Before the Storm: A Few Thoughts

My backyard

Here in the northeastern U.S., we’re preparing for Winter Storm Bobby.

(I should point out that it’s hard to take a storm seriously that sounds as if it’s named for a little boy or, for those of us who recall the 1970s, a teen heartthrob.)

Forecasters tend to get excited about such dramatic weather events. I imagine it has something to do with how seldom they occur. Also, if they fail to hype the event enough and it turns out to be a big deal, the same people who complain about they overhype every snowflake will shriek and moan about how somebody should have told them this was going to be a big deal.

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The Luxury of Spontaneity

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Photo credit: Chris Galbraith on Unsplash

Once upon a time, I awoke on a Wednesday morning in August. The sun was bright and summer-hot. My workload was summer-light. I called my friend, K, who was also a freelancer, and said, “Let’s go to the beach!”

“When?” she asked reasonably.

“Now,” I replied. Continue reading

The Best-Laid Plans

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The best-laid plans of women, writers, and lawyers often go awry.

~ Robert Burns

Okay, that’s not exactly what he said, but you get the idea.

This week, I had the opportunity to see this delightful principle in action. Continue reading