Category Archives: Personal

Moving

I am moving to BlogSpot. All future posts will be here: https://abbiestreehouse.blogspot.com/ The “upgrades” WordPress have imposed on us are just too much. I’m tired of wrestling with the interface. I give up. Blogger is intuitive and simple to use, so I’m using them going forward. This blog will remain in place, for as long …

Continue reading

Me and Art

Excerpted from Art Buchwald’s autobiography Leaving Home: A Memoir, ©1993: But a funny thing can happen to you in a depression. If you don’t hurt yourself, you can gain tremendous insights and empathy, find inner strengths and hidden talents. It’s mysterious process, but if you can hold on, you become a wiser and better person. …

Continue reading

Well,

With each new “update” WordPress becomes more difficult and cumbersome to use. They have actually removed certain basic functionality, like the ability to indent text. (You can still do it, for now, but you have to use the “classic editor” and code the html manually. Even that clumsy workaround will be gone soon.) It’s not …

Continue reading

Peace ☮

As I drove home from the grocery store this morning, I saw something a little unusual. I was stopped at a red light, and noticed the man across from me was scowling and flipping off each car as they drove by. When it was my turn to pass him I decided to beat him to …

Continue reading

Illuminations

“The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark.” ~Virginia Woolf That’s the way it’s been for me. I’ve never had The Big Reveal; only glimpses, shadows, movement in the periphery. Just enough to know that there’s something there.

Continue reading

Vaccine

I got my COVID vaccine today. I was eligible because I’m the caregiver for my 91-year-old father, an elderly friend, and (to a lesser extent since the transplant) Mona. Mine was the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Vaccine. I feel like that will probably become the most common vaccine, because it doesn’t require extremely low temperatures …

Continue reading

Figment

“Figment” is defined as “a fabrication, fantasy, invention; something fictitious.” That’s what I expected, but I realized I had never heard the word without the expository “of imagination.” That made me think that perhaps it meant something different. It turns out the phrase is just redundant. On a slightly related tangent: one of my favorite …

Continue reading

15

I remember what happened the last time they raised the minimum wage. Every apartment complex in town, all at once, raised their rents by an equal amount– and all of the money that was meant to help the working poor instead went to the leisure rich. Upping wages, while important, is not going to repair …

Continue reading

Anticipation

Excerpted from Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan, ©1967: Knowing the trout would wait there like airplane tickets for us to come, we stopped at Mushroom Springs and had a drink of cold shadowy water and some photographs taken of the baby and me sitting together on a log. I hope someday we’ll have …

Continue reading

So long, Lawrence.

One of my favorite poets, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, died a few days ago, just shy of his 102nd birthday. He was more than a poet to me, though, he was a connection.  He was also a favorite of my late grandmother, Kathleen, and my current friend Mary.  We could talk about him, discuss his words, share …

Continue reading

Muddled Muggles

Excerpted from the New York Times article “Why Your Brain Feels Broken” by Jessica Grose:’ “For many of us, life has changed from being divided in well-defined areas of work, kids, activities, to a situation where everything is a mix,” Dr. (Marie) Eckerström said, and that muddling puts a strain on our cognitive abilities. This …

Continue reading

aka “A B-52”

I saw a young woman with a really big beehive hairdo today. I’ve seen that style in photographs from the 60s and in cartoons, but I think this is the first one I’ve seen in real life. That was an aside.

Continue reading