Desperation Can Turn You Into a Sad Clown

A few minutes ago I saw a Twitter post which included a short video, allegedly recorded in Australia. The impromptu, candid recording was of a fight between customers in a grocery store.  We can expect that now, with the current health crisis, advice to self-isolate and shortages of merchandise that everyone wants. In this instance, the dispute was over toilet paper.  One customer who loaded her cart with jumbo packages was challenged by another customer who wanted to buy the last package on the shelf. Personally, I was rooting for the woman who wanted only one package (without even being … Continue reading Desperation Can Turn You Into a Sad Clown

Every Human Condition Belongs to Someone

(Disclosure:  This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page.) Yesterday I visited a grocery store once and a drugstore three times (the drugstore transactions included bottled water, which was too heavy for one trip). In every one of those instances, all hell was breaking loose in the store.  Disruptive “customers,” most or all of whom were stealing, were running amok. I know this is more common in San Francisco now.  Is it getting worse everywhere? While walking home from the grocery store which was about a mile from my apartment, I noticed a copy of … Continue reading Every Human Condition Belongs to Someone

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Review)

Ghosts By Telgemeier, Raina Graphic Novel, Paperback $10.99 Publisher: Scholastic Graphix ©2016 Imagine a ghost story which is a celebration of life. Maybe you’ve read some of those, and maybe not. Ghosts is the story of Catrina, a.k.a. Cat, and her younger sister, Maya.  Maya has a chronic health condition which demands daily attention and shortens her life expectancy, and Cat tries to look out for her sister while attempting to have a full life herself. I don’t want to give away too much in this story, so I’ll stick to vague info. Cat and Maya move to a town where … Continue reading Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Review)

Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Review)

Guts By Telgemeier, Raina Graphic Novel, Paperback $12.99 Publisher: Scholastic Graphix © 2019 I wish this book had been around when I was turning thirteen, and suffered with a debilitating “nervous” stomach that knocked about a year and a half from my life. Guts is an autobiographical graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier, whose work can offer comfort to children and teenagers — particularly girls — who mistakenly believe their lives are over when stress becomes overwhelming. Raina is a ten year old child who must always focus on the question, “How will my stomach react to (fill in the blank)?”  She … Continue reading Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Review)

When You Hope it’s Just Water

I live in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco.  You may be surprised by this next statement, but I swear it’s true: In the more-than-thirty-seven years I’ve lived in this general section of San Francisco, I’ve had only a couple of experiences getting hit with substances that are poured or dropped from building windows. Today was one of those times when the unexpected happened.  I was walking home from the grocery store. It wasn’t that bad.  The liquid that hit me didn’t appear to be anything worse than water, and two lovely roses hit the sidewalk.  I yelled something regrettable, … Continue reading When You Hope it’s Just Water