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  • Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

New Motto

I am considering changing my life motto* which has always been "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead."  This worked well for the first ≈ ¾ of a century of my life, from 1949 to 2019, but now I suffer what seems to be long COVID, on top of my myriad other chronic health problems, and I am overwhelmed and frightened.  This is a new and scary world in which women, especially old women are not just devalued, but are attacked by the beliefs of approximately two billion adherents to the word as delivered by archangel Gabriel, those who seek to control and limit the lives of women.  I do not want to live my public life in a black tent from head to toe, I have enough problems breathing as it is.


My auxiliary moto has always been, "The Job Counts | If It Is Worth Doing, Then It Is Worth Doing Right."  I think I should change that too.  Maybe I should change it to tell myself a fantasy of "All is well, this is not your problem."1  This is not a world in which I can work effectively, in fact I can barely walk across the room for vertigo. Time for a final escape into happy fantasy.



*  A motto is "a short sentence or phrase chosen as encapsulating the beliefs or ideals guiding an individual, family, or institution." Source: Google. com

1  Source:  Thorn Hedge by T. Kingfisher, p 42


by Annmarie Throckmorton, copyright 2024



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