Let’s muck around with real (plus civil and contested) conversation about how to deal positively w/ post-election America; let’s diminish the self-affirming non-talk. Let’s make it safer* but not in the sense of those green squares and circles in Mexico City** (a 420 character 9-line poem by Patty)

I don’t want to reinforce tribalistic commitments

or go around with a safety pin–unless everyone American wears one–

or even fixate on the safe-spaces issue.

I don’t want to fume about identities;

I want to fume, er, talk, about ideas.

Now, if things get rough I’ll ¬†revisit the safe spaces

as in the squares and circles earthquake system in Mexico City.

But for now? It’s divergent thinking not decibels that

I want.

PATTY

Notes and Caveats from Patty that don’t fit into the tempo of my 420 character, 9-liner for today, an explanation of the asterisks.

“Let’s muck around with real (plus civil and contested) conversation about how to go about the business of being great Americans; let’s diminish the self-affirming non-talk. Let’s make it safer* but not in the sense of those green squares and circles in Mexico City**”

*green rectangles and circles painted on sidewalks in Mexico City are meeting points after mass evacuations during emergencies like earthquakes. They differ in size (window fan-size to trampoline-sized) and each has 4 white arrows directed toward a white dot in the center.

** I started drafting this on December 1st because I thought it fitting to mark the start of meteorological winter with its gradual cooling of temperatures which then led me to thinking about the post-election situation, hoping it wouldn’t be the start of a winter with no end, but also hoping that cool heads will prevail and guide us safely, not blow up the world or contribute to its irreversible warming.

Yes. Yes. I see it too. I sound bleak. I resolve to take my own advise.

# Throwback Thursday: GreylockSnowDay. Distractions from Post-Election Worry. Science as an antidote, all in a 420-character, 9-line poem by Patty.

One of the kids just had a Snow Day,

the serendipity of a work worry lull.

I need a lull from post-election worry.

A metaphorical Snow Day in order to move forward in a constructive manner.

Mayhap I’ll focus on my favorite topic, science:

Birds (disappearing). The Arctic (melting). Earthquakes (swarming).

Fires (disease & drought). Climate (irregularities).

Oops, back full-circle to a President-Elect.

He’s the one.

–PATTY

More info (that doesn’t fit into the theme or character count of today’s 420):

In case you go to this, my favorite weather predicting site, http://greylocksnowday.blogspot.com, here is a list of the acronyms they use to explain their weather forecasts. It’s great fun, ¬†good writing, and they’ve been successfully predicting delays, late-openings, and No School since 2010. (I’m not sure about their election predictions. Ah. I can see that my ability to stay away from the topic is weak. It’s got the strength of an AC or a MSE.

GSD — Greylocksnowday
AC — Alberta clipper
DATTATOTS — Disagreement about the track and timing of the storm
MSE — Major Snow Event
MP — Mixed Precipitation
NOAA — National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
NWS — National Weather Service
TWC — The Weather Channel
VB — the Village Beautiful
WSW — Winter Storm Watch or Warning
WWA — Winter Weather Advisory

On love and proving it and how to get the Sonnets to rhyme on the occasion of the man I live with and my anniversary (Also with a wish for our President-Elect. For better or worse, he, too is mine now.) A 420 character 9-liner

On love and proving it and how to get the Sonnets to rhyme on the occasion of our anniversary (with a wish for our President-Elect for he too is ours now.) A 420 character 9-liner

Lit up.

Shakespeare ensured his actors could see the audience

& the audience could see the actors. Transparency.

This is what I want from our President-Elect. Do it right.

Bard thoughts made me alert to a marvelous NPR piece on the Olde Pronunciations.

I’d always wondered why most of the Sonnets didn’t rhyme.

I’ve just learned that when spoken in the old pronunciations

the end of line words rhyme as if

lit up.

-PATTY

The first youtube is Ben Crystal, actor & author of Shakespeare on Toast, performing Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 first in Received Pronunciation, and then in the accent of Shakespeare’s time, Original Pronunciation.

http://www.npr.org/sections/monkeysee/2012/03/24/149160526/shakespeares-accent-how-did-the-bard-really-sound