Listed are the posts for February 2008.

Chapter One: Shadow Mouse

One of the less charming aspects of living in an old house is the attraction mice have for them, and the ease at which they enter.  So many cracks, holes, nooks, crannies!  When you have mice in your house, it is incredibly tempting to go into denial about it all.  It is completely understandable that you don’t […]

Four Chapters of Mouse

I’ve got mice on my mind.  I realized that I have so many metaphors for the mouse/human dynamic, that I need four installments.  Stay tuned! 

Bach and Singing Banana

There is an old M*A*S*H episode where the awkward Radar goes on a date with a more worldly, music-loving woman.  Because he feels out of his element, he asks for and receives dating advice: he is told to say “Ah, Bach!” when in doubt, as if this would make him seem smart or worldly, himself. […]

Life’s Gearshift

It took me a long time to learn how to drive a car with manual transmission.   With automatics, you just put the car in “drive” and off it goes, but manual brings many wonderful nuances to driving.  I learned that the car needs to reach a certain speed before I could shift up to […]

Gutter Ball Surrender

I am not a great bowler; in fact, I’m pretty terrible, so I am well acquainted with the gutter ball.  I often throw the ball, and it veers to one side, flirts with and then hooks up with the gutter.  I notice that during the veering stage, I mentally and physically try to reverse the […]

Soccer Hands

When I was growing up, I played on a soccer team with just about every other girl in the area. It took me a while to understand the concept of defense, which is where I spent most of my time. One day, the ball came flying at me rather fast, and there was no one […]

Tubing through Life

When I lived in Oregon, I went tubing once on the McKenzie River which has both calm and choppy parts. It is wide enough to hold both simultaneously as you float down the river. This was the first time I’d tubed, and I was quite afraid of the choppy bits, so I very much wished […]

A Perfectly Flawed Garden

Last spring, I noticed something about how I viewed my garden. After a long day, I would walk around and look at the plants. This sounds relaxing on paper, but I was looking at the plants that weren’t there yet, or the weeds that I hadn’t gotten to yet, or a fungus here, an aphid […]