Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Political - and out of character

But sometimes, fever lends clarity to thoughts.

This morning I listened to NPR a little and I had a very compelling thought:

When our fearless leader, the Shrub (as the late great Molly Ivins called him), talks about increasing funding to send more troops to Iraq for the "surge," does he also think about increasing funding for the medical and psychiatric care of the soldiers who will be wounded, maimed or mentally impaired by being sent over there?

Just curious.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

what I'm reading today

Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes.

I adore Marian Keyes. She writes "chick lit," but it's not about women who just have hilarious misadventures and light romantic involvements that always end cheerfully; her characters have depth and real problems, sometimes serious ones (in a previous novel, Rachel's Holiday, the "holiday" refers to a stint in drug rehab). And plus, she's Irish, so you can read her prose with a lilt in mind as you run across terms like "banjaxed."

I'm having a right larf reading this one, about a woman in cosmetics PR who is letting go of her story bit by bit about how she met her great love, Aidan, and precisely how she came to be badly injured (at the beginning, we know she's got many broken bones and stitches, but the "reveal" does not take place all at once). The story is engaging and feels "true."

Not as bad for you as junk food, but not as much hard work as great literature.

Can I Be Frank?

Well, actually I want to be Stacey, but I have to say, I am having a bit of a time lately. I vowed to keep my morose ruminations to myself, and I am filled with self-loathing for even mentioning this here - but has anyone out there found themselves drifting away from someone who had previously been a very close friend? I can't be the only one.

Sure, it happens all the time. I've been acutely aware that I was more "into it" than my friend was for a while. What makes it awful is that I don't want to be just casual pals, as he prefers, at least right at the moment. I'm in unrequited friendship! This is just like when you like a person, and they like you, but "not that way." To be fair, my companion is making some changes in his life, and I do wish him well in his endeavors. It just couldn't be worse timed if I am having to scale back my expectations. This has resulted in a somewhat strained nodding acquaintance. I guess we will reconvene and see where we are somewhere down the road, but right now I am not holding my breath.

All you married and committed people have just one more reason to be glad you're not still single, no? I'm sure friendships don't seem as significant if you have a significant other. (Or are they?)

Well, says I, among other things I will have more time to blog. So here's a quiz to see if anybody is reading:

What was the worst friend "breakup" you ever had?