Thursday, May 4, 2017

Squall Line

Standing outside the front door watching a storm approach from the West.

The clouds flash and the thunder rumbles in the distance.

Wind rises.

And my heart swells with ….

With what?

Awe?  Wonder?  Amazement?

We are so insignificant compared to the wonders our planet and universe.

It’s a squall line. A cold front.  It will pass quickly.

And I’ll miss it after it passes.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Chemo is Forever

I’m done with chemo, but it’s not done with me. It’s been almost three years since I finished chemotherapy for triple-negative breast cancer. But the effects linger on.

I don’t really mind the hair thing. Before chemo my hair was fine and straight.  Now it is extra fine and a little wavy. That’s good. It is also very thin which is not so good but it is livable.

What really irritates me is the lasting effect of Taxol on my taste buds. My sense of taste has never got back to where it was.  The worst part is that there are some days when everything tastes bitter – all day.  Bitter breakfast cereal is a bummer. Some days everything is pretty bland. What I don’t understand is why this comes and goes. 

Obviously this is not truly a problem; it is just an irritation that I want to rant about today.  I’ve been cancer free for three years so I can’t complain, but it does bug me so I kvetch a little.

End of rant.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Grow Up!!!

That’s my response to Trump protesters.

Setting fires and breaking things won’t change anything.  You don’t like Trump as president?  Throwing a tantrum isn’t the answer.  Do something positive.

Make a plan.
Take civic responsibility.
Be attentive to government.
Write reasoned and rational letters to your legislators.
Get involved in or establish a reasoned and rational political movement.

Remember the old slogan from the ‘60’s?
If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Changes in Latitude; Changes in Attitude (Love ya Jimmy Buffett)

I’ve lived in the North most of my life: Chicago area at 41 55’ N or Twin Cities at 44 56’ N where the winters were cold and nights were long.  My favorite day of the year was the Winter Solstice because it meant that we’d begin getting more daylight again.  I’d watch the weather almanac to see just how much more sunlight we’d be getting each day.

So now I’m in Vero Beach, Florida “Where the Tropics Begin” (local motto) at 27 38’ N, just a little over 1,000 miles south of my northern former homes. That’s a significant change in latitude.

The first few years were great, but the last two summers have been HOT HOT HOT with a capital Hot.  My attitude is different here.  Hooray for the Autumnal Equinox!  Less sunlight each day means that temperatures will begin going down. Here it is: late September and we’re still hitting 90 degrees every day. C’mon November!  I’d never survive in Phoenix or Las Vegas.

I know that by mid-December I’ll be tired of the long nights; but for now I’m cheering for Autumn.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

One Down – One to Go

Thank goodness that the primary elections are over. In my area we had a huge number of people running for everything from US Senate to State Legislature to local School Board.

Everyday our mailbox was crammed with campaign flyers. Full color. Glossy Paper. So large that they barely fit the mailbox.  Not to mention the lawn signs.

What’s amazing is the thousands of dollars some people spent trying to get a part time job that pays $35K per year.

Public Service?  Yeah, right!

How about public payroll?

How about the huge retirement benefits of public office here in Florida? That’s my bet.

I’m not looking forward to the next level of campaigning.

Dark Skinned People – Are We Coming Full Circle?

When I was a kid, dark skinned people were commonly called “colored”, officially called Negro.  Over time the term changed to African American, then to Black and most recently to “People of Color”.

How long before “People of Color” gets shortened back to just “colored”?

It will be interesting to see the next stage of this terminology.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Stormy Weather

Why do I find storms to be so stimulating?  I’m not talking major storms. I’ve never experiences a tornado and I hope I never do; but I’ve been in two category 1 hurricanes and I don’t want to see anything any stronger than that.

But I love the standard garden variety storms.  Lightning, thunder, rain – sometimes heavy- and wind gusts. 

For some reason they make me feel more alive.  I get to experience a power far beyond our puny human efforts control our world. It puts things in perspective.  I feel that I’m part of the natural world not just our man made society.