The Universe said what?

It turns out that my husband’s illness is killing me. My cholesterol is through the roof and my doctor says that it’s not my diet that’s causing it, but stress. Stress. And as I look back on my life, I realize that I’ve been stressed for a decade now.

My mother’s illness and death, handling her estate, my grad degree, the job that followed that, and now my husband’s dementia. It seems that everyone on earth has been telling me to go get a therapist—and her advice? Leave my husband.

My dear friend who came to visit us said the same. Leave him. Forget those silly vows, get out now. And I have to admit, I thought about it. And thought about it. And cried about it. And prayed about it. And I asked for a sign. And the universe sent me a sign. What was it?

A peacock.

Are you f-ing kidding me? A peacock? That’s it?

The universe hates me. There is no other explanation. I’m being mocked. By. The. Universe.

But back to stress. Apparently my cholesterol is so high that it shoots off the allotted space on the graph. Everything else looks good.

Questions not to ask your cute-as-pie lender: If I run away and default on my loan, what will happen to me? I’ll never be able to return? Anything else? How far is the long arm of the law?



With all due respect, what kind of stupid sign is that?


Some Classics to Explore

Thermopylae(480 B.C.)

Persians by Aeschylus (472 B.C.)

Histories by Herodotus (450 to 420 B.C.)

Herodotus—The Histories

Antigone by Sophocles (441 B.C.)

Peloponnesian War by Thucydides (YouTube version) (431 B.C.)

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (429 B.C.)

Hippolytus by Euripides (428 B.C.)

Clouds, Lysistrata by Aristophanes (423 B.C., 411 B.C.)

Bacchae by Euripides (MIT version) (405 B.C.)

Education of Cyrus, Cyropaedia by Xenophon (430 B.C. to 354 B.C.)

Pro Cluentio, On Old Age, On Friendship by Cicero (106 B.C. to 43 B.C.)

On the Nature of Things by Lucretius (somewhere between 99 B.C. and 55 B.C.)

Letters by Seneca (possibly a better version on WikiSource) (65 A.D.)

History of Rome by (Titus Livius) Livy (64 B.C. to 17 A.D.)

Eunichus by Terence (died 159 B.C.)

Annals by Tacitus (56 to 117 A.D.)

Discourses by Epictetus (55 to 135 A.D.)