The Fog

The city we live in gets notoriously heavy early morning fog. This is always true in the Spring and the Fall. I don’t know if it is the presence of the Rhine/Rhone Canal that is just a hop skip and a jump from our front door, or if it is our proximity to the RhineContinue reading “The Fog”

Hysteria, the Wandering Womb and Me

One of my favorite podcasts, Sawbones, hosted by Sydnee and Justin McElroy, is a “marital tour of misguided medicine.” On Sawbones, Sydnee, a medical doctor, discusses the history of certain ailments–or at least, what were historically considered ailments–and medical cures for these ailments. Justin, for his part, makes topics like hemorrhoids, birth control and leprosyContinue reading “Hysteria, the Wandering Womb and Me”

Goal Collector

This is the time of year when I generally start thinking about what I want the next year to look like. You may have noticed that I am more than just a “New Years Resolution” kinda gal, seeing as how I am in my forty-eighth week of my 2021 challenge to buy no clothes. IContinue reading “Goal Collector”

Can people be mistakes?

As soon as humanly possible after the first scalawag was born, I became pregnant with our second scalawag, and I did it on purpose. Can I say this, just between us? That was the stupidest thing I’ve ever intentionally done. There are all kinds of caveats to that last statement, notably, that my littlest scalawagContinue reading “Can people be mistakes?”

It’s my birthday and I’ll write what I want to…

Today I am 44 years old. Today, I want to wane practical and wax poetic if that’s all right with you. When I was about 10 years old, I had a very odd, very distinct thought that I wouldn’t live to be 23 years old. As a matter of fact, I was absolutely convinced thatContinue reading “It’s my birthday and I’ll write what I want to…”

The building block of woman’s health

I have messed around with creating a kind of subjective “how I am feeling in my body” scale, with elements like, flexibility, energy, stamina or how clear is my skin? This kind of measurement scale is not something I can ever stick to over the long haul, but it can be effective as a pushContinue reading “The building block of woman’s health”

Join the Circus

The circus. I dream of the circus. I don’t dream of going to the circus, no, no, no! I want to run away and join the circus. While I never thought I would have children, this has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I remember my mother singing “GoodbyeContinue reading “Join the Circus”

Mental Health

Monday, May 24, 2021. 4:30AM I was happily typing away in my makeshift office (couch, laptop, cat, blanket.) I was thinking about the work I wanted to get done for the week. My thoughts drifted to the question, “Will my youngest scalawag’s teacher be back today after her bout with COVID?” She hadn’t sent anContinue reading “Mental Health”

Miss Fields Writes Back

To: Mme L.F. Indulgent-ScalawagsAlsace, France From: Miss Lily FieldsWoods by the Lake, Northeastern Ohio Dear Mme Indulgent-Scalawags, I received your letter last week when I visited my mother in The Village. I just moved into my own apartment in the Woods by the Lake, a cute little place which is all mine to decorate howeverContinue reading “Miss Fields Writes Back”

Dear Miss Fields

A whispered note to my reader: If it seems at times that I am laying it on a bit thick with Lily Fields, age 20, this is because I know how she thinks and I know that she first needs to feel important and admired before she will ever listen to anyone. She is muchContinue reading “Dear Miss Fields”