For today’s A Former Poet’s Almanac, which has been continuing for the month of April in honor of National Poetry Month, I give you the above photo. This morning, I spent a little time reading more poetry from the late Raymond Carver from his collection All of Us, The Collected Poems, published originally in 1996 in hardcover in Great Britain by Harvill Press and then in the U.S. by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, New York, in 1996. The edition I’m reading is from March 2000, published under the Vintage imprint and can be found online for purchase through the Random House website. Our cat, Seamus, is in the background (as always).
My most popular photo on Instagram of the past week and yep, I’ve become one of those people who take photos of their pets and put them on Instagram. Hey, at least, I don’t have pictures of food all the time…um, oops.
Last week, my wife and I visited the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG) and then this past weekend, I went there again with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. This is a collage from the photos I took while there. At top: Ghost Walk under Infinite Darkness by Andrew K. Erdos, 2013. Bottom left: Atlantica by Sidney Waugh, 1938-1939. Bottom right: Crucifixion by William Willet, 1910.
My wife and I didn’t get to see Sherman Alexie as planned yesterday at the Corning Museum of Glass, since he had bronchitis and had to cancel. However, we did get to see many wonderful works of art, including this: The Righteous Shall Receive A Crown Of Glory by Frederick Wilson for Louis Comfort Tiffany.
With today still being at the beginning of the month, I thought I’d look back at my February and ahead to my March. So first here’s how I did this past month on my goals for 2014; personal, blogging, reading, and social media all to become a more finished person day by day. All in all, it was a good month. Here’s how:
- Personal: Losing weight, down to my lowest in a couple of years.
- Blogging: Refocusing my blogging mission statement.
- Reading: Need to refocus here too as only read two books in February and more importantly, meh books.
- Social media: Screen Time app helping me and wife limit…well, not surprisingly screen time on phone and tablet. Only one status update on Facebook a day, if at all, for the past few week.
The highlights: Dallas Buyers Club. Downton Abbey, Season 4. St. Vincent’s new self-titled album St. Vincent.
The lowlight: Not getting to see Sherman Alexie as scheduled earlier in the month…
…BUT the good news is that the event was rescheduled for this coming Tuesday, March 5, and my wife and I are going. I’ll be sure to report in on Thursday and here next Sunday how it went.
AND in a couple of weeks, not only is Spring coming, but right before that, in the same week, in fact, one of my favorite groups of the last few years FINALLY has a new album coming out. I’ll leave you with a track from that album:
How about you? How was your month of February and what are you looking forward to in March? Read any good books, heard any good music, watched any good movies? And/or what do you have on tap?