Melange-O-Rama

Did you know that the meaning of melange is “hodgepodge” or “assortment?” I named my blog Mary J. Melange because I planned on writing a variety of content rather than singularly about cats or bicycles or poetry. It is today that I’m sharing a chaotic hodgepodge of stuff would have been called mish-mash were it not for Dan’s recent post at No Facilities. Great minds think alike, but I may have to outdo his assortment. Just because I can. IRead more

Kirk, Thor and a White Board

As you may know, I am a nerd of the Star Trek franchise. I’ve watched every episode of the original series with Captain Kirk, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise at least five times…probably more. I signed up to CBS All Access a few years ago so Natasha and I would be able to watch the newest Star Trek series of Discovery and Picard, and wait on whatever else was to come. It had been our ritualRead more

The Ending

“I’m not going to abandon the things that make me who I am because of a future that contains an ending I hadn’t foreseen for myself.” ~Captain Christopher Pike on Star Trek: Discovery~ In this episode, Captain Pike sees his future and it’s not a happy-joy-joy experience for him. Star Trek fans know the outcome, but I’ll leave that part out in case you are not currently a Trekkie, but are thinking about joining the awesomeness of a crazy cultRead more

SoCS: What’s New Pussycat?

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, blogger Linda Hill gave us our marching orders: “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “song.” First, find a picture–the closest one to you. Your prompt is the title and/or the lyrics of the first song that comes to mind when you look at the picture. Have fun!” I’m still working at home, in my bedroom, with a fairly small work space. However, I manage to find space for my coffeeRead more

Work, Home and Out There

Welcome to my new temporary normal! For the time being. Parts of it may look like your new temporary normal. With the current state of pandemic affairs, here’s what the past week has been like for this blogger. WORK Oh my word, it has been crazy busy. I have been going to work, but only because ours is a small office (less than 10 people) and I’d rather spreadsheet with two large monitors than squint at a laptop while listeningRead more

Don’t Sit on Cliffs

“Laughter is the best medicine.” It is said Proverbs 17:22 is the earliest example of this adage: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” People have also attributed the origin of this phrase to the American publisher and humor writer Bennett Cerf. No matter, though. It is absolute truth – there is nothing better for the body and soul than a good belly laugh, a guffaw, a chuckle, or a sniggering. CombinedRead more

SoCS: Lips and Gremlins

It’s been one of those weeks. Blipping tiring and frustrating. Mostly work related with a bit of messed-up weather. The Elevator Story I was out of town for a couple days this week, at a business meeting in Madison. One of my peers had been bemoaning the fact that “the gremlins” were after her all day Monday. Anything that could go wrong, went wrong. I sat next to her during the Tuesday portion of the meeting. At about 4:00 pm,Read more

Guessing Game

Last Saturday, I asked Natasha an important question. “Guess what day it is?’ After a few seconds of intense thought… “Is it my birthday?” No. “Is it Saturday?” Well, yeah, but…no. “Is it Star Trek Day?” Every day is Star Trek Day. “Is it Columbus Day?” No. Natasha guessed a few additional days related to Star Trek and whatever bounced off the top of her head, but I don’t remember the exact words. In trying to recollect them several hoursRead more

A Bee’s Life

Busy as a bee That’s me Can’t you see? Somewhat of a crime  Always filling time Giving reason to rhyme Must do everything The brain sings Harried schedule rings Want to read a book Bicycle past a brook Engage in gobbledygook Want to socialize Take time to spiritualize But not mathemetize Want to visit mom Engage in Trek geekdom Sample a taproom Want to curry rice Add a little spice To others be nice Need to go work out ToRead more

Poetic Subjectivity

“It’s all about people. It’s all about the subjectivity of what people love.” ~Joe Pantoliano~ A week ago, I finished a five-week poetry class at UW-Fox Valley. This class was definitely more subjective than it was technical. Rather than learn about different styles of poetry, pentameter or best use of the English language, we engaged in free-write exercises, read works of published poets, listened to short lectures, recited our homework (poetry) out loud, and listened to feedback from the restRead more

The Identity of Mary J

“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.” ~Erik Erikson~ What is your identity? Do you have a definition of who you are? Are you a unique individual with purple hair and a nose ring or a combination of your parents and life-long experiences? I’m not sure what to say about myself. I’ve been pondering my own identity of late and what that might look like in print. I’llRead more

Engage in Boldness

What does it mean to boldly go when there is no star ship in sight? How do I get to where no one has gone before when I don’t know if I should go left or right? When do I make choices to go past the stars and live without fear of a wrong turn? Can I live long and prosper this year and from life find lessons to learn? Does temporal time stand still while I decide what toRead more