Friday, March 31, 2017

Family Activism + Poetry Friday

My family and I are celebrating National Poetry Month a little differently this year because, well, life is a little different this year. Let me explain...Just like many of you, our family was devastated on November 9, 2016. Our hearts were broken. And we were scared for ourselves and our country. But we didn't want to wallow in our fear, so we took Carrie Fisher's advice: "Take your broken heart, make it into art" and as a family we created something soft, cuddly, and lovable out of an idea of someone who is, well, not.

A longer (5 min) version of this video can be found HERE

In our despair, we decided we not only wanted to do something creative, we also want to help those affected by the real Tyrannosaurus Rump's actions so we decided that $5 of every purchase of a Tyrannosaurus Rump plushie will go to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, or the Union of Concerned Scientists. You decide.

We launched our Indiegogo campaign on Sunday, April 2nd to try to get funding to manufacture the Tyrannosaurus Rump plushie and hopefully make sizeable donations to these important organizations.

Our challenge is getting the word out so that this campaign will succeed. We live in a divided nation and this campaign could be construed as controversial by some, but we want to be brave, bring a bit of levity to our new reality, and help others. If you could help us by contributing AND sharing our link, that would be awesome. Thank you!

All the Poetry Friday goodness can be found at the Poem Farm.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Targeted Fashion + Poetry Friday

I took this picture on our quick trip to RVA last month - a street art display on the James River canal walk...





















Join the Poetry Friday extravaganza at Reading to the Core

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Poe·lka Dot Socks and Black Cats + Poetry Friday

My family and I got to take a quick trip to Richmond, VA (with a day trip to D.C.).
We visited 5 museums and 1 arboretum in 3 days!
(Needless to say, we had 'Disneyland-feet').
One of the museums we visited in RVA was the Poe Museum.









Edgar Allan Poe spent most of his life in Richmond, though he was born in Boston and died in Baltimore. And what a storied life he led!
His quote, "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity" pretty much sums up both his personal life and his writing life.
Inspired by Poe's poetry (and his head), I wrote this  
Poe·lka Dot Socks poem:





















And inspired by the many black cats that wander the Poe Museum grounds (and who were not interested in getting their picture taken), I wrote this haiku:





















Enjoy all the Poetry Friday poems at Today's Little Ditty

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

Happy Birthday, Ted!

March 2 was Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday, aka, Dr. Seuss. As he once said, "Think and wonder, wonder and think." These are words I do my best to live by (with marginal success ;). Save me some cake!
Lorax Puff Photo Credit