Just in time for Fat Tuesday, The Washington Post published my op-ed, "After two pandemic years, ‘Folly chasing Death’ takes on a new Mardi Gras meaning."
Happy Thanksgiving, friends. I know this year’s holiday isn’t the one we all wanted or planned for, but it’s the one we have. And that leads me to the next two lessons I’ve learned in 2020. First, things can’t stay the same forever even as much as we want them to. Even in “normal” years, … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving
From Blog Posts to Junk Cars: The Slippery Slope
Y’all … there’s a slippery slope between missing blog posts and winding up with a yard full of junk cars.
Oh Well …
I missed a day. You’re supposed to post every day in November for the #BlogLikeCrazy challenge, and I missed a day. Oh well. It is what it is. I could beat myself up over missing a day. I could throw in the towel and never write a blessed word ever again. Forget the last ten … Continue reading Oh Well …
Local Is As Local Does
Shocked and saddened. We hear those words a lot lately. But that’s about the best way to describe how I felt when one of my longtime favorite coffee shops in Birmingham, Urban Standard, announced this past June that they were closing for good. Urban Standard was an essential downtown stop — a place to see … Continue reading Local Is As Local Does
The Broken Toe
I broke my toe. It was back in April. I was at home. I was barefoot. Why wear shoes if you're working from home? Hurrying through the living room and not really paying attention, kablapppp! I stubbed it on a heavy, wooden chair leg. The chair didn’t budge. But, boy, I did! I was hopping … Continue reading The Broken Toe
Be Where You Are
Sometimes instead of thinking about where you can't go, you just need to slow down and appreciate where you are.
Make Time for Play Time
It all started with puzzles. Tragedy* and I were here, locked down, with not much to do. Out came the 500 piecer. We finished it pretty quickly then tackled one with a thousand pieces. Then another. The more puzzles we did, the more fun we had doing them together. We also got out the playing … Continue reading Make Time for Play Time
The Use of Tools — or — Things I Can Do That Monkey Audrey Can’t
The use of tools is what separates humans from animals. Well … most animals. Primates, otters, crows, and octopuses have all been known to use rudimentary tools. But human animals have moved beyond using a rock to crack open a shellfish or wiping its rear with a leaf. Well … most humans. When I think … Continue reading The Use of Tools — or — Things I Can Do That Monkey Audrey Can’t
Living With Tragedy
The tenth lesson I’ve learned in 2020 is that I can live with Tragedy. And by “Tragedy” I mean my beloved husband. That’s what I call him because of his resting sad face as compared to my usual mule-eating-briars Comedy grin. Get it? Comedy and Tragedy. What many of you might not know is that … Continue reading Living With Tragedy