First Week of November

“California is a fine place to live – if you happen to be an orange.”
Fred Allen

First Week of November
October came and went
Without a whimper
Still no rain in sight
The temperatures are in the eighties
Everyone east of California
Is either flooded or freezing

Just eight short weeks until
The New Year arrives
Time flies and life goes on
Here in Southern California
We remain with summer weather
On this first week of November

By: J R

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Copyright ©
November 2, 2015

Oscar Wilde

“Education is an admirable thing,
but it is well to remember
from time to time that nothing
that is worth knowing can be taught.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

A Chance of Rain

“When I was in the hospital they gave me apple juice
every morning, even after I told them
I didn’t like it.  So, I had to get even.
One morning, I poured the apple juice into the specimen tube.
The nurse held it up and said, ‘It’s a little cloudy.’
I took the tube from her and said,
‘Let me run it through again,’ and drank it.
The nurse fainted.”
Alan King

The clouds are high
As my eyes can see
Spanning the width
Of the never ending sea
I can feel the pressure
In every part of me
Pressure building

Waiting for the rain

I don’t need
The weather man
To tell me
About the precipitation
I can feel it and smell it
That’s all I need
Telling each part of me
That it’s cloudy with
A chance of rain
By: J R

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“When I was nine,
I was diagnosed with
an irregular heartbeat.
I was prescribed beta blockers,
which had the side effect of
turning my skin green.
Looking like Shrek’s little sister
at school wasn’t the easiest thing.”
Jessie J


I cannot have coffee
I cannot have tea
I cannot have soda
Not even sweet chocolate
These treats are deadly to me

I cannot have Rockstar
I cannot have Red Bull
I cannot have Bomba
Not Blast or Full Throtle
Not even an ounce

Why do you ask
Not an ounce of these drinks
Why not even a drop
Because I’d get dizzy and nausea’s
Then would most likely pass out

Oh how awful you say
To be me
And not be allowed to drink
Even green tea
Oh how awful how awful it must be
To be me

It’s not really as bad as you think
I don’t miss the coffee, tea and soda
Or all the power energy drinks
But chocolate I do miss the most
Because chocolate is pure ecstasy

You see, all these drinks and these treats
Were removed from my diet
Not because of taste or bad habits
But because my heart just can’t take it
You see I have a case of tachycardia

Tachycardia is caused
When something disrupts
Normal electrical impulses
Impulses that control the rate
of your heart’s pumping action

So I live without some of
Life’s little pleasures
Many things that can cause
My heart rate to sky-rocket
My heart rate to pitter and patter

By:  J R

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Think Before We Speak

“Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.
At the first gate, ask yourself, ‘Is it true?’
At the second ask, ‘Is it necessary?’
At the third gate ask ‘Is it kind?”

Think Before We Speak

Looking south from the Esplanade to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The quote from Rumi I read on a blog I recently was introduced to. The blog is by Pat Cegan at Source of Inspiration. I wanted to give a call out to her. It’s a must read blog with beautiful poetry and words of inspiration.

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