Mary Beth Writes

I’m depressed. How about you?  I’m not the kind of depressed where I should call a doctor. I’m more “Michelle Obama depressed.”  Things feel stuck, wrong, and getting worse. There’s the pandemic and the feeble, chaotic response to it. There’s racial strife. When, if ever, will the police police themselves? Teachers and kids are being thrown back into schools like spaghetti thrown against a wall - to see who will stick? There’s the angry self-entitled idiocy of too many people. There’s the unfathomable  arrogance of folks who have remarkably few accomplishments and the helplessness of folks who do have heart and skills.

Also, although my knee is getting better, it is a slow process and I haven’t been on a walk or bike ride in three weeks.

(Pix is Shirley Temple as Heidi encouraging Clara to stand up from her wheelchair.)

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So here’s the thing.

I will be writing less in the next few weeks. I’m working on some other projects. It’s August. How many ways are there to say this period of time is tedious at best, often quite awful, and lasting far too long?

If I think of something new and helpful to say, I will say it. If you ask an interesting question I will try to respond. You can write respond to this posting or in the Contact section. 

Meantime. Wasn’t that a storm yesterday? Len and I put outdoor things in our garage. We didn’t sit in the corner of the house where the neighbor’s tree will someday fall - the first half fell a year ago missing our house by at least four feet. We charged our phones and texted friends and watched our phones and the sky.

Then the storm went south of us so nothing in particular happened around here. I think those of you in Racine had a rougher ride.

My kids in Chicago sent these photos from their neighborhoods.

The new kitten watched a movie wnhile the storm blew through.  It's his fave 9-hour movie of birds eating seeds.

                                                                                                                                       

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I had no clue a storm was coming through til son called and said are you in the basement with the dog and cats - cuz the windows are going to be blown out! My response was what are you talking about? Des Plaines was pretty unscathed as well. Been staying away from all the dire news which you crystalized spot-on. All I can say is - me too! If you need an out-of-doors, iced tea break some late morning, holler and i will drive over:)

Enjoy your break!!!!!
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Thank You!

I will miss you, but I totally get it! Stay safe, and well. Patricia

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Quarantine Diary #507 YES #507!

Didn’t I announce back in March that my Quarantine Diary was done?

Argh. Never say never.

I assumed after two vaccines it was okay to meander the world as long as we are mindful of kids and people with fragile immune systems. So put on the mask in public places and don’t be overtly stupid.

Making Memories?

This morning the Washington Post has an article about how we make memories. Interestingly, just because we say we are “making memories” doesn’t mean we are. Most little kids will not start making many memories until they are around age 8. Memories get stuck in our mind if they involve several senses and we are going slow enough to pay attention. If one WANTS to remember something, stop paying attention to everything else that is going on, focus in on the thing you care about using more than one sense. Recall it again later. Deep sleep on it overnight and good luck with that.

Three Things & One Announcement 7/16/2021

Thinking Outside the Box: 

Len once told me this WWII story. The first generation of bomber raids from England to Germany resulted in a terrifying number of bomber planes being shot down. Experts carefully examined the returning planes to create detailed reports of the bullet holes as they tried to understand how to reinforce the planes to make them safer.

Three Things 7/7/2021

Israel’s Health Ministry this week announced that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — one of the world’s most effective shots — was offering only 64 percent protection against infection and symptomatic illness caused by the delta variant.

The vaccine was still highly effective at preventing severe illness and death, the ministry said.

(I read this in the Washington Post, though it’s other places also.)

7/5/2021 Three Things (Don’t miss Highland Mitzi)

Last year was the Covid quarantine so most of us didn’t do very much over the 4th of July holiday.

This year, with half Americans now vaccinated there’s more freedom to do things and be with people.

Three Things (Well, Four) 7/1/2021

Bill Cosby is out of prison on a technicality. The judge said 40-year-old Britney Spear still can’t run her own life. Yesterday 88-year-old war criminal* Donald Rumsfeld died comfortably in his bed.

My gut is twisting. How are you? Power, injustice, and money still row the boat that we’re all on. This nation is playing whack-a-mole with justice, hope, and human rights. It feels ominous. I thought I would just mention this in case you thought it was just you that felt assaulted this morning.

Nope.

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