The Zombies Ate My Brains

Rescuing what might remain of the grey matter.

Personal Growth

Horror Vacui*

      March came in like a lion. Bitterly cold, snowy, and windy. I’ve been camped out on the couch next to the fireplace, reading, and playing on my tablet. Not much to do, no place to go. Safe and sound. Blessings, right? Of course, my mind wanders to what I could (i.e. should) be doing with the vast swaths of time before me. The floors need vacuuming. As […]

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Civil Discourse – Then and Now

  Then In the mid-to-late 1980’s, I ran with a crowd of artsy folk, a very passionate and opinionated assemblage and not one of them was shy about holding forth. At dinner parties, or at the bar following a show, I’d quietly listen while my companions bickered and bantered. I was particularly quiet if the conversation turned to current events or politics. This was partly due to my conversation style. […]

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Weather Warnings Tuesday’s forecast was for heavy snowfall – up to 25 cm. The bulk of the snow would hit around 7:00 in the evening. As early as last weekend, the weather network had issued “special statements” which later upgraded to watches. Tuesday, the warning map was wall-to-wall scarlet. Every Tuesday, I volunteer at the Cobalt library. My job is to cover the circulation desk from four until closing. On […]

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Through Thick or Thin(ner): The Forecast

I subscribe to weekly astrology forecasts by Georgia Nicols. She has a quirky approach to the zodiac that appeals and entertains.  I am happy to read that she confirms my plans to improve my health.  That’s the good news. The bad news is that weight gain is in the forecast, too. Though, honestly, that’s a no-brainer given the number of ice cream cones that have passed my lips these last several weeks. Here […]

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Through Thick or Thin(ner): Dedication

I think we would all agree that “dedication” ranks high on the list of goals when one sets out on a health improvement quest. I am getting to know this word because being dedicated to a new health routine lies just beyond my grasp. Last week I despaired the setbacks and missteps. You guys were awesome with your support and I learned from you. One week later, not much has changed […]

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Through Thick or Thin(ner): Next Steps and Missteps

So far so good. My announcement earlier this week has garnered support and encouragement. Thanks, guys, you rock! I have to admit that I’m feeling a mild panic along the lines of “Oh boy, what have I done? Couldn’t keep my mouth shut, could I?” Well, that was the point, wasn’t it: declare my intentions to eat healthy and exercise, thereby obliging myself to follow through. Fine. What’s next? Carrie wrote, […]

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Through Thick or Thin(ner): The Series

It’s time for a slight departure here on the blog. My aim is twofold. Wait, maybe threefold. Perhaps more. Oh I dunno, who’s counting? Anyway, the number of folds aside, it’s time for a change. Back story: I paid a visit to my new MD last month. First thing he did was take my blood pressure. He used a magic machine that took six readings, eliminated the first and last, […]

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