#WednesdayWisdom: Don’t be an idiot

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That’s it. That’s my wisdom for the day. Don’t be an idiot.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Don’t cough on people. Don’t call the police on black people because you feel irrationally angry about patio licenses or lemonade stand permits or their general existence in space.

Don’t make pronouncements about who is which particular gender in conflict with that own person’s identity. Don’t become the bathroom police.

Don’t think that other people’s lives are any of your business. Don’t turn a blind eye to the abuse of others. Don’t assume that if it doesn’t affect you it doesn’t matter.

Don’t act like you are the only person on the planet or the most important person on the planet. You are neither of those things.

Don’t be a jerk.

And with that, I wish you an idiocy-free Wednesday.


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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: Shrug

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At this highly charged time, where around every corner lies a literal life-or-death crisis, where the serious means serious, sometimes you just have to shrug. Not at the big stuff.

At the small stuff.

There are people puzzles you will never solve, fits of temper you will never understand, absolute stances you will never get.

Just shrug.

We cannot solve it all; we can’t even process it all. The little things of life will come at us, detritus coursing down an increasingly-raging river. Let those things go whizzing right on by.

And if they hit you with the force of the current, shrug.

It happens sometimes.

I don’t have the bandwidth for games or pedantry right now. Some things are far more serious than others. So that is my Wednesday Wisdom, from me to you.

Shrug.


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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#WednesdayWisdom: Little bits

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I’ll admit it. I’m overwhelmed.

I’m overwhelmed by the naked cruelty we see daily. I’m overwhelmed by a pandemic our government refuses to rein in. I’m overwhelmed by armed conflict escalating around the world.

It’s a lot.

So here is my wisdom for today, take it or leave it. It’s OK to feel overwhelmed.

That’s it.

I can’t offer solutions because there are no solutions. The world as it is right now is overwhelming. There are very evil people with a whole lot of power.

But, like Kimmy Schmidt, we can take it ten seconds at a time. Just ten seconds. That’s all we need to do.

That’s me for Wednesday. Take care of yourself, and remember, just ten seconds.


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.

#WednesdayWisdom: Let’s try listening

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After three years of being told we have to try to understand people with abhorrent views, while excuses abound for those abhorrent views, let’s try listening in a different direction.

Hard as it may be, let’s put ourselves aside and hear things that feel uncomfortable. Let’s see the new and the old, especially the old, through different eyes. Let defensiveness go, let the discomfort settle in, and let’s challenge ourselves a little.

There’s never been a better time for it.

We are all part of this human puzzle, and it’s time we let some of the other pieces do the talking. Yes puzzle pieces talk, it’s a perfectly fine metaphor.

Clearly you haven’t done enough puzzles.

So that is it for this Wednesday. Have a good one, and try to share 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#WednesdayWisdom: Empathy matters

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Short one today, because the message is short: empathy matters. You may never experience what others experience, but listen. Care about it.

We’re all people thrown together on this big rock in space, and somehow we let our differences matter more than the reality that we’re all the same, underneath, we’re all just people and we all deserve respect. We all deserve equality.

We all deserve not to be killed arbitrarily by police.

This is NOT “all lives matter.” That is a phrase meant to deflect, to change the subject, to erase. This is a reminder that someone who looks different than you, who lives in another part of the country, who may have a different religion or no religion at all is still a person and still deserves life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Have a contemplative 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#WednesdayWisdom: None to spare

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It’s been a long short week, and I thought it was Thursday this morning. It is not Thursday this morning.

The weather turned hot, and I can’t get the temperature right, I’m too hot or too cold, and the news of the world shows no signs of improvement.

I’d say my mood today is glum. Fitting, I think, given the state of things.

It’s weird how people have just decided the pandemic is not a thing, and 100,000 people dead or not, off they go to be normal, with a great big shrug to life or death.

As long as it’s someone else’s life or death.

That doesn’t bode well for humanity.

I told you I had no wisdom to spare today. Or to even fill my own cup a quarter of the way. I guess that will happen in the apocalypse.

Anyway, have as great a Wednesday, which isn’t Thursday, as you can.


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.

#WednesdayWisdom: Well THAT was an adventure

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Today was grocery shopping, for me and my parents, but they are getting a lot of stuff delivered, which really makes it easier for me. Still, I know what they like and what they’ve mentioned that doesn’t make it onto the list, and what might brighten this quarantine for them.

The store was pretty empty, and people kept their distance, which was nice. I had a bunch of coupons from the Monopoly contest I couldn’t use and managed to give them to someone in the parking lot.

Score.

Smooth sailing, right? So I drop off the groceries, I’m talking to my dad outside their building and there’s this huge BANG. He says a car blew a tire, and as we watched, it hit one parked car, driving it onto the sidewalk, and then crashed into another.

We went over to see if the driver was OK, a jogger was already there. The man behind the wheel was shaking, and I asked if he needed medical attention, and he said yes.

So we called for an ambulance, and it took a while so we each separately tried again, and finally it arrived, right after the fire truck.

And that was where we left it, because then we were in the way, and I still had groceries in the car.

Remember the groceries?

I had to go a very long way around to get home, only to realize I forgot to give my mom her flowers. Sigh.

I turned back and handed them off to my dad on the far side of their building, since the front was blocked.

So the smooth trip turned extra bumpy. I also discovered I have my parents’ blueberries and peaches.

Double sigh.

I mean, I thought it was an adventure in these days of nothingdom. Anyway, I hope you have a much smoother rest of your 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#WednesdayWisdom: Have any to spare?

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There’s a spider dangling outside my window. Just hanging there, floating on the breeze and its silk. Nothing I can do to make it go away, it’s outside of the plate glass panel, and it’s unreachable.

My only hopes are the wind and the window washers.

I hope they don’t mind spiders.

It’s sunny sunny today, quiet. It could be any normal May day, but, of course, it is not.

Not during a pandemic.

I’m low on wisdom or what passes for it, so feel to share what keeps you going right now, whatever it is, from staying connected electronically to cupcakes.

Especially if it’s cupcakes.

I’m off into the great yonder, though not as great or yonder as that spider. 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#WednesdayWisdom: Supermarket adventures

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I went grocery shopping today, for me and for my parents, though my parents have been pretty successful in getting groceries delivered, which is good. It takes some pressure off me, I know if I don’t go to the store, they’ll cope.

Everyone was wearing a mask, they’re required now in Illinois and people, as a whole, kept their distance. Best of all, stocks were good.

There was a lot of toilet paper. SO MUCH TOILET PAPER.

I bought toilet paper.

They also had bleach though no wipes. It’s probably going to be a while for that.

I was able to get my mom flour, white and whole wheat, she bakes bread all the time so she KNEADS it.

Get it? GET IT?

I’m giddy from being done with the errands, having put most of the stuff away, having taken a SECOND shower and finally eating.

But also cupcakes.

Which I made. And they were delicious.

Anyway, it made me hopeful, the nearly-full shelves, other people being considerate. Honestly brightened my day. So do the same, give people a break when they’re looking for stuff, I told a guy to take his time and we ended up having a nice socially-distanced chat. He was buying for himself, his young (4 and under) kids and his wife’s parents.

That’s a tough assignment.

We’re all just trying our best. Except the people who aren’t and I recommend giving them 12 feet.

Have a great rest of your Wednesday, I’m late 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#WednesdayWisdom: Enjoy the Silence if you can get it.

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It’s raining away outside, dramatic streaks across the window, the whole world gray, and somewhere, someone is hammering. It’s not the building work, that’s on the roof.

Not likely in the rain.

You’ve got to wonder at the person who chooses to hammer right now, knowing we’re all home, sardines in our little tins.

OK, so that’s not so light. Not quite on theme for the week.

I seem to have misplaced my phone. Which is so weird when you’re not going anywhere. How far can it go? It makes me think of the Borrowers, though what would they do with a phone?

Then again, that’s a huge TV for a person who is about five inches tall. I could see that. Never mind, I totally get it, Borrowers.

Totally.

I’m having very uncharitable thoughts about what to do with that hammer. I’d love to just listen to the rain, letting this lockdown day be one where I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.

Alas.

Huh, not one nugget of wisdom yet for this Wednesday. Oh, well maybe one, if you’re a Borrower, a phone would make an excellent television. Also, as we’re forced to be apart together, please keep your hammers to yourself.


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.