Today’s Tea

Posted: 25 November, 2018 in Tea
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It’s 10 a.m. My tea has gone cold. Reheating it in the microwave is quick and convenient, but it just doesn’t taste the same as when it was first brewed. I guess that’s the price I have to pay for ignoring it for so long.

My schedule has been off for a couple of weeks. It used to be

– wake up
– check my glucose levels
– take my morning meds
– head down to the kitchen
– brew the first tea of the day
– sit and enjoy it whilst reading the latest posts on Medium

But lately I’ve lost my mojo. Instead of enjoying my tea and Medium, I let myself get distracted. Crossword puzzles. Let the dog out. Feed the cat.

I could tell myself it’s because my roommate’s schedule is to blame, but I’d be lying to myself. Maybe I just needed a break, or I need to come up with a new routine.

I’ve always been my own worst enemy. Yes, I know: it’s a cliché. But let me explain: I am the goddess of procrastination. And the biggest thing I put off every night is going to bed at a decent hour. I’m often up past midnight, and then my alarm wakes me to take my morning medications.

And it’s finally caught up with me.

It’s worse with Daylight Savings Time

No matter if we go on or go off DST: it always screws me up. I realize that at one time it kinda made sense. But let’s face it: farmers no longer operate by daylight hours. Rather, they operate by GPS as they drive huge pieces of machinery with electric lights powerful enough to illuminate entire city blocks.

Meanwhile, their children go to and come home from school in the dark.

Finding the perfect balance

I’m not going to bore you with a long philosophical discussion about work and play; rather, when I talk of “balance” I mean the perfect blend of tea, sweetener, creamer, and spices to replicate the Indian tea served at my favorite Indian restaurant.

Based on this morning’s attempt, I think I’ve finally got it:
– 2 tea bags (I always use PG Tips)


– 16 ounces of water
– 4 packets artificial sweetener (Splenda, etc.)
– 1/2 teaspoon of Tea Masala


– about an ounce or so of milk or your favorite creamer

I steep my tea for a minimum of 5 minutes, as I prefer it strong. Once that’s done, I remove the tea bags and add the spice, sweetener, and creamer.

Finally, I take my first sip. Perfection!

 

Yes, Virginia, there is a difference

Make no mistake: I love my E-readers. All three of them. I have an iPhone, an iPad, and an Amazon Fire Tablet.Between them I have a library of over 3,000 books. I devour books the way children devour ice cream and cake at birthday parties.But my living space?—and therefore my storage space?—is limited to a single room. Ergo, E-books and E-readers.

Vive le différence?

But lately I’ve discovered a problem, and it has to do with the differences between reading a printed book and an E-book.

When I’m reading a printed book, I can spend hours in my comfortable chair, only stirring to brew a fresh cup of tea or, as a result thereof, heading into the loo to download the same.

I love the smell of printed pages. I love the feel. And I especially love the ability to leaf back to earlier pages to see if I missed something.

But…

I also love being able to carry my entire library in my purse. I love being able to conduct research whilst riding on the bus. And I love being able to finally finish my latest who-done-it sitting in the waiting area of my doctor’s office.

But but but…

Lately I’m finding that reading a mystery, a science text, or any kind of book at all on my iPhone gives me headaches.

My iPod is better, but here’s the really big thing: it’s exhausting to read my E-books. Where I can tear through five or six chapters of the printed page, I can barely get through a half of a chapter of an E-book.

And that’s strange, because I always adjust the text size on my E-readers so that it’s larger than it is on the printed page.

Does it have something to do with the fact that the printed word is reflected into my eyes, while E-text is beamed into them? But even that is questionable: I have no problem bingeing on Netflix for hours at a time.

And I can spend more than half a chapter’s worth of time composing a story for Medium on my iPhone.

It’s a mystery

One that may well fall under the rubric of religion: “There are some mysteries man was not meant to solve.”

But like young Jim Hawkins, I won’t rest until I’ve found the secret treasure. Perhaps then the mystery may be resolved.


NOTE: I’m sure there’s already a scientific or medical answer that I can easily find. But when have any of us let facts get in the way of a good story?

Originally published on Medium.com

And here’s why: https://bit.ly/2S9lXwW

Donald Trump, in his eternal ass-licking of the fascist Evangelical Christian movement, seeks to deny my existence. Not content with stripping minorities of their civil rights, he is now attempting to define me out of existence.

What next? Is he going to round us up and put us in ghettoes, as the Nazis did in the 1930s and ‘40s? Or maybe the same detention facilities concentration camps he’s using to house immigrant children?

People have been saying for years that “it can’t happen here.” But it is happening here, and has been, ever since the Great Pumpkin (aka Trumplethinskin) and his cronies stole the election with the help of Russia.

Trump wasn’t elected: he was Putin office.

Who’s next? Atheists? Gays and lesbians? Minority races? And even “minority races” is a joke, since collectively they outnumber the so-called White majority.

I’m so angry right now that I have to save this as a draft and walk away until I can think more clearly.


Much Later

The news keeps getting worse. With the Rethuglican party firmly in control of the Senate, it’s probably going to sanction these new policies. And since they’ve managed to stack the deck in their favor on the Supreme Court, any legal challenges to these unconstitutional policies will also be denied, even the the Constitution plainly states in Article 14:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

I’m pretty sure that denying people their civil rights by executive dictatorial decree does not constitute “due process,” but I could be wrong. After all, I’m no lawyer: my parents preferred that I pursue an honest career instead.

But it Ain’t Over ‘til it’s Over

As a wise man once said. Perhaps this latest indignity will wake up the sleeping masses and fire them with sufficient zeal to overturn this dictatorship.

But I doubt it. Most likely they’ll just go back to Netflix & Chill.

WordPress is great for blogging, but it has limited visibility

Let’s be honest: blogging—even on WordPress—is a labor of love. Many of us pour out our hearts and souls only to receive comments that far too often are actually adds for products. It’s a rare day when I receive helpful comments.

Not so on Medium

I’m doing more and more of my serious writing on Medium. Don’t know what it is? Here’s how Medium bills itself:

Ideas and perspectives you won’t find anywhere else.
Medium taps into the brains of the world’s most insightful writers, thinkers, and storytellers to bring you the smartest takes on topics that matter. So whatever your interest, you can always find fresh thinking and unique perspectives.

The stories—that’s what Medium calls whatever you publish there—that I’ve written have received positive responses and replies. This is truly a supportive community by, of, and for writers. It doesn’t matter if you’re a rank beginner or a seasoned pro: you’re welcome here.

It’s free to join

Basic membership is free, but there’s also a premium membership level for $5 a month. The basic membership allows you complete access to stories, but restricts the number of stories marked “members-only” each month.

In addition, paid membership allows you to join the Medium Partners program, which gives you a chance to earn money on your stories. Oh, I’m not getting rich, but at least my stories earn enough to pay my membership fees.

There are also major commercial publications on Medium, and I’ve known authors whose stories have been picked up by the New York Times, and who have been paid the proverbial Big Buck$ for them.

So give it a try

Maybe you’ll like it, maybe you won’t. But what self-respecting writer would ever turn down an opportunity to put her stories in front of a larger audience?

Everybody Talks About the Weather

Posted: 8 October, 2018 in Apps, Weather
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And somebody finally did something about it.

Well,okay. He didn’t exactly do something about it, but he did create a weather app that shows the current conditions for your location, along with commentary about it.

Which is exactly the app I need. I’m never in the best of moods to begin with, and this app reflects my attitude toward whatever kind of weather we’re having at the moment.

Even if the weather’s nice, you’ll get the same snarky report:

It’s called “What the Forecast,” and you can grab a free copy from the developer’s website.