#TBT: For years I’ve listened to Iris Dement sing “Childhood Memories” and thought “you were one lucky kid, do you know that, Iris?” to finish each day with “If you’ve forgiven me, than I forgive you.” Alternate Title to this #TBT: 7 Kids and One Mum (I’m not sure why Dad isn’t in this picture; but that’s perhaps a metaphor?)

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http://youtu.be/e3jYrezWVxw

Fireflies inside of a mason jar.
Acting big behind the wheel of daddy’s car.
Playing church around the old piano stand,
You were quite a preacher and oh, we sang so grand.
I remember every night what we would say and do:
“If you’ve forgiven me, then I’ve forgiven you.”
And now when life begins to get the best of me,
I reminisce these childhood memories.

We built a raft and traveled all around the world,
And stopped for penny candy at the corner store.
You let me fly your kite but when I dropped the string.
I thought my life was over, but Mama rescued me.
When I was just a kid you taught my prayers to me.
Then you turned around and you told me about those birds and bees.
Come what may, you’ve been endeared to me,
Because we share these childhood memories.

Instrumental bridge.

Well, time, it moved so fast; those days are over now.
We’ve all gone our separate ways, but still somehow,
I often need to telephone and talk to you,
To see if you remember things the way I do.
It won’t be too much longer `til we’ll be old and gray,
And winding up our travels here on life’s highway.
But no matter where I roam, I’ve got you here with me:
When I reminisce these childhood memories.

Oooh.

To end.

ETHNIC CLEANSING: The Cowbird does it by flicking the eggs of the nest mother out and laying her own to be raised in their stead; Bosnians did it with mass executions in Srebrenica in 1995, still managing, however, to slip under the radar and emigrate to the US. There’s no repercussion for the Cowbird, but deportations are looming for the Bosnian refugees who failed to disclose their ethnic-cleansing past; and I gain a glimmer of understanding behind the fistfights that broke out amongst the Bosnian refugees at my elementary school. (A 420 character, 9-line poem)

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Why do they fight

we asked the Bosnian refugee 3rd graders,

a few of the 169,000 that came in the 90’s;

shouldn’t they be friends since they share (or so we assumed) a common enemy?

Now I realize that one child’s family was prey to the ethnic cleansing of the other’s.

&, even now, like a bad splinter,

the truth of this works its way to the surface

as the US deports 150+ Bosnians accused of committing atrocities.

Why?

PATTY

 

 

http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/america-tonight-blog/2013/10/13/the-5-biggest-refugeegroupsofthelast20years.html

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1220858?ref=feeds%2Flatest

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: REWARD

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It’s a long way to Austria. 

I don’t know about you, but travel peaks my appetite. 

Café Mozart serves the finest pastries in Vienna ~ difficult, but, ah, rewarding choices.CIMG3170

And while you’re on the lookout for divas from the Opera House next door, you might just bump into an old friend. Really, I wooden kid you.  CIMG3167

This week’s photo challenge can be interpreted in a jillion ways.  Look!

Toni 3/1/15

 

 

WHO CARES IF THE DRESS IS BLUE/BLACK OR WHITE/GOLD? LET’S GET FUNKY!

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Seriously smokin’ shades.

Stompin’ kwel funk.

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Watch. Dance. Vote .

 

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Toni 2/28/15

A MAGICAL SEARCH FOR COINCIDENCE

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If you’re wild about Harry,

you’ll be head-over-heels for Helder.

This is a ten-curtain-call performance.

 

Toni 2/27/15

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