• Literary Math + 10 Best Books of 2021

    Hi Darling Ones, I’ve read 165 books so far this year. I even read a two of them twice (Jeff Tweedy’s memoir & the Sylvia Plath bio). In the olden days I would write about every single book I read. When I started reading more and more books that became…

  • Behold My Sanctimony & Feel Inferior

    Dear Darling Ones, I turned all the rotten bananas chilling in my freezer into banana bread today. I needed the hit of smug superiority along with feelings of productivity and also taking care of myself. Flossing and banana bread are the two things guaranteed to fill me with sanctimony. So…

  • Swoony Right to My Marrow

    Dear Darling Ones, When Sister #2 was here in August I complained a little bit about the library. I do feel like a bit of a hypocrite about this, because I really do love the library more than any other institution on the planet. However, within the last year or…

  • The 9 Best of the First 99 Books I Read this Year

    Dear Darling Ones, I finished reading book #99 in 2021. It was about menopause. I know slightly more about the mysterious biological happening than I did before, which isn’t saying much. To celebrate the milestone I re-read Jeff Tweedy’s memoir (more on that in a minute). My goal for reading…

  • Things Don’t Always Go Better with Rock

    Hi Darling Ones, My brain is pretty much a never-ending jukebox. I sing songs I know, songs I don’t know,* songs I make up, and nonsense jibber-jabber constantly. I am the star of a very special musical in my mind. The only time I turn it down is when I’m…

  • The COVID Diaries: Ladies Cursed With Insight*

    Dear Darling Ones, When I say I am obsessed with the Sylvia Plath biography Red Comet I’m not using hyperbole for comic effect. This book is all I’ve done and thought about for at least a week. It’s been my constant companion. I read it while eating and drinking coffee…

  • The COVID Diaries: Something Wonderful & Immersive

    Hello Darling Ones, Have you ever seen the movie “Elf?” The one with Will Ferrel? Second best Christmas movie of all time? I have seen it roughly eleventy kabillion times. Sister #2 watches it one a day, every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day. She has done this for years.…

  • The COVID Diaries: Jeff Tweedy & Me

    Hello Darling Ones, I have never met Jeff Tweedy. He does not know of my existence. I don’t want you going into this thinking I’m gonna be dishing some dirty deets about the guy from Wilco, because I got none. Sadly. I will admit I’ve had an inordinate number of…

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    The COVID Diaries: Dead on Arrival

    Hi Darling Ones, Earlier this week I got a new plant for the Sadness Garden. It arrived dead, which is a giant bummer. This is a symbol. I’m struggling with some internal crap I can’t quite put words to yet and I feel dead on arrival, which is also a…