#FridayThoughts: Shining in its own unique way.

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Since it’s Friday, I have TV offerings for you–THREE today!–in my TV Watch “Trip around the world.” And now Friday.

It’s the end of September, the literal end, and it’s sunny and cool. These ae the days we appreciate in Chicago, mild weather and the nature everywhere in the city shining in its own unique way.

Like one of those flipbooks that animates the characters when you riffle the pages, I’ve wondered at the ending of months here this year, every single one coming somehow as a surprise to me.

Time has become fluid and mushy and fast-flowing.

Maybe I shouldn’t find that remarkable anymore, but I do.

I’m still having weird, intense dreams, I couldn’t even share them if I tried, I just know when I wake up, it’s from somewhere very far away. And I’m more tired than refreshed.

Which happens.

I need to go to bed earlier, but that’s a common refrain, isn’t it? I’ll try it. We’ll see.

Anyway, that’s it for me this week, have an incredible Friday and a fun and relaxing 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!
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#FridayThoughts: Between Monday and Friday.

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It’s Friday, so here is the link to my TV Watch, “Booted for ‘Reboot,'” if you’re interested. It wasn’t the show I said I’d be writing about on Monday.

Isn’t that the thing about weeks?

Between Monday and Friday, your whole perspective can change, your plans can change, your intentions can change. I was set to write about a different show entirely, and then I watched something else.

And it inspired me.

With creative pursuits, you’ve got to grab your inspiration when it comes. It’s a fickle, fleeting thing.

It’s OK to be flexible. It’s OK to change your point of view. It’s not good to be rigid in all things. That’s how you break.

Besides, with all that’s been going on with my mom, the ups and downs and ups and downs, levity was the better focus.

And that’s OK too. You’ve got to take care of yourself. It’s OK to point your energy at you.

With that I will bid you a wonderful Friday and an amazing 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.

#FridayThoughts: Take the hint.

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First things first, it’s Friday so here is my TV Watch, “Cobra Kai, candy-coated television.”

And now, somehow, Friday.

Things started out looking pretty bad this week, but somehow my mom, the stubborn soul she is, raised her numbers and is doing better. It’s astounding, really, and impressive, no doubt.

It’s kind of cloudy today, though I don’t think the weather means anything by it, and I’m still trying to get myself into gear, even though it’s a little late in the week. I think we all have our challenges lately.

I’ve found it so bizarre on twitter when criticizing the royals there are people who will spend their entire day trying to argue about it with you. Defending people who don’t know them, who don’t know they exist, and couldn’t be bothered if they did.

I just blocked one because she couldn’t take a hint and leave my mentions.

It’s as though there’s a frenzied desperation. Perhaps the end of the monarchy is closer than we knew. Perhaps it’s like with Pres. Obama here, the sight of a Black person in such a superior position sent people into a never-ending racist spiral.

Well, definitely the racist spiral.

And the increasingly hysterical attempts to divert from or distract from or deny the overt racism. I find it pathetic and tiresome.

Which is why it’s good the block button exists.

Anyway, that’s it for me this week. 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.
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.

#FridayThoughts: Royally over it.

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It’s FRIDAY which means TV suggestions with my TV Watch series! This week: “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.”

And now on to Friday.

It’s sunny and mild, and it’s hard to believe it’s Friday again, though I feel like I say that a lot these days. And yet it is.

Queen Elizabeth died yesterday, at the age of 96, and it brought out a lot of things on the internet. The truth is the scars of colonialism remain open.

And there is probably no greater symbolic tribute to white supremacy than the continued existence of a monarchy in a country with an elected government. They serve two functions: reminders of the past and a draw to tourists.

You don’t even need the people for the tourism, the buildings and the jewelry and the furnishings will suffice. At Kensington Palace I couldn’t care less if William or Kate were there. I visited the royal yacht in Edinburgh and I had no hopes of seeing any actual family members. Not even the ghost of Princess Diana on her doomed honeymoon of her doomed marriage to a man who never gave up the mistress who is now the Queen Consort.

I think Meghan and Harry were a means for the monarchy to enter the 21st century with grace and morph into something useful, given they’re both actually committed to charitable works, but apparently the royal family wasn’t having it. Instead it kept Andrew.

So my opinion of the monarchy isn’t high. As an American perhaps it shouldn’t be anyway. And I am sorry for the loss of the person Elizabeth, who seemed to meet her beloved dogs on a literal rainbow bridge yesterday. But I have no good feelings for the institution of the Queen.

And with that, I wish you a happy Friday and a great weekend. Enjoy She-Hulk if you try it!

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.

#FridayThoughts: New and Old

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First things first, I’ve started a new series on Medium called “TV Watch!” Here’s the first one, A League of Their Own. Every Friday, I hope to bring you some TV thoughts and something to watch. Check it out!

And now Friday.

It’s sunny but September, so who knows how long this will last. I’m definitely seeing hints of changing leaves. It’s that time of year.

The grass is very yellow.

It’s been a fast week, a busy week, and one of those that now that we’re at Friday, is much a blur. Politically it was very packed. Last night, Pres. Biden told the nation that there’s no room for political violence, that you either support the Constitution or you don’t and today there are choruses of people outraged.

Which tells you where they stand.

But consequences are in the air. It’s hard to know when we’ll finally see the people who deserve them getting what they deserve but, like fall, it feels like it’s coming.

And that’s it for me this week. Have an amazing Friday and terrific 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.

#FridayThoughts: In case you think writing is easy.

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And we’re at our last Friday in August, if you can believe it. I cannot believe it.

Disbelief is what I feel.

Sunny again, not too hot again, and I’ve been trying to get something together that’s been brewing for a while.

The problem is, as it stands right now, it’s not good.

In fact, I was just working on it, read it through and said, “this isn’t good.” How do I improve it?

Well, like my bread that collapsed yesterday, somethings cannot be improved, you have to throw them out and start again.

The thing about writing is when it’s good, it looks like no effort at all, like the words poured from somewhere in the ether on to the page, real or virtual, one after another in tidy little rows. Good writing should never reveal the heavy lifting.

And then you have the mess I’ve been working on. Well, when I get it, I promise I’ll let you know immediately.

Meanwhile, the trees are thinking about changing and it feels like Fall isn’t very far off at all. Time keeps on slipping, as the Steve Miller Band told us, into the future.

Speaking of, 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.
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.

#FridayThoughts: So that’s fun.

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I told you on Monday it would be Friday before we knew it and here we are. Of course time may have moved differently for you this week, and for my friends for whom it plodded its excruciating way, I’m sorry it took you so much longer to get here.

I’m tired, though probably from getting over whatever that bug was, and I may have been a little overenthusiastic in my workout this morning. It happens.

Anyway, I’m having one of those weeks that seem to be the only kind of weeks I’ve had for a year, up and down, up and down, uncertainty uncertainty uncertainity.

So that’s fun.

If you’re also having one of those weeks, then perhaps we can commiserate over a virtual coffee or lemonade or something with alcohol in it, whatever you want bc yours doesn’t have to be virtual.

And we can say goodbye to this week that put us over the cusp of August, goodbye to the supposed carefree hours of summer because apparently school is back in session.

Which seems fast to me, but what do I know.

That’s it for me this week, I hope you 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.
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.

#FridayThoughts: Nuclear

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Well it turns out it’s Friday. And what a rollercoaster of a week.

The news has been intense, with information coming out last night that some of the documents trump took and refused to return contain nuclear secrets. That’s not very reassuring.

And this morning, Republicans went on TV to tell everyone it’s not a big deal.

Not. A. Big. Deal.

These people who scrutinized John Podesta’s recipes for signs of classified information think it’s fine for trump to take our government secrets by the truck full and then refuse to turn them over when they were subpoenaed.

And hide them for the first search back in June.

Personally I think the possible sale of nuclear information is a big deal and a bad thing, but we are living in a post-truth bizarro world.

Meanwhile it’s gray today, I don’t know if we’re supposed to get rain but my energy levels are fluctuating. I would like to write more on Medium which means I hope you’ll read more on Medium but I have to work out the details.

I don’t know if you’ve had the kind of week where taking care of one thing leads to problems with another, but I’m feeling more tired than I probably need to. I think part of it is the constant fighting to keep reality reality.

Anyway that’s it for me this week, I hope you 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.
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.

#FridayThoughts: Fold-up boat.

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My second iced coffee is right there, already made. I wasn’t taking any risks or pulling any caffeine punches today.

I can’t even say this morning because it’s already noon.

Someone is a tardy blogger. I won’t name any names.

It’s a brightly sunny day, not too hot, the kind of day that makes summer summer. The kind of day that makes me wish I had a boat.

Don’t know what I’d do with it the other many many many days that I am not wishing I had a boat, but today it seems like a leisurely trip out on Lake Michigan would be perfect. Breeze and sun and the water.

Ahhh.

I’ll have to settle for my iced coffee.

Maybe someday. But probably not, the thing with boats is you have to have somewhere to put them.

I don’t think they fold up for storage. And if they did, I’m not sure I’d want that boat.

Anyway, that’s it for me this week. Have a great Friday and a perfect summer (or winter!) 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.

#FridayThoughts: A day and a week and a month.

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Somehow it’s Friday and nearly the end of July and like the end of most months lately, I find myself wondering how. It was June five minutes ago.

Wasn’t it June five minutes ago?

I slept weirdly last night, and not well, waking up from dreams within dreams. Actually waking up was disorienting, as though it took a little while to be sure that this too was not a dream.

Though if this is a dream, at least it has coffee.

It’s as drifting as a dream, though, I’ve started and flittered away from this post countless times during the writing, short as it is.

So perhaps I should take my own hint.

I shall call it a day and a week and a month.

See you in August. Which, shockingly is Monday. Have a lovely Friday and a great weekend in the meanwhile.

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.