Monday, January 23, 2017

Note to Myself # 23

Apparently lots of women have been knitting recently.
Thousands of pink hats with cat ears
have been created as a statement of disgust
with Donald Trump's crude, misogynistic comment
about grabbing women by the p*ssy.

I've always found knitting a relaxing and healing pastime.
Way back in 1984, after having a premature baby boy die
in the neonatal intensive care unit after five weeks 
of fighting mightily for his life
after a ham-fisted surgeon botched the insertion 
of a central line, made poor Blake nearly bleed out
and sent him into cardiac arrest,
well. . . .
family videos from that time always recorded me
with knitting needles in hand.
I made sweaters galore.
The rhythmic click of the needles
quieted my mind and soothed my aching soul.

Then, I could manage the complicated patterns 
of an Irish fisherman knit,
not without concentration, of course,
and determination,
but back then they were doable.

I tried in vain to do one a few years ago
and found that my powers of concentration
have been zapped.
I was lucky to get to the end of a hideously complicated row
before I was drifting somewhere in my mind.

I have new appreciation for those gifted yarn artists
who create masterpieces in yarn.

As for me, I'll stick to simple scarves
and kitty-cat hats.
The cats will hate me.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Note to Myself # 22

The average child laughs 300 to 500 times per day.
The average adult? About 15 times per day.
What did we know many years ago 
that we've forgotten?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Note to Myself # 21

I don't have much trouble
convincing myself of this.
I've always got one or two books
going at a time.

What makes me sad, though,
is that we've lost our Reader-in-Chief.
A President who loved to read
and did it often and could talk with intelligence
about what he'd read, how it fit in with other ideas,
and what was next on his reading agenda.

A President who could write books
without needing a ghost writer.
What a concept!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Note to Myself # 20

When there's so much shaming
and bullying going on in public discourse
(from the highest levels)
this message is needed more than ever.

I'm just sad that it won't be heeded
at that same rarified level.

But those of us who believe
in goodness
always strive to live this
and model it for others.

Light eradicates darkness.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Note to Myself # 19

Great quote.
Not another thing to say.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Note to Myself # 18

This is a big one for me
because one of my assets is loyalty
to people I love.

I will cheer them on
tell them when I think they're making a mistake
urge them to take a chance when the risk seems reasonable
and pick them up when they've fallen.

That's what friends (or family) do for each other,
at least in my world view.

So my admonition is
"Always stand by your friends."

At the same time,
I know that there's a Shadow side to loyalty.
It can make you blind to instances 
where loyalty isn't a two-way street
and a person's behavior is deserving
of no-nonsense boundaries. . . .
including expulsion from your realm
until they've repented of their unacceptable actions.

Lying to or about you, for instance.
Being unfaithful.
Being emotionally abusive.
Expecting you to always be there for them
even when they're never around when you need them

Excessive loyalty can sometimes make you blind
to truths that everyone else can see.

Sometimes to be loyal to yourself,
you have to cut the ties that bind
and walk away.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Note to Myself # 17

It feels like clown energy is running rampant.

Someone in a position of power is making
inflammatory and outrageous statements,
bullying and mocking people,
threatening revenge on members of the press
who don't post articles adulating him.

There are clowns in this world
that can dish out all kinds of insults,
but want to be kowtowed to themselves.

Who think the whole world
exists to enhance their exalted view of themselves, 
to fall in line with their every whim 
(no matter how obnoxious or self-indulgent).

Who think they're smarter than everyone else
and that they're so special
rules don't apply to them.

But we know the truth about them.
If these Emperors have a splendid set of clothes,
they put on their pants one leg at a time,
just like us commoners.

And if they were really so special,
they wouldn't need to remind us so often.

no matter what,
don't let these clowns get you down.

Flaunting the rules
and making end runs around the truth
has consequences eventually.

So run amok, Clowns. . . 
but remember,
Barnum & Bailey's is closing 
after more than 100 years.