Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Wedding of the Century

Daryl Odom, Prince Charming

Watching William and Kate's wedding makes me cry for many reasons.  One of which is I watched the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana when I was a child, and I miss Princess Diana.  As a fellow mother, I know she would have wanted to be in attendance and I am sure her son will never overcome the loss.  Alas Princess Diana can rest assure knowing her two young men have grown into fine young gentlemen with good character.  Added to the ensemble is the most beautiful Catherine Middleton, who is anything but middle, instead an elegant, effervescent young lady.  I could only hope my young gentleman will be as successful.
Daryl Odom and Christina Shepard, started dating.

Confessions:  Dating was my favorite part, and we've never stopped dating.

SSG Daryl Odom and Christina Shepard
We are so close in heritage, this could be a picture of cousins kissing. 


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cristina by Robert Browning

I am particularly fond of Robert Browning's poetry.  Odd to have found a poem by him with my name as the title, only a slight spelling variation, but flattering still.


She should never have looked at me

If she meant I should not love her!

There are plenty ... men, you call such,

I suppose ... she may discover

All her soul to, if she pleases,

And yet leave much as she found them:

But I'm not so, and she knew it

When she fixed me, glancing round them,

What? To fix me thus meant nothing?

But I can't tell (there's my weakness)

What her look said!---no vile cant, sure,

About ``need to strew the bleakness

``Of some lone shore with its pearl-seed.

``That the sea feels''---no strange yearning

``That such souls have, most to lavish

``Where there's chance of least returning.''

Oh, we're sunk enough here, God knows!

But not quite so sunk that moments,

Sure tho' seldom, are denied us,

When the spirit's true endowments

Stand out plainly from its false ones,

And apprise it if pursuing

Or the right way or the wrong way,

To its triumph or undoing.

There are flashes struck from midnights,

There are fire-flames noondays kindle,

Whereby piled-up honours perish,

Whereby swollen ambitions dwindle,

While just this or that poor impulse,

Which for once had play unstifled,

Seems the sole work of a life-time

That away the rest have trifled.


Doubt you if, in some such moment,

As she fixed me, she felt clearly,

Ages past the soul existed,

Here an age 'tis resting merely,

And hence fleets again for ages,

While the true end, sole and single,

It stops here for is, this love-way,

With some other soul to mingle?


Else it loses what it lived for,

And eternally must lose it;

Better ends may be in prospect,

Deeper blisses (if you choose it),

But this life's end and this love-bliss

Have been lost here. Doubt you whether

This she felt as, looking at me,

Mine and her souls rushed together?


Oh, observe! Of course, next moment,

The world's honours, in derision,

Trampled out the light for ever:

Never fear but there's provision

Of the devil's to quench knowledge

Lest we walk the earth in rapture!

---Making those who catch God's secret

Just so much more prize their capture!


Such am I: the secret's mine now!

She has lost me, I have gained her;

Her soul's mine: and thus, grown perfect,

I shall pass my life's remainder.

Life will just hold out the proving

Both our powers, alone and blended:

And then, come next life quickly!

This world's use will have been ended.

Much appreciated,

Grand Canyon

Hubbie, cubbie and I traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona and took the scenic route to the Grand Canyon, for a little pre-spring break.

The canyon, (Theodore) Roosevelt said, is "the one great sight which every American should see."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is autism awareness month. Children with autism are usually highly intelligent, and can be over-whelmed by sensory stimulates such as sight, sound, touch, smell, and so forth. Many times people do not realize they are addressing a person with autism, but if you know the non-verbal communicators such as lack of eye-contact, you can adjust to your audience.


  • People with autism translate your words literally, so avoid metaphors, or figures of speech such as “save your breathe.”

  • Sometimes if you touch a person with autism, even accidentally, it can upset them.

  • While the person may be listening to you, they might not be looking at you. People with autism are usually aware of their surroundings; they just do not always react in a predictable manner.

  • People with autism have a difficult time understanding your intent, or understanding the world from your point of view.

One bunny of working with children who have autism is they are incredibly creative. Because they do not always understand “common sense,” they try the universe, and are an inspiration to me both personally and professionally.

  Temple Grandin is a woman with a fabulous mother.  Kisses to her!  Temple revolutionized the meat packing industry, thus impacting everyone of our lives with her visionary engineering capabilities.

The biographical movie Temple Grandin, a HBO special starring the talented Clare Danes, is a universal must see, and not just in my opinion as it won seven Emmy Awards, evidence of how important autism awareness really is, and it’s impact on society. Ignorance hurts.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Lilly

Easter is an excellent reason to add to the Easter Lilly collection, and this time I am not referring to gardening, although I think I have three Lillies in the garden now.

 Being an avid rose gardener, Lilly Pulitzer’s Margot Shift mar got me. All I need is a pink cardigan and a pair of Jack Rogers.

Whatever happened to plain white JR’s? My last pair are ratty, yet still in too good of condition to justify a retread.

Who knows what to do for the guys, it’s always tres tragic when they wear nice clothes to drive a tractor, or worse, repair a tractor.

And too bad Cubbie is off becoming a man, and there are no little cubs in the house, as Country Bunny by Du Bose Hayward is the best book for Easter.