Happy Birthday Princess Diana

Princess Di, Princess Diana, England's Rose, The People's Princess

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I am honored to share my birthday with England’s Rose, Princess Diana. Diana, Princess of Wales (July 1 1961 – August 31, 1997) was born into a family of British nobility with royal ancestry as The Honourable Diana Spencer. Today she would have been 54 years old.

According to Wikipedia, she was the fourth child and third daughter of John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer and the Honourable Frances Shand Kydd. In 1975 she became Lady Diana Spencer, after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer. Her wedding to the Prince of Wales on July 29, 1981 was held at St Paul’s Cathedral and reached a global television audience of over 750 million. The marriage produced two sons, the princes William and Harry, who were then respectively second and third in the line of succession to the British throne. As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions overseas. She was celebrated for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. From 1989, she was the president of Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, in addition to dozens of other charities. Tragically, Princess Diana died in a car crash on August 31, 1997 in Paris.

I wrote a poem dedicated to Princess Di that is included in my book, Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry. Thanks for the memories Diana!

Princess Di
By Kym Gordon Moore

Breaking barriers between the royals and commoners
loved by so many around the world
defying the aristocratic stigma of stuffiness
with amazing grace, style and charm
what was it about this Princess of Wales
that attracted a human nurturing once untouchable
never publicized before in England’s royal history?

Poised, elegant, sophisticated and savvy
unpretentious with girlish magnetism
creating a few “firsts” never before attempted
not defiant, yet bravely pushing the envelop
wanting to be loved, but not smothered
spreading your wings to run and fly free
not for the sake of a great photo op
nor privacy to be stolen by the paparazzi.

The People’s Princess, as you were so duly named
England’s Rose snatched away so soon and unexpected
always wearing your heart on your sleeve
when your life at times looked like a soap opera
a voice that fell silent, although your legend lives on
oh how we wanted to wrap our arms around you
just to let you know that your life was going to be all right
such a kindred spirit connecting to ours.

The entire world watched solemnly
as the procession of your carriage drawn coffin
draped with a blue, red and gold royal standard
brought continued salutes, bows and curtsies
adorations spoken through silence, tears and floral bouquets
applauding your commitment to various causes and charities
despite much criticism about your choice of who to support.

So hail to you Princess Diana
the People’s Princess and no doubt England’s precious rose
your feistiness, but classiness to raise the bar of expectation
your independence changed what royalty was perceived to be
with two doting sons, Prince William and Prince Harry
they will never allow your memory to fade
the seed you planted in them will strengthen your legacy
a better place is what you wanted the world to be.

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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in Celebrations, Memorial


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Celebrating the 62nd Birthday of the Corvette

Corvette, America's Sportscar, Birthday of the Corvette

Today we celebrate 62 years since the first American sports car by GMC rolled off the assembly line on June 30, 1953. The entire 1953 production took place in the back of a customer delivery garage in Flint Michigan. The first two were engineering test cars and according to official records, were destroyed. Of the first 300 Corvettes, approximately 225 are known to exist today.

According to Automotive News, few knowledgeable enthusiasts say the name Corvette without a silent nod to its patron saint, Zora Arkus Duntov. While the Russian engineer often is incorrectly called the “father of the Corvette,” its paternity belongs to Harley Earl, the visionary who was the first head of General Motors’ design staff. But it was Arkus-Duntov, a hot-rodder at heart, who took Earl’s beautiful curved form and gave it a hard performance edge. Zora drove the Chevrolet Corvette into sports car immortality while developing a racing pedigree to prove its credentials to the world.Arkus-Duntov first saw a prototype of the Corvette on an auto show turntable in January 1953. He was so taken by the two-seater that he applied for a job at GM. But after accepting a GM job a few months later, he may have thought he was making a deal with the devil. GM was in the business of making money, not fine sports cars.

It wasn’t long before he was envisioning a midengine configuration for the second generation. Just a few months into the job, Arkus-Duntov wrote a memo entitled “Thoughts pertaining to youth, hot rodders and Chevrolet” that defined a new approach to the performance youth market by the marketing of a performance parts catalog. He also helped develop a mechanical fuel injection system along with Rochester Products’ John Dolza that produced 1 hp for every cubic inch of displacement. Arkus-Duntov also pioneered Chevrolet’s fledgling race program, starting off with several small-block V-8 performance demonstrations. They included a record run up Pikes Peak in a Chevy 210 sedan and a run on Daytona Beach to set a Corvette speed record of 150 mph.

I think Corvette owners are some of the most elite sports car enthusiasts above any other foreign or domestic sports car owner in the United States. There is something very striking about a Corvette when you see one or pass one on the highway. These cars are definitely head turners and it does not look like Chevrolet will be retiring them any time soon. They are truly collector’s items, regardless of the age. Did you know that although the original Batmobile was designed and based on the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, the Batmobile from the Burton films was based on and modified from the 1970 Corvette body?

The National Corvette Museum sustained a devastating blow on February 12, 2014, when a massive sinkhole swallowed eight corvettes, from the 1960s to the previous decade, that were inside the Skydome area, including the one-millionth Corvette made. If you have not visited the National Corvette Museum, which is on my list of things to do soon, here is a video showing a quick tour of the museum located in Bowling Green, Kentucky (Corvette City, USA). Below this video you will also find another short video talking about the restoration and nostalgia of the one-millionth Corvette that was showcased and damaged during the massive sinkhole incident. Corvette: America’s Sportscar!


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Lifted Up By Love

Love, Unity, Harmony, Love Is, Poetry by Kym Gordon Moore

History has a way of repeating itself, but with the horrifying events that tend to divide and destroy us, we have the ability to shift the scope of its direction to make this world a better place. This “better place” is not just for us, but for the generations to follow, if we do not succeed in annihilating ourselves first. I don’t know what frame of mind I was in when I wrote the above poem, but I feel it is a constant reminder of what humanity has an obligation to do…to love.

During some turbulent times throughout our history, many recording artists wrote songs to remind us about the joy of love, and not just romantically. Songs of nostalgia like:

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Jackie Wilson – Higher and Higher (1967)
Dionne Warwick – What The World Needs Now Is Love (1967)
John Lennon – Imagine (1971)
Gary Wright – Love is Alive (1975)
Bob Marley – One Love (1977)
Steve Winwood – Higher Love (1986)
Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings (1988)
Luther Vandross – Power of Love (1991)
Michael Jackson – Heal The World (1991)

We are unable to survive in harmony, without compassion and love. Let’s take a few pages from history and apply them to the horrific events that try to shake our faith, hope, joy and love! What is your meaning of love?

Love Is

The integration of love has no barriers
where race, creed and color dance to the same rhythm

bridging cultural differences and gender boundaries
a contagious commitment to unity and happiness.

Love is beautiful, splendid and ageless
love is encouraging, colorless and genderless,

love is universal, powerful and understanding
love is forgiveness and never demanding

love is compassionate, eternal and real
love can easily be duplicated with revolutionary appeal.

– Kym Gordon Moore
Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry© 2013


Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Celebrations, Poetry


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The Beauty of Vintage Typewriters

vintage typewriters, typewritersThere is something so nostalgic about this vintage machine that started the popularity of dictating handwritten words through keyboard writing. The sound of that tap-tap-tapping away at the keys is a familiar sound we would hear in an office or newsroom. Now that vintage typewriters are basically retired, there are still many people who love the aesthetics and feel of a good old-fashioned typewriter. I wrote this article 9 years ago and in light of recent conversations about vintage typewriters with a few fellow writers, I decided to repost it again. Do you collect or still write with a vintage typewriter? Share your thoughts.

The Typewriter: Influencing Communications Technology
By Kym Gordon Moore

Without the invention of the typewriter would it have been possible for the computer to bask in its global popularity today? Would you be reading these words if it wasn’t for the invention of the keyboard? When you think about the ease of usage as you type compositions that appear on the screen of your computer monitor, we should never forget the celebrated invention of the typewriter.

Mastering the use of the typewriter comes with the tag team precision of eye, brain and hand coordination. During my tenure in high school, typing classes were taught as an elective. Typewriters were extremely popular at that time, due to a soaring demand in secretarial careers. Accuracy and the number of words typed per minute were primary requirements for secretarial positions.

The evolution of the typewriter dates back to around 1713. An English engineer, Henry Mill was granted the first English typewriter patent in 1714, but never got around to manufacturing it. The first American typewriter patent was granted to William A. Burt, an inventor from Detroit in 1829 who introduced the typographer. Burt’s method was designed for transcribing letters singularly and progressively, one after another on paper.

The first practical typewriter, called the “Sholes & Glidden Type Writer,” was conceived and invented by Christopher Latham Sholes, Samuel Soulé and Carlos Glidden. The Type Writer was marketed by gun manufacturers, E. Remington & Sons. The keyboard arrangement was considered notable enough to be included on Sholes’ patent, granted in 1878. The typewriter worked great for beginners, but for the professional, modifications had to be done. The problem arose when increased typing speed caused a problem with the keys sticking. Hence, this influenced the invention of the QWERTY typewriter by Christopher Latham Sholes. The letters “Q,W,E,R,T” and “Y” beginning with the first row of letters from the left on the keyboard, gave the layout its name. It was also called the “Universal” keyboard.

The transition from the development of the typewriter to the computer keyboard resulted from the introduction of the teletype machine that combined the technology of the typewriter with the mechanics of the telegraph. The first machines only typed capital letters. The home keys (where the typist’s fingers rest) are “ASDF” for the left fingers and “JKL;” for the right fingers.

It is noted that Mark Twain was the first author to submit a “typewritten” manuscript to his publisher. Clearly, through the evolution of writing machines, the typewriter made a major impact on professionals, students and anyone wanting to make a written impression in a tasteful and organized manner. It is evident that the nobility of the legendary typewriter canvasses its way throughout the evolution of writing machine history.

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Posted by on June 26, 2015 in Writing & Speaking


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Celebrating National Log Cabin Day

log cabin, house made from logs

In some areas National Log Cabin Day is celebrated today (June 25), but some organizations celebrate this holiday on the last Sunday in June (this year it falls on June 28, 2015). Log cabins have always been the type of house that symbolized simplicity and humbleness to me. The original log cabins, constructed as simple one or one and a half story structures did not have the architecturally sophisticated look, compared to other houses built with more complex designs and materials.

The log cabin, a house built from round rather than hewn, or hand-worked, logs, is often known as the first generation of home building erected quickly for frontier shelter. Today, you will find many log cabin mansions that evolved from the initial hand-built log cabin blueprints to more sophisticated architectural structures with modern accoutrements.

According to Wikipedia, few log cabins dating from the 18th century still stand, but they were not intended as permanent dwellings. Possibly the oldest surviving log house in the United States is the C. A. Nothnagle Log House (ca. 1640) in New Jersey. When settlers built their larger, more formal houses, they often converted the first log cabins to outbuildings, such as chicken coops, animal shelters, or other utilitarian purposes.

When I think about western TV shows like Daniel Boone, staring Fess Parker (ran from 1964-1970), at that time we equated the simplicity, survival and ruggedness of life linked to the iconic log cabin. In real life, Daniel Boone was an American pioneer, explorer, a woodsman, and a frontiersman, whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States.

Yet, the log cabin holds great nostalgia for frontier living, where necessity became the mother of a historical invention and humble way of living! Go visit a site where there is a log cabin in your area, whether it’s in the mountains or on prairie. Happy National Log Cabin Day, regardless of when you celebrate it.

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Posted by on June 25, 2015 in News


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Glamping During National Camping Week

Kym Gordon Moore:

Try Glamping During National Camping Month! This is the month that summer camps are happening everywhere. While many families are taking to the great outdoors and camping the old-fashioned way, those who want to add a little bit of sophisticated swaggar to their camping trips are turning to “Glamping!” I’m reposting this blog from 2 years ago. Enjoy!

Originally posted on From Behind the Pen:

Ulaantaij Mongolian Yurts featured on From Behind the Pen Image Credit: Ulaantaij Mongolian Yurts

This week is National Camping Week. Many people are preparing to hit the road and bask in the great outdoors. Camping is appealing to many, but after watching some scary movies about crazy and bizarre things happening to people in their tents among the unknown lurking in the woods, I am more reluctant to engage in such pleasure. While it is traditional to camp outdoors in a tent, there is a growing phenomenon happening around the world that is changing the way we look at camping.

It is called Glamping (glamorous camping). Yep, if you have not heard of this modern concept of camping, then there you have it! Glamping combines camping with the luxury and amenities of a home or a swanky hotel. This type of camping allows travelers to experience the great outdoors without the hassle that can come with traditional camping…

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Posted by on June 24, 2015 in Leisure Pursuits


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Happy Father’s Day

Father's Day, Happy Father's Day, Celebrating Fathers, Celebrating Dads

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Posted by on June 20, 2015 in Holidays


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