Overlapping Readings?!

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Not in a bajillion years would I have dreamt of this date clash: my girlfriend Emily and I have readings on the same night! The weirdest part is that I have a reading at all; Em’s an old pro at this, I’m a rookie.

The readings are Thursday, May 14. Emily is reading from her book. Yes, the poetry and watercolor book she recently published, Lending Color to the Otherwise Absurd. She’ll be at Women & Children First Bookstore at 5233 N. Clark Street at 7:30.

I’m reading an essay with my other classmates from second semester at The Writer’s Studio, starting at 7 pm at the Royal Cafe at 6764 N. Sheridan Road. It’s an Ethiopian Restaurant where you can bring your own beer and wine and feast from the wonderful and affordable menu.

I keep thinking, “who’d have thunk?” It’s a crazy expression my sister used all the time and it drove. me. crazy. God, I wish she were around to say it one more time. She sure would for this occasion. But then again, I wonder. The way that question keeps popping in and out of my mind, maybe she is somewhere near. Emily just told me at lunch the other day she’s certain we all come back. Interesting synchronicity, isn’t it?

Forget about scared, I’m feeling old….

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George Stephanopoulus just interrupted “The Chew” to announce that Iran and several other countries, including the United States, have come to a tentative nuclear agreement. That’s scary for any number of reasons, but what really freaks me out is that he said John Kerry, our country’s Secretary of State, tweeted that an agreement had been reached right in the lead of his story. And some other country did, too.

I’m still figuring out how to make sure my blog posts are tweeted properly, which of course they’re not. And I’m certain it wasn’t Mr. Kerry himself, but a staffer, who actually tweeted the message. But…really? Tweeting has become that ubiquitous? (I just love when I can use that word—Latin for everywhere and apropos ubiquitous is, too, not a conceit.) The head of countries are announcing nuclear agreements through a tweet. The world pretty much covers “everywhere.” What do you suppose his hashtags were? For some reason, I can’t follow John Kerry right now, but here’s some about the topic I just found: #Iran, #IranTalks and #NobelPeacePrize.

Is that how ABC News found out about the agreement? Is it the tweet from John Kerry that prompted them to interrupt regular programming? I’m not saying this isn’t really important and worth breaking in to “The Chew,” I’m just flabbergasted that Twitter plays such a role in this story, in our world, in the way we learn about things like #GlobalPolicy, #SavingOurPlanet, #KeyNuclearIssue. #OMG.

I have so much catching up to do. I’ve never needed my daughters more.