Mine That Bird, Breakers, Phillies, Red Sox and Celtics Happy Endings!

Wow – what a race!  I’ve watched the video twice and still can’t quite track how it happened.  Red Sox, Phillies and Celtics all won their respective games yesterday … and the Breakers came back after a disappointing and lackluster performance against the Red Stars to beat Marta and her LA Sol at Hahvard!

And what a game it was for the Breakers!  Sounds like a great crowd (>8,000) and a great game, with Kelly Smith scoring early (earliest goal in WPS history – first goal scored on Karina LeBlanc) off a long ball from Heather Mitts that led to a Kelly Schmedes shot and a rebound that the other Kelly put away.  I gotta wonder how many people were just settling in and getting comfortable … and missed that opening goal!  Here’s a nice write up of the match by Todd Civin in Bleacher Report.  Up next?  The Sol in LA – where they have promised free tickets to their next game … for all in attendance … if they win.  Much bigger IF this morning than it was yesterday morning, I’m a thinkin’!

Condi Rice has done herself proud in a snippet about torture that hasn’t been getting enough press, IMHO.  Apparently if the President says it’s okay, it’s okay.  (And does that also apply now, Ms. Manalo?)  Thank the goddesses that Condi is being quickly and thoroughly eclipsed by Michelle Obama as a woman of color with a bully pulpit.  I continue to be so impressed with our First Lady.  (When’s the last time you were excited about a First Lady?  For me it would have to be Eleanor Roosevelt … who I didn’t actually experience.  As RPE would have said @ 20 years ago … “Good remembering, for someone who wasn’t even there.”)

On a happier note – check out the slide show of moments from the first hundred days … and what I find amazing is that there isn’t a one where he looks crazed, vacant, and/or imbecilic.  I mean, seriously – didn’t it seem like whenever Bush was caught on camera his vapid emptiness came shining through?  No more.

Finally, one of my favorite poems ever … from today’s Writer’s Almanac … and in memory of Susan Popkin, who died 16 years ago this past Friday (5/1/93).  We remember you, Susie!

In Blackwater Woods

Mary Oliver

Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars

of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,

the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders

of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is

nameless now.
Every year
I have ever learned

in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side

is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

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2 Responses to Mine That Bird, Breakers, Phillies, Red Sox and Celtics Happy Endings!

  1. JordanCornblog says:

    Hey there! RPE flies into Logan on Wednesday 5/27 … and we are really looking forward to it. I suspect she’ll be here for a day or so … then head up to Bates for graduation. She’ll be home for the summer. Can’t wait to hear more about what she’s seen and experienced. I imagine that reentry will be a challenge. Hope you have a great day … glad that we are living in this world together! 😉


  2. Paula Rockwell says:

    Ahhhh, one of my favorite poems…
    When is Rachel due back on US soil? Is she coming home for the summer soon? What a rich experience she has had…


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