Poetry Reading Day, Kiss Your Mate Day, Blueberry Pie

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April 28, 2014

Keukenhof overview

★~ Today’s Quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver

★~ Great Poetry Reading Day:



Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

from Dream Work by Mary Oliver
published by Atlantic Month

 ★~ Kiss Your Mate Day:

Elephant Kiss

This holiday is pretty self-explanatory. Very little direction is needed. If you don’t have a mate, perhaps you can borrow someone else’s. Just be sure to ask first and maybe offer a bit of an explanation in case they forgot to put Kiss Your Mate Day on their own calendar.

Polls consistently list the kiss between Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant in the 1946 film Notorious as one of the sexiest kisses in cinematic history. Because the Hays Code allowed on-screen kisses to last only a few seconds, Alfred Hitchcock directed Bergman and Grant to repeatedly kiss briefly while Grant was answering a telephone call. The kiss seems to go on and on but was never longer than a few seconds.

★~ National Blueberry Pie Day:

blueberry pie

I know that many El Mornoer’s and their pups love Blueberries and Blueberry Pie tops their pie list! So sally forth and buy or make a Blueberry Pie! Yum!

 Classic Betty Crocker Blueberry pie recipe. 

★~ Today in History:

crosley car

♥~ 1939 –  Small cars were offered for sale in the U.S. for the first time. The Crosley one of the first small cars sold had a list price of $325.00, was 10 feet long and had an 80-inch wheelbase and a four-gallon gas tank. 

♥~ 1973 – The Dark Side of the Moon, by Pink Floyd, topped the U.S. album chart for one week before settling in to become the longest-running U.S. chart album of all time. Though it was only number one the first week, The Dark Side of the Moon stayed on the chart for 741 weeks.

♥~ 1985 – The little town of Parker, TX, not far from Dallas, reported a 2-to-1 edge in the ratio of tourists to residents. The small town was visited by 2,100 tourists each day as they flocked to  Parker to visit Southfork Ranch, the home of the Ewing family (CBS-TV hit, Dallas).

♥~1994 – Northwestern University announced that the so-called biological clock, that gene governing the daily cycle of waking and sleeping called the circadian rhythm, had been found in mice. Never before pinpointed in a mammal, the biological clock gene was found on mouse chromosome 5.

★~Born Today:

Harper Lee

♥~ 1926 – Harper Lee (Nelle Harper Lee) wrote just one novel, To Kill A Mockingbird (1960), but it has sold more than 30 million copies. She hates interviews and speeches, and prefers to live quietly in Monroeville, where she is known as Miss Nelle. She wrote:

“I arrived in the first grade, literate, with a curious cultural assimilation of American history, romance, the Rover Boys, Rapunzel, and The Mobile Press. Early signs of genius? Far from it. Reading was an accomplishment I shared with several local contemporaries. Why this endemic precocity? Because in my hometown, a remote village in the early 1930s, youngsters had little to do but read. A movie? Not often — movies weren’t for small children. A park for games? Not a hope. We’re talking unpaved streets here, and the Depression. […] Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books. Instant information is not for me. I prefer to search library stacks because when I work to learn something, I remember it.” (Writers Almanac)

♥~1941 – Ann-Margret (Olsson) actress: Carnal Knowledge, Tommy, Viva Las Vegas, Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men, Bye, Bye, Birdie, Scarlett; singer: I Just Don’t Understand

♥~ 1948 –– Marcia Strassman actress: Welcome Back Kotter, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Honey I Blew Up the Kids, Another Stakeout; singer

♥~ 1950 Jay Leno – comedian, TV talk show hostThe Tonight Show

♥~ 1971 – Simbi Khali actress: 3rd Rock from the Sun, She TV, Vampire in Brooklyn, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Plump Fiction, We Were Soldiers

★~ Good to Know:

Poets Corner

Poets’ Corner Westminister Abbey

♥~ Shel Silverstein (American cartoonist/poet, 1932-1999) – Apart from his famous books of poetry for children, Mr. Silverstein also wrote the song “A Boy Named Sue,” made famous by Johnny Cash. (Read some poetry)

♥~ Emily Dickinson (American poet, 1830-1886) – Dickinson’s poems were not gathered and published without edits until 1955. Only seven of her poems were published during her lifetime, and all were edited by others before publishing.

♥~ Robert Frost (American poet, 1874-1963) – Frost won the Pulitzer prize for poetry four times. He outlived his wife and most of his children.

♥~ Chaucer was the first poet to be buried in Westminster Abbey—initiating the Poets’ Corner. Today there are 29 poets buried and 55 poets commemorated in the Poets’ Corner.

♥~ Alfred Tennyson, wrote : “The first poetry that moved me was my own at five years old. When I was eight, I remember making a line I thought grander than Campbell, or Byron, or Scott. I rolled it out, it was this: ‘With slaughterous sons of thunder rolled the flood’—great nonsense of course, but I thought it fine.”

♥~ Henry David Thoreau – When Thoreau graduated from Harvard, he didn’t think it was worth it to pay the $5 fee to receive his diploma. He left without a diploma.

♥~ Edgar Allen Poe was a cat fancier. His devoted tortoiseshell, Caterina, went into a depression whenever Poe traveled. She died two weeks after Poe.


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10 thoughts on “Poetry Reading Day, Kiss Your Mate Day, Blueberry Pie

  1. Blueberry pie is one of my favorites. I’ll try to pick one up at the bakery if they don’t have pie they will have muffins.
    No mate to kiss but I guess I could look in the mirror and offer myself a quick smoochey smoochey.
    Interesting facts about the poets. Thoreau claims he lived without the trappings of the outside world and was frugal. I think he was just cheap. Didn’t you mention something about him saving his money by eating dinner at another poets table.
    Have a good one

    • I had a muffin and it was very tasty. I like your smoochey smoochey idea. Why not!
      Ahh Thoreau, yes Cole just finished studying him for school and was NOT taken with him. He mentioned that he often use to mooch off his fellow authors dinner tables while he was “hidden away” on Walden Pond.
      Merry Monday!

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  3. Dallas and I BOTH love blueberry pie — he’s the one who gets it all over his face, though!
    “Real You” is fixin’ to start? Good, can hardly wait!
    Gorgeous photo you started this post with! (yes, I ended this sentence with a preposition — even Virgos break the rules now and then, heehee!)
    Love Harper Lee and her quote is so appropriate. Nothing quite feels (or smells) the same as a printed book.
    Despite living not too far from Parker, TX, and despite being a HUGE ‘Dallas’ fan, I’ve never been to Southfork Ranch. One of these days I’m gonna remedy that!

    • Blueberries are so good for pups. They can stain tho!
      Funny, I was just reading (I love the idea of grammar…there is beauty in a perfectly punctuated sentence that is hard for even me to resist despite my lack of desire to embrace) ) that it’s perfectly fine to end a sentence with a preposition. A couple hotty tottie grammar experts weighted in too–it wasn’t just grammar girl who I happen to like. You might be on the cutting edge of something big!
      I’m certain you’ll make it to Southfork Ranch and feel just like Cole did when he visited the Breaking Bad house in ABQ. last week.

  4. When I am exposed to poetry, I love it..however, I don’t take the time to read much of it..must change that.
    Blueberry pie sounds like a swell idea.
    Awaiting the reviews of “things that are Near and Dear to us”
    Last time you did this (shoes) , it was interesting and fun. 😀

    • I have a few poems I like but I don’t read it much either. Joe loved poetry and would often recite bits mostly stuff that wasn’t main stream (no surprise). And a few known poets…Cole loved it when he would recite Tiger Tiger Burning Bight by William Blake. Amusing to hear a 7 year old belt out…

      TIGER, tiger, burning bright
      In the forests of the night,
      What immortal hand or eye
      Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

      Hope the reviews are FUN this year too! A little slower going – it’s a broad subject.

  5. Blueberry pie is my 2nd favorite pie with Banana Cream being my all time favorite. Not a poetry fan, but on occasion will read a bit of it. I arrived late here as always, to will wish you a happy Tuesday.

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