Playing disc golf with these Yahoos today…

10 Word Review – Booksmart

Witty. Writing. Chemistry. Silly. Enjoyable. School. Friendship. Direction. Cast. Yes.

10 Word Review – Knives Out

Fun. Quirky. Cast. Entertaining. Pace. Writing. Direction. Story. Donut. YES.

When your dog is ailng and can’t go up and down the stairs to the TV room you improvise. We brought a tv upstairs to the living room from the guest bedroom and brought out some low camp chairs so the boy could lay in a bed on the floor and still be close to us. That is dog love right there. And we do love him so.

Our lavender is blooming

We hauled rock and mulch the last couple of days from the nursery. We have 11 distinct beds in the front of our house. We mulched 3 of them today. It took 7 huge bags from the nursery. Many roads to travel, but we’re getting there.

10 Word Review – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Goodness. Kindness. Relationship. Warmth. Natural. Hanks. Rhys. Genuine. True. Yes.

10 Word Review – A Vigilante

Predictable. Quiet. Flashbacks. Wilde. Sad. Subtle. Intense. Revenge. Trucks. No.

Space station or mushroom?

Passenger #3

Passenger #2

Passenger #1

All creatures great and small

Hanging out in the bedroom while the plumbers are here working on the sump pump. I think he’s good.

10 Word Review – Charlie’s Angels

Hi-jinx. Cast. Silly. Predictable. Disappointing. Fluff. Concept. Flat. Filler. No.

10 Word Review – The Way Back

Predictable. Familiar. Affleck. Performance. Redemption. Forgiveness. Alcoholism. Quiet. Formulaic. yes.

10 Word Review – Bombshell

Interesting. Women. Cast. Pace. Culture. Ambition. Strength. Consequences. Voices. Yes.

10 Word Review – Escape From Pretoria

Tense. Incredible. Keys. Apartheid. True. Escape. Prison. Simple. Gum. Yes.

And it’s in! #sunnyday #springweather #discgolf #abitofparktherapy #getoutside

Lily

Tiny

Words of Amit Ray

Photo by TJ Parker
The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.
AMIT RAY

10 Word Review – The Goldfinch

Grief. Life. Sadness. Kidman. Subtle. Emotional. Depth. Nuanced. Captivating. Yes.

Praise Song For The Day

Photo by TJ Parker
Praise Song for the Day
BY ELIZABETH ALEXANDER

A Poem for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration


Each day we go about our business,

walking past each other, catching each other’s

eyes or not, about to speak or speaking.



All about us is noise. All about us is

noise and bramble, thorn and din, each

one of our ancestors on our tongues.



Someone is stitching up a hem, darning

a hole in a uniform, patching a tire,

repairing the things in need of repair.



Someone is trying to make music somewhere,

with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum,

with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.



A woman and her son wait for the bus.

A farmer considers the changing sky.

A teacher says, Take out your pencils. Begin.



We encounter each other in words, words

spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed,

words to consider, reconsider.



We cross dirt roads and highways that mark

the will of some one and then others, who said

I need to see what’s on the other side.



I know there’s something better down the road.

We need to find a place where we are safe.

We walk into that which we cannot yet see.



Say it plain: that many have died for this day.

Sing the names of the dead who brought us here,

who laid the train tracks, raised the bridges,



picked the cotton and the lettuce, built

brick by brick the glittering edifices

they would then keep clean and work inside of.



Praise song for struggle, praise song for the day.

Praise song for every hand-lettered sign,

the figuring-it-out at kitchen tables.



Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,

others by first do no harm or take no more

than you need. What if the mightiest word is love?



Love beyond marital, filial, national,

love that casts a widening pool of light,

love with no need to pre-empt grievance.



In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air,

any thing can be made, any sentence begun.

On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp,



praise song for walking forward in that light.



Copyright © 2009 by Elizabeth Alexander. All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota. A chapbook edition of Praise Song for the Day will be published on February 6, 2009.

Source: Praise Song for the Day (Graywolf Press, 2009)

Baby tomatoes are here!!