Friday, December 20, 2013

Holiday © Erica Raftery

falls brief stay
has given way
to winters cold winds
bare trees throwing bleak shadows
across barren fields of brown and gray
inside, the dog quietly chews his rawhide
while mom is in the kitchen
strenuously preparing dinner
she whips the potatoes like a human tornado
these potatoes will not have any lumps
she promises her family
I sit quietly by the fire reading a book
and listening to the burning wood
and how it resembles a tree limb snapping off
when its time to eat
mom says, "gather 'round"
we say a quick prayer
and then we all chow down
when our bellies are full
we will sit on the couch
and listen to each other
tell jokes of one another
when the joking is done
we will all go home
and wait for sound
of the white haired jolly fellow's reindeer
to clomp on top of the house
pyramids of presents are
then put under the tree
two for you and four for me.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Starbucks Coffee: It Keeps Mornings Awake and Productive...

Starbucks Corporation is an international
coffeehouse chain based in Seattle, Washington:
with 12,811 in the United States,
1,248 in Canada, 965 in Japan,
766 in Great Britain, 580 in China
and 420 in South Korea. Starbucks
sells drip brewed coffee, coffee beans,
salads, hot and cold sandwiches,
including mugs and tumblers, and etc..
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

on John Kerry from Department of the State

Photos From the Trip» Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Cairo, Riyadh, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Amman, Geneva, and Abu Dhabi from November 2 to November 11.
In Cairo, Secretary Kerry held bilateral discussions with officials.
In Riyadh, Secretary Kerry met with King Abdullah to discuss a wide range of bilateral and regional issues. He reaffirmed the strategic nature of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, given the importance of the work between our two countries on shared challenges, and the leadership Saudi Arabia provides for the region.
In Warsaw, Secretary Kerry met with senior Polish officials to discuss our close defense alliance and partnership with Poland across a range of global issues, as well as Poland’s key contributions on democracy promotion and in enhancing NATO capabilities. He also met with representatives of U.S. and Polish businesses and young innovators, highlighting our strong economic ties and mutual commitment to Transatlantic prosperity.
In Tel Aviv, Secretary Kerry participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial.
In Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Secretary Kerry met with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials to discuss the ongoing final status negotiations as well as other regional issues of mutual concern. He also discussed issues related to Iran with Israeli officials.
In Amman, Secretary Kerry met with senior Jordanian officials to discuss a wide range of bilateral and regional issues, as part of our continued close coordination on key issues.
In an effort to help narrow the differences in negotiations, Secretary Kerry traveled to Geneva, Switzerland at the invitation of EU High Representative Ashton to hold a trilateral meeting with High Representative Ashton and Foreign Minister Zarif on the margins of the P5+1 negotiations.
In Abu Dhabi, he met with senior Emirati officials to continue our close coordination on bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. This visit provided the leaders the opportunity to discuss the important role the UAE plays in promoting stability and prosperity in the Middle East.
Secretary Kerry postponed his travel to Algiers, Algeria and Rabat, Morocco. We value our strong relationships with Algeria and Morocco and Secretary Kerry looks forward to leading the U.S. delegations to Strategic Dialogues in those countries in the future.

Abu Dhabi


-11/11/13  Remarks With Emirati Foreign Minister Abdallah bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan After Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates



-11/10/13  Interview With David Gregory of Meet the Press;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Geneva, Switzerland
-11/10/13  Press Availability;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Geneva, Switzerland
-11/08/13  Remarks to the Press Upon Arrival in Geneva;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Geneva, Switzerland



-11/07/13  Joint Press Availability With Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Amman, Jordan



-11/06/13  Remarks After a Meeting With President Mahmoud Abbas;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Bethlehem
-11/06/13  Remarks at Visit to a USAID High Impact Microfinance Infrastructure Initiative Site;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Manger Square, Bethlehem

Press Releases

-11/06/13  United States Announces $75 Million to Support the Palestinian Authority's High Impact Micro-Infrastructure Initiative (HIMII); Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC



-11/07/13  Interview With Udi Segal of Israeli Channel 2 and Maher Shalabi of Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Jerusalem
-11/06/13  Remarks With Israeli President Shimon Peres Before Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Jerusalem
-11/06/13  Remarks With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Before Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Jerusalem



-11/05/13  Remarks at Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's Memorial;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Tel Aviv, Israel



-11/05/13  Remarks at Medal Ceremony at Lask Military Airbase;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Lask Military Airbase; Lask, Poland
-11/05/13  Remarks to American Chamber of Commerce Participants;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Bristol Hotel; Warsaw, Poland
-11/05/13  Meeting With Staff and Families at Embassy Warsaw;  Secretary of State John Kerry; U.S. Embassy Warsaw; Warsaw, Poland
-11/05/13  Joint Press Availability With Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Warsaw, Poland



-11/04/13  Remarks with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Riyadh Air Base; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
-11/04/13  Meeting With Mission Saudi Arabia Staff;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia



-11/03/13  Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Meetings in Cairo, Egypt; En Route Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
-11/03/13  Remarks With Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Cairo, Egypt
-11/01/13  Background Briefing on the Secretary's Trip to the Middle East; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC


-11/11/13   November 11 - Monday
-11/10/13   November 10 - Sunday
-11/09/13   November 9 - Saturday
-11/08/13   November 8 - Friday
-11/07/13   November 7 - Thursday
-11/06/13   November 6 - Wednesday
-11/05/13   November 5 - Tuesday
-11/04/13   November 4 - Monday
-11/03/13   November 3 - Sunday

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Saturday, March 24, 2012 What Is A Woman by Indie

Is it her smile
Her ability to procreate
swaying hips and big lips
or is it her staying power
baby sick
accounts overdrawn

when he turns to her as he walks out the door
her steady smile
fueling him

Is it her soft touch
on the pillow each night
of her young
that which helps them grow
like vitamins for the soul

or maybe that smile of letting go
when her job is done
her young unsure
but knowing they must leave

the steady look in her eyes
that says yes
leave me and fly

carry yourself far
for that is what I dreamed for you
way long ago
while I rocked you in my arms 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Value Air, Food, Water, and Trees!


 People out there won't stop differentiating stuff,
Biases play a role,
Do you see the whole picture?
we breathe, the air,
in and out,
take what our body need,
and omit the waste at the same time
in the same space,
for fitness reasons,
But air itself is both helpful and harmful,
it hurts you
when you choose to live in a small room
without opening your window,
Air is 100% fair
to everyone on earth,
and free to all of us!
Food is what we eat,
Rice is grain crop,
Bakery is also grain crop,
Both are good for you,
so like it or not,
No one can get ride of food,
the way we need it
is the same we need air, water, or poetry.
poetry is life,
words fly out of your mouth
in air, or under your pen,
they make senses,
and have power,
It doesn't matter
how professional or raw your skills are!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

You Were There © Emily Robinson


 when tears fell from my eyes
you were there to brush them away
when I was lost in confusion
you were there to say that everything would be okay
when I stood before you falling apart
you were there to lend your heart
when I felt like no one could understand
you were there to take my hand
when no one else was left to care
you were there

dedicated to: my best friend

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Kink and I

I have a kitty cat that kinks,
Emotional reaction kicks and winks,
This I confess is confusing,
None is sure where it is leading,
Rats roam the street in distance,
Men drank, falter, and wince,
The call to kink and kill is strong,
Responsibility seems a compass to correct the wrong,
Goose bumps, red lumps,
oil lamps, shivering swamps,
The kitty makes its way to victory,
Which is enough for a whole story.
When the places go neat after,
All citizens roll with thrilling laughter.