Ode to Black Friday
I do not like Black Friday, sir
I do not like the brrr, grrr, whirr
I do not like to fight over socks,
I do not like to get crammed in a box
store, you will not see me at the Mall
I do not like it, no, not at all.
The crazy, scrambling, hunter’s race
Doesn’t fit my ambling, gatherer’s pace
I like to feel, I like to sniff
I like to take my time and if
I take more time than Sally and Sam
It’s the way I shop, and it works for me, ma’am.
So you will not find me camped outside the store
You will not find me standing at dawn at the door
You will not find me wedged in the mall’s lot
Or crammed in traffic, with wares newly-bought.
For I do not like Black Friday, friend.
Well, except online shopping maybe – they’ll send.
–original poem by Karen “Wingoof” Molenaar Terrell
And… ahem… on that note, I would now like to make a bunch of shameless plugs for things you do not have to venture out of your house and beyond your computer to find…
You can find The Madcap Christian Scientist’s Christmas Book and other books by Karen Molenaar Terrell here: http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Molenaar-Terrell/e/B0044P90RQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1417189101&sr=8-1
The poem below was written by Xander Terrell and can be found in his book, Artful Living. All of Xander Terrell’s books can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Xander-Terrell/e/B00N2CHUVU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1417189188&sr=8-1
Antidote for a Potatoed Head
Slow your mind
Keep the pace
Retract your thoughts
Center your head
Rinse and Repeat
– Xander Terrell
Dee Molenaar’s autobiography and his classic history of mountaineering on Mount Rainier can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Dee-Molenaar/e/B001JRWQIM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1417189497&sr=8-1
If you’re looking for art, check out fineartamerica.com – you’ll find my friends, Karla Locke and William McCoy there, and you will also find my humble efforts at that site – just type the name of the artist you’re looking for into the site’s search engines.
Your teacher friends might find this book interesting: http://www.amazon.com/Leaving-Teaching-Tales-Rambling-Schoolmarm-ebook/dp/B006NKNEAY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1417189766&sr=8-4&keywords=Leaving+Teaching
If you have a sense of humor and an open mind, you might enjoy this collaborative effort: http://www.lulu.com/shop/james-longmire-and-karen-wingoov/humoristian-chronicles/paperback/product-18472749.html
And on the same site, you’ll find this wonderful coloring books by Dan Miller: http://www.lulu.com/shop/dan-reed-miller/circles-of-life-volume-1-a-coloring-book-of-original-art-for-enjoyment-and-meditation/paperback/product-21912272.html