November 19th, 2015 → 6:07 am

“Let the bird of loudest lay…
Herald sad and trumpet be,
To whose sound chaste wings obey.”  – The Phoenix and the Turtle

It took me a long time (too long?), but I finally joined Twitter yesterday.  I certainly won’t be the bird of loudest lay (lay=song or voice), and I sure hope I won’t be heralding everyone to a funeral (which is what is happening in this less-well-known poem of Shakespeare’s), but I do hope to have something to contribute, and soon.  So stay tuned.

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November 15th, 2015 → 12:54 pm

“Death lies on her like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.”  – Romeo and Juliet

My thoughts are with the families of the victims

Filed under: Blog & Other & Stupid/Evil People


November 11th, 2015 → 5:16 am

“Virginity… ‘Tis too cold a companion.  Away with ‘t!”

“To speak on the part of virginity is to accuse your mothers, which is most infallible disobedience.”

“Besides, virginity is peevish, proud, idle, made of self-love,
which is the most inhibited sin in the canon.”

“Virginity… the longer kept, the less worth.”  – All’s Well That Ends Well

I’m reading All’s Well That Ends Well this month with my reading group.  Act 1 Scene 1 is hilarious!  The bawdy sex talk, the innuendo, the oh-so-strong condemnation of virginity.  There is more in the scene than what is quoted above, but I’ve copied at least a few of the lines that brought a smile to my face.

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Climate Change

November 4th, 2015 → 5:14 am

“Diseased nature oftentimes breaks forth
In strange eruptions.”  – Henry IV, Part One

The weather in St. Louis is supposed to be in the high 70s today.  In November!  I can remember when it used to snow around now.  I know weather doesn’t equal climate, but this warmth sure feels out of the ordinary.

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October 30th, 2015 → 5:56 am

“What a fearful night is this!
There’s two or three of us have seen strange sights.”  – Julius Caesar

Happy (one of my favorite holidays) Halloweeeeeennnnn!!!!!

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September 14th, 2015 → 6:05 am

“There’s a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will.”  – Hamlet

Is there though?  It’s Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur and that time of year when even relatively secular Jews like myself celebrate things.  And of course, I am introducing my son to it all as well – he was quite cute wishing everyone a happy new year after Sunday school this week.  But why do I do it if I don’t even know if I believe?  For the honey and apples?  😉

Filed under: Blog & Other & Self/My Life


September 4th, 2015 → 6:08 am

“The indifferent children of the earth.” – Hamlet

Who are the “indifferent” children in this quote, the migrants seeking refuge on Europe’s shores?  Or the Europeans that are hesitant to take them in?  Maybe it is both – as we are all children of the earth.

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Terrorist Take-Down in France

August 23rd, 2015 → 6:13 am

“Courage mounteth with occasion.” – King John

Three Americans (Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler) on a train to France up and took down a terrorist attacker, before he had a chance to do too much harm.  How totally awesome.  You just want to hug these guys.

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Resting Bitch Face

August 3rd, 2015 → 5:16 am

“Why, what’s the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm, and cloudiness?”  – Much Ado About Nothing

I am not a daily consumer of social media – twitter, facebook, pintrest, etc. – so I’m probably late to the game here, but I just discovered the phenomena of RBF – Resting Bitch Face.  How horrible (yet another way to make women feel bad about themselves)!  Having said that, I probably have a RBF.  I’m a huge worrier, which can’t possibly result in my resting face looking like anything but a frown.  🙁  Sigh.

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July 19th, 2015 → 6:10 am

“Honour, riches, marriage-blessing,
Long continuance, and increasing,
Hourly joys be still upon you!”  – Tempest

We’re off to the West Coast for a family wedding.  Newlyweds…they’re always so cute, and so naive…

Filed under: Blog & Other & Self/My Life