Then and Now

Today’s prompt inspired us to map our voices.  I took today’s date and broke it apart into two years of history and mirrored events. 

Then and Now



King John Forced to sign the Magna Carta

George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor police murders

King John rejects Magna Carta: First Barons’ War

COVID-19 pandemic sweeps worldwide

Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid

Harry and Megan opt out of royalty

Genghis Khan’s Mongols torch Beijing: month-long burn

Australian brushfires kill 47 million acres

Fourth Lateran council defines transubstantiation doctrine

Beirut erupts in explosions

The Dominican Order is founded

Murder hornets arrive

The Macy Jug is made

Beloved world legends die

Then and now: the promise of hope is found in a manger in Bethlehem




Get up!

Get going!

Get out!

Move it! 

Asleep to awake

Horizontal to vertical

Dreams to reality

Sheets to shower

Time to money 

Money to “living”

Living to surviving

Freedom to ownership 

Snooze is not an option 

Get up! 

Get going!

Get out!

Move it! 




     weekend camping at FDR- site 104

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

     IBD simmering, no full-fledged flare there

Good Housekeeping debut issue

     picnic atop the mountain

First Motorcycle – Gottleib Daimler

     fireside gift: starter brick flame

Salvation Army organized

     Christmas music on the Jensen

Boston Pops formed

     recharging our batteries

Statue of Liberty arrives in NYC

     Flat tire: changed to spare 


First cafeteria opens in NYC

     antenna raised – local channels!

Georgia Tech founded – ATL

     when’s the next trip?

Camping Haiku

 Today’s writing prompt came from Jennifer Jowett, who inspired us to write in any style verse on the theme of traveling. 

Camping Haiku

enjoy the journey
(engraved sign in my camper)
girl seeks adventure!

A Virgin River Christmas

 Today’s challenge from Jennifer Jowett: write a poem using titles of works. I chose the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr and used all 21 titles, but not in sequence. I have to find out who pulled the trigger. 

A Virgin River Christmas

‘Tis the Season on Netflix
Virgin River: ALL THE RAGE!
My Kind of Christmas:
lusty indulgences of Forbidden Falls
a Hidden Summit of thrills!
out by the Whispering Rock
under the Harvest Moon
on the Moonlight Road
to Temptation Ridge
ripe for a Moonlight Kiss
I read on in this Paradise Valley
down along Redwood Bend
along the banks of Wild Man Creek
to the depths of Promise Canyon
up Shelter Mountain
over Second Chance Pass
scaling onward beyond Angel’s Peak
to the climax of Sunrise Point
That Holiday Feeling rising like the sun
all day waiting to Return to Virgin River
Bring Me Home for Christmas –
a Virgin River Christmas!




Russia: Sleeping Beauty premieres at the Imperial Mariinsky

     I got all the way dressed too soon

Nelly Bly completes her mission

     Warm Springs: F D Roosevelt weekend

Strikes for 8-hour workday begin

     Can I sneak out early to pack?

The Picture of Dorian Gray published

     2:30: And Then There Were None committee 

Death of Vincent Van Gogh


     The Beatles Legos still sold out

Washington, DC: DAR founded

     Marilyn Monroe Legos in stock

South Dakota: Wounded Knee Massacre

     Dehydration:  dark eye bags diminishing 





     6:11?! I overslept

London-Paris telephone system 

     awake at 3:18, couldn’t sleep again

Chicago: Wrigley Co. founded

     Announced yesterday: Tom Ryan is on Cape Cod 

     with Emily and Sam for Christmas! 

England: Great Blizzard 

     my dogs peed like 2 motorcycles    

     parked side by side this morning

First performance at Carnegie Hall

     sweet potatoes are my new best 


Sherlock Holmes appears in The Strand

     almond milk banana-berry shake

Swiss Army knife produced

     6:57 and off I go! 


1889: Tuned In?



Total solar eclipse, January 1


    NCIS black and white pfoof

Central Asia: 1889 flu pandemic begins 


Atlanta: Coca Cola begins as Pemberton Medicine Company


Paris: Eiffel inaugurated, Moulin Rouge opens

     Bellisario whacks the microphone 

Washington: Great Seattle Fire, Great Fire of Spokane ravage

     Exploding light bulb sound: irony

Van Gogh paints The Starry Night 



                              phone calls 




     Stay tuned 







In my dream I was house-hunting 

        first Boston Marathon 

       15 men, ten finish: John McDermott wins 

I settled on a hotel in between 

       Klondike Gold Rush begins July 17 

but the shower light was loose 

       Jack London among them 

so I used the steam button on the iron to shower:  good backup for a camper, I noted

        Bayer markets aspirin 

my late mother appeared with a van, clean, with side-facing seats and cargo hold

     yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus 

I sent her for my purple shampoo and conditioner I had left behind

Great Race of Mercy

Today I wrote a found verse, all credit to the article linked above – because we are in a pandemic and can all take a lesson from these dogs

Great Race of Mercy 


Gregorian Calendar


25th year of the 20th century

January 27-February 1

The Great Race of Mercy

serum run to Nome, Alaska

         from Nenana 

cut off in most brutal winter 

       in decades

deadly diphtheria epidemic 

town doc predicted 

100% mortality rate

without the antitoxin

rail could get it minus 674 miles

leave it to the dogs for the rest

20 teams of sled dogs

674 miles of ice and snow

mission: avoid freezing

        to death 

oh, and the serum

expires in 6 days –

get it there in less than

a quarter of the 25 day

postal time

enter the dogs and drivers

Siberian Huskies 

first introduced

to Chukchi culture 

by fur trader 

William Goodall

Baltic and Togo two lead dogs who stood ready at their points 

ready, set, go! 

four days in 

with two days to go

serum time ticking 

Leonard Seppala

veered off on a victory path

in his stretch

a risky one 

over the Norton Sound ice sheet 

hitting a whiteout 

knowing Togo could 

navigate around 

the potential pitfalls-

deadly open stretches of water 

because Siberian Huskies 

have vibrissae and tylotrich 

to sense air flow changes

Togo got them 91 miles out 

when Gunnar Kaasen

stepped in with Balto

and crossed the finish line

in Nome 

with a half day to spare

saving 10,000 lives 

Dogs aren’t just friends 

  they’re saviors

but the key to effective sled dogs?

playful dogs with no

inter-group aggression

lesson: we can do the impossible

when we work together