M.Leddy + life   350

“What are we here for?”
Sonny Rollins: “We got a short life, and what are we here for? To eat ice cream and have fun with girls? No.”
life  SonnyRollins 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Permission
“I can’t believe anyone is taking this seriously.”
life 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Emma González for Congress
She addressed a rally for gun control and called B.S.
culture  death  life  politics 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
“Prayers and condolences,” again
A student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, responding to a presidential tweet offering “prayers and condolences.”
culture  death  life 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
“The only variable”
From The New York Times: “The only variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns.”
culture  death  life 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Resolution
I’m determined to be resolute in 2018, to not yield to cultural or political despair, to maintain a sense of humor and irreverence as appropriate, to maintain a sense of reverence as appropriate, to speak up and out when the occasion calls for it, and to do what I can in my very limited sphere of influence to make a better world. How about you?
life 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Good advice from Ray Suarez
“All right, who do I want to be at the end of the day: promoted and a jerk, or owning myself and owning the way I want to be in the world and maybe missing out on that promotion?”
advice  life  work 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
“The Lives They Lived”
From The New York Times, a 2017 retrospective.
death  life 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Happy Thanksgiving, Talia
Yes, I am a grandparent showing you pictures of my grandchild.
fambly  life 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
“Useful, poetic,” &c.
Rachel Peden: “A garden makes me feel useful, poetic, comforted, overworked, justified for living, luxurious.”
life  nature 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
Perfectionism and its discontents
From the podcast Innovation Hub : Eugenia Cheng, mathematician, talks about perfectionism and diminishing returns.
advice  life  writing 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
“On speaking terms with yourself”
Rachel Peden: “If you’re not on speaking terms with yourself, you need to do something about it.”
life  nature 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
Fluke life
“I owe my thirty years of teaching to much more than my own smarts: to the fortunes, good or bad, of other jobseekers at the MLA and in on-campus interviews, to the faculty and administrators who decided to grant someone tenure, to a theory-minded person who took note of my Critical Inquiry acceptance, to the vagaries of business hours and seating arrangements in D.C. restaurants. And to curiosity about Nepali cuisine.”
life 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
Shoulders
I had already gone through the airport metal detector when a TSA agent asked to pat down my shoulders.
life 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
Goodbye, Smart Trend by Sunglow
Goodbye, Smart Trend by Sunglow dresser, a mid-century modern dresser that long outlived its time.
dowdyworld  life 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
Talia Ivy Raab
Our daughter Rachel and her husband Seth have announced the birth of their daughter, Talia Ivy Raab.
fambly  life 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Helping Puerto Rico
The PBS NewsHour lists ways to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.
life 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
New glasses
New glasses, so a new photograph in the sidebar.
Blogger  blogging  life 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
One more Rick Veach story
One more story about Rick, which I just thought of.
friendship  life  work 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Not famous
Emily Esfahani Smith: “We all have a circle of people whose lives we can touch and improve — and we can find our meaning in that.”
advice  life 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Rick Veach (1959–2017)
Rick Veach was our plumber and our heating and cooling specialist through almost all the twenty-seven years we’ve lived in our house. And he was our friend.
friendship  life  work 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Donate to the Red Cross
The Red Cross has a page for donations to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
life 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Eleanor Roosevelt on maturity
“Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.”
advice  EleanorRoosevelt  life 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Words from Eleanor Roosevelt
“I honor the human race. When it faces life head-on, it can almost remake itself.”
EleanorRoosevelt  life 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Hortatory pavement
“Let’s Be Better Humans.”
grammar  life  signage 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Relationship advice
My son Ben, my newly married son Ben, mentioned a bit of advice that I gave him some time ago: “The wooing phase is never over.”
advice  fambly  life  love 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Wise words on W. 12th
Martin Kornfeld: “If we all do one random act of kindness daily we just might set the world in the right direction.”
advice  life 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Wise words on Fulham Road
Barnaby Capel-Dunn writes about wise words on Fulham Road.
advice  life  signage 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
A very big day
I am saying it with tile.
fambly  life  marriage 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Lawn mower troubleshooting
If mower fails to start: 1. Attempt to start mower, six, eight, or ten times. 2. Repeat step 1; then proceed to step 3.
life 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Chris Sippel (1956–2017)
I wish that I’d known him better, and for more than a handful of his sixty-one years.
friendship  life 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
“Don’t fucking kill yourself”
A YouTube video with practical advice.
life 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Steven Heller on humility
“When you start out, there are all sorts of things you have to learn, and humility is one of them.”
design  life 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Gleanings from Maira Kalman
Three passages from The Principles of Uncertainty.
life  writing 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
The Dutch Reach
Open the car door with the far hand — and check for cyclists.
advice  life 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Words from Edward G. Robinson
“To work, to create, to grow, and to give of yourself: that is one of the chief aims in life. To have experienced it once: that is a great experience. To do it a hundred and one times, well, that’s really a small miracle.”
film  life  work 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Ten bits and a jar
John Scalzi’s ten bits of advice for getting work done in these times, and Elaine’s idea for a jar of good things.
advice  life  work 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Alain de Botton and Mark Trail
Not perfect synchronicity, but pretty good.
advice  comics  life  MarkTrail  marriage 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Why I am not a tree trimmer
I have a fear of heights, for one thing. It’s been with me from childhood. No bucket trucks for me.
life 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
From an old notebook
Eleanor Roosevelt, as quoted by the tenor saxophonist David Murray.
advice  EleanorRoosevelt  life  notebooks 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
A Neuman tattoo
“It goes with me everywhere.”
life 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Antigone in Ferguson
Whatever the fate of Sophocles and other representatives of “western civ” in academia, their work remains perpetually relevant to human suffering and human endeavor.
culture  life  Sophocles 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: eclogue
Shepherds in eclogues don’t clear much brush. They talk and sing — much more fun.
life  words 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Word of the Day: loll
Had I known about today’s word earlier in the day, I perhaps wouldn’t have been as willing to spend much of the day clearing brush from the edge of our property (with Elaine).
life  words 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Cargo-shorts debate
From The Wall Street Journal: “Relationships around the country are being tested by cargo shorts, loosely cut shorts with large pockets sewn onto the sides. Men who love them say they’re comfortable and practical for summer. Detractors​ say they’ve been out of style for years, deriding them as bulky, uncool and just flat-out ugly.”
clothing  life 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
“We’re all here”
Tony Bennett remembers words of wisdom from Ella Fitzgerald.
life  music 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Two Guys
A price sticker, thirty-six years old.
ephemera  life  work 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Work advice
From Roger Rosenblatt.
advice  life  work 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
“Another”
“I dread hearing the word ‘another.’”
life 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
An inefficient nurse
A New Yorker protrait of a hospice nurse.
death  life 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
If my life were a Beverly Cleary novel
“Why would anyone drink coffee with breakfast when he could have a nice hot cup of tea instead?”
BeverlyCleary  life 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Bill Cunningham (1929–2016)
“Money’s the cheapest thing. Liberty and freedom is the most expensive.”
advice  life  money  photography 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Good advice
“I like to tell people that if you wait until you’re completely qualified for something, maybe it’s too late.”
advice  life  photography 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
From Fred Rogers
“Look for the helpers.”
FredRogers  life 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Resignation and courage
Joseph Joubert: “Resignation is a hundred times easier than courage.”
Joubert  life 
march 2016 by M.Leddy
Small-town crown
What it can be like to live in a small town, or at least in our small town.
life 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
On ambition
The philosopher Mark Kingwell on ambition.
advice  life  philosophy 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
The New York Times : “End the Gun Epidemic in America”
“It is past time to stop talking about halting the spread of firearms, and instead to reduce their number drastically — eliminating some large categories of weapons and ammunition.”
death  life  politics 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Days and shootings
In the United States in 2015, mass shootings are outnumbering the days of the year.
death  life  politics 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
A brief message from the Academy of Lifelong Learning
“A problem should retain its shape and size.”
advice  life 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
[Your selection here.]
The one thing I have found helpful in times of tragedy is music.
life  music 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
No title
The flag of France.
life 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
No title
Umpqua Community College logo.
life 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Yogi-isms
“Little things are big.”
baseball  life 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Life and death and Molly Dodd
“Life goes on, Miss Dodd. Count on it.”
death  life  MollyDodd  television 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
Dad words
I was the designated talker at the memorial service for my dad on Saturday. Here, more or less, is what I said.
family  life  death 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
James Leddy (1928–2015)
My dad’s last word, to my mom: “Thanks.”
family  life  death 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
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