November, 2009 Archives


Down Home

by Pj in Family

The endearing promise of down home was the constant rhythm of life. Some things you learn to expect, to count on, to depend on. As events alter the expected to the unknown it is comforting to remember what we once knew and loved and cherished.

I will always be grateful that my children had the life experience they had being raised on Dublan Sunshine.

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Knowing Nothing at All

by Pj in Family

The code of the schoolyard, Marge! The rules that teach a boy to be a man. Let’s see. Don’t tattle. Always make fun of those different from you. Never say anything, unless you’re sure everyone feels exactly the same way you do. Dan Castellaneta

margeI try really hard to keep my mouth shut. I also never write all that I think or feel or wonder about. But there are times when my filter…malfunctions. It isn’t that I think that I know everything. Actually just the opposite. I know I don’t know anything. Hence my obsession with reading the news and listening to bi-polar opinions. I believe it allows me to consider “possibilities.”

So…sometimes I try to open up the possibility to others. When I read or hear someone who is so sure, so convinced that they are right, well, I go a little nuts. I hear the rhetoric spill forth with conviction and unwavering confidence. And their arguments sound familiar because they are. I heard it recently, like the night before from the latest TV Political editorial celebrity. And if you think I am directing my words at one political party, you would be…. wrong! I think both sides are equally arrogant.

There doesn’t seem to be a space for a real discussion. Everyone I talk to is so committed to their agenda. They become an expert at deflection or distraction. They define “the real issue” as if they really know what that is!

I know it is difficult for everyone to open our minds to the possibility. So perhaps we could instead… open our hearts. but that would be breaking the schoolyard rules.

Am I tattling?


Something Else to Offer

by Pj in Random

This morning after my walk I was working on some chairs I am refinishing in my backyard. I stopped and sat down on my porch swing and relished in the beautiful morning. It was stunning.
Have you noticed that the autumn sky is a different shade of blue? There were no clouds this morning, just this stark blue vastness surrounding the still visible full moon. There was no wind that I could feel. Everything was still and peaceful. There was sound, birds and traffic and city noises, but it was not distracting. The noise seemed to affirm that life was carrying on.

On Halloween, I drove an errand and saw that our neighborhood was filled with children and families. It felt so good to see this odd American tradition in all it’s glory. It is true the candy amount was more conservative this year, but it is also true that the children still received some. At our house, we bought too much. The children’s eyes got big because we shoveled it into their bags and pumpkins so as not to have it here to tempt us. One little boy said he didn’t like Dum Dums and wanted to see what else we had to offer. We smiled because we had something else to offer.

I believe many are feeling concern about the future. There is so much uncertainty, anger, disappointment and fear of the unknown. And now the leaves are beginning to litter our lawns. The days are shorter and I feel that winter sadness creeping ever so slowly closer, chilling my bones.

But it was not on my mind today. For today, I was grateful for the autumn blue sky and the Indian summer we are now enjoying. Both remind me of childhood and all that was possible. It reminds me that it still is. We still have something else to offer.

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