I read about a stupid app where at a random point of the day you will have two minutes to post two pictures to the site, “one from each phone camera” which had me scratching my head wondering if the assumption is that everyone owns two phones nowadays. I think it must mean both looking outward and looking selfie. Anyway, at the time of reading that, I proceeded to take an outward picture, and a self-facing picture, both shown here. I’ll admit to taking the self-facing picture three times before settling. I had a murderous scowl on my face for the first one. Wow, no wonder I have a hard time making friends. To compensate, I put on a stupid grin for the second one. I decided with the third one to keep myself off to one side for best results.

This is my blog, and I like to have pleasant pictures on it. I understand some people have a problem with the curated nature of social media, that we only show positive aspects of our lives. But who really wants to see pictures of the meltdown I have like every three days when I can’t sleep? Trust me, they happen. Grown-ups realize that it is normal and healthy that people tend to show other people only the pictures where they don’t look like the bloody devil himself.


It’s subtle, and it’s orange, nobody’s favorite color; but it’s really quite lovely.

It’s Subtle

Let’s have it take its place (4th from left)… I’m becoming industrious lately.


  • Insomnia and the whole barrage of treatments worse than the ills
  • Found a tick in my navel this morning
  • Two mice in the house in two days

Sometimes it can be good to count your antiblessings! Because it’s kind of funny when everything starts piling on! Ha ha! What next!

Book Corner 2022.22

by Weike Wang

In the middle, it can feel rather depressing. The first-person protagonist, who I believe remains unnamed, had horrible parents, can’t finish her PhD, and can’t commit to the boyfriend who wants to marry her. There’s a quote which I’m afraid I didn’t bookmark, but which I think I got right: “The optimist believes the glass is half full. The pessimist believes it is half empty. The chemist believes it is full, half with liquid and half with gas, both of which are probably poisonous.” That’s the protagonist’s attitude all the way through.

You think she must have redeeming qualities which are not on display, this being written in the first-person depressive. Because why does Eric stay with her? She sounds relentlessly negative. But he is devoted to her; plus, she has a very warm relationship with “the best friend”. This is like the main character of Joan Is OK – she’s an oddball but things don’t quite go where you think they’re going to. These oddballs aren’t total losses. They function and have relationships. They are just human.

I want to shout out that the author has degrees in chemistry and public health as well as an MFA. Yay for scientists writing books!