Gimme Shelter

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses…these, the homeless, tempest-tossed…
(Emma Lazarus, NYC, 1883)

Photo by Kat


Is this what they mean by “Award Season”?

Once again, I find myself on the receiving end of a generous award. This should stop. No really. It should. (*I’m kidding.*)

The very nice gentleman who mans the blog, “Robert Frost’s Banjo” (great name, isn’t it?) – Mr. John Hayes – a very fine expositor on various subjects such as music, film and yes, poetry (who in fact, is an excellent poet, himself) has passed along the Premio Dardos award to little ol’ me. (“The Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”)

Not only that, but Raph (as in Raph G., Neckmann, at Raph’s Ramblings, beat him to it – giving me the same award last week. I had to tuck it away on the Blasts From the Past blog, since he was unable to access this one for some strange reason known only to the “powers-that-be” at Blogger. Let me assure Raph, that this has not diminished its importance in the slightest.

Now, Raph’s blog is a bit different, but in a very nice way – if you have a venture over there, you will find a very contented, colourful and imaginative family indeed. Yes! You will discover them to be a family of Giraffes. Lest you anticipate this to be a hindrance of some sort, let me tell you emphatically, it is not! Raph and his lovely lady Maureen and their brilliant children will tickle you with stories of humour and intelligence. They will brighten even the gloomiest of days and let me tell you, we’ve had a few of those around the Hyggehus lately!

And now of course, comes the task of transferring this award to others who exhibit the characteristics the criteria demands. As John Hayes has said, this is not so much a task of finding 5 worthy writers, but of narrowing it down to 5 from so many great ones. I could just keep giving awards to the same folks over and over again because I find them so valuable to my experience, personally, but rather I shall share with you 5 blogs that YOU really should experience and enjoy. (Well, some are favourites, I have to admit.)

I therefore am handing the Premio Dardos award over to:

Claire @ My Life in a Picture (photography and impressions)
Jen @ JenX67: A Memoir, Revelation and Generation X
Deborah Godin @ Notes From the Cloud Messenger (poetry, reflection, photography)
SquirrelMama@ Grey and Red, A Squirrel Journal (squirrel stories, humour, anecdotes, reality tales)
Christine @ Quiet Paths (poetry, music and photography)

Each one of these fine blogs will delight your senses, tickle your funny bone, illuminate your mind and inspire you to greater things. My sincere congratulations to everyone!

The rules (I always seem to forget this part):

The rules:
“1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.”

Another burial outside my window.

Photo by Kat

Dead and Buried

Another place, another time;
Someone’s just picked up their last dime
Or pricked their finger on a rose
Found the last ladder in their hose.

No more to smell the coffee bean,
Or witness television scene,
Stroke the fur of dog or cat–
It’s all done now, and that is that!

No snow to fall, no sun to glow,
And certainly, no fashion show,
Or grimy boots to kick, hard off–
No smile to smile, no hat to doff.

No kiss of love, no smack of hate;
Adoring eyes, came all too late;
Never again to hear the sound
Of his smooth voice, or her heart pound.

Another place,another time;
The spell is over; hear the chime
Of the night-bell, for Evensong;
Those called to mourn, will come ere long.

Kathleen Mortensen©2009

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Robert Frost’s Banjo: Reading Poetry #3

Another terrific entry in poet/musician John Hayes’s series on poetry reading. If you appreciate poetry or are interested in learning more about it, this is something you don’t want to miss!
Not only that, his blog is filled with lots of delightful entries on music, movies and miscellany.

Robert Frost's Banjo: Reading Poetry #3


One of the best films featuring classical music, ever produced, Milos Forman’s Oscar-winning film, AMADEUS (1984) based on the Peter Schaffer play, is without question stunning to look at, stirring to hear and staggeringly emotional. If you’ve never seen this film, here’s a taste – get on your Netflix and queue it up next!


“Splat Cat” – Greymalkin stretches out

For those of you who enjoyed the poem, “I Came, Greymalkin”, here’s a neat representation of the poem I created at the cool site known as Wordle. I came across this at Hope’s blog, “The Road Less Travelled”. Check it out for yourselves – it’s great fun. Just pop in some text of your choosing and create a work of art (sort of).


Kathleen Mortensen©2009

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