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my favorite poems

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

this was my favorite poem when I was a kid:

A Dream Deferred (by Langston Hughes)

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?
when TCM shows "A Raisin in the Sun" I always remember the Langston Hughes poem. I think it's the only one I know by heart.

in middle school and high school, I was more interested in Edgar Allen Poe. Every year when the bluebirds start builidng their nests, I think about "The Raven". We have bluebirds gently tapping on all the windows at the office for weeks. So I have to read "The Raven" again.

amazing how stuff you loved as a kid comes back to you so easily!

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JOYCECAIN 8/8/2012 11:24PM

    Love this. I just watched Raisin In The Sun, this morning. I like Langston Hughes. I will have to get to town and stop at the library to get his poetry. I live in the country, I don't get out much, nothing available. When I had my own apartment, before I came hefe to help my sister, I had my own books. I miss that. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am just tired of living with my sister. 11 more months.

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CHICCHANTAL 8/8/2012 1:59AM

    This is my fave verse from my fave poem, the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

One Moment in Annihilation's Waste,
One Moment, of the Well of Life to taste --
The Stars are setting and the Caravan
Starts for the Dawn of Nothing -- Oh, make haste!

Live for the day.

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BRENJET 8/7/2012 9:31PM

    Love Langston Hughes!! Thanks so much for blogging this. Made me smile to read his poetry again!

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not the workout I planned, but...

Friday, July 27, 2012

I love Friday nights at the Y. I can pretty much use any piece of equipment with little or no waiting.

I've been pretty slack on my running, and I plan to run 10k on Labor Day, so I really need to get back to running 3 or 4 times a week.

one of my goals for 2012 is to run a sub 30 5k. I thought I'd give it a try on the treadmill tonight. Usually once I see that I can meet my goal on the treadmill, I have more confidence that I can do the same thing on the road.

So...5 minute warm up walk. Then I reset the treadmill. First minute, running at a 12 min mile pace. Second minute, 11 min mile. Then I was at a 10 min mile or faster and reached the 2 mile point in less than 20 minutes. But I just wasn't feeling it. So I walked for a bit. Then a good sprint, more walking, sprint, elevate to 2, walk, sprint, etc. I ended up doing a total of 6.2 miles in 70 minutes!!! Average pace, 11.5 min mile (and I did a LOT of walking).

I'm pretty darn happy with that (and pretty darn TIRED). I think I have a blister on the bottom of my foot now. But it's small. And I can rest up with some Neosporin for a couple of days.

bring on the 10k!

oh...and my workout clothes were soaked. I had to hang them on the hamper to dry!

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/28/2012 2:26PM

    DEfinitely get some rest and yoga in there... ;) You're doing great!

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JOYCECAIN 7/28/2012 1:21PM

    You are doing so well. I know you will do well in your race. I can only walk and do other simple exercises, but it is something. I truly believe that when all the runners do their thing, they I hope, know I am there in spirit. Love Joyce emoticon

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QUEENMOXIE 7/28/2012 7:12AM

    Wow! That's were on the move! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BJPENNY70 7/27/2012 11:13PM

    Wow Debby! You are doing great. I hope how soon I can say I am walking in a 5K. That will be so glorious for me. You keep it up. I know you can do just about anything you want to.

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Aimee says she feels blessed...

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

this is from Andy's blog; it's a conversation he had with Aimee the first day they were allowed to take her outside:

“So Aimee, how do you really feel about everything that has happened the past 49 days?” I asked.

“It’s okay,” she responded after a bit of thought.

“Okay how?” I dug deeper.

Aimee pondered the question for a moment. She’s always been very thoughtful and she doesn’t speak on the fly without knowing where she’s going. Aimee seems to always be two steps ahead. I bet she’d make a very good chess player.

“I don’t have any regrets about what has happened. I don’t focus on what I’ve lost, I would rather focus on what I’ve gained. I feel like I’ve been blessed.”

I was stunned by her response. I hadn’t anticipated this from her. It wasn’t that I was surprised about her lack of regrets, but her comment on being blessed caught me off guard. Keep in mind that I have said this to the media, that we’ve been blessed by God that Aimee is alive, so I thought this is what she meant by that statement.

“Yes Aimee,” I replied, “I feel blessed that you are alive.”

Aimee shook her head. “No, I didn’t mean it like that.”

“Then what do you mean?”

“I mean that I am blessed to have the opportunity to experience something that not many other people have the chance to experience. I am blessed to be able to have a challenge that not many others get to have. I am blessed to have the capacity to share my experience with others and have a chance to improve the quality of someone else’s life. I’m blessed to be different.”

Aimee has the most amazing outlook. She has had some dark moments (very few IMHO), but always comes back to her positive attitude. I know that there are great things in store for her.

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JAGRIF 7/28/2012 11:00AM

    Aimee is and will continue to be a blessing to many people.

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BJPENNY70 7/27/2012 11:11PM

    Oh what a real true blessing Aimee's testimony is! God will surely use this child. Amazing is what she is!

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JOYCECAIN 7/3/2012 1:29PM

    Please give her my love and support.

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CHEMCHIC2006 7/3/2012 8:20AM

    I read on the news she was leaving the hospital! She seems like such a special person! I wish her and her family all the best!

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Aimee is leaving the hospital!

Monday, July 02, 2012

she's headed to rehab for several weeks. It's not the same as going home, but it's a move in the right direction.


she's still trying NOT to take pain meds, but sometimes her meditation efforts are not enough. I cannot imagine what she's gone thru. I'm so glad she has a wonderful family and that they all have such a positive outlook.

thanks so much to everybody for kind thoughts & prayers emoticon

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JOYCECAIN 7/2/2012 8:35PM

    Your baby is lovely. No greater love, truly, is the love an aninal gives to those people they love. I am an aninal lover. They speak to us in a way that nothing else can come close to.

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the latest Aimee news

Friday, June 08, 2012

from the link:
This past week Aimee had struggled mightily. Although her condition had improved significantly, her pain has been considerable. Phantom pain now plagues her “hands”. Although she has no hands, her brain is apparently still telling her body that the hands are there. If you recall, I told you that her fingers had necrotized and that her hands were puffy and purple. That is what she now feels. I asked her if she could describe the pain and she told me, “it feels like I have been carrying bags of rocks.” Wow. Imagine carrying bags of rocks for days on end and never being able to release them. You know how your fingers freeze up and you want to extend them? She can’t do that. She said her “fingers” feel contorted and twisted. Nothing really helps her pain much. Some of the pain medication makes her sick to her stomach and she winds up vomiting.
This past week the proverbial poopy hit the fan for Aimee. She was lashing out at her care givers, she was in pain, she was sick to her stomach, she was unable to tend to her own basic needs and she was very unhappy. She had every right to be unhappy. By Thursday afternoon, Aimee’s misery had come full circle. She knew that many things were beyond her control and that fighting those who cared for her was not the solution. She prayed and meditated on this and she told me she was overcome by peace. She realized that she had to give in to something much bigger than herself. I asked her what she meant and she said that she surrendered her will and submitted to the will of God. She knew that anger was not the answer. She knows that God is in control.
As for Aimee’s general medical condition, please allow me to relate the following update:
- Her lungs are now healthy. The ventilator has been out of her room for nearly two weeks now.
- She once had a plethora of tubes running into her body, perhaps as many as 16 IVs. She now has 2.
- She is making 100cc of urine an hour on her own. The normal rate is 30cc. She is off dialysis for now.
- The doctors removed her trache on 5/27 and replaced it with a trache cap so she could talk. Yesterday they removed the trache cap and bandaged her neck. The tracheotomy should close within 5 days.
- Her wounds continue to require debridement before skin grafts can adhere successfully. There may be 2-3 more of these procedures before grafts may commence.
Considering that Aimee was once the “sickest person in ICU”, according to one doctor, she has come a long way. Her survival is a blessing and her continued pace of recovery is a testament to the power of prayer. That those same prayers have healed the wounded bodies and souls of many Americans is no coincidence. That is how God works.
God bless you all!
those are the words of Aimee's dad, Andy.

I know that she does indeed still have a long, tough road ahead. I'm glad that Aimee found her way back to her center; the faith that keeps her grounded and gives the Copeland family such strength.

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JOYCECAIN 7/2/2012 8:37PM

    Glad to see that she is doing better. Take care.

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USMAWIFE 6/27/2012 1:50PM

    I have been following her story from SC. It's so awesome how she is recovering.

There is a woman here in Greenville who developed the same medical situation after giving birth to twins in Atlanta. Hers was not as severe, but she did need lots of surgery as well as being kept in a coma.

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THENEWMANDA 6/8/2012 3:37PM

    WOW! That's amazing. Good for her, I'll continue to keep her in my prayers!

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BJPENNY70 6/8/2012 3:04PM

    Thanks for the update on Aimee. Please give her this message.

Keep showing your true strength, Aimee. Praise our LORD GOD for HE is great. You have come a very long way already. Keep trusting the LORD. HE is by your side. You will do amazing things. Hold to your faith in GOD. I will keep praying for you.

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23KAIYA 6/8/2012 2:46PM

    emoticon way to go Aimee!

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