Archive for May, 2020

The Red Bud Tree by Mary Lou Meyers

Sunday, May 31st, 2020
While April was National Poetry Month, I never tire of posting poetry on my website. Here is one for enjoying the trees blooming in spring. Thanx again to Mary Lou for the poem and her daughter for the photo. A lovely message for the end of a difficult month!
The Red Bud Tree
It stands next to a Man-Made cabin,
bartering for space
so the instruments of Life that govern its growth
are not deterred and turned
into a chase for light,
but  all-consuming blooms.
It opens up a world closed down for me
but gathered up by rain water,
pumping through vibrant springs of relief.
The creek beyond showering blessings
when we build up the Man-Made dam,
with a pipe lightening our loads,
entering the dead pond, now living again
creating a magic spell here and beyond;
awareness drawn with
splashes of color everywhere with the return
of water ducks and mallards;
the fish can breathe again with ease.
Nature and Humankind existing in harmony.

COVID-19 Song Parodies by Eileen Abrams

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

The other day I posted a photo of masks on a clothesline by my niece. Then today I received several parodies from Eileen Abrams, a friend nearby. So I am reprinting the photo, since it goes so well with two of her parodies: “Match Maker, Match Maker” from Fiddler on the Roof and “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta my Hair” from South Pacific. She advises us to think about the melody while reading the parody.  More to come…… Thanx, Eileen!

P.S.She is thinking of publishing this as a pandemic songbook. Great idea! We need some levity to relieve the stress of these last few months.


Maskmaker, Maskmaker (to the tune of Matchmaker, Matchmaker
from Fiddler on the Roof)

Maskmaker, Maskmaker, make me a mask

It’s all I ask

Is that such a task?

Up until now I thought it was okay… to just stay six feet away

For Papa, make it in flannel

For Mama, make it cheery and bright

For me, well, I would be happy if I had the funkiest mask in sight!

Maskmaker, Maskmaker, please… take your time

I know that I’m

Waiting in line

With all the others who’ve asked for your help

So thank you, dear friend

One day this will end

And I’ll just wear my mask for fun!


Photo from my niece Christina, reposted


I’m Gonna Wash That Virus off of My Hands (to the tune of I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right out of My Hair – from South Pacific)

I’m gonna wash that virus off of my hands (3 times)

And send it down the drain…

I’m gonna wear my mask when I leave the house (3 times)

So we can all stay safe…

I’m gonna call my friends as much as I can (3 times)

So no one feels alone…

I’m gonna offer help to neighbors in need (3 times)

They’d do the same for me…

I’m gonna offer thanks to nurses and docs (3 times)

Who work around the clock…

I’m gonna pray for ease for all who are ill (3 times)

And their caregivers too…

I’m gonna hug myself whenever I’m sad (3 times)

And do lots of self-care…


Pandemic songbook!

Note: This song can be adapted and extended infinitely… so feel free to add your own verses!!