I am white

I am white. I don’t know what it’s like To fear Discrimination, bigotry, name-calling, death under a knee I am white Brought up in a white community With white friends I don’t know what it’s like To feel how you feel To live your existence To have a history of constant oppression and special rules Fighting, protesting for survival I am white I have been privileged In ways I still don’t understand My fear is different and now feels likeRead more

A Bad Remake

“It’s the same thing every day, Clean up your room, stand up straight, pick up your feet, take it like a man, be nice to your sister, don’t mix beer and wine ever…oh yeah, don’t drive on the railroad tracks.” ~Phil Connors~ Groundhog Day It’s Day 72 of working from home during a pandemic. I’m fine except some days I feel like Phil, on repeat, only as a woman with a brother. While no two days have been exactly alike,Read more

Resilience and Sacrifice

It’s Memorial Day in the United States. This is a federal holiday when we honor military personnel who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. I am reminded of the elderly neighbor downstairs, Clyde, who passed away two years ago on this day. He was a Navy man who donned his original uniform every year and either marched in the Memorial Day parade or paid homage by watching the parade with his wife. Clyde was proud to haveRead more

Most, Ever

Why is it when I saw this cat and quote on one of my cat calendars, I immediately thought of Mr. Gibbs. This guy. I thought, “I don’t need an annoying ghost, I already have an annoying cat.” A cat that yowls for food and attention and nothing. A cat that refuses to let me sleep in. Ever. A cat that doesn’t want to follow the rule of no visits to the kitchen. A cat who believes his needs areRead more

SoCS – Against the Rules

“In other words…” Rolling around my head But I am brain dead “What to write?” The white matter cried Sorry, they’re fried “I have no clue.” Perhaps I can cheat? From the prompt of last week “In other words…” I have none of those Emptiness exposed “I hate the block!” It cramps my style Thoughts in a messy pile “Where’s Cheryl’s bar?” I might need a beer and weekend cheer “In other words…” La-la-la-la-la-la-la Nothing…gah! “Much like pullling teeth…” There’sRead more

Clueless

It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can’t see. ~Eleanor Farjeon~ I see what he sees, in the fuzzy distance. But I am clueless over his thoughts. Is she friend or foe to him, in this particular instance?   Does he ponder a gesture of friendship, or the pounce of an attack? The scene could be two cats, merely relaxing a few feet apart, or the onset of a game…the principal players plotting toRead more

Countdown 2014 (from the Gibbs Journal)

January          Polar Vortex? I do not know the meaning, only that the human has cursed those two words since the beginning of December, 2013. It sounds awful, like hell on earth, and the cursing usually occurs as the human walks in the door, literally shaking. This polar vortex must be out there, somewhere along winter’s landscape, holding court with the snowflakes and ice. I press my nose against the patio door window and am surprised by how cold it feels.Read more