Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Was it Good for You?

How was your long weekend?
It was good here.
A little time spent with friends.
And a little rain.
Happy Tuesday.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial

Reposted from 2008:

Please take a minute and 22 seconds to watch this clip. It contains some of my Uncle Bob's Memorial Service at Arlington National Cemetery in September 2006, and if you have never visited there, you should make an effort to go. Begun in Mrs. Robert E. Lee's rose garden during the Civil War, the 624 acre cemetery now contains the remains of soldiers and veterans from every American war. There is currently a five month wait to have a service at Arlington because of the wars in Iraq and Afganistan.

video

My Uncle Bob was a West Pointer. Class of 1945.

My Father Babe was a cadet, too. Class of 1946. He served in Korea and in Vietnam, and died in 1986. His doctors attributed his untimely death due to the amount of the herbicides and defoliants he was exposed to during his three tours of duty in Vietnam.

You may remember that I wrote about my mother's brother, Uncle Y in April. Please take a moment today to reflect on the courage and valor of all our armed forces. Past, present and future.

The entire time my father and Uncle Bob were students at West Point, their father, my grandfather, was a prisoner of war. By some twist of fate he was the highest ranking artillery officer during the Death March of Bataan in 1942, and remained a prisoner of the Japanese for the remainder of World War II. I have many of the letters and papers that belonged to my grandparents from this time, and among them is the following poem in my grandmother's hand, with the date May 21, 1942. He would have been in the POW camp at this point, and much communication was done via HAM radio; those who received messages, would send them on to the family members across the country. My grandmother Sugar had several messages from my grandfather sent to her this way. Many of them contained parts of this poem.

To Myrtle R. an Army Wife

Down East in USA
We have a message for you please - It came by Milky Way.
From prison camp in far Luzon the mystic message came,
Your husband is alive and well, and loves you just the same.
He held a post of high command with record brave and true.
He was faithful to his duty as he's ever been to you.
The soldier has no choice of time when country names the day.
The soldier has no choice of goals when duty points the way.
Such things are right and understood by army wives like you.
When soldiers drink the bitter cup, their wives must drink it too.
His isolation is complete by land and sea and air.
His only means of reaching you are thoughts and wish and prayer.
But Trans-Celestial ways are clear on starry nights in May.
The nights can turn some magic tricks that can't be done by day.
The crescent moon a wishing ship that sails a trackless blue,
Has brought the news of "Life and Hope" direct from him to you.
The charge is just a happy smile so dry your tears away,
And keep tuned in for later news the same time every day.
This message ends the usual way, your husband's words you hear.
"With Love and Kisses" for you all,
He ends it--Myrtle Dear.

I hope you'll join me in honoring all our military men and women everywhere today, and always.

Be Thou At Peace.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Public Announcement

Must be on your Bucket List:


"Of all the paths you choose in life,
make sure some of them are dirt."

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Right on the Money

Aquarius Horoscope
For The Week Starting May 23, 2011

Your first impressions this week should be the right on the money, so do not be afraid to act on them. Your mind is quicker than normal so this is a good time to bring people together to hash over old problems and misunderstandings. You only want what is best for everyone concerned and then you are willing to step aside and take a ‘back seat‘. This is an excellent time to make a new friend.

I'll take all of this. And, I send my greetings from the Grand Canyon this morning. I am here working. Really. And I have made lots of new friends.

Since we all cannot be Aquarians, tell me how your week looks.

Sunday Serenity


Phoenix, Arizona

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sad Friday

I miss my friend Cupid.
He flew away four days ago.
I have been helping my family search all over.
Maybe today he will come home.
We put fresh food in his cage this morning.
I hope it works.
We are all so sad.
So. Sad.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Heartbroken

I AM LOST!!! PLEASE HELP MY FAMILY FIND ME!

My name is Cupid and I am lost.

I am a Blue-headed Pionus Parrot—my body is green and my head is blue.

I was last seen by Schenck’s Island Park in Wilton, CT.

I might be acting shy or scared, but I may answer to “Pretty Bird”, “Hi Mommy”, “Hi Cupid”, or “Woof!”

Lost on May 17

If you have seen or found me, please contact my family to help me get back home!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

It's 50 and raining.
It will be like this for the foreseeable future.
My brother emailed me yesterday,
and said he may need light therapy.
I so get it.
Even my texts have the doldrums.
You know it's bad when a dog's bowel movement is exciting.
sigh

Please tell me your life is more exciting. Please?



Monday, May 16, 2011

What the....?

Aquarius Horoscope
For The Week Starting May 16, 2011

Be careful Monday night - you or others could get a little crazy and you do not want to be the cause of the trouble. Dress and act conservatively just in case. Allow others to take the lead now because it can bring you good luck. Friends or relatives are coming to visit you again in the near future so be prepared. The new direction in which you are going will be very good for your wellbeing.

Anybody wanna go out with me tonight? Is yours any better?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

This-n-That Thursday

Things that made me smile this week:
  • Puffs Plus with lotion.
  • A perfectly ripe avocado.
  • Newt.
  • Hummingbirds at the feeder.
  • The car wash.
  • My Wal-Mart orchid with 30 blooms and buds.
  • Summer pj's.
  • Mint iced tea.
  • Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle.
  • Discovering scarlet tanagers in the park.
And the best?
  • My babies are home from their second year of school! Halfway!
You?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Too Much Time on my Hands


You Are Copper



You are provocative and challenging. You help people realize who they really are.

You live a very balanced life. You always take time for love and art.



You are both a powerful and generous person. You always have time to give back.

People find you to be incredibly ethical and loyal.



So after copper oxidizes?



You Are Mint Green



Balanced and calm, you have mastered the philosophy of living well.

Your friends seek you out for support, and you are able to bring stability to chaotic situations.

You're very open and cheerful - and you feel like you have a lot of freedom in life.

Your future may hold any number of exciting things, and you're ready for all of them!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

There's actually a lot going on here:
2:04 am and 3:04 am....we should have named her the Baby Owl.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday, Monday

Today's Aquarius Horoscope from Cafe Astrology

Conversations with others today tend to be refreshingly frank yet also quite considerate, dear Aquarius. You are likely to find yourself in a very sociable mood, and you could receive positive word about something you've been waiting to hear about. It's a great day for communications of various forms, so pick up the phone, write those emails, and get into contact with others now.

I'd better get to work. And if you feel like it, text me...apparently I'm up for it. You?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother

moth·er

1 [muhth-er]I think it should be a verb.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Anticipation

Priceless:

can i take you shopping for mother's day? note i am taking YOU
8 hours ago · · · See Friendship

Thursday, May 5, 2011

This-n-That Thursday

Long ago things I miss this Mother's Day Eve Eve Eve:
  • I miss the smell of those precious bald heads.
  • I miss long walks with the loaded double stroller and the happy bichon on his leash.
  • I miss the pediatrician call-in hour where he reassured me my children were going to be okay despite whatever it was I discovered the evening before.
  • I miss talking to the diaper service lady...she was so ahead of her time.
  • I miss diapers. Really.
  • I miss Dreft detergent.
  • I miss baby shampoo.
  • I miss the smell of Desitin ointment. I really do.
  • I miss the feeding/pooping/medicine schedule we had to keep for preemies.
  • I miss the musical mobiles.
  • I miss the Meryl Streep lullabye song.
  • I miss Barney and Baby Bop.
I miss my college students. Hurry home!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hump Day Haiku

my email in-box
brings a daily reminder
i ain't no spring chick

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

Putting a plan into place:
And then a little bit of motherly advice:

Seriously. Have you noticed that all girls aged 8 and above always pose with their hands on their hips? Back in my day, we were more natural....and I cannot believe I just wrote that.

Monday, May 2, 2011

New Moon's a-Comin'

Today's Aquarius Horoscope from Cafe Astrology

A New Moon occurs very early in the day tomorrow, and it will bring a charge of energy to your home and family life, dear Aquarius. In weeks to come, you will have considerable more energy and motivation to get your domestic life into order. Today, reflect upon goals that you'd like to make for your personal life.

Creativity: Excellent ~ Love: Fair ~ Business: Fair

I am all over this energy and motivation business. What is the New Moon bringing to you?