Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

Yesterday I received this award from a dear friend and a fine poet, Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik (actually, she nominated me as one of 7 for the award - there are some stipulations to be completed which I am doing immediately so I am comfortable accepting the badge and putting it up on my page). This innovative award was created very recently (Nov.24/12) by another fine poet, Hannah Gosselin - so thanks to Hannah and to Pearl, and to the community of wonderful poets of which I am lucky enough to be part.

As part of the Sisterhood Bloggers Award, I am to list seven things about myself:

  1.  I probably have more blogs up and running than I should admit to (at last count, somewhere around ten).
  2. Writing has been a mainstay in my life for as long as I can remember.
  3. Not many people know this but I placed third in the Romance Writers of Edmonton contest a few years ago.
  4. Arthritis has been (so far) the worst part of getting older; it mostly bothers me because I haven't got much of a grip left and I like to shoot (at targets).
  5. If I was independently wealthy - I'd pay off family debt, give a large whack to charity and spend the rest of the time travelling the world (and probably still writing).
  6. Lately I find myself obsessed by certain computer games - only against myself - but still - I am surprised.
  7. If I couldn't write, read and be with family (Lord, I sound boring) - I don't know what I'd do. I find myself wondering about receiving this award as I write these seven things. I can't seem to think of much of interest to say. However, "interesting" wasn't one of the prerequisites ... so, I'm still going with honoured and grateful to Pearl and Hannah,

Sunday, November 18, 2012

This Just In

Beauty queen and actress found
Face down, lifeless
Never really did belong

"C'mon sweetheart - big smile, shoulders back
Bust out - show your assets - can't go wrong"

Just a pawn in the machine
Swallowed pills, pride, and words
Stayed silent like a good girl

 "Sorry, please, just one more take?"
"I'll be on time from now on, I promise"

Never had a chance. Unless. No.
Never did.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wherein the Greatest Advises the Science-Challenged

“Imagination is more important that knowledge,” and
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s 
coming attractions,” Albert Einstein

 In the miasma that is quantum physics or mitochondrial DNA
As I struggle to come to understand the chemical mystery
That is my insanity; I rejoice to learn that even Einstein believed
There was more merit in brainstorming about possibilities
Then dwelling on what has already been proven – in fact, he
Once said “I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion”
A remark very similar to ones I myself make and, not infrequently

While admittedly, Einstein’s “what if’s” have resulted in some
Of the world’s truly great scientific finds and theories
It becomes apparent upon reading his biographies, and there
Are a plethora,   he had a superfluity of those questions –
Perhaps the staggering number alone, coupled with his passionate
Curiosity couldn't help but produce the theory of relativity
For instance – after all, there is certain logic to be considered
Here, and empirical data would suggest that – omigod – I am
Doing some scientific theorizing – am I out of my mind?
Well, yes – given my history, there’s a very good chance ...

It would appear that science and philosophy are growing
Closer together – some are even postulating that God
And Science are nearing a resolution previously thought
Unattainable, or even unthinkable; Albert Einstein must be
Chuckling or maybe just nodding, from wherever he is
After all, he did say, “All religions, arts and sciences are
branches of the same tree.” I could get behind that I think.

Every day, it seems that idea is becoming more accepted
As science embraces religion and vice-versa; Einstein also
Maintained that “God always takes the simplest way” and
“God may be subtle but he isn't plain mean”- a couple of notions
That might not sit well with some forms of the more traditional
Religions but for much of the world, made weary by chaos
Brought on by war and bitterness, the divisiveness that little
Understood factions on both sides have taken to exploiting,
This could be welcome news, especially those who are ready
To accept God and Science as partners in a changing world