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“For most of us, knowledge of our world comes largely through sight, yet we look about with such unseeing eyes that we are partially blind. One way to open your eyes to unnoticed beauty is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?”

Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder


    Questions for the Guy in the Silver Hut at the Crossroads

1. I’ve met “spiritual people” who want to hold my gaze longer than I like to. Most people look you in the eye just long enough to acknowledge a connection. “Spiritual” people want to hang on and gaze, penetrate, something. I don’t know how long this takes, because I always look away. Am I a soul chicken?

2. Some people simply don’t want to get to know me better. They decide this before they even give me a chance. We meet, we make eye contact, and I can tell from their body language that they are “all set.” They have plenty of people in their life already. Not looking for more. Me, on the other hand, I’m always looking. Never enough soul-mates! Am I supposed to be all set by now?

3. Who’s in charge here?

4. Everyone says black beans aren’t aggressive. I mean bears. Is this true?

5. Are pockmarks from acne a thing of the past?

6. Sometimes I think I’d like to stop talking so damn much, especially around my husband. However, when I keep my mouth shut, it feels like I’m falling into a tunnel, a funnel, a black hole. There’s no love in there. Why does babbling feel like love?

7. I don’t think I’m funny anymore. I used to think I was hilarious. Is this wisdom?

8. What the hell is wrong with Hollywood and can it ever be healed?

9. Is Obama scared every day?

10. If a fly lands on my watermelon at a picnic, a big green fly, and I see it land there and later fly away, would it be more neurotic to eat the watermelon, or throw it out?

Now, let me pass.