Sweet pickle justice

This giant in my life (father-in-law) just made North Carolina law with a unanimous Supreme Court decision. The justices said that the State Bar had no jurisdiction trying to discipline his client who is a sitting judge. This protects all judges in NC from politically motivated attacks. We are celebrating with homemade mustard slaw, fresh tuna salad, and sweet pickles jarred by his sister using their mother’s (Annie Belle Hall Shearin) secret recipe.


Praise: Nobel Prize for Literature

Now there’s a wall between us, somethin’ there’s been lost
I took too much for granted, I got my signals crossed
Just to think that it all began on an uneventful morn
Come in, she said
I’ll give ya shelter from the storm

Well, the deputy walks on hard nails and the preacher rides a mount
But nothing really matters much, it’s doom alone that counts
And the one-eyed undertaker, he blows a futile horn
Come in, she said
I’ll give ya shelter from the storm


She called me honey

Tonight, Sue, the grumpy but super efficient cashier at my favorite diner called me Honey. I add this to a lifetime of breakthrough achievements with severe-seeming older women like Doris, who looked like she was going to shoo you off the summer porch but taught me to sail a sunfish. Like Rose, the tough boss of the Interlochen housekeeping department who gave me a broom and a summer job. Like Ruth at college work study who paid me to xerox packets of class materials for professors that I revered. Like Joan, my principal’s administrative assistant who ruled Cranbrook with well-polished nails and a shrewd phone delivery. Like Judy, the chain-smoking artist in Provincetown who could copy-edit an office doc until it resonated like a bell. And yes, the four octogenarian ladies of Cedar, Michigan who I danced the polka with at Cedarfest when I was 19 and was later greeted by local police who slapped me on the back and treated me to a beer.

Osiris Myth

  • Seth, kills his successful brother, Osiris, and floats the king down the river in a casket.
  • Queen Isis, wife of Osiris, finds the coffin and hides it in the reeds and rushes.
  • Seth discovers that the coffin has been found, he opens it, and chops the body into pieces and spreads them around.
  • Isis gathers the pieces together, uses some magic, and brings him back to life.
  • Isis couples with Osiris before he descends into Hades.
  • Their baby, Horus, challenges Seth for the throne and reclaims it.