Another use for the Amish straw hat.
See last picture below for a good friend wearing that hat.
King crab legs for Easter dinner this year!
Ben Willard brings a gift certificate for my 80th
from The Tin Toy Arcade (check the firm out on the net
for our mutually shopped source.)
I pick a mechanical Easter Bunny.
Here he sits next to the earless version in harmony.
KD Cat, earless too, joins in.
....May he bless and peep you
submitted by Rev. Dr. Tom Bentz
Peep, carefully unwrapped from Jean's hand-placed cellophane
arrived from Maryland,
is admired for its hand-fashioning
and then popped in mouth.
My favorite candy from the annual shipment.
Faces North on the old wood-burned dining room table.
Downtown balancing act
in more ways than one
One's Father |
by John Updike
I could feel, above me,
the hunger in his stride, the fear
that hurled him along an edge
where toothaches, low pay, discipline
problems in the classroom were shadows
of an all-dissolving chaos.
At his side, his shorter only offshoot,
I both sheltered and cowered. He was fallible
but doughty, even cocky as he drove
disintegrating pre-war cars down Reading’s
rattling streets, past coal yards,
candy stores, and dives
whose lurid half-glimpsed doings amused
his Presbyterian soul, bred of a Trenton manse.
The Middle Atlantic region was the humid hell
where he showed me how to go unscorched
by neon and glaring sidewalks. He
had been there before, my guide. Now where
can I shelter, how can I hide,
how match his stride
through years he never endured?
"Outliving One's Father" by John Updike from Selected Poems. © Alfred A. Knopf, 2015