A Miss Ann Elk

Someone handed me a pamphlet for Books Through Bars, which despite its name is not an organization determined to make drunks read. No, this group of people delivers books to prisons, a worthy pursuit. If you’re interested in checking them out, try http://www.booksthroughbars.org. On a somewhat personal note, I send books to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility all the time. One of my friends said the library over at the workhouse really blew, and a weekend in stir felt like forever.

The news this week is that David Berkowitz – Son of Sam to you serial killer fans – got religion. Focus on the Bamily, on of those Christian groups that can make a free-thinking gal crazy, is selling copies of radio broadcasts describing his prison conversion. Focus on the Family might take issue with the word “selling” because there’s a suggested donation involved, but money’s changing hands all the same. I can’t really decide if I have an opinion on the matter, except I *am* sure I’d rather spend my pocket change on visits to dinosaur bones.

It’s a Doll Revolution

“Tear Off Your Own Head” is the song in my head this morning. Yesterday, I felt like a giant cloud full of lightning flashes and random moments of cool. Today, I managed to get to work, and horoscopically speaking, I’m supposed to be the Voice of Reason. I always look forward to the situations in which I am the SANE person.

Paulie comes home tonight. Hopefully he can work some magic on my car. Like, get it to drive around to my local destinations without puffing smoke, though I’d settle at this point for driving at all.

Larry’s not eating enough. My world is small and slow enough that I know how much the cat eats.

Casting the First Stone

Ugh. Once again, we have in our midst a soul-stealer. This seems to happen to my tough social circle about once every year or two. We welcome them in and next thing you know, we can’t agree on what happened, only that that person’s got to go. Unfortunately, the friend to whom that villain’s attached doesn’t seem to realize the girl’s a bully and only in it to do harm. Well, the girl made a move on one of our children. Everything turned out all right, but nobody gets a second chance at that maneuver. For my part, I’m perfectly clear on how when I see her again, she better keep her distance.

I say ‘when’ and not ‘if’ because the girl’s coming back until her friend among our friends hasn’t gotten the picture and will continue to bring her around.

All this seems like an IQ test I flunk on an annual basis. I’m too tired for crap like this.

Cathy to Heathcliff: Your Number’s Next in the Deli Line of Death

Don’t like the title? So sue me. Last night, I pulled up Blogger on the home mac and promptly abandoned my – excuse the pun – post. After I went to bed, Larry, a small black cat bent on stealing your soul, walked all over me in a particularly vigorous attempt to get me to play with him. From across the room came a bright light: the screensaver went WHOOSH! and up came the bright, empty Blogger screen. Alas, I failed to keep the appointment and the ghostly light served as an untimely taunt.

This morning, we send off a pile of interesting books to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility, including the Brothers Karamazov and a few LeCarre novels. If nothing else, the shipment should inspire paranoia and gadgety ways to deal with it.

I have no car. Life is so punk rock when you’re cabbing it around New Brunswick.

Kurds and Whey

…as in, eat cottage cheese and read CNN.com, the modern pink collar worker’s lunch regimen.

I wrote an anecdote about choosing mother-of-the-bride-wear but made the mistake of attempting to italicize. Au revoir, little story! So, this blogging thing has its pitfalls.

Tonight, I can finally launder and read comicbooks. Joy! Actually, I mean that. I’m t-i-i-i-red, and I want to curl up on an April-fresh couch with “100 Bullets” – No.6.

Aiding and abetting parlor

Last night, Trout and I emptied one of her closets. Then we threw stuff away. I love throwing stuff away. Out, out it goes! Joy!

I didn’t hear from Paulie yesterday, and something funny’s happening with my cell phone, so I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that all’s well and Paulie’s dropped face-first in the haggis.

Last week, I cleaned out drawers of my desk. At the bottom, a color copy of one of my favorite Hub City Spoke Repair photographs. James is lying on our luggage, smiling. Marc, crouching, flashes the peace sign. I’m sitting on a suitcase, tipping my hat to the camera. In the background, my car’s being towed away. We were driving like Jehu to the NACB convention when the transmission gave up the ghost and the car glided gracefully into a Rhode Island rest stop. Sean took the picture.

Mild manners, wild heart

Over the weekend, one of our former presidents died. Yesterday, I watched a memorial service that humanized the whole family in such a way as to render black and white assessments a little grayer. That stinks. In this bizarre moment when history is being shockingly re-written, I would like to stand firm on who’s evil and who’s just the mouthpiece for evil.

Such is life. The poor may rise up and declare the oppressor beloved. I should’ve seen that coming.

Keeping my mouth shut and my silence respectful is taking a great deal of effort. I need a nap.