Ken Burns Quotes

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Baseball:  It follows the seasons, beginning each year with the fond expectancy of springtime and ending with the hard facts of autumn.

It is the great arrogance of the present to forget the intelligence of the past.

Ken Burns (born 1953) is an American filmmaker who specializes in documentaries about American history and culture.  Many of his works have been presented in PBS.

Another Day (Haiku Series #218)

Quiet Perseverance

Reasons to finish

Overcoming challenges—

Never giving in

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Yesterday’s Peace

Time’s quiet moments

Opening each memory—

Never forgotten

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Treasures Waiting

In searching life’s depths

Finding intended nuggets—

Few others shall see

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Monday Memories: Life Looks Back

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Dusty top of the kitchen fridge

No worries about cleaning

Unless . . .

Taller guests come to play bridge


Windshield wipers, broken and worn

Needing to be replaced

But never . . .

Attempt when rain becomes airborne


Congested and overmatched table

Keeping life healthy and in order

Looking like . . .

Walgreens, filled with pill labels


Remembering school days past

Time to take another test

Pausing . . .

Hoping the “ditto” smell will last


Self-driving cars, soon to be the craze

Sitting in one, with perplexed look

Pondering . . .

Will the back seat driver be unfazed?


Raiding the freezer for a midnight snack

Hunger disrupts blissful sleep

What’s this . . .

Cookie Dough ice cream has been hijacked


Installing a terrific app on her “hip” phone

Grandson helps his Grandma out

Meanwhile . . .

With his flip phone, Grandpa feels quite alone


Finding a parking spot is tonight’s mission

Free valet parking

Guaranteed . . .

When you drive a manual transmission


So many toilet paper choices and sizes

What ever happened to having just one?

Confusing . . .

Mega and Super Mega waiting in disguise


Enjoying a late night film on television

Fearful of falling asleep

Always prepared . . .

Setting an alarm, allows for night vision


Reading and proofreading, reading once more

Retired English teacher

Never satisfied . . .

Writing a “perfect” text with words to adore


If you have enjoyed this bit of fun

Wait for the next round

When . . .

Doughnuts and coffee for everyone

doughnut on white ceramic plate beside ceramic mug on brown wooden table

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Originally published March, 2020.

Years Ago

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Hidden in forest’s midst

Ancient homestead’s landscape

Under winter blanket

Wakening, day takes shape


One more snowy morning

Old barn wrapped up in white

Barely able to stand

Making for quite a sight


Corral broken, rails split

Livestock forever gone

Snow-painted grass smiles back

Waiting for spring’s new fawn   


But wait, life still stirring

Chimney’s smoke drifting high

Rustic cabin’s fireplace

Warming urge to drop by


All welcome, step inside

Plenty of room to share

Coffee’s hot, feel at home

Sitting on kitchen’s chairs


Hilltop looking back down

So many years ago

Memories slowly fade

Covering up in snow

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William Stanley Merwin Quotes

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What you remember saves you.

We are asleep with compasses in our hands.

William Stanley Merwin (W. S.) was an American poet with over 50 books of poetry and prose.  Over his lifetime (1927-2019), he was honored with numerous awards:  including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1971 and 2009) and becoming United States Poet Laureate in 2010.  

Love of the Game

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One’s love of the game sharing

Encouraging life’s new vision


One more summer of baseball

Boys answering their final call


Autumn’s sandlot football days

In field’s dirt, drawing up plays


Collecting each baseball card

Keeping all, never will discard


Playing catch with dad each night

Pitching finds home plate in moonlight


Playing high school football games

Friday nights bringing lasting fame


Playing one final season

Retirement waits in postseason


Wrapped up in competition

Respecting each sport’s traditions


Memories of each game played

Never allowing time to fade


Dreaming of playing again

Competing in life’s senior lane


Remembering each mentor

Always open, each coach’s door


Enduring fabric of sports

Our love of the game playing out


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Special Edition: Thanksgiving Memories

This poem was originally posted in November, 2018. The text was revised and republished one year later. The verses capture my own memories of Thanksgiving during my youth when my extended family gathered at my maternal grandmother’s house.  Blessings to all!

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Remembering annual family gatherings from years past

Enjoying special, blessed times which will last and last

Filling Grandma’s packed house with people from near and far

Seeing aunts, uncles, and cousins—as numerous as the stars

Feeling the crisp, autumn air—possibly snow on the ground

Arriving with abundant food and family love to pass around

Pitching in, many helping hands prepare the meal

Eating together on Thanksgiving is a very big deal

Catching up on life from several corners of the state

Thanking the Lord that all arrived safely on this date

Listening to exciting conversation that fills the tiny house

Disappearing from a kitchen corner, a frightened mouse!

Preparing so many favorite and delicious treats

Tasting each will make today an awesome feast

Setting up Grandma’s sizable dining room table with care

Deciding where each family member will sit, here or there

Providing for extra places to eat in the living room

Anticipating that all of us will be eating very soon

Smelling the huge turkey roasting in the oven until finally done

Carving this bird and splitting the wishbone, most delicious fun

Pleasing everyone’s taste buds, with a gathering of yummy dishes

Adding stuffing, mashed potatoes, and yams to everyone’s wishes

Saving room for a sweet symphony of delicious pies

Savoring a slice of pumpkin or many others—Oh my!

Exchanging stories, playing cards, and watching football

Realizing too soon that the time says, “Goodnight to all”

Departing for home, before everyone’s bedtime arrives

Blessing our family time, this thanksgiving feels so alive

Smiling from her large window, Grandma feels so much love

Looking forward to experiencing peace, from the Lord above





Jeff Bridges Quotes

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Memories are not just about the past.  They determine our future.

I kept dreaming of a world I thought I’d never see, and then . . . one day . . . I got in!

Jeff Bridges (born 1949) is an American film actor who has the ability to play a variety of roles.  His work has been rewarded with one Academy Award (a total of seven nominations) as well as two Golden Globes.


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Searching attic’s hidden treasures

Opening ancient cedar chest

Well-preserved photo album smiles

Connections with family’s quest


Scanning morning’s endless gray sky

Feeling forgotten and alone

Phone rings, lifting away sadness

Connections with daughter’s milestone


Driving endless summer backroads

Coming to destination’s gift

Rustic cabin by mountain lake

Connections waken life’s gearshift


Sitting near frosty window glass

Watching winter’s chilling landscape

Mail carrier drops off letter

Connections with friend’s warm escape


Spending lifetime in school’s classroom

Touching so many youthful lives

Cumulative cache of memories

Connections stir teacher’s archives


Taken in August, 2017, my classroom is ready for my “final” first day of classes at Buckeye Middle School.

Coming Ashore


Sailing stormy seas

Harbor welcomes home


Each victory won

Drifting back ashore


Future never waits

Grasping dreams today


Breathing youthful pride

Joy running ashore


Dropping life’s anchor

Haven’s quiet place


Yesterday’s wishes

Bringing each ashore


Recalling each step

Gifts for tomorrow


Fading memories

Past stepping ashore


Love shining brightly

Embracing new life


Fulfilling journey

Life coming ashore


Maturing spirit

Quest’s uplifting star


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