You Make Yourself Sad

Oct. 18th, 2017 11:45 am
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Posted by Mel

I recently read a quote that gave me pause.  It came from the stoic text The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. One translation of the 167 AD text went: If thou art pained by any external thing, it is not this thing that disturbs thee, but thy own judgement about it. And it is in thy […]

No Woman is an Island

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:09 am
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Posted by Mel

The Guardian recently had an article about the Scottish island of Eigg.  I am a sucker for all things island-related; the more remote and bleaker, the better.  I’m not against Bora Bora, but my heart starts pulsing like a homing beacon when I see pictures of underpopulated, craggy settings.  I love grey rocks and I […]

#MicroblogMondays 164: Theater

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:23 am
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Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* If I really love a show, I’ll go and see it multiple times.  I know there are people who love theater because of its fleeting nature, but I am someone who likes to re-read books […]

Past Embarrassments

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:33 am
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Posted by Mel

I was trying to fill out a form in Hebrew recently, and it asked me for a bunch of names.  While you use a normal last name configuration for secular things like banking or mail, you use a lineage configuration in religious situations.  The formula: Name, daughter/son of Name and Name.  That name never changes, […]

664th Friday Blog Roundup

Oct. 13th, 2017 11:29 am
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Posted by Mel

You get to hear my annoyance because the store in this story requires you to create an account in order to leave them a message online.  And I’m not creating an account. So. I received an email from a bookstore telling me that best selling hardcovers were 30% off.  Click “see all” to see the […]

Read Your Own Story

Oct. 11th, 2017 11:05 am
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Posted by Mel

I started re-reading the Magicians trilogy as a mind cleanser while I plow through a family-building-themed book (that, yes, I will need to discuss afterward because I have big feelings from it).  I keep thinking about a moment that occurs towards the end of the third book.  This is NOT a spoiler. In The Magician’s […]

Happy Birthday, Hobbit

Oct. 10th, 2017 11:22 am
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Posted by Mel

The Hobbit is 80 years old.  I’m not sure why that’s remarkable except that the books stand outside of time since they’re set in a fictional world.  (Well, fictional to YOU.  The Shire is totally real to ME.)  No calling cards or gas-guzzling cars or bell bottoms to place it in an era.  How many […]

#MicroblogMondays 163: Lucky He’s Cute

Oct. 9th, 2017 09:22 am
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Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* Linus has a new irritating habit.  I line the bottom of his cage with newspaper and then cover the newspaper with his bedding.  It makes clean up a little easier. A few days ago, he […]

I Talk to Myself

Oct. 8th, 2017 11:19 am
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Posted by Mel

While I don’t talk about myself in third person, I do talk to myself, so it was a relief to read this article and learn that I’m kind of doing it right.  Because to talk to yourself, you need to enter that third-person space and use your own name to ask yourself a question.  So […]

663rd Friday Blog Roundup

Oct. 6th, 2017 11:46 am
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Posted by Mel

Once upon a time, maybe one or two remarkable newsworthy things happened in a week and Josh and I would text about them during the work day.  For instance, a news story would break, one of us got an alert about it, and we’d comment back and forth via text.  The evening news would be […]

New face!

Oct. 5th, 2017 08:26 pm
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Posted by Anne

Check-check-checkitouuuuut!*  Do you like the new theme, ooh so compatible with your phone, etc.? I gotta say,  I feel like I lost weight and the waiter winked at me.  .  . For your viewing pleasure, from the local Cornstalker Royal Court, a freaking six foot raven pushing a baby pram.    I got up close …