Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing

For some reason I couldn't get the Sunday Stealing page to come up, but I finally used a different browser and made it work. Weird.


    Last beverage: Water

    Last phone call: Called my father and wished him happy Father's Day.
    Last text message: my daily check on my friend Leslie.
    Last song you listened to: Beast of Burden, by The Rolling Stones
    Last time you cried: I don't know, it's been a while. I've whimpered a lot recently.


    Been cheated on: Not that I'm aware of. 
    Kissed someone & regretted it: Yes.
    Lost someone special: Of course.
    Been depressed: Yes.
    Drunk hard liquor: Yes.
    Lost glasses/contacts: No. I wear glasses and once wore contacts, but I have dry eyes and the contacts because a problem.


    Last time you saw your mother: August 23, 2000. She died that night, on August 24, but I wasn't with her when she passed away.

    Have you ever talked to a person named Tom: Yes.
    Most visited Webpages: The New York Times, Facebook, my blog, The Guardian (UK newspaper, if you don't know), Elvenar (video game).
    Will you be celebrating Fathers day? I called my father and I sent him a card. He is under the weather so I won't visit him today. He has some kind of upper respiratory thing.
    When did you first realize you were an adult? Wait, I'm an adult? Ha! Probably when I became engaged and then married four months later.

I encourage you to visit other participants in Sunday Stealing posts and leave a comment. Cheers to all us thieves who love memes, however we come by them

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Saturday 9: I Learned From You

Saturday 9: I Learned from You (2007)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is a duet by the father/daughter team, Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus. Is your family musically inclined?

A. Yes. My mother could sing and my father sings and plays the guitar. He still has a band that he takes around to nursing homes and churches. My brother has a good voice and played saxophone when he was in school; I rather doubt he can play now. Once upon a time I could play pretty much any instrument I picked up but I settled on guitar. I don't sing as well as my brother but I can carry a tune.

2) This song is about life lessons. Who has been a major influence on your life?

A. Nancy Drew.

3) Miley's given name is "Destiny." Her nickname as a baby was "Smiley," which is where Miley came from. What's something that can always be depended upon to make you smile?

A. A piece of chocolate.

4) Miley's father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, has 5 children in addition to Miley (6 in all). Are you the oldest, the middle or the youngest sibling? Or are you an only child?

A. I am the oldest of two children.

5) Sam's own father often traveled for business, and always remembered to bring her the little complimentary soaps, shampoos or body lotion he gotfrom the hotel. Tell us about an inexpensive but treasured souvenir from a trip you've taken.

A. I have a little bell from Toledo, Spain that I brought back for my mother.

6) Back when Sam was in high school, it was her father who gave her driving lessons. Are you patient when teaching someone something new?

A. It depends on the pupil. I thought I did a good job when I taught a few courses at the community college, but I can't teach my husband much of anything.

7) Sam's father is easy to buy for: every year he wants a new pair of loafers, so every year for Father's Day she gives him a DSW gift card. Is there anyone on your gift list that you find it easy to buy for?

A. The kids all just want gift cards or money, and they've almost all reached the age where I no longer buy them anything, actually. My aunts and uncles stopped giving me gifts when I graduated high school, with one exception. However I have given gifts until they left college.

8) For family barbecues, Sam's dad dons his "Kiss the Chef" apron and mansthe Weber. What's the last thing you cooked on the grill?

A. A few years ago a bird nested in our grill and I refused to use it and it went to the dump. We never replaced it. My stepmother fixed hot dogs on the grill over Memorial Day so I guess that was the last thing I had.

9) Sam's father satisfies his afternoon sugar craving with an almost endless stream of Butter Rum Lifesavers. When you crave a snack, do you usually reach for something sweet or salty?

A. Sweet. Then it all goes into my big fat butt.


I encourage you to visit other participants in Saturday 9 posts and leave a comment. Because there are no rules, it is your choice. Saturday 9 players hate rules. We love memes, however.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Sunset, June 1, 2019

I don't remember taking this shot; I found it on my camera the other day when I was pulling photos off the SD card. The date on it was June 1. Not a bad photo, though. I took it with a Nikon Coolpix B700.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thursday Thirteen

1. Right now I'm feeling pretty tired 'cause the world's gone crazy. Right now, I wish I could sit still, even be lazy. Right now, I'm thinking that I'm channeling Shania Twain - am I insane?

2. But really right now, I'm fretting over politics, wondering if the world's gone nutty. And right now I'm thinking that it's all junk, we're being ruled over by suited-up jerk-punks. And right now, I'm betting that climate change is real - can't you feel it? Could we take a key back 200 years, turn a lock so some things are clear? Could we open up a space for a different door?

3. Right now I do not admire any living person in the political arena. Right now, I want a woman for president because it's about damn time the men stood aside because they've ruined everything.

4. Right now my idea of happiness is to forget the world and get lost in some other space - like a good book or a video game or even a TV show. Did anyone watch Gentleman Jack on HBO? If you didn't I highly recommend it.

5. I'm thinking I was happy when I wasn't paying attention, and I think that's why all the folks who don't read the news aren't renewing their subscriptions. The less you know the happier you'll feel - but ignorance really isn't the bliss that lack of knowledge whispers in your ear. Instead its a sickness - worldwide it is now - and the idiots are in the lead.

6. I was asked recently when I was the happiest, and I would have to say, "I think right now," because even though I have health issues and other concerns, in many ways I'm freer than I ever have been.

7. Someone said to me too that my greatest love must be my writing, but no, that's my second greatest love, for my husband is my first. He has always been first, since our second date. But writing is pretty close. Writing keeps me going even when I'm not doing it well (and I suspect this Thursday 13 falls short of being a good one) or love number one isn't around.

8. Which leads me to journeys. Not really, but that's what's next - journeys. The everyday journey I take of simply getting up and out of bed, doing my chores, working on words, taking photographs, kissing my husband (sometimes in that order if he comes home late from work), the stuff of life, the journey through my house from bedroom to garage. Sometimes there are journeys to the grocery store or the library or Walmart. Occasionally there are internal journeys in my mind where my daydreams go to strange places, or the nightmares that plague me still, even now when I'm past middle-aged and shouldn't be having them - those journeys are hard and full of sweat, and I never even leave the bed.

9. I am not an extravagant person, but Tuesday night on PBS I saw Marty Robbins and Bobbi Gentry playing a small guitar. Research revealed it was probably a Martin 5-18, a guitar they no longer make, and which I find on ebay for the small price of $3,700. I would not want a used one, though, because it would likely smell musty, so I won't get one (not that I could afford it anyway), but it is a lovely little guitar. I will instead simply caress my little Taylor, and play a singular tune that means nothing to no one but me, something I made up a very long time ago. I call it "The Meadow" and it sounds better on an electric guitar but it's not too bad on the Taylor.

10. Sometimes fear stops me dead in the middle of the driveway. I'm a little OCD so I think, halfway down the hill, that I left the curling iron on, or the water running, or I forgot to close the garage door, so I turned around and drive back up the hill, and 999 out of 1,000 times the thing I fear has not happened, the house hasn't burned down because I left the curling iron on, because I didn't leave it on in the first place, nor is there a bear wandering around in the garage because I actually did close the garage door. But you never know.

11. My great-niece is due to be born soon. I'm excited for her and my nephew. But not having a child of my own is my greatest regret so my anticipation is tinged with a bit of sadness. I regret that even more than not writing a book - because I still might write a book. I can never have a child, at least, not a child of my blood.

12. If I could pick and choose my talents, I think I would like to have had passion. I live a creative life but it's an all-over-the-place sort of creativity, one that swerves from music to photography to writing to coloring in a coloring book. I've passion for my writing but not the ability to "make it so."

13. This Thursday Thirteen has been all over the place, hasn't it? Sometimes I wander. Right now, I'm wondering why I wandered, and where I went, and if it was worth the read. Thanks for reading anyway, dear reader.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 607th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. Or so sayth the Blogger counter, anyway.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Artemis Journal Launch

I don't know how other literary magazines present themselves to the world, but the Artemis journal has a "launch" at the Taubman Museum, which is in Roanoke City.

Friday night they had this launch, and several poets read their poems. They were accompanied by classical music and by ballet dancers interpreting their words.

It was rather beautiful, actually.

Here we are for our big night on the town.

This was an interpretation of a poem about baking bread.

This was an interpretation of a found poem, a memorial to the poet, who passed away.

The poet readers with their dancers.

I can't remember what this dancer was interpreting.

Unfortunately, I did not get names. I was there to enjoy, not report.

My iPhone does not serve the functions I need it for at various events. I've discovered while trying to use it at supervisors' meetings, at my niece's dance recital, and now at this event, that it simply does not replace a decent camera. I have older cameras that would have taken better photos than these. I think the iPhone camera actually tries to do too much - and you end up with less. It is okay if that is all I have on me, as I did this night, but honestly I am not impressed with the photos. I was when I first purchased the phone, but after a few software upgrades, in my opinion Apple has made the process of taking a decent photo worse.

The event was very well attended, especially for a Friday night with downpouring rain.  I saw several people I know and who I hadn't seen for a long time. I used to attend these kinds of events more regularly but I haven't been to readings for many years. Hollins offers all sorts of cultural activities free to the public but because of my health I haven't been for some time. The campus is difficult to reach and while it is doable, I have to really want to go to something to get there.

Downtown Roanoke is also not my favorite place to go. I think this was the first time I'd been downtown in several years. I was surprised at how busy it was as I can remember when downtown was a ghost town after hours, for the most part. The place is full of bars and eateries now; not my scene, really. I'd rather be home with a book.

I think, though, I probably need to try to attend more of the readings at Hollins again. That's a nice goal, to feel well enough to do that. I enjoyed this event and I am glad we went.

And I really appreciate the fact that my husband went with me.