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Blogs I adore

This month I decided to do something I’ve never done before, I’m sponsoring two blogs that I look forward to reading each and every day. In return for my sponsorship, they run a Sweet Pea’s ad that hopefully drives more traffic (and sales) to my shop. It’s a win-win.

The first blog is SillyGrrl. Sarah is a web designer and a circus performer– which certainly makes things interesting for her readers. I don’t know how she does it but she seamlessly blends those two incongruous worlds into one entertaining and informative site. And for those web designers and bloggers out there, her free design advice is invaluable. Seriously. From the newbies to people who consider coding to be old hat, there’s always something to learn from her.

Roots and Feathers

The next blog I’m sponsoring is my absolute favorite, Roots and Feathers. I completely adore and idolize Laura. She’s just the whole package. Her site is a blend of bohemian fashion, jewelry design, astrology, nature appreciation, and soul-searching. She’s completely unafraid to reveal her most deepest truths and personal struggles. This honesty and fearlessness has garnered her legions of devoted, supportive fans, including myself. Plus, her and her hubby are so darn cute together! They warm my chilly little heart!

Musings

I ♥ Poetry

To balance out the gloomy days (like yesterday), I’m going to try my darnedest to share with you, at least once a week, something that I love. Something that truly makes my twisted heart and mind tick. Last week it was Zumba. I ♥ Zumba. Fish were made for swimming, snakes were made for slithering, birds were made for flying, and humans were made for dancing so don’t deprive yourself of becoming the Lord of the Dance. This I ♥ post is inspired by Mike, a blogger (and new reader to this blog) from Just a Man, his Dog, and his Truck. He’s a modern day poet. And some naysayers may believe poetry is dead, but he’s here to show us that poetry is certainly alive, well and doing mighty fine. So this post goes out to you Mike and all the poetry lovers out there. Here are my two all time favorite poems. The first one is by the great writer, John Updike. I expect this to be recited at my funeral–which I hope is not anytime soon. To balance out the heaviness of the poem, I’ve included some embarrassing photos of myself for your enjoyment. And the second poem is by the former Ithacan and Cornell professor (and my favorite poet of all time) A.R. Ammons. I’m so sad I never had the chance to meet him. Enjoy!

Perfection Wasted

And another regrettable thing about death
is the ceasing of your own brand of magic
which took a whole life to develop and market —
the quips, the witticisms, the slant
adjusted to a few, those loved ones nearest
the lip of the stage, their soft faces blanched
in the footlight glow, their laughter close to tears,
their tears confused with their diamond earrings
their warm pooled breath in and out with your heartbeat,
their response and your performance twinned.
The jokes over the phone. The memories packed
In the rapid-access file. The whole act.
Who will do it again? That’s it: no one;
imitators and descendants aren’t the same.
John Updike

Me with an 80-Proof Bloody Mary. Pondering whether to stay a shallow stain or become transcendent. Well…we know what I chose.

80-Proof

A fifth of me’s me:
the rest’s chaser:
35 lbs.’s
my true self: but
chuck 10 lbs. or so for bones,
what’s left’s
steaks & chops &
chicken fat,
two-over-easy & cream-on-the-side:
strip off a sheath of hide,
strip out nerves & veins
& permeable membranes,
what’s left’s a greasy spot:
the question’s
whether
to retain
the shallow stain
or go 100% spiritual
and fifth by fifth
achieve a whole,
highly transcendental.

A.R. Ammons