Holidays are Stressful, No Matter What It Seems

You know, I don’t really have a lot of demands, I don’t have children, but I’m starting to accept that no one is immune, holidays are just plain stressful. Period.  

The Holidays to Us: We’re here, we’re going to make you jumpy and worried and occasionally depressed, get used to it. Oh, and mwah-ha-ha.

I’m home working, and getting things done. I sent a couple of chapters from my book to someone I want to interview, and he liked them! I should be in a great mood.  And I am, but my mood can and does change, like that, with very little prompting.

I meditated, went to the gym, ate healthy food.  Now I’m listening to holiday music, which I love.    Vivaldi’s Gloria is playing right now, before that the Snoopy Christmas song—what better holiday song is there than that?Palestrina is on now!!

So are those struts (is that the right word) the only thing holding that building up?  That can’t be, right? Maybe the bricks are unstable or something.  Where was that? Broadway maybe, downtown definitely.  Pretty building.  I want those floor to ceiling arched windows.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Holidays are Stressful, No Matter What It Seems

  1. It looks like the half of the building on the left is missing so it needs propping up.

    “Strut” = any of various structural members, as in trusses, primarily intended to resist longitudinal compression.

    In old gothic churches, you might call them flying buttresses.

    “Buttress” = any external prop or support built to steady a structure by opposing its outward thrusts, esp. a projecting support built into or against the outside of a masonry wall.

    “Flying buttress” = An arched masonry support serving to bear thrust, as from a roof or vault, away from a main structure to an outer pier or buttress.
    All definitions courtesy of dictionary dot com.

  2. Thank you, Julia! I’m glad to know what the correct word is. Today I took another picture of an entirely different building being propped up like that. I have to see how it came out.

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