Cheat Day

December 8th, 2017 → 6:56 pm

“This mortal house I’ll ruin.”  – Antony and Cleopatra

I didn’t go to the gym today.  I didn’t eat healthy today.  I didn’t watch my step.

Sure felt great.  🙂

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November 3rd, 2017 → 5:07 am

Glendower:  “I can call spirits from the vasty deep.”

Hotspur:  “Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?”  – King Henry IV, Part I

I wake most mornings and try to write – some days, the words flow, other days, they do not.  Imagination and creativity are mysterious spirits.  I only wish I could see to the bottom of their vasty deep; I bet it is a riot down there.

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October 29th, 2017 → 7:52 am

“There’s a special 
providence in the fall of a sparrow.  If it be now,
’tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be
now; if it be not now, yet it will come:  the
readiness is all.”  – Hamlet

I attended a production of Hamlet last night.  It’s always good to see an actual performance of Shakespeare, and not just read the plays, as I do so often.  My poor husband, however, was likely annoyed with the amount of times I leaned over and said the famous phrases before the characters did – there’s so many good lines in that play!  The quote above about just accepting your fate, however, I had forgotten until last night.  And it feels particularly apt in my life right now.  I had a terrible week this past week with so very many things going wrong; I’m still exhausted from the worry and lack of sleep due to it.  I know that I need to laugh, give in, and accept things sometimes…let life just come as it may…it’s just hard for me. I must remember: the readiness is all.

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Women’s Voices

October 20th, 2017 → 7:56 am

“Her voice was ever soft,
Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman.”  – King Lear

Let women continue to speak up, and let the world be sure to hear them.


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Happy Birthday To Me

October 7th, 2017 → 6:52 am

🎂 🎉 😊 🎈

No quote today, just happy birthday to me! I’m always amazed when I’ve made it another year in the Book of Life. Now, when do I get to dive into that chocolate birthday cake I know is in the refrigerator?

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Back to Work

May 31st, 2017 → 5:35 am

“My nature is subdued
To what it works in, like the dyer’s hand.”  – Sonnet 111

I’m back from a brief family vacation.  Trying to get back into work again.  I sat at my desk all day yesterday subdued…quiet…pensive, like the professor I am.

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May 14th, 2017 → 5:56 am

“Do you know me, Father?
Do you not know me, Father?
It is a wise father that knows his own child.”  – The Merchant of Venice

The next two weeks are family time.  In-laws come to visit, then a quick trip to Legoland with a six year old.  We’ll see who knows who by the end of it…

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The Handicap’s Lament, Part V

April 20th, 2017 → 6:35 am

“It would be argument for a week, laughter for a month,
and a good jest forever.”  – Henry IV, Part I

When my six year old son runs off with my cane so I can’t chase after him to clean up his toys, is he being cruel, or inventive?  Should I yell at him, or laugh with him at my own helplessness?

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The Handicap’s Lament, Part IV

April 5th, 2017 → 6:02 am

“A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities.” – Julius Caesar

As I near the end of my latest convalescence, I appreciate everything everyone has done for me.  From car rides to hot dinners to humorous conversations in bed, it has been heartening the myriad forms of outreach that have come my way.  I really do appreciate it.

At the same time, this latest convalescence has reminded me yet again how difficult other people’s infirmities are for most able-bodied people to face.  The problem appears to stem primarily from unfamiliarity, but there is also a distinct lack of empathy, and perhaps even a tinge of fear, wrapped up in the confusion as well.  Whatever is going on, stemming from whatever cause, it has led me to write a short essay/self-help guide for how to visit with a disabled friend.  It’s titled:  “Please, Just Listen.”

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March 31st, 2017 → 5:49 am

“A kind [hug] he hath.  A woman would run through fire and water for such a kind [hug].”  – The Merry Wives of Windsor

My son gives the best hugs in all of St. Louis.  I’m certain of it.

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