#MondayThoughts: Different directions

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It’s a gray day today, likely with rain ahead and I’ve decided to focus on projects around home since travel is no longer possible.

I’m very easily distracted, though, today. I’m bouncing around among websites, not quite ready for the day that is Monday. So many things going on in my head, and only one head to do them all with.

So it goes on a Monday.

I’ve essentially come to terms with our weird new insular universe, but the interesting part about it is though we are physically distant, we still can chat with people globally at will. Isolated but not isolated, apart yet not really.

So it goes in the 21st Century.

I’m going to try to get myself centered on one task at a time. I hope you have a productive Monday.


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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#MondayThoughts: So much for that.

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It’s a gray day, but in an impressionist painting kind of way, everything softened in the muting of the sun. The clouds are a study of lights and darks, and maybe, maybe the heat has broken a bit.

This isn’t, by far, the biggest issue to come from this pandemic, or a real issue, or even a problem, but I was set to take an amazing trip this summer, I would have been leaving Friday, and now that is gone. Not gone for now, but gone forever because that kind of trip will never look the same again.

To say it now sounds so strange, it was a cruise, but booked before a cruise became a thing conjuring up confined spaces with endless germs converging. I suppose that was always a risk, but now anything we might not have considered about it is all there in stark relief.

I’ve been on one cruise before, to Alaska, and I meticulously used sanitzer wherever available, determined not to get an infamous stomach bug. But that alone seems futile now.

Beyond that, we aren’t allowed in any of the countries I would have seen, and all the images I had in my head of this incredible experience have converted to people in hospital beds, people being brutalized by nameless military simply for protesting, endless gloom in an endless loop.

That usurper in the White House has stolen so much from us, all as he scooped armfuls of cash straight out of the economy to line his own mattress. People are losing their livelihoods and their homes and their lives.

I know my trip doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things, within the larger picture. But he managed to take that too, and with that, my bright spot, the thing that kept me looking forward.

So that is me for today, sad about something that almost was and can never be. I hope you have a Monday filled with whatever it is you need today.


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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: All over

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Not really sure where I am this morning, I woke up very grumpy, had a great workout, but then the news took the air out again. Sometimes things are inevitable, and now, I wonder if we are beyond the point of no return, if things will only get worse.

Much worse.

Not terribly cheerful, I know.

The negativity around us doesn’t help, with people screaming disaster at the minor as well as the major, and with the upsetting bits and pieces always sorting through. Maybe what I want is a pocket of denial, a way to make what is clearly happening not be happening.

Anyone have an app for that?

Meanwhile all we can do is put one foot in front of the other, and hope that they have somewhere to land. I really wanted to be more upbeat this morning, I really felt that way after my workout, but like everything right now, that didn’t last.

Have a good Monday, and in everything you do, remember the great Rep. John Lewis. What we need now is good trouble.


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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Wiley

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I slammed into Monday like cartoon coyote hitting his own trap. All forward motion, boom, stopped.

I suppose that’s bound to happen on a Monday, especially after all the intensity of the last few…three-and-a-half years. I’m tired today and the coffee isn’t doing it.

Some Mondays are like that, I suppose.

Most Mondays are like that, I suppose.

It’s gorgeously sunny today, but punctuated by the sounds of sirens, a lot of sirens this morning. Not sure where or why.

The apocalypse is overrated, and there aren’t nearly enough action heroes getting us out of it.

Anyway, that’s all I have this Monday. You have a fantastic 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: A potted plant would have made a better president.

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A literal potted plant. Let me illustrate.

Advisor: “Mr. President, (yes, it’s a male potted plant. There was a much more qualified female potted plant, but people thought she was too firmly planted and her leaves should have more shine. Let’s start again.)

Advisor: Mr. President. FEMA says we need to deploy supplies and support to Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

President Potted Plant:

Advisor: Thank you, Sir, we’ll follow FEMA’s suggestion.


Advisor: Mr. President, there’s some weird guy here, I’m not sure how he got in here really, he just keep showing up. Out of thin air. Often after people see a loose bat.

(Thinking.)

Advisor (cont’d): But anyway, you know families seeking asylum at the border? He’s suggesting that we separate them, put the kids in these camps, you know, at high concentrations, and then adopt them out and keep no records, and deny them education, adequate food and sanitation in the meanwhile. Like I said, he’s weird. What do you say?

President Potted Plant:

Adivisor: Good, Sir, then we’ll just stay the course and not do any of that.


Advisor: Mr. President, there’s a terrible virus emerging, and our health experts advise pandemic protocols: testing and isolation, contact tracing and PPE. What course should we take?

President Potted Plant:

Advisor: OK so pandemic protocols it is then.


#MondayThoughts: Yep

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Back again to Monday, after a weekend learning the utterly incredible credible news that our alleged “president” rewarded a hostile foreign power for killing our own soldiers.

I’m sure Republicans will be fine with that, they’ve been fine with everything so far. How we got here is difficult to see, but I don’t like it.

And still we go on, like nothing has changed and yet everything has changed. What a surreal experience.

It’s a hazy day, like it’s a hazy world, and though it’s quiet, it’s not restful.

I’ve been slogging away on a project as resilient as this pretzel dough I once made, every time I tried to roll it into a rope it snapped back. Eventually I gave up and made rolls.

I’m trying to make word rolls.

Anyway, I’m off to further caffeinate. Have as good a Monday as the times allow.


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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Already Frustrated

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Sometimes you have to wonder if people are genuinely wanting to solve problems, or if they just want to stir up the mud.

There are far more mud stirrers than you would think. Or at least than I would think. Sometimes I hate this place.

This place being Earth.

It’s a rough way to start out a week, angry and annoyed, but that’s pretty much the base emotion these days, everything piles on top of angry and annoyed.

At least they are emotions that can be channeled for writing.

Speaking of writing, I don’t think I’ve mentioned my writing for Rantt Media on my blog. It’s political, some of it nuts-and-bolts, some of it more toward analysis.

Here are my articles, if you’re interested, and I’ll be adding a link in the sidebar. I suppose I could have done that with more fanfare.

Hmm.

It’s the annoyedness again.

Anyway, I’m off to do…stuff. Have a great, productive Monday in which you manage to channel your frustration.


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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: True spirit of Monday

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It’s brightly sunny today, uninterrupted blue in the sky, cool, though, for June. The baby birds who were nothing more than specks in the sky are growing larger, playing their way through the air, and the Supreme Court released a landmark decision protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ employees.

People cry out for justice, and for once, it seems, justice may be listening.

We’ll see.

I’m feeling chilly, the hazard of high temps about a week ago, but not unpleasantly so, and the sound of traffic has resumed somewhat, even though we’re far from the finish line.

I have a list today, full of tasks I’m not very excited about doing, but they need doing, nonetheless. That is, after all, the true spirit of Monday.

So I’m going to get to crossing things off, at least in my head, and you have a good Monday, and remember that we can affect others’ lives, for the good and the bad.


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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: A different world

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And not the sitcom. No, this different world is demanding a change in our very institutions. It’s more than time, it’s been more than time many many lost lives ago.

So let’s make sure it gets done.

I’m not energized today, not exactly, but I am just the slightest bit hopeful. We’re also opening on a wider scale now in Chicago, we’ll see how that goes, that specter still hovering just beyond in the background.

It has me concerned about normal activities and wondering whether I should visit my parents, it’s so hard to know. The world is acting like the pandemic is gone, but it’s not gone.

Not yet.

Anyway, I’ve got a lot of Monday to Monday. May yours be filled with new horizons.


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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Skepticism

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Here on this gray Monday, after a week of peaceful protests turned to riots by aggressive, brutal police and organized white supremacists, I can’t help but wonder how this will all turn out.

I hope we’re on the path for change for good. We can see it, all see it, in sharp relief, the truth. So how will we move forward with it?

The people itching for a civil war seem to be getting one, and it’s hard to know how the story will end. These turbulent times were not necessary, they could have been avoided.

We could have made so much more of the 21st century.

Anyway that’s it for me today. Have a reflective Monday, and honor the humanity in all of us.


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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.