1. I found a poetry blog I like, Naming Constellations, by Joseph Harker. I especially like Harker’s byline: “My daily writing process: First, I eat breakfast. Then, I mythologize breakfast.”
2. It’s interesting to me that Joseph is a poet with the name Harker and that “hark” means to hear with intention and to call back to memory.
3. Artist Peter Cook took eight years to grow his own chair.
4. A seed of my poetry took root HERE.
5. I love the smell of scotch tape, which caused me to wonder why they call it “Scotch” and to do a little research to find out why. “The Use of the term “Scotch” in the name has a pejorative origin. A customer complained that 3M was manufacturing its masking tape too cheaply, and told company engineer Richard Drew to, ‘take this tape back to your stingy Scotch bosses and tell them to put more adhesive on it.’
6. I just discovered that some purple iris smells like grape Kool-Aid, some smells like root beer and some doesn’t smell like much of anything.
7. Wondering if we will see our deceased loved ones again or not, I found myself asking, “Is death a dead end?”
8. Poetry is to flowers what prose is to vegetables.
9. What does it mean that the definition of the word emergency is an “unforeseen occurrence requiring immediate attention” and that the the word “emergency” has the word “emerge” right in it, which means “to come out of or live through a difficult experience.”
10. There doesn’t seem to be any connection between May Day, the pagan spring festival, and Mayday the emergency word used as a distress signal that comes from the French venez m’aider, meaning “help me.”
11. Remember biofeedback? Joe has some new personal feedback and stress reduction software from Heartmath that records heart rate variability or heart coherence. When I was tested on it last night I averaged about 14% in heart coherence, but was able to bring it up to 98% in a few minutes by breathing and thinking happy thoughts. Then I tried just thinking happy thoughts and brought it up to 58%. Then I just did the breathing and it rose to 85%. Next I’m going to try dancing.
12. “The usefulness of a cup is its emptiness.” Bruce Lee
13. And in the end the comments you take are equal to the comments you make.