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April 1, 2014

National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 1—April 1-7

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NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

POEM A DAY

WEEK 1: April 1-7

Welcome to April, when the earth is being reborn and new life bursts forth. Special Easter readings:

11 Facts About Easter

Easter—Children’s Stories & Poems

SHALOM! MY LORD AND MY GOD! The Easter Story as told by Mary

Also read April Days to Celebrate .

April also has April Fool’s Day, Earth Day, and is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Pet Month. and

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Today is the first day of April, National Poetry Month. Although I’m only a wannabe poet I plan to gather my collection of poems to share with you on each Tuesday this month. By the end of the month I’ll have shared 30 poems, equaling one per day for the month (in four installments). Note: the fourth week will have four extra poems to cover the short week at the end of April.

To link to the second week of poems click on National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 2—April 8-14.

National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 3—April 15-21

National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 4—April 22-30

Poetry is not my genre. However, I play around with it, mostly when I’m a passenger in the car. I cull them from a list of odd rhyming words or words that relate to each other somehow.

I present the first installment of seven poems: Accueil_scribe

APRIL 1: This first poem was written about watching trains with my granddaughter when she was 3-years-old (shes 16 now).

TRAINS

I like the trains, because I do,

No special reason. Just because they are.

We wait and wait for them to show,

They come from near, they come from far.

 

Grandma, and I, we have a morning picnic

On a swing by the tracks where we wait.

We wait and we wait and we have to leave.

THEN Amtrak comes. It misses us! It came too late.

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APRIL 2: WHEEZIN’

‘tis the season to be wheezin’

The sound for certain is not pleasin’

But for certain— (more…)

April 24, 2014

11 Facts About May Day

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11 FACTS ABOUT MAY DAY

QUESTIONS

  1. The maypole, said to be a _____________, was originally made from a growing __________________ known as a ______________.
  2. May Day, celebrated across the globe, is actually two distinct holiday. One honors __________ and the other recognizes ________________.
  3. In 1925 ___________American astronaut, one of the seven original Project Mercury astronauts, was born. In 1967 _________ married Priscilla Beaulieu. The only other entertainer to attend was Redd Foxx. In 1945 ____________, German Nazi leader, Hitler’s propaganda minister, killed his family and himself when the Allies entered Berlin.
  4. During The Haymarket Affair of 1886, a rally in ________________ turned violent and more than a dozen persons were killed.
  5. May Day marks the midpoint between spring and summer, occurring exactly half a year from ________________.
  6. The world tree maypole is supposed to bridge the gap between ______________ and_______________.
  7. For Native Americans, May Day ushered in the month of the flower moon, a full moon under which ________________.
  8. People cover the maypole in bright ribbons and dance around the world tree. What did the pole represent? _____________ What did the ribbons represent) _____________
  9. May-day, the sea faring ocean distress call, is rooted in the French word ___________ , meaning ___________.
  10. Traditionally, on May Day, couples could be found disappearing into the fields to make love, in order to ____________; it was the last chance for _____________________.,

BONUS QUESTION

May Day’s Pagan origins are linked to both _______________ (a Celtic/Gaelic festival – the name means ‘day of fire’) and _______________ (celebrated the night before May Day). A similar Roman festival was called ____________________.

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April 22, 2014

National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 4—April 22-30

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NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

POEM A DAY

WEEK 4: April 22-30

Today is forth and final weekly installment of 7 poems I’m posting during April in recognition of National Poetry Month. Although I’m only a wannabe poet I’m sharing my collection of poems with you on each Tuesday this month. By the end of the month I’ll have shared 30 poems, equaling one per day for the month (in four installments). Note: the fourth week will include 9 a poems to cover the short week at the end of April.

Read the first installment National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 1—April 1-7 , the second, National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 2—April 8-14 and the third National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 3—April 15-21 .

Poetry is not my genre. However, I play around with it, mostly when I’m a passenger in the car. I cull them from a list of odd rhyming words or words that relate to each other somehow.

I present the final installment of nine poems: Accueil_scribe

APRIL 22: THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Passing through the woods, two asphalt roads diverge

One, smooth, straight, swept clean, swerves right, lays level

The other, gravel and grit browning the black, rises steeply

A red octagonal sign inspires the traveler to pause,

To ponder: which road? DSC00244e

APRIL 23: THE SINISTER MINISTER

The sinister minister

Reigned inside

While sin rained outside DSC00244e

APRIL 24: THE REVERED MAN

That man is quietly reverent

To local folks he is (more…)

April 20, 2014

Spring Resurrection. Easter Resurrection.

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SPRING RESURRECTION. EASTER RESURRECTION.
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The WordPress weekly writing challenge for April 7, 2014, is fifty: write a story in fifty words.

April 15, 2014: Onion snow

April 15, 2014: Onion snow

The late-season onion snow* left in its wake…the truth of spring.**

A pure white trillium aims skyward not far from school-bus yellow colts-feet and lemon-yellow daffodils, Nature introduces, like clockwork, rainbow colors amid the early spring browns.

Resurrection is the order of Easter in more ways than one. Happy Easter.**

On March 28, 2014, this daffodil had some maturing to do. It was blooming the week before Easter.

On March 28, 2014, this daffodil had some maturing to do. It was blooming the week before Easter.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

11 Facts About Easter

Easter—Children’s Stories & Poems

SHALOM! MY LORD AND MY GOD! The Easter Story as told by Mary

SOURCES

* onion snow n. Chiefly Pennsylvania A light snow in late spring, after onions have been planted.

** Saturday Essay: Resurrection by Colin McNickle

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READINGS TO ENJOY FOLLOWING THE FESTIVITIES:

DEVOTIONS:

ARE YOU LIVING IMPAIRED?

God’s form of communication? Lent Devotion #20

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April 19, 2014

WP Photo Challenge 4/18/2014: On Top

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ON TOP: MONUMENTAL

WordPress Photo Challenge 4/18/2014:

 The WP Photo Challenge for April 18, 2014 is on top—your take on a monument (broadly defined)…anything can be monumental as long as it’s imbued with a shared sense of importance.

On top of Schoodic Mountain—215 years after the main character of my novel-under-construction climbed to the top. Madame de Leval wanted to view her promised land, land she had a tentative contract to purchase, up to 220,000 acres in Downeast Maine, Hancock and Washington Counties. This photo was taken when my husband, niece’s family, and I climbed Schoodic Mountain to see Madame’s promised land. It was a monumental climb for both Madame and myself. [Read more: OH, TO CLIMB SCHOODIC MOUNTAIN (Maine)]

The view was captivating

The view was captivating

How can a cat feel powerful, monumental? By sleeping on her master’s paperwork. (Read more: Little Dog (a cat) Adopts Us)

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Perhaps we are all sacrificial beings in this world. This photo (which I obviously didn’t take myself) is me lying on the sacrificial table at Stonehenge in Salem, New Hampshire. How monumental is that?  (Read more: Stonehenge in Salem, New Hampshire)

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April 17, 2014

WP Daily Prompt: Humble Pie—Apology Letter

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HUMBLE PIE: APOLOGY LETTER

(WordPress Prompt for November 30, 2013)

Dear Tim,

I hope you have a recipe for humble pie . I need you to bake one for me.

Let me explain.

We, as fellow writers, have been friends for many years. Once we discussed starting a writing group together. However, the Foothills Writers Group only began when YOU took the initiative and set up meetings in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania.

The group met successfully for more than six years. Then you had too many obligations to continue it, and I was relocating to another community. Thus, the Foothills group of loyal writers became discontinued.

Yes, we were friends. However, there was an issue on which we always conflicted. It was an issue that brought out my…well, my frustration with you, and perhaps a hint of anger…because you never seemed to consider my background, which differed from yours and all the other group members.

The conflict was based on your great pride about living in the mountains, in the rolling hills, of Southwestern Pennsylvania. You speak of your ancestral home providing you with a sense of place. Thus, whenever you set up a prompt, it was related to Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Tim, you knew I couldn’t relate to the hills, the topography, the place of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Yet I believed you expected me to write impassioned responses to your prompts. After all, everyone else (more…)

April 16, 2014

A 6-Part Study of The Lord’s Prayer: Part 6

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A 6-PART STUDY OF THE LORD’S PRAYER

PART 6:

THE CONCLUSION

MONTE W. HOLLAND, GUEST WRITER

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Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

 Read about the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania

 STUDY INTRODUCTION

This study began with my personal story, Where I Learned Key Church & Scripture Readings and continues with A 6-Part Study of The Lord’s Prayer: Part 1.

Each of the 6 parts of this study of The Lord’s Prayer will reference selections drawn from the writings of three historical clergymen:

Matthew Henry (1662-1714)

Adam Clarke (1760-1832)

Albert Barnes (1798-1870)

These commentators lived long ago, but their words still ring true. They have a universal power in our lives.

I will write a personal perspective following the commentator’s words. I invite you to add any comment you might have in the comment box at the end of each study.

WEEK 6 INTRODUCTION

We now come to the end of this love letter to God. It closes as all letters should with a cordial final greeting to God.

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Palm Sunday March in Connellsville, PA

 MATTHEW HENRY

III. The conclusion: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever. Amen. Some refer this to David’s doxology, 1Ch 29:11. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness. It is,

1. A form of plea to enforce the foregoing petitions. It is our duty to plead with God in prayer, to fill our mouth with arguments (Job 23:4) not to move God, but to affect ourselves; to encourage the faith, to excite our fervency, and to evidence both. Now the best pleas in prayer are those that are taken from God himself, and from that which he has made known of himself. We must wrestle with God in his own strength, both as to the nature of our pleas and the urging of them. The plea here has special reference to the (more…)

April 15, 2014

National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 3—April 15-21

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NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

POEM A DAY

WEEK 3: April 15-21

Today is third weekly installment of 7 poems I’m posting during April in recognition of National Poetry Month. Although I’m only a wannabe poet I’m sharing my collection of poems with you on each Tuesday this month. By the end of the month I’ll have shared 30 poems, equaling one per day for the month (in four installments). Note: the fourth week will include 9 a poems to cover the short week at the end of April.

Read the first installment,  National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 1—April 1-7 , the second, National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 2—April 8-14 and the fourth, National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 4—April 22-30.

Poetry is not my genre. However, I play around with it, mostly when I’m a passenger in the car. I cull them from a list of odd rhyming words or words that relate to each other somehow.

I present the third installment of seven poems:

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APRIL 15: IN SPRING IS HOPE ETERNAL

March is weary

April is teary

May is leery

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APRIL 16: ALIENS IN OUR MIDST

There’s aliens in our midst.

Illegal aliens.

Those among us without sanction.

 

Yet I wonder…

If we (more…)

April 13, 2014

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes© 2014: Greensburg, PA

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the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®

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WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES®
2014: GREENSBURG, PA
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IMG_4015My husband Monte’s adventure started on February 26, 2014, with a visit to St. Vincent de Paul’s in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He was looking for a pair of women’s shoes.

As he started looking a woman at the shoes said to him “The men’s shoes are over there . He was over . I turned to her and said “He’s looking for a pair of woman’s shoes.” She looked at me like we were both some type of wierdos.

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I waited for a few minutes and explained. Monte was planning on participating, for the second year, in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®. The April 12, 2014, event was sponsored by the Blackburn Center Against Domestic and Sexual Violence in Greensburg, which was intended to raise issues around gender violence. She began to laugh and help him find a pair of shoes as other customers eyed him suspiciously.

IMG_3319EFinally, Monte and I left the store with him a happy new owner of a pair of women’s flat dress shoes (he said his foot wasn’t flexible enough to wear heels).

IMG_4034E 140412The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event benefits the (more…)

April 12, 2014

WP Weekly Photo Challenge 5/31/2013: Signs

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WP WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE 5/31/2013:

THE SIGN SAYS

The wordpress weekly photograph challenge for May 31, 2013 was the sign says—Signs: Funny, poignant, symbolic, incorrect, informative, foreshadowing…there are so many signs in the world.

Because I was traveling most of May I am delayed in responding to this Sign challenge and am playing catch-up. A year later. Today, April 12, 2014, is the Pennsylvania statewide regular opening day of trout season.

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I shot the following sign along Pymatuning Lake in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, a number of years ago.

It speaks for itself.

See note at end of post for information on

The annual Open House: A Day at the Hatchery at the Linesville State Fish Hatchery, April 5, 2014

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The following sign was taken between Cumberland, Maryland and Meyersdale, Pennsylvania.

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April 10, 2014

Little Dog (a cat) Adopts Us

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LITTLE DOG ADOPTS US

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The cold, damp, wind that blew rainy slush against my face startled me. I quickly reached my kitten-filled hand down, deposited the kitten on the stoop and drew myself back in.

As I shut the door against this onslaught I saw small the white paws of the kitten, which barely reached up to the door’s screen inset. The face looking up at me had a pathetic, yearning, abandoned look in the eyes. The orange teardrop shape under the kitten’s right eye cemented the pathos.

The tiny white cat with orange and black calico markings splashed over its back, with a calico tail that looked like an afterthought, was a (more…)

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