Buzz Lightyear Burgers

I grew up eating free or reduced cafeteria lunches in public schools. Twelve years. It was embarrassing to be the poor kid using a lunch ticket instead of money to pay for my lunch. It was humiliating to have to march up to a teacher’s desk in front of the entire class to receive my…

Solar Cell Romance

Let me love you by planting mint behind the rosemary, where it will be protected and continue hardy green production well into December and January. And I will put lights in the garden so I can find it when you want tea anytime, even after the sun goes down. I will romance you in the…

When No Amount of Lipstick Is Enough

Yesterday I stood in the lobby of a building chatting with another woman. A man walks by. He is well acquainted with both of us. He holds up a hand in greeting as he strides toward the door and says, “Bye, girls.” Then he pauses, turns to me, thrusts his upraised hand toward me and…

Yield Is Actually Seven Syllables

Sometimes I feel like I need to hammer out a post in a certain category just because I haven’t written actively in that category for a while. Yoga, for example. But one of the coolest things about yoga is that all wellness-related living is yoga. You’ve surely heard or read by now there are eight…

Dirty Tricks In A Sterile Environment

I have pain today. All the way to the bone. This a photo of my pain, localized in one place in my body but deep below the surface, under tissue and structure. Radiant pain. Not really. I mean, the pain is real but I took this photo a few days ago, before I knew how…

Stock Footage

I thought I’d check in on the resolutions. We’ve accumulated enough New Year to have broken one or two resolutions by now, right? Yeah, but it’s a practice. A practice. Not a performance. To refresh your memory I resolved to stop yammering on about three things in casual conversation:  the weather (as small talk or…

Sexy Toothbrushes (Not A Thing)(Yet)

I don’t have a category for Environmental Wellness because I lump these efforts into the Social Wellness category. I guess this is because I want Environmental Wellness to be a group effort. Maximum impact and all. Everybody on board for intervention, conservation, preservation. Green hearts unite and romance our planet. Rah rah, sis-boom-blah, you get…

The Sorcery of Sentience

With prisms of light and flickered gilt reflections to delight your eyes on the morning of a new year. If I was my Lover I would romance her eyes. I put her to bed early because she was too sleepy to ring in the new year. While the world was drinking away the last of…

Party Pooper

Well, it is over. They are over; the holidays. I broke character this year and made a strong effort to complain less and be more flexible. I tried to actually enjoy it all. You noticed. I did stuff. I participated. I let shit go. I was less Scroogey McScroogepants than usual. But in the end…

WOTY Reveal

So without any struggle at all I chose my theme word for 2019. Or rather, it chose me. He/She/They just sauntered up to me one morning and said Let me love you. And I will say the word and you will hear the word and your mind will automatically jump to a pre-programmed image associated…

A Square Deal in Seven Scenes

Setting:  Exam room of fancy medical office in fancy city. Patient Mercy has just been examined, diagnosed, and received a treatment recommendation from Doctor. Patient  Mercy has agreed to receive the treatment. Mercy sits in chair staring at X-rays. Scene One:  Doctor exits exam room, Admin Lady comes in.  Admin Lady:  We checked your insurance….

Ghost Pages

I love it when I take the time to write something longhand on paper and long afterward I turn to a blank page to find the imprint of the words from the former page. The ghost of my words pressed into the page from beyond the page. Magic mention of former thoughts. Evidence that I…