RP's Theatre of the (Almost) Absurd

Saturday, November 3, 2018

No, I'm not doing NaNoWrite

Just haven't had a minute, nor have I felt well with this bronchial infection. We did have the family over for a dinner today to celebrate three birthdays and one daughter's anniversary. Since I'm still on antibiotics and barely getting well, we ordered take-away Italian food; lasagna, sausage and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

No More Trick-or-Treating?

When Does a Kid Become Too Old to Trick-or-Treat? As I read FSI's post today about his last year of trick-or-treating, I was reminded that a friend just had asked me if the grandkids were still into that or not. This is the first year they have "graduated" from trick-or-treating. However, they did... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A Renaissance Woman - Sofonisba Anguissola

So Who Was She - and Why Do We Care? " Life is full of surprises, I try to capture these moments with wide eyes. " - Sofonisba Anguissola, 1532 - 1625 She was born in Cremona, Italy, the eldest of seven children, received a well-rounded education, was an artist, met Michaelangelo, was unofficially... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Synagogue Shooting Suspect Treated by Jewish Staff

Irony at it's Best Dr. Jeff Cohen is the president of the Allegheny General Hospital, which is currently treating the alleged Pittsburgh shooter, and he is also a member of the Tree of Life synagogue. Jewish staff treated the suspect. Isn't that ironic? Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Strawberries in my Hair, Part I

An Addendum But that wasn't the end of the tale of little RP being called a redhead. When Papa got home later that day, Mama, still incensed, recounted the incident to my dad. Kids, as I've said, have a sixth sense in knowing the subtleties of parents' behaviors, like when they are in total and... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 27, 2018


Another Tale of Little RP When I was nearly five years old little, "big ears" here overheard a lady in a market telling my usually even-tempered mother what a cute little red-headed girl she had. Since I was the only kid with my mom, I assumed (correctly) that the woman meant me. I expected my... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Don't Get Freaked Out, but...

This is an article from TheGuardian.com, March 30, 2018. Dylan Curran is in Ireland. He states much more in the article, and includes links, but I did not include any links. Maybe what he is saying doesn't matter, maybe it does. These days we live with the idea that there is a possibility that... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Kids Hear "Things"

Here's a list of words that resonate deeply with children. I know. I heard them. Probably you did, too. Adults may have been complimenting a parent using many of these terms to describe his/her child, or someone else's, but to a kid's ear, any of these words seemed like they could be something... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

It's JUST a Virus - But Don't they Kill People?

At the moment... I hate doctors. There, I said it! I never go to visit them voluntarily. NEVER. But when when I'm coughing in fits for 30 hours straight, and there's enough phlegm coming up to fill a half a liter container, I'll turn myself in. Usually, they don't want me to knock off, and will... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sick Today

I've had a touch of a flu virus this week, the kind that gives you a headache, sore throat, earache, runny nose, deep, deep chest cough, no voice and cuts your breath. Saw the doc today. That was a waste. She said to call if I don't get better. I thought that's why I was there in the first place!... Sign in to see full entry.

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