Monthly Archives: January 2019

Some Good Stuff for a Change

My friend Gloria sent me this in an email.  My eyes are still streaming tears. There are so many small and large acts of kindness we can do every day to have an influence on the world. I vow to do at least one today. Hope you might want to do the same. (Sorry, but I don’t know the original source. If you know, let me know and I’ll add an URL or acknowledgement.)

    There are still so many good people in our world that we hear so little about. 

 

This Is Anthony Borges,  He Used His Body To Hold A Classroom Door Shut During The Florida Shooting, Protecting 20 Other Students Inside As The Gunman Fired Through The Door, Hitting Him Five Times. May He Have A Speedy Recovery
This Is                                                           Anthony                                                           Borges, 15. He                                                           Used His Body                                                           To Hold A                                                           Classroom Door                                                           Shut During                                                           The Florida                                                           Shooting,                                                           Protecting 20                                                           Other Students                                                           Inside As The                                                           Gunman Fired                                                           Through The                                                           Door, Hitting                                                           Him Five                                                           Times. May He                                                           Have A Speedy                                                           Recovery
Firefighters In Arizona Putting Out A Mexican Fire over a wall
Firefighters                                                           In Arizona                                                           Putting Out A                                                           Mexican Fire
When You Reach 100 Years Old In Barbados, You Get A Stamp In Your Honour. Lovely
When You                                                           Reach 100                                                           Years Old In                                                           Barbados, You                                                           Get A Stamp In                                                           Your Honour.                                                           Lovely
A Middle School Started A “Breakfast With Dads” Program But Many Dads Couldn’t Make It And Several Students Didn’t Have Father Figures. The School Posted A Facebook Request For 50 Volunteer Fathers… 600 Fathers From All Backgrounds Showed Up
A Middle                                                           School Started                                                           A “Breakfast                                                           With Dads”                                                           Program But                                                           Many Dads                                                           Couldn’t Make                                                           It And Several                                                           Students                                                           Didn't Have                                                           Father                                                           Figures. The                                                           School Posted                                                           A Facebook                                                           Request For 50                                                           Volunteer                                                           Fathers... 600                                                           Fathers From                                                           All                                                           Backgrounds                                                           Showed Up
Every Morning My Father Places Bird Food In The Yard For My Mother To Wake Up On This View
Every                                                           Morning My                                                           Father Places                                                           Bird Food In                                                           The Yard For                                                           My Mother To                                                           Wake Up On                                                           This View
The Bride’s Father Died Ten Years Ago And His Heart Was Donated. The Man Who Received The Transplant Walked Her Down The Aisle
The                                                           Bride's Father                                                           Died Ten Years                                                           Ago And His                                                           Heart Was                                                           Donated. The                                                           Man Who                                                           Received The                                                           Transplant                                                           Walked Her                                                           Down The                                                           Aisle
“Life Gave Me The Gift Of You” – Marine’s 4 Year Old Son Cries Tears Of Joy After Hearing New Step-Mom’s Vows For Him
https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/faith-in-humanity-restored-wholesome-happy-random-acts-of-kindness-175-5a8a97bdaf6b6__700.jpg
This Old Lady Goes To The Supermarket To Read Books All The Time So The Manager Put A Little Bench For Her
This Old                                                           Lady Goes To                                                           The                                                           Supermarket To                                                           Read Books All                                                           The Time So                                                           The Manager                                                           Put A Little                                                           Bench For Her
Pictures like these ease the anguish created by the 
current daily news.

Flower-Like, FOTD Jan 31, 2019

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These tiny coral growths on this palm-sized rock I picked up on the beach may not literally be flowers, but perhaps the moss qualifies.  At any rate, they are beautiful and flower-like. Had to share them.

See Cee’s gorgeous hellibore Here.

Stasis

 

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Stasis

At the zenith of her powers, the glamorous Ms. Z
knew well the art of camouflage. No one could really see
the heretic that lived inside the one in the first pew.
Not even her most loyal friends knew she was a Jew.

Times call for extreme measures, whatever might protect
and preserve us from dark powers, who if they detect
any threatening differences might decide to strike.
One yesterday thought “charming,” today just labeled “kike!”

What small differences between us do we all obscure?
What hidden denials must we all endure?
Convention is a schoolmarm with a ruler in her hand
ready to dish out punishment for any action banned.

One drop of blood not Aryan or thought that’s not mainstream,
any errant choice of style, any avant dream
might be grounds for action, for all good people know
the harm that comes from those who might upset the status-quo.

 

 

 

*kike is derived from the Hebrew word for circle, which is the mark many jews made on their immigration papers coming into America instead of an X for their signature.  Like many other racial slurs, it came from immigration officers who used it a s short-hand for a population group entering the country.

 

The prompt words today are camouflage, heretic, glamorous and zenith.

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/01/31/rdp-thursday-camouflage/
https://fivedotoh.com/2019/01/31/fowc-with-fandango-heretic/
https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/01/31/your-daily-word-prompt-glamorous-january-31-2019/
https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/01/31/zenith/

Southern Discomfort


Southern Discomfort

A barrage of dainty words like “Bless her heart!” and “Y’all.”
greeted me as I approached the entrance to the ball.
As I turned this and that way to fit me through the door,
it was then that I regretted the hoop skirt that I wore.
Finally giving it a yank and then one great yank more,
I fear I heard a ripping sound as something in there tore.

I grabbed a small mint julep from the tray that passed me by,
but waved away the country ham, eschewed the pecan pie,
for the merry widow that I was squeezed  into
already had me short of breath and slowly turning blue.
A few spins around the dance floor with something in my shoe,
convinced me that my southern ball experience was through.

We exited the ballroom, motored out of the plantation,
and in the backseat I surrendered to severe temptation.
Like those giant pythons that shed their skins in zoos,
I peeled off my merry widow and my ball gown and my shoes.
My hoop skirt parachuting out the window brought a smile
as I disposed of finery mile after mile.

As we drew up to the levee and approached the shrimping docks,
I drew on my old Levis and a t-shirt and my Crocs.
By then my southern gentlemen was through with me, I fear.
He was driving rather fast and grinding every gear.
So it won’t be any news to you that our romance was through.
“Southern” is just something that this northern girl can’t do.

 

 

Prompt words used in this post were news, dainty and barrage. Photo is stock footage from “Gone with the Wind.”

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/01/30/fowc-with-fandango-news/
https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/your-daily-word-prompt-dainty-january-30-2019/
https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/barrage/

Favorite Quote: Day 3: Wanderlust

This is what I had to say about wanderlust four years ago!

The prompt from RDP today is wanderlust.

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A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. ~George Moore

This quote says succinctly what I have been saying to friends lately.  I no longer feel the push to travel but would rather stay home and think and write.  At first this made me feel old and then I started to realize that it is in the natural order of things to seek and then reflect.  It is not just a question of energy, but more a matter of the direction of one’s curiosity.  The more I traveled, the more I found that things do not vary that much.  Everywhere I’ve gone, the same personalities are sprinkled over the landscape.  Only the landscape and the percentages change.  Once you’ve found a place where there are the greatest number of people who appreciate you for who you really are, you have…

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