Times Change

March 31st, 2014 → 6:52 am

“I have lived long enough: my way of life
Is fall’n into the sere, the yellow leaf.”  – Macbeth

Every once in awhile my husband says something that makes me realize he’s getting older.  This weekend it was a lengthy harangue about modern cars, which aren’t made for tinkerers anymore.  True, who gets under the hood nowadays?, but at the same time, I like it that cars are sturdier, better made.  Either way, my husband told me I should write about this in my blog, so now I have.

Filed under: Blog & Other & Self/My Life

Spring Break Redux

March 28th, 2014 → 8:21 am

“All things that are,
Are more with spirit chased than enjoyed.”  – Merchant of Venice

Spring Break is nearly over and I can’t believe it.  I thought I’d get so much done!  But with out-of-town conferences, parent-teacher meetings, and long lists of errands, all that seems to have happened is that the time disappeared.  Where did the relaxation part go anyway?  I think I look forward to Spring Break more than I ever actually enjoy it every year.

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Shakespeare as Revenge

March 20th, 2014 → 5:58 am

“The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief.” – Othello

There was a story on NPR yesterday about a guy who bought a game console online, but then never received it.  When he realized he’d been cheated he exacted revenge by texting 37 Shakespeare plays to the seller’s phone.  It came to nearly 30,000 text messages.  I like the joke, but my question is, did he type it all in himself?!?!

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art & Stupid/Evil People

Lea, Leah, Googly Bear

March 18th, 2014 → 5:50 am

“What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title.”  – Romeo and Juliet

What is in a name?  My mother (the psychologist) once told me that if someone repeatedly butchers your name (i.e. calling you Leah or Laya all the time, when your name is actually Lea), they’re taking a dig at you.  One’s name is part of one’s identity, so disregarding it is in effect disregarding you.  But what about when someone changes your name in a positive way?  My son really grabbed on to the endearment “googly bear” from Monsters Inc., and he often asks me if I’m his googly bear.  I love it!  Batmom, Googly Bear, Mommypants.  Change my name, please!

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Missing Malaysian Plane

March 16th, 2014 → 6:25 am

“It harrows me with fear and wonder.” – Hamlet

Even my mother-in-law, who never reads the newspaper and often has no idea what is going on in the world, is following the updates on the vanished Malaysian airplane.  How can an entire airplane just disappear?  It is both fascinating, and horrifying.  My heart goes out to the families of the people that were on board.

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Between Two Ferns

March 13th, 2014 → 8:28 am

“For this, be sure, tonight thou shalt have cramps,
Side-stitches that shall pen thy breath up: urchins
Shall, for that vast of night that they may work,
All exercise on thee: thou shalt be pinched
As thick as honeycomb, each pinch more stinging
Than bees that made ’em.”  – The Tempest

Barack Obama was on the comedy podcast Between Two Ferns the other day.  I don’t know about his performance, but I did spend an embarrassing amount of time at work yesterday (during lunch, of course!) watching a number of the other videos.  Some were really funny!

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art & Politics/Politicians

Spoiled Teenagers

March 11th, 2014 → 6:14 am

“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
To have a thankless child.”  – King Lear

I heard this story, about a teenage girl suing her parents to pay for college, and immediately recalled the famous Shakespeare quote above.  OMG, what a spoiled brat!

Filed under: Blog & Stupid/Evil People

Daylight Saving Time

March 9th, 2014 → 6:00 am

“‘Tis but an hour ago since it was nine,
And after one hour more ’twill be eleven;
And so from hour to hour, we ripe, and ripe,
And then from hour to hour, we rot, and rot,
And thereby hangs a tale.'”  – As You Like It

Happy Daylight Saving Time today (if you’re somewhere that does it).  Set your clock ahead an hour (yuck!).  And make your daily tale a memorable one.

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We Are Not All Alone Unhappy

March 6th, 2014 → 7:37 am

“Thou seest we are not all alone unhappy:
The wide and universal theater
Presents more woeful pageants than the scene
Wherein we play in.”  – As You Like It

This quote just matched my mood this morning…

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life

Buried Treasure

March 4th, 2014 → 5:24 am

“Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.” – Cymbeline

A couple walking their dog stumbled upon approximately $10 million worth of buried treasure in California recently.  Wow.  Why can’t the winds of fortune blow a boat like that onto my backyard?

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