Saturday, April 15, 2017

Good Bones

Came across this. Beautiful, yet heartbreaking.

Good Bones, MAGGIE SMITH

Life is short, though I keep this from my children.
Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine
in a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways
I’ll keep from my children.
The world is at least fifty percent terrible,
and that’s a conservative estimate,
though I keep this from my children.
For every bird, there is a stone thrown at a bird.
For every loved child, a child broken, bagged, sunk in a lake.
Life is short and the world is at least half terrible,
and for every kind stranger, there is one who would break you,
though I keep this from my children.
I am trying to sell them the world.
Any decent realtor, walking you through a real shithole,
chirps on about good bones: This place could be beautiful, right?
You could make this place beautiful.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Top 10 Reasons I Should Not Write My Life Story

From the home office in Dubuque, Iowa, here are the Top 10 Reasons I should not write my life story:

10) My catholic school upbringing is boring. Unless you count the infusion of Judaism and extra servings of guilt dished up by both competing organized religions. And grandparents. Nah, still boring.
9) Writer's block.
8) Writer's block again.
7) Hemingway said you should ‘write drunk and edit sober’. I'd be inclined to go the other way. Not sure that would sell.
6) Blocked. Might not be writer's. But at least it's no longer religion.
5) See, nothing to write about.
4) Lots of travel, might be the interesting part.
3) Triplets - this part is just full of poop.
2) No more travel, not much exercise, way less sleep.

And the number one #1 reason I should not write my life story:
1) Dave Letterman sure didn't beat me to it. And now he's off the air. But at least there's wine.