The COVIDiots strike again! It's not time to open up the gates of COVID-19

I predicted this. The COVIDiots, freed from some of their restraints in some states to do some things, are beginning to swarm. The darn shame is that some of them are the governors of some states, hold high office, or just generally believe that no one gets to be the boss-of-them, like the guy on... Read more »

The Other Reason to Shelter in Place from COVID-19: It's Changing You for the Better

Today’s post is a special salute for all who are sheltering in place/ quarantining/ staying at home, etc., not that we should get any particular credit for doing what we are supposed to do, known as the Right Thing, right? By now, I’m guessing everyone is noticing certain joys in our new confinement – increased... Read more »

A Word for the COVIDiots about Stopping COVID-19: Stay Home Before You Kill Us All!

Ms Crankypants wants a word with those of you who are not sheltering in place/staying at home/ confining yourself to your own space. Like those of you who are busy swarming the beaches (400 people cleared from the Naples FL beaches the other day), the walking trails (crowds using the 606 before it was closed)... Read more »
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Living on after a loved one's suicide: After Anthony Bourdain and all the others

Suicide – so final, so impulsive, so theoretically preventable, so hard to understand, so very hard to forgive. I am going to miss Anthony Bourdain, who died of suicide yesterday in Paris, a few days after fashion icon Kate Spade did in New York. I will miss Anthony in a devoted TV viewer sort of way. ... Read more »

Author Sue Grafton: M is for Missing you already

Sue Grafton died the other day. The author of 25 detective novels, she’s been with me since 1982 when A is for Alibi came out. Her books took me from life as a young mother through two careers to present day where I am reading her most recent, and it turns out last, Y is... Read more »

School Shootings: 4 things that should be obvious by now

18 school shootings so far in 2018, and it is only Valentine’s Day. Where will we be by July 4th, Veterans”s Day, Christmas? One thing we can all agree on, children should not be giving up their lives for our inaction on problems we continue to avoid. Here’s what looks obvious to me: To identify likely... Read more »
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The Sisters' Writing Club and why you should want in

The Sisters’ Writing Club, the latest chapter in my writing life, is the brainchild of my sister-in-law Nan. She proposed it and all of us signed on immediately. The club invites all five of us to write a brief piece on the same topic every month. We share our pieces via email, then respond with... Read more »

Iris the Cable-Guy: An everyday hero

You might not spot Iris as a hero. From her curly-headed top to her rumpled khaki uniform to her worn size 10 work boots you can see the competence right away, but a hero? After a three-week internet drought that involved dozens of fruitless phone calls and empty promises, we saw Iris climb out of the cable... Read more »

A Christmas grace everyone can share: Around your table and around the world

What I want for Christmas: Kindness. Diversity. Inclusion. Peace on earth. Empathy. Connection. One way to get such fine gifts: Make your holiday prayer/grace/invocation welcoming to all who are around your table and all around the world. Author Anne Lamott, not one to get all sentimental and dreamy and exclusive about prayer, says that there... Read more »
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Creating a no-politics zone for Christmas: Peace on earth

What is the best thing about Christmas? Having the whole family in all its fascinating diversity together to celebrate, right? What is the worst thing? Fights breaking out over politics and the mad passions that get ignited that leave Uncle Ralph standing up and finger-pointing at Cousin Mitch who just said that he misses Obama more... Read more »