Skip to content

National Poetry Month: April 2, 2020– Traces of Trees

April 2, 2020

They are everywhere — these traces of trees–growing from outline to draft.

Six small tuscan kale and six sugar pea plants wait in warm earth for rain.

April is National Poetry Month so I’m going to post an American sentence every day along with art. Allen Ginsberg came up with the concept — an American sentence is like a haiku in that it has 17 syllables but it’s not three lines in a stanza but one sentence. As a haiku seeks to conveys an image that generates emotion and conveys a moment in time, the best Sentences do more than just offer a sentence in 17 syllables.

I learned about American Sentences from Paul Nelson who I met at the Taos Poetry Circus in 2000. He has been writing one a day since January 1, 2001. Learn more about American Sentences from Paul here.

 

National Poetry Month: April 1, 2020 — April Fools

April 1, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all agree there is no need for April’s Fools in 2020.

If I could only write this April’s Fools I’d be a better person.

April is National Poetry Month so I’m going to post an American sentence every day. Allen Ginsberg came up with the concept — an American sentence is like a haiku in that it has 17 syllables and it conveys a moment in time.

 

 

10 Years Ago Today: More Like Superman

February 5, 2020

Dr. Aria Sabit with patient spring 2010

One month ago on this day, our dog got hit by a car and dragged 100′; link to the GoFundMe here. On this date one month ago, I was laid off from my college teaching job due to low enrollment.

But these shocks are nothing like the one that happened ten years ago today, when, in a bicycle accident discussed here, or with more details here, my husband broke his C2 aka the Hangman’s break where 95% of the people die, and the 5% who live are quadriplegics (think Christopher Reeves) except for 3% of that 5% who have fused necks with a significant loss of mobility.

However, instead of being like the human Christopher Reeves, he’s more like the superhero– he’s more like Superman. He is completely recovered with complete mobility.

Night skiing g at Big Bear December 2019

While he can’t fly through the air like Superman can, he flies on his snowboard 30 or so days a year and on his mountain bike as often as possible.

Who doesn’t have mobility?

His doctor. Read more…

Ron’s Rankings, Oscar Nominations 2019

February 4, 2020

 

Oscar statues photo courtesy of the Academy Awards


With THE 92ND ACADEMY AWARDS 2020 edition coming up this Sunday February 9 at the 
Dolby Theatre at honoring movies released in 2019, everyone is talking about their favorite films– including my friend and film aficionado Ron Wells.
“Soooo many great actors in so many films this year,” says Ron in his introduction to his rankings. “I love films and going to theaters and seeing artists do what they do best. Always a joy for me. This year for me was really about documentaries. I would watch all of those listed a second or third time. The movies were good too, but I don’t know that anything blew me away. Still, a nice mix of films over the past year.”

Here are Ron’s Rankings (and a few rants!) for 2019 with a few trailers followed by key nominations and a few thoughts from me and a few of my friends:

Read more…

“Let Us Not Despair” — Dr. King, Love, Justice, and Pecan Pie #MLKDay2020

January 20, 2020
tags: ,

LOVE sculpture with “Embrace” in the background; dawn Burning Man 2014. photo by Gwendolyn Alley

“What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK: Darkness cannot drive out darkness

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that,” said Dr. King in his 1963 book, Strength to Love. (https://apnews.com/…/King%27s-words-still-inspire-nearly-50…).

“Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Read more…

#WomensMarch for Justice: Jan. 18, 2020

January 17, 2020

 

Four years ago, a racist, sexist, ignorant, inflammatory, selfish and self-centered man was elected president of the United States.

Millions of women and their allies took to the streets across the country for the first Women’s March and other protests.

Some of us haven’t stopped protesting because while he has been impeached by the US House of Representatives, the Senate has to vote to remove him. Read more…

Greta, George, Jared, and the Ends of the World As We Know Them

January 15, 2020

 

Last September Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot came together in a video about climate change, warning us that the world is going to collapse unless we do something.

Someone who knows quite a bit about the topic of collapse also is UCLA Professor of Geography Jared Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Guns, Germs, and Steel and a book on Collapse. which served as a foundation for an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in LA about 15 years ago when the book came out. Read more…

Oldfield's Wanderings

Objects in blog are closer than they appear

avvinare

A wine blog by Susannah Gold

Memorable Moments

Adventures & "Bucket" Lists That Keep Life Interesting

Vinos y Pasiones

Aprendé sobre vinos, gastronomía y turismo. Mirá la Vida en modo positivo.

Best Tanzania Travel Guides

from Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti and beyond

LUCAS GILBERT

The Best Guide in Tanzania

Pull That Cork

Wine makes our life more fun.

The Writer's Den

A Community for Writers

Always Ravenous

Adventures in Food and Wine

Joy of Wine

"Wine cheereth God and man." -- Judges 9:13

Side Hustle Wino

If you're not having fun, you're not doing right.

Vineyard Son Alegre

Organic Wine And Olive Oil From Santanyí, Mallorca (Spain)

L.M. Archer

wordsmith | consumer, b2b + b2c

What's in that Bottle?

Better Living Through Better Wine!

ENOFYLZ

My humble wine blog

foodwineclick

When food and wine click!

The Flavor of Grace

Helene Kremer's The Flavor of Grace

The Swirling Dervish

Wine Stories, Food Pairings, and Life Adventures

ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

Living La Vida Vino!

Dracaena Wines

Our Wines + Your Moments = Great Memories

L'OCCASION

a reason for wine

OkieWineGirl

A Wine Drinker Rambling about Wine

Drifting Through

Welcome to the inner workings of my mind

Sonya Huber

books, essays, etc.

THE GRAPE BELT

More People, More Wine

The Weekly Sift

making sense of the news one week at a time

poor mexican gone

Yesterday's stories shed light on the way forward

ROCKIN RED BLOG

A Song in Every Glass

Cindy Ross

Author | Speaker

trailtraveler

Get your copy of Mile 445 today at Amazon.com!

Laura Grace Weldon

Free Range Learning, Creative Living, Gentle Encouragement, Big Questions, Poetry, Occasional Drollery

From Insults To Respect

A Guide To Anger And Conflict Resolution

Wes Chyrchel

Consultant · Work + Life Balance · Adventure

Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man

Snarky. Cheeky. Grumpy. Dopey. Never Bashful.

Elizabeth Smith

Writer · Educator · Gastronome · Oenophile · Hodophile

L'esprit de Vin

A wine blog with food for thought...

The Wine Wankers

G’day, you’re at the best wine blog ever! We're all about wine; without the wankery.

Wine Verbiage

verbiage about wine & life

%d bloggers like this: