#WednesdayWisdom: HAPPY INAUGURATION DAY!

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That’s it! We made it! Welcome President Biden and Vice President Harris! What a spectacular day.

We’re back, world.

We’re back.

#WednesdayWisdom: Fight for language

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It might be sunny, it might be cloudy, really it’s hard to tell. A little of each, maybe.

Fitting.

I am struggling for insight today, as the horrors of the terrorist attack and attempted coup are revealed, one by terrible one. This is where allowing people to fictionalize reality leads.

And that’s where we’re going today, then. Do not allow others to choose the words to describe reality. Too easily, terrorists become “protesters,” and an insurrection a “riot.” Clear-intentioned antifascists become meaningless “antifa,” which also allows room for the cutesy name of “profa” for fascists (or pro-fascists, but that is just painfully redundant. A person in favor of fascists is a fascist).

Suddenly no one knows who the bad guys are. Spoiler alert, it’s always the fascist.

The group that has gotten everyone to call them “pro-life” has executed prisoners at an incredible rate and just tried to murder members of Congress, killing 5 people, and failing to kill more not for lack of trying. The pro-police, Blue Lives Matter, thin blue line “just comply” crowd beat a police officer to death and sent something like 50 more to the hospital.

Stop letting them control the narrative. Challenge it every time.

Have a peaceful Wednesday. Impeachment two ahead.


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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: Nearly there

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I completely forgot about this post today, as wrapped up as I am in the Georgia Senate race and the attempted coup happening right now in Washington. And as I typed out that sentence, I realized the distraction is justified.

We are a mere two weeks away from the end of trump, and just about that to a new Senate, one where Mitch McConnell is the minority leader. Right now he’s hoping he’ll be remembered for opposing the assault on democracy he enabled for four years, but whatever gets this over and done.

Today will absolutely be dramatic, but the only thing that will save trump now is successfully overthrowing the government, and if we know anything about him by now, his best skill is failure. So we need only hang tight, stay safe and watch the nazis get hauled away by cops.

Anyway, that’s it for today, I’m just pleased I could pull together entire sentences. Have a great Wednesday knowing this is nearly over.


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: Time goes

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It’s hard to believe December is over, let alone the entire year. Despite the endless Republican tactics to subvert the election and overthrow the government–and yes, I actually wrote those words as surreal as it seems–the month flew by.

Can’t say I have a ton to show for it, really, as consuming as this has all been. But that’s the thing about time, it goes whether you notice it or not, whether you use it or not. Forever away becomes last week before you even know it.

Usually that principle applies to fun things, to vacations, to anticipated events, but this year those didn’t happen. This year the holidays and trips and plays and special exhibits just weren’t.

And while we watch more Republicans working feverishly to prolong our agony, remember: this too shall pass. The time goes.

And there’s nothing they can do about 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#WednesdayWisdom: Shake it Up

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I’m still having technical issues with Daily Burn in the morning, and it’s happening no matter the device. I’m sure I’m not alone.

But this morning I used it as an opportunity to mix things up a little. I usually do a different, game-based workout in the afternoon, but today I did a high intensity one in the morning.

And the world didn’t stop spinning. Shocking, I know.

Not sure what I’ll do in the afternoon, maybe some yoga, or try something else on the Daily Burn site. Adaptation.

Routine feels cozy in this topsy-turvy world, a world where it feels like anything could happen at any time, where there are no limits of normalcy. Yet it’s OK if we deviate from it.

We’re unlikely to make the sky fall.

Do something a little differently, it might be just the thing you needed. Or maybe not, but then at least you’ll know.

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: Unprocrastinating

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It’s a gray day, and there’s been a bit of snow. Not enough for a postcard December moment, but a bit, undulating patches of white over faded green and brown. The sky looks like more is to come.

We’ll see.

There are the days when it’s so difficult to get going, to face the computer screen, that maddening, unhelpful cursor, and just get on with it. So I’m sharing one of my favorite tricks.

You may already know I’m a fan of the timer, setting it, seeing how far I get, tracking the word count, or just using the timer to get momentum, but that doesn’t always do it. It’s a good one, though.

But for those times when you can’t cajole yourself into setting that timer for ten minutes, I give myself two choices: work on whatever project it may be or do something else that has to get done but I want to do even less.

I won’t lie, there are times I opt for the project I want to do less, but the plus side is you get it done. So really, it’s a win-win.

I’m going to go unprocrastinate myself, and I hope you have a productive Wednesday, whatever that may mean.


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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#WednesdayWisdom: Just keep swimming

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It’s brightly sunny today, after several days of gloom and even though it’s chilly, it’s nice to see the sun. The nonsense is nearly at an end, and normalcy beckons just beyond the horizon.

It’s been an awful four years.

But Dory from “Finding Nemo” said it best, all we have to do is just keep swimming. One fin in front of the other. Or something like that, I’m no fish expert.

There will soon be no more excuses, no more attempts. The inevitable is coming and it’s much better than the now, and that’s what really matters. We can get there, and we will get there.

The currents have set the course.

And that’s it for me today. 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 OK

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It’s sunny today, though chilly. We’re all the way in December, and it’s hard to know what happened to the year, though we weren’t outside much to see it.

It’s all been very taxing while not doing much, which seems ironic but there we are. I think worrying burns calories and you’ll probably never convince me otherwise.

So it’s OK if you’re not firing on all cylinders right now. It might be weird if you were firing on all cylinders right now, considering. I mean a former general just advocated a military coup because trump is still a pouty boy over his resounding election loss.

Of course that general has known ties to putin, so his advocating for overthrowing the Constitution probably has a lot to do with that, but still, sore losers will sulk.

Processing all of this takes a lot of bandwidth. Add in the interminable pandemic, which, already raging, is about to flare because people had to get together to eat turkey, and your brain is dealing with a lot.

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

#WednesdayWisdom: Thanksgiving hasn’t been Thanksgiving for years

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It’s uniformly gray out today, sky to ground. Probably fog. Or the outside’s gone black and white.

Anything is possible in 2020.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and people seem obsessed with celebrating it as though there isn’t a deadly airborne virus that’s already killed a quarter of a million people. They want to pretend that every year it’s Norman Rockwell and cozy, joyous family time.

And to that I say: give me a break.

If we hadn’t watched people line up for sales, first at the crack of dawn on Friday, then midnight, and then on Thanksgiving itself, then maybe I’d say feel free to mourn a little but still, don’t do the big gathering.

But we did.

We saw as retailers forced their employees to work on this “sacred” day so that people could get blenders and socks at a modest discount. We’ve watched fights break out over televisions; we’ve seen people camping out for sales get robbed; we’ve seen stampedes over gaming consoles.

So this year, let’s not pretend that it’s stodgy Democrats and our stodgy desires to stop the death toll that shifted the tone of the holiday. People did it, voluntarily, for years.

If you can change your plans for a toaster oven at Target, you can change your plans to stop people from dying. And if you can’t, then what the hell is wrong with you?

Anyway, have a great Wednesday, and remember your choices for tomorrow could mean the difference between someone being alive at Christmas and someone not.


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: We are not made of politics

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Sure there’s a lot going on, and the situation feels volatile, though in reality, it’s likely much less so than it feels. President-elect Biden won by every metric, and the pushback against reality is disorienting.

But there are other things besides politics. I posted what I thought was a throw-away comment on twitter about how long my hair has gotten during the pandemic, and to my surprise, people were happy to chat about hair.

Just hair.

All minutes of all days don’t have to be dedicated to this absurd political climate caused, I will emphasize, by one side and one side only. It’s so typical of narcissism that the world becomes the narcissist’s world, and here trump is trying to do that literally.

We don’t have to allow it.

He can stomp his likely tiny little foot all he wants, for once, the world will not conform to his outlandish demands. And we don’t have to feed him energy for his temper tantrum.

So let us roll our eyes at the last days of the pathetic geriatric toddler and just talk about something else. It doesn’t have to be hair.

Have a good 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.