#WednesdayWisdom: You can try but it won’t work.

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Here we are back at Wednesday again and I can’t say I feel any more insightful than last week. And here I am trying to impart some wisdom.

Good luck to us both.

I’ve got a long day of “don’t wanna” ahead of me, and those are always fun. Maybe I’m just trying to prolong the inevitable.

That’s the funny thing about the inevitable. It’s inevitable.

Putting it off doesn’t make it go away, it only increases the stress of having to do it. So there it is, my cultured pearl of wisdom for today: just start it.

You don’t even have to finish it right now, though often once you get going it’s enough.

Just start it. You’ll feel better.

I know I will.

OK that’s it for Wednesday, have a great day.


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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: No one is keeping score.

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The sky says nice day but my head says otherwise, I am sure it’s going to rain. It’s been a morning of technical difficulties, but I think I’ve gotten them straightened out.

Maybe.

I had to scrap the way I’ve been doing things for ages and try a different tactic to get it to work, and that feels weird. It’s awkward to try things a new way.

But sometimes the answer lies in accepting something less than perfection. Sometimes it’s OK to just take the easy route because it’s more expedient.

Everything in life isn’t a punishment. Sometimes they’re only things that happen, and you can get around them in whatever way works for you.

No one is keeping score.

And with that, I’m 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#WednesdayWisdom: It’s just an off day.

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So here we are at Wednesday, where I pretend I have some insight into something and offer it up as wisdom. OK maybe not “pretend.”

Sometimes I know things.

Sometimes I know a thing or two.

Sometimes I have to fill a blog post.

Use your best judgment to decide which this one is.

It’s another day when it looks nicer than it is, a great lesson on looks and deceiving but I’m not even going to pretend that’s my own wisdom. Which, of course, sent me down the rabbit hole of the origins of the phrase, but no luck. Best I can find is that it’s a proverb.

So sometimes the internet is lacking in wisdom as well.

We all have our off days.

And therein lies my tiny, faulted, occluded diamond of wisdom for today: we all have our off days. Don’t dwell. Don’t assume it means it will last forever. Don’t even assume it means failure of the permanent kind.

It’s just an off day.

And with that, I’m, well, 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#WednesdayWisdom: Just like life.

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Did I have to check it actually IS Wednesday before writing the headline to this post? I sure did!

That’s life in the apocalypse. The nearly-ended (hopefully) apocalypse, but the apocalypse nonetheless. I’ve got my second cup of coffee all ready, it’s still a bit hot to drink.

It’s a battle in the skies today, though nothing so cool as aliens and say…geese. Only the clouds and the sun vying for dominance.

Just like life.

Some days are sunshine, sunshine, sunshine, and some days are straight rain, which can be the satisfying kind or the kind that makes everything dismal. And some days, the sun tries to beat the clouds, and the clouds fight right back.

Sometimes the sun wins.

Sometimes the clouds win.

But the only thing we know for sure is tomorrow there will be a brand new sky.

Have a great Wednesday. It really is Wednesday. I checked.


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: Read one of my books!

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They’ll make you smarter! Well, they probably won’t, but they’re fun.

And weird.

What more could you want?!? Fine maybe a lot of things but the books are good too.





And I’m even FREE!!!!

#WednesdayWisdom: The more things change…

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No idea what the weather is doing today, and that’s the truth. I think it’s gray, but it’s bright, and possibly it’s about to rain. Outside is confused.

Fair enough. I am too.

I’ve been streaming “The Love Boat,” which is still entertaining after all these years, and it’s surprising how easily you could adapt some of the clothes for today, entire outfits that would work if you switched out the shoes or the accessories. So many decades between then and now, so much the same.

I’m struck by how often a husband is having an affair, and how often it’s attributed to a wife paying too much attention to her work and not enough attention to him. She always has an epiphany, “Ah yes, I did this! I neglected him,” and then I wonder why aren’t men required to be adults?

Has that changed?

I mentioned this on twitter with an earlier episode and according to the responses, it has not. Society still holds women accountable for the actions of men, as though men are weak creatures devoid of any agency or responsibility. Is that really how they want to be viewed?

If nothing is ever their fault, is anything ever their accomplishment?

It’s worth considering. Anyway that’s it for me, have a wonderful 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: It’s just noise

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This is something I’m trying to tell myself as the construction continues, the drill like a shrieking beast from the depths of Hades. At least someone is getting a new kitchen, I guess.

Perhaps at the cost of my sanity, but it’s not like it’s their price to pay.

Sunny: check. Chillish but warmer: check. People saying stuff just to say it on twitter? Infinity checks.

And that’s the thing. Whether it’s the people trying to drill into my very soul, or the ones on twitter trying to scoop out and eat yours, it’s all just noise.

It’s all just noise.

Name it, point it out, admit it exists. But also see it for what it is.

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 into #ThursdayThoughts: Enjoy an unexpected moment

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NOTE: Or an unexpected post. Somehow this didn’t publish yesterday, so today you will get this post AND a ten word photo prompt! Woo-hoo?!

It’s sunny again, and pretty warm, I think, or warm enough for Chicago in February. We’re hunkered here on a Wednesday, one where the end of winter is in sight, and maybe, just maybe this pandemic won’t last forever.

There was supposed to be more construction noise today, but so far it’s been quiet. So I decided to notice that, notice the absence of clanging and buzzing and drilling, of disembodied voices drifting.

It can happen anywhere: an unexpected tableau through a train window; a glimpse of a bird at a stoplight. Take that moment and observe it, absorb it, welcome it.

Every break, no matter how quick or how small, is a break. Take the most from it.

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.
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: Do what you have to do

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I didn’t even hesitate to make the second cup of coffee this morning, not that I’ve touched it yet. Let me rectify that.

Ahh.

It was sunny and now it’s gray and today I am tired, as evidenced by the coffee. So the only thing that’s going to get me from 11 to 12 is another cup of half-caff, which I do understand adds up to a whole-caff, but otherwise I will continue to zombie today. And that’s my little nugget of wisdom for you.

Do what you have to do.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, or best, or even the better option today. Take convenience over ideal. Take quick over quality. It’s OK.

It’s really OK.

We’ve been through a lot and many of you are still going through it, frozen in places that aren’t supposed to be frozen. And even if you’re not, even if it’s only your empathy in overload, give yourself a break and do what you have to do to get through today.

It’s OK if your progress is in inches rather than miles. Sentences rather than pages.

It’s OK.

My one little caveat is if you are a person with dependency issues, do what you need to do to get through the desire to return to those issues to get through the day. This is not permission for self-harm.

This is permission for self-care.

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.
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: Balance

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It’s gray and cold and possibly snowing, it’s difficult to tell. A truly frozen landscape.

From somewhere in the building there is thumping, and a clanging of metal, as though deliberately tossed t cause as much noise as possible.

Who knows.

I’m trying to figure out a way to get to some of the writing I want to do while still watching the impeachment trial. And now, apparently, dealing with whatever that noise is.

And I dawdled too long, the impeachment trial is in full swing. So much for balance. Have a great Monday and call your Senators, tell them trump must be convicted, the evidence is utterly overwhelming.


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.