Posted in May Day Blogging Challenge 2016

Gone with the Wind

1937 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind”

I read Gone with the Wind a few years ago. It was a great book. It was very long though so MDBC2016it took fortitude. I probably should talk about what an amazing Civil War story it is, but I have to admit what stands out to me is how traumatized I was by the death of the donkey. They rode to death! It just keeled over on the side of the road if I am remembering correctly. And to this day if it looks like a donkey or horse is going to die in a book I either skip ahead or stop reading the book altogether. It doesn’t matter that it wasn’t even a real donkey.

Despite that, I highly recommend visiting the home of Margaret Mitchell if you are in Atlanta. You can find out more about that here:

Some interesting info about Margaret Mitchell. Right after she gave up her manuscript of Gone with the Wind, she wanted to get it back. She didn’t want it published. Also, upon her death (she was hit by a car), her husband destroyed all of her writing, in honor of her wishes.

I always thought that was tragic, there could have been some great jewels there. However, she sounds like a perfectionist and many of us can relate to that.

If you would like to know what other books traumatized me… Continue reading “Gone with the Wind”

Posted in May Day Blogging Challenge 2016

Through the Years

AKA- V is for Valarie

Inspiration: 1979 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel


MDBC2016We met on the first day of high school at the lunch table in the cafeteria

like Bedouins coming together at an oasis.

Four years of classes, crushes, and passing notes-

we managed to learn a little in between.


Weekend sleepovers with grandma tapping on the wall

for us to be quiet and go to sleep.

Getting in trouble for long distance phone calls

when the phone bill arrived just because we lived in separate cities.


Driver licenses, first cars, the freedom of the open road.

Always a duo, even when other friends came along.

Though we went to separate colleges the bond was just a strong

cemented by our summers in Connecticut.


Weekend trips to historic houses

from the seventeen and eighteen hundreds-

castles, aquariums, Mark Twain’s house,

train rides to New York City and seeing Beauty and the Beast.


But the best parts of those summers

were the morning swims, nightly walks with the dogs

around the cul-de-sac, and ice cream sundae-movie nights

in our basement hideaway.


Driving through towns ending in “bury” and “ford”,

Stopping by the boulder overlooking the ocean

to take a picture of ourselves every year.

There’s no shortage of pictures of us from this time in our lives.


The fun times continued at home in South Florida.

Weekends no longer had curfews,

though most of the time we just went

to the movies and hung out at the pool.


There was the Elton John concert.

We sang every song by heart

and the time we got dressed up

for an elegant dinner and took in a Broadway show.


The unemployed years of our early twenties

when we wondered when we’d get our chance.

Talking on the phone every day for hours,

though now I couldn’t say about what.


New friends came into our lives and also, sadly,

a special one went on ahead of us,

leaving a scar

that could never quite heal.


Sometimes our paths diverged – like a braid that unravels,

Yet the strands always managed to intertwine again.




May Day Blogging Challenge 2016

What is it?

A way to make sure we continue writing throughout the next month because we need to be held accountable.

How does it work?

Using 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.