I'm writing this on the evening of Sunday, January 11th for posting later this week. The muse has captured me and I wanted to devote my words to processor while my response is still fresh...I LOVED THE ARTICLES I READ FOR RESURRECTION SUNDAY! I liked the fact that there was variety and commentary amongst the articles and poems.
I confess that last night I drank alcohol and then switched to Red Bull, which I preceded to then swallow four of them throughout the night. What I write next might be shocking so be sure you are seated...I couldn't sleep. In fact, it's almost 7 PM American Central and I have yet to go to bed and this afternoon I twittered between being awake and not, but now I'm just awake. The happy consequence of my caffeinated marathon is that I read articles in the Reposting Favorites Group. Don't tell me I don't put my manic spurts into good use!
First, there is Dannielle's tale about a family outing to an Arlo Guthrie concert in Ithaca, first published in July of 2006 (http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977560283&grpId=3659174697256219&nav=Groupspace ). It's about how her youngest son sassed Guthrie and Guthrie got all Rambo on him. Read it and check out how Dannielle subdued Arlo with her siren song. This article is rated R for brief nudity and harsh language.
Faith's poem, 'Gulf Coast Reverie' has the best repost introductory that I have read so far, "This was first published in September of 2006 here, and remains one of my favorites. It is also a favorite of several dear friends of mine. In the comment section of the first posting, it seems I am talking to ghosts, people long gone from Gather." It's a great poem and you can read it here (http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977560256&grpId=3659174697256219&nav=Groupspace). If you are interested in peaking at some of the ghosts of Gather's past you can check out this webpage and see how the web design has changed in the last few years (http://web.archive.org/web/*/http:/www.gather.com).
Dame Ruth made a unique choice for repost article, as if we expected anything less, and reposted a knee-slapping (that's an elitist phrase for humor) rant that is written with such eloquence Dorothy Parker almost chocked on a martini olive from the grave. 'I've Said It Before, And I'll Say It Again' (http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977560232&grpId=3659174697256219&nav=Groupspace ) made me both laugh and think. I like the idea of reposting rants not so much as the idea of spreading the bitchfest, as much as a compare and contrast of things from then to now. Has the Gather community changed? Are the issues the same? The other things I like about rants are that they are often some of the funniest things you'll ever read. A fine a$$ ripping is like the bouquet of good wine. When it done right, it is almost funnier the second time around. Lastly, as an investment of time and energy often rants are poor payoffs. I am sure many of us write for more than one writing site. What is applicable to Gather isn't for Author's Den. Thus the idea or recycling rants is a pleasing one to me and the possibilities make me giggle.
Speaking about a olives, Dorine reshared 'Home Curried Olives' which sound really yummy...especially now that my body is craving salt (nearly 24 hours of tweaking will do that to you). Her descriptions of her time in Spain make me want to cry out for more travel. (http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?grpId=3659174697256219&articleId=281474976790419&nav=Groupspace )
Tonia reposted 'Unintended Intimacies' that uses phrases such as "smeared make-up" and "dried blood." I was going to try to mislead you readers by saying her poem is about wayward teens on a shopping spree, but I think you have to check it out yourself for all the intrigue (http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?grpId=3659174697256219&articleId=281474977560221&nav=Groupspace ).
Sandy makes an absorbing case for love in 'The Power of Love' (http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977560202&grpId=3659174697256219&nav=Groupspace ) an article that surprisingly got little love when it debuted on Gather in March of 2006. She also adds a few disclaimers, which may not be too pleasing to murderers, Republicans, and NASCAR fans. All I can add is that I have known some NASCAR fans who were not murderers or Republican.
Lastly, there is my little offering to the Resurrection Sunday project, 'The Day of the Iconoclast' (http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?grpId=3659174697256219&articleId=281474977560083&nav=Groupspace ) which I originally posted in late May of 2006. The new and improved (maybe? it has a new font and was put on a different word program) version has an image of the ultimate American male icon, John Wayne...and not just John Wayne mind you, but John Wayne on horseback filming on the wild frontier (back lot of 20th Century Fox). What can I tell you about the story behind this story, except to add that one of the things I love about this old man is how he blows out his birthday cake candles and then opens his eyes realizing his wish did not come true; his family is still there.
Here's the cream, I really loved the results of Resurrection Sunday and propose that we do it every Sunday. When I say, every Sunday it doesn't mean that you need to feel pressured to repost something every Sunday, but that Sunday would be a good day for all of us to look for the reposts of others. Tell me what all of you think.
If you want to join the fun or know where to locate the fun stop by the Resurrection Sunday group. (http://repostoffavorite.gather.com/ ).
Westerfield © 2009
Okay, I'm not going to make you work at it. Here are some of the tag lines I came up for the pictures.
Find Johnny 5000
Portrait of Dorothy Parker after asked to play the game, 'Things that Start with the Letter H'
Sarah Palin Loves Sandy
John Wayne Loves Sandy Too!