Back on Track

I started this blog as a graduate school assignment. I did not expect to keep it going…to be honest, I did not expect to enjoy being so ‘connected’ because I am an introvert and cynical of most ‘fads’. However, I have felt myself drawn time and again to my initial idea “somebody should do something about that.” Like today, I looked on FB for a place to write a prayer for Neymar, and I couldn’t fine one. Maybe there are plenty out there and I am just not savvy enough to find it. At any rate, I decided to start one. I created a ‘page’ on FB. I tried to link to a BBC report on Neymar’s injury, but FB wouldn’t let me save it. I will print it here and try again on FB. Any suggestions are welcome, but, more than that, prayers of healing for Neymar are encouraged!

(Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885-1918). Modern American Poetry. 1919)

Joyce Kilmer. 1886-1918

119. TREES

I think that I shall  never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
Fall Maple
Fall Maple
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Selby State Park, MN
Selby State Park, MN

One more comment about Ms Cyrus

It could almost go without saying (repeating) that skinny, light-skinned young ladies should not make fun of rotund, dark-skinned ladies; and yet, I am going to say it anyway — somebody should do something about that.

Somebody like Jane Elliot, a ‘nobody’ schoolteacher in a small town in Iowa who went on to educate some of the most powerful people in the world about “blue-eyes” having privilege and power over “brown-eyes” (

Somebody like a writer I recently discovered only because she wrote a WordPress blog about her personal experiences, and how those experiences affected her reaction to Miley Cyrus’s recent performance.  I guess, in a sad way, I have Miley to thank for the awesome way Tressie opened my mind and gave me intelligent words to express my feelings.

My new favorite blog is :