Motif #1

Old, and yet not so old, the original was a victim of the blizzard of ’78, the present an insistence and gift from the public.

Red now, she is a sign of home and welcome.

It’s breezy but calm and peaceful here, the inner harbor rung with houses, fishing shacks, and wharfs, a few boats waiting for their owners’ orders to head out to sea.

It’s relaxing to be here (despite the persistent breeze), away from the big-time hustle and business of the city I work in or the smaller one I live in.

The motif is a reminder of calmer, slower days when you could go about your business and still have time to gather your thoughts.

Is it the seas within our cells that seek out places like this, with the water, the peace, the memory, the call home?*

This was written after a visit to Bearskin Neck, Rockport, MA, and is what I thought as I relaxed at the wharf by the motif.

* A scientist/explorer/philosopher of our time and far wiser than me explained himself by saying “I am the sea, and the sea is me.”

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Is it Spring yet?

I’m sitting here at work, after 4am, and it’s cold out. Not break-out-your-parka cold, but still cold. I mean, it’s May 2, and it feels like March out there. 40s? Tomorrow is the Walk for Hunger, always done on the 1st Sunday in May. We used to have good weather, 70s and 80s, like God was one of our sponsors (and S/he is), giving us beautiful weather for a 20-mile walk around Greater Boston. Been either cold or rainy or both lately, but I still do it. Important cause and I want to help. Plus, community service is a good thing for Nelson Academy students to practice (and may be a requirement starting next fall).
Getting green leafwise, what clancats would call ‘Newleaf.’ Beautiful time of year to see. Better when it’s all sprouted out. Two months left of school, time to plan the summer. Yep, summer school.

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Is it spring yet? Silly cat. all 12-13 years of her, was playing with her toys on the bed last night, batting them around like she was a kitten. Not unusual, you say, except that this cat really doesn’t play. As a kitten, yes, doing all the kitteny things, but not much since. I’m sitting on the bed, watching Zorro, and someone is by the pillow, kapouncing all over the place, and knocking toys at me to flick back. Weird! This on top of running around and scratching the heck out of the uprights/scratching posts of her cat tree, and then flopping around, being cute, on the top pad. No, she didn’t overdose on catnip; she doesn’t do catnip, so we don’t have any.
Easter is done, Passover is passing over, Marathon Monday is coming up, and so is the Walk for Hunger (1st Sunday in May), a sure sign of warmer stuff coming. Yeah, but this is New England, and that’s Mother Nature. We’re not always on speaking terms (There’s still snow on the ground in places).

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note to self

Getting sloppy and slow with the work. Snakes are on your tail, and they eat eaglets. You gonna hand it to them again? Time to get cracking.

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Today 12/28/14 is the last day to cheat on the diet. Let’s get the new year started right by practicing what we will do, eating clean and in appropriate amounts, exercising regularly, and taking proper care of ourselves. Tomorrow the diet starts and we do the MMA/fit center workout, see how it feels. Got it? Btw, enjoy the 3-day weekend.

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Better late than never.

Wow! Long time since last post! Fall school is done, and I wait to get through the winter holidays. Why do they all come at the same time? Couldn’t they be spaced out so that, after one is done, we have more to look forward to because the long dark cold of winter? Funny how the holidays are different for me now, so different from my childhood. You never think growing up that your traditions will change, if you’re lucky enough to have any after. I don’t have much, just send out holiday cards. Ton and I should get together the day after (he has it off, and maybe Jimmy will be there, too. Might check out the 3rd Hobbit movie).

School starts up after the holidays, on a Friday of all days. Should I wait until the Monday after? No, school should start the day after the holidays, unless it’s a weekend when it will start on the Monday.

New post soon. Promise!

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July Ramblings

    The Walkathon went okay. 3 years in a row now, the marshals get the same color t-shirt (green). Only difference is the date on it. They get a special from someone? Went well, had my usual good time. Just had to go back to Lynn, eat, grab a bit of sleep, and then head back to work in Boston, to be there by 11pm to start my shift.

    Paranormal Expo–turnout was smaller than we hoped, but our co-hosts want to do it again in 2015, around Halloween. Figure the people heading for Salem might want to stop by.

    Memorial Day service was short but decent. I led the Pledge of Allegiance. Glad I remembered it; I thought I’d flub it.

    Summer school–shutting down English until the fall but continuing algebra, because once I get rolling on figuring things out, I don’t like to stop. Got to get in knot practice on a weekend.

    MMA (as in definite mixed, with boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and kenpo)–continuing my practice. Doug tells me the boxing drills are to work on strengthening my shoulder. Need to start learning foot movements; should start with shadow boxing to work on it. Want to learn 1 or 2 more punches, just to mix it up.

    Still no idea of when Doug will think I’ve proven my dedication enough to have earned my white belt. Just to get permission to start learning?

    Still no learner’s permit. Need $ to apply, and it’s short; had to hit the savings to get $ for utilities and to eat at work.

    Okay, waiting for AoS to start Season 2. Thoughts on the S1 finale? Funny, fast, action-filled, and I’m still pissed at Fury. Yes, it was nice of him to name Coulson ‘Director’ and to give him the just-about-impossible job of rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D., but look what he did! Phil told him never to use the T.A.H.I.T.I. drug and procedure on anyone ever again. Since Phil didn’t resign, Nick must’ve assured him that he wouldn’t do it. Fury lies!!!! He did it to Phil, and then made him forget about it and everything to do with the project, including his being the project director. Now we know why Phil said “Please let me die!” Yes, the pain, the torment was excruciating, but Phil knew about the side effects, the mental deterioration, and he wanted no part of that. Rather die sane than live crazy. Doesn’t look like he gets his wish. Explains why Phil was given his own plane, so Melinda May could watch him for ill effects, and no one but his team would be harmed if things went south.

Ex-agent Hill, ex-deputy director, why didn’t she succeed Fury? Isn’t that the way it usually goes? Fury said Coulson was the only person he trusted with the rebuild. Does he know that Hill betrayed his and Coulson’s trust by giving up Providence Base and Coulson’s team to the US military (on Canadian soil, yet, where they don’t have jurisdiction)? Only reason she helped Phil is because she was embarrassed to learn someone she vetted was a traitor. Who does Fury trust? Coulson without a doubt (Just what is the link between these 2? Got to be more than mentor and protégé. What was it about Coulson that had Fury recruit him right out of high school? So, no college or military training?), May because she’s got Phil’s back (Okay, what’s their history?), Steve Rogers because he’s the captain and Phil’s hero, maybe Romanov?

Moving on!


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