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Petals in the Wind on Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day, National Poetry Month, Poetry, From Behind the Pen

Since we are celebrating National Garden Month during National Poetry Month, I wanted to share this poem “Petals in the Wind” on behalf of today’s Poem in Your Pocket Day. Be sure to share some poetry today!

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2017 in Poetry, Reading

 

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All That Jazz

Jazz Appreciation Month, Music, Jazz, Ragtime

Throughout the month of April, we celebrate a style of music that emerged in many parts of the United States linked by the common bonds of African American and European American musical parentage. Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) celebrates the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz and its importance to American culture. 

Instruments that were part of jazz ensembles included Double bass, drums, clarinet, trombone, guitar, piano, saxophone, trumpet, vocals, vibraphone, Hammond organ, and bass. This music form makes heavy use of improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation and the swung note. The birth of jazz in the multicultural society of America has led intellectuals from around the world to hail Jazz as “one of America’s original art forms.”

Happy #JazzAppreciationMonth

 

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Meet Me At The Playground

Playground, Nationl Playground Safety Week, Playing

National Playground Safety Week 2017 is April 24-28. Playgrounds are not only a place to focus on the safety of children’s outdoor play environments, but a time for children to educationally engage in an active environment. For more information about National Playground Safety Week, be sure to check out the National Program for Playground Safety and find out how to inspect your local playgrounds and complete playground safety checks and evaluations.

To celebrate this week I would like to share the following poem Forever Young at the Playground as my salute to childhood memories and wholesome fun at the neighborhood playground.

Forever Young at the Playground

The old woman was there every day
sitting on a weathered wooden garden bench
listening to bursts of laughter and screams of joy-filled excitement
reminders of her youth and times spent in the great outdoors

long since widowed, alone but not lonely, she came
she sat and watched with her cane laying on the seat nearby
once occupied by her husband swept in arms of youthful gladness
seesaws, monkey bars, jungle gyms and swings
a merry-go-round, slides, sandboxes and playhouses

watching the children’s flexibility, and carefree attitudes
flipping, running with daring cartwheel competitions
she watches as everyone leaves then grabs her cane
walking over to the steps of the slide, climbing up
she sat at the top, and surveys the playground

taking a deep breath with feet extended
she came gliding down, landing bottom first in the sand
sitting there for a moment, slightly stunned
suddenly a belly laugh erupted that almost made her gag
she grabbed her cane, propped herself up, brushed herself off
towards the swings she set her sight and then walks

she remembers the teeter-totters, tetherballs and animal springers
scars from their rambunctious games of outdoor play was honorable
she sits in the seat, grabs the vinyl coated chains
legs positioned to push off, but feels tiny hands on her back
a voice says softly, “Let me push you grandma”
with a smile and a tear streaming down one cheek
she says “Ok” and as she sways back and forth
sprinkles of her youth flashes before her
at the playground, she will always be forever young and free.

-Kym Gordon Moore

Happy #NationalPlaygroundSafetyWeek during #NationalPoetryMonthPlayground, Playground Equipment

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Leisure Pursuits, Poetry, Games

 

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LATE BREAKING NEWS: My Earth Day Wows!

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I love sunrises and sunsets. I love star gazing and watching the brightness of a full moon pierce a midnight sky and humbly say “Wow!

On Saturday, April 22, which ironically was the celebration of Earth Day, I began opening up the blinds to the windows facing East. I looked up and saw the last phase of the moon still visible, yet so close to the direction of where the sun was beginning to rise. Huh?

I have never seen the moon this close to the trajectory of where the rising sun was going to travel in the morning sky, so I took a few snapshots, although the presence of the moon was beginning to fade in the background. I have no scientific explanation of this celestial placement, although I know the sun and the moon are nowhere near each other. As I quickly took to pen and paper, I had to stop. It was as if a force made me halt when I walked outside.

I breathed in the sights, smells, sounds, flavors and textures of this new day. In my silence I heard many types of birds singing their little hearts out, the splash of ducks playing in the water behind our house, geese squawking as they flew overhead, strands of newly woven webs glistened in the morning light, new buds on my rosebush were readying themselves to burst open at any moment now, a new leaf began to emerge, stretching upward on one of my banana trees and the nonchalant curiosity of squirrels doing what they typically do was happening in my backyard. I saw circles rippling through the water where fish were wading below its surface.

For a moment, I briefly thought about what I was going to do today on Earth Day, and quickly realized that I was already doing what the flora and fauna, the birds, insects and other critters did every day. Creation doesn’t need a special day to celebrate what it is, in all of its beauty. For this I am glad. For this, I say “Wow!”

The one thing that does pain me is our blatant human disregard for the very thing we are the caretakers for, and that is for all of Creation. We are to protect her, because she will flourish and provide for us accordingly. So often I wonder, when weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, assault weapons and terroristic bombs) are deployed, has it not occurred to everyone involved that there is a ripple effect that reverberates from the point of contact, no matter how far away it may be? Its demolition scope of travel through the air and within the earth absorb the shock, and can spread throughout the earth like a wildfire.

What are we doing to the world? What have we done? These simple thoughts come to me from simply looking up this morning and witnessing the final phase of the moon so close to the full effects of the rising sun. For this late breaking moment, there is nothing else to say, except “Wow!

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in Celebrations, Nature

 

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Say CHEESE on Food Porn Friday

How many ways can you say cheese? How about 1,778 ways? No joke. According to Cheese.com, you can search their database containing 1778 kinds of cheese by names, by country of origin, by kind of milk that is used to produce it, or by texture.

April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Typically cheese such as Pepper Jack, Muenster, Sharp Cheddar, Provolone and American cheese are creamy yet great for melting between two slices of bread. However, that does not stop you from combining different types of cheese and creating your own innovative cheesy sandwich concoction.

Check out these mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwiches from The California Milk Advisory Board. Today’s tasty features include The Havana, The Tuscan, and The REAL Californian grilled cheese sandwiches. The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s more than 1300 dairy families. As we honor National Grilled Cheese Month, prepare a delightful melt in your mouth sandwich of warm, gooey, cheesy goodness.

Happy #FoodPornFriday

 
 

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Celebrating the Earth

Earth Day, Environment, Nature, From Behind the Pen

Image source: Divine Organics

Our world is full of life, but it is in trouble due to the destruction we are largely creating. Do you believe climate change is real? I certainly do, simply from witnessing opposing seasons interlocking at some point with each other and on the other side of the world, glaciers are melting in temperatures way below zero.

Earth Day is on April 22 and is the world’s largest environmental movement. Since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, with a focus on education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

This year’s campaign is “Environmental & Climate Literacy.” Learn more about how you can get involved and take action to eliminate pollution, planting trees and tending gardens, curbing greenhouse emissions or to help power the movement. Visit the Earth Day Network.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in Environmental Awareness, Nature

 

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

National Garden Month, Planting, Gardens

Ah, the poetry of gardens! Whether you have a flower garden, water garden, herb garden or vegetable garden, around the world people are connecting with nature by planting, landscaping and creating indoor, outdoor and container gardens. Take a field trip to your local nursery or garden shop for plants and flowers that will work well in your neck of the woods. As we celebrate National Garden Month, take a stroll through our garden shots for a bit of inspiration for your garden, and for creating some great poetry!

Garden, National Garden Month, Nature

Gardens, National Garden Month

Container Garden, National Garden Month

Garden, National Garden Month

Nature, Water Garden

National Garden Month, Gardens, Nature

Happy #NationalGardenMonth

Botanical Gardens, National Garden Month

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Nature, Poetry

 

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