SoCS: Tossing it Out

I‘m going to toss this out there on a bold dare Launch a message at will while the neighbors fire up the grill I’m a stone’s throw away from saying what I need to say The line shall be cast far out and you’ll know what this is about The pitch is soon to be known without use of a cell phone Catapluted in your direction with a blogger’s affection Propelled as a response to a prompt’s nonchalance Heaved intoRead more

Freedom, Independence

“Some say freedom is a gift placed in our hands by our forefathers. Some say freedom is a human right that none should be denied. Some say freedom is a privilege that can and will be seized if taken for granted. Some say freedom is the key that opens doors otherwise meant to imprison. Some say freedom is power to do, to be, to say, and to accomplish what the oppressed cannot. Some say freedom is a responsibility—a weight toRead more

Creepy: The Storm

It cracked louder than a dud at the Fourth of July fireworks. I jumped. Earlier this afternoon, I was 30 miles to the south, visiting mom. A weather alert came over the radio as I pulled into the gas station. Bad storm. Headed southeast. Sixty-five mile an hour winds. I could see the blackness of the clouds to the north in exactly the direction I was headed. Sh*t. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous driving home. Weather likeRead more

Hit and Run Patio

I survived the past five days of theater, concert, funeral, mom, shopping, church and business trip. I’m a tad bit tired, especially after an earlier, very sweaty yoga class. All I can muster up this evening is a hit-and-run of the patio gardens that Natasha and I tend. First up: Black-eyed Susan vines and a lucky turtle. Clematis and Sun-Patiens We celebrate the Fourth of July all summer long. And can’t get enough of pink impatiens, even the out-of-focus ones. IntermixedRead more

Beautiful America

Friday is the Fourth of July – Independence Day for U.S. citizens. It’s a day of celebration. Over a three-day weekend, I hope to be indulging in two nights of fireworks, combined with a movie or two, adult refreshment and Oreos. (Those blessed Oreos!) I may even salute my beautiful country. Happy Birthday America, I adore you from sea to shining sea!   America, The Beautiful Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates – 1913 O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves ofRead more

Verklempt

Definition: Verklempt is a Yiddish word that means “overcome with emotion.” Pronounced “fer-klempt,” people use it when they are so emotional that they’re on the verge of tears or at a loss for words due to their emotional state. I came across this word over 20 years ago, watching Mike Myers portray a caricature of his Jewish mother-in-law, Linda Richman, on Saturday Night Live. I think about this word every time the National Anthem plays at a sporting event. EveryRead more