Hate Mail Sunday

October 15, 2017

I was hoping after my hasty retreat from the Easthampton Mass Group Page fiasco I’d stop getting hate personal messages from complete strangers. But alas. Bruce the Midwestern Duck is angry at me for some reason.  I’m guessing this has to do with Dave’s Soda and Pet Food controversy. The small Pet Food chain with about 6 stores that has barely survived Petco, Pet Smart, Costco, Chewy and Amazon.  The owner accepts an invitation to the Trump White House. Trump does Trump stuff. Dave gets his photo taken. All Hell breaks loose.  And then the Duck comes after me. What a frickin time to be alive.  

How’s life out there readers?


Two Weeks Later, also 5 years

October 14, 2017

The two weeks after a trip are some of the haziest and exciting.  I have two many half packed bags, two many charging cords.  Two phones, three laptops, one million papers regarding insurance minutae.  But I am home in the city I love.  Easthampton was a happy accident for our little family and I have Stephanie Gale to thank.  Getting out of that house in Whatley that was poisoning us was such a relief.  My first look at white supremacy, exploitation and housing discrimination.  My landlord allowed my downstairs neighbor to harass and intimidate us.  Then there was the noose thrown into a tree as a “swing for my baby”.  Not to mention living across from the Whately Ballet and watching women ride the PVTA up at 5:30 to ply their trade and get rides home with their stewardess suitcases full of costumes and hopefully cash.  And Jimmy the Greek taking his percentage plus all the ATM fees and bar proceeds.

This stuff is real and its everywhere.  Easthampton is 11 square miles of people who care.  Yes, people drive crazy through my crosswalks.  Yes, we have some problems with predjudice in the schools.  But its been a Haven for me and mine, and when I came back in 2015 I brought Will with me.

Where there is a Will there is a way.

Shoes to Fill

October 13, 2017

These are perhaps the finest shoes ever.  My husband is now the proud owner.

Grieving the greats tonight.

Education Comes When You Invite It

October 11, 2017

I’m in field training for my new job at Combined Worksite Solutions.  And I’m taking an awesome online course with one Tory Marsh.  These two things combined (see what I did there?) make for a busy week but it’s fun.

For thise of you who don’t know Tory is the older sister of my dear friend Carrie who passed away during college.  It’s been full circle for me to get to know Tory and take this class.  It’s called Dream Life Accelerator and it’s unlike any class I’ve ever taken.

I’m off for my third day of training with the man who hired me.  It’s always an adventure.  

What’s new with you?

Parting Gifts

October 9, 2017

When my Papou passed away he left behind many things. Walls of photographs, Yia Yias shelves of bird figurines, some nice books.  His closet was beautifully organized.  He also left enough toys and puzzles and treasures to last my boys two years of Birthdays and Christmases. This was a man who told me five years ago that he had enough clothes to last two lifetimes and he wasn’t buying any more.  All of the writing and friends and memories live on.  But eventually those toys will run out. Not for a while though.  I miss him. 

Good Clouds and Good Mist

October 2, 2017

As I learned at GCC Meteorology Class, mist is just clouds along the ground.  Travel today, so lots of solo time. Excited for a new job opportunity and some new sights. Missing my crew at home already. A bit. 

Sweet Kids

September 26, 2017

They asked for some of my flowers yesterday and this is what they made.  So grateful they got to know Papou for the start of their young lives.