Tuesday, September 29, 2015
cover blurb: Acampora's characters are neighbors, lovers, friends who, beneath their dreamy suburban surface, are nothing like they appear. These intricate tales reveal at each turn the unseen battles we play out behind drawn blinds, the creeping truths from which we distract ourselves, and the massive dreams we haul quietly with us and hold close.
I liked the flow of these stories as various characters popped up in the thirteen tales. Her descriptions were spot on and I could appreciate the underlying tensions the author created in seemingly simple dialogue or actions.
p.27 The growl of John's truck dies as he cuts the ignition. He steps along the front walk, over the same seven cracks in the flagstone that grow wider each year. The boxwood still needs pruning. The porch steps list, and the railing bobs under his hand. His work boots are heavy and slow, but they bring him to the door before he is ready. He pauses there for a long moment, his key in the knob, suspended between the sidelights' dark margins.
I admired The Wonder Garden as a writer and a reader. Excellent rhythm and portrayal of ordinary life.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
I don't agree with everything he preaches and proclaims, but I think he's a cool dude who does truly care about people. His sincerity shines through, and he has a kind smile.
I sure hope folks in Philly don't mess this up somehow. They have a reputation........alas.
So this Saturday and Sunday, I send my blessing to the Pope on Philly fall days.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Yep - quick juggle with the siblings and it's my turn. We are figuring out this "senior needing help thing". After a trip to the ER and a brief day or so in the hospital, Dad's home, but not kicking up his heels.
Wish me luck. I think right now I'm faster than him.
Take care everybody
Monday, September 21, 2015
The Pavement Ends, But
by Joanne Faries
future gleamed bright
from the lighting crew
for life’s stage
parents bathed us in a soft glow
loving voices bade sweet dreams
sunshine stroked swing sets and hopscotch
tumbles on the path scraped knees
veered left and right
climbed education staircase
under fluorescent glare
cobbled a career
squinted behind windshield
concrete miles to jobs
stuck in mud treks
speed bumps and passing lanes
We meander more
explore the new
peer into corners
seek light as the
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Beyond words. Met such great folks on this Trafalger bus tour - The Aussie gals were fabulous - Chris, Di, Jacquie and Julie, plus Paul and Dianne. I never laughed so hard in my life.
Italy itself was amazing and the people were generous, full of life, and truly seemed happy.
The history, the scenery, the gelato............OMG
so, cheers to travel. Cheers to memories. Thanks for indulging me one more time on pictures
My happy face hovering above Florence sums it up,.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
The Pavement Ends
by Joanne Faries
and now what?
abrupt plunge into an abyss?
shaken, not stirred by an
ever narrower path
jawbone shattering rocky torment
cruise on a lush grass carpet
caressing tire rubber
hushed lullaby ride
halt, forever frozen
last gasp wheeze
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron is another gem in the Marvel collection. It’s a tad long, but you won’t fall asleep with the barrage of action and noise. It’s just another day for our heroes as they seek Loki’s scepter. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) fight bad guys, argue with each other, and keep the slick dialogue rolling. In entering a Hydra lair, they uncover a whole new power and it looks like a level of artificial intelligence. This is too good for Stark/Iron Man to pass up as he seeks “peace in our times”. Or not?
Unfortunately the blue pulsing mass of neurons seems to overtake Jarvis, and Ultron is born – a thriving brilliant robot bent on world domination. As voiced by James Spader, it oozes evil panache. The Avengers have to work and think as a group to stay ahead of Ultron’s grab for power. The effects are grand, the battles royale, and our team never looked better. Who’s going to win? I won’t reveal the answer but I bet you have a good idea.
It’s the little moments that make the movie – the team sitting around trying to pick up Thor’s hammer. Watch Thor’s face when Captain America gives it a nudge. They all have their egos and hidden secrets. Who knew about Hawkeye’s retreat? And what’s up for Hulk and Black Widow – some yearnings? Avengers: Age of Ultron is blockbuster Hollywood movie making at its best.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Shall I charge ahead or amble off the path?
Poems, stories, or a book?
Stay tuned. The key is to avoid the cow patties.
Monday, September 7, 2015
Back to these pictures. Spent Friday afternoon and Saturday in San Saba at Aunt Pat's. Dry, crunchy land right now. Rather scary fire conditions. Watch where you walk - cactus and rocks are rough underfoot.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Labor Day Weekend is upon us. I hope you all had a great summer. Here's a salute to those who braved air travel
Airline Counter Woes
expectations and brochures
pour over maps
trace paths of imagination
inhale a memory
exhale a moment
fumble for luggage
one piece chose a different flight
lines and lines and lines
to claim loss
inner scream like the two year old who is
S C R E A M I N G
Enjoy your weekend and (in theory) the last vestige of summer
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
American Ultra is not terribly original but it’s down and dirty fun. Jesse Eisenberg expands his repertoire as Mike, a total stoner dude running a convenience store. Kristen Stewart is Phoebe the stoner girlfriend. Their lives are predictable until one evening when Mike turns from dull guy into trained killer and two men are dead in the parking lot. How could this be? And how could the CIA be involved?
Connie Britton plays the CIA agent who helped create Mike as a troubled youth into an ultra operative. But the program was not a success and was shut down. His memory was erased and he’s a twitchy sensitive guy. Unfortunately, memories are returning and that’s dangerous. Topher Grace’s job is to eliminate Mike and Phoebe. Britton disagrees with this strategy. So it’s a CIA race to a small town to surround and capture Mike. Without trying he’s a weapon wielding kung fu master, taking out opponents left and right without understanding what the heck is going on.
Mike just wants to propose to Phoebe, the love of his life. Or is she? American Ultra is humorous and ridiculous, but is amusing. The cast classes up a low brow flick. This is a good movie to stream some night when you don’t feel like thinking too much.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Happy Anniversary, Ray. Thanks for sticking by my side. More crazy adventures ahead.