Ok, I'm going to try to write about one thing each day. Maybe it will be a good thing, that's the plan. But maybe it will be whiny and irritable because that's often the truth.
I haven't been writing because the days have a flat sameness. I used to enjoy writing about the quirky people in the world, people who's lives might cross mine briefly, and something about it would make me laugh or think or learn something new, but a few things are different. One is, I used to sort of think I was sort of funny on occasion, and I thought that because people would laugh. Without people, it's a little hard to tell. I made this video a month ago and I movied it to a few friends (movie is a verb now, that happened in 2020), and they thought it was funny and I was kind of surprised. Funny? Is that still a thing? The dog never laughs. I say something that might be a little funny and I look to my dog for confirmation, and she always says, "Look, can't you see that I'm resting on the couch? If it's not about going for a walk or eating, I'm not particularly interested."
It seems that for the past few years, there's been a dark cloud of doom around here, where people I love lose their favorite things. They lose their children and their spouses and their health and their beloved pets. Even the pets. It's how the world goes, and especially with pets, we usually outlive them, especially if we have fish or gerbils. I guess if we want our pets to outlive us we should go for the tortoise.
Anyway. I'm going to try to write every day (please don't hold me to that. I'm very sketchy and unreliable.) And include at least one positive thing.
1. What is the deal with "cancel culture"? I've been trying to understand what it is and I think it's this: if someone behaves like a racist asshole, people don't want to hang out with them. And if the racist asshole wasn't a friend, but is a corporation, people are like, hey, I think I'll spend my money elsewhere, and not give it to the racist asshole. Do I have that right? Why does that even have a name? Isn't it just how things work?
2. And for the positive thing, moss. Because it's beautiful, and it's everywhere, and it was the first plant. It takes more carbon out of the air than all the trees, and most especially I love the way it grows on big-leaf maple trees in the winter.