happy 178th birthday to my state of michigan

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and thanks for being in a the shape of a mitten

so i can always show where i’m from

or where i’m going

or where i got lost

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and thanks for both peninsulas

i love both of you

and thanks for being surrounded by the 5 great lakes so i never go thirsty

and for being so close to canada so i can travel internationally

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i know you’ve had some rough years

but you look pretty good for your age

at least to me.

run with your legs to be fast, run with your mind to be faster, run with your heart to be unstoppable. – aalaynah thompson

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we trained together for a year

to be ready

for a long

3-day event

for charity

and

we thought

it would

also

 make us healthier

in the process.

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except that

we weren’t

the most natural

or best

walkers/runners

but we pushed on

and for

many, many days

we walked

through town

or

in the countryside

or

on the road

or

inside the mall

with

the hardcore seniors

during blizzards

or

anywhere we could find

an open space.

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then one day

upon arriving at a park

for another training day

we saw a race beginning

and

on a whim

we decided

to start late

and  join in

at the back

just for practice

and

we somehow

started moving up

in spite of ourselves

slowly but surely

until we were

near

the front of the pack

and suddenly

out of the blue

i got crazily competitive

not my usual mindset

at all

and i yelled out

‘i can take them!’

as i raced past

the front two people.

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okay,

so

they happened to be

a very elderly man

and

a person with a noticeable limp

and

i

won the race

and

got a gold medal and a massage and a granola bar

and

i felt like

forrest gump

just dropping

into

the middle

of something

and

somehow

winning

by accident

and

it was

that moment of

crazy heart

that

made me unstoppable

and i’m sorry to have run past you -

people who thought you were going to win

and were in the front

and i know

you were old and infirm

but at last

i had found my pace

and my tribe

and

it was

quite a day.

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image credits: flickr.com

you can’t create a monster, then whine when it stomps on a few buildings. – yeardley smith

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it seemed like a good idea at the time

it was science

and

they were to be

our class pets

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i ordered the eggs from smithsonian

sea monkeys

aka

triops

aka

prehistoric sea monsters

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i heeded the warnings

and got the kinders

very excited

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and

followed the directions

exactly

then we waited

for them to hatch

their birthday

was to be

in three days

and

then

nothing happened

and

still

nothing happened

the eggs

had failed to hatch

and we

said goodbye to them

and i

ceremoniously

flushed their water

down the toilet

then

today

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there was an ‘incident’

when one of my colleagues

was using the restroom in the hallway

first

strange noises were heard

then

a volcanic eruption

of color

and

water

and

who knows what

happened

and

she ran away

shrieking

and then

the experts

were called in

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an out of order sign went up

and

there were men

and tools

and water

and i guess

prehistoric sea monster fighting weapons

of some sort

and now

i picture them

somehow

having

come to life

 mutating

giants

and

taking over

the entire sewer system

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it could

just be a coincidence

i hope.

——–

there are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
-andre gide

‘life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.’ – anais nin

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then.

broiga and an abandoned joey who he named roger.

at the kangaroo rescue sanctuary in alice springs

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now.

‘here’s my little boy roger today at sunset. he is standing on his tail, muscles flexed, looking me in the eye and ready to box! big male kangaroos are expert kick boxers. enjoy your boxing day.’

- broiga

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credits: https://www.kangaroosanctuary.com