- Dance Recitals
When was the last time you attended a dance recital? Aren’t they fun? The granddaughters had one this weekend, and, of course, Grandma and Grandpa were more than happy to go.
If stickiness (memorability) is the sign of a good poem, is it also the sign of a good joke?
I recently heard an adult tell a knock-knock joke that left everyone in the room trying desperately to hold back a silly grin. I was suddenly a little girl again, leaning against my mother and waiting for her reaction to this:
Lettuce in, it’s cold out here!
And I grinned despite myself.
- The Beauty of Northern Nebraska
A couple of weekends ago, we took a quick day trip to northern Nebraska, and I can highly recommend the scenery. For those of you unfamiliar with that part of the world, let me just say you are really missing a beautiful place. There are rolling hills with pastures just now greening up, as well as bright green alfalfa fields.
- Housebound and Driven Crazy by a Cat
Last month, I was at the end of a 12-day house- and cat-sitting stint for our son and daughter-in-law while they experienced London, Leeds, Canterbury, Dover, and Pars. It was raining cats and dogs on the Thursday afternoon we drove the 45-minutes to the airport to drop them off, and it kept raining all the way back to their home. Later that evening, the rain turned to snow. It continued to snow until early Sunday morning, leaving 18-24 inches on the ground. With a pile of books and much work to do, it shouldn’t have been a problem.
- The Cardinal
The Cardinal Bird
(William Davis Gallagher, 1808-1894)
A day and then a week passed by:
The redbird hanging from the sill
Sang not; and all were wondering why
It was so still—
When one bright morning, loud and clear,
- Internet Search Magic
Our media specialist went to a conference and returned with some really great tips on using the Internet. I don’t want to be selfish, so I’ll share a few with you.
- What Would You Do If You Knew . . .
[amazon cover 0385663404] In The End of the Alphabet, Ambrose is told he has only a month to live. He and his wife, Zipper, have no children or extended family, so his decision to travel as much as he can before dying affects only them.
My thought is to travel as much as I can before I’m given that kind of diagnosis, but I do understand. We often put off today what, we hope, we’ll be able to do tomorrow for a variety of reasons: cost, especially in these days of economic uncertainty; personal safety; time away from home, job, family; etc.
- Good Poems
[amazon cover 0142003441] I have been reading Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems. I keep returning to a poem by Kenneth Rexroth (1905–1982), a much-married poet, essayist, and devotee of Asian poetry. Three of his poems are featured in Good Poems.
- Would You Steal Horses with a Friend?
[amazon cover 1555974708] I was speaking with a friend at the office the other day about the book Out Stealing Horses (by Per Petterson). She asked about the title, and I explained about the two young boys talking about stealing horses, although they weren’t really going to steal the horses—they just wanted to ride them in the horses’ pasture. The horses belonged to someone else; the boys’ talk of stealing seemed to make it more adventurous for them.
- What’s the Best Reality Series on TV?
What’s the best reality series on television? In my opinion, it’s The Amazing Race, a CBS show.