In the thick of it

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It’s the end of the week, and where I feel I should be slowing down for a relaxing weekend, I actually sense I’m only slowing down enough to get another running start. Some weeks run into each other like that; that’s why little breaks and vacations out of the ordinary are so necessary. Anyhow, wanted to share some pertinent links before Sunday crashes in on me; and before that little pocket of time usually designated for catching up on weekend reads has already passed. These stood out to me. Maybe one or a few do for you. How the Las Vegas Gunman Planned His Massacre, 7 days of Videos (compressed) Such a punch in the gut to still have little … Read More

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Past and Future

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How do we know our memories are right? How do you know the abstractionist painting is hung upright? We remember things in the context of how we currently feel about it; and we see things through a similar scope. Right-side up is open to interpretation. What is abstract art? We don’t want to hate those whom reared us (most of us). It is said, people only act with the information they have at the time. This is important beyond how parents parent, how bosses dictate or assign, how teachers teach, etc…This is most important in considering all history. What was the context of the moment? Look how far we’ve come, regardless. Of course American ancestors had slaves, but should we … Read More

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Books of February

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This past month was a much more relaxing month of reads than January. There’s Paris through the experience of David Lebovitz; more surrealism with Murakami; futurism with The Martian; a very detailed and heart wrenching Native American experience; and a history podcast (new to me) on old world Hollywood, etc… All in all, mostly unheavy. The cold and weight of the weather was enough to soldier through. I needed a bit of simplicity and escape. Books of February

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Catalogue Christmas

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My grandmother, my Dad’s mom, worked for one of the oldest department stores in the United States, Sears, Roebuck and Company She retired decades ago and is probably still survived by the pension. My dad is one of two. His sister had two daughters. So we are three girls, close cousins, and close enough in age. Every Christmas, my dad’s mother would give each of us girls the Sears Christmas catalogue to dog-ear pages and circle what gifts we wanted. We didn’t get everything we wanted obviously, but we certainly didn’t go without. Unwrapping gifts was getting to see which items we chose made the cut. Every Christmas makes me think of Christmases past. Shopping malls are thinning out and department stores … Read More

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Furies and Futures

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Firstly: I could cry. I just spent over an hour on this post, to have it not publish and get lost in the ether. I pray this doesn’t come across as some abbreviated version from distress and anger. 🙁 I’m currently trying to write the impossible. Such as why another Sunday evening post delayed. I want to get some things right; or come across as objective as possible. It may be absurd of me to discuss eating behaviors and diets without inevitably pissing someone off. In my defense, we are living in a hypersensitive, easily aggrieved environment. When did we become this way? Why are people so slighted? Because we’ve all been given a voice, in the most unnecessary places … Read More

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