North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel State because from the earliest times of our country, it produced a lot of the country’s tar from the numerous pine trees in its forests. So it is no surprise that we are now in what North Carolinians call “The Yellow Season”––the two weeks in the spring … More The Blessing of Pollen
While both my husband’s family and mine (at least on my father’s side) have been in the US since before Revolutionary times, it is hard to consider ourselves much other than Americans. However, both families also had roots in Ireland, so I suppose I’ve got some Irish DNA in my system. However, as I’ve said … More Poetry for St. Patrick’s Day
This morning in North Carolina, it is cool, dark, and rainy. Still, I know that Spring is here. This month I have been studying Persian mythology with the students of my literature classes. In the Persian, now Iranian, culture, the New Year, called Nowruz, occurs on March 21. The picture above displays a typical Nowruz … More Did You Hear that Winter’s Over?
So we didn’t have a peaceful and uplifting inauguration this week, but there were some good things that happened this week that I wanted to mention… In Thursday’s post, I talked about all the good news surrounding the inaugural poet/star, Amanda Gorman, including her best-selling books, her modeling contract with IMG, and her upcoming poetry … More Good News Friday
So, I know this should have been done yesterday, but it was supposed to snow last night (and it did!) so I ended up making a last-minute grocery store run and ended up running out of time. However, the point is still true this morning. National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman was the surprise hit … More Inauguration Poetic Follow-Up Week 1: Amanda Gorman Makes Poetry HOT Again!
Yesterday, I posted sometime I had mostly written the night before, the night of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I was focused then on I believed the meal reflected the inaugural theme of unity and how all the different parts or aspects of America are America.. After a day of reflection, I’m … More An All American Inaugural Dinner, Part 2
This morning the official Inaugural Planning Committee released its lineup for the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris inauguration ceremony next Wednesday. While most Americans are probably most excited to hear that Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez are performing, I was DELIGHTED to see a poet’s name on the list. And what a poet! Joe Biden has chosen … More YAY! Looks Like We’ll Get a Biden Inaugural Poem!
Well, I’m still processing all the events of January 6 and beyond. In the meantime, however, we have one final Inaugural Poem to enjoy before the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris next week. I actually had my high school students analyze this poem on January 5, the day before the madness struck. This … More Inauguration Poetic Countdown: One Week
This was supposed to be the post for yesterday, which is the two week countdown to the inauguration of Joe Biden as President and Kamal Harris as Vice President. However, it did not seem appropriate as misguided Americans were assaulting the Capitol, which is pictured above as the traditional location for the Inauguration. Now that … More The 12-ish Days of Christmas: Poetic Inauguration Countdown––Two Weeks
While I know this is not shared by all Americans, for me one of the gifts of 2020 was the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who better represent the leadership I would like to see in this country. Even if you disagree, I hope you can celebrate the country’s long tradition of peaceful … More The 12-ish Days of Christmas: Poetic Inauguration Countdown––Three Weeks