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We may very well be in it.

May, from the Latin "Maius mensis," means month of May.

No other month sounds as sweet when you put month in front of it.

Month of July? Month of December?

Month of March, even with alliteration, doesn't work nearly as well.

Every school kid loves May.

All concentration is gone; it's time to think of days at the beach. Soon there will be no school.

Soon there will be summer vacation.

In the Northern Hemisphere, May is the first month when it's finally warm. Before it gets hot.

(May, our Southern Hemisphere people will tell you, is November and fall.)

Hope springs eternal on the first Saturday in May.

What other month would mothers want their day in?

It's not nearly as taxing as April. 

An article by a May lover in the Sunday Independent talks of it as "an exceptional moment in the rhythms of the Earth...as the beauty of the natural world now reaches a peak." 

May has its dramatic Mayfly, the most beautiful aquatic insect.

(June has a bug.)

May even has a tree and an exceptional one in the Hawthorn; Have you never brought home the May?

In short, it has everything.

I could go on and on.

Fortunately William Watson, in an "Ode in May," does it for me.

"What is so sweet and dear
As a prosperous morn in May,
The confident prime of the day,
And the dauntless youth of the year,
When nothing that asks for bliss,
Asking aright, is denied,
And half of the world a bridegroom is,
And half of the world a bride?"

Watson deduced right.

Happy May everyone.

J. Peterman

 

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May 03, 2011 3:57 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Now is the month of May-ing
When merry lambs are playing
With a fa-la-la
Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-lah. (Old English folk song)
 
The hawthorns are foaming with blossom, the azaleas and rhododendrons are a riot of vulgar colours, so when the wind blows, a can-can dance of skirts and petticoats and perhaps a glimpse of underwear ..... plants do have personalities. The most noticeable one on my driveway is a huge rhodo with enormous magenta flowers. What a whore!

May 03, 2011 5:19 AM
Myself 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Spring Fragrance said...

Hazel!! I had to sing that in school.  It was "merry lads" though. It was an alien context to us asian kids, especially since we didn't have the four seasons. Thank you Mr Peterman, indeed it is fall here. The days are getting short and temperature range is now between 50F-60F, still not too bad. The deep sea tuna season is still on though as waters have continued to be relatively warm compared to (so say my colleagues) two decades ago. A colleague loves the fishing but hates the fish so I'm his good excuse and I know tomorrow am going to get some nice fresh fish for sashimi.


Anyone knows who released that photo of OBL corpse which is now confirmed to be a hoax? I would really like to see more proof that he is dead though that itself is probably irrelevant in the overall scheme. It would be unrealistic to think he has not raised a team of successors; after all, stage 4 renal failure is more than inconvenient. It also seems this came at a very opportune time, a cause for celebration is a good distraction in the face of a national fiscal breakdown.


Whether you like them or not I thought it was a thought provoking statement released by the Vatican:


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-wallis/how-should-we-respond-to-bin-laden-death_b_856548.html

May 03, 2011 7:23 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

I   have  a  fondness  for  September.   True,  Autumn  sets  in,  but  I  find  the  pretty  leaves  inspiring.  Even  the  bittersweet  songs  are  favorites:  September  Song,  September  in  the  Rain.   In  September  we  get  the  kids  off  to  school,  freeing  up  time  for  ourselves.   Coworkers  are  back  from  vacations,  so  projects  are  able  to  go  forward.   And  it's  cool  enough  to  break  out  "serious  clothes,"  double-breasted  suits,  wool  slacks,  sweaters.    September.  That's  my  final  answer.....

May 03, 2011 7:23 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

I   have  a  fondness  for  September.   True,  Autumn  sets  in,  but  I  find  the  pretty  leaves  inspiring.  Even  the  bittersweet  songs  are  favorites:  September  Song,  September  in  the  Rain.   In  September  we  get  the  kids  off  to  school,  freeing  up  time  for  ourselves.   Coworkers  are  back  from  vacations,  so  projects  are  able  to  go  forward.   And  it's  cool  enough  to  break  out  "serious  clothes,"  double-breasted  suits,  wool  slacks,  sweaters.    September.  That's  my  final  answer.....

May 03, 2011 7:58 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

Happy May, my very favorite month!

http://youtu.be/pljilMH9o

May 03, 2011 8:01 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

Well I just checked to make sure the link worked and it didn't (place for punctuation marks sad face which I will NEVER do)--but it was a rendition of Julie Andrews singing the Lusty Month of May. Which I thought you would enjoy.

May 03, 2011 8:10 AM
1521 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Shandonista said...

I agree, Bert.  September really does something for me.  Autumn is my favorite season - the relief from the dreadful August heat and the anticipation of life becoming cozy ang snug - tucking in and hunkering down for the long winter's nap.....

May 03, 2011 8:10 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Love spring with its daffodils, crocuses, forsythia, irises, and now the rhododendron (Hazel, ours are huge, pink, purple, red as well! What showoffs!), and white and pink mountain laurel here in the hills of GA.  The iris really are putting on a show! I have purple, white,yellow, bronze, and my neighbor has a tangerine or orange sherbet flock that I can see across the road, so can enjoy, too! Just wish the blooms stayed more than a day!
 
Also love the fall when we get all the reds, yellows, oranges, and the hills turn to paint with the blazing colors on the mountains, Bert! Chrysanthemums, and cone flowers are blooming and making us glad for the warm-turning-chilly air. Guess it is just good to be alive and be able to see, smell, and feel all the seasons. Where I live I do get drastic changes from one to the other.  Growning up in  Central Florida, I did not know seasons, as it was warm, warmer, and hot. Now, I can appreciate the seasons where it puts on different clothes in Nature. I have been in Ga for 45 yrs., and I kinda like it.

May 03, 2011 8:20 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Spring - We have many voices in the news about the Bin Laden issue, and not all are happy. Some are not sure it happened, but think it was a ploy to try to boost BO's sagging Pres. ratings. Some think if it did happen, someone with deep $ pockets paid off the Pakistani leaders to let us go in and get him (that they have known where he was, but could not offend the govt. until huge sums were paid). Others think he was terminal, so let himself be taken out, and it is to give his supporters a new/fresh cause to fight the West more fervently. I think there are so many other problems that it just is denouement, and not a big deal, but I hate to think it will create more terrorism. The world has gone nuts now so that we don't feel safe as we once did even in an airport, on a ship, or on vacation.
 
Oh, on a totally different subject, I just learned that my favorite restaurant in Atlanta only serves Tasmanian beef! In their ads, they extol its tenderness and freedom from chemicals or artificial anything. For years, my favorite place is Dante's Down the Hatch, a ship theme place that has jazz and specializes in fondue. Just saying, small world!

May 03, 2011 8:25 AM
1521 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Shandonista said...

Spring Fragrance~  Thanks for the link.  I especially liked Solzhenitsyn's observation on evil:
 
"Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts."
 
 
 
 
 
 

May 03, 2011 8:31 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

In honor of "The Lusty month of May," Julie Andrews sings for us...."Time to do a wretched thing or two....time for wicked little fun....all the world is brimming with fun, ......."
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pljyjiIMH9o
 
Maybe that is what our Mr. P has in mind for his choice of May as the most alliterative, all- things-fine, wonderful month of the year!

May 03, 2011 8:45 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

I too love May though here in Virginia it can turn hot and like summer, so some years April is better.  April is when the Japanese cherry trees blossom, and that is magnificent.  However, at this point, the daffodils and tulips are out, and the azaleas in full force.  The dogwood are starting to fade, and the trees are back in full leaf.  This year May looks to be moderate, and we are enjoying it.  Hey, the nicest thing is not needing either heat or air conditioning.  It sure is nice on the wallet.
I am amazed at those who hate President Obama and the lengths they will go to in order to excoriate and vilify him.  The death of bin Laden faked?  Nonsense!  If it had happened under George Bush would Bush have been accused of faking it to prop up sagging poll ratings?  I think not.  I think the proper word for all this is racism - that these are folks who just cannot stand the notion that a black man is in the White House.

May 03, 2011 8:55 AM
Myself 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Spring Fragrance said...

AHA!!!!! Does lusty month of May suggest something else in Hazel's opening song? The version the nuns taught us innocent asian kids was "when merry lads are playing..."
Thanks Moose for rounding up at 0820 for me. The wonderful thing about talking to you all is that it breathes life to what I read. I was just sharing with someone that I had always worked with institutions till I came to Tasmania, where, because there is no institutional business, I now work with REAL people. And suddenly the concept of money and its management takes on a whole new fiduciary angle. Nothing beats a genuine interaction.
Shadonista! That was my favourite spot too - I returned to savour it, lingering at each comma stop, a couple of times
 
Bert...my favourite season is Autumn too. I'm wary of Spring because of the pollen in the air. Its also gets extremely gusty. Once I had to go rescue a neighbour who was flung off a hillside in her car - the car was a write off

May 03, 2011 9:20 AM
25891 Com-100First-comHr-1Hr-5 rapidgirl said...

As with real estate, it's "location, location, location". I'm a springtime lover myself. Growing up on the Florida gulf coast, March was when it was warm enough to venture outside and to the beach without needing our jackets and long pants, but not so hot yet that the sun was stifling. Now that I live up here in South Dakota, springtime is rather touch-and-go. The weather is a glorious 60-70F, trees are leafing out nicely and the nurseries are having brisk sales, but we won't be out of the woods snow-wise until early June. I've also spent time in India during this part of the year and it's no picnic there, with temperatures soaring above the 100F mark. When I went 2 years ago in April, I flew out of a blizzard-ravaged tundra and into a scorched desert. Thankfully I had the good sense to leave my winter coat at the airport with my friend.

May 03, 2011 9:25 AM
28961 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 Ummgawa said...

My favorite month is any month this side of the dirt.

Lynn-I don't hate our President. I have found that all politicians are eventually detestable, especially those with egos so big that occupying the ultimate in government housing (the White House) is the only goal they might have populating the highest walls of their minds. My problem with him, and most others, is the outright lies he has told to get elected and the backs of those he rode in on continuing to believe that change is really coming. He has set a true new low standard for mistrust and deceit at the highest levels of government. The only person truly relieved is Jimmy Carter.

I'm wondering what "lesser evil" he will be running against, and who will be the "Greater".

You are right though, some hate him just because he is a Democrat.

May 03, 2011 9:28 AM
8251 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Kentucky Curmudgeon said...

Today...a cool, wet, gray, soggy, day in May...at least here in central Kentucky. April showers bring May flowers...what do May showers bring...a hot June that's what. I too find fall to be a favorite. Like Lynn said...a time of no heat and no air conditioning. But complaining or even praising weather is an effort in futility. For what power do we have over it...unless of course you wear a tin foil hat and believe we can use weather as a weapon. Like Bin Laden's demise...you can choose to believe it, or not. Makes little difference...the weather will still be with us.

May 03, 2011 9:34 AM
8251 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Kentucky Curmudgeon said...

If I may be so bold as to pimp myself once more there are a few inane words freshly poured out on the blog for your consumption...if you choose.

www.kentuckycurmudgeon.wordpress.com

May 03, 2011 9:50 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Wether the weather be fine
Or wether the weather be not
Wether the weather be cold
Or wether the weather be hot -
Whatever the weather
We'll weather the weather
Whether we like it or not.
 
Something like that, anyway - I get muddled up with whether, wether and weather.

May 03, 2011 10:10 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Spring~ seems the version of that song was even more sanitized for us English schoolgirls. It would have been Merry Lads - Old English folk song is full of innuendo.

May 03, 2011 10:20 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


In answer to the question: "If it had happened under George Bush would Bush have been accused of faking it to prop up sagging poll ratings?"
You're damned right he would have.

But, a sparkling example of Columbia guy fraternal "I've got your back on this one Bro," solidarity.

May 03, 2011 10:24 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

or Skull & Bones?

May 03, 2011 10:35 AM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Fay Grindrod said...

 A Mother's sorrow:
 
May is not a glorious month for Mommy Fay -  she escape and hides away - She lost her beloved son on Memorial day.   Her tears cover her eyes when the blossoms come out and new life appears - she can not see the colorful flowers or the blue sky - she runs away and does not return to the place of her pain until she has turned the page of the month of May which has within Mother's and Memorial Day - the days she cannot endure and celebrate.
 
She know she has to be brave -  her child was her life - what she treasure the most is her son's spirit within.  She can no longer hold him tight and touch his face - she now  embraces children all over the world who lost their parents and need a hug from a mother who knows the value of holding a child close to her heart  
 
 She can not smell the flowers when her tears flood her face;  she never utters "why me?"  why not me? - fate will have visited us all at the end of our lives.  We must live on even if one has a heavy heart - the spirit of the child with the mother entwined can bring glorious months excluding the month of May.  She knows deep down that when May has been erased from her life - she be with her dearest son in paradise.

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May 03, 2011 10:55 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

oh FAY, how beautifully told and so heartbreaking! There can be no worse tragedy in anyone's life. My heart goes out to you.

May 03, 2011 11:17 AM
4162 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Cyndy said...

Normally, May is glorious.  This year, however, here in Southern Ohio, the weather is more like November.  It's in the forties, cold, and rainy.  Very dreary.  I hope it turns around pretty quickly, so May can live up to its reputation!

May 03, 2011 11:35 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


39°F, NE winds and rain... May
.
One hundred and one years ago today, my mother was born. She has been gone for fifty-one of those years.
Our oldest daughter was born on the 17th and our granddaughter shared the 21st with her late great grandmother which was pretty cool.

May 03, 2011 11:42 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

There was a ditty the lads sang when I was in college: "Hooray, hooray, it's the first of May!  Outdoor f***ing starts today!"  After all, it is springtime.
Umgawa, I think more hate Obama simply because he is black.  Were he not, the whole noise level would be lower.

May 03, 2011 11:43 AM
25891 Com-100First-comHr-1Hr-5 rapidgirl said...

Regarding the old madrigal: I actually thought of that song within minutes of waking up on Sunday. It wasn't one of the songs my vocal group did back in high school, but I do remember it being played in my humanities class as an example of Renaissance musical style. My teacher was cool though; she played the innuendo-laden version and went so far as to point it out. t goes along with Tennyson's observation that in spring a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love (or lust, I'd say).

May 03, 2011 11:45 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

This is the month when my daughter graduates from William & Mary (BA Cum Laude in Chinese Language).  And it will be my son's 36th birthday on the 25th.  A nice month.  In June, Jessica weds on the 18th.  Since I am an ordained minister, I will officiate at the wedding.  Yes!

May 03, 2011 11:48 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Hey, Fay! I was just thinking of updating my prayer tree - new friends to make tags for, old friends to take off and say goodbye for now. What colour shall I write your name? Do not allow grief to take a whole beautiful month out of your life. There must be so many good, funny and happy memories to bring a smile to your face. Use Mother's day and his birthday to celebrate his life. Get your glad rags on, bake a birthday cake, invite a friend for tea. They don't need to know why. My sister, who I seldom see, came to visit when it was our brother's birthday and we made a birthday cake for him. He died young and for no good reason. We had a lovely time.

May 03, 2011 12:12 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Lynn830~ How amazing to officiate at your daughter's wedding! Will you be able to get through it without getting all teary and sentimental? We have ordained ministers to spare in our circle of family friends - they squabble about who is going to officiate at hatchings, matchings and dispatchings. My Dad's funeral had 3 vicars sharing the service, as they all so badly wanted a part in it. And Fay, the SMILE on the face of the man at the graveside saying the words "I am the resurrection and the Life, he that believes in me ..." was a joy to behold.

May 03, 2011 12:12 PM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

"Thus royal, as a prince is in his hall,


Leave I this Chanticleer in his pastúre;


And after will I tell his áventure.


When that the month in which the world began,


That hight March, when God first makd man, [a medieval belief]


Was complete, and passd were also


Since March be gone, thirty days and two,


Befell that Chanticleer in all his pride,


His seven wivs walking by his side


Cast up his eyen to the brighte sun,


That in the sign of Taurus had y-run


Twenty degrees and one, and somewhat more


He knew by kind, and by none other lore,


That it was prime, and crew with blissful steven:


"The sun," he said, "is clomben up on heaven


Forty degrees and one, and more y-wis.


Madám Pertelote, my world's bliss,


Hearkeneth these blissful birds - how they sing!


And see the fresh flowers - how they spring!


Full is mine heart of revel, and soláce."


But ...

May 03, 2011 12:17 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Lynn - No one that I know who opposes Obama has mentioned his race, but rather that he is inexperienced and inept, has too many crooked connections, has a history of resentment against those who have succeeded, and has offended many of America's allies. He is seen as a poor representative of the USA, and needs to be replaced with someone more able. He has not been criticized for being black.
 
 Opposition is not racial, but pure logic. Afterall, he is not entirely Negro. (One of the flaws in his possibly-manufactured " birth certificate" was the listing of his father's race as "African" a term not used until a good 20 years later. In 1961 it would have been race: Negro. That was back when we used the correct terms for racial designation.) So, some issues are not yet resolved in the interest of complete honesty. I see we have another of those issues here that needs to be laid to rest under the title, "We agree to disagree." It is apparent that some of us have strong opinions on opposing sides. I am out of it now.

May 03, 2011 12:20 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

Hazel, I will manage to get through it, and probably in fine fettle.  As with your friends who are ordained, I wouldn't miss the opportunity.  I was honored last summer to officiate at the funeral of a friend's father who was a World War II veteran.  The service was at the Post Chapel at Ft. Myer, and was followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery, right next door.  There are moments in ministry that cannot be equaled elsewhere.

May 03, 2011 12:22 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Miss Blue~ The first cockerel and hen I got were named Chanticeer and Pertelote!

May 03, 2011 12:29 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Kentucky, I like your rambling blog about the ups and downs of getting older...I can relate. I never used to have that stiffness in the joints after sitting for a long spell, but now, have to walk slowly to get "unbent" and do a few of my yoga exercises to limber up again.
 
Are you sure it is safe to write about the youngsters who are your work higher-ups? If they read what you say about them, could that affect your job security? Just saying....Look out.
 
Fay - So sorry that your personal pain has spoiled May for you. After a while, it gets so that there is hardly a month without some pain or anniversary of sadness, so the year closes in on you. As Hazel wisely opines, perhaps just dwell on the date of the loss, and try to savour the rest of the month. (My mom was born May 10 and died May 15, 73 yrs. apart. My dad died May 22, also. However, I have 8 living friends and kin with May birthdays, so I try to celebrate their lives, and remember the good things about the ones who are gone. )  You sound too smart to let the whole month be lost to you.    
 
Sympathy for your pain, encouragement for your soul, and hope for your healing.

May 03, 2011 12:42 PM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Fay Grindrod said...

Hazel - forever green is my color.  By your writing I see you might come from England  or Australia or New Zealand.  I appreciate your thought.  I am never morbid - however when May arrives my feelings become sad whether I want it consciously it or not. 
 
 I am a happy person and see the world positively - I am fine.  It is just when I write my conscious mind does not take part - it seems my feelings, my unconscious mind, takes over from within  and controls my writing behavior.  The unconscious mind has no inhibitions and does not censor what I write down.  So  do not worry - my conscious being does not suffer as much as my unconscious  feelings express on paper. 
 
People are allways greatly surprised and in doubt when they meet me that Iwrite my stories and poems. I am a very funny 4ft 11   upbeat dame most of the time.  I even play soccer with children without parents in Tanzania - I have a photo on face book to prove it.  Smile - Fay is ok even in May - but I do go away every May - to refuel my energy from the sunshine in Aruba - I do not crawl into the dark.  I am OK.

May 03, 2011 12:48 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

KenC~ Got around to looking at your blog. Even 10 years ago, I would not have believed that the simple act of getting out of bed would produce a string of expletives that causes the cat to put her paws over her ears.

May 03, 2011 1:15 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Well done, Miss Blue.
 
Very well done.

May 03, 2011 1:24 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Every single day of the year someone somewhere can put either sadness or happiness to the date. 
 
My parents were killed ten years ago three days from now.  It was two days before Mothers Day.  It was a violent horrible death for both of them, I saw the wreckage I read the autopsy report. 
 
But I managed to forget the exact date although I have a pretty good idea because I can't let their tragic deaths ruin the rest of the May days and Mothers Days that I had ahead of me. 
 
I have a child who has children and they deserve a grandmother who's looking forward into the years ahead, even while in her heart she's got a very private and personal scar.
 
Every day will mark something for someone, we can only hope that the happy marks outnumber the sad.
 
And then we go on because on is the only way to go.
 
 

May 03, 2011 2:12 PM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Park4:   Please  accept  my  sincerest  sympathy  for  the  loss  of  your  parents.   We  all  expect  to  outlive  them,  but  we  never  anticipate such  a  tragedy  as  you  described.

May 03, 2011 2:14 PM
Sweater_and_a_stogie 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

p4- every now and then I look over my shoulder and see monsters, demons, ghosts of pasts, and boulders like the one after Indy Jones in the jungle temple scene after me and find I have no time to overthink so I just take a deep breath and step "on" it. May can be nothing but May and that is exactly what it's supposed to be I reckon. Blessings.

May 03, 2011 2:14 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Thank you Bert.  That's very kind of you.  I greatly appreciate your words. p.b.

May 03, 2011 3:38 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Park4 ~

You are a tower of strength, have had a lot more to deal with than the average person... and have come up big.
Proud to know you.
      

May 03, 2011 4:03 PM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Fay Grindrod said...

Everyone must carry their own burden - let them carry it as they wish - if it does not make sense to others - let it be - we have to balance our own lives - therefore do not compare your experiences with them and give a view that makes them feel - they are not doing their best.  No one should feel that they can walk in other people's shoes.  Therefore, do not compare your life to others who are trying their utmost best to positively survive. 

May 03, 2011 4:07 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Hooray Fay~ I just love when I meet somebody that I am taller than - even if it is just one inch. I live in Wales, a small country stuck onto the left hand side of England. I was bought up in East Africa to age 11 and can think of nothing nicer than playing football with a bunch of Tanzanian kids. I still think it's called Tanganyika! What you said about your writing is really interesting. Fascinating ~ write on.

May 03, 2011 4:13 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

You know the backstory to the stories, too, don't you Stoney.  It has been a heckuva ride, I'm ready for the Merry go Round, for sure.
 
I've heard it said tha that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."  I used to believe that, I used to hold it as a kind of mantra, but after a while I got plain old tired of dodging the arrows of outrageous fortune.  I mean, enough is enough.
 
Life in Wisconsin has made a big difference in the pace of our lives, it's been the very best thing to come here.  Not run away, not at all, but to come to a place that's quiet by nature, that isn't hurried, that lets the soul mend.
 
Wisconsin did all that.  Life's been good the last 8 years.  Who knew that butter and cheese and cows and corn could have such a palliative effect? (Answer: everybody who lives in Wisconsin ;))
 
Thanks for your words Stoney.  But I think you have it backwards.  About the who's proud to know who.... or whom.  I never know which.
 
 
"Life is good."
 
 

May 03, 2011 4:14 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 rwh1 said...

With all the great things about may no one has commented on The KENYUCKY DERBY, one of the best things about may.Can we appreciate the fact that OBL is not among the living stop attacking our president at all times for anything and every thing that goes wrong and maybe give him a small smiggen of credit on ocassion when things do go right.

May 03, 2011 4:25 PM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

Burdens? Baggage?


 


 


 I've got a matched set of luggage, even the hatbox. If not for my friends, I couldn't carry it all.


And for you, Stoney, with translation....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEb8DflQ9lY&feature=fvst

May 03, 2011 4:26 PM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

and yes park4, It's a heck of a lot better than the alternative.

May 03, 2011 4:26 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

He was in the right place at the right time.  That much I give him.  Sorry rwh1, he's been a huge disappointment to me.
 
Once the high of this brilliant maneuver by our Navy Seals is over, inflation, recession, high gas prices, foreclosures, the debt ceiling argument and so much more -- it's all still there.
 
One Good Thing doth not a successful presidency make.
 
I trust that you can see that I'm being forthright, not incendiary.  I simply replied with my opinion to a comment.  Not starting anything, just answering something.
 
That's how "discussion" is supposed to go. 
 
Or so I've heard.
 

May 03, 2011 4:50 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Hello TT!  It's so good to see you, as always.  You're so right about this merry month of May.  It ought to just be what it is.  We humans complicate the simplest things.
 
 
 
 

May 03, 2011 4:51 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Ain't that the truth, Miss Blue.  The alternative can wait - a long long time.  I'm not done yet. Not even close. ;)

May 03, 2011 4:54 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

MISS BLUE Thank for very funny link.

May 03, 2011 5:10 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

That's hilarious Miss Blue.  I knew that's what he was saying....not.  Old Joe, he was really feeling it, wasn't he?

May 03, 2011 5:14 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

This month always reminds me first of
Mother's day and then of this gem by edward estlin cummings.
It takes on added significance this year,
but I did not intend it that way.
For some reason, Derby Day always sneaks up
on  me and takes me by surprise.
Funny how these things
happen.
 
maggie and milly and molly and
may
went down to the beach (to play one day)

and maggie discovered a
shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her
troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid
fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced
sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round
stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose
(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the
sea.

May 03, 2011 5:25 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

e e cummings.
 
that's a wonderful poem, it could so easily be told to a very young child.
I'm copying this, paolos; I happen to have a 4 year old granddaughter whose name begins with "M" and with a few creative insertions, I can make it all about her and 'may.'
 
many thanks, one more time
 

May 03, 2011 5:27 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

PARK, I gotta go with Stoney on this one. It's always been an honor and a pleasure.

Real boats rock..... And in rough seas they tip over. It is up to us to choose between being defined by tragedies and as being a survivor or to struggle forward and continue to define ourselves, write our own versions.

It's a cold and blustery day outside today but a swell day to paint the bathroom and sit in your favorite coffee shop and read all of the wisdom shared on these pages.

Peace out....

May 03, 2011 5:27 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

The link above to the bellaonline about taking care of your pet states that we should not call ourselves the pet's "owner, " but rather the pet's "guardian."
 
Have you ever heard anyone say, "There is Sandy, the terrier, out of his pen again. Will you kids please return him to his guardian, Mr. Green over on the next street ?"
 
I am just a bit weary with all the politically correct euphemisms for ordinary talk. Could we please just agree that it is ok to be the cats' owners? That does not mean I will mistreat my cats. Mine is 16 and eats "Fancy Feast," sleeps where she pleases, and has a fresh litter box each day.  I don't want someone putting a guilt trip on me if I don't refer to you as the parakeet's "guardian." Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and a pet is just a pet....JMO.
 
Do you think some people get so wrapped up in their pets that they lose perspective? One article in our local paper went on at length about full-dress Proms for the pooches, and wedding dresses for the ones about to be bred. Now, tell me that is not too much! Just thinking about it, I am going for a 5:00 Chardonnay!

May 03, 2011 5:35 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Blue - Thanks for the giggle on the Joe Cocker interpretation! Good puns! We need all the good humor we can get!

May 03, 2011 5:40 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Moose~ I took a glance at that pet link and thought "For heaven's sake! What a load of ......."

May 03, 2011 5:56 PM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

Paolos, I had not thought of that poem for years. Just a few weeks ago a friend had the lines


"it's always ourselves we find in the sea" ( with a starfish, crab and shell twined in a net), tattooed on her leg.
I won't go on, considering the off chance she may be watching.....

May 03, 2011 7:02 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Gilbert & Sullivan said it memorably, "the flowers that bloom in the Spring--tra-la--Bring promise of merry sunshine......"  with those words flyng through the mind and the images and scents of irises, Queen Anne's lace and other notable spring show-offs imprinted on the senses, what else can we enjoy, except May and all the brilliant promise of more to come that she inevitably brings.  Happy Springtime to all!!

May 03, 2011 7:13 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 rwh1 said...

PARK 4 -In reference to the previous president -lots of bad moves and bad decisions and ineptness DO make for a bad presidency.                                     a lot

May 03, 2011 8:02 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

I disagree with you rwh1.

May 03, 2011 8:14 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

One small 'smiggen' fot President Obama!

May 03, 2011 9:12 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

Love (like tastes in Presiodents) isn't blind. It just sees what it wants to see.

May 03, 2011 9:25 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

KY C had a good idea earlier, over yonder.  It's a
rainy night in Georgia, a perfect night for Tommy Dorsey and Marie.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxihTRbyedg
 
Miss Park and Miss Blue ~ glad you liked the poem. 
eec is smiling down on the both of you.
 
rwh1  I really, really like your
totems.

May 03, 2011 9:43 PM
8251 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Kentucky Curmudgeon said...

paolos~ Love me some Dorsey...class oozing out of the pores. Thanks for the vid...you always find the perfect one.

May 03, 2011 9:50 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Happy to, KYC.
 
One more tribute to Mae and I am done.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNc278W45ck
 
G'night all.

May 03, 2011 9:55 PM
8251 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Kentucky Curmudgeon said...

paolos~ Since we're going down the fiddle and banjo road here you go... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jn3KCZEqxc

May 03, 2011 10:15 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

MISS BLUE...............you rocked it w/ that one! I remember the Joe Cocker album cover where he is w/ lots of people looking like they just had a commune picnic & I loved that cover.............they all seemed so happy. It reminded me of all the potluck stoner, sauna get togethers my parents' friends had; they were free & wonderful, the women wore flowing long skirts, there was music, and lots of little hippy boys running around whom I fell in love w/. It was really wonderful until people started experimenting and marriages and lives fell apart & we all were left w/ memories of how it was..........................
 
PAOLOS....................thanks for the ee cummings.....................& no link!
 
PARK...................and I had no idea, none............until you shared your post................I have no words except that I know your heart broke that night and I am so sorry.................I am sharing my quilt w/ you on the train..................I'm covering you up as you doze off as we go into the night of stars..........................

May 03, 2011 10:19 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Between Dorsey, Mae, and Martin, I liked the Dorsey best.    Raining here, windy, temps dropping fast. Down in the 40s tonight. Off to the pillows....

May 03, 2011 10:20 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

I know, that should have been "among" the three....forget it!

May 03, 2011 10:30 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

MOOSE...................I meant to tell you; I am a huge animal lover and owner. No doubt your cat has a luxe life w/ you & that completely negates the fact of what you choose to call yourself. You do actually own the cat..................some people are, as PL said a few days ago, a word that rhymes w/ fools..................I believe he said to not be a "fool." bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahaha........................................

May 03, 2011 10:42 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

   
Miss Blue ~
What fun it had to have been to do that. I always imagine Joe Cocker as a tool for concerned moms: "See what could happen if you don't take your...."

May 04, 2011 8:28 AM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Fay Grindrod said...

I wish we would stop getting personal about presidents or politics for that matter.  I feel inclined to defend the man I believe in - but I believe that it is not purpose of this group.  Let us write about them objectively -  not judge them.  Just show the facts that are taking place and let others think about it objectively and leave the opinions in their family circle. 
 
Politics has no place in this writing community, I believe.  We need to be objective at all times on this page of Peterman's eye - writing about politics subjectively is not within the field of curiosities.

May 04, 2011 9:17 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

 You are an interesting, even fascinating and talented person but as far as I can tell, nobody has named you hall monitor.

May 04, 2011 2:02 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

I have to second what Stoney says:  there are no rules of discussion here, and those who try to enforce them or make them up according to their own likes and dislikes will ultimately be disappointed in the outcome.
 
 
 
Some have tried, none have succeeded.

May 04, 2011 2:04 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

As far as curiosities goes, that politics doesn't fall in that category is so debatable as to be laughable.

May 04, 2011 3:35 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

curiosities: anything curious, strange, rare, or novel

I'd say, Fay, that includes just about everything.  Including "governmental politics."


 


 


 


 

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