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Editor of New Choices. Mindfulness and anti-racism practitioner before they were cool.

Head Shot by my son Blake Scott, aka Moonlair360 on social media. Notice the cat sneaking into the shot.

Once, I wrote my entire relationship history in one short, non-emotional, factual paragraph. The humorous, I hoped, plan was to text it to a first date to dispense with before the questions were asked. I never actually sent it. I’m also still single.

Here’s me, sans relationship history, longer than a paragraph, and I hope humorous and more interesting. Also in no specific order of occurrence, as that is how my mind works, and my careers have been.

I’ve been writing since I can remember. Haven’t most of us? All kinds. …

That’s why I have a tattoo that says, “I told Blake”

Blake Scott aka Moonlair360, my son, from author’s collection.

The tattoo on my arm that says, “I told Blake,” is a not-so-subtle way to say to my son, “I told you so,” 24/7, without having to actually say it.

I don’t get to say it out loud to him often, now that he’s 6'5" with long turquoise dreads and lives in Los Angeles, the city of broken dreams, a few thousand miles away.

Recently, I had the opportunity to say it, but I refrained. His car was impounded by the LAPD while he was here helping me after I broke both ankles.

His car registration was out and has…

“You don’t learn to walk right foot, wrong foot; you learn right foot, left foot.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

Photo by Jordan Christian on Unsplash

Today my new best friend, my physical therapist, taught me how to tackle the two flights of stairs to and from my apartment. I didn’t set any speed records, but I made it up and back. No toddler taking their first steps is any more delighted in their achievement than I was cresting the top of the stairs.

It’s the beginning of the end of my exile from society and being basically imprisoned in my home for over a month, after surgery for two broken ankles and two weeks in the hospital.

Not that I’m actually free. She insists I…


Should I go to the nearest ER?

Photo by Enci Mousavi on Unsplash

I thought I was immune to the love bug bite. I’ve only been bitten two or three times in the last twenty-one years of being single, and the bug disappeared almost as quickly as it sank it’s sneaky little stinger into me.

The bites took awhile to heal, but since then, they hardly raise a weal. I can scratch them or not, and it doesn’t seem to matter. They heal on their own time, stubborn little buggers.

They usually don’t even leave a mark. Not one you can see anyway. My strongly developed immune system often fights the love bug…


“I do like the idea of supporting democracy, however, and think we should try it — especially here in the U.S. of A.” — Molly Ivins

AP Photo by Caroly Mary Bauman in the Fort Worth Star Telegram

I had the fleeting, overly ambitious and overblown idea of re-writing for today’s chaotic politcs what Molly Ivins said about politics and politicians in the past. Molly, for those who were under a rock, or certainly not living in Texas during the last Millennium and the beginning of this one, was our preeminent, political humorist, journalist. She took the reins over from Will Rogers long after he died, but also before women were offered seats at the humorists’, or other journalists’ table. She didn’t care. She brought her own whisky to any table. Literally.

Molly, as she is known only…


What will happen if they run against each other?

Photo licensed from Shutterstock. Beto O’Rourke on campaign trail 2020

The answer to who can win against Greg Abbott, Matthew McConaughey or Beto O’Rourke, might just depend on if McConaughey declares as Independent, Democrat or Republican. While we have little public data on what McConaughey’s platform would be, and much public data on O’Rourke’s likely platform, there are some areas the two are similar.

McConaughey calls himself a centrist. That means he could run as either a moderate, or in his words, centrist Democrat or Republican. …


I’ll never understand you

Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem on Unsplash

Dear conservative, Christian friend,

I’m so sad to lose you. As I told you when you hugged me goodbye, I love you so much, and I don’t want you to die.

You stepped up when my son started as a freshman playing college basketball on the team with your son. I’m a single mom, and didn’t know anybody. You and your husband took me into your family, and into the group of other parents of team members, making both me and my son feel welcome.

I sat with you during the boys’ games for three years. We cheered, we cried…

The 30th reunion haunting

Photo by Vladimir Fedotov on Unsplash

She often lives in the past. Sometimes on purpose, sometimes not. The past has a mind of its own, and overtakes her at odd moments. Such as while driving, when she doesn’t see anything for miles except the moving pictures of her past.

She uses the past to prepare for current situations, such as lunch with her former husband. She reminisces by conjuring up the bad times so as not to fall prey to his charms and forget why they aren’t together. It’s a way of protecting herself from the present and the charismatic person he is.

With her 30th…


Nike has a new spokesperson of a certain age. She is me

White Nike Blazer Mid 77s with snake skin swoosh. Photo by Dusan Jovic on Unsplash

My friend’s grown son asked her when she turned seventy, “When are you going to stop wearing high heels?” She answered, “When they get in the way of my walker.”

She is my shero. However, my day finally arrived. My high heels now get in the way of my walker, and that sucks.

I’m the woman who hiked the streets of Manhattan in my business hey-day in skinny heels. I’ve caught many a heel in an open grate in city streets. A few even snapped off, causing my confident jaunt to become a peg-legged hobble. I could dance backwards in…


This is a writing prompt, sort of

Photo by Laura Louise on Unsplash

Actually, it would depend on the consensual definition of “roasting” Hogan Torah and I come up with. Maybe it wouldn’t be worse than watching C and B torture. Maybe it would be preferable. Hogan seems like a fun guy, when he’s not ripping writers a new one.

Fortunately I don’t have to make that choice immediately. I dodged the barbs in Hogan Torah’s recent article skewering the types of stories he won’t read and their writers. Except for one.

I do have a “cartoon” avatar, in that my avatar is a photo of me reimagined with the app ToonMe. I…

Carol Lennox

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