The Wait is Over

“Good things come to those who wait.” a/k/a “Patience is a virtue.” I have been searching for a new cell phone for months. One that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg and half of my life savings. And, yet, I wanted a phone that wasn’t already two years old. I found said phone in a Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Yes, I know the Note 9 was just released, but that’s why the Note 8 was reasonably priced. I alsoRead more

The Facebook Calculator

“You’ve shared 2 days in a row and your friends are responding.” ~Facebook~ Wow, really? I’m glad Facebook told me this as I am evidently unable to count or read. And I’m blind. This statement made me roll eyes at its propensity for mockery and in-your-face presumptuousness. I realize Facebook isn’t intentional in making fun (or are they?) of our brain’s ability to function. However, the statement struck me as knowledge that most Facebook regulars would already know because theyRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Technology

“Wow, isn’t technology awesome?” Natasha spoke these words while we were watching Xploration Station, a series of science-related shows that explore space, earth, nature and technology. We were watching a segment about Smart Belt, a device worn around the waist by people who are at risk of falling, such as the elderly. This device automatically deploys airbags around the hips when a fall is detected. Watch a CBS news video about the Smart Belt HERE. Pretty cool, huh? Technology isRead more

Speaking Out: Narcissism

Discover Challenge: Speak Out “Get inspired by those who speak out. Whether through blogging or marching, make your voice heard.” I remember when it hit me hard. Smack dab in the middle of the forehead. I had wondered for years… Why is he like this? What’s the matter with him? Why can’t he behave like a decent human being? On a day in 2009, I finally realized I had been living with a narcissist for almost 30 years. One withRead more

Holiday Thanks

As 2016 draws to a close, I want to thank all of my blogging buddies, Tweeters, Instagramers, Facebookers and Googly people for being part of my world this past year. In case you don’t know, you all rock! Although my daily and main priorities lie in family, friends, faith and that lovely hobby called work, the online world has been a source of comfort, hysterical humor, important information about trains and such, beautiful photographs and the development of a fewRead more

Identity: Do You Know Me?

Where does one start with defining their personal identity? Do I start with the name I was given upon birth? Or at age 5, the year I began wearing glasses? Do I mention high school, the years of attempting to find self-esteem and a date? Or of the first foray into adulthood, securing my own apartment at the age of 18? What about securing a job that would take me on a 40-year journey? Or how I failed to runRead more

A Snowy Perspective

A Facebook friend commented on Saturday: “Dear Mother Nature, hey girl, let’s talk. It’s this whole snowing in April thing. Is there something else going on or troubling you? Is it Father Time again and his ever insistent marching on? Listen sweetie, I get he can be stubborn, but please don’t take it out on me or the state of Wisconsin. I love you through every season and change, you know that. So, can we go back to clear andRead more

The Dawn of a New Melange

The thoughts of yesterday forgotten I like the way this new skin feels Bring me splinters of tomorrow Collect the parts where I win ~from the song Dawn of a New Day~ It went without fanfare, without neon lights or trumpets sounding. March 17th was the third anniversary of Mary J Melange on WordPress. I actually hadn’t thought about it until today. It was an “oh yeah” moment, followed by a cough or two from this dang cold. I’m homeRead more

The Shiny Small Mammal Syndrome

Have you ever been distracted by… Hang on, my smart phone just beeped. Must be a Facebook update. Hmmm, the neighbor went camping, someone is not fond of the TSA, lots of dog and cat and Its-Monday-morning-and-I-need-coffee posts. Anyhow, Have you ever been… Excuse me, I forgot to look at today’s “Shame Your Pet” calendar page. Just a minute. “Hello, I’m a hole digging Jack-a** Russell!” Too funny! What was I saying? Oh yeah, have you ever been distracted byRead more