Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Pictures - 2

Christmas Pictures - 1

Naughty and Nice

A Welcome on my fence

My little tree with the 60+ year old angel on the top.

A Very Harry Christmas

My daughter sometimes does "theme" presents. Last year it was ravens (along with crows, my favorite bird). This year...well, let's just say my Potter collection grew. And I have the world's BEST Professor McGonagall hat, which I'll be packing for our trip to Harry Potter World and Disney World next fall.

I never grew up and passed that trait to my daughter. It's a wonderful way to live.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom

Today she would be 86. She died of lymphoma when she was only 69 - just a few years older than I am now.

I took care of her for several weeks before she was hospitalized for the last time. One night she asked me if there was a full moon. I told her there was and she asked me to help her to the window to see it. She could barely walk and was very frail - the sweet, chubby lady of my childhood had become so small I could almost carry her.

We stood at the window looking at the full moon for as long as she could stand and then I put her back to bed. It was the last full moon she would see.

Heather and I saw a crescent moon last night, the Cheshire Cat Moon, smiling down at us on the Winter Solstice, one of our holidays. Somehow I believe that the Methodist mother who raised me would not be upset with my spiritual path.

After all we did honor the Goddess together one night.

Happy Birthday, Mom.

Rant for the Day...the Year...the Decade...My Life

Fat Girl Who's Battled her Weight for More Than 50 Years
Picture taken by HB Flyte at the Space Needle Seattle (which held my weight very well)

I am so tired of skinny people...people who have not been fat all their lives...telling fat people that we have to lose weight and intimating that we are lesser people because we are overweight. And that WE are the major health issue in this country...not poverty, not unemployment, not lack of heath insurance.

Decreasing weight is more than the pervasive "life style change". Going from overweight to normal weight - whatever that is - requires more than eating less and exercising more. It requires assistance in other areas - self-esteem, psychological, relationship counseling.

I lost 80 pounds once and then the man I loved died waiting for a heart transplant. Over the last 20 years I gained 40 pounds of that weight back. I have a stressful job. Emotional eating? Stress eating? Just don't give a f--k anymore eating? Maybe.

I might be fat, but I read 50+ books a year. Do you?
I might be fat but I've written three complete novels. Have you?
I might be fat, but I have friends who will do anything for me. Do you?
I might be fat, but I'm considered very smart and personable? Are you?
I might be fat, but I've had many lovers over the last 25 years? Have you?

So - skinny people who have no clue:
Shut the F up and leave me the F alone.

And BTW: I would rather have a fat nurse who knows what she's doing take care of me than a skinny nurse who has no clue.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I "Heart" New York (no words needed)

December 8, 2009

Once again I was at Strawberry Fields on a December 8th. This December 8th I could not even see the mosaic - there were so many people. The gentleman who is there every year with his shrine to John Lennon placed my roses for me and gave me a hug. Nice to get a hug when you're sad.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Chester's Mill

For the last couple of days I've been living in Chester's Mill , a town that changed drastically after the arrival of The Dome.

I love being caught up in a book, in the characters, and in this is a book the characters move the plot - dome or no dome - the characters were going to evolve - the dome just made it happen faster.

King has written a "Lord of the Flies" about and for 21st Century adults. There's lots of lessons in the this book. Just don't read it too fast, the lessons may just fly by you.