27 February 2015

Fragment Friday - The Blustery Edition

Winter visitor to the bird feeder, patiently waiting his turn.

1.  And.......here we are again, basking in the negative numbers. I stepped out the front door this morning to feed the birds and the wind sucked the breath right out of my chest, froze my fingers and ears in a jiffy. Trying to find the bright side and all I can come up with, is at least it's not as bad as New York.

2.  How do you handle the unrelenting cold? I like to bake bread, not only does the oven warm the upstairs, eventually I get to bite into a hot, crusty slice slathered with butter. (Yes I'm a butter person. Death to margarine!)  Going to attempt French bread this weekend, even have the baguette pans. 

3.  In a fit of optimism I bought seeds for my garden. Standing before the display in the farm supply store I got an urge to plant and dig in the garden. Since the ground is still rock-like, I settled for packs of beans and squash, lettuce, cucumbers and herbs. Hurry, Spring!

4. What fuels your creativity? I find non-fiction books are a great jumping off place for my poetry and fiction. Something about all the facts and details that have a story hidden deep inside, waiting to burst out. Sort of like Alien, but with 80% less squick factor. 

5.  My friend is trying to convince me to move to Arizona. She lists advantages like No Snow, and No Snow. But there is heat of the very hot variety. and the politics make me uncomfortable. The two advantages I see - Baseball! and I could have a fig tree...

20 February 2015

Fragment Friday - Light Snowfall Edition

Devils Tower, under gray skies.

1.  And now we see the return of the snow, drifting ever downward from a leaden sky. (Or pelting off your eyelids. Or gathering in thug packs. We got it all.) Meanwhile, a chickadee hangs upside down on a branch at eye level and scolds me for my slow filling of the bird feeders. 

2.  The dogs are indifferent to the snow, Max lounges on the back porch step (third one down) and lets snow cover him as he surveys his domain. Merlin patrols the yard and stops to take a roll in the white. Of course, they are double coated and fuzzy, so it doesn't bother them much. 

3.  I have a nifty app on my Android phone - Google Sky Map. Just open it up, orient yourself north, south, east or west, and the app tells you what stars or planets you should be seeing in that part of the night sky. I also have another fun app, ISS Tracker. It tells you when the International Space Station will be passing over your location. Good stuff. 

4.  So all you Apple people, convince me I need an iPad, even though I already have a desktop, an old laptop, a Kindle, and a phone (Android). "Because - tech!" is an argument I'm resisting. And failing.

5.  Slow cooker or pressure cooker? Which makes the better food? And why haven't they invented people chow yet? The dogs get a big bag that lasts two months, but I have to shop every week? And be creative about it. Where is the People Kibbles and Bits? (Or was that the MREs I ate in the Army?)

06 February 2015

Fragment Friday - The Found Poem Edition

I find things in the oddest places...

A Found Poem created entirely from first lines from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

A Glimpse, Through an Interstice Caught
by Constance Brewer

A thousand perfect men and women appear,
among the men and women, the multitude.
Look down, fair moon, and bathe this scene--
World, take good notice, silver stars fading 
as they draw to a close,
out of the cradle endlessly rocking.
Give me the splendid silent sun
as I ponder’d in silence
sometimes with one I love, I fill myself with rage.
One hour to madness and joy!
As consequent from store of summer rains
out of the murk of heaviest clouds,
through the ample open door of the peaceful country barn,
that music always round me, unceasing, unbeginning,
singing my days.
Long I thought that knowledge alone would suffice me.
That shadow, my likeness, that goes to and fro
unfolded out of the folds of the woman, man comes unfolded.
He is wisest who has the most caution.
Over the carnage rose prophetic a voice
whispers of heavenly death, murmur’d I hear,
in midnight sleep, of many a face of anguish,
whoever you are, I fear you are walking the walks of dreams,
roaming in thought over the Universe--
So far, and so far, and on toward the end.

30 January 2015

Fragment Friday - Odds and Ends Edition

It's winter and dreary out. Have a flower.

1.  Gyroscope Review is still taking submissions for the Spring 2015 issue although slots are starting to fill up. Submit through Submittable, it's easy on everybody. Hoping to see your work in the slush pile. 

2. Nice to have had the sun all week although I feel for the people back east who got dumped on by snow. Been there, shoveled that. How's the weather in your part of the world?

3. Finally put a new CD in the car player for my morning and evening commutes. Funny how the unknown music makes the drive go quicker. Note to self: when you can anticipate the guitar chords to the next song, time to change albums. What I'm listening to - Linkin Park's The Hunting Party

4.  Who's going to win the Super Bowl? I don't have a dog in this fight, so... New England? I don't have particular feelings for either team, so the least objectionable gets my vote. Not exactly scientific, I know....

5.  I can tell when I'm gearing up to do artwork, I start acquiring new sketchbooks and paints. Same with writing - new poetry and how to books, same with knitting and weaving - new yarn although I've got enough stockpiled to last through the zombie apocalypse. What do you stockpile in anticipation?

23 January 2015

Fragment Friday - The Promo Edition

I liked Son One's skull cap so much I made myself one - in pinks!

Things I'm promoting of late:

Gyroscope Review - New, online poetry magazine now accepting submissions for our Spring 2015 issue. 
"Fine poetry to turn your world around."

CorgiPals - CorgiPals, Inc. is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to giving a voice to Corgis in need. http://corgipals.org/ 

Bountiful Baskets - Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op (BBFC). BBFC distributes produce baskets, organic produce baskets, artisan bread and sandwich bread every other week. BBFC is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. This is a grassroots, all volunteer, no contracts, no catch co-operative. Since there are no employees at Bountiful Baskets, we as a group pay rock bottom prices on your food.  http://bountifulbaskets.org/

BRAT - Basenji Rescue and Transport. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dogs of the Basenji breed. BRAT rescues Basenjis from shelters, abusive situations, and relinquishing owners.  In order to secure a "forever home" we screen potential adopters, striving for compatibility of dog and owner. BRAT is an all-volunteer organization recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt charitable corporation since its founding in 1999.

Heifer International - Heifer International is a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.

So what are you promoting? Let us know and leave a link in the comments.