To all my Jewish readers and friends–heck, to everybody, after all

L’shana tovah! May this year be sweet and better than the last. I bid you peace this Rosh Hashanah. If you are sharing this celebration, may you be inscribed for a good year, a sweet year, a year of growth, health, and joy. Now we can have days of reflection. I certainly need them, as I have experienced a lot of anger, bitterness, and jealousy lately, and I need to get rid of that. Even though I’m not Jewish, I’m going to do the contemplation because it’s called for. Besides, I like contemplation.

Has anyone seen the MTV spot advertising “Rush Hashanah,” with the rock group Rush? I fell out laughing when I saw the spot, complete with the award they supposedly won (a rotating Mogen David on top of the Oscar statue), but then I paused. If someone had done that sort of jape with a certain other world religion (not Christianity . . . not Buddhism . . . not neoPaganism), would there have been a war declared? Nevertheless, I thought it was cute. It didn’t cross the line, and we have a good sense of humor here at Casa el Dumpo. Still, if you didn’t see the spot and it has stopped being run, it’s probably just as well.


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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