July 31, 2015
July 30, 2015
Possibly the last time I wore a dress.
I still like to put on the gloves but now I injure my shoulder whenever I do.
But c'mon, I'm 129 years old.
I was a southpaw in my youth.
There's so much I didn't know about me.
July 29, 2015
July 28, 2015
* Accents: Why do some seem coarse or low-class? I often think that I would never have gone out with Johnny if he had a dese-dem-dose Bronx accent. Will my Norwegian get good enough that I can pick out the thugs from the wrong side of the Oslo tracks?
* How come I remember—frequently—random unimportant things from a million years ago? I remember (more…)
July 27, 2015
July 26, 2015
Then she asked her girls if they wanted to try doing the same thing to their Barbies. It was remarkably easy to get the makeup off with nailpolish remover. (The final face looks less crazy because Karen gave her an eyelid.)
July 24, 2015
WHEN I WAS A GIRL at St. Monica's and in Buxton, I imagined that life was individual, one's one affair; that the events happening in the world outside were important enough in their own way, but were personally quite irrelevant. Now, like the rest of my generation, (more…)
July 23, 2015
I'm not grateful for losing my sunglasses, my pen, my mind.
Nope, not grateful. (However, I do really like the bracelet Vee gave me.)
July 22, 2015
July 21, 2015
* Elly Griffith's mystery series about an English forensic archaeologist, Ruth Galloway, who is in her 40s, has a baby, is overweight (she remarks upon it frequently) & yet all the men are hot for her. Because they appreciate smart, funny, & (more…)
July 20, 2015
July 19, 2015
On Friday, I led the evening service for the first time ever at my synagogue. It's the shortest & most beautiful service of the week, with psalms that lead us to the peace of the Sabbath. It was a (more…)
July 17, 2015
July 16, 2015
Binary is finished, apparently. With gender a "social construct," we can be gender neutral, gender fluid, agender, androgyne, trans female, trans male, trans person, cisgender, two-spirit, intersex man, intersex woman, asexual, genderqueer, pangender, transfeminine, demisexual, heteroflexible, homoflexible, pansexual, sapiosexual—and dozens more.
What does it mean to identify as other than male or female or a few of the other longstanding choices? (more…)
July 14, 2015
& it won’t—alas!—be my birthday
for another 340 days
& I’m not a blinding meteor
crashing into your life
or maybe I am
& I’m not following a yellow truck
down highway 29
though I often have
& I’m not hungry or tired or contagious
or 6 feet tall
recognize me now?
& I didn’t paint Michelangelo’s masterpiece
though he begged me to
& I don’t curse my maker or my car or my car’s maker
& I am not wearing the same socks
I wore when I was Ed McMahon
July 13, 2015
Did I know as much at 4, 5 or 15 as they do? They seem to be aware of what's around them in a way I don't think I was till I was much older. And they're so darn cute!
July 12, 2015
July 10, 2015
July 9, 2015
Tony Bennett was lovely, tender & encouraging. He called her the greatest jazz singer of her generation and said she should be considered in the same category as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn.
But her voice. I remember (more…)
July 8, 2015
I have to get catfood. My piggish Buster, who will eat anything, is wasting away because he hates the Whole Foods kibble so much. And here I am, writing instead of feeding him!
I also have to get watermelon because the last one was so good.
Got good news about (more…)
July 7, 2015
When I called to laugh about it, she got unexpectedly poignant—when we're dead, she said, no one will know about this.
No one knows now, that's what makes it special. That only 2 people find something funny (or meaningful) is part of how it connects them. If all those connections were visible, the world would be full of, y'know, fireworks & rainbows & unicorns. And it's still just between the 2 of us even if we tell everyone. (more…)
July 6, 2015
Us against them, me against you: "Instead of boosting prospects for the poor and working class, the agenda associated with individualization (more…)
July 5, 2015
Me: Wow, I can't jump, I can't shoot, so I don't think I'd be much help, but I'm flattered you asked!
July 3, 2015
Chatted with a lady on a Citibike about the bike (more…)
July 2, 2015
As I recall, he didn't talk about it because felt like he had failed—the last train out was stopped, on September 1, 1939, when the war started, and all of the 250 children aboard were never heard of again.
In the documentary, they showed him on a "this is your life"–type show on English TV, where the rest of the guests were the children he'd saved (more…)
July 1, 2015