Rule of Three

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Have you ever thought about the Rule of Three?

Life is amazing when “three” brings more to see

 

Making pancakes for a breakfast for me

Why enjoy a short stack of only two

When you can taste a big stack of three

 

Daughters bring a father happiness and glee

Witnessing the unforgettable births of two

Even more amazing to be delighted with three

 

Looking at the calendar for dates open and free

A two-day weekend offers much fun for all

Hmm, why not add one day and make it three

 

A morning walk with nature is thrilling to me

Finishing two miles with much energy left

Let’s add another mile and walk for three

 

Attending a circus tomorrow for a nominal fee

A show with only two rings just won’t do

Thank heaven P. T. Barnum expanded to three

 

A basketball game grows late as the seconds flee

Shouting out, the coach wants a two-point shot

Sorry coach, but I’m prepared to drain a three

 

Listening to music that brings meaning to thee

Some music just doesn’t work as a twosome

So Peter, Paul, and Mary sing tunes as three

 

Dancing as a couple with a two-step are we

Someone challenges our dancing with a new step

Now we enjoy our dazzling dancing with three

 

A chef prepares a breakfast omelet for free

Starting with two eggs certainly isn’t enough

He brilliantly adds another egg to equal three

 

Shopping for a stunning dress to impress me

She can’t decide on which one or two to try

So my wife brings home a cute set of three

 

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost follow thee

A poet pauses to give thanks to above

The Holy Trinity makes a blessed three

 

Little Treasures

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My life matures with so very much to enjoy

Being with grandchildren brings love and joy

God blesses us with these matchless wonders

Hearing their playfulness louder than thunder

The Lord has blessed my role as a grandfather

Bringing love opportunities without any bother

Morning arrives with my coffee cup filled

Thinking of grandchildren spawns a thrill

Some live close, others reside farther away

Praying for each one helps to start my day

Their parents feel blessed with each child

Allowing me to call each one my grandchild

These children march through remarkable lives

Offering vivid moments that continue to thrive

Photographs authenticate each child’s life story

Filling my appetite with incredible love and glory

God has glorified me with these little tikes

Reminding of humble times, forever to like

 

News Flash

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Local newspapers remain a stalwart source of information about local, national, and international events.  Reporters–who doggedly pursue facts about news, stories, and editorials–bring accurate, timely, and insightful reporting and writing.  Journalism is still alive and free, and it needs to remain so to preserve a democratic way of life filled with personal freedoms.  The following events were taken from headlines printed in recent issues of The Columbus Dispatch.

A talented surgeon is told that he is too old

Yet his precise skills remain amazingly bold

Japanese culture makes mothers do it all

While fathers sit back and stand “small”

Medical pot is peddled to those with special needs

Others want more to feed a habit filled with greed

Autonomous vehicles may soon be here

For some, there remains much to fear

A nation’s leader continues to repeat the identical spiel

When will the citizens grow tired of his worn-out deal?

A big city overwhelmed by a barrage of fresh snow

Are those snowplows parked there just for show?

With winter dragging on indefinitely into another week

Cars need to beware of potholes, flat tires they seek

Polar bears occupy an isolated, Russian Arctic village

Climate change pushes hungry bears south to pillage

Mother Nature flexes her muscles around the clock

Homes threatened by flooding, highways blocked

A former house of worship sits vacant and very alone

With inspiration, a creative family turns it into a home

Mankind remains fascinated with exploring outer space

A newly discovered moon near Nepture makes its case

Newspapers print informative stories every day

They bring truth and facts with realness to say

 

 

 

Just Checking In

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Sending a priority email to my boss an hour ago

A quick reply would be prized as time is my foe

Facing an ever-approaching deadline

The pressure is building—not so fine!

Writing another email might do the trick

“Just checking in” doesn’t sound so slick

Hearing no reply yet by the middle afternoon

Would another email bring an answer soon?

Feeling desperate as the clock winds down

Frustration fills my heart with a gloomy frown

Composing again—Sorry, but I must persist

“Just checking in” again, I must clearly insist

Receiving an email, which is long overdue

An automated message comes to my view

Using “Just checking in” as the subject line

These three words “really” are never fine!

 

 

Sweetest Dream

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Sleeping at night brings pleasurable dreams my way

Dreaming of sugar-filled treats most every single day

Tasting a doughnut filled with vanilla cream

Allowing my sweet tooth to sample a dream

Telling the doughnut to vanish and scamper away

Appearing next, freshly baked cookies wish to stay

Smelling the melted chocolate and cookie dough

Rolling over, my taste buds scream out to know

Dashing dreams of cookies, a delicious pie arrives

Looking at coconut cream is a mammoth surprise

Tossing in bed, my mouth anticipates the sweetest taste

Stepping into my dream, arrives a cake–freshly baked

Licking my lips, velvety chocolate cake will be my fate

Feeling the moisture-rich texture seems a perfect mate

Closing my fantasy suddenly, my mind stirs awake

Remembering to manage my sugars is no mistake

Envisioning so many tantalizing, indulging treats

Controlling sugar levels will be a bitter-filled feat

Using humor is one way that I have taken control of my Type 2 diabetic condition.  I have pretty much abstained from sugar-filled treats (some of my past favorites are described in the poem).  Presently, I am no longer considered pre-diabetic, but I continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle with proper eating, taking meds, and exercising.

 

 

Elfchens by O

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Olivia

opposes opportunity

on oriental Okinawa

overcoming ordinary or outdated

obstacles

 

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Oscar

owing obedience

obtains oceanic oddities

out of ornamental oysters

outrageous

 

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Olympia

Oregon observations

outdated, obsolete, oddball

occupies oneself on occasion

optimistic

 

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Otto

old, odd-looking

operates over Oslo

orchestrates opaque, oversized owls

odd-sounding