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Hey Jack Kerouac

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This morning, Jack Kerouac popped into my head. All I knew was that he was a rare breed from the 60’s with highly-intelligent friends.  He was before my time but much of his work is timeless Jack Kerouac quotes: “My witness is the empty sky.” __ Jack Kerouac “[…]the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be…

LESSONS IN HUMILITY, GRATITUDE AND FORTITUDE 

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LESSONS IN HUMILITY, GRATITUDE AND FORTITUDE  On April 1 I severely damaged myself walking along the edge of the retaining wall in my backyard. The wall is 6 feet high. I tried to get a particular shot, lost my balance taking photos of the little buds coming out on the trees falling onto the pavers. Hubby had to carry me back into the house.  I could not put any weight…

Injured

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The Injury  I broke herself. Of course, when I breaks myself, I do it to the maximum degree, and causes a great deal of damage. April 1st, I was walking along the edge of the retaining wall in my backyard. The wall is 5 feet high. I tried to get a particular shot, lost my balance taking photos of the little buds coming out on the trees falling onto the…

Climbing the Tree

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Climbing a tree Looking for a strong lower branch To jump Jump Jump For a very good grab Grabbing with arms Wrapped around the strong branch Must hurry  Arms are not as strong as legs And Soft back swing of legs Pull in stomach  Throw  Throw those long legs up And pull Grab the branch  Legs and arms In the Tree now Now Now Now ready To learn the Tree…

The Steel in Her Eye

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The Steel in Her Eye   I have no defensible excuse for myself. From the age of about seven to the age of about 10, I was a little terrorist to my younger sister, my Irish twin at 11 months younger than me. I was my grandmother‘s favorite; while I was also the first grandchild. I was very smart. I got excellent grades in school, and I moved to honor…

Women – Time To Be Equal

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WOMEN HAVE ALWAYS HAD TO Fight for the Right to Be Equal   In America, The women’s suffrage movement was a decades-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the United States. It took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right, and the campaign was not easy: Disagreements over strategy threatened to cripple the movement more than once. But on August 26, 1920, the…

Busy Nest

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My empty nest is now alive and robust. Toys, tunnels, bones, balls and random objects are scattered all about. The sign of curiosity is abundant with broken objects, fallen books and sudden alarming bangs. We adopted an 8-week old kitten. Ellie is an Uber vixen. ‘Ellie, No!’ She is uninterested in my instructions. I remove her from my desk continually while I’m working by picking her up, by squirting her….

Losing Marbles 101

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Losing marbles 101: Yesterday I was working at my desk. I need non-prescription readers to do paperwork. I’m working for 20 minutes when I realize my eyeglasses are uncomfortable. I take off my reading glasses. Oh geez. I’d been working for 20 minutes with my glasses ACTUALLY UPSIDE DOWN on my face. I mean, really – who does that. Meanwhile, I’ll be focusing on keeping my marbles.

Birds!

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I grew up near birds for almost my entire life, beginning at age 5 when I lived in Long Beach Long Island, NY. On the beach in Long Beach there were so, so, so many seagulls. I enjoyed watching their behavior sitting alone on the sand in early Fall. Such bullies. Survival I suppose. If you sit and watch them for a while, you will see how clever they are….

Tossing Cans

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The Bathroom Behind the Food Inventory When I was in high school and still working for the Diocese of Rockville Center, on Long Island, New York. The Diocese (the Catholic Church) had it’s main office in Rockville Center. I started working there when I was in my group home; the group home administration asked me if I would be interested in a special assignment. The special assignment turned out was…