Guest Post: Romney as Shakespeare’s Dark Lady?!

February 28th, 2012 → 6:32 am

    “When my love swears that she is made of truth
    I do believe her, though I know she lies…

    Although she knows my days are past the best,
    Simply I credit her false speaking tongue:
    On both sides thus is simple truth suppress’d….

    Therefore I lie with her and she with me,
    And in our faults by lies we flatter’d be.” – Sonnet 138

I love that second to last line:  “Therefore I lie with her and she with me.”  (Wasn’t Shakespeare great at the double entendre?)  Romney lies to his fans just to get elected; they lie to themselves in order to vote for him.  It’s all so crazy, as pointed out in this guest post from Better Living Through Beowulf.  Can’t wait to find out what happens in Michigan today!

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Hangover

February 26th, 2012 → 8:59 am

“Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘Sleep no more!'” – Macbeth

Actually it was the baby, up at 6am like clockwork this morning even though we didn’t get to bed till after 1am.  It was fun last night, but it sure doesn’t feel that way this morning…  yawn…

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Party-time!

February 24th, 2012 → 6:49 am

“If sack and sugar be a fault, God help the wicked!” – Henry IV

My husband and I have secured a babysitter for this Saturday night.  Hallelujah!  I’m looking forward to some serious drink and food, at a restaurant that doesn’t cater to screaming babies!

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Egypt’s Transitional Government

February 22nd, 2012 → 7:31 am

“There is pretty orders beginning, I can tell you.  It is but heading and hanging.” – Measure for Measure

What is Egypt thinking?  Putting non-profit workers on trial for…promoting democracy?  Thomas Friedman’s op-ed today in the New York Times summed it up well – Egypt’s leaders really should be worrying about poverty, illiteracy, and the economy, not a few foreign non-profit organizations.

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

President’s Day

February 20th, 2012 → 6:45 am

    “He may not, as unvalued persons do,
    Carve for himself, for on his choice depends
    The sanity and health of this whole state.” – Hamlet

Happy President’s Day everyone! I hope you have the day off. I don’t, but then again, at least I’m not president. 😉  It can’t be an easy job. While I like to make fun of some of our current presdential candidates, my kudos to anyone who is even willing to try…

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

Hope

February 18th, 2012 → 6:07 am

“The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope.” – Measure for Measure

I say this to the people of Greece, who are rioting in protest against greater austerity measures.  I say this to the people of Syria, who are fighting for basic liberty and freedom.  I say this to the citizens of the United States, who are desperate for a third party presidential candidate.  I say this to myself, whenever things are bleak, because it is true.

Filed under: Blog & Economics/Money & Politics/Politicians & Self/My Life

Mother-Daugter Love

February 16th, 2012 → 8:06 am

“Two loves I have, of comfort and despair.” – Sonnet 144

It’s my mother’s birthday today, so of course I woke up thinking about her.  About how much she used to comfort me when I was down, and about how much I miss her now that she is gone…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2012 → 7:20 am

“My affection hath an unknown bottom, like the Bay of Portugal.” – As You Like It

Who knew?  But in Shakespeare’s day the Bay of Portugal was considered the deepest point on earth.  Funny, knowing what we know now, but I like how it sounds as an homage to love, for some reason…

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Music & the Grammys

February 13th, 2012 → 6:18 am

    “Orpheus with his lute made trees,
    And the mountain tops that freeze,
    Bow themselves when he did sing…
    In sweet music is such art,
    Killing care and grief of heart. – Henry VIII

Music is also a good way to lift the heart.  A nod to Adele, the Grammys, and of course, to poor Whitney Houston.

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Words

February 11th, 2012 → 7:54 am

    “Though what they will impart
    Help nothing else, yet do they ease the heart.” – Richard III

A smart person told me the other day to write in order to ease my pain.  I’m happy to report that I found some time to do that yesterday and it worked!  I don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep it up in any kind of a consistent fashion – with a young baby and a full time job right now it is just so hard to carve out regular chunks of time – but if I can, I will.  The writing life is for me.

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art & Self/My Life