In a concert Mary Chapin Carpenter once introduced her song, “The Last Word,” as many songwriters do, by telling the audience what inspired her to write it. She observed that often writers are inspired by the beauty of nature or an overwhelming feeling of love. “I wrote this one,” she said, “because I was pissed off.”

Today, all mankind is on my nerves.

Years ago, a loved one made me laugh when she shouted, very seriously, “What is everybody’s problem?” Today I can relate. Surely it isn’t me. (I know, it’s I.)

The experts say that making a list can be a good first step in addressing the source of one’s anger. So here goes.

  1. When people who borrow my books write in them
  2. When texters walk in front of moving cars
  3. Rush Limbaugh
  4. Rush Limbaugh
  5. Rush Limbaugh
  6. When people expect the Earth to revolve around them
  7. When people over-post on Facebook
  8. When people spew venom on Facebook
  9. Facebook
  10. When The Washington Post doesn’t know who from whom
  11. Me, for over-consuming and under-producing — and getting pissed off.

Thanks. I feel better.


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13 responses to “Inspiration

  1. Amber

    I am having a “mad day” as well. Let’s have dinner and wine! Lord knows I need it! 🙂

  2. An old friend had a saying. True, she used it as a weapon, but it is also (sometimes) a help. “This, too, shall pass.”

  3. TheOthers1

    This kinda made me laugh. I was in a pissy mood yesterday and it was blocking my creativity. I did a little free-writing to get rid of the anger. I still didn’t have much creative flow to speak of, but at least I wasn’t in an awful mood. Or, “Rush Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh.” (As you can tell, that was by far the funniest thing I’ve read all day)

  4. Glad we could help!

  5. Dennis Jones

    There you go. I drafted a post about not needing lists, but will keep it in draft 🙂

  6. Noell Sottile

    You forgot #12–Rush Limbaugh. Oh, but that would just give him more attention. What an idiot.

  7. Ellen

    Sorry about your day. Agree on Rush Limbaugh. What an idiot.

  8. Mom

    Wow. What a coincidence. Only tonight I got in touch with my own inner serial killer. Suppose it’s all that atomic testing we used to blame everything on in the 50’s? Wouldn’t surprise me at all.

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