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50th anniversary of the week of the Apollo 11 moon landing

I was 11

on the cusp of everything 

we went over

to my parents’ friends’ house

everyone was transfixed

air was electric

all gathered around the tv

watching

silent and awestruck

gobsmacked

as the first man walked on the moon

spoke his first words on the moon

 lots of emotion in the house

I ran to the window to look at the moon 

hoping I would see him up there

right in the middle of all of this

the hostess

left to go to the hospital

to have her baby

she named him neil

after that man on the moon.

“we ran as if to meet the moon.” 

― robert frost

 

 

image credit: Ann Arbor district library archives

a day.

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what i saw 

as i arrived at school 

for parent teacher conferences

at the beginning of the day.

also what i saw 

as i left school

after parent teacher conferences 

at the end of the same day.

 stories shared

questions answered

conversations had.

 a day always passes

no matter how busy or how calm

no matter what we have done or not done

somehow slipping by.

‘the long day wanes; the slow moon climbs the deep.’

-alfred lord tennyson

 

finish each day.

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“finish each day and be done with it.

you have done what you could.

some blunders and absurdities

no doubt crept in;

forget these as soon as you can. 

tomorrow is a new day.

you shall begin it serenely

and with too high a spirit

to be encumbered

with your old nonsense”

-ralph waldo emerson 

 

 

 

 

 july full moon – ann arbor summer

 

 

 

frozen.

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what an incredible way to say goodbye to a year

walking across a frozen lake with special friends

while wrapped up for sub-zero temps

with twinkling snowflakes swirling down in silence

under the watchful eye of a beautiful moon

and waking up to see it all in a new light in the morning

as we welcome in the new year

“i always loved the idea that a photograph was a memory frozen in time.”

-ed gass-donnelly