Horoscope & Stuffage

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In 1957, when Melba Pattillo Beals was 15 years old, she and eight other students volunteered to be the first African Americans to integrate all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. For months, she and her cohorts were spat upon, beat up, and threatened with death by bigots. Her grandmother stayed awake all night holding a loaded shotgun, guarding the family home against assaults. Years later Beales wrote *Warriors Don’t Cry,* a memoir of that traumatic time. I have a psychotherapist friend in Seattle who gives copies of this book to certain clients who are inclined to inflate their own suffering. “Read about Beales’ ordeal,” she tells them, “and you’ll feel less overwhelmed by your own problems.” That’s your assignment, Gemini. Study people whose lot in life is far worse than yours. Get some perspective.


Now that is good advice, because I was planning on whinging about the rain. Getting tired of damp stuff. But I have a yummy new apartment and writing that realitively little check instead of the mortgage, le sigh. I am still hoping for drier weather than forcasted so we can hopefully get a lot done this week. I also hope MIL is up to keeping Ryne occupied so I can get some time to unwind and maybe clean without “Mommy help me.” LOL


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