Friday, May 21, 2010

This is Just Cool

Sometimes genius is quite simple. I cannot embed this particular video, so just make with the click and check it out. I hope you will be just as amazed as I was, and no, I didn’t find it on my own – the husband found it from a friend and e-mailed it to me. Enjoy! (Or just click on the title above and it will take you there without problems.)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Let's Admit to Part of Bush's Legacy

It is surprising to me how much flack the Obama administration is getting over the BP oil spill as if it is President Obama’s direct fault. Let’s face direct facts here people: President George W. Bush signed into presence the being that oil companies could drill off shore, deep off shore for oil. When he did this he was lauded as a great leader for helping America offset the oil shortage even though research had not been completed as to what would happen if there was a leak of any magnitude, although many environmentalists did warn that safety precautions did need to be taken and some more research did need to be taken just in case something like this were to happen. Out of pure greed and the out-going administration this was pushed through.

This tragedy is not something that is going to go away any time soon. It is going to directly affect us as a nation for many years to come, and, unfortunately, it is going to affect the world, I suspect, for many years to come on levels we are, as yet, unaware of at this moment. Why don’t we stop wailing and trying to point fingers at the current administration and actually try to stand behind it as we would any other because this president is actually trying to do something about it, not only for his children, but for ours. It isn’t just up to the government; it is also up to us to help. There are also ways WE can help by collecting hose and pet hair to help make the booms that are trying to suck up the oil mentioned in the news clip. You can check it out at this site here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Blackberry Winter

In the mountains of Southeastern Kentucky when the blackberry bushes are heavy with white blooms the wise older people noticed a “cold snap” would always come and thus it came to be known as blackberry winter because it was cold and usually quite dreary, just not cold enough for snow (usually). Here I am in the suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky, one of the fastest growing cities of the state and blackberry winter is in full swing. It has reminded me just how much things can remain the same even if we are not where we originally started from.

As my husband and I drove home this weekend from his parents’ home you could see blackberry bushes heavy with white blooms and mixed in among them along the side of the road was a bush called Seven Sisters that looks remarkably like blackberry blooms but get their name because they have seven blooms instead of just one, like the blackberry. I had forgotten about the Seven Sisters bushes until I was speaking with one of my sisters afterwards.

Like me, she has left the mountains. She has moved to Florida and rarely makes it back home, much like me. We don’t get to see each other often, but we do get to call each other and visit via phone and cell phone, and there is rarely a time that passes when we are not asking each other some question concerning mountain wisdom about planting or one of the many “winters” that dot the landscape before summer arrives properly.

There were four of us girls and one boy that grew up in that house on Stinnett. All of us have moved away except one. One of us girls has moved just up the road into her own home and has made a good life for herself there. It hasn’t been easy for any of us in our chosen lives, but when those of us need a boost to keep on going we always end up on going back home, on revisiting where we came from – knowing where you came from sets where you are going into a better perspective. You can’t see this when you’re young and 23 and know everything there is to know about life and living any way. (Once you’re past 23, you can finally understand what wisdom your parents and grandparents had and were trying to share with you.)

Sometimes you just need to know, and accept, that, after blackberry winter, summer comes into full bloom.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Learning to Fly

There is a little brown sparrow that was laid and hatched in a tree in our back yard.  Now it has left the nest and is learning to fly.  Try as I might to capture his endeavors on film to share with the rest of the world, he keeps moving from one branch to the other, just a little further away than before.  His parents are still feeding him a little, but he is of good size now and they will soon pull back their aid and let him fend for himself.

Today I watched him flutter his way to the ground and do some exploring of food sources on the ground and then he looked back up, I believe at the tree, and perhaps wondered how in the world he was going to get back up there!  Finally he made it to our fence and then to the top of it, and from there to a low hanging branch of another tree, and his parents soon met him with a morsel of food to give him strength to keep on trying, learning, and growing. 

I feel much like that little bird today - I am just now spreading my wings in a different arena and trying to learn to fly.  It is frightening, but also thrilling.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The orchid on the front porch finally opened!

Isn't this beautiful? The picture doesn't do it justice.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010


The past 20+ hours or so have not exactly been pleasant ones for me: A migraine crept up on me and attacked about 8:45 p.m. last night and lasted all the way through to 3:15 p.m. today. Luckily for me, the hubby was here and was able to help me get to one of my migraine medications – it melts on the tongue and tastes almost like oranges – which effectively knocked me out, but not continuously. I woke up several times in severe pain either from my head or from one of my joints from having been completely still for a while. This morning there was an attempt to get some extra sleep, but the telephone kept ringing. A migraine and a ringing telephone do NOT mix.

As I got my pounding head out of the bed (by this time all I felt like was a pounding head) and stood up, my stomach felt as if it was going to empty itself of all of its contents even if there really wasn’t anything in there to empty. Nausea and a pounding head do not make you a happy person. THEN I had to call about a household bill. Right off the bat I told the call center rep a) I had a migraine and he may have to repeat himself; b) speak slowly; and c) let me know if he could hear me because I sounded very loud to myself. He was a trooper and we got the bill paid in no time. Despite feeling as if putting my head in lava might just be a good idea, there was a feeling of accomplish inside. I like feeling accomplished and successful, evidently even in misery. Go figure.

Any way – as the day progressed and the headache eventually got better and went away thoughts of how I was going to make a little extra money entered the consciousness. As it usually does in these sorts of moments, writing took center stage: I could WRITE and make a little extra money. I could SELL some STORIES and pad my pockets a little because writing you can pick up and put down at different times and you can…. Yeah, I attributed it to the migraine, too.

Once the migraine was gone, though, I sat quietly for a few moments and listened to a Kitaro CD and actually let myself think about this idea. Did I want to write? Yes. Did I want to write for a living? Maybe not for a living, but I still want my own stories and poems published. It is more important now for me to do so than ever before because I seriously do not know when that little bone spur is going to move and kill me.

(Yep, that little critter is one big motivator in my life for quite a few things now, and it is sad that it took something like this for me to put my life in order just in case a bad scenario happened. I could kick myself because I should have been living like this all along instead of just riding through life and putting things off, planning for tomorrow instead of today.)

So, exactly HOW IMPORTANT was writing to me (really, no bullshit this time)? It is important, like a lifetime goal that hasn’t been achieved, nor truly pursued in a very long time. Was it important enough to work on, seriously work on? Yes, but not to support myself. If I end up adding to the household income with writing then I will thank God for still letting me keep this wonderful gift, tithe, and keep on writing.

This caused me to take a deep breath and make a list of some of the basic things I needed to do in order to start writing again. At the top of the list was, of course, writing. I need to write and write a lot…and well, because no one wants a badly written story or poem. Next came the decision to actually put what little money I had where my love was and I purchased a monthly account of Writer's so I would actually know where I could send poems and stories out to once they were finished. Purchasing that monthly account made me so nervous I was half afraid the migraine would come back because knots formed for several long minutes between my shoulder blades and I had to do qi gong breathing to get everything relaxed again.

Getting the Writer’s Market monthly wasn’t anything new, mind you. I had kept it religiously way back when buffalo thundered across the mighty plains and dodo birds were aplenty. It hadn’t made me almost hyperventilate then. Why was it causing such a reaction in me like this now? I didn’t like the answer when it presented itself: Because then I was serious on a youthful level that everything would work out. Period. Now, I have to make it work out, there just isn’t any other answer.

This led me to think of what else had to work out and what needed to be done before I died so that when I faced God and looked back on my life I wouldn’t be quite so ashamed for wasting such a beautiful one. The list was surprisingly short, yet it too was accomplishable. None of what I see before me, and have set before me, is going to be easy to accomplish, but it can be done; I can even have great fun doing everything…. Migraines or not.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Actress Lynn Redgrave Dead at 67

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This makes me sad.