it has always felt like mine. Kind of like your first stuffed...

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Elephants
Apr05

Elephants

My grandmother had an obsession with elephants. I am fairly certain it was born of her life-long Republicanism. Grandma was a wonderful woman. She had seven children and I don’t know if anyone has counted the grandchildren in a few decades. She died in 1982 when I was 11 years old, but I still miss her and have dreams about her today. Her birthday is on Monday. She was born Victoria Jane Jones, a name I always thought was so...

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Dogs
Apr04

Dogs

Dogs have always been a part of my family since birth. I got my first, VERY OWN dog when I was four. My dad let me pick a puppy from a litter of Schnauzers my grandma’s dog had. A little black puppy who liked to come out of the melee to see me was, of course, the only one for me. I chose her name – Henrietta – after Henrietta the Hippo on the New Zoo Revue. It was my favorite show at the time and I wanted to be...

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Cell phones
Apr03

Cell phones

I am not a person who has to have her cell phone constantly in her hand. I will often go days without checking email or social media. Somehow, life goes on without it. But I would be lying if I said I could live without it. I need it. I only have about 4 of the 125 phone numbers in it memorized. I turn to the calculator several times a day. I would be SUNK without my calendar – or, more accurately, calendars. I use it to do my...

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