Getting Inked in My 60s

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Inked, getting a tat, body art, whatever you call it, getting a tattoo is not usually a spur-of-moment decision (unless perhaps you have had too much to drink). I had never been a big fan of tattoos. Whenever I thought of tattoos I thought of skulls and daggers, prison inmates, motorcycle gangs, and counter-culture rebels.

Even though both of my sisters AND my mom have had tattoos forever, I did not. As they reached their teens, I tried very hard to dissuade my children from permanently disfiguring their bodies with ink. My thought was that tattoos are so permanent that I did not want my kids to regret doing something so irreversible without the maturity to accept the consequences. As I secretly hoped that the ‘wanting a tattoo’ phase would fade, I told them that at 18 (because we all know that is definitely the age of reason, actually it is the age that they no longer needed my permission) they could decide for themselves. Continue reading



I am currently fascinated with a singer/songwriter who goes by the stage name of LP. She has been in the music business since 2006. During that time she not only has recorded her own songs, but also has written songs for Rihanna, Cher, The Backstreet Boys, and many others. Continue reading

Introduction to My Obsessions Category

As far back as I can remember, I have had obsessive interests. When I was a child, after watching the movie Born Free I became obsessed with lions. I would go to the library every chance I got (libraries were the google search of the 20th century) and research lions. I would draw them, I even painted the head of a male lion on the back of a fatigue jacket that I used to wear. A friend also painted an acrylic portrait of a lion for me.

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Parkland, Florida School Shooting

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I try not to pay attention to all of the news report because they are so horrific, so painful. But more, because I feel so helpless. I post and re-post things on Facebook admonishing our government for not doing more and the NRA for their unapologetic lack of humanity, but that isn’t going to solve the problem. It won’t even persuade anyone to change their stance on guns.

So we simply slump our shoulders and accept that we are powerless, right? We have to stop doing that. I don’t know where the quote came from but the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

 Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

School shooting are not going to change until we start doing something different.

What we need to do as individuals:

  • Contact your representatives in government and demand that they do something about the proliferation of guns in our country
  • Start educating yourself on candidate’s views on gun violence. Don’t just take what they say  as truth, research them. Find out who they accept campaign money from; Demand that your representative do something about corporate money in politics.
  • Also, find out how incumbent candidates have voted on issues that you are concerned about;
  •  Participate in a campaign or run for office yourself;

I think many of us have become complacent thinking that politics is something that other people take care. Well, other people have been taking care of it all right and look where it’s gotten us. We must do more than posting our outrage onto Facebook, I must do more than posting my outrage onto Facebook.

To help with that paralyzing feeling of helplessness, here’s a link listing a few things that you and I can do to help the latest victims of a school shooting, but we must not stop there. It will not change until WE change it.

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Over the weekend, I finally went to see the box office hit, Wonder Woman. Being a feminist, I really wanted to like this movie but alas I left the theater with a queasy stomach and it wasn’t because of the popcorn. Listed below are some of the issues that I had with the movie. SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet some of my comments give away some of the story line. Continue reading

Hamilton: The Revolution

Hamilton: The RevolutionHamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not a big fan of reading screen plays but I really enjoyed Hamilton: The Revolution. I also enjoyed listening to the soundtrack while I was reading the book. What I enjoyed most about Hamilton: The Revolution was following the creative process as it unfolded from early into Miranda’s inspiration to the Broadway phenomenon.

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2016 Gratitude Review

Last year I wrote about a new habit that I was trying to establish to enrich my life a little, that of filling a Gratitude Jar. I’m afraid my habit forming tactic didn’t work all that well because I stopped adding to the jar sometime around late summer, early fall of last year. Still it wasn’t a bad idea and I’m going to give it another try this year. To jump start my effort AND to put a different perspective on my 2016 year, I decided to go through the 121 entries that I did make to my gratitude jar last and I thought I would share some with you. I think it always helps to reflect. So here goes:

Most entries started with Today I am grateful for: Continue reading