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From the Brain of Twain

Make it a point to do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. Mark Twain

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On This Wintry Sunday

I am reading Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline. So far I’m not enjoying it. If the book were a ravioli and the filling were pop culture references, dinner would be a big mess of exploded pasta. Meanwhile, nothing happens … Continue reading

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Is It Friday Already?

The last theme I handled at work today was “Talk Like a Pirate,” and I did my evening walk to the tune of “Drunken Sailor,” which had gotten stuck in my head. Alas, mateys, me landlubberly brain be lacking in … Continue reading

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Snow, Heat, and Azulejos

It snowed again today, just a flurry. That’s three days in a row now. It’s exactly how snow ought to be–frequent and light. My husband fixed the heat. It’s a temporary fix, but one that we will have to live … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Inauguration

Amanda Gorman, who was named the first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, recited her poem The Hill We Climb. A few lines in, she juxtaposed “just is” with “justice,” and I was all hers. So young, so beautiful, so … Continue reading

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A Gift from the Sky

Today I was tired, grouchy, and cold. The last thing I wanted to do was go outside, where it was even colder than our partially unheated house. But I needed to do my daily walk, so outside I went. As … Continue reading

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Manageable

My husband thinks that our heating system has a leak. The system is pulling in fresh water, which it would only need to do if water were leaving the system. We don’t see any puddles or water stains on the … Continue reading

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Sunday Three

Today I was awoken early by the heating system. It was making loud knocking sounds, presumable because there’s air trapped somewhere in there. It was not a good way to wake up. Livia and her father made homemade blueberry pancakes … Continue reading

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Be Bloggier

Looking back at my blog posts for 2020, I am happy that I wrote so much. It is, for me, one tiny bright side of the pandemic. But, by forcing myself to write a post for nearly every day, I … Continue reading

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Day 294: The Farce is Far from Over

I couldn’t help laughing with a grim sort of humor when I read this paragraph in an article from The Atlantic today. In 2019, the Global Health Security Index used 85 indicators to assess how ready every country was for … Continue reading

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