Superstition: Weird or No?

“It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.” Remember the Bud Light commercials and this mantra? If not, take a peek at the video. As I wrote this post on Sunday, I had a short-sleeved Green Bay Packers #12 shirt over the top of a long-sleeved gold T-shirt. It’s been bringing the team luck the past few weeks; therefore, I continue to don the outfit so as not to cause a rip in the space/time/superstition continuum and cause the Packers toRead more

Equality

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” ~Thomas Jefferson~ You may be saying to yourself, “Okay, I know this, but didn’t Thomas Jefferson own slaves?” Yes he did. Mr. Jefferson grew up on a plantation with enslaved workers and as an adult, owned nearly 200.  From Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest: “As aRead more

The Doors of Door County

I hope Norm won’t take offense.Today, as part of Norm’s Thursday Door series, I’m utilizing doors from over four years ago. Doors that were not meant to be the showcase, but rather the backdrop. Doors that are from Door County, the “thumb” of Wisconsin – the place where summer means mega tourists and tourism dollars. I’ve been to Door County since the 2012 visits, but never for a “Doorscursion.” One usually heads up to this Wisconsin County for relaxation, toRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Right!

From Abandoned Shopping Carts: Personal and Spiritual Responsibility by William Bezanson: “The reason I believe that women are always right has to do with the different ways that men and women make decisions. Men are predisposed to use left-brain thinking, which means using logical analysis, and inductive reasoning: taking particular knowledge and expanding it to be more general. Women tend to use right-brain thinking, which means using logical synthesis, and deductive reasoning: recognizing general patterns and applying them to particularRead more

Ice and Snow Ditty

Just a little ditty About winter ice and snow I went for a walk yesterday Dumb idea, don’t you know It seemed okay The path under my feet Until I reached the fence And few tracks to be seen At first the footing was sure And I walked with a modicum of ease Then the ice skating began With two wobbly, unsuspecting knees You see, the walking path was white White with new-fallen snow But underneath was black ice ARead more

Name of the Game

Hanging on the office wall, reflections and all… For this week’s photo challenge of NAME, I chose to take this photo as “my team” prepares for an NFL play-off game at home, on Sunday. Readers and followers of MJM know that I am a life-long Green Bay Packer fan and generally love the sport of football, both pro and college. I attended games annually (once a year with the girls) at Lambeau Field for a good chunk of Brett Favre’sRead more

My People

“Take me back to my people.” That was the directive mom gave me on Christmas Eve, when my brother, the girlfriend and I decided it was time to leave. Mom usually sits in the main living room between meals, among the other residents. On December 24th, we had taken mom in her wheel chair to the front living room of the assisted living facility, where it was just the four of us and we could have a quiet, personal conversation.Read more

Resolution

My resolution is true. Just want to be a stay-at-home cat mom. Bang on the food dish all day, nap with my head upside down and feet in the air. A stay-at-home cat mom. No worries of deadlines, sleep until the sun comes up mind without a care. A stay-at home mom to the kids, with whom I can play. Take up a new hobby if the open agenda dares. I want to be a stay-at-home cat mom, to write,Read more

Midwest Resilience

“No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.” ~Greg Kincaid~ And so it is in the Midwest of the U.S. Living in Wisconsin all of my life, I’ve experienced many days of plowing ahead in my vehicle or following the path of a plow.  The white stuff is a fact of life. Here it can snow anywhere from October to April and, on rare occasion, in May. IRead more

Cat Talk: Yes, it is!

  Ziva? Ziva? Are you napping? Ummmm…really? You’re kidding, right? Well, wake up. Mom wants us to write a post for her. She’s busy decompressing during her vacation and would rather sit on the couch, watch daytime TV and eat a cupcake. Oh. Are cupcakes good? I’ve heard they are good, but the humans never offer one. All I get is beef, chicken and smoked salmon. And an occasional cat treat. Ohhhhhh…I love the salmon. You can keep everything else,Read more

One-Liner Wednesday: Chips and Contradiction

I don’t believe I’ve ever had a chip on my shoulder about anything (I’m not the angry sort), but sometimes you don’t always see the worst of yourself. I’ll have to ask my friends about this, their perception. I can tell you that I do love a great bag of chips. Salty, crunchy chips. Chips that I can put on a dried beef, lettuce and mayo sandwich. Chips that hold up to shoveling smoked salmon pate or tuna salad. ChipsRead more

Football Photobombing

“Photobombing is the act of accidentally or purposely putting oneself into the view of a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer or the subjects. Photobombing has received significant coverage since 2009. In discussing a “stingray photobomb” picture that went viral Andrea DenHoed suggests that the photobomb label “implies a narrative of surreptitious sabotage,” although in the sense of unintended and/or initially unnoticed people in the background of spoiled photographs, photobombs have existed for much of the history ofRead more