Happiness is the Fact that Ruth Bader Ginsberg Was Here

In the “don’t cry because they’re gone, celebrate because they were here,” I am very glad that Ruth Bader Ginsberg fought the good fight for 84 years. WaPo posted a slide show of RBG portraits with some of her quotes that’s cheering, too. Nigel Buchanan in New Zealand did the portrait to the right.

So I’m sad that she’s gone, but I am uplifted by her example and her spirit.

What lifted you up this week?

HWSWA: Revising

The latest HWSEA post is up: Revising.. I’m not sure there’s enough info there to make it helpful, we’ve degenerated into nattering a lot, so I may put another post up there that streamlines the process I used to edit Nita. Assuming you all aren’t so tired of Nita you want to scream.

In other news, Ruth Bader Ginsberg is gone, and I am desperately trying to find a silver lining. I’d love to think her death would make things more difficult for Senate Republicans in Lean Democrat states, but mostly we just lost a great, strong, smart woman, who was probably really tired and just wanted to get out of those robe. RIP RBG, you were the best.

Food on Friday, September 18, 2020

By popular demand since I blew working Wednesday.

This week I made ravioli that was meh, and a pork chop recipe that was meh, and a chicken au jus (lemon and white wine) that was fabulous. There was also a very good ham sandwich but since that consisted of slapping a slab of ham on onion bun, I don’t think it counts as making something.

Also, thank you all for my birthday wishes which were incredibly cheering. I did have a lovely day, which included sitting in the yard and watching the sun through the trees in absolutely perfect weather while listening to the sound of oars on the lake, and talking to Mollie and my brother Jack and laughing a lot. An excellent day.

What did you cook (okay, or drink) this week?

This is a Good Book Thursday, September 17, 2020

This week I read my first Jojo Moyes novel and reread a Carl Hiaasen (because that guy never disappoints) and started The Literature Book: Big Ideas Explained. Yeah, I know I have degrees in literature, it’s still good to get an overview again. There’s a whole series, so I bought the ones on Movies, Religion, and Science (things I do not have degrees in), plus the Heads Up books on Sociology and Psychology (other things I do not have degrees in).

And yes, I know I forgot Working Wednesday. Well, I just realized I forgot it. The days start to run together and I lose track. Can I interest you in Working Friday? ARGH.


Yes, I know it’s late. I had computer problems. As in, my laptop turned into a brick, but everything is fine now, so moving on . . . HWSWA on Theme and Unity is up now.

Next week is rewriting, then working with an editor, and then just a general ramble about being a writer. Good to know we have a plan, isn’t it? Now if we could just FOLLOW it.

Happiness is a New Story

We cover how happy-making it is to find a great book on Thursdays, but it’s also pretty joyful to find a brand new TV series (well, new to me) that makes us want to binge the whole thing. For me, the newest is The Art of Crime, a French series (with subtitles) about a detective and an art historian working on art-related mysteries. They’re both a little bit nuts, although in different ways, and, by the end of the second season, co-dependent on each other as they chase down bad guys in gorgeous French settings–she works in the Louvre so there’s that eye candy plus the roofs of Paris and twisty little streets–set against beautiful works of art. There are two seasons on Amazon (you need a subscription to MHz) and a third season I can’t find anywhere, and it was just renewed for a fourth, so there’s more happy in store for the future. (Where the hell is the third season? It dropping in 2019, it should be on Amazon by now. Grrrrr.)

So what made you happy this week?

Working Wednesday, September 9, 2020

I have a list of things to do, crucial things, and I don’t seem to be doing any of them. Like a disconnect between my logical brain and my confused body. (What day is it? Did I already do that? Am I out of Diet Coke ALREADY?). I’m hoping it’s just quarantine brain and not senility.

Tell me what you accomplished this week. Inspire me.