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Mary Mascari
Waukegan, IL
Mom, writer, and full on geek.
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We went to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, over the weekend for our annual family July 4th outing. It's always a great time, but invariably leaves us completely shot. My mom, the boys, and I went up early on Friday. We checked in, and then I left the boys with Grandma while... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
Steve and Tim, thanks for your comments. I firmly believe that my Bristol family are some of the best people I've ever met. I wish we could all live in one big crazy collective, playing, raising kids, eating, and generally carrying on. Wouldn't that be awesome? Yeah, probably not. :)
A few weeks ago, my family went to the Bristol Renaissance Faire, and I traveled back in time. Not to the Renaissance, but to my own youth. For those who don't know me, I worked at Bristol from ages fifteen to thirty, taking a summer off here and there. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
You know what drives me nuts? I'll be in one window, say my chat software, and I tell it to do something, say open a chat with my boss. Then I go to another window, say Outlook, and start typing an obnoxious email to my friend. But when chat is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
I'm glad you like it! I think it helps take some of the pressure off; I can make progress without feeling like I have to create a NYT Bestseller fully formed from my forehead.
The shooting this weekend of Gabrielle Giffords and several others has got me thinking. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction....The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
I’m really worried about this schism in the US. We have the Right and the Left and each group is far too busy beating up on the other to work together and get some work done. For the sake of argument, let’s anthropomorphize them a bit (and, admittedly, simplify things).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
I read an interesting post today on Cracked.com. 5 Scientific Reasons Powerful People will Always Suck I actually really like Cracked.com - it's a great way to kill more time than you ever actually intended. But this one was particularly compelling for me. It also ties in a bit to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
I was at the Kohl Children's Museum yesterday. Charlie's school let out early, so I took a half day and had some one on one time with him. It was fun - he just kept running from thing to thing, in this odd exaggerated gait with his arms up high,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
When I randomly expressed grief on Twitter that John Lennon was no longer with us, my mysterious friend @DoctorOddFellow challenged me with this: I randomly wonder what he'd have done w/ himself by now. Would he still be w/ Yoko? Would he be as relevant as Paul is nowadays? Hmm.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
For some reason, this time of year makes me feel very nostalgic. I think nostalgia only comes when enough time has passed for you to forget the painful and boring details and just blur everything together into emotions. Why else would I wish to go back to high school, of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate. Emily Dickinson It all started when I saw that Paul McCartney is coming to town this summer*. I fantasized, naturally, about getting to meet him. And I thought of what I'd ask him. After all, when I meet famous people, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
Last night, we had just put the kids to bed when I checked my iPhone and discovered multiple warnings and watches that indicated storms headed our way. I turned on the Weather Channel rather anxiously, frustrated that it took so long to find the right channel in the six thousand... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
Ok, I was going to do a post today that was all political and stuff, but then something happened yesterday that was much more interesting. Because it was about me directly. I’d been feeling kinda itchy, and then my lips started tingling and I had trouble swallowing. I thought “allergy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
Our family (me, husband, kids, my brother, his wife and kids, and my parents) took a long weekend up in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for the holiday weekend. It’s always a good time. BUT OURS HAS MAGIC FINGERS Elkhart Lake does not have any actual hotels, near as I can tell.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
Doorbell rings. I look through the screen door and see a young man, African American, wearing a white short sleeved collared shirt, an orange tie that is too short, and orange shorts. He is holding a clipboard. I once again regret that I keep forgetting to put up a “No... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
The storm on Monday knocked out our electricity, and it's still out. We're lucky, really. We've had a comfortable place to stay during the hot weather, we've been able to save most of the big stuff from the fridge, and we didn't get a tree through the roof like our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
There were once again some severe, violent storms in my area this morning. I was driving down the highway, looked to the west, and saw The Nothing approaching, which was a little unnerving. I had my 3 year old in the back seat (watching Episode I…Jar Jar has found his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
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I honestly have no idea how people can write a novel without an outline. It's like saying "I built a house just by stacking up some bricks and off you go." I know plenty of excellent writers who can do it. I am not one of them. The biggest reason... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
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Aug 29, 2011
Last night, Paul McCartney played Wrigley Field. I was there, and it was amazing. I’m a second generation Beatles fan. My mother had tickets to see the Beatles in the sixties, but let a friend talk her into waiting by their hotel instead of going to the show, a decision... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
I like Cirque du Soliel. A lot. There was a point there, before they started setting up permanent shows all over creation and Las Vegas, that my husband and I had seen every Cirque show. We've fallen behind now, but we always see the tours when they come through, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
Yes, the prequels were disappointing for many reasons, but one of the things that really bugged me was that Anakin’s fall came out of nowhere. I mean, there were things that led up to them, but they were of a magnitude to make him a little depressed for a while,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
This weekend I went to a fantastic wedding. Two wonderful people, clearly completely crazy about each other, put together a great work of art in their wedding, an expression of their love. The bride's father, clearly as creative as his daughter, put together an iMovie presentation that consisted of pictures... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things
I’m reading a fantastic book called The War of Art by Steven Pressfield*. He talks about Resistance as an artist’s greatest enemy, and techniques for overcoming it. Many of them can be boiled down to Buddhist tricks to overcome suffering. Stay in the present. Identify the problem for what it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at Mary Mascari - Stuff and Things