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I’ll Be Speaking About Occupy Houston At Meyerland Area Democrats Meeting On November 21

I’ll be speaking at the next meeting of the Meyerland Area Democrats.

Here are details of this event—

Occupy Wall St. and the 2012 Election at Nov. 21st Meyerland Area Democrats Meeting

Nov. 7, 2011 –Activists Neil Aquino and Sarah Slamen to speak on Occupy Houston, and Dr. Bob Stein to review the 2012 election landscape on November 21

The regular monthly meeting of Meyerland Democrats is held at Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill, located at 4738 Beechnut. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but attendees pay for their own food and drinks. The Meyerland Area Democrats Club is made up primarily of residents of election precincts in the Meyerland area, including Westbury, Maplewood and Marilyn Estates. 

Here is the website of the Meyerland Area Democrats. 

My good friend Art Pronin runs the Meyerland Area Democrats.

Art is working hard to secure the well-merited resignation of HISD board member Manuel Rodriguez. Mr. Rodriguez circulated campaign materials in the recent election that many view as anti-gay.

Having a speaking engagement allows me to roll out my publicity shot for the first time in a few months.

There I am above with a lobster bib as I enjoyed a lobster earlier this year in Rhode Island.

Nothing says Occupy Houston and nothing says Texas like having a lobster in Rhode Island.

But as Walt Whitman wrote–I contain multitudes and contradict myself and all the rest of what Whitman wrote.

People are a lot of things at once. This makes life all the better.

Please attend the upcoming Meyerland Area Democrats meeting if you are able and if you so wish.

November 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

April Is National Poetry Month/Two Poems I’ve Written

April is Nati0nal Poetry Month. Please click here for a great poetry month link.

The first poem that I ever learned goes like this—

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Toilet paper is white

But not when you are through.

I’ve been reciting that poem to folks for over 30 years now.

I’ve written some poetry myself.

Here is one example.  It does not have a title at the moment because I changed a couple of words in it and the old title no longer makes sense. 

The mob on the one side.

The few on the other side.

I’ll take my chances

With the Niagara below. 

( Photo of Niagara River.) 

Here is another poem I wrote called Self-Reliance.

He did not cast the characters.

He did not write the script.

When told that he was the author,

He immediately saw the trick.

A lot people feel that poetry is not accessible to them, but this is not the case.

People have the ability to grasp, enjoy and make use of much more than they realize. 

I have a great faith in the ability of the average person to understand much more than they realize.

Here is some poetry for kids. 

Here is a link to a number of very old Chinese poems. I enjoy this kind of poetry very much.

Here is some information about Walt Whitman with links also to many of his poems. You can poke around the Poets.org site and look up lots of poems.

There is always new stuff to learn and new ways of looking at life. Everybody is able to do this in their life.

April 4, 2009 Posted by | Poetry | , , , | Leave a comment

410 Year Old Clam Dredged Up By Scientists In Icelandic Waters


 Ming the clam (Source: Bangor University)

A 410 year old clam was recently dredged up off the cost of Iceland. The clam was named Ming because the Ming Dynasty ruled China at the time the clam came into being. The photo above is of Ming.

The clam was dredged as part of research being done by Bangor University which is in Wales in Great Britain.

The clam’s age was measured by studying it’s shell.

This animal, now dead since it was dredged up, is viewed as the longest-lived animal ever discovered.

While ocean research is important, you do wonder what human beings will not disrupt. Can’t people leave anything alone?

A scientist at Bangor U. named Chris Richardson said that studying the clam would provide historic information about conditions in the ocean over Ming’s lifetime.   

The BBC article on Ming used the word “quahog” as another term for clam. This surprised me because quahog is a word most common to Rhode Island and Massachusetts. It was the Narragansett Indian word for clam.

Walt Whitman also used the word in Leaves of Grass.

Here is information about the life and biology of a clam.       

Here is a link to the history of the Nyatt Point Lighthouse in Rhode Island that mentions how quahogs were found on the roof of the lighthouse after a hurricane.

November 8, 2007 Posted by | Sea Life | , , , , , | 6 Comments