#WednesdayWisdom: Vote out EVERY Republican so children can be safe in schools.

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It’s foggy or rainy, I can’t be sure which, and dark enough out to need the lights on today. The gloom feels very appropriate given the horrendous, preventable murder of at least 19 children and their teacher in Uvalde, Texas.

For those of you in other parts of the world, you’re probably floored that this happens time and time again in this nation. Let me be clear about how it happens: Republicans.

This is the result of Republican policies pushing back on any type of gun control. This is the result of Republican policies making weapons of war available to everyone.

This is the result of Republicans valuing putting guns in the hands of child murderers over the children they murder.

This isn’t me being “partisan.” It’s factual. You can look it up. Check out the voting history of Republicans in the US Congress on guns.

They’ve taken millions upon millions from the NRA, who, it turned out was funneling money to them from Russia, which is illegal.

You may see people claiming that Democrats “control the House, the Senate, and the White House.” Be assured that that information is completely false.

While Democrats do have the White House with Pres. Biden and control of the House, Democrats DO NOT HAVE CONTROL OF THE SENATE. The Senate is DIVIDED. A bill must pass both houses of Congress (the legislative branch) to become a law.

Any gun legislation would require 60 votes in the Senate; Democrats, at most, with Vice Pres. Harris breaking a tie, have 51 votes.

That’s simple math.

Of course 10 Republicans could join to save the lives of children. But they won’t.

They never do.

The only solution is to vote every single Republican out of office. To get that majority. And that could help us fix the now-fascist Supreme Court.

But otherwise this will just keep happening. Because Republicans legislated it that way.

Have a Tuesday full of reflection.

Author’s note: This is my personal space for my personal opinions. Any pro-gun rhetoric or other propaganda will not be tolerated.

#WednesdayWisdom: don’t fight with yourself.

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I’m cold today, the sudden drop in temperature has me chilly, even though normally these would be welcome temperatures after a long winter. It’s all relative.

Today I knew that I wouldn’t be able to sit down and chat with you without another cup of coffee. First, because it’s nice and hot, something I can use right now. And second, even at half-caff, it will help me shake some of this sluggishness.

I hope.

I decided I wanted it with sugar and cinnamon. I have this little milk frother I got on a deal at Amazon, it heads and foams the milk. Any kind of milk; I like vanilla almond milk.

So I spooned in some sugar, and sprinkled some cinnamon but it was a whole lot more cinnamon than I intended. I’ve had a sip and it seems OK. I guess we’ll see.

But the point is I acknowledged what I needed to get going on what I should do and I didn’t fight with myself over it. I didn’t agonize, I didn’t argue.

I just did it.

It’s OK to be kind to yourself. It’s OK to listen to your body and give it what it wants sometimes. Most of the time.

Unless what it wants will ultimately harm you.

A cup of half-caff is not that. The massive amount of cinnamon on the other hand…

Though it did seem to blend in. So far, so good.

We spend so much time telling ourselves no. Once today, tell yourself yes.

And that’s it for me today. This hardly hurt at all.

Have a great Wednesday.

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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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#WednesdayWisdom: The circle of boats

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It’s a hazy, foggy kind of day, the sun glaring off of the white. Cooler than yesterday I think.

I had trouble falling asleep and then didn’t sleep long, so I’m tired today in that streaky, floaty kind of way. The coffee has yet to help.

Might need more.

I can’t rule it out.

A friend over on twitter posted this tweet, and I replied:

The circle of boats. Here in Chicago, they’re starting to return like flocks of seabirds, nesting into their docks. There, in the crystal blue sea, their time to bask in the tropical sun has ended for now.

Everything has an ebb and flow. Everything has a time and a season.

Our seasons don’t always align.

Sometimes our seasons flow around one another, you to us, us to you, and again and again.

But wherever they are, docked in water or stored on dry land, the boats still exist.

They’re still there.

Unless they belong to Russian oligarchs and then they’ve probably been seized.

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.
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#WednesdayWisdom: I will tell you one truth.

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You’ll be shocked to learn that it’s gray again today. It’s quite a string of rainy days here in Chicago, a longer streak than I remember for quite some time.

The flowers should be very pretty though.

It’s chilly too, a bracing spring day. Those have their place in the scheme of things.

And after I wrote that part, a patch of blue appeared in the sky. Fleeting, but there. Fitting.

I will tell you one truth: the dark days haven’t left us. Not yet.

Things are better, no question, but the people who need to oppress people to feel like they have any worth aren’t letting go.

They are desperate, their own kind of sick as they watch their supply of inflicting suffering on others, of controlling others’ lives diminish.

It’s not the time to give up. It’s not the time to resign ourselves to their wishes.

It is the time to use the fallout from their getting what they want against them. Only they want this.

Most people here don’t.

They have set their own trap. Like a Greek tragedy, Republicans are the authors of their own demise.

Keep strong. Keep the faith that we will prevail and brighter days wait ahead. And 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.
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#WednesdayWisdom: Nothing in particular.

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Gray again? Check. Headache? Remains to be seen.

It’s another Wednesday on this large rock we call home, and I’m trying to get my head in the game, as they say.

What game?

You tell me.

April’s almost over, and Russia appears to be disintegrating before our eyes, a balloon popping in slow motion, the latex about to shrink back where it’s no longer whole. It’s not clear who is propping up the Russian economy right now, but as it looks like a favor that won’t be returned, who knows how long that will last.

Stay strong, Ukraine. Stay strong.

My yoga today is a bedtime practice, so this morning I did an extra-long cardio session. It felt great, honestly, and got the blood flowing. Next month we’ll see what I do about the yoga. I still think I’d like to do daily, but I may change it up a little.

I like freedom in my workouts.

Anyway, that’s all I have for you today, and nothing in particular felt like wisdom. But maybe something feels wise, or at least right to you.

Have a terrific 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.

#WednesdayWisdom: Don’t fight the tide.

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It’s gloomy today, I think it may be raining but I’m not quite sure. If it is, it’s not terribly enthusiastic about it.

The weather and I have an ongoing battle lately, as it dictates how my headaches go. Hopefully I’ll be OK today, I feel like the deep fog is finally lifting.

But we’ll see.

If I’ve learned anything from these headaches, it’s that you have to figure out how to manage the rise and fall. Don’t fight the tide.

Every time I try to push through or ignore them, they get worse and last longer. Which isn’t a great outcome.

Most of life is like that, really, when you think about it. The harder you try to fight some things, the harder it gets to handle them.

There are some fights we should never abandon, like those for equality and justice. That’s a given.

But sometimes, the best way to handle our personal struggles is to acknowledge them and let them be so they don’t drag us out to deep water.

The tide will come in again. It always 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.

#WednesdayWisdom: The planet’s cheapest means of travel.

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It’s rainy today with a charmless gray sky. Flat clouds only, nothing roiling, no contrast.

Well you know what they say about April showers.

I’ve been in a foreign show phase lately, using the planet’s cheapest means of travel. The people making the shows know it too, and they give us tantalizing, escapist looks into faraway places.

Why not? They’re already there.

Once you adjust to the subtitles, it’s really no different than watching anything else, except you have to remind yourself you don’t know what the dialogue means if you aren’t looking at the screen.

Unless you know the language.

But even if you don’t, sometimes the tone is more important than the words themselves.

Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, if you want to go somewhere else for a while, you can do it from your couchl

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.

#WednesdayWisdom: Limits are good.

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So I thought about jumping into the A to Z Blogging Challenge as TheDreamGirlWrites (Hi!!) very kindly told me the list is still open.

And I decided against.

The A to Z Challenge is a blast, and you meet so many fantastic people (Hi!!). Most of us have met that way, over past years.

But I’m just not up to participating fully. While I’m sure I’d get the posts done, especially since I already blog five days a week, I am not sure that I’d get all my visits in. And not visiting is not doing the challenge.

An organism as lively as A to Z survives only through reciprocity. Right now, visiting and commenting feels a little beyond me.

So I’m not going to push.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes we need a little push. Sometimes, we need to make ourselves do things out of our routine.

Learning to hear yourself, to truly know which is best for you right now, is the trick.

And with that, I leave you to enjoy your Wednesday, completely out of alphabetical order.


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.

#WednesdayWisdom: A little of both.

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Rainy again today, and much warmer than it was, like a real spring soggy day. There’s a uniform grayness to the sky.

Maybe I should watch it rain for a while.

Sometimes that’s all you need, a little break to see nature do its thing, whatever it is. Because nature is going to do what it’s going to do, and we can’t stop it.

It’s far, far bigger than us.

I’m not sure if that’s a reassuring thought or a depressing one.

Maybe a little of both.

But isn’t that all of life? It’s rarely one thing or another. More often, it’s a messy jumble that clumps together all at once.

And with that, I am off. 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.

#WednesdayWisdom: No use crying over spilled weather.

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I’m in a fog today. A literal one, not a metaphorical one; it’s like winter and spring are battling for dominance.

Personally, I’m with spring.

But my head is not a fan of the shifting weather. Unfortunately, as my Weathenator 2000 is out of commission, I just have to deal with it.

That’s one of the most frustrating parts of life, isn’t it? The stuff that we cannot control, cannot do anything about. The stuff we have to accept for what it is, and find a way to work around it.

Some days it feels like that’s pretty much all life is, finding ways to work around stuff.

They should have told us that in the manual.

Or at least left a post-it. You know, something useful.

Oh well. No use crying over spilled weather.

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.