I felt guilty even as I was dialing my sister’s phone number. This was the first time I had called her since the pandemic started, but what better day than on her birthday? She answered on the third ring, saying, “Hello” in the way she always does, as if it’s a final statement, not a […]Read More Irreconcilable Frustrations: Based on a True Story
The Ragtag Daily Prompt today is the word lies. There is a lot I could write on this topic (for instance, most of what happened at the RNC these last four days). But I was just made aware of a John Oliver (I love this guy!!) show from a few weeks ago that is very […]Read More RDP/FOWC: How We Teach & Learn History All Wrong in America
When I saw the Ragtag Daily Prompt for today, I laughed! Really? I thought. Does that mean what I think it does? Indeed it does – I looked it up, and here’s a little etymology: Flatus comes from 17th century Latin (I imagine Chaucer made good use of it!), and literally means “blowing.” I don’t […]Read More RDP: Flatus
Ragtag’s Daily Prompt today is Rosy Hues. This is the time of year for blossoms on trees to be in full display. These beautiful trees delighted us on our walk around campus today. Close-ups of the aboveRead More RDP: Flowering Trees
Ragtag’s Daily Prompt word today is thingamajig. It is a word we’ve always used (or one like it) when we don’t know or remember the name of something. I looked up the word to see how it would be defined: Merriam-Webster has a good, concise definition: something that is hard to classify or whose name […]Read More RDP: Thingamajig or Whatchamacallit
Ragtag Daily Prompt today is Dance. A Sunday afternoon on Avenida Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil: Ballet and… …political protest batucada: “Fora Temer” – a protest against the vice president (Temer) who took over for Pres. Dilma Roussef after her arrest. Panama Canal Cruise – in Mexican town of Tuxtla Chico, Chiapas Panama Canal Cruise on […]Read More RDP: Dancing, Yeah!
The Ragtap Daily Prompt today is normal. Are we in a “new normal” era? Some people say yes, others say no. We have been experiencing this stay-at-home edict for over a month now, and our governor just extended it to May 30! And since 95% of the world is under some kind of stay-at-home order, […]Read More RDP: New Normal?
The Ragtag Daily Prompt today (1/25/20) is nation. The blogger, Marilyn Armstrong, who wrote about the state of our nation said it much the same way as I would, so I won’t repeat the sentiment, but instead provide a link to her blog. For my contribution, I remember more valiant days in our history. I […]Read More RDP: Nations of Allies
I didn’t set out to collect little animals, but in truth I love collecting little things from different cultures, and animals are universally loved. I have collected small animal figures from Mexico, Brazil, Tanzania and others that I have either acquired or inherited. I tried to fit most of them on one shelf for this […]Read More RDP: Panoply of Animals
Last winter was a mild one for the Chicago area in comparison to others in recent memory. We got some snow, after which it thawed a bit, then turned cold. This made the roads and sidewalks icy and slippery. It became easier and less hazardous to walk on the crunchy snow than on the sidewalks […]Read More RDP: Slippery in Winter