2016 GSS Poetry Marathon

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Check out these fun reflections of love, life and the laughter behind my first poetry marathon. 24 hours – one poem per hour.

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What Hummingbirds Say

Hummingbirds Fight for Territory

Photo: http://sicklesmarket.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-hummers-have-arrived.html

I want to be able to fly like a hummingbird. Able to stop or back up when I need to and still remain elevated. Able to fly with so much energy that you can feel my excitement for life. Able to drink from the fountain and get back on the mission without missing a beat. 

Small in the world but grand in appearance – when all is done, I want to fly like a hummingbird.   JJ2017

Settling in Georgia for the time that has been chosen for me, I put my customary garden on the patio. This time the decor included a hummingbird feeder. Anyone that follows my posts knows why I love hummingbirds. Placing it outside, though, was a move to inspire me. I didn’t really know how common hummingbirds were for this area, but it felt like the feeder should be there.

For quite a while it just hung there lonely. After a month or so had passed I assumed that this just wasn’t the place for it. But I still felt like it should be there so I kept it fresh and continued with my business.  Then one day, it was there drinking. I didn’t see it again for a while but is more inspired to be prepared for it I kept the feeder full and fresh. It started coming more often and then I learned something that I never knew before. I learned first had the sound of a hummingbird. I assumed that they made a noise but they are always moving so fast I’d never heard one. It’s hard to believe that anyone other than professional bird watchers have heard them. Not only did it make a sound, it has a voice. It chirps loudly and I’ll come to the patio door to watch it have its breakfast. I’ve watched it fly and drink for some long periods of time. It’ll make a few more chirps and then fly away. A few times, the loudness has even been disturbing but I am so glad to hear it. It is also a little territorial. lately, a few other hummingbirds have tried to drink from its supply, but it aggressively chases them away. I find that funny because I’ve always seen multiple hummingbirds use a feeder.

This bird has learned me, the pattern for fresh food, and the power of communicating and owning its blessing. This hummingbird has taught me a lot about myself and Positive FACE. The first lesson was to be comfortable going with the vision or “gut feeling”. Even though I didn’t see the impact, my dedication to following through added to the life of another living being. I have to keep pushing a fulfill the dream. You may not know what to expect, but be ready for it and know what it looks like.

I also learned that being small, whether that physical statue or in the community, it doesn’t limit your ability to have a voice. And even when you’re small your voice can be loud and clear.

Another lesson I’ve learned it to be present. I’ve always known hummingbirds to move fast and seemingly not let humans get too close. This one seems to come more when I’m out there, communicating in the way that it can. While the elusiveness is intriguing enough to capture attention, it has been more interesting getting to see its colors, sounds, and skills. Copy that! ‘

Last important thing is to take ownership of the blessings that come your way.  It never seems like my hummingbird is “fighting” other birds that come around, but it definitely gets the message across that “this is for me”. None of the other get to drink. It obviously stays close enough to keep it safe. If another hummingbird comes it quickly swoops in and drives it away. The message that I take from that is to use the gifts that were given to you. Protect your gifts because others will use them in favors, needs, and “would you minds”. By the time you’re done sharing your talents you have nothing left to fortify yourself and your vision.

My hummingbird keeps popping in and the chirping is getting louder as I write this. I think the message now is that I promised my schedule that Sundays were for rest only.

Shadow Hummingbird


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2016 GSS Poetry Marathon

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On #NationalSelfieDay – I Wish

If you could take a ‘selfie’ of your inner self, would it be beautiful?

It is such a great feeling to be back on this blog. When I noticed that today was National Selfie Day, I smiled at the thought of everyone celebrating. In 2016 that’s pretty much a daily celebration, with some people being down right experts.  Me…I take horrible selfies so I’ll be sitting this one out.  My next thought was more introspective. What if the selfie picture showed your true “inside” self? Sounds like a modern day Twilight Zone episode. (If you don’t know what that is, you may be too young. 😊)

I believe that if selfies had a “true you” filter, taking them would be exceptionally rare. The filter would show doubts, fears, regrets, insecurities, pride, jealousy, hate, anger, loneliness and countless other hidden colors of that persons heart. Some would post pictures of compassion, patience, dreams, pain, and some level of disappointment. It would be great if cameras had an ‘internal selfie’ filter because it would open up an opportunity for personal reflection. 

My selfie today would show a “what if”. Not a strong as regret because I’m breathing and able to pick up the trail if I think that path is really worth the journey.  While I were in college I had to take a number of “arts” courses to fulfill my requirements. Everyone that journeyed the collegiate road had a few of those sessions of forced education. At the time I was deeply focused Accounting/Economics and Systems Information to finalize my career choice. I’ve always loved the Arts, but for this part of my life it was an interruption. I believe I took that stance because I had to take the classes. I filled my 2 years with one year of vocal, one semester of Jazz Piano, and a semester of Art Appreciation. I pushed through the classes with an outward resistance, but in the inside I really enjoyed digging deeper into my artistic side. I hadn’t tackled the piano since I was a child. I took to it again naturally and did far better than I should have considering that I never took reasonable time to practice. I remember my professor threatening to fail me if I didn’t ace the final. He was a local musician that also had National credits. Being born with a disability, he’d overcome huge obstacles to master his craft. Our final assignment was to compose an original jazz piece. I could see the absolute frustration on his face when I completed the piece with excellence on my last day. In hindsight, I’d give myself the same look of disappointment. What if I’d taken the time to actually practice?

The next what if I came from the vocal class. What I’ve completed my rendition of the classic song,  Summertime, our vocal Professor asked if I would be continuing into Ensemble. I had the nerve to somewhat smugly answer, no. In the first class I had completed the semester with a rendition of God Bless the Child. I channeled my inner Billie Holiday and had a lot of fun with it. I didn’t hate going into the second semester but I still feel that I had more important classes to take. So the answer that I gave her was not intended to be condescending but instead reflective of the fact that, in my mind, I had better things to do. She did ask me to think about it, complementing my smokey vocal tones and nice range. Fast forward to a day when someone that I really admire gave me their professional opinion about my ability to lead a small group of singers. It wasn’t the type of activities that required strong skill, just the ability to follow notes and coordinate vocal parts. I listen to his critique and had a “what if” reflection. What if I was more vocal about the fact that I had saying that ground on a Grammy award-winning album? What if I shared with him that I had years of experience by then singing in choir stand leading songs? What if I had followed the suggestion and moved on to Ensemble where I could have traveled and performed? What if I didn’t smugly push one talent to the side to prioritize the one that I assumed would make my life complete? I didn’t waste the semester of Art Appreciation as one that could be of benefit in the corporate world and higher end cultural circles. It’s the only the one that doesn’t cause me to wonder “what if”.

Those what-ifs have the threatening ability to become regrets. As I look at my selfie I need to determine if it’s just a passing thought or a dream to pursue. It’s not that I’ve ever had the aspirations to perform in front of an audience. But there is a place where just being able to reach standard of excellence for yourself matters. I do feel that I want that for this talent as well. Why let something so awesome go to waste when everyone didn’t get it. It doesn’t matter if it means anyone else’s standard. It just needs to meet my satisfaction.

Ultimately, the best selfie anyone can take is an inside reflection. It’s time today to look into your heart and mind see what’s inside that you need to make better for your life.

The better you live, the better you give.

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Former President of Trader Joe’s Opens “Daily Table” Nonprofit Grocery Store

A decent meal is so vital to children for living, learning, and loving. More of these can make a difference in our collective strength as a stronger America.


Daily Table founder Doug Rauch greets Latoya Rush after she walks into the store. Jesse Costa/WBUR Daily Table founder Doug Rauch greets Latoya Rush after she walks into the store.
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Daily Table opened its doors Thursday with shelves full of surplus and aging food.

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Every child has the ability to succeed,

Every child has the ability to succeed, don’t let a Foster Child go unnoticed. Help us by donating. http://ow.ly/NFaC2

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