Poems: “Almost June in New England”

Poems:  June 1, 2015

And now it IS JUNE.

Here is a poem Jeanne Gervais sent me the other day–before I got home and could post it.

Almost June in New England

Barefoot on dirt

and warm porch floorboards.

Indoor plants are outside

breathing air, soaking sun.

I saw an ant, a Robin with red breast

all in a morning.

Look at all the light green buds in the trees!

When did that happen? Wasn’t it yesterday we had snow.

Jeanine Gervais

May 26, 2015

Poem: “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost

Poem:  May 2015

Jeanine Gervais sent me this Robert Frost poem the other day.

I thought you might enjoy it too.

We in Maine are busy with spring clean-up, which involves fixing walls and picking up brush, so the poem is timely.


Robert Frost


Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,

That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,

And spills the upper boulders in the sun,

And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.

The work of hunters is another thing:

I have come after them and made repair

Where they have left not one stone on a stone,

But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,

To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,

No one has seen them made or heard them made,

But at spring mending-time we find them there.

I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;

And on a day we meet to walk the line

And set the wall between us once again.

We keep the wall between us as we go.

To each the boulders that have fallen to each.

And some are loaves and some so nearly balls

We have to use a spell to make them balance:

‘Stay where you are until our backs are turned!’

We wear our fingers rough with handling them.

Oh, just another kind of out-door game,

One on a side. It comes to little more:

There where it is we do not need the wall:

He is all pine and I am apple orchard.

My apple trees will never get across

And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.

He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors’.

Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder

If I could put a notion in his head:

‘Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it

Where there are cows?

But here there are no cows.

Before I built a wall I’d ask to know

What I was walling in or walling out,

And to whom I was like to give offence.

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,

That wants it down.’ I could say ‘Elves’ to him,

But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather

He said it for himself. I see him there

Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top

In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.

He moves in darkness as it seems to me~

Not of woods only and the shade of trees.

He will not go behind his father’s saying,

And he likes having thought of it so well

He says again, “Good fences make good neighbors.”

Interesting Information/Vaccines: NPR: Whooping Cough Vaccine’s Protection Fades Quickly

Interesting Information/Vaccines:  May 2015

Whooping Cough/Pertussis Vaccine’s Protection Fades Quickly

I came home to the news that there has been an “outbreak” of whooping cough–in a population of vaccinated children.

Now the “story” is that the vaccinated will have milder cases.  But, where’s the proof of that?

Here’s an NPR story that appeared before I left for Charleston to see my family–and it amply illustrates the ignorance that is rampant in the whole vaccine issue:


This NPR story admits the whooping cough/Pertussis vaccine is not working.  (The Tdap vaccine is meant to cover Tetnus, diptheria, and pertussis.)

And, the NPR story covers the fact that giving more boosters won’t do the trick either.  Or, that the older Dtap vaccine contained ethyl mercury, now called thimersol.

BUT, NPR, like most mainstream press, does not understand the complexities of this issue.

What this writer has done is run to the usual suspects:  Dr. Art Reingold (a professor of public health) just repeats the herd immunity myth.  The ignorance factor among the public health people is beyond astounding.

Why keep going to them for answers?  It’s easy, that’s why.

Why not go to someone in the actual field.  Like an IMMUNOLOGIST, for instance.

Tetyana Obukhanych explains quite clearly what’s wrong with this vaccine in VACCINE ILLUSIONS (easy read, easy download).

The older whooping cough vaccine used BOTH strains of pertussis.  But it had side effects that made it…not workable.  The current vaccine only has ONE strain, and now it’s vaccine resistant.  Hello out there.  You do not know what you are doing.   Here’s another unintended consequence that’s seriously bad.  You’re creating a super disease now.

The information on tetanus does not include the information that there is a noninvasive way to create a natural immunity to tetanus.  Again, read VACCINE ILLUSIONS to understand this issue.

Finally, the article does not share that this vaccine contains aluminum and formaldehyde–among other toxins.

Whooping Cough Vaccine’s Protection Fades Quickly : Shots – Health News : NPR.

Turkey Tracks: Family Fun in Charleston

Turkey Tracks:  June 1, 2015

Family Fun in Charleston

I’m just back from 10 days on a family trip to Charleston, SC, to see my family.

I don’t ordinarily like to leave Maine’s glorious and long-awaited spring days, but the lure of a new granddaughter called to me.  AND, I did not travel this winter, so I had not seen my family since Thanksgiving–which is way too long.

Isn’t this the sweetest picture?


Here’s a group picture of some of the kiddos:


Here’s our scholar working on a math assignment:



Seven!  I am so blessed.

This granddaughter was out of school, so we had fun together.  She spiffed my toenails right up



There was a braiding session with me advising:



I missed on building this castle on the beach:



Or, this one, made before I arrived:


There was the much anticipated (by me) trip to Hominy Grill for down-home Southern cooking.  They have the BEST chocolate pudding:

And before I knew it, it was time to come home.