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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5446 Posts

Posted - 09/13/2018 :  00:50:56  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Charlie played Triple A in Arkansas, was a teammate of Daffy Dean's a while when Daffy was rehabbing his arm. He made a trip to Vancouver in his thirties, after giving up on his Major League dream, and met Ruth. They were married. I used to sit with them at Nat Bailey Stadium summer nights. I don't think Charlie ever missed a home game. "Has anyone ever hit one over the scoreboard in centerfield," I asked him, after another monstrous fly ball fell short on the warning track. "Only one man," Charlie said, "and that was a kid named Canseco." Charlie pitched batting practice for me for a half dozen years when I was coaching the Monarchs here. Into his seventies, he still had that rubber arm. The kids were in awe of this silver-haired man with the southern accent, bringing the head from behind the L-screen. Old Charlie. He loved the game, loved to teach, to encourage, to mentor. Charlie died last week at the age of eighty-three.
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San Diego
Swinger

508 Posts

Posted - 09/15/2018 :  19:01:05  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
The children bring flowers with very short stems and put them in my hair. We tell each other stories while we chop and peel in the kitchen and when I tuck them in. The youngest has decided he doesn't need a nightlight anymore. Big new front teeth grin.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

2174 Posts

Posted - 09/15/2018 :  19:04:09  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"...let's take a run up there right now..." he says. State Route 78. The time machine highway. Lilacs. Wooden sidewalks. Orchards in the sky. The duplicitous nature of fruit trapped in trees.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

2174 Posts

Posted - 09/15/2018 :  19:18:04  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"Think slow..." he says, "...think out loud." Too much caffeine for slow. "More citrus in the air," she says. "An orange grove then. Almost. Biscayne Boulevard. Pastel motels with plastic patio chairs. Too embarrassed to wear the bathing suit. Walked off set with the cashmere sweater I kept. Oh-oh. This is like Confession..." "Jus' doin' the days..." he grins, "keep talkin'." I had a tutor on Nantucket. Dr. Toomey. He ate Shepherd Pie everyday with the chefs. Visited his sister in Hialeah for racing season. Brought me tiny wooden crates with marzipan oranges inside. Pink flamingo postcards. I had grownup dreams when I was a child. I smoked pretend cigarettes and blew imaginary smoke rings." She shivers when he pops a small lump of brown sugar into her mouth. The kitchen smells of caramel and apples. "No shaved dice..." he says, "...no dark books...no bad cards..."

Edited by - Ailinn on 12/03/2018 17:19:23
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Ailinn
Windchimer

2174 Posts

Posted - 09/22/2018 :  18:18:34  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Stone shadows when the car door closes. Late light looping over his profile. It's a long road and not much on it. Sand-smeared mountains. Static. Brink of wilderness. Fast ride with sun running out. Hair wild with windows open. Rush of joy when the rock candy stars blink on. Rebel Gas. Always Open. Brief display on the desert. Two flags proclaiming one country.
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San Diego
Swinger

508 Posts

Posted - 09/24/2018 :  17:49:17  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Monday's season change. The RV's leave the campgrounds and make their way north on I-5. Some will return for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Tradition for the brave. In the meantime the beach goes back to the birds.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

2174 Posts

Posted - 09/24/2018 :  18:03:33  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"...different people with different people..." he says. His quicksilver mind's wide arc at work here. Tower crane on the edge of a skyscraper. Bright image on overexposed film. Dual presence. "...the truth under all the truths..." he says. "Trouble's child when I ran away, the Sisters said. Monsignor sent me to an orphanage on the subway line. A train across the park. You can rescue yourself in a room or... Pray the window you step out of has a fire escape..." she shrugs. It's a dangerous single runway. A narrow corridor. A steep glide slope coming in. The Controller is with you in that air space. And although it's a very big sky He has you in sight all the way.
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2820 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2018 :  22:33:46  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply


I love this old room...

The figurines on the tabletop.
The dusty pictures on the walls,
the white bearded man
that sings his waltzes in the corner.
The friends stopping by on any given night.
The Irish woman who paints with words.

Spin around for me sweetheart,
I love to listen to you dance.

The room goes on forever...

-Rev Buckman


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buckman
Firefly

USA
2820 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2018 :  22:37:12  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
The Floor of Heaven

You thought I was the one who could save you
Even after I lost my mind
These castle walls won't hold the demons back
The clock says it's closing time.

These days I fly so up and down
The poles get further apart
This old planet's spun a lot of miles
Too much beating for one little heart

My cravings got the better of me just
As your walls came down
The time to leave has passed and gone
I just can't find my way out of this town

The floor of Heaven must be leaking
Cause the rain's started pouring in
It seems that cross was such a price to pay
for just a few billion of our sins.

What I can't control I can't accept
And serenity's a place I can't find
Making amends is a tiring chore and
It's driven me out of my mind.

These days I fly so up and down
The poles get further apart
This old planet's spun a lot of miles
Too much beating for one little heart

The floor of Heaven must be leaking
Cause the rain's started pouring in
It seems that cross was such a price to pay
for just a few billion of our sins.

Hank Beukema


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Ailinn
Windchimer

2174 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2018 :  18:27:36  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
The wine brought the chefs to the Valle. The chefs brought their kitchens without walls. Wood fired ovens. Fruits and vegetables growing up beside the table. The tourists followed the paradoxical trail. Remote granite-strewn country. Winding dirt roads. Oak trees and olive groves. A lone rolling vineyard. A small house of arches and alcoves. A basket of limes on the table. Garnet votives in niches along the loggia wall. "Burning the house down in Mexico."

Today there's 150 wineries producing 1.5 million cases annually. A brand new hotel on hallowed ground. UberValle Service from Tijuana and Ensenada.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

2174 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2018 :  18:32:38  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
In spectral Eden a woman plays the radio low and sings in the kitchen. Grass stains on the hem of her apron. Blue sky over the blufftops. Ships shining in the Bay. A man leaning over the Sunday morning news. Angels butter-bright wings at the window. Flash paper days. A lemon tree in the yard. Bougainvillea on fire. So romantic with thorns.
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2820 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2018 :  18:39:59  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Do Not Be So Hard Upon Yourself

There is pain out in the world tonight
And some of it's your very own
Lord, I know you gave it all you had
Somehow that last dream has flown.

Have the spirits all deserted you
Left you to sing your lonesome tune?
Lord, we ask so little and yet so much
Why do the answers never come too soon?

Do not be so hard upon yourself
The world will gladly do that part
Keep what matters flowing freely through your soul
So the truths can reach your heart.

Does it sometimes seem so much to bear
All the work that goes unseen?
Is it the weakest or the strongest ones
That end up going to their knees?

Do not be so hard upon yourself
The world will gladly do that part
Keep what matters flowing freely through your soul
So the truths can reach your heart.

We enter naked and without blame
And day by day we gain and lose
We need the hope our elders promised
We need to find the path to choose

Do not be so hard upon yourself
The world will gladly do that part
Keep what matters flowing freely through your soul
So the truths can reach your heart.



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buckman
Firefly

USA
2820 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2018 :  18:43:45  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Complications from a few falls. Time will heal. Missed you.


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Ailinn
Windchimer

2174 Posts

Posted - 10/06/2018 :  17:31:22  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
He's painting on air. An edge around clouds like a halo. A hole where a hand might reach through. In the foreground a woman in a bride-white dress. "Good brushes..." he says, "...they matter..." There's riprack along the channel. A drift fence across the beach road. He likes this place. A long walk on the bottom of the ocean. No need to breathe with sunset's green flash above them. The sleepless moon soon arriving. A small space to put the blanket down.

Edited by - Ailinn on 10/06/2018 17:58:35
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2820 Posts

Posted - 10/06/2018 :  17:56:30  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
PLACES LOCKED BY GRACE

I could feel her shaking in my arms,
But she said, be assured I will not break.
He may have tried to take my body
But there's more to me he can never take.
I have been violated in so many ways
But there are places that must stay safe
There are places only some can go
And those places are locked by grace.

The horrors that a woman feels
or a child or even a man
That face the beasts that walk this Earth
and are damaged at their hands
Must be treated ever forward
with tenderness, a loving embrace
There is so little left to them
That will ever restore their faith

I could feel her shaking in my arms,
But she said, be assured I will not break.
He may have tried to take my body
But there's more to me he can never take.

Be patient with the child, the woman, the young man
Give them room to breathe and room to love
But what they need the most is time.
The healing comes from a higher place
than you can ever reach
It may seem now like they are drowning
But, be assured they will find the beach.

I could feel her shaking in my arms,
But she said, be assured I will not break.
He may have tried to take my body
But there's more to me he can never take.




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Ailinn
Windchimer

2174 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2018 :  19:29:08  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
$5 for parking. 50 cents a pound. So busy it takes two California Highway Patrol officers to manage the traffic in Valley Center. Grown from a pumpkin patch to pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, craft show, and food trucks. A family tradition more than 25 years. One kid rule. If you can pick it up you can bring it home. There's trails, and trees to climb. Local honey and jam. Red Velvet and German Chocolate fudge. Sweet Autumn Sunday afternoon.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

2174 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2018 :  19:34:08  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
...and back on the coast the 1944 wooden trestle came down at San Elijo. Replaced with a concrete railroad bridge with double tracks for the Coaster, Amtrak, and BNSF freight line. The tracks run beside Interstate 5. Fun racing them over the lagoon.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

2174 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2018 :  19:47:39  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"...talk to me, baby," he says, and he closes his eyes. "Fire Irish. My aristocratic gypsy, my father called my mother. I put those pictures away. Discovered the museum and the galleries. The library and all-night coffeehouses. The studios same-day-cash-pay tradition. Kodak or General Electric could keep me in the hotel for weeks. Pretzels. A good fountain pen. Bubbles for the tub. Room service coffee. Grand Central at my feet. No computer's who-what-when-where." When she stops talking he opens his eyes, "...and...?" he says, "...and...?", alive in the shadow of the sign and the cross in a house with a bridge between the driveway and the front door. "I got up in the morning. Cast myself in the role of the day," she says, "a character in a play. But you... You..." "You blushed..." he says. "You forgot your lines."

Edited by - Ailinn on 11/02/2018 19:09:44
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2820 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2018 :  20:58:59  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
A Touch of Tenderness

She's searching for redemption
From a past that let her down
The dreams she had so long ago
No longer come around
The ticket to salvation
Slipped just out of her reach
She thinks the ship has sailed away
She's still standing on the beach.

Winter spring summer fall
Lessons to be learned
Sure as there's a spark inside
Bridges can be burned
A touch of tenderness in the night
A place to make a stand
The times that we remember
Are the ones we never planned

Morning brings another day
Filled with hope and chance
The gypsy music in her soul
Can make the angels dance
Dreams don't die when we awake
They just go deep inside
She's due a hundred days of laughter
For every night she cried

She's searching for redemption
From a past that let her down
The dreams she had so long ago
No longer come around
The ticket to salvation
Is just within her reach
She thinks the ship has sailed away
She's still standing on the beach.

A touch of tenderness in the night
A place to make a stand
The times that we remember
Are the ones we never planned




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Ailinn
Windchimer

2174 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2018 :  17:04:53  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
School days. Today was beef and cheese tamales. With carrot sticks. Thursday is baked potato bar, which they like. Friday, "bad pizza" with salad. One fresh fruit or vegetable must be included everyday. Even if you're on the Auto Pay Plan you can bring your own lunch some days. Surfing is a PE Class. They don't have to worry about a bus pass. I remember when Cameron was six...telling Mick his favorite school lunch was grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches. The really got into that.
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