8 thoughts on “Monday, January 3, 2022

  1. Catalina,

    The stamp you’re wondering about is another in my alien series, my take on Kurt Vonnegut’s Tralfamadorians.

    In Slaughterhouse Five, the Tralfamadorians are four-dimensional, green, and plunger shaped. They are said to resemble a hand with an eye in the centre. They can see through time, and can live in any moment of time. They are fatalists, as they know how the universe will end, but cannot do anything to prevent it. So it goes.

    1. Parker was an amazing tabby, that’s for sure, and though she didn’t fuss nor celebrate my existence, overtly, she never fiend the intense indifference the bartholin breed could, backing itself into corners, hissing in displeasure at having being born so beautiful, offering a fragrance of such a quality only the civet can compare. In a pinch, and oh isn’t everything a pinch, Parker supplanted herself into the gap as a distraction and a salve, replacing the moan with the purr, and for many a tortured session, that was enough for me.

  2. Juan,
    I’m referring to your opening paragraph: I think we all need to keep in mind that the Nazi Party’s official platform clearly stated the party’s intention to segregate Jews from “Aryan” society and to abrogate Jews, political, legal, and civil rights . For “Only a national comrade can be a citizen. Only someone of German blood, regardless of faith, can be a citizen. Therefore, no Jew can be a citizen”.
    I think the descendants can accept and recognize the Nazi’s as part of their history, but that is different from celebrating it’s beliefs, which are clearly anti-Jewish. I can accept and recognize that the Confederacy is part of the history of the United States, but in no way can I celebrate it since it clearly supported the preservation of slavery. For example, Mississippi’s official statement of secession from the Union clearly states “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery—the greatest material interest of the world.”
    In my humble opinion, I think there is a difference in embracing and recognizing something and celebrating it. I’m not trying to start an argument, just offering my opinion on the matter.

  3. Fair enough Ron. Mine are just thoughts and those are sarcastic I’m just not very good at it. But i am wary of the topic of the confederacy. It seems they were given a slap on the wrist so an enemy flag was brought into the capitol last year. It lingers. History is history except when it’s allowed to continue to the present. The embracing might be problematic for me. Accepting history even when it doesn’t suit us is something i can agree with. My pages scratch the surface as does my thinking but they are my thoughts so on the page they go. Thank you for going deeper.

  4. Rose: Different folks have their opinions on dedicated writing spaces. For my two cents, it is important to have a space that is reserved for writing.

    Obviously, a writer can develop great ideas anywhere — in a subway car, the Student Union, or at Peet’s Coffee — but solitude is important.

    Your writing space sounds like it is perfect for you. And just like each writer, it is always able to change and grow to accommodate your needs.

    I hope 2022 is a transformative year for all OTP’ers!

  5. Rose in Colorado,

    I keep going to the top of the page to look at your piece, and for some reason it makes my eyes feel good. The type, the ink color, and slight fade from top to bottom, all of it. Awesome.

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