#WednesdayWisdom: Borrowed wisdom.

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It’s summer now, no matter what the calendar says, that thin haze of a hot day toning down the green. Grass is already yellow, having barely had time to be green, it got so hot so quickly. Though today it’s about 81. Medium hot.

The construction noise is muffled, livable.

I watched this incredible singer–who calls herself Nightbirde–on twitter. She appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” a show I don’t watch. But she is utterly amazing.

Watch for yourself:

And today’s wisdom comes directly from her. Not only from her song, which is beautiful and I can’t believe isn’t already in my music, but from what she said afterward: “You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.”

It’s profound, and it has that weight of universal truth about it. Unless you’re one of the incredibly lucky ones, life will always have challenges. Some, like Nightbirde’s, are harder than most.

But it’s OK to stop and just be happy, even in the midst of it, even when you don’t know how things will turn out.

And that’s it for me, have a great Wednesday.


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Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#TuesdayThoughts: Middle of the night thoughts

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At some point in the middle of the night, I had this post all planned out. It was brilliant.

Probably.

But now it’s gone. That’s the thing about those middle of the night thoughts. One minute they’re there, vivid and clear and feeling indelible, and the next, poof!

They’ve vanished.

So whatever insight I planned to share, it’s now floating in the ether. Perhaps you’ll find it there.

There’s construction again today, careless loud thunks, disembodied voices, occasional drilling. It’s become a kind of insistent background now. Gotta adapt, I guess.

That’s kind of how it goes. Like one big boxing match. Sometimes you land the punch. Sometimes the punch lands on you. And sometimes, like Floyd Mayweather, you just float out of the way.

And that’s it for me this Tuesday. 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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#MondayThoughts: Almost rainy

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It’s hot. And probably going to rain. I don’t know if the second thing is going to affect the first.

Summer is here. Even if it’s not official.

Wait, I take it back, it’s allegedly cooler outside than in. Time to open a window, but keep an eye on it bc of that threatening rain.

Window open. Not sure the weather wasn’t lying to me. Oh well.

We’re on Monday again, in a year that gets blurrier by the day, and Chicago’s return to “normalcy” gets closer by the second. What happens when we pretend the pandemic never was? We will soon find out.

I’m low on inspiration today, maybe because of the weather, maybe because it was a weekend with a lot of goings on, many of them not great. But it’s one of those single-thought-every-ten-minutes kinds of days.

Maybe I needed more sleep.

Though…don’t we always?

Anyway, that’s it for me on this Monday. Have a great start to your week.


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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.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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#FridayThoughts: Dregs of the week

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Is it sunny? Is it cloudy? Don’t ask me, I have no idea. I think sunny, but that could change.

It often does.

I’ve had a hectic morning, got groceries delivered, took some I’d gotten for my parents to them, broke a jar of salsa on the floor, it’s been a great time. My coffee has been like a blur, and a second cup sounds like a good idea.

Haven’t made it yet, but it sounds like one.

We’ve floated into Friday here in June, with restrictions about to be lifted in Chicago, and I’m glad and very, very worried. We don’t want to go back, and the variants are streaming around the globe, the very predictable progression of a pandemic that wasn’t handled correctly in the first place.

No wait, that was deliberately flamed from the outset. Doing the opposite of established pandemic protocols was a deliberate choice by trump and Republicans, and the cost is still being exacted on the world.

Well I’m upbeat today.

I’d like things to be normal as much as everyone else. But I don’t know if they ever will be.

And that’s the truth.

Anyway, that’s it for me, have a great Friday in spite of my gloom and wonderful weekend.


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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#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Sneaky

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It’s Thursday! I think. Yes, I’m pretty sure. Thursday. Which means it’s time for the #ThursdayTen!

Using the above photo as a prompt, write a ten word story.

The catch? It has to be EXACTLY ten words.

Let’s not pretend this is the first time! You know what you’re doing But if it is your first time, welcome.

OK ready?

Here’s mine:

Victor would die by midnight.

He didn’t know.

Lila did.

#WednesdayWisdom: Whatever you’re doing, you’re still doing better than donald trump’s blog.

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So apparently, given it’s low, low readership, donald trump’s blog is no more. One month of shouting into the void–though more likely one of his minions was doing the shouting in a trump mask–and it is gone.

And yet millions of us whisper into the void for years and years, undeterred. Sometimes it’s the void you want to talk to.

And sometimes an audience of a few means more than an audience of thousands.

But that’s not something anyone would expect trump to understand. No, he believed he was adored by millions, believed millions clamored to hear every “pearl” from his lips. But bots don’t read blogs.

They could visit, though. I guess he got downgraded in his follower package. He’s not as useful as he used to be.

And here’s my own little pearl, for which you are no doubt raptly waiting: no matter where you are in your project, whatever it may be, you have still made more progress than trump made with his blog. You have shown more patience; you have demonstrated more perseverance.

So go you. And have a great 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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#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Open

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That’s right, my friendly storytellers, this week you get TWO prompts! The fake Tuesday #ThursdayTen and today’s Thursday Ten, now with more Thursday!

OK fine, it’s the same amount of Thursday as usual, but more Thursday than Tuesday had.

Why yes my coffee DID kick in, thanks for noticing.

Anyway, using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story.

Exactly ten words.

Ready? Here’s mine:

The door appeared.

Later, the ladder.

Josh volunteered.

Then vanished.

#MondayThoughts: Ridicule the Ridiculous

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So many people talking about “unity” and “bipartisanship,” and what they mean is Democrats doing what Republicans want or Republicans will whine about it and the media will run with it. Well, been there, done that.

Burned the t-shirt.

We know the games, the ones where absolutely nothing from Republicans is treated as “compromise,” while Democrats are demonized for not giving Republicans–who lost the House, the Senate and the White House because voters didn’t want them in control–control. It’s a new day.

And we’re going to call it out.

The nonsense is nonsense and it will not stand. Every time you see it, say something. Ridicule the ridiculous.

Bipartisanship means compromise, not capitulation. If Republicans want to be involved in creating solutions rather than problems they’re welcome to hop aboard; otherwise they can stop their incessant, endless whining and internalize the reality that Democrats won.

They gave credence to the Big Lie, knowing themselves that it wasn’t true, ignoring the contradiction of their accepting their own election results while rejecting President Biden’s. They watched as trump stopped President Biden’s briefings from the Pentagon, as people like Michael Flynn advised him to use the military to overthrow the government.

They knew. We saw what was coming; they had more data that we did.

So here we are, with Republicans throwing a tantrum over not getting the whole pie, and poised to shrug at planned attempt to end the United States as we know it. Hold them accountable.

And have a great 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: Unsettled

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It’s a kind of in between day, which fits with my in between mood. It feels like something is going to happen and it’s not going to be good.

Of course that ominous sense is pretty constant now, bad things happen minute to minute and second to second in this twisted timeline in which we find ourselves. It’s relentless and that’s probably the point.

Or maybe it’s just me today.

I probably shouldn’t have more coffee. The caffeine certainly wouldn’t help matters.

Meanwhile, I can’t tell if it’s haze or blue or clouds outside this morning, the sky is a wishy washy color with no clear purpose. Hmm, sounds familiar.

Anyway, I’m going to get a Monday going here. I hope you have a good one.


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
See what I’m writing on Medium.

#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.