Monthly Archives: December 2012

Quick Hit: Someone Else’s Sorrow

I found out today that an acquaintance’s son has died.  I don’t know whether he took his own life – nothing’s been confirmed – but I suspect that’s what happened; I can’t find any news reports about an accident or a car crash.

This boy is the older brother of a girl Punk was friendly with in elementary school, though they haven’t been close in a good number of years.  I didn’t know the boy, but I was friendly with the parents, both the mom and the dad, though we were never close friends.  I found out about the death from the dad’s facebook page; he wrote a lovely dedication to the young man this afternoon.

It occurs to me that, had things gone just a little differently with Sweet Pea, I would not just be empathizing with those parents; I would know how they feel right now.  In this moment, while I’m offering condolences to the grieving mom and dad, I’m offering gratitude that I only have to imagine how they feel.

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 92,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Maine Marriage

Steven Bridges and Michael Snell were the first couple to be married under Maine’s new marriage equality law this morning!


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There is nothing about this that threatens anyone.  I mean, really; look at how happy they are!  If anything, I think that  equality strengthens marriage; the more people who are taking care of each other – and the more people who are afforded dignity and respect as a matter of course – the better off we all are.

I offer my deepest and most heartfelt congratulations to all the newlyweds to the north.  May your marriage be as happy, fulfilling, and sustaining as ours has been.

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Quick Hit: Art and Life

We went to see The Hobbit this afternoon.  I wasn’t expecting to cry.


Galadriel asks,Why the Hafling?” and Gandalf tells her,Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins?   Because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”

Everyday deeds.  Small acts of kindness and love.  The care and respect we have for one another, and for ourselves.  These are our power against the darkness, but only if we are mindful and deliberate and actually practice them.

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Quick Hit: Snow

It was a very snowy day here in Chili-ville.

We knew the snow was coming, but we didn’t expect that it would be as deep as it is – or last as long as it has.  The forecast before we went to bed last night said 3-5 inches, but we got way more than that (Mr. Chili says it was likely a foot).  The roads were still awful at 9:30 tonight, and it’s still snowing (and it looks like there’s more coming.  Yippee).Screen Shot 2012-12-27 at 10.05.03 PM

We finished our Nolan Batman trilogy re-watch this afternoon and had planned to see The Hobbit tonight after my yoga class (which was populated with only my Weeble, so it was lovely), but all the evening shows were sold out by the time we got there.  We ended up having local pizza and coming home to buy tickets for tomorrow’s first matinee online.  Hopefully, the roads won’t suck so badly by then.

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday

My two favorite gifts this year are a tree of life pendant from my husband, augmented by Om and ‘namaste’ charms… 735128_10151318984239885_275801488_n

and a cutting board with history.  This was originally a bread board that my mom had made for her medieval feasts.  Bowyer ended up with it, and he refinished it, routed a groove, and carved the Ogham symbols for “anam cara,” which means “soul friend,” into the handle.


It was a lovely holiday.

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Let There be Peace

and let it begin with me.


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