About smkelly8

writer, teacher, movie lover, traveler, reader

Poem of the Week

Hope

by Langston Hughes

Sometimes when I’m lonely,
Don’t know why,
Keep thinkin’ I won’t be lonely
By and by.

Poem of the Week

COVID 19, #1

By J’Ann Schoonmaker, my friend

I cried this morning,
remembered to breathe,
opened the door:
Trees still standing,
pale blue sky,
wispy clouds skirting tree tops:
Nothing foreign here.
Daffodils wave
in breezes born
from the west:
Nothing new here.
Tulip buds grow larger
fanning green leaves
bursting to bloom:
Nothing stagnant here.
What else must I notice
this, only, our eighth day of
sheltering in place?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

032420cffc-1

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos inspired by the photograph above.

Take one element of the photo and find something to share.

IMG_20170612_114049.jpg

From Kunming to Lijiang

DSCN4308.JPG

To go around London

 

 

Click here to see more fun photos, click here.

 

 

cffc

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely  catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you did during week 2 of the WuFlu Quarantine. I bet you’re doing your best to pitch in, but there are some aggravations. We need to gambatte! Gambatte is Japanese and it’s used to encourage someone to persevere.

I’m happy that I got to work a full week and think I will this week as well. It seemed hard to continue to add value, but by having daily conference calls. A bonus is that it’s good social contact. I’m very lucky to be working with this team.

I finished reading (really listening to) David Mamet’s Chicago, which has a wonderful audio version. I also watched Paul Newman in Hud, which I’d never seen before. It made for a great follow up to Giant, as it’s a family drama set in Texas. Now I’m watching Newman in The Hustler with Jackie Gleason. It deserves its classic status.

I was livid about the pork that got crammed into the third stimulus package. Then the Kennedy Center, which got $25,000,000, announced they were firing their orchestra. Di they have to make that decision now? It seems shameful to me.

Last night, while I was taking a shower, the power went out. That’s always a a problem, but with the quarantine it was more of one. I managed to feel my way out of the shower and get my pj’s on. I heard a weird humming sound and didn’t know what on earth to think. After a while I figured out that our neighbor has a generator and that was making the noise. Luckily a half hour later the electricity came back.