Why I'm not addressing your Facebook gun control posts on Facebook

Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.~George Orwell As I sit here with my daughter talking about her  Novi Stars dolls that she got for Christmas I get struck with a great sadness after some of the things I read this morning on Facebook.I hesitate to call the things I see anything like a ‘gun control debate’ because I believe most people are reacting from emotion, not reason–just as I am....more

Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid.

Come to the edge he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew. ~Guillaume Apollinaire i will not live a life of what ifs. I will not wait any longer to begin, to begin again and begin again and again.I will be afraid, but I will come to the edge and fly and fly or fall.And if I fall I will pick myself up. Every day sometimes, every month, every year. Every decade.Things are not right.Things are unsettledThings are lacking and have been lacking but love is not.Skill is not....more

I Did it! Nablopomo 30 posts in 30 days

Once again all the way through to the end. I have a lot going on today so I want to get this up here and maybe come back and edit it later or add a new entry. But that is 30 in 30. With Fangsgiving AND illness AND power outages in the mix! ...more
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Oh I don't know, Random pinging with haiku

I’m just herping and derping around. I’ve messing with my blog plugins. Wondering if I need to change the theme, considering learning how to write a wordpress theme. Except I really like the Steampunk feel to it.I’m thinking about all the things I need to do around the house and how I just don’t have it in me tonight....more

When chill November’s surly blast make fields and forest bare. ~Robert Burns

What is it about November?  I can barely stand to read over the previous year’s entries. I’ve been doing Nablopomo since the beginning and it seems each November there is some enormous decision, or some huge situation that demands attention.Inn 2006 things got crazy in the Bean’s preschool and we had to take her out. We were also coming to the end of trying to have another childIn 2007 Things blew up with a person in our family. Blew up really high and really hot. We still haven’t recovered from that....more

Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others. ― Virginia Woolf

What is the moment that you leave childhood and enter adulthood? (Guest Post by Catherine Gildiner, author of After the Falls)Here I go again not doing things in the right order. I spent a sleepless night very sick last night so I took a walk through the prompts and realized that this is one that I’d been thinking of in general.I’ve been wondering if there is a moment or series of moments. I tend to think the latter....more

Staggering through to Tomorrow

Whole family is feeling ill. Different people for different reasons. Mr. J is having allergies. The Bean is having either allergies or a cold we can't tell quite yet. I am having a reaction to getting some MSG (I don't have a small reaction to it, I have ended up in the ER before with breathing problems so this is not much fun)we think. So I'm going to take some Benadryl and hope for the best. I did manage to make a huge pot of turkey soup from the leftover bird -- we got all the bones out and it cooked all day....more

A conclusion is the place where you get tired of thinking. Arthur Bloch

It’s one of those days.Days I’m just too tired. I can’t think of what to write, so I’m going to do that thing that I learned to do with kids…I might send them toOne Word and get them thinking about one word and writing about it for sixty seconds.Or how about something more ambitious..Write for Ten is another good short writing place. I have enjoyed taking students there and they enjoy it more than the ancient art of putting pencil to paper....more

Fangsgiving at the House on Haunted Hill

I cooked for a few hours yesterdayand for a few today.I cracked the whip for cleaning and we were eating by almost 5. It wasn’t the most hilarious Fangsgiving we’ve had—some years are more subdued than others—but it was good eats and family. I swear by Alton Brown’s brining recipe. Every year we get moist turkey. Sure it takes like 13 hours, but it is worth it. Also Mr. J says my orange cinnamon cranberry sauce is like crack.I’m completely exhausted now and probably just missed the window on that glass of wine. No matter, there’s PIE!...more
Enjoy every drop of leftovers! Looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving :)more

Cleanliness is next to Impossible!

Better get this up there quick. Getting down to the wire because I/we’ve been cleaning and cooking all day.I swear that child walks around the house with jam on her hands and arms akimbo making a kids high streak around the entire house.Thank god for magic erasers....more
The house *is* clean enough. Happy Thanksgiving!more