Snoupi's Saloon

Random thoughts and non-thoughts

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Old Friend Maple

So sad.  The old maple that stood in front of our house lay down Thursday evening... not an earth-suddering  crash like the oak that fell on the barn last fall, but more delicate, like a chandelier.

She had been ill for some time, as the condition of her base and roots will attest:

Before lying down, though, she prepared by providing an exuberant production of seed for her legacy:

We will honor her legacy by planting and nurturing a few of these.

Today I started tackling the task of disposing of her remains.  Halfway done. Her branches are all taken care of. They, and some of the trunk will provide warmth and a flickering, dancing spirit on our hearth.  We plan to move the main body of her trunk into the field to make a cross-country jump for our horsey friends. We will use branch tips for a bonfire by which we will dance and celebrate her life, remembering the comfort she has given us, and rejoicing in her continuing the Circle of Life.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

One Winter Afternoon

My friend, Amy Dixon-Kolar reminded me tomorrow is "Poem in Your Pocket" day. This is the poem I'll be carrying in my back pocket for the day:

one winter afternoon
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One winter afternoon

(at the magical hour
when is becomes if)

a bespangled clown
standing on eighth street
handed me a flower.

Nobody,it’s safe
to say,observed him but

myself;and why?because

without any doubt he was
whatever(first and last)

mostpeople fear most:
a mystery for which i’ve
no word except alive

—that is,completely alert
and miraculously whole;

with not merely a mind and a heart

but unquestionably a soul-
by no means funereally hilarious

(or otherwise democratic)
but essentially poetic
or etherally serious:

a fine not a coarse clown
(no mob, but a person)

and while never saying a word

who was anything but dumb;
since the silence of him

self sang like a bird.
Most people have been heard
screaming for international

measures that render hell rational
—i thank heaven somebody’s crazy

enough to give me a daisy

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Autumn's Child Song Scenic Slideshow - Full HD Widescreen

After much time spent struggling with new software and a cpu not quite up to the task, I have finally finished and uploaded a new HD Widescreen version of my Autumn's Child Scenic Song Slideshow. Hope you like it.

Autumn s Child HD Slideshow

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Monica Lewinsky Turns 45

A little late on the draw for this one, but such an important historical figure should be properly remembered

Here's A little song to celebrate Monica Lewinsky's 45th birthday 9/2/2011:
Monica Lewinsky

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A little Easter offering

Happy Easter to all who celebrate Easter -- and Happy Day to those who don't

Here's a little Easter-flavored original song offering:

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If the River Could speak

A little belated Earth Day offering:

Poem by Cowpasture Compatriot, Kelly Hamel;
Set to music by yours truly

If the River Could Speak

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Happy Groundhog Day!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

25 Years Ago...

25 years ago - January 28, 1986

I remember watching Christa McAuliffe's parents, and the loved ones of the other astronauts staring uncomprehendingly at the catastrophe unfolding before their eyes.

And I pictured myself as one of them -- perhaps an alumnus of one of Christa McAuliffe's classes, -- trying in his own way to "reach for the stars"...

a song for Christa
in memory of the Challenger Seven

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Crêpes Normandes

I made my Crêpes Normandes for after-Christmas Brunch.êpes Normandes
Crêpes NormandesRecipe at:
Ma Normandie - Crêpes Normandes

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Season's Greetings