Mary Beth Writes

Are you a small (not chain) shop or at-home business or craft person? Would you like to advertise your product or event? Would you like to offer public congratulations to a friend or relative?

Would you like to do this for $12 a month!!??

We are not connected to any blog hosting or website service; it’s just Len the Drupal wizard and MB the Writer here. We think we can use our independence to give you a modest way to market your side-hustle or give a cheerful shout-out to pals and family.

This is how:  Fill out the form at the bottom of this page. Include your name and email plus less than 15 words that you'd like to include in your ad.  I'll get back to you ASAP with a sample ad.  If you'd like to include a small photo, let me know and I'll send you information about how you can get your pix to me. Your ad that will run on the right side of every page of my website for a month. 

We reserve the right to say no to iffy stuff or to companies big enough to buy their advertising in the regular places.

Cost is $12 per month. $2 will go to Women’s Funding Network at http://www.womensfundingnetwork.org/ Causes may change occasionally.

Things to consider: Don’t include the faces of people who aren’t aware they will be in an ad. Side views are safest, especially for children. Don’t take random photos from the internet; use your own.  We will often use background hues in the boxes- do you have a fav color? We plan to email a sample ad for you to peruse BEFORE it’s posted. If you are interested but unsure, communicate with us.

We will set up a credit card/ PayPal account when/if this takes off.  For the moment, email to me and I will give you my PO address to which to send a check or money order.

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Quarantine Diary #308 1/15/2021

My life is pretty fine, and I bet yours is, too. Warm place to live. Food to eat. Friends to share and laugh with - even if we have to do it via Zoom.

At the same time, who isn’t feeling anxiety and dread? Will the white supremacist insurrectionist knobs attack the inaugural? Will they screw up state capitols and infrastructure? One lone guy blew up Nashville a mere three weeks ago. What the hell is going on?

Quarantine Diary #307 Brain Names

Remember when there was no autism? Sure, there were kids in our schools who were weirdly able to remember stuff, or were hard to control, or whose emotions triggered at the oddest time. We generally ignored those kids. Those of us who were kind did, anyways. Others bullied. 

Remember the mopey kids in high school who knew too much about depressing art and angsty music and sometimes killed themselves?

Quarantine Diary #306 Hunched Over & Paying Attention

I am going to write some Quarantine Diary entries again. There’s a lot going on and sometimes it helps to hear a small voice as well as the big voices of journalists, pundits, networks, the other public media we follow.

I have had a small headache off and on for days. I worried that I might have contracted Covid, except dang it, I haven’t gone anywhere! And then, thinking about it, I realized I am hunched over my phone much more than usual. These mild on-again, off-again headaches are from eyestrain and weird posture.

Rime and Treason

These photos were taken by Len on Monday in that other time and world that existed before the Trump gorgons mobbed the Capitol. (Gorgons existed in Greek literature. Gorgons are the poisonous siblings with hair of living snakes. Those who beheld them face-to-face turned to stone. Or were killed by being beaten by a fire extinguisher.)

I have been trying to write about that but it is too hard. There is so much that is clear and is informative. You are reading it as much as I am. Blessed be the journalists, right? 

Quarantine Diary #292 New Year's Eve

Many of us feel as if we are in limbo until Biden takes office. I don’t think you need me to say a lot about how long and hard this year has been; we’ve been in this dentist’s chair together.

But...

Did you see how many days quarantine has lasted? 292 days.

So far.

This week I read a remarkable essay. On Natural Landscapes, Metaphorical Living, and Warlpiri Identity, by Barry Lopez. https://lithub.com/. Life is weird. The day after I read it, Mr. Lopez died.

Advent Light Post 12/24/2020

Judy Saunders. Photo of a Rose.

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung,
Of Jesse's lineage coming,
As folks of old have sung.
It came a flower bright
Amid the cold of winter
When half-spent was the night.

...

Len and I were delivering presents to Chicago yesterday. Social distancing, with masks, but we did it and we saw our kids’ faces and there’s your Christmas, Ma’am.

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