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Casey Jones

May 21, 2019

This is for week 26 of Chelsea’s Terrible Poetry Contest.

Topic: Engineering fails

Casey Jones, you big dummy.
You drove the train too fast and you crashed.
And then you died.

(Note to reader: insert head shake here)

What’s that?
This poem’s apposed to be about engineering fails
and not engineer fails?

Well color me stupid.

I can’t carry a tune in a bucket
and I guess I can’t read directions so just…

…don’t buck it.



Songs for Monday

May 20, 2019

This is for round 14 of Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge. Go listen, play along and have fun.

1. Post a video of a song by a woman or a band led by a woman that you consider to be a trailblazer in the music industry.

I don’t know if Karla Bonoff is really a trailblazer but she wrote a bunch of beautiful songs that were covered by Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt and so many others. I fell in love with her when I saw her play as an opener for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils promoting the album that this song is on. At one point in her set someone in the crowd yelled out, “Play another Linda Ronstadt song”, not knowing, or more likely not caring, that Karla had written the songs. How she responded to the guy has always stuck with me. If you only listen to one of these three songs I hope it’s this one.

2. Post a video of a song by an all female band.

There’s a lot but I went with Babes in Toyland band because they were from Minneapolis and this songs rocks.

3. Post a video of a song by a woman that is about strength or finding your fight.

More strength than fight in this one.


Sitting Comfortably

May 16, 2019

Written for GirlieontheEdge’s Six Second Stories.

Sitting Comfortably

In “Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life“, Thich Nhat Hanh says, “We sit to enjoy our sitting, we do not sit in order to attain any goal.” This was one of the most important instructions I read in regard to meditation.

When I first tried to meditate I was lost in a world of runaway thoughts where five minutes felt like five hours. I actually felt worse when I finished because I judged myself on my inability to meditate “correctly”, to define a particular goal and to cross over that undefined finish line where I would feel that I had ‘done’ something.

Then came Thay and suddenly it was easier for me to feel more comfortable with nothing but a breath.

Meditation still tests me, but when I sit to meditate now I know there is no right or wrong, no finish line, no goal, no “doing” – there’s just here and now and breath.


To Misplace is to Lose

May 16, 2019

This is week 25 of Chelsea’s Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest and by all accounts it’s a very serious week.

Our Topic, therefore, is a regular item that we constantly misplace. Write an elegy to it. The most important rule is Make it Terrible.


To Misplace is to Lose

Hark thee temper, I loseth

Careless me.

Lo temper, a canker-blossom
you’re really pretty awesome
and more so even if you could come
across some

Look at that car! Says my beastly patience crassly. Oops, lost.

These lousy lines aren’t moving. Obnoxious and clumsy patience, plump and scary. Oops, lost.

He was out at home? What? That flabby umpire is blindingly blind! Oops, lost.

My lusty patience. Silly and sometimes witty. Mysteriously mysterious. And imperious. Why so serious? You joker.

Oh proud patience: my paltry pretender of a painfully prickly persistence. Would you obey me if I didn’t mislay thee?



Weekly Song Challenge

May 13, 2019

This fun challenge is from Laura who says: I created this challenge just to have a little bit of fun. Music is my soul, so naturally I would create a challenge centered around it!! Let round 13 begin!! Let’s have some fun!

Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post.
Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
Tag two people to participate!

I love music and this is a challenge that’s difficult to ignore so I’ll jump in here on week 13. However, I’m not much of a ‘tagger’ so I’ll let that rule slide*!


1. Post a video clip from a movie that involves dancing.

2. Post a video of a song that makes you think of medieval times.

3. Post a video of a song about sex.

* If you love music and like to be tagged in these sorts of things then consider yourself tagged!



May 12, 2019

If you’re a mother, Happy Mother’s Day. If you’re not a mother than Happy Sunday.


May 10, 2019

Talk about confidence, this guy’s got it with a capital “C”. I think I’m going to learn to sing so I can cover this song if the situation should ever present itself.

“Let me put my arms around you, oh baby please. Sit back and just relax and leave the rest to me. You ain’t got no reason to be nervous, I’m gonna give you the best of service. I tell ya what, lay you five to one, I’ll be your lover when I get done.”


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