Postcards from the Edge
A World Series, a one-eyed shih-tzu, and a giveaway
They did it. The Nats really did it. As you might have heard, DC’s underdog baseball team won the 2019 World Series. I couldn’t take the anxiety of watching all 9 innings, so I tuned in for the last crucial three.
Hollering at the TV while my team wins is not a familiar feeling for me. I liked it. I could get used to that feeling. Right now I am just grateful my beleaguered hometown has something to cheer about.
Here’s Irene the one-eyed shih tzu with the Washington Post’s banner headline:
Irene looks like a hot mess in that photo. She’s pretty much a hot mess all the time: can’t climb stairs (a mental block, the vet thinks, not a physical issue), barks at every opportunity (in a noisy city neighborhood, she finds a lot of opportunities), chases the cats, bites our toes. Some people—even me, once in a while—still think she’s cute. At least she’s a Nats fan.
Today, All Hallows’ Day, marks the fifth anniversary of the day Irene came to live with us. She’s not the dog we would have chosen; we’re more a soulful-eyed-hound family. But Irene belonged to my mother, and had nowhere else to go when Mom could no longer live on her own.
I write more about that in my book—about how my mother’s descent into extreme clutter drove me to try to understand the phenomenon better. It’s been painful, and eye-opening, and ultimately healing to write about. A lot of people have shared with me stories of their own families’ struggles, and I’m grateful for those conversations. I’m not writing a how-to book (I can suggest some good ones if you want recs), but I hope what I’ve learned will help ease the collective generational struggle a bit.
Want a personalized postcard? I cleaned up my desk recently (research!), and found a stash of postcards from various trips. If you’d like one, drop me a note with a mailing address (I will not share it), and I’ll send you a card with one of my favorite sayings about clutter.
This week’s links, below the picture, all have a reading/writing theme. (Wise words for writers, Epictetus.)
2) It’s NaNoWriMo! Plot being pesky? Mystery writer Charles Finch reveals how to write a great mystery plot. (H/t Francine Mathews a k a Stephanie Barron, author of a successful Jane Austen mystery series)
5) What words were first recorded in the dictionary the year you were born? (Dibs on “space walk.”)
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