A quote by Anne Lamott


“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.”–Anne Lamott Advertisements Continue reading A quote by Anne Lamott

Thanks, Birth Control!


It’s the second annual “Thanks, Birth Control!” Day and I am celebrating! I am grateful for birth control for many reasons, for my own life and for others. I am grateful that people can plan when they will have children. I am grateful that I can teach all day and then send those cute little kids home to their families. I am grateful that there are so many more methods that are affordable and accessible. Birth control is not a bad word, it’s a wonderful option! The good folks at Bedsider.org created these wonderful images to share and I am … Continue reading Thanks, Birth Control!

Ten Reasons I’m Having a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”


Thanks to Alexander and Judith Viorst’s classic book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I loved this book as a kid and love it as an adult. Go read it after you read my list. 1.  I have fever and weird psychedelic thoughts when I have fever. It’s the reason I absolutely hate The Wizard of Oz, because I think I first watched it when I was sick and it’s trippy enough without fever-induced psychedelic thoughts. 2. I can’t swallow a thing. (Dirty jokes may follow, but this is a family friendly blog.) Water, lemonade, tea, … Continue reading Ten Reasons I’m Having a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

Edward Abbey and Downton Abbey: Quotes on Assorted and Various Topics


I love reading Edward Abbey and adore watching Downton Abbey. At first, one would think they are quite different, but when one digs deeper there is a similar contrariness to them both. I thought it would be fun to compare and contrast the two by sharing some quotes. The quotes are coupled on similar topics and paired for humorous effect. Enjoy Abbey fans! Downton Abbey:  “Why does every day involve a fight with an American?” —The Dowager Countess Edward Abbey:  “England. After a few months in England, one finds that one likes the Scotch very much.” Downton Abbey:  “What is … Continue reading Edward Abbey and Downton Abbey: Quotes on Assorted and Various Topics

A very late celebration of left handers’ day!


So, this girl missed the announcement that International Left Handers’ Day was a few days ago. I have the writer’s bump on my left middle finger to prove I’m left-handed, but I forgot to celebrate. As there seems to be a day or week for just about everything–running day, canoe day, pancake day, Elvis week–I think I just lost it in my left-handed calendar shuffle. Oh, well. I am all about extending the party, so let’s celebrate left with some of the phrases and meanings that go beyond handedness. And there will be absolutely no political references in this post, baby. … Continue reading A very late celebration of left handers’ day!