Holiday Spirit

November 30th, 2011 → 7:14 am

“Now I am in a holiday humor.” – As You Like It

As of yesterday my neighbors have put up all their Christmas lights, I did engage in a little Monday (not to mention Tuesday) cyber shopping these past few days, and I have already ordered my Christmas ham (I know, I’m Jewish, but..).  I appear to have caught the holiday spirit early this year – as it is still only November!

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life


November 28th, 2011 → 6:49 am

“Knock, knock, knock.  Who’s there, i’th’ name of Belzebub?” – Macbeth

I’m back!  In the name of Belzebub or something else (something better, I hope).  I had an excellent conference and an even better vacation this past week.  I hope everyone else enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday as well.  I can’t wait to start writing more posts, so stay tuned!

Filed under: Blog & Other & Self/My Life


November 18th, 2011 → 6:50 am

    “Our separation so abides and flies
    That thou residing here goes yet with me,
    And I hence fleeing here remain with thee.” – Antony and Cleopatra

I’m going to have to take a break from the blog for the next week.  First I’m travelling for work, then it is Thanksgiving.  I hope everyone out there has a happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving holiday!  I’ll be away from the blog, but I’m sure still thinking about it…

Filed under: Blog & Other

Ann Patchett & Karen Hayes

November 16th, 2011 → 5:55 am

“You two are book-men.” – Love’s Labor’s Lost

One of my favorite novelists, Ann Patchett, and a friend of hers, Karen Hayes, have apparently decided to open a bookstore in Nashville simply because no one else will.  “I have no interest in retail; I have no interest in opening a bookstore.  But I also have no interest in living in a city without a bookstore,” Ms. Patchett is quoted as saying.  That’s a real dedication to books, I’ll say!

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art


November 14th, 2011 → 6:40 am

    “The thousand natural shocks
    That flesh is heir to!” – Hamlet

My husband’s knee has been hurting him lately.  This weekend when we went out to dinner he limped a bit on the walk to the restaurant.  As it happens, I still haven’t fully recovered from my surgery back in April (!) so I limp sometimes too.  The two of us making our crabbed walk to the restaurant from the back part of the dark parking lot was hilarious, frankly, and could have made anyone who saw us think it was still Halloween.

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life


November 12th, 2011 → 8:40 am

“…they say bairns are blessings.” – All’s Well That Ends Well

I’m late writing on the blog this morning because my baby’s been a real handful!  He still hasn’t gotten used to the time change so he’s been going to bed early, waking up even earlier, and demanding to be hugged, kissed, and fed before 7am!  Ah!

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November 10th, 2011 → 7:07 am

    “…we cry that we are come
    To this great stage of fools.” – King Lear

Originally I was thinking that this quote fit the Republican presidential debate last night (and in particular the gaffe by Perry).  But the more I think about it, the more it seems to fit everything that is going on right now.  The political leaders in Europe and their poor handling of the debt crisis, the shocking sexual abuse cover-up at Penn State, a number of my colleagues at work.  It really makes one want to throw up their hands and cry!

Filed under: Blog & Economics/Money & Politics/Politicians & Stupid/Evil People

Herman Cain

November 8th, 2011 → 6:55 am

“The very substance of the ambitous is merely the shadow of a dream.” – Hamlet

The more I watch Herman Cain and see of his campaign, the more I think there isn’t any substance to it.  And it isn’t just the sexual harassment scandal, but the scary lack of foreign policy knowledge and the surprising inability to give a straight answer to even simple questions.  He may indeed be running for president more to pursue his dream of selling a lot of books, than because he actually wants to run the country.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

Jon Corzine

November 6th, 2011 → 5:13 am

    “All that glisters is not gold;
    Often have you heard that told;
    Many a man his life hath sold
    But my outside to behold.” – The Merchant of Venice

This quote, that not all that glitters is really gold, applies both to Jon Corzine and his failed firm, MF Global.  Corzine, we now know, was certainly not the talented man he seemed – he simply took big risks and stole other people’s money.  And MF Global was not a safe place to park your retirement funds, despite what laws and regulations were around to protect it.  I feel as though you can’t trust anyone and nothing is what it seems right now…it’s an awful feeling.

Filed under: Blog & Economics/Money & Stupid/Evil People


November 4th, 2011 → 6:02 am

    “In dreaming,
    The clouds methought would open, and show riches
    Ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked,
    I cried to dream again.” – The Tempest

I am so ready to go back to sleep right now…if I could only recapture that last dream I was having…

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life