Saturday, April 2, 2016

Easter recap; Peeps; Balancing act; Poetry; A big elevator

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


Some poetry

Outliving One's Father
by John Updike

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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


Uncle Al and Uncle Floyd Shoot Some Pool

They’re wearing white shirts
and their flowered ties hang
on the brass doorknob.
Uncle Floyd rubs the tip
of his cue with a square
of blue chalk, and Uncle Al
leans over the table to take
a shot, teeth clenched down
on his cigar. I’m as tall as
the pool table, and I can see
the green felt cloth and the
rolling balls, solid and striped.
Uncle Al wipes the sweat from
his forehead, says: “Now that’s
a real trick shot!” Uncle Floyd
sways to one side, makes
the floor creak. I’m so close
I can see his fingernails are etched
with fine lines, that the cue’s blue
nudge is slipping back and forth
on the bony rack of his fingers.
There’s something tightening,
gathering itself to strike.
Bam! I see that he has divided
the triangle of Heaven so that
each bright planet will find
a deep pocket and sleep
until the green sky is empty.

"Uncle Al and Uncle Floyd Shoot Some Pool" by Joyce Sutphen from After Words. © Red Dragonfly Press, 2013. 


Wis catches a big elevator

C. Willis Guthrie
Feb. 13, 1918 — March 30, 2016
C. Willis Guthrie of Waukesha died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at age 98.
He was born in Burr Oak, Iowa, on February 13, 1918, the son of James and Irma (nee Tabor) Guthrie. On
Sept. 5, 1942, he married his beloved wife, Ina Maurine Jensen; she preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 2011.
Willis was an artist, and had a career that spanned decades including a position at Carroll College as art
professor and head of the Art Department.
He will be sadly missed by his sons, James (Joanne Peterson) Guthrie of Mequon, Lee Guthrie of Hudson,
and Gerald (Patricia) Guthrie of Philo, Ill.; his two grandchildren, Heather (Brett) Swider and Ryan Guthrie;
and his great-grandchildren, Callum and Ina Swider, Amber Anick and Ethan Guthrie. He is further survived
by his brother, David Guthrie, his sister, Doris Hinkhouse, along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives
and friends.
In addition to his wife, Ina, he was preceded by his brothers and sister, Victor, Harold, Steve, Ruth, Wayne
“Buck” and Dean.
A memorial service to honor Willis’ life will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in the Carroll
University Student Center Ballroom.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Willis Guthrie Art Scholarship at Carroll University.
Please make checks payable to Carroll University, Attn: Janine Kujawa, 100 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI
Please designate the donation should be applied toward the Willis Guthrie Art Scholarship.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For
further information, please call the funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit our website at to leave the family an online tribute message.
(Freeman — April 2, 2016)
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Last summer with me in Youmans Park.