Two Things

I don’t know about you, friend, but here’s what I think about the world we inhabit and are determined to ruin.

It’s crap-full of cruelty, greed and corruption, owned now by worthless, soulless, vile, depraved opportunists (most of whom occupy public office or are trying to); and, over-consuming, money-worshiping, misguided, willfully ignorant, gullible, fearful, sad souls devoid of empathy, who’ve been conned into believing and/or being scared to death of what isn’t true; ignoring the importance of citizenship, the meaning of ecology and the necessity of stewardship by living lives in contradiction to their own and humanity’s best interests.  It’s a violent, depressing,  nasty world full of war and tears and pain and suffering.  I hold no great optimism it will get better, but hope is inherent in all of us. Even me. I’m not long for it and I sure as hell won’t miss it.

Making it all the more important for me to cherish the treasures in my own small life  —  the senses, colors, memories, feelings, the people and animals and things I love, the outdoors,  the abundance  of little things that fill me with wonder and magic and laughter and make my life rich and meaningful.  These things bring me serenity and joy, and in the end, peace and wonder at having lived.

I try to list two of these things to the bottom of each post, but if I forget, here’s a full list.

What about you?  What keeps you above it?

  • the first sip of the first cup of coffee
  • swimming laps in a heated pool on a cold night and being the only one in the pool
  • walking with my dog in the still of a frigid, clear night
  • the moon  —  I can never get enough of the moon.
  • my grandchildren running toward me
  • my grandchildren’s laughs
  • the guitar solo from The Eagles’ Hotel California
  • the marks the vacuum cleaner leaves on a rug
  • fresh peaches
  • eating watermelon with my grandson and watching him carefully sprinkle just the right amount of salt with his long, slender fingers
  • the ocean
  • fried egg sandwiches with Durkee’s
  • spaghetti and meatballs, my daughter’s especially
  • a good haircut
  • ol’ wrinkled-mouth dogs
  • The New Yorker magazine, especially the covers
  • Calvin & Hobbes, especially Hobbes’s face
  • nature
  • my animals, all rescues, being safe and well
  • my sweet little Spode pitcher, given to me by my friend Nancy
  • my friend Nancy
  • arriving every day to care for my feral cat colony and finding the cats all there and well
  • my grandfather. I never appreciated how much he sacrificed for me until it was too late to tell him.
  • fall colors
  • Christmas lights
  • a Strauss waltz
  • bookstores, on a cold winter day or a warm summer night
  • jigsaw puzzles that take weeks to finish
  • stillness
  • sundried tomatoes in olive oil
  • cheese
  • Rosalind Russell
  • Itzhak Perlman
  • Mary Oliver’s poems
  • meditation and yoga
  • wind chimes
  • birthday cakes with white icing
  • Auntie Mame
  • board games
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • bird baths
  • birds
  • new note pads – do you smoothe out that first sheet with your hand?
  • ceiling fans – on the low, lazy setting
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • dancing

16 Replies to “Two Things”

  1. Uh-oh. Is it too late to go back and edit that “About” page comment?

    (My Cat Creed: The only good cat is an indoor cat. That acts like a dog. That isn’t allowed up on counters or tables. That looks like a Siamese or Russian Blue. Okay, or those weird Cornish Rexes, ’cause they are doggish.

    All rules broken for kittens. Of course.)


  2. Jeez–Typical: Didn’t even respond to your post! Yes, and a whole bunch of yeses (that really ought to be “yesses”, yes?).

    And thank you for reminding me about fried egg sandwiches–had literally forgotten all about their existence! They’d just fallen off the food radar. Back on now. Yum! 🙂


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