the rest of the week

After the disappointment of Wednesday night, the rest of the weekend has been pretty good. On Thursday, out of nowhere, I decided to see a movie. Instead of a variety of Oscar-nominated films I could have chosen, I selected “Winchester” starring Helen Mirren. It’s about Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle company fortune and…

My Night with Janis Joplin

The dinner I had before the show was fabulous. . . . . . . . I had seen a version of this show, “A Night with Janis Joplin,” many years ago, but it was called “Love, Janis” after the book Janis’s sister, Laura, had written. I saw it in the small Lyceum Theatre, and…

NPM – 26 of 30

I wrote this poem in October during the full moon. I thought with tomorrow’s early morning lunar spectacular (blue moon/super moon/blood moon/lunar eclipse), this poem was appropriate. Oh yeah, and also the president’s first SOTU. ~~ Moon Shine Last night I kept the blinds open, unconcerned about who might see into my bedroom, spy the…

I was challenged by…

Today’s reflection is “I was challenged by…” I gotta say this one is tough for me, not because I didn’t have challenges, but nothing that defined my year, which is a good thing. But I did think of a couple things, one personal and one more global. My job These last 6 months or so…

no man’s land

I wrote a poem once about how 3 am is a no man’s land. It’s too late to still be up partying or whatever you’d like to do, and it’s too early to be up for the day. But here I am, for a couple reasons. I went to bed around 10 pm, after watching…

NPM – 24 of 30

hole in the floormat my driver’s side floormat has a hole where my right heel has worried through the fabric I don’t know how long my heel has worked to accomplish this feat I have noticed it slowly growing I have rearranged the floormat to slow the growth but it always inches back to the…

NPM – 6 of 30

“a hard cry could draw walls in, it could bend metal, it could turn a full moon into a sliver” – from The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen not as much as before not like it used to be tears enough to drown in sorrows fit for a crone but the aftermath produced no supernatural…

NPM – 3 of 30

uneven last night, my chin gushed blood due to an unfortunate launch of the cat from my face in sleep, an apology given soothed a troubled mind in the morning, as I brushed my teeth, an unexpected tilt I tried to balance myself tried to steady what I didn’t understand it turned my day upside…

‘we’re going to die in this stairwell’

Mid-morning yesterday, the emergency alarm sounded at work. Unlike our last building, this one’s alarm comes with a voice that says, “There is an emergency in the building. Exit the building immediately,” along with a piercing alarm sound that continues repeatedly. I work on the 6th floor of an 11-story building. In the last building,…

what in the actual f**k?

Seriously. Gun violence in America is out of control. And I don’t just mean the tragedies that happen like today’s awfulness in San Bernardino or previous incidents in Sandy Hook, Roseburg, Colorado Springs, and numerous other places. I also mean the hundreds of children who die because they find a gun in their home, their…

I forgot!

I totally spaced on blogging yesterday! Sorry! To make up for it, I will post twice today. Yesterday, I went to work with my pie and cookies. Around 11:15 am, we started putting food out. A lot of people were off so there was a small group, around 12. The newly appointed VP, and an…

weekends are becoming sacred space

I brought my laptop home with me this weekend. Like I’ve done previously, I had every intention to catch up on some work. But it’s almost 8 pm on Sunday night, and the bag never even got unzipped. I’ve come to (or come back to) the idea of making the weekends mine. Like I mentioned…