“Sit comfortably” by Julia on her couch

Sunday January 19, 2020
9:35pm
5 minutes
Sparrow’s Guide to Meditation
Sparrow

comfort is relative
relatives bring comfort
comforting relatives

on Friday my mother sent the news
she called it dreaded
after all the time zones it travelled to reach her
the last time we spoke she told me she was on the phone with him and he switched over to Zia, and then when she wanted to say bye to him he said, “tell her I’ll say bye to her tomorrow”
and then tomorrow was there but he had slipped into a coma over night
and those are the last words she will remember
that tomorrow always comes but sometimes it doesn’t bring everybody from yesterday with it

the day was spent sending love up to the sky, to the family I have lost up until now
and to the family feeling lost all over Ontario and Lozzola
trying to ease whichever hurt they were holding

“Like when I need plumbing done” by Julia at her table


Friday, December 25, 2015
11:14am
5 minutes
Revolution
Russell Brand


I’ll call my Aunt Maureen when I need my taps to stop dripping, thank you very much. I don’t need to call some plumbing “aficionado” as you like to do. My aunt Maureen, she’s a self-made woman! She didn’t have to go to plumbing school to learn about the world in a different way than she was used to. Her man was a no-good and he left, or she kicked him out, and she taught herself how to fix leaky faucets, leaky pipes, floor boards, and window cracks. It’s amazing. She doesn’t need anybody but herself and some tools and a can do attitude. So that’s who I want in my bathroom if push ever comes to shove! At least I know my aunt Maureen would take her shoes off before she tracks mud through my entire house! And when she’s done maybe the two of us can sit down over a spiked ice tea and talk about the real stuff.