Rachael Ray asks the guests on her daytime TV show 3 random questions designed to let the viewer know the celebrity a bit (because they are always unflinchingly honest during a talk show interview). She asked Sarah Michelle Geller, “If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?” Ms. Geller responded “Jackie Kennedy Onassis” to which the crowd “ooohhed” and Rachael complimented “good choice”. I have heard this question before and enjoy hearing the wide variety of answers and reasons why. Some people feel the weight of it and take a long time to decide, … Continue reading Dinner anyone?
Is the world actually changing with disorienting acceleration or is my perception of break-neck speed merely a product of getting older? My knowledge of physics is rudimentary at best, yet it makes sense that life’s velocity is picking up speed for me because I am slowing down. I did not choose change, at least not consciously. I resided in a comfort zone where so many people in their 40’s live, a zone of familiar responsibility and paychecks. My scope of responsibility has changed dramatically since I lost my job two months ago. I am confused when asked if I am bored not working. … Continue reading The velocity of forced change
ArtPrize is an annual arts festival and social experiment showcasing 1,582 artists in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The monetary awards are the largest in the world and the competition is decided solely on the general public’s electronic vote. The goal is for the community to explore new ideas and form relationships with the artists. I often think that the DeVos family just has too much damn money, yet am grateful for their philanthropy in my home, which is considered one of the most depressed states in the country. I developed a taste for art in my 20’s. In my 30’s I began to step … Continue reading My Interpretation of ArtPrize 2011
The inconveniences of womanhood are enhanced in the 5th decade. A few are familiar from a long time ago. The hard painful cramping that accompanies my period reminds me of when I was 15 years old, yet now there is an end in sight. Perhaps this is designed so that I will not miss it when menopause arrives, like the post-menopausal women who smile when they say, “I don’t have to deal with that anymore”. Another similarity is that it always arrives at an inopportune moment, usually when I am wearing light-colored pants, busy, and away from home. The difference is … Continue reading Womanhood Ch-ch-ch-changes
Good body mechanics have been added to my bank of new talents since I turned 40. Bending at the knees when lifting a heavy object is second nature, but in this decade I can hurt myself by picking up a gum wrapper. Before I go any further I must tell you that I did NOT attend medical school, therefore I use layman’s terms and anecdotes to share what I have learned about the importance of how we position ourselves while performing the simple acts of daily living. I learned these strategies just as most people do, after years of wear … Continue reading Positioning Myself
My flower gardens often resemble the state of affairs in Schultz land. Orientation of new plants includes only one instruction, “You must be tough to make it in this garden”. I take great care in planting, providing good soil that the clay eventually incorporates and a month of food and water. After that, Darwinism takes over and the majority of plants stretch their roots deep while the weaker species succumb, never to be bought again. I lavish my plants with praise, not only for their beauty, but also for their inspiring endurance. Occasionally I need to apologize, usually when I have not … Continue reading My Garden, My Self
It seems that health becomes more of a gamble and the stakes become higher as we age. I know women who have been dealt breast cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, diverticulitis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fibromyalgia, bursitis, and a myriad of other diseases that are not easily discarded. The ball on my disease roulette wheel landed on Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 40. That is not to say that the wheel was not given another spin, but unlike actual roulette, I pray that it never stops again. The strategies to play through health conditions vary from all out battle to … Continue reading Disease roulette