“You can never go down the drain.” ~ my hero, Fred Rogers

(this is the Matterhorn, seen from the cockpit of a glider)


Bumpass, Virginia,
November 11
ENFJ - photographer, poet, grandma (of 6!), traveler - love my husband, love dogs, love retired life - former air traffic controller; Enneagram 4!


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MARCH 6, 2010 8:18PM

Open Call - 5 words


Wearing a cloak of fire 

that spit embers far above -

his kiss melted

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JANUARY 6, 2010 12:11AM

A Lovely New Year's Breakfast

  The Perfect Breakfast for a New Year


 My New Year's wish for all of you is that you may enjoy such a breakfast at least once - a breakfast to comfort, to nourish, to love you back.  For me, the slightly-carbonized half-sausage (there are red pepper flakes in it -… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2010 9:56PM

Our Children Ask: Tell Me Why




This video is about 3 years old, but the message is sadly still relevant.  Happy New Year, all. Read full post »

I think this is because the young people do not even know who Helen is.  Unbelievable.


Helen Caldicott Slams Environmental Groups on Climate Bill, Nuclear Concessions

Tuesday 22 December 2009

by: Art Levine, t r u t h o u t 

Dr. Helen Caldicott, the… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2009 1:30AM

Bacon Porn


Cut jalapenos in half, remove seeds, wash

Slather cream cheese in jalapeno halves

Cut the whole package of bacon in half

Wrap each half slice of bacon around the stuffed jalapeno, secure with toothpick

Grill 'til bacon's done enough

Eat!  But not too many, or you'll suffer later....

&nb… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2009 1:03AM

Keith Olbermann let it rip tonight

Keith Olbermann let it rip tonight on Countdown.  Cry?  Yep. Laugh? At the futility, the stupidity of our government?  I can't decide what to do.  I am so outraged and overwrought by the decision to escalate in Afghanistan.  

After we all worked to elect Obama, after we all e… Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2009 2:04AM

Gay Foster Mom

I'm re-posting this from Rosie O'Donnell's blog (www.rosie.com) because it is strong writing, because it is beautiful, because it is true.  She wrote this account in April 2005:


IN 1998

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OCTOBER 14, 2009 1:31PM

Alan Grayson speaks truth to power

Once again, I blogwhore for OS's Behind Blue Eyes, who brings great background info on Rep Alan Grayson (D-FL) in the post "Who is Alan Grayson."  My husband and I are writing checks to Grayson right now!  I am SO heartened that he spoke up.  Need more like him to speak… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 1:49AM

Read Behind Blue Eyes NOW

So, I am so moved by Behind Blue Eyes post, "How does all that Hope and Change taste NOW?" that I am referring you all to read it via my blog.


He says what I think.  As we listen to our Presi… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 12:50AM

Universal Health Care NOW!

… From Cartouche's friend Leigh Bailey: " No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day." Any questions?  

 Now - go create a 'new post'Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2009 5:29PM

Rosie's tribute to Michael Jackson

I copied this exquisite poem off Rosie's blog (www.rosie.com) just hours after Michael Jackson's death.  I admire Ms. O'Donnell so much for her courage - she uses her voice to inform, to protest, to stand for justice, to love people.  I've been inspired by not only her writings, but her 'blRead full post »

MARCH 3, 2009 10:41PM

Haikus for Poetry Open Call



Husband, my lover

Age does not show in your face

But your soul is old  



Rich with grandchildren

The young grandfather exults

in his good fortune  



Half a century--

Writing down the memories

Of a happy life.Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2009 12:27AM

Johnny Got His Gun

Dalton Trumbo's 1939 novel about WWI,  Johnny Got His Gun, was made into a harrowing film in 1971.  You can read about this amazing writer at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0874308/bio.

The film is hard to find, but worth it.  I am not going to reveal details about it here because the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2009 10:40PM

Aretha's Hat is Everywhere!

Aretha's Hat is Everywhere



It reminds me of when I heard of the phenomenon in Japan where a trend can move across the entire country in moments, through the instantaneous texting between one group of friends to another.  I always attributed that to the relatively homogenous cult/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 15, 2009 5:45PM

Don't Be Afraid to Fly!


Today's ditching of the USAirways Airbus in the Hudson River in NY was handled in a textbook manner by the captain and crew.  Everyone got a bit wet and cold, but they are all alive.  What a beautiful outcome! 


I'm a retired air traffic controller; before 9/11 we… Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2009 12:42AM


The shredding has begun.

He sits watching Democracy Now,

the screen showing subtitles as the

shredder hums like the 2004 cicadas

(Brood X).


Papers from all our past lives--

Walnut Wood Lane in Burke

then on Arlen Ave in Annandale, where we

lived in Sue's basement.


Kalmia Lee Court… Read full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2008 8:24PM


bouleversement bool-vair-suh-MAWN:

Noun: Complete overthrow; a reversal; a turning upside down. 

Yes, I guess it's time for a bool-vair-suh-mawn;a turning upside-down of my soul . . .What would shake out of it?

I imagine how it might be - a lightening of my burdens,dropping out of my heart-pockeRead full post »