National Ampersand Day — Be &
Today is National Ampersand Day, which fits my mission on Earth perfectly.
So, Beloved, do you Ampersand?
Recently someone whose work I admire greatly wrote me a message on Facebook. Here is our exchange in its entirety with a few personal details (like names) changed.
Q: Susan, I have attempted to find the answer to this question, but remain mystified. I totally do not understand what you mean by Be Ampersand. Could you remove my confusion?
A: Yes, of course. To Be Ampersand is to live a life based on And rather than a…
What if I told you that our world has already been in the exact place we are right now — except on a smaller scale? And what if I also told you that I know what comes next? Would you want to know or would you rather live into the future not knowing? If you don’t want to know, and I thoroughly respect that choice, stop reading. If you do want to know … well then, by all means, read on.
It is, of course, conventional wisdom — sourced in none other than King Solomon — that there is nothing…
When I was a kid, the very worst thing my mama could say to me was, I’m so disappointed in you. She never yelled it; she spoke sedately, quietly, but the feeling it gave me was downright awful. I felt transformed from regular size to Lilliputian.
I’m coming to the end of this essay cycle tomorrow as a matter of fact. I wrote 100 essays starting on March 12, 2020 about my spiritual take on the coronavirus; that ended on June 19, 2020. I’d written the equivalent of two novels — about 200,000 words. …
I’m not really a movie person, but for some silly reason, I saw a movie when I was about 11, a piece of which has stayed with me for more than 50 years. Made in 1962, If a Man Answers starred Doris Day and Rock Hudson as a newly married couple.
Upon return from their honeymoon, Ms. Day’s mother sends her a small book that she maintains is about the care and keeping of husbands. The title: “How to Train a Neurotic Dog.” For serious. But that’s not what I remember. …
Let’s just go for it this morning, shall we? Anyone else having ‘discussions’ about the validity of the coronavirus vaccine with unreasonable people? Wharton School of Business organizational psychologist Adam Grant had already had the anti-vaxxer debate of debates with one of his oldest friends. Then came corona. In his own words,
“I decided to see if I could open R.’s mind to the possibility. What I didn’t realize was that my mind would be opened as well.”
This notion of mutuality, of reciprocity, of dual willingness is the veritable heart of what’s missing in our populace. …
You know how there are words that you know but only sort of? And usually because of context? Well, lately there’s one that’s been appearing daily — impunity — so I finally repaired to the OED to get a firm grasp on its antecedents and its meaning.
The definition of impunity is exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action, according to the OED. It comes from Latin roots meaning unpunished.
One of the things that has felt to me like it’s going right in our screwy civilization lately is that federal law enforcement is, uh…
In as much as we are all humans, none of us will be surprised to learn that we want what we want when we want it, contradiction notwithstanding. As I read this morning’s New York Times, I kept thinking of an old proverb. Here’s what the Wikis say about it:
“You can’t have your cake and eat it too is a popular English idiomatic proverb. Once the cake is eaten, it is gone. The proverb’s meaning is similar to the phrase ‘you can’t have it both ways.’” Oh, but we want it both ways, don’t we? …
Is anyone else tired of the old arguments — pro and con — about the filibuster in the Senate? I sure am. It’s just like couples who come to me for counseling and end up not telling me about their actual differences, but instead fighting about how they fight.
My usual response to that comes down to, Basta! Enough. I want to say the same to the senators who are fighting about how they govern. Could we just get down to governing? For once? We the People are in need of a whole lot, much of which is dependent upon…
Most probably, I would not tell you that my husband, as good and wise as he is, is a seer, but since the Trump Takeover, he’s said that We the People would not know how dire its outcomes until long after the Trump Troll had departed. This morning’s New York Times proved him right.
Did you know that there’s a federal agency meant to work on what we will do if ever there is a pandemic?
Sheryl Gay Stolberg writes from “WASHINGTON — A federal watchdog has found that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which drew national attention…
A Letter to the Editor in this morning’s New York Times … “Re ‘Rooster’s Noise Lawsuit a Win for France’s Barnyard Bellowers’ (news article, Jan. 25):
“The crowing of the late Maurice the rooster and his successors is now protected by French law: liberté, égalité, cacophonie.
“Steven S. Honigman
Liberty, equality, cacophony, a fancy-dancy word for Noise.
Twitter bagged a win just as noisy as Maurice et al, if in reverse.
Maurice and kin get to cock-a-doodle-doo as they will. For life.
Donald Trump gets to be silent on his favorite dynamite detonation platform. For life.