• Sales Pitches, Choice, and The Art of Contentment

    I’ve been thinking about coping mechanisms. Admittedly, this is a long one. In this society, we’re sold a few different and related messages, in order to, ultimately, sell us things. In order to sell us a thing, they need to convince us that we need it. In order to convince us that we need it, they need to convince us that we and our lives are deficient without it. And the thing they’re trying to sell us? It doesn’t just go for items-shoes, food, drink, etc. It goes for the entire consumerist lifestyle. As Ellen Goodman once said: “Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving…

  • Ordinary-ness

    Momentum is an interesting thing. Especially when it’s stopped. And especially when that stop is good, and necessary, and organic. For the first time since the start of the 2018 holiday season we, my love and I, and to some extent the pups, find ourselves without a trip, big visit, big event, or other horizon line ribbon in the distant. We’ve been working towards this, all year as we hopped from place to place, and prepped for this and that event, but even so, it’s a bit of a vertigo feeling you get when you don’t have something to move towards. Just the day, just a weekend that’s just a…

  • Beagles, Bunnies, and Inevitabilities…

    We’ve become aware, recently, that a little gray bunny has taken up residence in the big bush in the back of our yard. What a terrible place for a rabbit…a hound’s house. Really. I keep telling it, every day that Milo bolts down the stairs trying to sniff it out, that there really are better, quieter yards to call home. To be fair, Milo, every single day, sniffs and sniffs around the entire yard before remembering that it lives in the bush. He’s like a long eared goldfish… “Ooo look, a castle!” So, one can’t really blame the rabbit for holding out, and probably betting on being smarter and faster…

  • Home Again, Home Again, Giggity Giohcrap, the ac broke…

    Pro-tip: when a home owner advises you, a burgeoning, eager, bright eyed about-to-be-homeowner, to skip the entire thing, drink a beer and go get a puppy…. listen to them. I think, perhaps, the best thing you can do for your productivity, creativity and general ability to accomplish, contribute to this world, and be a generally gung-ho person…is to go on and stay on vacation. There should be the option to skip the entire adulting shebang, with its house chores, breaking appliances that cost $5000+, vomiting dogs, need to make money. Oh adulting, you’re so over rated. This is why super rich people get live in maids: it seems like it…