#FridayThoughts: Oh how it passes.

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It’s been a long, tiring yet uneventful week, and suddenly July is gone too. Running on a treadmill, the belt of the year goes around and around and we’re just trying to keep our balance.

Sometimes literally.

It’s sunny today and much cooler than it’s been, a little fall sneak preview. And here we are, school around the corner for so many, in the exact same position as last year because people keep perpetuating the pandemic by pretending it’s over.

It’s not over.

At this rate, it may never be over.

Just get the vaccination, people.

And that’s all I have for you, really, this week. Today. That brief contemplation of the passage of time.

Oh how it passes.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Science?

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Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

At this point we should just call this the cottonbro #ThursdayTen bc clearly, we understand one another. Always offering the outstanding options.

Using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story. EXACTLY ten words.

It’s as easy as finding a prompt as intriguing as a cottonbro picture that is not a cottonbro picture.

Well, THAT’s not encouraging.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Montraps device secured, Patient33’s thoughts illuminated the sign.

She’d do.

#WednesdayWisdom: No human is superhuman

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Watching Simone Biles fly through the air, shooting up higher than what seems probable, it’s possible to imagine her as more, as beyond merely human.

When it comes to her athleticism, maybe that’s true. She’s extraordinary and we’re lucky to watch her push a sport far past its settled boundaries.

But.

Simone Biles is a person. An ordinary person who can do extraordinary things. And her talent belongs to no one but herself.

She doesn’t owe it to “her country” to risk her life for our entertainment. This is her journey, and to watch people–largely middle-aged white men–castigate her for denying them the opportunity to gleefully anticipate her failure is nauseating.

Frankly I think they were hoping to see her gravely injure herself. Hoping to quell that jolt of inferiority they feel watching her.

Hoping to say “See, she’s not so special. She’s not infallible,” as though “infallible” is the mere minimum she can do to be “worthy.”

As if “infallible” is the mere minimum she can do to be worthy.

But of course she’s fallible. She’s a person. A mere mortal with so much talent, so much dedication, so much drive it’s easy, for a moment, to believe she’s more that that.

But she doesn’t need to be more than that. No one does.

Have a great Wednesday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: January 6th hearing

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I’m watching the Commission hearing about the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6th, 2021. And it is heartbreaking, and enraging, and utterly disgusting.

That Republicans have insulted these officers who nearly died trying to save their very own lives, enduring physical abuse and racist seething all in the service to people who claim it never happened.

And if it happened it wasn’t a big deal.

Hugs and kisses.

Tourists.

And again, I am angry. Not just angry but enraged.

So please take a thought for those officers on this Tuesday, and have a reflective Tuesday.

#MondayThoughts: Once more unto the breach.

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The Olympics are underway, and I can’t help feeling like I’m always looking in the wrong direction and missing the moments. Maybe it’s because of the time difference; maybe it’s because of social media reeling off the results, one after another after another.

Who knows.

It’s sunny and hot today, no ambiguity in the sky, it’s definitely blue, though a little bit washed out from the heat. I don’t like to run the air but today it’s necessary.

This weekend was a baking push, I made a Martha Stewart recipe that turned out beautifully, didn’t hold together when cut, but tasted fantastic. Overall, I’d call that a win.

And I also made chocolate cheesecake bars with both raspberry and caramel sauces. I used leftover caramel in my coffee this morning.

I’m resourceful.

And with that, I’m once more unto the breach that is Monday. Have a great day.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Hazy shade of summer

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It’s sunnygray again today, with a definite haze, and even though it wants to be August out there, it isn’t yet.

Not yet.

It’s been a weird week for reasons I couldn’t articulate if I tried, it just feels odd. Maybe the moon is in something that makes everything go haywire. Don’t blame me, it’s just science.

I don’t think I’m the only one, either, people are weird lately.

So it goes.

And that’s all I have for you this week, I guess. Maybe not inspiring but at least relatable.

That should be my tag line.

Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Elevator

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Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

In honor of my bizarre elevator encounter recounted in the tweet below, today we’re going with an elevator photo for our #ThursdayTen from the photographer we can only believe is deliberately supplying us, “cottonbro.”

The tweet:

Using the above image as a prompt, write a ten word story.

EXACTLY ten words.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Jasper yawned. Another proposal.

The dog was over time travel.

#WednesdayWisdom: It’s rarer than you think.

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When you find people who speak your language, hold on to them. I don’t mean whatever language you speak natively, that would be a difficult grip to maintain.

I mean your personal language.

People who take the ride with you when your train of thought goes off the rails. People who see humor in the same things, tragedy in the same things.

It’s rarer than you think.

It’s really what life is, largely, making connections. Some are looser than others, and some are longer than others. And sometimes, not that often, you find people who get you.

You can’t assume that everyone will, though maybe you’re one of those extremely gettable people, in which case you’re probably too busy getting your cult off the ground to read this. And sometimes that click is so easy, you feel like everything will be like it.

It won’t.

So enjoy it, savor it, and keep it when it does. And also have a great Wednesday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Swift summer

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Welp, it’s Tuesday. It’s definitely, definitely Tuesday.

So we have that.

Now’s probably the time to tell you I’ve thought it was Wednesday repeatedly today. Time is weird.

It’s a blue-gray day today, the colors already fading into the sepias of August. Summer is so strange, it’s always in a rush, the days tripping over one another.

Not like winter’s slow, languid, frigid saunter.

Nope. Summer is aflutter, a tangle of gangly limbs running wildly under a hot golden sun.

So what are you doing reading this post? Go enjoy it, if you can. And have a wonderful Tuesday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Almost thinky.

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It’s Monday again, strange how that happens. There was hammering earlier, but it seems to have stopped, and now I’m only hearing the noises of the street.

That’s nice.

My brain isn’t very much in a Monday place today, though I’m trying to get it there. My brain cells are sluggish.

Who can blame them.

It’s Monday.

I think we can all agree I probably need more coffee. So much more coffee.

Gallons more coffee.

I think I’m going to work on that, and I hope your Monday sparks much faster than mine has. Have a great day.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.