Tuesday, August 22, 2017

August 22, 2017 Riclley's Believe It Or Not Be An Angel Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 22, 2017  Millions in America including this poet in Salem, Oregon for the event were treated to a spectacular solar eclipse yesterday ( at Salem it was total for almost two minutes and the traffic jam back to Portland was about 100 times longer but worth it); Trump gave a great speech last night focusing on Afghanistan, Pakistan’s being MIA in the struggle against the Taliban and radical Islam and most importantly the need for unity among Americans (total deaf ears by the Waters, Sharptons, Pelosis, Schumers and MSM fake journalists like Acosta; the driver of the van in the Barcelona attack has finally gotten his delusional one way ticket to Paradise punched by Spanish police; the U.S. Navy has never been hesititant to sail into harm’s way but now the harm’s way may not be limited to shells, bombs, or missiles and may include hacking into the navigation systems of our ships of war given two recent collisions of naval ships in the Pacific with civilian vessels (does anyone suspect the Chinese?); looks like ends-justify-the means Clinton supporters are back in the limelight after the USPS has been cited for breaking the law by allowing employees supposedly engaged in permitted union work but instead providing services to Clinton’s campaign prompting Senate Reds sending out letters to 10 Swamp federal agencies demanding explanations of involvement if any of their employees’ potentially criminal activity in working for the Clinton campaign; in another example of why parenting classes should be required in some cases and why it is difficult in this era of everyone has a smart phone, a 34 year old Florida mother of a 14 year old daughter was arrested for felony child abuse after being caught on tape watching her daughter in a fight with a six month pregnant minor urging her on and standing idly by (disgusting!); on the if you don’t acquit time for you to quit, after a hung jury and mistrial, Cosby has hired a new legal team for the retrial; through August 21, 2017 2439 people have been shot in Chicago, of whom 424 have died.
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Robin Thicke, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Bill Parcells, looking forward to not being viewed as a person as someone who is full of jacantcy, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
          1. National Tooth Fairy Day—this is a day children who are partially traumatized by the loss of a baby tooth relish when they wake up and find that on average the tooth fairy has replaced that baby tooth under the pillow with $4.66 (the $.25 the tooth fairy left under my pillow in 1953 is worth $2.24 today so the tooth fairy has been making a great return on enamel).
          2. Be An Angel Day—most of us have been exposed to angels in our lives from the fireman saving our home to the life guard saving us a child to the simple act of someone giving up their seat to a pregnant mother on a bus; created in 1993 by Jayne Feldman to honor those angels and to encourage all of us in our own way to be angels themselves.
          3. Number One Song in 2013—celebrating the number 1 song in 2013 on a run of 12 weeks in that position “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. Here is a link to the song: https://www.vevo.com/watch/robin-thicke/blurred-lines/USUV71300454https://www.vevo.com/watch/robin-thicke/blurred-lines/USUV71300454
         4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “jactancy” which boastfulness, vainglory” which without any accomplishments to speak out any words out of members of Congress for the great job they are doing is reeks of jactancy.
              5.  Never Say Never--celebrating the birth on this day in 1941 of Bill Parcells, noted football coach who is the only coach to take four different teams to the playoffs and who kept retiring only to like tuna being drawn to the hook or seine kept coming back as a coach.       
 On this day in:
1. 1864 in an attempt to ameliorate the hell on Earth known as war especially as it relates to prisoners and wounded, 12 nations signed the First Geneva Convention. 
2. 1950 Athea Gibson became the African American to compete in an international tennis tournament, later going on to win 11 Grand Slam Tournaments.   
3. 1953 the French penal colony on Devil’s Island infamously memorialized by the movie Papillion starring Dustin Hoffman and Steve Macqueen was permanently closed.      
4. 1978 Congress passed the District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment which would have treated the Swamp for federal elections like a state and granted it 3 Electoral College votes. Fortunately for Reds and Independents only 16 states ratified the amendment so it is not part of the Constitution.   
5. 1992 FBI sniper Lon Horuichi after wounding Randy Weaver as he was opening the door to his cabin at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, shot and killed Vickie Weaver who was inside the cabin holding her 10 month old daughter; Horiouchi never spent a day in jail for this illegal use of force against Vicki Weaver but the taxpayers coughed up over three million dollars to settle a wrongful death suit and almost three years later in revenge for FBI actions at Ruby Ridge and Waco, Texas McVeigh and Reynolds blew up the Oklahoma City Federal Building, killing 168 innocents and wounding more than 680.
Reflections on why football is a lot like life with many of the same rules of competitiveness, effort, and practice: “No matter how much you've won, no matter how many games, no matter how many championships, no matter how many Super Bowls, you're not winning now, so you stink.” Bill Parcells Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go  to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.                                                                                          
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Solar Eclipse 8.21.2017 Salem

Sol Sans Son Seulement Lumiere
In the U.S. it was billed as celestial century event
An Earth servient Moon seeking with shadows to the rays of the Sun prevent
For the first time in almost one hundred years
From the East to the West across this land
In a thick almost 100 mile wide band
Rays of the Sun would totally disappear
And outside that a decreasing reduction would appear
For those heading to the total disappearing zone
Only a fear that fog, rain or cloud cover would find a new home
Would this solar event be like the 100 dollar pay for view heavyweight fight
Be a weather first punch first round TKO despite all the pre bout hype?
Salem Airport may not be like Nova Scotia immortalized in a Carly Simon song
But today the private jets like a steady of spawning salmon were coming on strong
Dozens of viewers and cars filing the airport lot with eclipse glasses worn
Watching for over an hour in the early hours of a sunny morn
Starting from the one o’clock position chips of yellow turning black
A body puncher whose punches the Sun could not avoid or turn back
Slowly but surely the Moon’s shadows continued to prevail
The orb shrinking to a slimmer and slimmer crescent as the lunar shadows nailed
Finally the Sun was beaten into submission with only a corona as a vestigial trace
Dark skies and chilling temperatures now confronting a viewer’s face
For almost two minutes the shadows ruled but could not hold
Then almost in an instant shafts of visible rays of gold
Slowly but surely the shadows began to retreat
After tasting a brief victory once again the Moon shadows tasted total defeat
After an hour looking up into the skies a shrinking to lost Sun must have been only a bad dream
Save for the reality of those viewers returning on the 5 to Portland in a creeping stuck in traffic stream
Stuck in traffic for three hours is a bargain price to pay
To see live a total solar eclipse on display
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Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Bad Poetry Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 18, 2017 Five terrorists including one believed to be the driver of the van in Barcelona  attacked the seaside town of Bilbo near Barcelona hours after the Barcelona attack with a car that killed a woman and injured 6 others but were themselves quickly gunned down  by police; in the Finnish town of Turku a terrorist killed two and wounded six others in a knife attack before being shot by police and taken into custody; news out of the Swamp is that Steve Bannon after giving an interview with a progressive rag concluding that because of the casualties that would occur in Seoul the fire and fury promised by Trump is nonsense is out effective today; being a white supremacist is not good for your sex life as Chris Cantwell has just been banned for life from the dating site OkCupid (one way to combat bigotry and hatred?); on the sports front, LeBron referred to Trump as the “so called president” and Durant indicated he had no respect for Trump (stick to basketball would be good advice);; through August 17, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2371, 413 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Carly Rae Jepsen, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Kurt Vonnegut on art including poetry, wishing that members of Congress would stop acting like a bunch of jackanapes,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1National Bad Poetry Day—celebrating the fact that one must learn to crawl before on can learn to walk, one may have to write really bad poetry before one can write really good poetry—“Roses are red violets are blue/Too often CNN in its “reporting” is without a clue/ Listen to Acosta will drive one to a cold brew/ Trying so hard not to retch up one’s lamb stew.”
2. Helium Discovery Day—commemorating the discovery of Helium in the Sun by French astronomer Pierre Janssen in 1868 and to celebrate buy a helium filled balloon, breathe in some of its contents and start talking and listen to how different your voice sounds.       
3. 2012 Number One Song—the number one song in 2012 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Here is her performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNaR-rxAic
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jackanape” which means impudent child which describes the behavior of  the left to a tee when it comes to their ability to accept the election of President Trump.  
5.  Reach 3000 And Is There Anything Left To Live—celebrating the birth on this day in 1934 of Pittsburgh Pirate slugger and first Hispanic Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente who was the first Hispanic player to record 3,000 hits; sadly his bat and glove were taken away for good by a plane crash on December 31, 1972 in his chartered DC-7 cargo plane off the coast of Puerto Rico shortly after takeoff en route to Nicaragua to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Managua.      
On this day in:
a. 1857 Virginia Dare became the first English child born in North America at Roanoke, Virginia.
b. 1958 Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States. 
c. 1965 U.S. Marines launched Operation Starlite in South Vietnam against Viet Cong forces, the first of unfortunately many battles in the tragedy known as the Vietnam War with the names of 51 Marines to be added in the future to the Vietnam War Memorial.
d. 1971 Australia and New Zealand decided to withdraw their troops from South Vietnam. e. 2005 a massive power blackout hit the island of Java affecting some 100 million people, one of the largest power blackouts in history. 

Reflections on getting involve in art in its many forms: “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." Kurt Vonnegut, noted American author Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.  

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trump Agenda For More Focus

Poets deal in similes, metaphors, images and symbols
In the Charlottesville riot over a statue many come to mind
First the irony that Robert E. Lee on monuments was bitterly opposed
Would not unify the nation only fester the sores of war
If he were alive today he would shove the KKK and white supremacists out an open door
Opposed voting rights to former slaves fearing demagoguery due to illiteracy
Supported education of blacks as a means to their station in life improve
Second irony is that Gettysburg was the high water mark of the South
Limping back to Virginia for two more years of bloodshed in a war it could not win
With his remarks on the killing Trump is like Pickett of old
And continued control of Congress and a second term is his Little Round Top Hill
His Trump Agenda Flags holed and shredded
His fellow Reds and Business Councils starting to flee like rats from a sinking ship
Instead of control rods of focus to prevent a meltdown                      
 His control rods of tweets produce the exact opposite effect
Why in God’s name does he restraint and focus reject?
Almost like a scene from Richard III
Wandering on the battlefield of the Blues and MSM
Forlorn, defiant, dripping ego, armed only with a Twitter sword
“My agenda for a prompter”
No tax cut, no wall, no border secure
Only the sound of running wet feet
And the litter of agenda items scattered like leaves
© August 17, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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August 17, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Black Cat Appreciation Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 17, 2017 Terrorism is alive and well in Europe as a van in Barcelona drove on to a crowded pedestrian walkway killing 13 and injuring 100 pedestrians but although police have in custody two suspects that may be linked the driver of the van is still at lose (please capture him alive for intel purposes); on the domestic terror front, Missouri State Senator  Maria Chappelle Nadal, an African American, posted on her Facebook that she hopes Trump will be assassinated (when will these   rabid hatemongers tone down their dog whistle rhetoric and when will the Secret Service pay this idiot a visit?); Trump instead of letting the furor over his blaming both sides for the Charlottesville riot subside cannot help himself and is tweeting about the loss of the beautiful Confederate statues as more and more demands are coming forth to in essence air brush history and remove them from public places; HRC’s new book What Happened is set to be released next month and will tout her delusional claims that she lost the election because of Russian meddling and Comey’s reopening the investigation (more and more Democrats are coming out against her as an impediment to the party moving forward and one would hope that no one is dumb enough to read her delusions); on the healthcare insurance front while the three Benedict Senators Collins, McCain, and Murkowski are soaking up the vacation sun with their other MIA colleagues, if a mere mortal living in Iowa look for a premium increase from the sole ACA insurer in that state of 57%; on the teacher sex scandal front Melissa Bonkoski a high school science teacher in the Pottstown area of Pennsylvania has been arrested for having sex multiple times with one of her students; on the life is precious front, a man drowned on Lake Superior when the boat he was in spreading his father’s ashes turned over; on the PC front it appears that our English cousin is not immune from the curse as after the conviction of 16 British-Pakistanis for rape and sexual abuse of girls, Sarah Champion wrote an article condemning British-Pakistani men who sexually attack or abuse white girls and was forced to resign from the British government; through August 16, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2359, 411 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to LMFAO, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Russell Brand on addiction, looking forward to watching the jacks go by on the ocean or lake,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1National Balloon Airmail Day—commemorating the first attempt on this day in 1859 to use hot air balloons as a means of delivering mail from Indiana to New York City, a attempt which failed as the winds were not blowing in the right direction so after 30 miles John Wisewith the 123 letters he was carrying was forced to land.   
2. National Black Cat Appreciation  Day—celebrated since 2011 to help pet owners with black cats to overcome the superstition here  in the U.S. that if a black cat crosses your path misfortune will follow as opposed to in Japan and Great Britain where black cats are prized; on another day in which holidays are few and far between pleased that the holiday is not celebrated on Halloween.     
3. 2011 Number One Song—the number one song in 2011 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennet and GoonRock. Here is the performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ6zr6kCPj8
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jack” which for you non nautical types means means a ship’s flag flown from the bow of a ship from its jack-staff (twofer for words).  
5.  Nothing Like A War To Cheat Death—celebrating the birth on this day in 1890 of Harry Hopkins one of FDR’s closest and trusted advisers who was instrumental in creating many of the New Deal programs including the WPA; diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1939 resulting in a surgery that removed 75% of his stomach and was told several months later he had 4 weeks to live but World War II galvanized him and his running the Lend Lease Program and attending conferences with Allied leaders to the point that he proved the doctors wrong, dying on January 29, 1946 some 9 months after FDR’s death.      
On this day in:
a. 1907 Pike Place Market, now a popular tourist attraction and historical site, opened (since the first Starbucks is located there you now know why the coffee served after the early morning hours is called Pikes).
b. 1953 the first meeting of Narcotics Anonymous was held in Los Angeles.  
c. 1958 the U.S. launched Pioneer O on top a Thor-Able rocket in the first attempt by any nation to put a satellite into a lunar orbit; unfortunately the attempt failed 73.6 seconds after liftoff sending the rocket back to the Atlantic Ocean.
d. 1970 we beat the Soviets to the Moon but they launched Venera 7 which was a probe that later landed on the surface of Venus and became the first man made object to transmit data from another planet.  
e. 1998 President Clinton admitted in a taped interview that he had had an “improper physical relationship” with Monica Lewinsky and later in the day on national TV he admitted to the American people that he had “misled them” about that relationship (the thought of Bill Clinton even if slowed down by surgery roaming the halls of the White House in search of prey is certainly a frightening thought).  

Reflections that NA does work from a recovered addict “The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.” Russell Brand noted English actor and comedian who will hopefully celebrate 15 years of sobriety on December 13th of this year. Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.  

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WH Meltdown Agenda Lost?

This nation is violently coming apart at its seams
Lurching violently and surely away from the American Dream
Bipartisanship is dead and if not then on total life support
Attempts to seek and end gridlock keep coming up short
Through all the chaos and derision Trump continues his unfocused tweets
His agenda of jobs, tax cuts, infrastructure stall if not in full retreat
The Red tide that has swept a thousand Blues into the street
May be starting to ebb with hundreds soon in a flood tide back into lost seats
A golden moment to a nation try to heal after a riot over the removal of Robert E Lee
After a woman is killed by a neo Nazi on video for a shocked nation to see
A chance to mourn publicly for the injured and the one women dead
A chance to condemn the use of a car to counter protesters batter
Filing through the air like leaves in a strong wind to scatter
Two police officers on scene in a chopper and one woman dead
A time to mourn and time to condemn but what does Trump do instead
He points out that violence was present on both sides
Implying justification for this neo-Nazi to plow into the crowd in his deadly ride
The last two narcissists ran as unifiers a mantra to a nation and its people unite
Even as more and more of our people are intertwined in an increasing violent partisan fight
Narcissists with big egos and with extremely thin skins
Believe that any who disagree even slightly are guilty of a mortal sin
Lash out, demonize, trivialize, and ruthlessly demean
They cannot from attacking critics however slight wean
A missed opportunity to instill a sense of calm
Poison ivy of blame instead of a soothing, unifying balm
Robert E. Lee watching the emotions over a statue of bronze must be rolling in his grave
Appalled over the actions of the KKK and neo-Nazis and a rising partisanship violent wave
He was against the erection of Confederate monuments after the Civil War’s end
His legacy a great-great grandson Robert E. Lee V  supports the removal trend
Trump’s initial comments and then his later double down
An omen that for a second term he will not be around
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August 16, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Airborne Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 15, 2017 A memorial service will be held today for the woman killed in Charlottesville but the furor over Trump’s condemnation of the role of the alt-left and the alt-right fueled by the MSM and Politico’s altering of his impromptu press conference (later retracted after the damage done) to using the word “us” implying Trump was with the alt-right); with the tensions and rhetoric from Kim, Asia does not need another confrontation between two nuclear powers but that is what we are faced with on the Chinese Indian border with both sides reinforcing troops there and demanding the other side withdraw from their “territory”; Trump and Sessions are making good on their promise to eradicate MS-13 with news of arrests of more than a dozen gang members in Ohio and reports that ICE will use U and S visas to encourage illegal aliens to report MS-13 criminal activity (MS-13 violence and the opioid crisis are just two more reasons why we need a wall and a secure border); it looks like the real obstruction of justice perpetrator Loretta Lynch is back in the spotlight as the FBI in response to FOIA requests on the tarmac meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton is reopening the case (dime against a dollar Bill Clinton promised Lynch a SCOTUS nomination or continuation as AG if no indictment recommendation with not a word on golf or grandchildren); satellite photos may have located the crash site of MH370 that disappeared in 2014; in yet another example of rhetoric way over the top and putting gasoline on the fires that divide this country, Michael Moore, that pathetic fat wimp disguising himself as a director, is claiming that anyone who still supports Trump is an accomplice to rape and not to be outdone another obese leftist Rosie O’Donnell claimed that anyone who works for Trump is a Nazi (when will the vitriolic rhetoric from the left be ramped down?); from the Hippie Movement in the 60’s and wearing a flower in your hair, the Golden State has morphed into the Hate State leading the nation with 80 hate groups within its borders (after seeing riots at Berkeley to shut down conservative speakers not a surprise); through August 15, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2347, 408 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Eminem, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by an  anonymous source on the difference between recreational sky diving and being combat parachutist, looking forward to being in a jacent state later in the evening,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1National Airborne Day—created by President George W. Bush in 2001 to commemorate the first official U.S. Army parachute jump on this day in 1940.   
2. National Dosimetrist Day—celebrated on the third Wednesday in August to honor the accomplishments of those radiation oncology treatment specialists so important in the fight against cancer.     
3. 2010 Number One Song—the number one song in 2010 on a long run of 7 weeks in that position was “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna. Here is the performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uelHwf8o7_U
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jacent” which means lying flat and the perfect word to go with today’s music video.  
5.  A Tree May Grow In Brooklyn But In Harlem A Renaissance—celebrating the birth on this day in 1902 of Wallace Thurman noted Haarlem African American writer and playwright whose promising career as an acclaimed writer was cut short by alcoholism with his pen taken from him at the too early age of 32.      
On this day in:
a. 1896 Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discovered gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, prompting the Klondike Gold Rush.
b. 1916 the Migratory Bird Act designed to protect migratory birds and their nests from over hunting and trafficking was entered into between Canada and the United States.
c. 1927 the first and only Dole Race from Oakland to Honolulu took place with 6 of the 8 planes entered crashing on takeoff or lost over the Pacific Ocean never to be seen again. Only 2 planes successfully landed in Honolulu.  
d. 1920 Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians was hit in the head by a fastball thrown by Yankees pitcher Carl May and died 12 hours later leading MLB to require umpires to replace any ball that became dirty (harder to see to get out of the way) but surprisingly it would take another 30 years before batting helmets would be required.  
e. 1954 the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published.  

Reflections on Airborne Infantry like the 82nd or the 101st: “I don’t care how many sky dives you’ve got. Until you have jumped into complete darkness at 850’ wearing 95 pounds of equipment and 68 pounds of parachute, you just haven’t lived.” Anon Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.  

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