Friday, May 18, 2018

Went outside last night for something

and when I looked up to that beautiful crescent moon above, everything was alright.  It really was.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

An ocean of No No No

Rejection on all fronts. Bears, writing, pictures, personal. Knocked off center for a second.

Breathe.

Every no is a yes.  Breath. Look for that road that leads there.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

I hope you did not miss Jupiter yesterday

In opposition, the sun shining on it made it visible.


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Infinity War

Haven't seen it yet but I know what happens. Nobody I thought would die does except for a person who was mentioned over on Twitter and I can see why it would be necessary; from a writing standpoint, the stakes are raised.

Looking forward to the Stan Lee cameo.

Can't believe there is another avenger movie coming out next year.  Black Panther 2 is what I'm waiting on.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

No, nothing compares to you, Mr. Nelson

I love Nothing Compares 2 U.

Prince singing the song he wrote is wonderful. His family is busy putting out unseen footage and audio. Glad they shared this.




What to do, what to do

Meteor shower and I can't decide to stay up or go to bed and get up at the optimal time for viewing. The last time I wanted to see some celestial event, I went to bed, setting an alarm to get me up at the optimal time, but when the alarm went off, I kept hitting snooze 'cause I didn't want to get out of my comfy warm cocoon of a bed.  Missed it. Yes, I was sad.

I don't want to be sad tomorrow. But I have to work and I don't want to be tired either!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Infinity War

Tony Stark and Captain America are goners, I bet. Hopefully, Black Widow because she is not a strong or necessary character. Just my opinion.

Have some catching up to do on the movies I didn't see. In order. Was seriously confused before because I saw two out of sequence.

And no, I didn't know you don't leave at the first roll of credits.

Just don't.

If you've a minute,

you should go check out that crescent moon in tonight's sky.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Excited

Mercury and Venus visible this month!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Saw Venus the other night

Love. love. love the night sky.

Later on this month, Uranus is to be visible close to Venus. Hope I'm situated where I can see it!


Monday, March 19, 2018

Had to keep the stitches in longer than originally told but they are gone now and I can get on with my life.  Really difficult not having use of the finger (couldn't type, couldn't cut material or sew).



Wednesday, March 07, 2018

OUCH!

Cleaning a very sharp knife and I sliced my finger.  Had to get stitches. That did not bother me.  The shot to numb the area did. Well, the needle carrying the numbing solution.  I hate needles. A LOT.  I didn't marry this man because, back in the day, the state required blood tests and I weighed my dislike of needles against my like for him.

It is rumored that Al Capone didn't like needles, and that he died from syphilis because he refused treatment via needles.

Anyway, for a little over a week my life is going to be a tad difficult without that operational pinkie.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Black Panther


is amazing.  Go see it.  I'm going to see it again. And maybe again after that.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Tomorrow is the only thing between me and "Black Panther."

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Marking it on the calendar

Jan 31st.

The moon and I have a date.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

An alert on my phone

"Elton John" was all I could see and my heart freaked out because I thought he'd died. Pulled the tab down to see part of the story.

He's just going to stop touring.  That is not BREAKING NEWS.

If and when he does die, though, I'm going to cry forever.

By 11, I had been abused every way a person can be abused.  By 16, I had lost all hope.   I planned my suicide and spent what I thought would be the last day of my life calling my friends and listening to my favorite records and albums which were mostly Elton John because I loved him so.  "Someone Saved My Life" played but I was not looking for anyone to save me. Still I knew I loved that moment when I heard a new Elton John/Bernie Taupin work on the radio.

I decided that that feeling--that excitement--was enough to keep living for.  Well, that, the taste of strawberries and the sound of rain.

I will cry when the BREAKING NEWS story comes about his death.  I'll be glad that he existed.  There are some moments in those decades in between my sixteenth year and now that I'm so glad I experienced.  I'm glad he saved my life.


Monday, January 01, 2018

The 1st day is always easy

Up and doing those things I said I was gonna do.  The trick is to continue and make it a habit, which ultimately becomes one's life.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

I have less than 3 hours

To:

Lose weight

Write a book

Revise that stack of stories

Pay off my credit cards

Cut all the bear material I have

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Maybe I'll just roll those things into 2018 and actually DO them


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

So excited for 2018!

It's gonna be way better than this current one.

Why?

Because I plan to work and make it that way.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I am an infrequent viewer of The Voice

but when I do watch a season of it, I am always disappointed with who wonπŸ˜’

Friday, December 08, 2017

A few weeks more

I will be so happy for 2018.

This was a challenging year.  I finally learned the lesson holding me back in some areas of my life. Curious for the instance where I show Life I do get it. I hope I graduate from the sandbox to the playground.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Today

was a very good day.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Lucky Duck

Went to Arizona last weekend to help my youngest son get out of there.  He's headed to NYC.

Yep, I'm gonna find reason to visit A LOT.

November is writing and sewing

A novel and lots of teddy bears.

Racism is everywhere.


I love talent competitions

Love this from The Voice.  Best Cover I've heard so far.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Determined

2018 will not get here without me getting some things done.

I am going to finish my aquatic-themed bathroom.  Need a storage cabinet, a table, a betta for the tank, and one or two other fish for the small aquarium.  Would love to have a fern in there but they hate me.

I will get all that bear material cut. Have done a lot of sewing, but will probably not get all the bears sewn. That's okay.  Has to be.

I have some weight to lose so I need to get running. Hate that I've waited till it's getting cold!

National Novel Writing Month. Gonna do it this year; my life is such that there is the time and little distractions.

Two months and some days. Gonna use that time wisely.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

This is the part of the year where I make a mad dash to finish stuff before a new year.


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

bedtime

I've been staying up till 4 sewing bears.  On the nights, I'm not, like tonight (this morning, whatever) I can't fall asleep 'cause my sleep pattern's all messed up. (Insert sad face here).

Binge watching Hulu till my head hits the pillow.
I was turning the knob on the car radio, trying to find something good.  I couldn't get past the rock station, which I never listened to unless The Eagles were playing, because of the beat and the guitar in the song playing.

I'd caught the tail end of the record and, unfortunately, the dj hadn't mentioned the artist.

I pulled into the parking lot of Circle K, parked, and ran to the pay phone.  I called information for the station phone number and then called it.

What was the name of that song you just played, I asked.  To help him, I said the one word I'd repeated to myself to help me identify the song--breakdown.

It's called Breakdown, he said. (Ha!)

That began my love affair with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Damn the Torpedos was one of only two 8-tracks I would own in my life and I played it relentlessly and religiously in my car until the machine ate the ribbon up.  No matter.  Bought 45s.

I'll have to pull them out and throw them on the turntable.  Be very sad that he's gone but very glad he left something meaningful in the world.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Someone needs to tell Adrian Peterson he needs to take a seat right there next to Ray Rice.

I love this guy


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Got a new calendar

Cannot believe this year is almost over.  Starting making plans for next year; things I want to do, like traveling.  Reading the books I have before I buy more (ha!) 

I seriously cannot believe how quickly times flies.  Just yesterday I was saying goodbye to 1999!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

There should be a remedial Civics class for adults



I cannot believe how many people think the First Amendment gives them the right to say anything, and without consequence.

The educational system in this country is so failing.

News Flash:  The First Amendment says the government cannot keep you from saying what you want. 

And say what you will, but it may cost you something.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

White People!!

Not all, just some--

I try to be nonviolent but sometimes I wish I could reach through the computer and slap some commenter upside the head.

Keep your racist opinions for your next KKK meeting, why don't cha?

116/75

My blood pressure.  YES!

Years of trying different medications and combinations and giving up salt (I LOVED SALT- would put it on ice cubes and suck them) and giving up bacon (except for bits in salads)/(I LOVED BACON-once ate 14 pieces at a breakfast buffet 'cause I could).

One time my blood pressure was 228/145.  Stroke territory. "I'm not sure I'm letting you go back to work," the doctor had said when I'd went in on my lunch break.

Until I got well, I hadn't known just how bad I was.  So much better now.

116/75. I like that number.






Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The world is so crazy.

What is happening to us?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy Tabula Rasa

A new slate.  Let the newness begin.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Challenges and other stuff



I have made some bad decisions-- well, really, counting chickens before they hatched.   And when they failed to hatch, some things went downhill.  Blah!

My sweet kitten died from a blood disease:(

I got a dog that I'd owned previously back into my life; she's old but I'm so glad she's here:)


Life!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Three weeks for spring break. Yay!

So I teach only on Fridays.  Long day but I get to be lazy Monday through Thursday afternoon when I start preparing for class.  But spring break is next week and then we're off for Good Friday (although it's called Spring Holiday) and then another week until I go back.

I plan to read. 

Read.

And read some more.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Changing my life up

Have given notice that I will not be back for another semester of teaching.

Was afraid.  Like the security of a /the job, ha ha, and the money's good but there's something else I want to do and I'm going to pursue that.  A little fearful but I'm excited for the change and the challenge.




Wednesday, March 02, 2016

If Donald Trump becomes president,

Orange really will be the new Black.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Republicans

Then: Obama doesn't follow the Constitution!

Now: Obama, don't follow the Constitution!


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I'm no Beyonce fan

but really some white folks are getting a little crazy about that video/Superbowl performance.  Asking for police accountability does not equal hating the police.  Despite some racist encounters I've had with the police, I still recognize that 1 bad apple does not represent the bushel.  Anyway, it was entertainment.





Personally, I think she's an opportunist-- Black Lives Matter has been around for a minute, no? But really, stop shooting us.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Black History Month

She posed as a man to serve the country

GO BRONCOS!

That is all.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Black History Month--Octavia Butler knew the power of affirmative words


This is why it's important for children to know how to use words. They have tremendous power. 

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Black History Month--Do You Know Who Diane Nash Is?

Had the honor of meeting her in Nashville.  Amazing woman.  Had not heard of her until I visited the Civil Rights Room in the city library.  Disappointed to learn that many did not know who she was.
Learn yourself something today

Monday, February 01, 2016

This is the cover of my chapbook upcoming from Winged City Chapbooks/Argus House.


Excited!

Black History Month

This