Jon, I completely miss the part of your morning ritual. You know, the one everyone is talking about, the brushing of teeth with your non-dominant hand, meditating, journaling….

I’m just shitting with ya! I stopped paying attention to those people selling me on morning rituals after the third guru on them emphasized how important getting up at 4 or 5 am was & how my shower should be cold to get rid of inflammation. I do not get up before people in prison do, & there is something called “Tylenol” for inflammation.

New Year, same us. I don’t like to facilitate change until late March, early April. At least you can become an expert on computers. Computers, pftt! It’s just a passing phase. I’ll hitch my horse to the wagon & ride into town for supplies, get some more candles for readin’ & such. Churning butter keeps me warm!

Holidays with the family are just… what’s the word? Painful. After I moved out, my parents bought a dishwasher. Repainted the house, on the inside. Changed my tiny study into my dad’s tiny computer room — where he plays Solitaire on his computer — & changed the locks. That last one hurt my little feelings. I moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, sure, 10 hours away, but the day I returned they went away to a party, leaving me locked out. I don’t think they missed me. I think they love my sibling better, & I’m the only child! Oy!

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.