Random anecdote Tuesday

It’s not too often we get an opportunity to have a do-over in life, but on Sunday afternoon, I had a chance to revise a reader’s theater script I’d adapted from a Tolstoy short story almost 15 years ago. The script was published by Eldridge Publishing as part of a book of short readings and program ideas for Christmas. The new version is a definite improvement.

Which leads me to wonder if I will feel the same way in 15 years about what I’m writing these days. And I already know the answer.

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Someone climbed the steeple of the chapel at Trinity over the weekend and tied a big pirate flag to the spire.

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Hardly anyone is talking about gas prices right now. I have been watching prices come down, down, down for the last few weeks, but they are not a topic of conversation at all. I think people see the lower prices as a hiccup.

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This past weekend, each of my sons randomly commented in conversations with us that they missed having a cat. (Cats and student apartments don’t usually go together.) My son-in-law and daughter are the same way. Not one of them is much of a dog lover.

We had an awesome cat named Mike who died in August. My kids grew up with Mike and his much-less loveable half-sister Phyllis. Mike was one of those fun, friendly cats that even cat haters liked. Just this morning, I woke up and looked for Mike, who liked to sleep outside our bedroom door. (That way, he could be in the know about when he could expect his next meal.)

In the middle of discussions about hermeneutics papers and illustration projects, it was funny to hear Ben and Jake both expressing the desire for a cat or two independently of one another.

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The highlight of this absurdly long election season has been Tina Fey’s impersonation of Sarah Palin. There haven’t been very many truly funny moments over the last two years, but Fey’s sardonic, spot-on take on Palin crossed party lines and brought some wonderfully uniting laughter to everyone who saw it.
I saw the first skit online early the Sunday morning after it aired. I was sitting alone, and laughed so hard I had tears running down my face.
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