October By Robert Frost

pepper tree

In October, even in South Florida, there is a hint of fall. The sunlight glints through the trees more golden, breezes kick up, and there’s the promise of a reprieve from the humidity–even if we have to wait until November or December for it. Here’s to celebrating autumn whether you are gazing upon miles of open country with trees the color of crimson or you are strolling about a city center enjoying the crisp weather. Cheers!


O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.
By  Robert Frost

Apparently I’m a Swinger . . . .

Apparently, I’m a swinger. I didn’t choose this label. It has more to do with birthright due to a certain, southern geographical location.

There are perks to being a swinger: there is more excitement in my life as I pass by people smiling and waving signs, cars honk not just out of annoyance but because they are supporting the smiling, sign waving people, there are rallies to attend, presidential debates to be had in nearby locales and there is pervasive excitement on a particular Tuesday that arrives every four years.

So here’s to another election and to living in Florida. I’m celebrating my native Floridian status in my state which typically makes headline news—hanging chads, anyone?

If you haven’t voted yet, there’s still time. Get out there, fellow Americans. While you’re at it, have some fun like the guy who cheered today as he headed into the polls. You know I cheered back.

Among all of the divisiveness, bad mouthing and annoying political ads, it really is cool to be an American and have our votes counted. Remember the words of Larry Sabato, “Every election is determined by the people who show up.” Swing state or not, show up.

Florida Panthers’ Hockey-Fan’s Stream of Consciousness

omGoc put a body on them Dddddd let’s see some offense doesn’t the first period feel slow nooooooo too much traffic did you see that no one was there answer them wooooot finally Stephen breakaway damn ohhhhhh nooooooo hit him Campbell D this net boys Garrison help him out Stephennnnn start hitting Oilers’ suck booooo let’s go Panthers Madden great pass #believered GOAL dun dun dun dun dun HEY dun dun dun dun I’m so excited I love hockey are you cold no I’m good we will we will rock you omg start checking I can’t look protect your goal THEO let’s see some offense they are better than this you can do it boys Oilers booooo they need to fire it up Weiss is #1 sweet Caroline dun dun dun bring the heat boys Ddddddd Upshall offense arhhhg I can’t look let’s see some hockey thank God they’re awake now Kopecky wtgooo it’s not figure skating boys  booooo Oilers oh no hope we don’t go to overtime grrrrrr a shootout THEO come on #9 you rock my world you can do it awhhh damn it’s okay boys next time *happy sigh*

This is a shout out to The Rat Trick–a blog about everything Florida Panthers. Head on over and check them out if you’re a Panthers fan, too! There’s great writing by smaht people who are crazed Florida fans like myself. They tell it like it is:  the good, the bad and the ugly. I won a contest last night–yes, you should also follow them on Twitter and on Facebook–and was thrilled to receive two free tickets to last night’s game! Thank-you Rat Trick! Here’s to playoffs!