SoCS: There’s Always Another

One last post about September biking vacation and then I’ll shut up. The aftertaste, the honeymoon period, has been sweet. On the Sunday of that glorious week, biking buddy and I were on the trail during most of a Green Bay Packer vs. Minnesota Viking football game that started at noon. However, in doing so, we were burning a lot of calories and around 1:00 pm, our tummies told us it was time for fuel. Carbs and protein. We decidedRead more

SoCS: Oh, the Million Things!

Straining to feel spring Restraining from vulgar sighing Straining to find calm on the job Restraining from deadline stress Straining to finish a good book Restraining from adding another to the list Straining to people-connect Restraining from silent solitude Straining from the edible desires Restraining with duct tape Straining to attend the gym Restraining from giving up the fight Straining for daily gratitude Restraining from divisive politics Straining to find the written word Restraining from not letting that go StrainingRead more

SoCS: Precious

Precious Is the congregation of people under a church’s steeple in a mosque praying in a temple Precious Are the poor and meek and technology geek daughters of the rich sons of middle class Precious Multi-colored range of hues those whose boundaries refuse to hate the hateful or exist with intolerance Precious Righteous sinners lottery winners the far-flung right and the liberal left Precious Moms, dads, sisters, brothers grandpa, grandma, plenty of others family and friends acquaintances, neighbors Precious WisdomRead more

SoCS: Eight Favorites

Asked to pick a favorite word There are so many The words I do lean toward Do not rhyme with plenty People is number one At the top of the list For if there were none How would we know to exist? God is number two Creator of number one Life giver of the new And light of the Son Love comes in at three Surrounds the human heart Comes on bended knee From hate shall always part Chocolate isRead more

Poetic Subjectivity

“It’s all about people. It’s all about the subjectivity of what people love.” ~Joe Pantoliano~ A week ago, I finished a five-week poetry class at UW-Fox Valley. This class was definitely more subjective than it was technical. Rather than learn about different styles of poetry, pentameter or best use of the English language, we engaged in free-write exercises, read works of published poets, listened to short lectures, recited our homework (poetry) out loud, and listened to feedback from the restRead more

Nothing and Everything

It’s 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon and I have nothing. Nothing in the “inspiration to write something cute and funny” department. Nothing in the “I have a story for you!” department. Nothing in the “here’s another poem or cat photo” department. And, yet… I have everything. I have everything in a job that affords time off during the holidays. I have everything in friends who invite me into their lovely home for Thanksgiving and present a royal feast of turkey, stuffingRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Speed

“The only thing faster than the speed of thought is the speed of forgetfulness.” “Good thing we have other people to help us remember.” ~Vera Nazarian~ And pens and post-it notes. And Outlook calendars. And Google calendars. And appointment cards. And the part of our brains that once-in-awhile remembers stuff. This was not the one-liner I intended to use today. I had an outstanding idea for One-Liner Wednesday on Sunday morning while fixing the bed-head, faux mohawk that was myRead more

Dude on a Bike & #WATWB

On the bike, waiting for the traffic light to change… Me: Nice day for a bike ride. Dude on a Bike: Every day is a nice day for a bike ride. Me: Yes, I suppose…unless it’s snowing. Dude on a Bike: Only if it’s snowing hard. Me: I draw the line at 50 degrees. I’m a bit of a fair-weather biker. Dude on a Bike: I ride all year ’round, unless it’s snowing hard. Me: Do you have a fatRead more

The Facebook Calculator

“You’ve shared 2 days in a row and your friends are responding.” ~Facebook~ Wow, really? I’m glad Facebook told me this as I am evidently unable to count or read. And I’m blind. This statement made me roll eyes at its propensity for mockery and in-your-face presumptuousness. I realize Facebook isn’t intentional in making fun (or are they?) of our brain’s ability to function. However, the statement struck me as knowledge that most Facebook regulars would already know because theyRead more

All the People

“And the world will live as one.” John Lennon imagined. He dreamed. Nothing to kill or die for. No need for greed or hunger. All the people. Living life in peace. This post has been brought to you by John Lennon’s imagination, Pentatonix and Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday. Click HERE to see additional one-liners in the comment section. Feel free to play along by posting your own one-liner and linking your post to Linda’s.   I’m adding a plug forRead more

Equality

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” ~Thomas Jefferson~ You may be saying to yourself, “Okay, I know this, but didn’t Thomas Jefferson own slaves?” Yes he did. Mr. Jefferson grew up on a plantation with enslaved workers and as an adult, owned nearly 200.  From Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest: “As aRead more

My People

“Take me back to my people.” That was the directive mom gave me on Christmas Eve, when my brother, the girlfriend and I decided it was time to leave. Mom usually sits in the main living room between meals, among the other residents. On December 24th, we had taken mom in her wheel chair to the front living room of the assisted living facility, where it was just the four of us and we could have a quiet, personal conversation.Read more