Fetal Americans

Dear Supremes,

As a fetal American, I appreciate what you did for me today

But what becomes of me after I am born?

If I am not a white male, I’m irrelevant.

If I have any special needs you don’t want anything to do with me unless my parents can afford any treatments.

I have to be a conservative, white, heterosexual male for you to want to hear my opinion. Otherwise I am invisible and/or woke.

You totally support me while I’m preborn. What will you do about me once I’m no longer connected to an umbilical cord?

Respectfully yours,

Fetal American

Spirits from the Elders

Wisdom whispered on
the hawk's wings
as it glided
across the glen's sky

Snippets of knowledge
chirped in staccato pulses
from deep leafy boughs

Thoughts swept over rocks
as unseen waters followed
a winding tunnel
'twixt forest and meadow

The poet  listened intently
hoping 
to understand the messages

Word arrive on butterfly wings

Breath.


Kinds of Silence

Luisa has included how many sounds of silence there actually are and some of the comments have expanded that list. Read and contemplate the silences in your life. Do they add to this list?

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Novelist, poet, playwright, and psychotherapist Paul Goodman (1911–1972) identified nine types of silence in his book, “Speaking and Language: Defence of Poetry”.

“Not speaking and speaking are both human ways of being in the world, and there are kinds and grades of each. There is the dumb silence of slumber or apathy; the sober silence that goes with a solemn animal face; the fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul, whence emerge new thoughts; the alive silence of alert perception, ready to say, “This… this…”; the musical silence that accompanies absorbed activity; the silence of listening to another speak, catching the drift and helping him be clear; the noisy silence of resentment and self-recrimination, loud and subvocal speech but sullen to say it; baffled silence; the silence of peaceful accord with other persons or communion with the cosmos.”

There are other types of silence: the silence of despair, of…

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Attempted Goat Ass-assination

The last few times we have been to feed the goats and donkeys, we have only found the donkeys. Both Buddy and Holly have made real asses out of themselves (no pun intended).

The owner, David Wyant, told us that about two week ago, Buddy bit Bully Junior. He found Junior on the ground by the fence and thought he was dead. When David reached to pull him up, Junior looked dazed but was able to eat something. Buddy was sent to the pen for this offense and Junior was moved to the back pasture with Nellie, where he still remains.

Nanny is also now in the back pasture because David says she has been the victim of too much bullying, Bob and I have observed this many times–from both Bullies, Buddy, and Holly.

Apparently Buddy has developed a taste for goat nip. After biting Junior on the left leg, he also tried to bite Senior of the right leg. This was a surprise since Buddy and Senior used to both line up at the fence for food until Holly chased them both away. So Senior is also now in the back pasture.

The bites on Holly’s neck were from Buddy when he tries to have his wicked way with her after he has already gotten her with foal. She was no longer in the mood for his attentions. NO means NO whether it’s from a girl or a jenny.

Holly is obviously tired of both men in her life. Emmet is growing up and starting to look at Holly in way that will not do him any good.

Leave me the heck alone. A girl gets no peace with you two around. She bares her teeth at both of them when they try to get some of the food at the fence. She is eating for two now.

The Battle of Midway: Part I

A wonderful retelling of the Battle of Midway.

“”Sinking Sun”: painting by Griffith Baily Coale, oil on canvas, 1942. Description: A U.S. Marine stands at parade rest on the bow of a PT boat as she moves slowly out to sea from Midway to give decent burial to Japanese fliers shot down on the islands during the battle. The red ball of the rising sun is prophetically repeated by the round disc and spreading rays of the sinking sun.” Text and picture courtesy of Wikimeddia Commons

Today marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Midway, a major turning point in WWII. I first published this brief history of the battle in 2019.

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“Aerial photograph of Midway Atoll, looking just south of west across the southern side of the atoll, 24 November 1941. Eastern Island, then the site of Midway’s airfield, is in the foreground. Sand Island, location of most other base facilities, is across the…

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Memorial Day Celebrations

WASHINGTON – The nation’s 154th National Memorial Day Wreath-Laying and Observance Program to honor America’s fallen will be live-streamed from Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) at noon EDT, Monday, May 30.

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Defense in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. A prelude by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will begin in the amphitheater at 11:15 a.m.

President Biden will lay the wreath at the ceremony, hosted by Maj. Gen. Patrick E. Matlock, Special Assistant to the Director of the Army Staff. Attendance at the wreath-laying ceremony will be limited to official participants only

The VA is proud to host public Memorial Day commemoration ceremonies at more than 120 of our national cemeteries this Memorial Day weekend. Please check out the listing below to find ceremony dates and start times for a cemetery near you.

Cemetery information, including address and phone number, can be found by clicking on the hyperlink in each cemetery’s name. We look forward to your company as we honor the patriotism and sacrifice of all those who have served in our nation’s armed forces.

https://www.cem.va.gov/Memorial-Day/

Featuring all-star musical performances and tributes, the 33rd annual National Memorial Day Concert from PBS will air and stream on Sunday, May 29, 2022, honoring our men and women in uniform, Veterans, their families and all those who have given their lives for our country.

Veteran’s Legacy Memorial Concert, including a tribute to GEN Colin Powell

Cabell on Literature

You may write it, but once it is published, it becomes whatever the reader thinks.

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Three  quotes by James Cabell:

“A book, once it is printed and published, becomes individual. It is by its publication as decisively severed from its author as in parturition a child is cut off from its parent. The book “means” thereafter, perforce, — both grammatically and actually, — whatever meaning this or that reader gets out of it.”

“A novel, or indeed any work of art, is not intended to be a literal transcription from Nature … Life is a series of false values. There it is always the little things that are greatest. Art attempts to remedy this. It may be defined as an expurgated edition of Nature.”

Poetry is man’s rebellion against being what he is.”

“Un libro, una volta stampato e pubblicato, diventa un individuo a se stante. Con la sua pubblicazione viene nettamente separato dal suo autore come durante il parto un bambino è separato…

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Cars That Go Bump

There once was a girl in a car
who did not get to drive very far
while trying to turn
she had to re-learn
that stopped vehicles, her progress will bar.

Dedicated to the teenager that did not look ahead at the stopped vehicles ahead of her, when she was too preoccupied trying to make a left into a busy gas station to get something to eat. The good news is that nobody was hurt; the bad news is that three vehicles now need varying levels of repair.

Just found out the insurance company totaled the car because it would cost more to repair than the 5 year old car was worth.

Pi Day is A Special Day

Fun slice of eclectic Pi.

Kaushal Kishore

Today is Pi Day. It’s celebrated annually on March 14th, a day dedicated to the mathematical constant, usually represented by the Greek letter π. Its value is approximately equal to 3.14 and represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, i.e. π = circumference/diameter.

The reason that March 14th is celebrated as Pi Day is because the date represents the initial value of the constant Pi, If you follow the (month/day) format then you can clearly see how it’s initial number is formed.

π as irrational number, can’t be expressed as a common fraction, although factions like 22/7 have been commonly used to approximate it, but decimal representation never ends. Even if we calculate pi to n number of places, it would still be an approximation of the actual value. A number of the world renowned mathematicians have worked on the approximation, and…

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March 10 is Harriet Tubman Day

Harriet Tubman escaped from a Maryland plantation in 1849. She returned and for the next several years helped 70 other slaves escape, without losing any of the passengers on the Underground Railroad.

The holiday was adopted into law by the U.S. Senate on March 6, 1990, passed through the House of Representatives the next day, and proclaimed as a holiday by then-president, George Bush, on March 9 in the same year.

Despite Colson Whitehead’s portrayal of the Underground Railroad as a series of subterranean trains, it was actually a series of routes that enslaved Americans took to reach freedom in the ‘Free States’ or even Canada.

Meet the Donkeys

Thanks to our chance meeting with David Wyatt recently, we learned more about the Donkeys.

Hairy Donkey is really Nelly.

Pleased to meet you, I’m Nelly.

Mother Donkey is really Holly. She was one of two donkeys purchased about Christmastime several years ago. She has had four foals in four years, which is the major reason that stud father, Buddy, is now in the back pasture. David wanted to give Holly a break from foal bearing.

I’m not as tall as Nelly so you won’t see my head appearing over the fence. Hi, I’m Holly.

Nelly’s foal, who they recently discovered is not a Jenny but a baby Jack. The foal’s name was changed from Emma to Emmett.

Hi, I’m Emmett and I am almost one year old. My mother is Holly and her friend is Nelly. Some people think that I look more like Nelly than Holly. Buddy is my father. Since I do not look like either of them, I don’t know what donkey bloodlines I carry.