No Room for April Flowers

Originally posted on forget-me-not:

You left in Spring,
my favorite season
when love
and everything with petals,

You said you would be here
on birdsong mornings
for coffee
and conversations I could only have
with you.

I couldn’t listen to Elvis
because every strum stroked that place
where pain meets pulse and promises
of porch swings on Sundays

took a back seat to fate.

I feel you in the wind and see
all these fluttering things
you appear to me in;
all with wings,

and I know why.

I left part of my soul in those forget-me-nots
that I can never get back;
syllables resting, floating in rivers
of too many words left unsaid.

Thank you for Autumn’s crunch
and the tickle of snowflakes,
(rare for a Texas Christmas eve),

but, March will never rain the same
without your hands
holding my white roses.

They tore out the bush you planted

and left…

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Uncurrent Events 10.30.14

Originally posted on YouViewed/Editorial:

Today In The Past


637 – Antioch surrenders to the Muslim forces under Rashidun Caliphate after the Battle of Iron bridge.

701 – John VI of Greece begins his reign as Catholic Pope

942 – Alberic nominates Pope Marinus II (Martinus III)

1077 – German king Henry IV gives away bisdom Utrecht county Staveren

1137 – Battle of Rignano between Ranulf of Apulia and Roger II of Sicily.

1270 – The Eighth Crusade and siege of Tunis ends by agreement between Charles I of Sicily (brother to King Louis IX of France, who had died months earlier) and the sultan of Tunis.

1340 – Battle of Rio Salado.

1389 – French king Charles VI visits pope Clemens VII

1468 – Charles the Stout occupies & plunders Luik

1470 – Henry VI of England returns to the English throne after Earl of Warwick defeats Yorkists in battle.

1485 – Henry VII of England crowned at Westminster Abbey, London

1489 – Peace of…

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The Shining by Stephen King

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11588The Shining

by Stephen King

I first read The Shining thirty years ago.  It was 1984, and I was 17.  It was the first Stephen King book I ever read, and so began a love affair with Stephen King that lasted about 15 years.  I really don’t remember a whole lot about The Shining from when I read it all those years ago; a few things stand out in my memory, but most of it is vague and hazy.  I just remember that I loved it, and was hooked on Stephen King after that.

I would venture a guess that the vast majority of people in America (and probably a lot of people elsewhere) who were pre-teens or older in the 1980s have at least some knowledge of what The Shining is about, either from the book or the now classic film version (which King apparently despised).  If by some…

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It Tries to Get There, But Doesn’t Quite Make It – A Review of Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Originally posted on Occasionally Random Book Reviews:

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I like to think that I’m not afraid of the dark. I prefer to sleep in total darkness, and if I can’t have that (and I really can’t, as my bedroom doesn’t have blackout curtains), I make-do with a blindfold over my eyes to simulate it as best as I can. Throw in some white noise (I prefer the sound of rain, but I’m happy with the sound of a television with the volume turned down low), a cold room, blankets, and my favourite pillows, and that is, in essence, my perfect idea of going to bed.

But I also like experiencing horror in the dark – and by “horror”, I mean horror novels. I find that, while horror movies and video games can scare the bejeezus out of me in broad daylight, novels don’t seem to do that. However, novels do tend to linger with me, whereas the fear…

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Pentagon orders 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

Originally posted on Rare:

WASHINGTON — Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the military men and women helping fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines — longer than required for many civilian health care workers.

In Maine, meanwhile, a civilian nurse was vigorously resisting the quarantine she was told to undergo. Kaci Hickox, who had treated Ebola patients in West Africa, said she planned to stop quarantining herself in her home, signaling a potential showdown on Thursday with state police monitoring her movements and Maine officials preparing to legally enforce the order.

President Barack Obama, meeting with health care workers at the White House, acknowledged that the United States was not invulnerable to the disease but cautioned against discouraging civilian volunteers with overly restrictive measures upon their return home. “We can’t hermetically seal ourselves off,” he declared.

There seemed to be good news…

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University of California San Francisco study: Dozens of genes associated with autism

Originally posted on drwilda:

The number of children with autism appears to be growing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides statistics on the number of children with autism in the section Data and Statistics:


  • It is estimated that between 1 in 80 and 1 in 240 with an average of 1 in 110 children in the United States have an ASD. [Read article]

  • ASDs are reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, yet are on average 4 to 5 times more likely to occur in boys than in girls.  However, we need more information on some less studied populations and regions around the world. [Read article]

  • Studies in Asia, Europe, and North America have identified individuals with an ASD with an approximate prevalence of 0.6% to over 1%. A recent study in South Korea reported a prevalence of 2.6%. [Data table ]

  • Approximately…

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