Monthly Archives: March 2014

Observing Sweden – Spring

Spring in Sweden Tsunami of lawn chairs Appear without warning Sun bright golden day Grass still asleep Lawnmower waits patiently in garage shadows Children bounce on trampolines Sprung up like mushrooms Days grow long Life is reborn. Advertisements

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Coca-Cola

Today in 1886, a Georgia pharmacist, John Pemberton, perfected a headache and hangover remedy he’d cooked up over a fire in his backyard. It contained coca leaves and extract of kola nut, and he advertised it as an “Esteemed Brain … Continue reading

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Typhoid Mary

  On this day in 1915, Mary Mallon, known as Typhoid Mary, was put into quarantine. Mary worked as a cook in various wealthy households around New York City. Every household she worked in seemed to suffer an outbreak of … Continue reading

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Today is Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s birthday – Born in Yonkers, New York (1919). His father died five months before Ferlinghetti was born, and his mother was so devastated by the loss that she had to be committed to the state mental … Continue reading

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Seattle Memories – The Crows

                   They go unnoticed overhead                    Above the supermarket malls and cities                    Countryside                    Suburban fields and meadows                    Watching                    Airborne gangs dressed in black feather jackets                    Fearless wise guys with a raucous comment                    For … Continue reading

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Catoos

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Beware The Ides of March!

The ambitious Julius had a tense relationship with the Roman Senate. The Senate felt he was a threat to the Republic, and that he had tyrannical leanings. The Senate had the real power, and any titles they gave him were … Continue reading

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