N J Ray

 

Life 2.0 and other weird shit 

A Small Promise Kept for Woman…

...a large promise kept for who-the-hell knows.  I swore this morning--like I have most mornings recently--that, if I accomplished nothing else today, I WOULD write a post.  So here it is:  DEPRESSION SUCKS.  I know it doesn't  match the ever-optimistic Life...

Moving Forward

Just when I thought I had a handle on things, I‘m pretty sure the handle just kind of broke. Or disappeared, like a ghost hanging out with Sam and Dean. One things I’ve discovered is that I get writer’s block. A lot. Days (ahem, like 14 of them or so) had passed...

Doing a Thing

Holy hell, has it been a minute. I’ve been walking around in a daze for the past week. I’ve done a thing. A thing I’ve never done before. A week ago Sunday, I finished payroll, doing my best to ensure "my people" would be paid correctly. I then called the supervisor...

Coming to Terms

A lady I worked with many years ago once imparted a great wisdom, whispering conspiratorially in my ear, "Life is so much better when I chose to be happy over being right. I'd much rather be happy than right."   Sixteen years ago, those words tore through the...

The Measure of an Hour

It’s amazing what a week’s worth of real sleep will do for you. I took four days off and, oh-my-God was it good for the soul. I puttered a little; I visited old friends. I discovered what it was like to get a full night’s sleep. Nothing major happened over the week,...

Where did 2018 Go?

Instead of my usual looking forward wistfully to the blank boxes of a new calendar, I find myself mulling over the past year. I do wonder how 2018 has set up the absolute unknown of 2019, but mostly I’m looking back. New Year’s Eve is a good time to do that, I...

What you dig?

Because I'm always down for some good reading, or listening, or whatever, tell me what you're digging on now.  Is it a blog? A book? A movie you're watching over and over again? A song, an artist?  Let me know what you're digging, why you dig it, and where I can find...

You Matter

You Matter

Whether you’re bluesy, feeling alone, or just plain tired from the year, know that you matter. You ABSOLUTELY matter. Maybe it’s damn near impossible to see right now. Or maybe it’s been that way for longer than you can remember.

Giveaway Number One

Giveaway Number One

Y’all, I am so, so, so excited! As you may know, I’ve pledged to use 20% of any writing, website, or consulting money to support artists and the arts. I’ve finally been able to take my first step toward that pledge.

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