Quiet, snowy morning at home.
Quiet, snowy morning at home.
A child I knew began getting into trouble at school. It took a few visits to the principal’s office before his parents noticed something. Every time he wore his camouflage pants to school there was an issue. It seemed the pants brought out something in the young man that helped cause him to act out. I called it the G I Joe effect.
Today, I am having a similar experience with my boots. A little heel, and a little zipper and I am a fire crone. I am stomping around the shop with purpose. I have things to do. There are butts to kick and copiers to be wrangled into submission. I am in a “take no prisoners and give no quarter” mood today.
Attitude, when it comes to five-year-old boys, is something that is squelched and squashed. Attitude, when it comes to 57 year-old women is something that is celebrated.
I’ve never had to break up with a friend. Usually things just fade, one or both are perpetually “busy.” Part of the pact that is “Midwest nice” is that people get the message and it’s finished.
But I finally did have to break up with a long-time friend. Many things had been simmered for many months. I no longer found our friendship rewarding and felt annoyed after meeting with him. It finally blew up mid-December. I told him “let’s talk after the holidays.”
It’s “the building everyone loves to hate.” I have to admit I’ve had my close calls on the granite floors during the rainy season. It was an architectural experiment that never got the “form follows function” memo. Continue reading “The Thompson Center”
Most adore the Picasso across the street, but this Miro is one of my favorite public sculptures in Chicago. I find The Sun, The Moon and One Star rather menacing; especially since it is so feminine!
Don’t even try mailing anything at this mailbox!
It’s the No Pants Subway Ride today. It’s mostly a younger person’s thing-I’m happy about that for many reasons; most of them years.
I could inadvertently participate though.
“Leggings are NOT Pants!” is a common fashion axiom!
I wish I could capture the quiet I felt when I took this photograph.
It was important to my mother that everything in the house be clean–all at once–in order for her to say it was clean. When I was a kid my family would spend what I remember as the entire Saturday cleaning the whole house.
This was not some romantic suburban ideal. I wasn’t having a Coke and writing names in the dust with dad. This was yell and scream and bust-you-ass work. At least that’s what it felt like to five year-old me! By the time we got through Sunday dinner and homework the weekend was over.
I often get offered a seat on the CTA. I usually take it.
Today, though I said “No Thank You.” I’ve been standing more lately; it really is a perfect opportunity to exercise my balance skills. I’m not good at standing and “phoning” either, so it maximizes my time off social media, too. Continue reading “The Joys of Standing on the CTA”
Throughout my adult life, I’ve been fascinated with the Persephone myth. There are so many interpretations and translations, it is impossible to tell what truly happened. Then, I don my 20th-and 21st-century glasses and the picture gets even more murky. Mythology is like that. Continue reading “Half My Time….”
Religion is the Opioid of the Masses….
Opioid is the Religion of the Masses….
I absolutely love this lipstick shade. It’s the best shade of brown for me. It is ChocoLiscious indeed. Richly pigmented, it seems to have more of a yellow than a blue cast. There is not a hint of purple in this shade. I like to avoid blue or or near my face, because it makes me look sallow.
I have had this for almost a year. Today was the first time I looked at the bottom of the tube!
I discovered that not only is it a perfectly flattering shade, it’s number in the Revlon system is one of my favorite numbers! 665! It’s one less than 666! It’s second in evil! Second place has to be always “on” and ready to strike because you never know when opportunity will arrive! 665 is more than 666!
Second ALWAYS works harder! Second place ALWAYS wants it more!