Anne's Diary
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I read "The Help" when it was first published a couple of years ago. For those who don't know, the book is a pre-Civil Rights story about white southerners in the heart of the South and their black maids (one of whom exacts a wonderful revenge for her mistreatment). After I finished the book, we took one of our frequent trips to San...
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
There is rioting in the streets of London, and now it's spread across the ocean to Philadelphia as well. The London (and Philadelphia) riots seem to be about "getting stuff" that advertising and the media have seduced these kids into thinking they have a right to own.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I was in a doctor's office recently, when I saw, among the various diplomas from medical schools of the physicians in the office, a framed citation from Vietnam, thanking the particular doctor I was there to see. It got me thinking back about that war, which was a major protest event in my youth, over 30 years ago. But those are all memories and...
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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Despite the kindle, nook and ipad, Whitley and I still like to read paper, and we buy three newspapers every day--the Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times and the New York Times--and read even MORE of them on weekends, when we add the weekend Wall Street Journal to the mix.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I just finished watching the fourth film I've appeared in and as usual, I was somewhat disappointed. It seems like the most important things I have to say are always left on the cutting room floor. In the first film, which was supposed to be part of a reality series on a cable channel, I was totally left out, relegated to a nodding presence,...
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Monday, July 11, 2011
This weekend we went to a wonderful play at a theater that's very near the hospital I was at for 6 weeks in 2004, after an aneurysm burst inside my brain. I was actually "out of it" for more like 2 months, since I spent some time at another hospital, because the ambulance always takes you to the closest place. Whitley (with the help of...
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Human sexuality is supposed to be "seasonless," meaning that people have sex all the time, while animals usually confine this activity to the spring. But most women soon learn that spring affects our males as well--they get a spring in their step, they eye the girls, and if they're bold, they may even come up and whisper something in...
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Monday, June 13, 2011
I recently read that Elaine Kaufman, who ran "Elaine's" in Manhattan, died, causing the restaurant to close. Since the décor was doubtful and the food was terrible, it couldn't go on without her. Kaufman ran it like a private club, letting in only interesting talkers, mostly writers. You had to "be somebody" or "...
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Monday, May 30, 2011
There's an old saying, "Those who can, do--those who can't, teach." As an ex-teacher, I've always resented this statement, but after coming from a recent conference where Whitley and I were the only non-academics, I'm beginning to see the truth in it. This conference was held at one of the world's most wonderful places: Esalen in Big Sur...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I'm now home recuperating from yet another kidney stone operation, but even though I followed all the "rules" and drank lots more water after my kidney stone operation 3 years ago. It turns out that some of us are "stone makers," who will simply have to get this sort of thing done every once in a while. This stone was even...
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
When I hear the right wing attacks on Planned Parenthood--which are really attacks on abortion--I remember something I used to say to the conservative ladies I knew in Texas: You can't have it both ways. Actually, the whole controversy should be moot because Federal tax dollars are not allowed to pay for abortions, no matter who facilitates them--...
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
In his story "The Purloined Letter," Edgar Allan Poe writes about a man who hides a letter he doesn't want found in plain sight, amongst the other letters and bills on his desk. Whenever I've wanted to hide something, I've remembered that story. Apparently, Osama bin-Laden read it too, since he was killed while hiding in plain sight.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I consider PFC Bradley Manning, who gave Julian Assange most of the military information for Wikileaks, to be a hero, despite the fact that he is now a prisoner at Quantico, a top security military prison, AND being tortured with sleep deprivation, by being waked up constantly during the night. Scientists who study sleep have done...
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Monday, March 28, 2011
It was almost 7 years ago: Oct. 16, 2004 to be precise. Whitley was scheduled to be on Coast to Coast AM that night, starting at 10 pm. His friend Art Bell was still hosting the show at the time. That afternoon, I staggered up the long flight of stairs from the laundry room at the apartment building where we were staying at the time, complaining...
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Whitley and I are always on a diet, and as I recommend in my diet book, we allow ourselves one treat a week--whatever we want. Often it's the lemon cake with incredibly rich icing from our local bakery. If one of us doesn't eat their piece fast enough, the other one sometimes eats (sneaks) bits off the other's piece.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
I just saw an extraordinary film: "Of Gods and Men." This is based on the true story of a group of French monks living in Algeria in 1996 when Muslim fundamentalist terrorism was just taking hold in the country. At the time, Algeria was (as it is today) a mostly Muslim country, but the monks living there were accepted because they...
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
On a recent trip to New York City, we stayed at our favorite small hotel. We had scheduled meetings with some of our publishers, as well as a breakfast meeting with an old friend who is in the midst of making a documentary about Whitley. This man has always been rather dismissive of me--which is something I resent--even going so far as to tell me...
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Monday, February 14, 2011
We recently returned from a funeral and I was very impressed by something the minister who officiated at it said. She really didn't know the 92-year-old lady who was being buried, so couldn't speak too personally about her, but she had been filled in a bit by the deceased woman's daughter, so she wasn't totally clueless. I later learned that this...
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Monday, February 7, 2011
There's an old saying: "In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." I experienced this recently when Whitley had cataract surgery in one eye. He was having terrific trouble driving at night, and I suspect this is why he got the warning dream from his dead little dog Candy when we were in the UK.
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Monday, January 31, 2011
We just got the news that the 92-year-old mother of good friends of ours has died, and we are making preparations to travel there for the funeral. Since the state of her health wasn't good (she had just been diagnosed with inoperable cancer), it is probably a blessing. But what interests me is that it also seems to have been a choice. When I...
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Monday, January 24, 2011
Everyone talks about how the future will be different (i.e. will the world end in December 2012?), but no one talks about how HUMAN BEINGS will be different, and while the world may change, we won't survive if we don't change along with it. I recently met two fascinating individuals who showed me what future human transformation could be like. We...
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Friday, January 14, 2011
When I heard Sarah Palin's reaction to shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on BBC America News, which we watch every night, I didn't know what the phrase "blood libel" meant. The announcers on the show evinced surprise at Palin's statement and one commentator said, "Does she know what it means?" Since I didn't either, I thought...
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Sunday, January 9, 2011
Before I write about this incident, I need to include a preamble: When Whitley and I were a struggling young couple living in New York City, we used to cast about for inexpensive things to do on weekends. On one of these weekends we decided to visit Sunnyside, Washington Irving's house in the Hudson Valley which has been turned into a museum (...
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Saturday, January 1, 2011
In my last diary, I wrote about our recent journey. While we are not back home yet, that journey has now been completed in a wonderful way, as if the sentence was being dotted with a period at the end.
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Thursday, December 30, 2010
I've gone on a long journey, both mental and physical. It's time to take stock of where I've been. This year we decided to drive to Texas to spend Christmas with Whitley's family, since some of them are getting quite elderly and may not be around to celebrate with much longer. While going from one party or gathering to another, we visited lots of...
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Friday, December 24, 2010
One hears so much dogma these days, about all sorts of things: From Creationism to Climate Change, people make statements about what they WANT to believe, rather than what's really going on (usually because they don't want to FACE the facts).
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Clement Moore wrote these immortal lines: "'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." If only that was true!
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
A few years ago, I kept seeing billboards saying "Put the Christ back in Christmas" (objecting to the shortened term "Xmas," and to the secular "Santa Claus" celebration of the holiday). This never made any sense to me, because I think it's clear that there are at least three Christmas celebrations: The Christian one...
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Monday, November 15, 2010
When Paul, the man responsible for most of the New Testament, as well as for modern Christianity, had a vision of the dead Jesus on the road to Damascus, in which Jesus castigated Paul for bad-mouthing him, this started him on his entire ministry. We may think that the type of apocalyptic events that create great saints and missionaries are all in...
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
THUMP! That's what Whitley heard one night recently when we were driving home late at night. I didn't hear the noise at all, but it caused Whitley to suddenly slow down cautiously, and when he did, he discovered that if he hadn't, he would have hit a black man, wearing all black, who was crossing the street at that moment right in front of our car...
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