The Old Lady is deeply grieved over the latest mass shooting, and completely confused by the continuing debate over gun availability and ownership:
“But, what about my hunting rifle?”
“But, what about my personal defense handgun?”
“But, what about the constitutional right of all Americans to own guns?”
“’But’, this is insanity!” choked The Old Lady through her tears, “these ‘buts’ are killing us!”
Maybe it comes with age… but The Old Lady has a particular fondness for ruins.
In Madison, Florida, she discovered the ruins of a stone wall surrounding the ruins of an abandoned camellia garden.
The wall itself was made up of broken-up chunks of concrete pavement, the old kind with pebbles mixed into the concrete. Here and there scavenged bricks had been added to the wall.And nearby, a path was laid with broken bricks.Early examples of recycling!
(singing) “Everything old is new again…”
The Old Lady loves American author William Kotzwinkle mainly because every one of his numerous books is written in a different style. No genre fiction here!
But her very favorite Kotzwinkle book is Fata Morgana, which she re-reads every few years for the same reason she re-reads Alice in Wonderland: the protagonist takes the reader on a dream-like journey through a surreal landscape only to find that there is more to this realm that meets the mundane eye.
Fata Morgana is seductive and beautiful; if you elect to fall under its spell you will not regret choosing enchantment.
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Over morning coffee The Old Lady remembered a photo she’d seen on Facebook recently, of sandhill cranes wintering in a north Florida field.
Perhaps I should try to find them, she thought to herself.
An hour later she was hurrying down a country highway to a yoga class and as she topped a hill THERE THEY WERE: sandhill cranes, literally HUNDREDS of them.
The Old Lady’s photos do not do justice to the magnificent sight, and even the best photo would not adequately show them dancing in stately courtship. They threw back their crimson-capped heads to sing their strange, high call, spreading their gray wings and lifting their long legs in elegant display.
Sometimes that which you seek finds you.
The Old Lady has a confession: she is an addict, a lifelong addict. She is addicted to books.
Whenever she is coming to the end of whatever book she is reading, if she does not have another book ready at hand, she suffers serious anxiety: “Omigosh! I will finish this book soon and I have not yet found my next book! Whatever will I do!”
A light sweat breaks out. Her hands shake. A terrible sense of insecurity washes over her!
Fortunately there are public resources available to address this addiction: public libraries.
Today as The Old Lady walked out of a library clutching not one, but two emergency backup books, a great sense of relief washed over her.
All was well with her world.
And by the way, the book she was finishing that caused this latest panic attack is The Golden Son, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. An excellent read.
‘Tis the traditional season of joy and no, it’s not over yet: y’all pagans may be taking down your trees early but The Old Lady hangs out with Episcopalians who celebrate Christmas from December 25 clear through to January 5, and woe betide any who dare to toss any tinsel before Epiphany!
Book recommendation: Douglas Abrams’ The Book of Joy, based on several days of conversations between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The Tibetan Buddhist and the Anglican Archbishop, old and dear friends, discuss how to achieve and then maintain a joyful attitude in the face of difficult and non-joyful circumstances.
The Dalai Lama has learnt his lessons during decades of exile from his beloved Nepal.
The Archbishop’s lessons came while officiating over literally hundreds of funerals during the fight against apartheid in South Africa.
Together they list eight easily-applied techniques which can help you maintain a joyful attitude in your own life. They also define the important difference between joy and happiness.
READ this book! LISTEN to The Old Lady!