“you have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the white house in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy and the flies die from happiness. you may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
happy birthday u.s.a!
image credit: savorthebest.com
we came in empty handed and left with quite a colorful array of characters
such a fun day
spent in southwest detroit
shopping at the ‘honeybee market’
with our spanish teachers
for the pinatas
(one of my favorite things)
to take back to school
for our cinco de mayo celebrations.
“the celebration… you cannot practice it or anything.
it’s a moment when the excitement of your goal
makes you react to the moment.”
and michigan takes the win in the final second.
moving on to the sweet sixteen.
the tears and the joy flow freely.
‘tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.’
image credits: mlive.com – mike mulholland
long after new years eve has passed
with their village nearly covered
in a frozen white blanket
the fairies leave behind signs
of a magnificent celebration.
“the fairies break their dances
and leave the printed lawn.”
at the annual ann arbor city-wide celebration
a wonderful band from russia plays live
and the crowd can’t get enough
with tons of warmth both inside and out
i may have agreed with a couple of little people
after a very fun evening
with daylight savings time in play
that it was ‘midnight’
as the bells chimed a different time.
“instead of hate, celebrate.”
a scene from the road rally in the sideways rain
leap frog in the park
last night i told a joke to a woman at a comedy club, led a group of strangers in follow-the- leader in t.j. maxx, bought 60 cents of gas, got into a theater box office, danced the sugar plum fairy ballet and push it, had the zingerman’s staff sing happy birthday to me, tried to jam our team into one shopping cart, read a children’s book aloud to an adult in the library, found five different kinds of balls, secretly wrote crossword answers in the new york times and put it back, wore protective hockey gear, held a lobster, paid for a stranger’s purchase, ate as a group at taco bell, wore university of michigan gear that wasn’t mine, added my gum to a public wall art display, read incredible notes, shared food and drinks and blew out candles and it was a night to always be remembered.
sock monkeys vs. glitters vs. kwames
what a wonderful decade birthday celebration
thanks to all of you for every bit of it
it meant everything.
“life goes by fast. enjoy it. calm down. it’s all funny.”
– joan rivers
“art is man’s expression in his joy of labor.”
– henry kissinger,
happy labor day, usa
woodward dream cruise, royal oak, mi, usa