(Due) 2. Christmastime’s a’coming! Well, the season is definitely here, but I just love that song from the Barbara Mandrell Christmas special in the 80s that my sister Jenni and I watched over and over again until Dad taped over it with a Packer game, probably.
Thank you YouTube!!!
(Tre) 3. Playing with our new toy – a Kitchen Aid standing mixer!!! Santa came early, thanks to the scratch-offs at the NEX.
(Quattro) 4. Six Feet Under! Such a brilliant show. Here is an example, the scene is one where David is considering his relationship with Keith. He is discussing his doubts with his former priest, Father Jack.
FJ: “Truth in relationships doesn’t make life better, David. It makes life possible.”
David: “So, do you think I should stay with Keith?”
FJ: “I think you should do whatever brings you deeper into the reality of your life.”
David: (quietly) “The reality of my life?”
FJ: “Yes. But, not the life you think you can have; the life you’ve got.”
(Cinque) 5. Getting ready for my brother’s arrival to Sicily! It is still eleven days away, and I am excited already!
In a culture enamored with image, how often are we urged to step deeper into our reality, rather than mask our reality? Some scoff at this so-called navel-gazing; to me, it’s fascinating to observe how I deny my reality – by minimizing my strong opinions (food ethics, politics, environmental practices), by choosing to escape in a glass of wine occasionally (instead of choosing a form of self-expression), by pretending my ‘career’ is still ahead of me (instead of occurring with me and to me right now). Instead, I want to do whatever brings me deeper into the reality of my life.