Mary Beth Writes

Have you ever concentrated so hard at your laptop that when you finished your project and got up, you took your computer glasses off, set them on the desk, picked up your regular glasses and carried them out of the office wondering why you couldn’t see?

Have you ever stood in front of the mounds of zucchinis in the grocery store in August, stabbed through the heart because you used to make zucchini-egg patties for your kid at the end of each summer but that kid is now 35 and living in another state and you don’t even have a word for how you feel?

Have you bought a “perfect’ gift for someone when it is not Christmas or their birthday, so you take it home and put it in a safe place and you find it wo years later?

Have you ever walked slowly through a dark room so that you don’t trip over the cat, except you haven’t had a cat in years?

Have you ever put on long underwear under your heaviest pants, plus your Icelandic sweater, plus your biggest, fattest down coat and then gone outside to discover today is 50 degrees warmer than yesterday?

Have you ever driven yourself to a Woman’s March while unconsciously humming “I enjoy being a girl?”

Have you ever put on jean that more-or-less fit but seem to have become somewhat misshapen only to realize you put on your partner’s jeans?

Asking for a friend.

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ALL of the above...as well as a few others!

Absolutely. I say it Loud and proud! Patricia/FL

Ha. Made me laugh! Yes to all of the above and like Helle - a few more!

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A-Z Barbara

Barbara 1/26/2023

A-Z means I’m writing short takes on random topics and I’m going in alphabetical order. I love this quote: “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”

That’s the spirit I’m pursuing: Undisciplined, irreverent, and original.

A-Z, Alaska

1/25/2023 

I’ve never been to Alaska. I’m sure I’d love it but going there is not a big dream for either Len or me.

However, this. When our son was around 12 he developed a crush on all things Alaskan. Kid who lives in a ranch house on a Midwestern cul-de-sac wants to get lost in tundra and mountains with moose and wolves. Yup.

At first he just talked, dreamed, read books, and watched shows about Alaska. Then, at 14 he got a part-time job as a janitor at a vet clinic and he kept that job until he went to college. It was a good fit for a kid not drawn to homework.

A to Z

1/25/2023

I am not exactly depressed, but I can whip up a pretty good glum at almost any moment. There have been about three sunny days since Thanksgiving, and four colds, and I’m feeling it. How about you?

We can’t even properly whine. Not with the Atmospheric Rivers of Doom in California, and tornadoes in the south. And all the other glum and hateful news.

Sara Kurtz & Healthcare by Zip Code? Really?

1/22/2023 

Many of you have been very generous in the past. Please think about making a donation to the GoFundMe account of Sara Kurtz. Donate here. 

Who is Sara? She’s a friend of my niece Susan.

Len Explains Fusion Energy

The photo is of Lisa Meitner. The BFF of one of our kids is (quite likely) a great grand niece of this amazing woman. 

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MB: Len occasionally explains very complicated science things to me or our kids in such a way that we actually understand it. One of our kids asked him what the big deal was about fusion. Len wrote this and I thought some of you might like to read it.

Long live curious people and long live nerds. 

 

Almost. Two Years Later

1/6/2023 

 I remember where I was two years ago this afternoon. Do you?

I was writing. I knew I had another hour to just work by myself and I was happy about that. I love no interruptions.

Len was downstairs. I heard him turn on the TV. We NEVER watch TV during the day so it was weird when he called up to me, “You should come down here. Something’s happening.”

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