Rainy Day Writing

Writing, Reading, Inspirations and Aspirations

Author Archive: Ilona Elliott

Smart Phones, Wonder Bread, Crack Cocaine and Commie Plots

Smartphones are as ubiquitous these days as Wonder Bread was when I was growing up. Turns out they might be just as over rated when it comes to how helpful, or healthful, they actually are for keeping us all “connected”, especially for kids. But back to Wonder Bread for a moment for some context. Open …

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It Starts with Remembering: A Christmas Ritual

  Christmas Rituals are everywhere right now. Lights! Trees! Shopping Sprees! And decorating! It’s definitely at full throttle. I think I’m done though. In the past, my Christmas decorating was very Martha Stewart-esse, with everything from homemade cedar garlands to red and green lights on the picket fence and rose arbor, to holiday themed soaps …

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Tracings — Life in the Boomer Lane

  Timely and important words written by Renee at Life in The Boomer Lane. Please share them: It’s impossible to say what remains of a life departed. To loved ones, vivid memories, for sure. To those who came in more casual contact, moments of memories less vivid. To those who never knew the departed, perhaps …

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Italy: All The Colors of The Rainbow in Burano And Some Peace and Quiet on Torcello

How do the Italians get away with it? They are so bold. So out there. So creative. So colorful and artsy. Can you imagine painting your house Pepto-Bismol Pink, or  Kelly Green maybe Tomato Red, or a startling Lemon Yellow, or if you are the sedate conservative kind, Turqoise Blue? What would your neighbors say? …

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And the Award for Your Favorite Facebook Friend Goes to: Anyone But Me

These times are so challenging, who among us can really be our best selves? It seems impossible not to lose it now and then, use harsh language, spit venom. I realize that it is what we do when we feel defensive or threatened in some way, and what non-conservative/non-right wing Republican/non-Trump supporter hasn’t felt that …

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Italy the Second Time Around: Fish Heads, Juggling Joggers and a Near Death Experience

I am not an itinerant world traveler. Indeed, at the age of sixty, I have recently completed just my second trip overseas. Like the first trip three years ago, I primarily visited the country of Italy, with just a day trip into Slovenia, which it turns out, is pretty lovely and felt quite familiar, but …

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I am Joe Black: On Life and Death and The Practice of Kindness

  My distant neighbor Molly complains that the bunnies in her yard eat her stuff–crops, flowers and ornamental plants, but at our house, the rabbits eat dandelion stalks and leaves almost exclusively. I’m down with that. It think it’s because her husband Dave grooms their lawn so scrupulously that the rabbits don’t have access to …

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Thoughts on Knowledge and Understanding from Aldous Huxley

  …at least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice, and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism, and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols. But zeal, dogmatism, and idealism exist only because we are forever committing intellectual sins. We sin by attributing concrete …

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Let Go My Ego

I’ve been trying to get some spiritual work done lately. It’s not going great. I’m not talking about meditating, levitating, studying scripture or attending religious meetings five nights a week. And no, I won’t be ascending any staircases on my knees next month in Italy either. I just want to murder my ego. I want …

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Dark Days Living in the Interior

I used to enjoy travelling around the interior western United States. But I never wanted to live there. In spite of it’s towering mountain ranges, mighty river systems, geological wonders and preponderance of National Parks, Forests and Monuments. I was always glad to get back to the west side of the Cascades, where the air …

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