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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Remember to go to my new blog for the open mic updates and pictures!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Let's try this again. Since I can't get the comments to work here I started a new blog so I can get comments on my posts again. The link is http://ladyzbird.blogspot.com/ So bookmark that or whatever you do to insure you get to see all my wonderful updates. If I ever get the comments here again I'll let you know. In the meantime, see you at my new address.

Since I can't get the comments working here I simply started a new blog and lo and behold! the comments section works. So here's the new address to bookmark or whatever it is you do to make sure you get all my exciting updates. http://ladyzbird.blogspot.com/ See you there!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

That's Swell! Lately my husband and myself have been watching a lot of old old movies. Ones from the 1930's and are getting the biggest kick out of the language of the time. Our favorite overused word back then is SWELL! Everything was just swell! And not just swell but SWELL. Now when we watch a movie, like today we watched the 1939 version of A Star Is Born, we count the times the word swell is used! Well, back to the movies and hope you all have a really swell day!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Cat stories: The other morning my husband informed me we had Catholic Cats. Seems every morning Bug and Marmalade aka OJ LaOrange sit on the bible, on the bookcase beside his bed. He says they must be Catholic because it's a catholic bible. I just looked at him and said, "dumbass! they think it says Cat Holic!" sigh....

Last night we were watching a movie and a huge bear jumped out growling very loudly. Hidey immediately ran across the room and jumped into my lap. Now Keith and I are disagreeing on the reason for her panic and jump. He says the bear scared her and she ran to me for protection. I say she ran to protect me from the bear. Yeah...right!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Don't Dress For Dinner: Went to the Sumter Little Theater, with a friend last night, to see Don't Dress for Dinner. What a hoot! I laughed and laughed! The acting was great, the play was great, and we just had the best time. One of the teachers from Morris, Kathleen Roy, was in it which is why I went, but I am so glad I did. Here's a synopsis from the SLT homepage.

Bernard is planning a weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in a French farmhouse. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, is packing his wife Jacqueline off to her mother's, and has even invited his best friend to provide the alibi. It's foolproof--what could go wrong? Suppose Robert turns up not knowing why he has been invited? Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers? An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Blah, blah, blah! Well, as my husband pointed out it's been awhile since I've posted here. The truth is I've just been so discouraged over the computer issues that doing anything on the internet just doesn't interest me much these days. It's like one thing gets fixed and another thing goes wrong. My code is there for comments yet there are no comments showing. Things like that make me want to throw in the towel.

On top of that I got real sick for about 3 to 4 weeks and that didn't help my attitude any. Started with a cough that wouldn't quit and just got worse and worse. Ended up with bronchial pneumonia. Finally got that licked but it took a lot out of me and am still rebuilding my energy level.

Then our landlady dropped a bomb on us! When we first rented here she said cats were fine as long as we cleaned good when we left. She had no problems! The people before us had dogs and believe me you knew it when you walked in. There is carpeting in only one room (this one) and every time it got humid outside the carpet stunk of dog until I scrubbed it enough to get rid of that smell. But...she was talking with a man from her church who is now renting out a house of his and HE told her to raise the rent (she did by $50 a month) and that she shouldn't let pets because you can't rent a place out again once you rent to someone with pets. So, now she wants us to get rid of our cats. We placed one with a very nice family, but have had no luck finding suitable families for any others. I don't want to put them in the SPCA because they are a rip off. They charge you to place the pets and then charge the people who adopt them. What gets me is even if you take in a cat that has been spayed or neutered they still charge the adopting people for the spaying or neutering! Something is wrong with that system.

So, as you can see I am not in the best of humor these days. So for now my posts will be erratic and I admit to defeat to the challenge of posting at least once a week during the year. I am way behind on that one!

Oobla di oobla da life goes on.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Open Mic Night! What an amazing night! We had a low turnout but the combination of poets and spectators made for an inspiring night! Colette Jones was able to join us for part of the night, much to the delight of the rest of the group. She has always been an open mic favorite and we've truly missed her the past couple of months. Always remarkable and fun, Aaron Johnson, brought a mix of humor and thought provoking poetry to share. The surprise of the night was a young man from Bates Highschool. As the night wore on I kept forgetting this young man was only 17! Jamar White is one of those people you can give a word, a line, a topic, and he can adlib and impromtu poem on the spot. And each challenge was met brilliance! His ability to do this is impressive to say the least, and to come up with a great poem each time is amazing! Jamar, get that tape recorder and start recording these poems so they are not lost! One thing he did last night was after I read my poem, Final Breath, with my last sentence he picked up the poems and continued it into a poem of his own final breath. As I said this young man is amazing.

Last night was what I had envisioned when I started these open mics a year ago, this coming June. It was not only poets sharing their poems, but an exchange of thoughts about the poems, discussions of how people felt about the poems. One thing I have always believe in is each poet has a right to his or her feelings and the right to express those feelings (as long as they aren't hateful and hurtful), so whether I agree or disagree with the content is not an issue with me. I listen for the quality of the writing and expression of delivery. And last night did not disappoint in any way!

Now onto the sad news! You all know I've been having all sorts of issues with my computer! Well, now the A drive won't read my floppies so I can't even post the pictures. This computer is driving me nuts with all the problems it's been having lately! I've been too sick to even think about carting it back to the computer repair shop, but I think next Monday I will be on their doorstep again. Right now I have more of a hate relationship with computers than a love one! Hopefully I will have things fixed by next week and I can add some pics. Grrrrr!!!!