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Archive for February, 2010
1. Strangest thing said at the Mardi Gras Ball by Colleen to Mara, who was dressed in a suit for her Mardi Gras King election campaign: “Neckties are so phallic.” 2. In the morning I like to make a second cup of tea but usually forget I poured it and end up not drinking it. [...]
From lumbering slumber we come up for air crashing through waves of blue blankets From a warm weightless drift comes a cold wakeful spray Sleep sogged and dream logged we dive into day
Uncle Josh that is, and Bryce said it more than once when his uncle was in town last week and went with me to baby-sit. After 2 ½ hours of ball tossing, motorcycle riding, raisin eating, circle drawing … guinea pig holding, wrestling, tickling, book reading and more, Bryce wore himself out enough for a [...]
Wearing a Mardi Gras mask, I had to be asked while being ticketed and wrist-banded at the door if I was old enough to be served at the bar. After being snowed-in and cold for weeks, party-goers turned out in sold-out numbers and showed up in full Mardi Gras regalia, shaking off winter blues on [...]
~ The following was published in The Floyd Press on February 18, 2010. Jayn Avery first made the connection between clean water and good health while studying Environmental Science at Cornell University College of Agriculture in Ithaca, New York. “It changed my life and is what ultimately led me to Floyd and to choose a [...]
1. Why is it when someone says ‘be careful’ or ‘drive safely’ I feel like I’m doomed for disaster but if they say ‘be well’ or ‘take care’ I feel competent and blessed? 2. Strange trivia found scribbled in my notebook: How much does a body weigh after cremation? 7-8 pounds. 3. Are Ya Kiddin’ [...]
I woke too early with the weight of 1,000 year old melting glaciers on my mind, after watching last night’s Extreme Ice, a PBS NOVA program on the time lapse documentation of glacial changes around the world. Last year, after learning about the non-biodegradable plastic island bigger than the state of Texas floating around in [...]
Beatniks play saucers Ring teaspoon clappers Jam with jazz rappers Sing praises to Lao Tzu Note: For more teapoet poems click and scroll HERE.
~ The following was first published in the February issue of Natural Awakenings of Southwest Virginia Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. A 2009 series of groundbreaking mindfulness [...]
That should say “in three easy parts,” and in this case, our snowman turned out to be a girl. Kaylee did most of the work. She rolled the balls while I shoveled her snow for packing. I would have helped more but had my hands full with Bryce who needed help walking in the deep [...]
I checked out the Laughter Yoga class at the Floyd Fitness Center because I thought it would make a nice story for the paper because I know we could all use a good laugh right about now in the middle of a blizzardy February. The group was less than half its normal size because of [...]
1. These days our knights on white horses are the local farmers on tractor plows coming to plow us out. 2. In light of the Supreme Court’s recent vote not to limit corporate campaign spending, I think THESE new robes are well suited. 3. I recently became interested in the poetry of Haitian [...]
~ The following was published in the winter 2010 issue of All About Her, a regional newspaper insert. When Kamala Bauers was 10 years old, her 7-month-old brother James suffered complications from Spinal Meningitis that left him severely disabled. Today, Bauers and her husband Jack Wall are celebrating their 15th year as directors of Wall [...]
Haiku with high tea Best to sip slowly Don’t brew the oolong too long Note: Click and scroll HERE for more teapoet poems.
The snowed-in took advantage of Sunday’s sun to get outside for a walk in the neighborhood. This group broke the cabin fever with tea and cookies and good conversation inside the warmth of our house before heading back up the homegrown plowed hill to their farm. The creeks were full and rushing. Old mailboxes were [...]
Snowed-in and sick, but it could be worse. We got Nora Jones on the stereo, dry wood for the stove, and a pot full of hot miso soup. We got tissues and cough drops, a down comforter spread. We got PBS and a library movie to watch. Our neighbor plows the driveway for the third [...]
~ The following appeared in The Floyd press on February 4, 2010. Computer consultant Ben Kiser is not your average technician. The 1999 ECPI College of Technology graduate and owner of Kiser Computing Consulting LLC not only repairs computers and keeps them running smoothly, he also makes house calls. Kiser, a North Carolina native and [...]