A Royal Surprise, Part 2

Cynthia Reyes has done a brilliant job of showing how social media can be a positive experience to show support for Harry and Megan as well as raise a lot of money for some of the royal couple’s favorite charities. Well done to all involved.

Cynthia Reyes

Across the world, more than 50 countries are represented in The Sussex Squad. They include the USA, UK, Brazil, France, Sierra Leone, India, Hong Kong, Canada, Germany, the Phillipines, Croatia, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, South Africa, Jamaica, Curacao, Estonia, Italy, Portugal and many other countries.

Most members of the Sussex Squad seem to be under 40, but Deesa, an Atlanta lawyer in her 60’s, is not unique: there are retired teachers, nurses and other older individuals in the group.

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Some members are businesspeople. Many are professionals – lawyers, scientists, educators, university professors, community workers, healthcare workers, political scientists, economists, etc. Some are students, some are Ph. D candidates.

In other words: educated, empowered, articulate. And devoted fans of Harry and Meghan.

Even among each other, they use their Twitter names. Names like BrenBrenchie, Mimi, Deesa, Freepeeper, Sussex Squad Podcast, Tonya, Mel, Beng, Neri, Emmy, The Tudor Chick, Magali…

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The Devil Wind

paradise fire

The devil wind slumbered in its rocky keep

Dreaming of Paradise lost.

Unseen disturbance

From somewhere at sea

Invaded its dreams.

Yawning and stretching like a great kat-

abatic wind it had yet to become,

The devil wind stirred briefly.

Cool ocean air streamed inward

Across deserts

Up western slopes

Jostling the devil wind awake.

It roared into life,

Leaping up from its Great Basin lair

To rage down mountains

Rampage through passes

Gaining strength and fury

Its power constricted

But not contained.

Nearer the coast,

Hellish powers unleashed

Furious winds

Mercilous heat

Bankrupt humidity

A spark became a flame became a malstrom.

Equal opportunity destroyer

Rich or poor

Urban or rural

Pets or wild animals

Accident or on purpose.

Nothing mattered

Santa Ana raged supreme until

the weather changed again.

paradise fire aftermath



Hoppy National Beer Day-April 7, 2019

Toward the end of Prohibition,

Many people had ambition

To make a legal beer and sell it too.

Though, no stronger than 4.0

T’was better than nothing don’t you know.

So celebrate and have yourself a brew.

beer mugs


From the National Beer Day webpage:   On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years.

April 7, 2019, Poem 7


Head or Heart: Which See More Clearly?

When I look with my eyes, she’s wrinkled and gray.
Her maidenly charms have withered away.
When I look with my heart, she’s still the same girl
Who captured my life and still makes it whirl.

When I look with my eyes, he’s no longer a stud
To most of my friends he’s a fud and a dud.
When I look with my heart, he’s still the same  hunk
Whose welcome to share both my life and my bunk.

When we look with our eyes, the dog pees on the floor
No longer even tries to  head out the door
When we look with our hearts, we see the emotion
Of unquestioning love and lifelong devotion.

Which see more truly, the eyes or the heart?
Do you want them to stay or just to depart?

April 4, Poem 4