Nearly

via Daily Prompt: Almost Not quite there — that is what your muttered almost tells us. It is a goal differed. Almost signifies the hope of something as yet unachieved. Our aspirations for a better world are entrusted to quietly uttered resolutions, when they depend on our actions to turn them from almost to accomplishment.

Do you remember this?

I have expunged so much and so many from my recollection When they come creeping in, it’s on ghost feet Sometimes I welcome the newly remembered Sometimes I dread the associations they bring me Some memories amuse, others confuse, some Simply disabuse me of my moral superiority, I Have not served truth or justice, not…

Live to eat

My cooking has gotten so bad that even my take-out fails. In retaliation, or perhaps self-preservation, my husband is taking me to a Restaurant Week meal. As it turns out, the meal at Orsay is superb. Thanks to the maitre d’ my husband is treated like royalty. Everything is customized to his taste. My duck…

Tributaries

It seems simple (or simplistic) to assume that mimicking another’s easily recognizable quirks is of course a mockery. It is likely, or at least possible, that the parody is a tribute. High Anxiety, homage or spoof? The send-ups of Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, are all over the top, of course. Mel Brooks is clearly piling on the Alfred…

Revival

Some six months ago, I shut down one of my many blogs, Observations: Lest I Forget  and transferred much of its content to this one. I fully intended to put new content here and leave the …Lest I Forget site to history. Truth is, I have a lot about which I wish to opine, and…

How was the west won?

Reconstruction was the period in American history when the country sought to heal the wounds of a civil war. “Civil” war is such a deceptive phrase, really. Really? It is probably the very definition of an oxymoron. Our Pledge of Allegiance was one of the products of reconstruction. It was used as a symbol of the…

Speaking of perfect

Musicals, even the well-researched like 1776, Hamilton, and for a bit of worldliness, Les Miz, can’t make historians of us anymore than the movies can.

Just the facts

It depends, doesn’t it On your perspective, On your point of view, Or as my script puts it, On your P.O.V., on just How you see it, things, Your view is different from His or mine, I remember the Day, the events of that day, You start with tying your shoes, I thought I saw…

Good parent, moderately bad parent

Parenting has very little to do with the way your child turns out, so you can relax. You don’t have that kind of influence. Parenting has a lot less to do with how and who we become as adults than people–especially parents– would like to think. Growing up is not directly related to events in…

My side

My side of the story usually comes with an apology. In this case, there will be none. The truth requires no apologies. I will tell you the truth, my side of the story. As it turns out, there is nothing particularly exotic about the truth. Tellng it may be a novel experience for some of…