Rainy Day Writing

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Random Questions: Food, Fat and the Space Time Continuum

  What does the nut in doughnut refer to? Why is there not a national chain of organic doughnut shops? Do healthy people not eat doughnuts? What is wrong with them?     Why would anyone drink coffee black when you can drink it with cream or half n half? Why does imported cherry syrup …

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Blogging, Like Music to my Ears

I spend a fair amount of time reading other people’s blogs. I have a nice little collection of blogs that I follow that interest me or make me laugh or encourage me to think. I enjoy reading and commenting on the posts. I feel a certain kinship with the writers. Plus, it’s a lot easier …

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The Affirmative on Affirmative Action

I just finished reading My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It’s a delightfully readable and inspirational book by a woman who admittedly struggled with writing cogently well into her college years. Sotomayor grew up in the projects in the Bronx. She contracted juvenile diabetes as a child, and because her parents were …

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Sunday Morning — Live & Learn

  Often people are moved to tears by sadness, but occasionally people are moved to tears by goodness. That’s what happens to the audiences of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” the new documentary about Fred Rogers. The documentary demonstrates how Rogers’s children’s show got started and how he used it over 30 years to teach …

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Walls and Doors

Jackson Browne recorded a song a few years back that seems so appropriate for our world today. It was written by a Cuban singer songwriter named Carlos Varela. According to Browne, he is a man who likes to speak the truth about peoples feelings. According to Wikipedia he is critical of the status quo. According …

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The Glass Pebble

I was rummaging around in my purse the other day and found a little glass pebble. My grand niece gave it to me the day I left Connecticut for home. She was “helping” me pack for my flight. She has made three trips down to Walt Disney World with her family so she’s an expert …

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An Insightful Post from Michelle at The Green Study, with many thanks…

This post is about suicide and mental health issues. I was listening to the live stream of Roxane Gay speaking in New York last night at the PEN World Voices Festival. She said “When you write and gain attention for it, it can be really overwhelming because everyone thinks they know you when they do […] …

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More on Beauty and Pain and a New Pledge of Allegiance

I’ve written before about beauty and pain. I wrote about the pain inherent in a woman’s personal pursuit to reaching an acceptable level of our societal standards of beauty. The waxing, the plucking, the dyeing…all of that crap. The beauty I’m thinking of today is the universal beauty of the world. The pain is the …

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The Wind in The Willows is Inspiration Enough

In the foreword to the children’s classic The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame wrote: Every animal, by instinct, lives according to his nature. Thereby he lives wisely, and betters the tradition of mankind. No animal is ever tempted to belie his nature. No animal, in other words, knows how to tell a lie.   …

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Rainy Day Writing: Gratitude

Sometimes the sound of the rain pelting the roof at night feels like an assault. Watching it slosh off the roof edge and into the gutters all day is cause for more frustration. Where are the sunny days? Or even the sun-breaks?–those moments of reprieve that turn the lawn into a glittering green shag carpet …

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