Horrible. All the deaths, all the murders. What terrible things we do to one another. Unspeakable.

To all of you who rather than offering condolences or words of comfort chose instead to use this moment to point out how media hasn’t given enough “air time” to other, equally despicable acts of violence in other parts of the world … well.

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What can I say about that?

Do you feel the amount of attention press gives to an act of terror in some way makes it better or worse? There’s no rating system for tragedy. The fundamental problem remains. Human beings can’t seem to stop slaughtering one another. And now, apparently we’ve lost the ability to experience empathy.

For those of you who felt obliged to point out the inequity of news coverage, as if this has something to do with anything or that increased press attention actually fixes anything — rather than offering sympathy or at the very least, shutting up — shame on you.

There’s something wrong with you. Something in you is broken.


Week 45! There are only 52 weeks in a year, so it is just 7 short weeks until year’s end. Practically tomorrow. My head is still stuck in early autumn. This is more a little bit unreal.


What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?

Laughter. If I’m not laughing, it’s probably not all that much fun. Laughter forms the bubbles in the champagne of life. Laughter makes pain hurt less, fear less frightening.

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No one is lonely when they are laughing. Even terrible things can sometimes make us laugh. Sometimes, laughter is the only way to deal with things too terrible to contemplate.

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My mother laughed when she told me she was dying. I had said I didn’t want to be without her.

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Then she laughed and said she didn’t want to be without her either.


It wasn’t funny, but it moved us both back from that terrible edge of despair.

What is your favorite time of day?

Dawn and twilight.


The lovely golden hours when light is pink and gold and the sky is alight and glowing.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, with whom would you choose to spend an evening?

One person only? Because I would choose my friends.


These days, that’s just a handful of people, but they and my husband are the people I’d want to share my evening with.

Complete this sentence: Something that anyone can do that will guarantee my smile is… 

Play any movie by Mel Brooks. Any book by Douglas Adams. A good joke, told well.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Grateful Ben was able to fit in a couple of days visit. It’s so great to be with someone who remembers me when I was a girl. Before my hair was gray.


Not really looking forward to anything coming up. It’s all doctor’s appointments and other obligations. Nothing fun for a while yet. And then, there’s the house which always needs cleaning. Oh well. The holidays are racing our way. Then we’re off to the deserts and mountains of Arizona. Big skies await us!