A news ticker for two weeks in May (2021)
This piece in The Washington Post by Michelle Singletary delivers exactly what it promises. I first heard her delightful spirit on the Post Reports podcast and then got into reading her finance article.
If you can’t pay your taxes, maybe start here to learn more about making any payment you can, not getting scammed by outside agencies, and where to turn for help.
News today (05–14–21): Turns out, the IRS is dealing with delays on…
While enduring pandemic in my rural home,
schooling three boys with
seemingly irrelevant algebraic formulas
(quadratic, slope, linear equation)
and not going anywhere, really
missing friends, hugs, handshakes…
my longtime pal,
let me stuff my stress into the savory embrace of its kernels
with repeated visits at the kitchen counter.
Whopping batches of stovetop-popped
or that one brand
of white cheddar.
I scanned news
And after every tête-à-tête…
into despair’s pit.
Again, I’d binged.
So I learned
to only eat it with my children,
Because fractions are the superior, relevant math.
PARENT: PLEASE READ ALL 46 PAGES OF THE INCLUDED INSTRUCTION BOOKLET FOR THIS INFANT CAR SEAT AND TAKE NOTE OF THE WARNING STICKERS.
The risks involved in merely using this infant car seat are daunting; placing your baby inside is almost as dangerous as driving around without him in it. Yes, we know this infant carrier has more brightly-colored symbols than a toxic-waste removal truck, but rest assured: the seat probably contains no hazardous material. Except for those chemicals in the fabric. And the plastic.
Follow all written instructions on this child restraint, including those located on the bottom of…
These kinds of decisions are covered in Scripture, but not in the way we might think
This is the third (and final) post in a week of election-themed snippets on Medium in which at no time do I presume to tell you how, or whether, to vote.
God’s Word holds the truth. He is love. He created us. He came for us in human form to save us from ourselves.
In the Bible, we see admonishments to seek and…
Our civic opportunity isn’t limited to a vote every two to four years
This is the second in a week of Election Themed Snippets on Medium in which at no time do I presume to tell you how, or whether, to vote.
October 21, 2020
Monday, the topic was about not feeling like you owed anyone an explanation about your vote. Today it’s about that good ole’ don’t-vote-can’t-complain mantra.
“If you don't vote, you can’t complain,” is a narrative. …
Your vote is someone else’s business only if you choose to make it so
This is the first in a week of election-themed snippets on Medium in which at no time do I presume to tell you how, or whether, to vote.
Monday, October 19, 2020
As the elections roll around, so do the same proverbial, worn-out phrases and social media posts.
This year, I’ve seen games afoot where participants find out which politician pages their friends “like.” I’ve read…
We’ve been conditioned into thinking He only wants our best.
Last week, I used a couple of bad words while praying. The kind of words that switch movies from PG-13 to being rated R. At the moment, I wasn’t concerned with giving up to God my most delightful self. Nor was I trying to be irreverent. Quite simply, I was giving Him…me.
It’s important to note here that I’m not really a person who swears. In fact, I have a low tolerance for swearwords in media and conversation, largely due to an upbringing where it wasn’t acceptable. If I’m using…
Respite from decision fatigue during a pandemic
A few weeks ago, my region ranked #1 on a report in The New York Times as the area with the highest growth rate in the nation. Now, as our hospitalizations have increased, the CDC has come for a visit.
Just around the pandemic corner lies a new normal, and an onslaught of choices. Hard as it is to admit, a part of me does not look forward to the inevitable decisions that come with the loosening of our lockdown.
It isn’t as if I want people to get sick or die, and…
We’ve been tasked with a lot. It’s time to let go of a little.