Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
It's clear from some of your comments, that this is a subject people are thinking about. How about this: The mind is something that does not age. Those little old ladies you see walking with their walkers - are thinking the same way you are. At least, they are thinking the same way they always thought. The mind does not have a "little old lady" version of itself. It was the same as a child, as it is as a retiree. I don't know about you, but that came as a shock to me. As a young woman, I viewed aging as something that happened to every part of self. It is true of the brain, and all other bodily parts. But the mind stays the same.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Many parts of the brain evolved after the "reptilian". And to keep it simple, I will just say that the "mind" is the result of the functioning of the brain. I believe that we are spiritual beings, therefore I am of the "Dualist" school of thought, i.e., the mind is the interaction of brain and spirit.
I have been re-immersed into the world of the mind. I studied "The Mind" many years ago, but have found so much new information, now I feel compelled to take another look. It's a fascinating subject.
I have two major struggles going on right now. I have not finished one book I have started, and they now number four and rising, and I want cheese on everything. It is almost like I have ADD. My attention is easily diverted. It can go from thinking about one thing and then flip to another channel. As for reading, it is near impossible to read for longer than a few minutes before I find my eyes looking out the window, thinking about the exercise I should, and am not getting, or better yet, the housework that should be done today. In the meantime, everything I eat, I want cheese on it. From the breakfast omelette, with Swiss or Gruyere sauteed with tons of veggies, to a casserole that only seems complete with lots of melty cheese, to a snack of low-fat (now that's a hoot) triscuitt and sharp cheddar cheese (melted, of course).
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Am I the only one who doesn't care about the Oscars? The self-congratulatory and aggrandizement in Hollywood has never been remotely interesting to me. I, like most women, enjoy beautiful people in beautiful clothes. But you get plenty of opportunity to see these ensembles in magazines, news programs, tabloids, on-line aggregate blogs, etc. It never occurred to me to have a party, dress up in my finest and drink champagne while watching the Oscars. In fact, it seems kind of sad. How many Americans can actually afford the $25 for two people, plus maybe a small popcorn, drink and a movie, these days? Let alone all of the movies up for Oscars? Our Hollywood actors, along with our steroid-induced athletes really do not deserve our adulation. They give each other plenty of it themselves, along with ridiculous paychecks. Now, don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good movie and have many actors and actresses that I really like. But not so much as to watch constant awards. How many in just the last month or so?
Friday, February 20, 2009
Worrying about the economy, environment, children traveling out of the country, jobs, etc., can drive a person to drink. Since alcohol is not my thing anymore, (racing heart at this altitude), and the loss of my beloved exercise room (in storage), I needed something that was warm, comforting, and non-caloric. Enter: Tea
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I came across an article today that gives me hope that maybe things are going to change after the fallout going on in the world today. Forever, really, the rich have done exactly what they want to do. They evade taxes, steal from the working man, build their gilded worlds on the backs of everyone else. Our elected government has helped them do it with a tax system so complicated they find loopholes, lobbyists that have the inside scoop because they worked for the government once (usually just before taking big-paying jobs for the companies they were supposed to be regulating), banks that hide their money from the IRS. The list goes on and on, and becomes ever-more complicated, when we hear how these so-called pillars of the community crumble as their sand castle businesses and lifestyles get swept away in the tide of their own greed and malice. Each day we hear about another one - Stanford Financial - with their offices in Antigua was the latest. Now why, exactly, are our senators and congress people, including Pelosi, McCain, and others receiving funds from some guy who has his offices and headquarters in Antigua? Why not here in the USA? What was he trying to avoid? Taxes maybe, or our laws? All the while having dinner with our lawmakers, giving them money, playing the part of a wheeler-dealer. There is no doubt, our entire system is broken. Completely and utterly broken. We will need a complete overhaul of all of our institutions and checks and balances, because each and every one let us down. Which brings me back to the story I read today in the NYT.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I think that the you-tube video of the woman pitching a fit (posted below) is how a lot of us feel. In our home we called it "The Elvis", and my older daughter had it down. How relaxing would it be if all of us could just pitch one! We could fall to the ground yelling and screaming and kicking our legs. We could shout at Bush and Cheney what total incompetent freaks they were, and then we could pound our fists on the ground and call all the bankers a-holes. We could head-butt, (like my 14-month-old grandson does), the regulators and the car executives that flew in their private jets to the congressional hearings. We could scream until the spittle flies at the executives at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, until they realized we mean business and that yes, that means no more $400,000 get-a-ways with taxpayer money! We could hit the SEC and the rating agencies right in the face, and kick the shins of Rummy. We could take a big stick to every person in Congress and the Senate that let all this happen right under their noses while they had their finger up them. Then we could, just maybe, relax. A good fit goes a long way, after all. (I feel better all ready.)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I received an award! Wow, how very nice. A big thank you to California Girl. I have enjoyed her thoughtful and provocative blog for some time, especially her beautiful pictures. The idea is to send it on to eight other bloggers. The spirit of the award is as follows:
Friday, February 13, 2009
I just received a call from friends that they were happy to join us for dinner tomorrow night. That's wonderful. Wonderful, except my husband forgot to tell me he invited people for dinner. Oh well, time to drag out the cookbooks, and spiff things up a bit. We already determined they may have to spend the night if it keeps snowing. But then, that could be fun, too. Sleepover!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
One of my favorite blogs recently asked her readers to talk about where they live. The comments were so interesting. She has tons of readers, so she received tons of interesting comments. People responded from all over the world. So today I thought I would talk about what Lake Tahoe means to me. It is a special place and for those of you who have never been here, I hope that someday you are able to see what I love so much.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Okay, so yesterday, during the full moon, I had two rather strange encounters. One, was the hair salon receptionist who thought she needed more information about why I was canceling my appointment than I was willing to give her. The other was a Macy's furniture saleswoman who, on first pass seemed obtuse. But after giving it further thought, maybe was just not very with-it. Or maybe it was me being obtuse. You decide.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I don't know if it is just me - but people seem to be acting strangely today. First off, I woke up not feeling very well, so I called my hair salon and canceled my appointment for the afternoon. I know the hairdresser does not come in to the salon until after noon, so I felt my 10:00 a.m. call could save her some time. The receptionist was very nice, asking if I would like to reschedule. I said yes, but probably later in the month, and I would call. Then, she asked me if I minded answering why I was canceling.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I made the most wonderful dinner tonight. And the whole dinner was tomatoes. And, I am ashamed to say, I ate the whole thing! First off, I have to tell you my favorite chef is Ina Garten, of Barefoot Contessa fame. If you have never watched her on the Food Channel, you are missing out. She reminds me of, well, ME. Some people imitate Angelina Jolie (unnamed mother of 14), but I emulate Ina Garten. She has the perfect kitchen. Not too big, not too small. Her stove has double ovens, and every quality ingredient is within a few steps. She has the most exquisite garden, and only uses fresh herbs, which she grows herself. I have most of her cookbooks, but they are in storage in Minnesota. (Many of the recipes have too much fat for everyday use, but are wonderful for entertaining or special occasions.) So the other day, at the bookstore, I decided to treat myself to her latest cookbook. (After all I am cooking at home more, right?) I think it just might be her best, because all the ingredients are simple. They seem to be healthier, too
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I did something really dumb the other day, and it has been haunting me.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Long Way Home - My grandson's favorite song by his favorite band. This was a festival his aunt would love to have attended, as she hits any they play on the West Coast - could that have anything to do with his liking the band, do you think? She is a Railroad groupie, of sorts. Including taking her parents to see them at the Crystal Club in Tahoe in April. We're looking forward to it! Maybe we'll become groupies, too. (It does tend to bring back some pretty great memories - these guys would have fit right into the 60's.)