Monthly Archives: April 2016

Project 50: Memorize a New Poem

Memorize a Poem


Memorize a New Poem

When was the last time you memorized a poem? Have you ever memorized a poem?
I went through a phase of  poetry reading as a pre-teen and early teen ager.  I was very enamoured of the YA novel, “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton, and I can still recite off the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay”.  The only other poem that I could remember more than two lines was “Kubla Khan” which was featured in some forgotten teen book also.
April is National Poetry Month.  I thought it appropriate to memorize a new  poem for this month. I had to pick something that I liked.
I know a few lines of “Flanders Field” so that is one poem I am working on.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.  -John McCrae


I am also working on a favorite ultra running poem  “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”.  I plan to have these memorized by “Poem in Your Pocket Day” April 24.

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
      -Robert Frost
Have you memorized a poem? Why not try it for April?

Quarter Update on Project 50: How am I doing

project 50


It’s the fourth month of the year, time for an update.  I have a surgery date finally-April 18 and then will need to rehab my leg. I may have to do some revisions to my list. The italicized items could need to changed due to my knee injury.

One addition I am adding: have a micro adventure.

Sometime this year, preferably during a meteor shower (therefore ticking off another item on the list) I am going to camp out on my property.  We have forty acres here, woods and meadows. It would be cool to take my little tent and head off onto the hilltop to have a little adventure by myself.


The current list:

Celebrate my birthday in Grenada

Eat cake for my birthday (a birthday cake!)

Make a photo album/scrapbook of all my beloved dogs-working on

Creat a Time capsule

Visit fifty parks, whether city, county, state, or national-??

White water rafting at Ohiopyle

Organize my photos-working on-slowly

Go kayaking


Read a Sherlock Holmes novel-currently reading!

Listen to some popular music and find some songs I like

Memorize a new poem-working on

Find and attend a local yoga class

Make my husband a picture from his favorite flowers from our property

Attend an Ignite Talk

Update our wills, power of attorney, advance directives, central spot where all this will be stored

Be vegetarian for a day…or a week

Try oil pulling

Adopt a portion of the Buckeye Trail for trail maintenance

Send a note/postcard/funny card every month to both sets of parents (in addition to birthdays/anniversary) and my nephew-working on!

Figure out instagram-working on!

Eat a new fruit

Visit a new trail

Go zip lining ??

Give money to a homeless person without reservation

Make a gingerbread house

Attend a local festival

Break 24 hours at Umstead

Make a scarecrow for my garden

Take my bike on a mountain bike trail

Start a podcast ?? Not sure if I have the passion or interest for this

Snowboard or ski again

Make a sock monkey

Paint a picture

Run an obstacle course race-????

Visit a new museum-done! I have not blogged on yet

Be able to do a pull up

Get my CCW

See a bald eagle

Go orienteering

Clean out my clothes closets

Participate in a local clean up the river/lake

Update my resume

Visit Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob

Get a colonoscopy

Cook a meal for Dennis

Grow successfully some cool sunflowers

Set a new PR-??


Try a dance class

Sing karaoke

See a meteor shower

Rebrand my website-working on

Grow a new vegetable

Go on a microadventure


Top 10 Activities to Pursue While Waiting for Barkley Updates

Top 10 Activities to Pursue While Waiting on Barkley Updates


Frozen Head State Park


10. Go for a run. There won’t be much word of runners until they return to camp. The fastest runners, who successfully stay on course, could be back in seven to nine hours. Others will return much later, maybe within the twelve hour cutoff, but probably not.

The Barkers do a good job of not giving out much information in the first day of the race. There could be someone Tweeting or FBing who may give out a name. But don’t get frustrated when a runner is identifed as “Female Runner back at camp”.  As the attrition rate grows, it will become rather apparent who is still out on the course.

9.  Check out great pics  photos from Geoffrey Baker at the Barkley

8. Watch a cool video on Jamil Coury’s 2015 attempt

7. Listen to UltraRunning Podcast interview Alan and Bev Abbs, both veterans of the Barkley and finishers of the Fun Run

6. Read “The Immortal Horizon” penned by Leslie Jamison, from the 2012 Barkley. This is the essay that Annika and Tim, producers of the documentary read and became intrigued by this train wreck of a race.

5. Read Parts One and Two of Heather Anderson’s 2015 Attempt. Anish, record holder of both the PCT and AT Unsupported FKT could not finish the Barkley. Is she there this year?

4. Listen to an old school podcast from Trails and Tribulations with Flyin Brian Robinson from 2007.

3.  Listen to Dirt Dawg interview John Fegyversi on his 2012 Barkley finish

2. Watch The Barkley Marathons Documentary: The Race That Eats Its Young: available everywhere. Even on Netflix!

1. Buy Frozen Ed Furtaw’s book “Tales From Out There” The History of the Barkley Marathons

Anyone back to Camp yet?