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2001 Birthday photograph by Olga Hedrnandez ©2001 Stanyan Entertainment

A Thought for Today

If all I've done so far is all I can do, I'm not impressed.


Birthdays are birthdays. They come around each year. They never vary much unless you're vain enough to carry a mirror in your purse or pocket. So at this ripe old age instead of concentrating on the year just added, I've decided to mention an anniversary of much more recent vintage.

Today A Safe Place To Land starts its third year on the net. To those who have been with us from the beginning, a very low bow and the highest degree of thanks. A special welcome to the readers who've joined us over the years and continue to do so every day. This safe place to land exists for you. 

Too many contribute to this site to single out, but a few must be mentioned; Wade Alexander, Jay Hagan, Melinda Smith and especially our webmaster Ken Blackie.

It was Ken who dragged me kicking and screaming onto the net and his hard work and vision from the other side of The Atlantic keep us turning every day. 

My love to all of you, especially Megan, Nicola and Priscilla who let me share their dad and husband every day. 

Party hearty and sleep warm, though not necessarily with the designated driver.

RM 4/28/2000 / First published 4/29/2000

I started working on a poem for Jay last year and printed the results as a work in progress. It was just that. Iím printing the original again this year and a version I revised today. Itís better but it still isnít there, that means I have to hang around at least another year to work on it some more.

RM 4/28/2001

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notable birthdays


Jessica Alba o Robert Anderson o Alexandra Ball o Lionel Barrymore o Penelope Cruz o Blossom Dearie o Nancy Lee Grahn o Saddam Hussein o Carolyn Jones o Yves Klein o Harper Lee o Jay Leno o Ann-Margret o James Monroe o Antonio Salazar o Marcia Strassman o Jeoffrey Tate o Sidney Toler

Rod's random thoughts I am in awe of having come this far without too big a turning.

Other names will always sound larger than your own. Learn humility early.

Let none who come to know you say, you didn't try.

-a work in process for Jay Hagan 

The most surprising rainbows 
always seem to arch across waterfalls.
Sometimes when you're lucky
                the edges of the colors blur
so that you have twice as many hues as anticipated.

Double rainbows may be rare
but if you hunt them down you'll find them,
                                              they are there.
                             I promise you they're there.

The legendary pot of gold at the end
                            of every multi colored arch?
I found mine long ago 
by discovering what I wanted to do
and learning how to do it.
Still I go on chasing waterfalls and hunting rainbows.

As for learning, 
that's a process that's always just beginning.

-written 4/28/2000 o First publication 4/29/2000

VERSION TWO / Revised 4/28/2001

The most surprising rainbows 
always seem to arch across waterfalls.
Sometimes when you're lucky
                the edges of the colors blur
so that you have twice as many hues 
                      as you anticipated.

Double rainbows? Rare.
no use to try and hunt them down
theyíll find you when you least expect
them. I promise you they are there.
The legendary pot of gold where
every multi colored archway ends?

I discovered my own long ago 
by discovering what it was I wanted
to do, then doing it until I learned to do it.

That hasnít stopped my rambling
                              after rainbows, 
my waterfall wanderings.

All of it another part 
Of learning on the job.

-First draft, 4/28/2000, revised 4/28/2001. Still Ďin the works.í

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Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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