My Idea of a Fourth – Prose/Slam Poetry

It’s laundry soap an the smell of hot summer dried grass,
and freshly mowed grass,
and the sky is blue with white streamers,
and the streets are quiet as trucks are filled with ice chests and sleeping bags,
and it’s Peter painting the town’s phone booth,
I like saying ‘hi’ on the fourth of July
stopping to say ‘hey this is going to be a great day,’
while the good old Main is lined in our red, white and blue,
colors said that way on this day that make me want to cry,
So thankful am I to be in this country of mine,
and it’s the garden that grows with all the flowers of summer,
the Playboy rose that tickles my nose with it’s rich flair,
and the spicy mountain air, perfuming the air,
it’s the richness of coffee in my porcelain cup,
and the bright red current granita, I can’t get enough,
and it’s the words I lay on my page every day
It’s the things you can’t see by what makes freedom for me,
the sky and the trees and the whispering breeze,
the right to do whatever I please. . .

The fourth is always a simple, quiet affair for me. I never do much of anything, but it’s the simple things that I love best. And I saw and smelled all of this today. It’s who I am, it’s what I like, and I wanted to share it with everyone.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.


London Olympics: Michael Phelps sets record with 19th medal –

London Olympics: Michael Phelps sets record with 19th medal –

Relay team

(Michael Phelps, second from left, and American teammates Conor Dwyre, Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens pose for photos with their gold medals after winning the 800-meter freestyle relay on Tuesday in London. (Daniel Ochoa De Olza / Associated Press / July 31, 2012)

By Lisa DillmanJuly 31, 2012, 1:35 p.m.

History unfolded in 6 minutes and 59.70 seconds.

With a little help from three of his friends, Michael Phelps became the greatest Olympian of them all, winning his 19th career medal, breaking the standard set by legendary Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina.

No. 19 came in the men’s 800-meter freestyle relay and the color was gold. Phelps had the responsibility of swimming the anchor leg and the outcome was virtually assured as he had a 3.8-second lead when he hit the water.

The United States finished first by almost that same margin. France took the silver and China the bronze.

Swimming the first three legs of the relay were Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens.

Incredibly, Phelps has 15 gold medals, two silver and two bronze in his legendary Olympic career, which started in 2000.

One of the silver medals came earlier on Tuesday night at the Aquatics Centre when Phelps was edged in the 200 butterfly.

He praised the winner Chad le Clos of South Africa and then paid tribute to his relay teammates.

“The 200 fly didn’t go the way I wanted,” Phelps said. “I was on the other end of that finish four years ago.”


So I was totally and completely jazzed to have Michael Phelps win the gold in the 800 meter relay. Totally and completely psyched. I remember him winning in ’04 and ’08. I’m super happy and excited he swims for the USA. And I’m thrilled beyond belief that he’s gotten all those medals.

USA is the greatest country in the world. Yeah, I’m biased. I live here.

Signing off

Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, and Kyla Ross of the United States celebrate on the podium after winning the gold medal in the artistic gymnastics women’s team final in London, England

So, could anything be more exciting than this? Well, this is pretty huge! Though you can see the next post and decide. Can you tell I am an Olympic junkie?

Signing off

Here’s to Thanksgiving


via Weheartit

Here’s to the day

to the parade of parades

to the family

to a tradition ripe with history

to the start of the holiday season

to pumpkin pie

to turkey

to the football games and scores

to the men and women who have made this country great

to the ones that sacrificed to make it ours

to the Native Americans who made it possible

to the Pilgrims who believed

to God who gave us this great nation

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Skywalk Insanity

There are some things that in this modern age that should not be created, or are just plain insane.  The Grand Canyon Skywalk is one of those things.

This is insanity people.  It probably doesn’t help that I have this Acrophobia thing going on.  (that’s the fear of heights)


Royal Gorge was bad enough.


Signing off