“Your graciousness is what carries you. It isn’t how old you are, how young you are, how beautiful you are, or how short your skirt is. What it is, is what comes out of your heart. If you are gracious, you have won the game.”
— Stevie Nicks
— Stevie Nicks
I know I’ve already had more than I deserve.
These lungs that rise and fall without effort,
the husband who sets free house lizards,
this red-doored ranch, my mother on the phone,
the fact that I can eat anything—gouda, popcorn,
massaman curry—without worry. Sometimes
I feel like I’ve been overlooked. Checks
and balances, and I wait for the tally to be evened.
But I am a greedy son of a bitch, and there
I know we are kin. Tornado, this is my child.
Tornado, I won’t say I built him, but I am
his shelter. For months I buoyed him
in the ocean, on the highway; on crowded streets
I learned to walk with my elbows out.
And now he is here, and he is new, and he
is a small moon, an open face, a heart.
Tornado, I want more. Nothing is enough.
Nothing ever is. I will heed the warning
protocol, I will cover him with my body, I will
wait with mattress and flashlight,
but know this: If you come down here—
if you splinter your way through our pines,
if you suck the roof off this red-doored ranch,
if you reach out a smoky arm for my child—
I will turn hacksaw. I will turn grenade.
I will invent for you a throat and choke you.
I will find your stupid wicked whirling
head and cut it off. Do not test me.
If you come down here, I will teach you about
greed and hunger. I will slice you into palm-
sized gusts. Then I will feed you to yourself.
What’s up, friends and fellow wordsmiths? Today I was let go in a massive lay-off at Hollywood.com. It’s a sad day for us all and I will miss those crazy-talented weirdos something fierce.
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This evening the President spoke with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to express his concern for those who have been affected by the severe weather beginning last night and continuing today.
Ed. Note: You can help people affected by the recent tornadoes through American Red Cross Disaster Relief. If you are in the affected areas, you can also register as “Safe and Well” to let your friends and family know you are okay.
This evening the President spoke with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to express his concern for those who have been affected by the tornadoes last night and continuing today.
As the President told Governor Fallin tonight, the administration — through FEMA — is committed to providing all the assistance it can to Oklahoma as the response effort unfolds. Already, FEMA has deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team, Urban Search & Rescue Teams, and an Medical Emergency Response Support Team to provide resources to hard-hit areas in Oklahoma.
FEMA is urging those in impacted areas to listen carefully to instructions from local officials, and to take the recommended protective measures. Residents should monitor local radio or TV stations, or the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov.
As the response effort develops, here is a list of resources for those affected:
THIS is who we are in Oklahoma.A teacher embraces his student after the tornado.
What an asshole.
Tom Coburn is a stain upon our fair state. He and Jim Inhofe are a disgrace. They do NOT reflect the heart or spirit of Oklahomans.
We are NOT political pawns, Congressmen! We are PEOPLE. The victims of Hurricane Sandy are PEOPLE.
PEOPLE OVER POLITICS!!
Peace in our relationships begins first with our ability to listen in a heartfelt manner to another person. So often our minds are filled with our own ideas and expectations and we often overlook what we really hear from others. True harmony, however, comes not from bowing down to the wishes of someone else but from accepting and understanding where they are really coming from—something that can only be done via the empathetic ear of our hearts—and then acting upon that knowledge in a way that is kind and meaningful for everyone. Learning to listen completely and with awareness will bring more peaceful and congruous energy into your relationships today.
Celestial Homework – a reading list for Allen Ginsberg’s class “The History of the Beats.”
This should be the standard required reading list for all.