Thursday, February 11, 2016

Page-Anaya Time Machine

I am just seeing this photograph for the first time and I'm in love with it. The photo is of my paternal grandparents, Nelson and Sophie. We think it was around 1924, when they were first married. My grandmother was 17. We're guessing the child was a cousin. It was taken in their hometown, Pueta de Luna, New Mexico. They spoke only Spanish until they moved to Texas in the 1940s. These two went on to have 8 children and 27 grandchildren. (28? I always lose count of my cousins.) I can't count the great-grandchildren. Beautiful kids they were themselves.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday: A View From the Back

The station wagon is currently home to:
1 dog bed
2 still-to-be-wrapped housewarming gifts
1 batting helmet & mitt
2 baseball bats
1 cowbell
2 handbells
1 large African drum
1 shower curtain pole
4 CDs: Best of Maria Callas La Divina, Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine, Best of Earth Wind & Fire, Greatest Hits of Edith Piaf (CD player has not worked since 2013)
1 blue coat (It's 90° degrees out today)
0 reusable grocery bags for my trip to Trader Joe's 
... And spiders. Spiders live in my car. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

From Me, to You

You guys are terrific. Have I told you that lately? Because you are and you should know it. I mean really know it in your core soul parts. Some of you, I know in person (Hi Mom!). Some of you, I know on the internet. Some of you, I only know as a number or an email address or a dot on the world map on my analytics page. Doesn't matter. I know you're great. Would I still write here if no one was reading? Yes I would. Is it more fun to write here knowing you are hanging out and reading for a few minutes? Absolutely. I appreciate you. I hope you're having a wonderful day. If you're not, I hope you'll take this opportunity to start your day over right now and make it a day that you'll like. If you were here, I would make you a cup of coffee and give you a big hug. (I excel at these things.) If I could reach through the computer I would grab your hand and give it a squeeze. I like you a lot.
Have an excellent day.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Lunar New Year

Photo: Reuters

It's the Lunar New Year so I'm thinking about not resolutions exactly, but what I'd like less of in my life and what I'd like to replace those things with. 

Less sitting still. More galavanting. 
Less The List. More let's see what happens.
Less time looking at words on a screen. More time looking at words on a page.
Less of the Girl Scout Cookies. (It happens.) More from the salad bowl.
Less going the same way. More new streets.
Less coffee. Just kidding. 
Less negative. More dream it - do it.
Less perfectionism. More good enough-ishness.
Less computer keyboard. More piano keyboard.
Less slouching. More dancing.
Less keeping. More giving away.
Less honking. More merge-in-front-of-me-ness.
Less pinched. More kindness.
Less complain. More pray.
Less talk-radio. More loud Bowie playlist shuffle.
Less seek to be understood. More seek to understand.
Less stuff in the garage. More stuff to donation.
Less complicated. More simple. 
Less thinking about writing. More writing. 
Less no eye-contact. More good morning.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sick and Everything

"Sometimes when you're sick and you're coughing a lot, your mom makes you sleep sitting up in the big chair in the living room because she says you'll cough less. And then your dog will come and lay by your chair because he goes where you go and looks out for you. Then your mom will think that you and your dog are cute and stuff so she'll sneak in and take a picture of you in the dark while you're even sleeping but the flash doesn't wake you up because you're sick and everything."