a thought

June 13, 2016 at 3:34 pm (Uncategorized)

So  I  can’t  think  of  a  single time that mass murder/shooting /killing   has fixed  things.   Changed things maybe – but it  happens  again .  There are always others, there are always  enemies,there is another group of extremist.

Yet somehow, we  raise  people  that  believe  that killing lots  of people will make  what they don’t  like go  away.

I don’t  think killing is ever more  than  a short  term  solution.  State  sanctioned  death ( aka  the death penalty) stops one  person, but doesn’t prevent a problem. Even  killing  that  person  that was going to harm you – only  stops that  one  person. This  is  ot  a  judgement on defending yourself , but it  just isn’t getting to  the root  of the problem.

We accept  that  killing is something  that  people  do.


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dreams are fun

April 28, 2016 at 7:35 am (dream, Uncategorized)

Last  night  I  dreamed  I was asked to do a last  minute  presentation at  a  library convention.   It  was  about  Lilly  Sombodyor another  (  i   don’t  remember  her  last  name)   who  was  involved with a  number  of  surrealist writers and  a  Shakespearean actor.  I  was  doing  all kinds of  interesting  last  minute  research.   It  was until  about  10 minutes after I  woke  up  that I  realized that  my  brain had completely  made up  this  person

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diabetes ed

April 1, 2016 at 3:40 pm (chronic conditions, diabetes) (, )

I went to  a class for a condition I  have  had for  14  years.   I  expected to  be bored,  but I  felt validated instead. The science  word  was used .  so  here is  what I learned

1) Genetics.  yup,  that’s  the cause.   excess  fat- that’s  from  the body  not  knowing how to  deal  with  glucose. Validation.  It is  what I  have  read , what  the newer  research  shows,but  what  people want to  argue  with  me about.

2) once  there is a diagnosis – diet  and exercise  alone  won’t  work. Your  pancreas  is tired- medicine is  there to  help.   Some people  need  more  medications  than  others- it is body chemistry.  But  this is why   the lowering of number  for diagnosis for  prediabetes – it is to actually  help  you  stay  off  medication longer. This validated  my  experience with  food  and    gave  me  some information.

3) heat attacks, high blood  pressure, high blood sugar  etc,  are  now  all grouped  together known as  metabolic  syndrome


just sharing with  the class



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Watching the Vine

March 24, 2016 at 12:05 pm (niles, thoughts) (, , )

Running a  small business is  difficult.   I  watched Annie , Margo  and  the  rest of  the crew create  a successful  restaurant and  I  learned a  few  things.

Connect.  I  don’t  mean ‘make connections’ in  the business  glad-hand way,  but  truly  connect.  Talk to  the people  in  the neighborhood.  Tell them  what  you  are  thinking ,  what  you  want  to  do , what issues  you are facing and how you  want to  deal  with  them.

At  one point,  the Vine took reservations.  But this was  actually blocking  business.        The  restaurant could be almost  empty,  but  they  couldn’t seat anyone – because reservations were headed  in.  Annie  talked to  a  lot of people before she stopped  taking reservations and  the transition went  smoothly

Let  people  help.   in the case  of  the Vine – painting , tables , etc wouldn’t be  there without  help.  And it  is  another way  to  connect , of course.   A  little  community  ownership never  hurts.

Be  open, frank.   I  know   a bunch  about the financing of restaurants now.   I  know  why  Salmon is a  big  feature on  the menu.  I can  tell you  all about  the restaurant advantages to  kegged  wine.  Annie’s  openness about  the business  side of  things,  made  it  really  easy to be frank  in  return.

Love it.  No  matter  what  you do – some days are  just  drudgery.  Yes,  Annie loves  food.   but she  also  loves the restaurant.   There has always been  pride and pleasure  in  her voice when  she  talks about  The Vine.

Thank You

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November 17, 2015 at 9:34 pm (Uncategorized)


I  grew  up  with  dogs. I  thought all  cats  were snobby  and  standoffish.   Over  the  years  I’ve  learned  that  isn’t  true.   And the variation of personalities – is  endless.   Tonight  we lost Nathaniel.   Our  miracle  boy .   2and  half to  3  years  ago – he  suddenly couldn’t  walk or see straight.  he saw a cancer specialist – – much  too  often  for  his  taste.   But  lived  and lived well.   he  purred  for  us,  ran to  the door when we got  home,  and yelled  at  us  for  not opening the  door  to  the  world  of  grass . he mauled  the evil  vets  as often  as possble.   he  was our  Jeckle  and hyde boy.

he  will  be  missed

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last night’s Dream

September 14, 2015 at 11:59 am (Uncategorized)

I  have  strange  dreams.   My  sister  J  recalls  a  lot  of  them I  have told  her .  And I  know  she’ll like  this one.  I  dreamed  that  I had  some how acquired a pet   snail.   Big  enough that  it  just  fit  in  my  hand.   When  I  moved  it  too far  from any surface  it  would reach  out  and try to touch something  to  use as a  base.   At  one  point it got  away  from  me and was running (  yes  running)  all  over  the living  room  furniture .  Yes,  it got lint  and fuzz on  itself.   My  friend  B  was  not  very  happy   with  me (  Now,  Beth  we  know  you’re excited about  your  new  pet  but ,  but  we can’t  have  it  running  all  over  the  furniture.)   Eventually  I  had to   return my  snail  to  the proper  environment.   which was  the tide  line  on  an  ocean  beach.   Yeah.   So  I  dreamt I  had  an amphibious,  salt loving  snail as a  pet.   that  could move  really  fast.

I  have  no  explanation

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