There is no one else
In this whole wide world
Exactly like you
No one who talks or walks
Precisely the way you do
Not a one who snuggles or smooches
Snores or snorts
Identically as you do
Because deep inside each of us
Composing us all
Is a special code that coins
The curl of our hair
The color in our eyes
The depths of our belly buttons
And the lengths of our eyelashes
It draws out our laugh lines
And shapes the way we tremble in tears
No matter what else occurs
You will have a place on this planet
A time through which you travel
That is your very own
We are each
It turns out
There are two
Girls named Avery
At this park district facility today
And we are at the wrong Avery’s party
That explains why
You did not recognize her
And why she is
Several years younger than you
So, finish up your cupcake
Grab our gift
From the table
Wish the wrong Avery
A happy birthday
And let’s head next door
To the other Avery party
Where you will find cake
And Goldfish crackers too
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After having such a lovely time during our previous trip to the area, we decided to again stay in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Part of our stay included a visit to a local turtle farm, or tortugranja, where we happened upon this unhappy-looking customer. Click the photo below for the full photo set.
I took a few photos on a recent trip to the Canadian Rockies, where we stayed in Lake Louise. Click on the photo below for the entire set.
View from the Chateau Lake Louise
My dad’s wallet and change purse on the left, mine on the right. These change purses, which my dad used for decades, are hard to find in stores nowadays. But, as with so many otherwise defunct products, you can buy one from the Vermont Country Store.
Happy Father’s Day, Pa. I miss you.
I took a few photos on a recent trip to the Tampa area. Click on the photo below for the entire set.
Salvador Dali Museum; Tampa, Fla.
Well, it’s time to share another playlist. This one is, imaginatively, called “Mama.” Can you guess the theme on this Mother’s Day?
Last month, we traveled to Mexico’s so-called Riviera Maya. We stayed in a little town called Puerto Morelos, about a half hour south of Cancun. I took some photos of the beachfront there, the neighborhood we stayed in, the Mayan ruins in Tulum and Chichen Itza and a little bit more. Click the photo below for the full photo set.
Detail of El Castillo at Chichen Itza.
JIMMY: When you have a serious breakup, putting the Atlantic Ocean between you can be very helpful.
SANDRO: What about the Pacific?
JIMMY: I don’t know. I haven’t tried it.
— Whit Stillman, “The Cosmopolitans“
With Labor Day upon us, it seems appropriate to share another playlist. This one is called “Automobile.” The driving theme seems appropriate because so many people take advantage of this three-day weekend to take driving trips. Unfortunately, the song that inspired the title — John’s Prine’s “Automobile” — is not available on Spotify. Here’s Prine playing it live in a 1980 televised concert. Song starts about 1 minute, 40 seconds in.
Anyhow, here’s the rest of the playlist. I had to make a couple of substitutions, again due to Spotify: a Bluegrass version of “Cut Every Corner” from The Simpsons, and John Hartford doing “Turn Your Radio On” instead of Grandpa Jones.
Summer is finally here. Here’s a playlist —Joyful Sounds — to help celebrate its arrival.
… that “The Dr. Oz Effect” more accurately refers to the wasted time, effort and finances of any consumer that [sic] actually follows his health advice and purchases the steady stream of “miracles” that Oz endorses on his television show.
— Scott Gavura, “Dr. Oz and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day“
… I coulda been sleeping on Mama’s bed.
That line comes from this classic song, “Baby All Night Long,” by the Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers (featuring the splendid Clarence Ashley). Here it is below, courtesy of YouTube.
It is the one song I could not find on Spotify in my effort to reproduce and share a playlist I created a few months ago for Lucas and Elizabeth. I’ll let you guess the theme of this mix.