Praise Song For The Day

Praise Song for the Day BY ELIZABETH ALEXANDER A Poem for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each other’s eyes or not, about to speak or speaking. All about us is noise. All about us is noise and bramble, thorn and din, each one of ourContinue reading “Praise Song For The Day”

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Making Lists and Wondering… What the Hell

May 16 I’ve been making a lot of lists.  Movies to watch, tv shows to watch, dystopian books I’ve read, tasks to do, tasks done.  I’ve worked on budgets for us, for K’s parents, for the rentals.  I’ve walked the dogs with K, perused random things on the internet, and read too many news stories. Continue reading “Making Lists and Wondering… What the Hell”

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The Voice Whispers To Me

It’s 6:31AM. I’m awake. In these days of no certain schedule, we try to keep busy, to keep our own schedule. But sometimes we go to bed earlier than normal, or maybe we don’t and I just wake up because my brain never shuts off. It whispers to me, we are not safe. Coffee. WestonContinue reading “The Voice Whispers To Me”

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Eight Years

Eight years ago today a doctor walked into my hospital room and told me I had leukemia. Since then I’ve periodically asked a question of myself.  Not, as you might expect, why me, or even just why.  There is no why.  It was random, not predictable, and as far as we know not preventable.  ItContinue reading “Eight Years”

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Missing a Film and Missing a Dog

I just now finished up posting all of my reviews for the movies we watched at Ebertfest this year.  It was a splendid group of films, as per usual.  Lots of things I hadn’t seen this time around, which is always fun.  I was shocked I hadn’t ever seen Hair or Being There, but IContinue reading “Missing a Film and Missing a Dog”

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Looking With Our Better Eyes

I was just reading a piece I have in draft, one I never posted here.  It was a general rant about how much of what we read, see, are offered to take in via news and social media, is negative, derisive, and ugly. I’m not going to post it. I still agree with what IContinue reading “Looking With Our Better Eyes”

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“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste…”

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do notContinue reading ““Go placidly amid the noise and the haste…””

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Words to Live By (Part 4)

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”― Josh Billings Dogs make things better, as do cats I suppose, if I had a cat in my life I’m sure I would think so.  I don’t.  I have dogs.  There’s so much joy there, in their eyes and the wagContinue reading “Words to Live By (Part 4)”

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Words to Live By (Part 1)

“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.”  ― Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder andContinue reading “Words to Live By (Part 1)”

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Be The Love You Want to See in The World

I’m in a good mood.  And maybe because I’m in a good mood I want everyone to be in a good mood.  Happy speaks to happy, that kind of thing. I know, I know, there’s a lot of shit going on in the world.  Yes, I said shit, I’m allowed to cuss once in aContinue reading “Be The Love You Want to See in The World”

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This is What Marriage Looks Like

It happened.  Wow. Many of our friends and family members are celebrating right now.  My Mom just sent us a text message expressing her excitement about the decision from SCOTUS today on marriage equality.  To me it’s always a beautiful thing when love wins. For those wondering what gay marriage, which from now on willContinue reading “This is What Marriage Looks Like”

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Extra-Ordinary

Stomps foot down and says in a huff, I was meant for more than this, I was meant for great things. I didn’t really throw a tantrum, though it sort of felt like one in my head, mental foot stomping and all.  Sometimes our better selves appear to the world, but not always so muchContinue reading “Extra-Ordinary”

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Random Thoughts on a Wednesday

I was just wondering, uh… now I forget. It’s a rainy day in Central Illinois.  It’s been rainy for a few days now.  Unusual in our experience here.  It reminds us of Oregon.  Day after day of rain and rain and rain.  It’s sort of nice actually. Leaves are falling, and all over the ground.Continue reading “Random Thoughts on a Wednesday”

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A Drop Becomes a Ripple Becoming a Wave

I was commenting on a friend’s Facebook post today, trying to put across the message that we need a little more positivity in the world and how positivity catches hold, just like negativity, if we let it. So, here’s the deal. (Yes, I’m on the soap box again.)  I don’t post negative stuff on Facebook,Continue reading “A Drop Becomes a Ripple Becoming a Wave”

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No Small Task

We knew, coming out to Oregon this year, we would be emptying out our storage unit in Scappoose, bringing all the stuff to Mom’s, sorting it, re-boxing it all into plastic tubs instead of old boxes, and then finding a much smaller storage unit here in town, closer to Mom, to put the remaining stuffContinue reading “No Small Task”

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Maya

  We, unaccustomed to courageexiles from delightlive coiled in shells of lonelinessuntil love leaves its high holy templeand comes into our sightto liberate us into life.Love arrivesand in its train come ecstasiesold memories of pleasureancient histories of pain.Yet if we are bold,love strikes away the chains of fearfrom our souls.We are weaned from our timidityInContinue reading “Maya”

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What Kind of Eyes Do You See With?

I happened to be looking at quotes this morning, which is something I occasionally do, and found this little gem. I’ve never been a huge Eisenhower fan, and to be honest, I don’t really know too much about him.  He was a two term president, a conservative who also happened to be against McCarthy, forContinue reading “What Kind of Eyes Do You See With?”

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Crying Tears of Joy, In the Garage

Ever find yourself sitting in the garage after you’ve pulled in, unwilling to get out of the car because the song that’s playing is making you feel something? That was me just now, and damn, it is great to be alive. Every once in awhile I find myself, because of a song, or a video,Continue reading “Crying Tears of Joy, In the Garage”

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Smoke Alarms, Missing Dogs, and Other Nighttime Adventures

Coffee is a good thing.  Really good. Last night, or more accurately, in the middle of the night, we woke up because one of the smoke detectors downstairs was first chirping, then talking.  Anyone who has ever heard that sound knows how loud and annoying that chirping can be.  Add in the voice saying, “batteryContinue reading “Smoke Alarms, Missing Dogs, and Other Nighttime Adventures”

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Finally, I Say Thank You

It’s taken three years, but I finally wrote the email I’ve been thinking about writing for a long long time.  I finally said thank you. I could reiterate here what I said, but I think I’ll just post the letter I wrote.  If there are people out there in helping professions, know that you makeContinue reading “Finally, I Say Thank You”

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