Cool Water Over Hot Brain

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The title of this post is how reporter Megan Kelly describes her style.

She is the GOP debate moderator who sent her roots into the ground and asked TRUMP about his various utterances regarding women.

I just loved her potent and visceral awareness of herself.

Santa Fe has quite a bit of ice and snow left over from a recent spate of storms.

My Michigander childhood seems to come to attention in such weather and I find myself an intrepid adventurer

Powering down icy sidewalks with Emma slippin’ and slidin’ sampling the olfactory symphony of the day.

Today, I got stuck.

It was snowing.

Having done this often enough now

I knew to even out my heartbeat and calmly wait for a human to arrive.

I did an instantaneous “cool water over hot brain” maneuver without even thinking about it.

No fear got in.

Well..that’s a lie but a tiny amount was there instead of full blown freak-out.

A guy had passed us awhile back and he had headphones on. I could still see him and I yelled my best yell.

My unpracticed throaty alarm muscles could not penetrate white earbuds shoved in the side of his skull.

Wait. Wait.

Wait. Wait. Sing a song. Wait.

Curl into self from cold.

Wrap scarf around shivering small dog.


A cute curly grey haired man with corgi in houndstooth jacket (dog) cometh!

“OH! I am so happy to see you! I am very stuck. Do you think you can pull my chair back a few feet?”

I am embarrassingly over- effusive in my gratitude

But I can see he is at least entertained..maybe even feeling pretty good about himself amidst such heroic acts.

Why do such seemingly small interactions stay with me longer than any work of art I ever did?

Rolling home in the snowy close-to-dark

I feel good with my blinking LED safety lights announcing our approach.


5 Responses to “Cool Water Over Hot Brain”

  1. Carole Zoom on January 15th, 2016


  2. Jenny on January 16th, 2016

    You don’t see enough houndstooth these days. Excellent work that corgi.

  3. Barbara McDaniel on January 17th, 2016

    Bravo! Houndstooth!

  4. Jina Vick on January 17th, 2016

    Small interactions making a meaningful houndstooth pattern. With gentle hound’s teeth we link together! What would we do without you calling out to us?

  5. Jann Tenenbaum on January 21st, 2016

    Oh my god, this is brilliant!!
    I love it.
    I am so happy i just saw you in your beautiful home and met Emma and saw your wheelchair and your hat and I could picture you stuck on the sidewalk. And the dog in the hounds-tooth jacket and the white earbuds. Brilliant my friend, just brilliant!!

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