Happy Birthday, Tracey!!!

Today is the birthday of one of my closest friends. I am an only child who really liked being an only child, yet on occasion I’d think it would be nice if I had a big sister who was who was there for me and shared her stuff with me, and that is Tracey. I know her house is my house, and I even if I don’t ask for assistance often I know no matter what she will always help me if I do ask.

Tracey has exposed me to things I never thought of trying. It began with my first cruise years ago. We ended up sharing a cabin and we didn’t know each other very well at the beginning of the week.  I don’t know that we exactly knew each other very well by the end of the week but a bond had definitely formed. Not too long after that we realized we could really depend on each other on which is a different role for both of us since we are the ones others usually depend on.

The thing that I may never have experienced otherwise was traveling to France and Belgium. Though I love to travel, I was content exploring my own hemisphere. However, because of Tracey, I was able to take part in the marvels of Paris which included Eiffel Tower, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Notre Dame and Sacré Coeur cathedrals (okay, most of that was more because of our other friend, DeAnn, but Tracey got me to Europe in the first place). The greatest thing about that trip for me wasn’t about exploring those places, it was about the fun times the three of us had together and the memories that still crack us up years later.

The really cool thing about Tracey is she intuitively gets me, so I know when she gives me advice she will usually be right. I usually just automatically trust her judgement, but sometimes I don’t take her advice. Even then I try to be cautious because I know there is a good chance she will still end up being right.

I always had an interest in writing and knew someday I’d start writing seriously, but it is because of Tracey that I have someone to make me sit in the seat and write. She knows just the right thing to say when I’m stuck or focused on the wrong thing and she’s gentle with me when I’m being hard on myself both in writing and regular life.

The funny thing is I’m always concerned about relationships growing apart and I wonder how people can constantly grow together. In the short time we’ve known each other our interests have diverged leading us on different paths occasionally but our bond brought us back together and probably led us to our more authentic selves that were waiting to emerge.

I would like to wish Tracey a very happy and special birthday!  I hope she will continue to make discoveries this coming year.

 

Flight

Inspiration: 1934TWA began commercial service

 

Finding their rows, shoving their belongings in the overhead bin MDBC2016

or under the seats and buckling in.

The unusual white noise of the cabin, so different than anywhere else in the world-

The energy of a group of strangers meeting in one destination to go to another destination

and disperse, yet caught in a state of suspension at the pilot’s hands.

 

Anticipating adventure while watching movies

soaring through the clouds

back when they weren’t surrounded by movies,

now beamed to personal devices as easily as a thought.

Children excited by the flight attendant giving a winged pin to attach to

their shirts and waiting for the moment

they’re served that delicious chocolate cake.

 

The pilot addresses the audience throughout with good wishes, news of turbulence,

and finally wrapping up. Hoping they enjoyed their flight, and wishing them well

on the next leg of their journey. The bird focuses on descent, it’s nose pointed at

the earth they’ve been a parallel to for the past three hours.

With determination it’s trajectory is downward,

down, down, down, with the whirling of its intent carrying us forward

like a sprinter making her way to the finish line until they touch down

with gentle bounces that level off, until they glide like ice skaters across the rink.

 

The pilot speaks again, announcing success.

The passengers unbuckle while exhaling relief and excitement

The gather their belongings and stand in their row, hunched over

like a question marks, waiting for a chance to dart into the intersection,

the traffic flowing off the plane, like stones tossed over the edge

of the waterfall into unknown paths.

 

#MDBC2016
May Day Blogging Challenge 2016
What is it?
A way to make sure my friend and I continue blogging in May because we need to be held accountable.

How does it work?

Using http://www.onthisday.com/ find an event from history for each day of the month and use that for an inspiration for our daily post. It can be anything from History, Music, Film & TV, Sports. And of course creative license is allowed- to tie back to the historical event in any way we find relevant.

What is the format?

It can be any length but should be fairly short. It can be a poem, story, an essay, a rant, and editorial, etc. Posts should be hashtagged #MDBC2016 on social media.

What happens if we don’t post?

Absolutely nothing, except we will be disappointed with ourselves and each of us is required to make the other feel bad if this occurs.

 

 

Voices

Inspiration: 1920Joan of Arc (Jeanne D’arc) canonized a saint

 

I hear voices telling me what to do

Telling me what’s right and wrong

It may seem I am a slave to them

Not free to choose for myself

but in fact they lead me on where I’m meant to go

and have kept me from hardships

I’ve seen others endure.

 

On occasion I wish

I could have ignored the voices

could have been carefree. But when I

follow the thought through to the end

I trust that it will turn out for the best

for I’m still in the middle of the story

and don’t know how it will turn out.

 

#MDBC2016
May Day Blogging Challenge 2016
What is it?
A way to make sure my friend and I continue blogging in May because we need to be held accountable.

How does it work?

Using http://www.onthisday.com/ find an event from history for each day of the month and use that for an inspiration for our daily post. It can be anything from History, Music, Film & TV, Sports. And of course creative license is allowed- to tie back to the historical event in any way we find relevant.

What is the format?

It can be any length but should be fairly short. It can be a poem, story, an essay, a rant, and editorial, etc. Posts should be hashtagged #MDBC2016 on social media.

What happens if we don’t post?

Absolutely nothing, except we will be disappointed with ourselves and each of us is required to make the other feel bad if this occurs.

 

Exceptional

 

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sometimes we don’t realize

because other people don’t see things like we do

that we’re not wrong

we are visionaries

 

Inspiration: Florence Nightingale 

I didn’t realize this before but I share a birthday with Florence Nightingale. She was a nurse and statistician who lived from 1820-1910.  I recently read an article about her for school. She developed what is known as her Rose Charts which she devised to illustrate the observations she made regarding patients at a particular hospital who had a higher mortality rate during the Crimean War than other hospitals in the country.

Florence Nightingale was successful because she was able to devise a system to organize and present her information to city officials in a manner that convinced them to take the information seriously. I’m sure there were times when  she wasn’t sure what she was doing, but she believed in the value of what she was doing and succeeded in her mission.

#MDBC2016
May Day Blogging Challenge 2016
What is it?
A way to make sure my friend and I continue blogging in May because we need to be held accountable.

How does it work?

Using http://www.onthisday.com/ find an event from history for each day of the month and use that for an inspiration for our daily post. It can be anything from History, Music, Film & TV, Sports. And of course creative license is allowed- to tie back to the historical event in any way we find relevant.

What is the format?

It can be any length but should be fairly short. It can be a poem, story, an essay, a rant, and editorial, etc. Posts should be hashtagged #MDBC2016 on social media.

What happens if we don’t post?

Absolutely nothing, except we will be disappointed with ourselves and each of us is required to make the other feel bad if this occurs.

 

Circumnavigate (Haiku)

 

Day, night, hours pass MDBC2016

Events that make up the day

Revolve and evolve

 

 

Inspiration: 1960  US atomic sub USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe

#MDBC2016
May Day Blogging Challenge 2016
What is it?
A way to make sure my friend and I continue blogging in May because we need to be held accountable.

How does it work?

Using http://www.onthisday.com/ find an event from history for each day of the month and use that for an inspiration for our daily post. It can be anything from History, Music, Film & TV, Sports. And of course creative license is allowed- to tie back to the historical event in any way we find relevant.

What is the format?

It can be any length but should be fairly short. It can be a poem, story, an essay, a rant, and editorial, etc. Posts should be hashtagged #MDBC2016 on social media.

What happens if we don’t post?

Absolutely nothing, except we will be disappointed with ourselves and each of us is required to make the other feel bad if this occurs.

Lemon on the Counter

1950 Actor Jack Lemmon (25) weds tv actress Cynthia Stone (24)

 

Slice it in half

apply pressure through the brillo pad rind

sail through the jelly center

and confront the other rind

 

Grasp it and

squeeze like a tennis ball

citrus aroma dresses the ordinary

be careful not to spurt juice in my eye

 

#MDBC2016
May Day Blogging Challenge 2016
What is it?
A way to make sure my friend and I continue blogging in May because we need to be held accountable.

How does it work?

Using http://www.onthisday.com/ find an event from history for each day of the month and use that for an inspiration for our daily post. It can be anything from History, Music, Film & TV, Sports. And of course creative license is allowed- to tie back to the historical event in any way we find relevant.

What is the format?

It can be any length but should be fairly short. It can be a poem, story, an essay, a rant, and editorial, etc. Posts should be hashtagged #MDBC2016 on social media.

What happens if we don’t post?

Absolutely nothing, except we will be disappointed with ourselves and each of us is required to make the other feel bad if this occurs.

 

 

Goodbye

Inspiration: 1987 Diane Chambers’ (Shelley Long) final episode on “Cheers”

 

I pack my bags MDBC2016

and walk out the door.

We both need a break from always being mad

from fighting this war.

 

I tried to stay and make it work

but we aren’t who we used to be.

We need to find a way for ourselves on this earth

separately.

 

So I’ll say goodbye and hope we both

can find what we’re looking for.

I hope you find someone who completes you like a harmonious note,

someone who makes you happy and whom you will adore.

 

#MDBC2016
May Day Blogging Challenge 2016
What is it?
A way to make sure my friend and I continue blogging in May because we need to be held accountable.

How does it work?

Using http://www.onthisday.com/ find an event from history for each day of the month and use that for an inspiration for our daily post. It can be anything from History, Music, Film & TV, Sports. And of course creative license is allowed- to tie back to the historical event in any way we find relevant.

What is the format?

It can be any length but should be fairly short. It can be a poem, story, an essay, a rant, and editorial, etc. Posts should be hashtagged #MDBC2016 on social media.

What happens if we don’t post?

Absolutely nothing, except we will be disappointed with ourselves and each of us is required to make the other feel bad if this occurs.

Break

Inspiration: 1954 Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4)

Break a record MDBC2016

Break a glass

Break a heart

Brakes on a car

Breakfast

 

Catch a break

Give me a break

Break the silence

Break a deal

 

Break bread

Break a fall

Break up

Breakdown

 

Breakdance

Break a leg

Break in a pair of boots

Break a sweat

 

Line break

Big break

Breakthrough

 

Break apart

Break in

Breakout

Break a habit

Lunch Break

Spring Break

 

#MDBC2016
May Day Blogging Challenge 2016
What is it?
A way to make sure my friend and I continue blogging in May because we need to be held accountable.

How does it work?

Using http://www.onthisday.com/ find an event from history for each day of the month and use that for an inspiration for our daily post. It can be anything from History, Music, Film & TV, Sports. And of course creative license is allowed- to tie back to the historical event in any way we find relevant.

What is the format?

It can be any length but should be fairly short. It can be a poem, story, an essay, a rant, and editorial, etc. Posts should be hashtagged #MDBC2016 on social media.

What happens if we don’t post?

Absolutely nothing, except we will be disappointed with ourselves and each of us is required to make the other feel bad if this occurs.

Landslide

Inspiration: 2012 17 people are killed and 47 missing after a flash flood in Nepal

 

Landslide

The rains come year after yearMDBC2016

Filling the rivers until they overflow

Soaking the dirt

Pelting the mountains

Breaking off pieces of rock

On a rolling descent

Crushing everything in its path

 

References:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=78070

http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/08/18/india-nepal-flooding/14249287/

http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2015/06/11/deadly-floods-and-landslides-hit-eastern-nepal-as-monsoon-season-starts/

 

May Day Blogging Challenge 2016

What is it?
A way to make sure my friend and I continue blogging in May because we need to be held accountable.

How does it work?

Using http://www.onthisday.com/ find an event from history for each day of the month and use that for an inspiration for our daily post. It can be anything from History, Music, Film & TV, Sports. And of course creative license is allowed- to tie back to the historical event in any way we find relevant.

What is the format?

It can be any length but should be fairly short. It can be a poem, story, an essay, a rant, and editorial, etc. Posts should be hashtagged #MDBC2016 on social media.

What happens if we don’t post?

Absolutely nothing, except we will be disappointed with ourselves and each of us is required to make the other feel bad if this occurs.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Inspiration: 1927 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Ill)

 

 

I loosen the lines tied around the stakes  MDBC2016

Empty out the garbage that keeps me weighed down

Stepping away from the squabbles, self-doubt, and the questions

Causing me to run in circles instead of toward the finish line

 

I retreat into the little basket

A room without walls, a room without distractions

Alone, no voices chattering, without even the white

Noises not noticed until they’re gone

While defying gravity I turn myself around

As I consider each of the four directions

 

Removing myself from terrestrial terrors

And the anxieties of modern life

With the radius of my spotlight expanding as I rise

Allowing me to let go of the minutia and take in a greater view

 

Being caught in the heat beating down that allows me to ascend

Being refreshed by the breezes crossing through me

I exhale and acclimate to the new temperature

 

Occasionally birds cross my path and I am envious of

How easy it is for them to achieve this state

I feel as if I’ve awoken from a sleep that lasted a week

Freeing my muscles from tension, soothing my aches

 

The solitude of the view from miles above the earth

Being closer to the next life than the one I left behind

Like Peter on the mountain with Elijah and Moses

It’s tempting to want to stay in this place

but it’s time to begin the descent

I savor the last moments of the reverse journey

Revitalizing energy pulsing through my mind and body

 

May Day Blogging Challenge 2016

What is it?
A way to make sure my friend and I continue blogging in May because we need to be held accountable.

How does it work?

Using http://www.onthisday.com/ find an event from history for each day of the month and use that for an inspiration for our daily post. It can be anything from History, Music, Film & TV, Sports. And of course creative license is allowed- to tie back to the historical event in any way we find relevant.

What is the format?

It can be any length but should be fairly short. It can be a poem, story, an essay, a rant, and editorial, etc. Posts should be hashtagged #MDBC2016 on social media.

What happens if we don’t post?

Absolutely nothing, except we will be disappointed with ourselves and each of us is required to make the other feel bad if this occurs.