Thursday, April 24, 2014

Put a Poem in Your Pocket!

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day!  Don't have a poem?  Print out one of these handy pocket-sized poems and share your poem with everyone you meet!

My poem?  I have three today because they are all wonderful.  What poem are you keeping in your pocket?

Poem 1 by e.e. cummings:


ee cummings

remarkable boy. i do admire your courage. i think i’ll eat your heart.

Poem 2 by Shel Silverstein:


Poem 3 by William Carlos Williams:
William Carlos Williams / This is just to say... composition by Fine Day Press

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dance Friday!

I survived about the toughest two weeks of my teaching career.  And I am alive.  I am alive because my roommates and friends helped me through.  And because they made me celebrate my birthday when I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to.  They took me to old bars with old friends and a new restaurant for something different.  (Pro-tip...try Audubon Boston, a great new place!)  Now I am off to Cali for some sun and some relaxing. 

About to get my zen on

Be alive!!

His Name...Gabito

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez“No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you've already had.”
―  Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Earlier this evening, I read that my favorite author, Gabriel Garcìa Màrquez, passed away at the age of 87.  His words and his stories have haunted me in the best way since I first picked up One Hundred Years of Solitude.  I have read one of his stories every summer for the past 10 years and it is a tradition I hold near to my heart.  While there is no doubt this man lived his life to the fullest, it is sad to know that our world will never be blessed with new tales from the humid, romantic worlds he brought to life in his books. 

Gabito walking with his grandfather

It is our future generation of children who will miss out on sharing reality with this dreamer.  However, we can get them started with a children's book all about the man who some called Gabriel Garcìa Màrquez, others called Gabo, and still others knew him once, as a child, as Gabito.

An illustration of one of my favorite short stories by Gabo
The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

My Name is Gabito/Me llamo Gabito, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Raùl Colòn, tells of Garcìa Màrquez's beginnings in Columbia and hints at the stories he wrote as an adult. The story is also written in both English and Spanish. Pick it up tomorrow for your little one, and pick up any of his books for yourself. 

Gabo, all the way

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Be Kind

Pinwheels on the walkway to school this morning

A couple of months ago a friend read me this quote he found, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." (Plato said this...maybe?)

Took a 3 hour stroll from my home in Somerville
across the Charles...

...all the way to the newly filled
pond at the Public Garden

On this anniversary of a tragic event in a city with so much pride and so much love, remember to be kind.  It is ok for people to be a part of remembering and it is ok for people to need space.  Be kind and be there.  To my home, my city, the place where my heart is... ((hug))

*so in love, and so much love for my home
(and yes, even in a Dodgers shirt)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Say Yes

This weekend my biggest issue, or at least it's what I am going to let be my biggest issue, is that I have too many dance videos on deck for y'all.  I've had one queued up for a couple weeks that I love.  But then my younger brother sent me a video that rocks.  And then my mom sent me a video.  And then last weekend I went to an amazing Lake Street Dive concert that blew my mind.

Love to Reggae Pops...
he said yes to life..
and lived it to the fullest
until the very end, rest in peace!

So, where to start???  I went to this tiki bar in LA and they had a wheel you could spin if you didn't know what drink you wanted.  Spin the wheel, land on a drink, get un-thirsty.  I need a dance video wheel!

This morning I have decided to go with this video I found randomly and have been holding on to for a couple of weeks.  I love that it shows just what LA is like.  I love that this guy can kill it on roller skates.  I found this song right after a friend posted a quote, "Say yes to life" on his FB page.  No, it wasn't a platform for controversial issues.  Just a reminder to keep saying yes.  Don't waste a moment of this one shot you got.  And when life hands you a pair of roller skates, become a bad ass roller skater. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Say What???

I love mistakes.  I make them every day and every day they make me better. 

A couple of weeks ago I was waiting for a very long time and bored so I decided to go through my phone and delete pictures to make more space available.  I saw a whole file of pictures for this blog and I thought, "Pshh, I don't need those pictures on my phone and on my laptop."  *Delete*

Fast forward to the next day.  I went to post on the blog and noticed that instead of a cute photo of me in a hammock, there was a picture of a grey circle with a line through it.  Yeah.  I deleted about 600 pictures on this blog.  Sooooo, I'm trying to replace them slowly.  My method has been to replace the ones on the posts with the most views. 

I am sure the 4 of you who read this blog are handling it ok but I just thought I should apologize for being such a silly person.  And now you get to learn from my mistake. 

Here's a some new pictures just for you!

Jessie and I celebrated our 1 year

With our first taste of hand-bottled 21 and 19 year old scotches...
from Glenfiddich and they were delish!