Monday, June 21, 2021

2 Lost Girls

The internet is just a world passing notes around a classroom.
~Jon Stewart

Hat tip to Ariana for both of these. One is for relaxing and one is for laughing (and illustrating Jon Stewart's quote). Watch whichever you need right now!

Rising Appalachia:


The post title comes from the name of the first song and the fact that the person who thinks her horse weighs 15,000 pounds also seems pretty lost.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Humming-Bird

Quick as a hummingbird...she darts so eagerly, swiftly, sweetly dipping into the flowers of my heart.
~James Oppenheim

I know my wildlife photography friends can do this in their sleep, but I was thrilled to get these shots (with my phone) when I visited Ariana in St Louis! Many hummingbirds come to her feeder each day and I was able to get some of them used to me.

The hummingbird poems I'm sharing today rhyme...I like the lift and litheness of these poems, very appropriate when talking about these fairy-like birds.

The Humming-Bird
by Richard Burton

Is it a monster bee,
Or is it a midget bird,
Or yet an air-born mystery
That now yon marigold has stirred,
And now on vocal wing
To a neighbor bloom is whirred,
In an aery ecstasy, in a passion of pilfering?


The first stanza of To a Humming-Bird
by John Vance Cheney

Voyager on golden air,
Type of all that's fleet and fair,
Incarnate gem,
Live diadem
Bird-beam of the summer day, —
Whither on your sunny way?


The Humming-Bird
by Jones Very

Like thoughts that flit across the mind,
Leaving no lasting trace behind,
The humming-bird darts to and fro,
Comes, vanishes before we know.


I've been reading Nature's Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy and have been utterly fascinated by it.

Buffy Silverman is the Poetry Friday host. Thanks, Buffy!

Reminder! Don't forget to turn in your IMPERFECT II submissions by June 30th!

One last thing! This week, Jone is sharing the poem I wrote her for the Summer Poem Swap: A blessing for those who cultivate words

Mostly Minsk

It's better to be a dictator than gay.
~Alexander Lukashenko, dictator of Belarus

Lukashenko must go! Photos from Belarus for Art Thursday.

Minsk, Belarus
photo by Marc Veraart

Minsk, Belarus
photo by Marc Veraart

Minsk, Belarus
photo by Andrey Filippov

Minsk, Belarus
photo by Andrey Filippov

Hrodna, Belarus
photo by Konrad Lembcke

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Understanding Dementia for Caregivers

It occurred to me that at one point it was like I had two diseases - one was Alzheimer's, and the other was knowing I had Alzheimer's.
~Terry Pratchett

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. Premier Nursing Academy is marking the occasion with a new guidebook, Understanding Dementia for Caregivers: Types, Signs, and Treatments, which goes over the basics of dementia, types of dementia, what to expect, and how to provide support.

You can read Understanding Dementia for Caregivers: Types, Signs, and Treatments here.

Other caregiving posts

Monday, June 14, 2021


Better known as Noveller, Lipstate has a habit of spinning the straw of her personal tragedies into the golden threads with which she weaves her musical tapestries.
~Aaron Rogers

Noveller (Sarah Lipstate) for Music Monday:

Hat tip to Austin Kleon

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Empathy Day

This #EmpathyDay step into someone else's shoes by reading their stories #ReadforEmpathy
~this year's theme

In the U.K., June 10th is Empathy Day.

Some teachers, authors, and students make "Empathy Resolutions." Many of the ones I saw mentioned being better listeners. Some students said they would try not to judge books by their covers (literally or figuratively, I wonder?).

I thought delving into fear was a useful, fresh take on empathy:

A quote from Nikki Giovanni:

Writers don't write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don't. If you wrote from experience, you'd get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.

Lastly, a poem by Kim Stafford:

Curse of the Charmed Life
by Kim Stafford

Things pretty much worked out for you—
you have what you need, and if you need more,
you have people ready and able to provide.

Sure, someday your luck will run out,
you’ll be helpless, then gone, and your people
will gather in your honor.

There will be music, and tears. People will
embrace—for you. There will be an odd
buoyancy, a chatter of kind words, blessing.

But the curse of this charm is exile
from the unlucky, how gifts make you...

read the rest here


Carol's Corner has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Carol!

Eugeniusz Zak

In his works, the modern was constantly made ancient, and the ancient modern. about Eugeniusz Zak

For Art Thursday, Belarusian artist Eugeniusz Zak. I thought about having just one painting so you could take a long look, but I like each of them too much to leave any out. I love the color palettes, all so different.

Surprised Fisherman
by Eugeniusz Zak

The head of a woman
by Eugeniusz Zak

In the church
by Eugeniusz Zak