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Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
marina, a killeer built its nest under a tree. Then one hot Saturday
when all the kiddies were out of school and picnics were in full
swing, someone occupied the cooker next to the bird's nest and the
people coming and going kept scaring the Mom off the nest. She'd run
back and try to get settled and get scared away again. I yelled at
one guy for scaring her. But we had to leave--I coudln't guard the
nest--I hope the nest, the eggs, the babies, the parents all survive.
Friday, June 18, 2010
What if, instead of dying flowers, perfume
smelled like mountaintops, like granite
and fir-filtered wind? Breezes lift our feet
from the rock and fragrance-scented air
buoys us up over golden rows of mountains.
You laugh like a child taking his first step
out onto the taut surface of water
and instead of sinking, we skate
on that tensile surface that quivers
like my heart when you reach
the long pin freathers of your wings
and wrap them all light and tickle
and remember around me.
Mary Stebbins Taitt
first poem on Ipad,
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
father. During the trip, he hopes to lose weight, shape up, and make personal growth discoveries, a noble cause indeed. As a person who has set off on somewhat similar adventures, I'm rooting for him every inch of the way.
Lord Keiella posted to Freecycle, an organization to which I belong and support, a list of items he needs in order to make the trip. They included a one-man tent. I didn't have a one-man tent, but I did a lightweight 1 ½ man backpacking tent. (Please don't ask me to explain what half a man is!) It's a comfortable size for a person hiking or biking alone, with room for gear if it rains, or a very cozy size for two who don't mind being very close. BUT, I didn't know for sure where all the parts of it were. I took a chance that I'd be able to locate them and emailed Lord Keiella. He said he was interested, I found the missing parts, and he came over yesterday.
I was interested and excited to meet him. I had no idea what to expect. It turned out he was friendly, interesting and thoughtful. I showed him how to set up the tent, even though he was an experienced camper, because the North Face Tadpole I gave him had a few quirks.
Lord Keiella is based in the Detroit area. He's planning to leave July 2, 2010 He will be stopping at Pensacola, FL on the way to his foster fathers, to see the oil spill and its effects on the birds, animals, beaches and habitats of the area. He hopes to make 100 miles a day. 60 under his own power, his "Meat Motor" and 40-ish using a small gasoline engine to assist, that he expects to get 125 mpg with. He expects to arrive in Florida, if everything goes well, around July 19th, stay and visit with his foster father, and then ride back, stopping at some yet-to-be-decided places up thru South Carolina, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. He hopes to make Myrtle Beach one of these stops.
You can see more details about Lord Keiella's trip at his blog. (He's a lot funnier than I am!) Be sure to check the list of items he needs to complete his trip here, in case you have anything lying around you could donate to him.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
- Unaccustomed Earth
- Saving Cinnamon
- Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer (John Grisham)
- The truth about Lord Stoneville
- Creating Characters Kids will love (a nonfiction how to in creative writing for kids.)
Friday, June 11, 2010
I've downloaded so far.
We rode our motorcycles 165-mile round trip up to the Black River above Port Huron near the Canadian border, and hiked around the bluff and river flats where sometimes, the nettles were neck high and poison ivy rampant. The black river was lookingt mighty borwn from all the
rains. The trails up the bluff were steep and difficult. We saw a heron, but no aniamls other than squirrels and a muskrat. Lots of birds. We came back via back roads, making several stops. When we got home, I made Seafood Paella with real saffron, first time ever. It came out great.