Birds and Rabbits, etc.

I have a lot more to say about what’s going on in our country, but I ran across an article that I feel compelled to share. I’m a big fan of numbers geek Nate Silver. I learned about him like most everyone else did, in the run-up to the 2012 election. He had it right, […]

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Powder Keg Nation

There’s a mess in Missouri. This nation has no shortage of armchair generals; I have no intention of enlisting. The only thing I know for sure about the events in Ferguson, MO on August 9th is that an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was killed by police officer Darren Wilson. There are conflicting stories surrounding […]

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Happy Halloween

From the 1970s.  Early 1970s. (Matt – have a guess on the year?)  My brothers and I kind of look like extras for this season American Horror Story, no? Whenever revisit my past, I spend a second or two wondering, “Is THAT how I got cancer?”  (Yes, I understand why that line of thinking is […]

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Poetry Saturday

Sometimes when I stray from my own best path, I pile on the problems by avoiding coming back because I don’t want to answer the question, “OMG!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU???” Sometimes there is no answer to that question.  Sometimes I just don’t want to share it. Today, I’ll let Marge Piercy do the talking. […]

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Special poetry

For the last year or so, it seems everywhere I look I find this poem. Not the poem itself, of course, but its meaning. I’ve been thinking a lot about how the key to life is acceptance. Maybe more importantly, how the key to suffering is dwelling upon all the ways that life isn’t what […]

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OMG. DRILL BITS?

I’ve been told that I’m missing that filter which stops a person from saying anything and everything which is on one’s mind.  Restraint, I think they call it. The Susan G Komen® Foundation (no longer for the cure, I suppose) seems to have that problem on a corporate level. Buckets of friend chicken slathered with pink […]

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Meghan Sings

This is mostly for my non-facebook family members, but feel free enjoy my cousin Meghan singing the National Anthem at the final Reds’ game of the season – 9/28/14. Post by MegHan Watkins. Like this:Like Loading…

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What You Give is What You Get

I don’t like the term “bucket list” the same way I don’t like all terms overused into meaningless oblivion. However, if I were to have one and speak in such clichés then I checked one off this weekend. I’m a life-long music lover and one of my longest-running obsessions is with the music of Paul Weller. Thanks […]

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Poetry Friday

My 7th grade son came home from school the other day and asked me if I’d ever heard of William Stafford.  Usually such questions are about professional basketball players, not poets, so I almost fell out of my chair.  This discussed this poem in class the other day and he wanted to know what I […]

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Another 9/11

I woke up at 5 am, put the coffee on, turned on NPR.  As I poured milk into a blue thermos, I was waylaid by two people talking about their loved ones who died in the 9/11 attacks, Sean Rooney and Karen Juday. I stopped, sat down with tears in my eyes, and thought about how […]

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