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The blue moon – one definition of which is having two full moons in one calendar month – happens tonight, and won’t happen again until July 31, 2015.  While I will be somewhere tonight watching the moon, I liked the warm-up show that it provided last night on Broadway near the Gothic Theatre.

Denver, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”  ~Buddha

Daily gratitudes:
My super-sparkly disco earrings
A full tank of gas
Giving hope and two dollars to a homeless man this morning
Road trip with Kelsea starting this afternoon
Music nights with MKL

Hay-on-Wye is one of the towns of my dreams, as it is has 1900 residents, at least 30 used bookstores, and a self-proclaimed king.  Spending a summer there would be heavenly.

Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales.

Qu0te of the day: “The truth is that there are a lot of people like you, us, with strange thoughts or dispositions or a past and we try to hide it because we’re afraid that it makes us seem different. We think people won’t accept us or it will turn people off, but that’s a mistake.  I found what makes us unique has brought every person I love into my life and the one’s who walk away just don’t belong and we’re better off without them anyway. Be yourself and stick with the people who love what you’re all about and your life will thank you in many ways.”
~Brigitte Nicole

Daily gratitudes:
Hazelnut coffee creamer
My co-worker Jen’s enthusiasm and attitude
Plaques that tell the history of old buildings
I now know that I do not like purple frosting
Plums from a tree instead of the store

At Water’s Edge

When I am old
And feeling softly lost
Among the silver strands of hair
That stroke my face like slender reeds
At water’s edge

will you take my hand and draw me
through this tender abyss
captivating raptures as we weave our way
between the littered stars?

will you loosen the twigs
that tangle in the tresses of my spirit as it
drifts across the silent sound
coyly toying with the watchful herons?

will you hold me as I
ramble in and out of spatial palaces
and ramshackle rooms
built and filled with dreams and memories?

And
Will  you let me slip sylph-like
Into a permanent moonlight
Recalling the simple color of my eyes
When I am
Finally
old?

I don’t know what kind of flower this is (other than a red one), but I love the fact that the bloom has a backbone.  Indeed, we blossoms are all strong-spined.

Llanhennock, Wales.

Quote of the day: “Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”  —  Albert Einstein

Daily gratitudes:
The teams of kids in colors today, exploring the historic buildings of LoDo
The white bird on the bare branch, spotlit by the first sun rays this morning
Music tonight
Poetry
My chicken doorstop
Getting to see MKL today

Today’s guest poet: Rainer Maria Rilke

Woman In Love
That is my window. Just now
I have so softly wakened.
I thought that I would float.
How far does my life reach,
and where does the night begin

I could think that everything
was still me all around;
transparent like a crystal’s
depths, darkened, mute.

I could keep even the stars
within me; so immense
my heart seems to me; so willingly
it let him go again.

whom I began perhaps to love, perhaps to hold.
Like something strange, undreamt-of,
my fate now gazes at me.

For what, then, am I stretched out
beneath this endlessness,
exuding fragrance like a meadow,
swayed this way and that,

calling out and frightened
that someone will hear the call,
and destined to disappear
inside some other life.

Most days at Cow Wreck Beach are not quite this quiet, but they are quite often this beautiful.

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Have patience, heart.”  —  Homer

Daily gratitudes:
Peach
Being a shoulder to cry on
Taking Kelsea to school
Healing
Someone to call darling

Paths always lead somewhere – through doorways, in circles, or to a turning point.

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Daily gratitudes:
Ten hot air balloons in the morning sky
Spending some extra time with Kelsea today
The Tattered Cover Bookstore
The approaching Labor Day weekend
Bargain hunting

As I have revived the Weekly Wednesday poem, I am also reviving the Original Thursday poem. [Insert applause here.] I have hundreds of poems from the past that I can share with you, and I hope that the revivification of this feature of the blog will inspire me to create more.

Devil With A Forked Tongue

One golden morning early,
You looked in my eyes across the table,
And said,

“You’ll never find another man like me.”

I was touched.

Yes.

Touched in the head.

In hindsight,
I should have stabbed you in the tongue with my fork
And run.

Yes.

Stuck a fork in you.

We’re done.

If you’ve followed me at all, you know I love farm animals.  Piggies are adorable. This little guy was snoozing in the petting zoo at Cheyenne Frontier Days this year.

Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Quote of the day: “Love should be like breathing. It should be just a quality in you, wherever you are, with whomsoever you are, or even if you are alone, Love goes on overflowing from you. It is not a question of being in Love with someone, it is a question of being Love.” ~ Osho

Daily gratitudes:
The head bopping of pigeons when they walk
Soft, cooling breezes
Taking chances
Curry
Aprons

I love WordPress. When I first thought of blogging, I dipped my toe in the other blog sites, but WordPress was the only one for me.

Except now, I hate Reader.

I can’t remember what we had before Reader, but it was great.  Do you recall?  It was a little something in that left-hand sidebar that you clicked and then just scrolled down to see the most current post from all the folks to whom you were subscribed. If you didn’t want one to appear, you could hide it.  Easy to scan, easy to access, just… easy.

And now we have Reader.  And I ask you, what is this madness??

Half the time, I can’t get it to appear. The other half the time, I see the same posts several times in the feed, or posts that are weeks old and definitely NOT the newest content from my fun friends.

It just sucks, and I want my old scrolly thing back.

I’m generally not a big complainer, and I appreciate everything WordPress does to make our blogs and blogging experience increasingly fabulous.  I’ve been thinking about writing this for months though, and finally today, when trying to pull up Reader completely froze my computer, and I wondered why I was doing it when it was just going to frustrate me anyway, I’d had enough and decided to say something about it.

So I did.

WordPress, are you listening?

Grrrrrrr.

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