Favorite Poetry {Spin Cycle}

Taking a dirt trail into the middle of the wilderness; for some reason, this has always appealed to me.

Independence Mine

I like the idea of being able to disappear into nature; to take the road less traveled. My favorite poems reflect this desire.

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
~J.R.R. Tolkien

When I was much younger, I loved walking the trails behind my grandparents’ house by the hilly banks of a river in Iowa. Back in those woods, it was easy to forget that civilization was just around the bend.

grandparents' house

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

~Robert Frost

And yet I know, if I truly disappeared into the wilderness, I would miss civilization very much.

Ode to French Fries

Oh, french fries, you’re glorious,
even though you’re calorious,
You simply are my favorite food.

Share you, I’ll never
Even though it will ever
Be said that I’m rude.

No ketchup, please,
I’d rather have cheese,
Or just sprinkle you with plenty of salt.

Although I just love your taste,
You really add to my waist,
Our love affair certainly must halt!

Skins on or nak-ed,
Fried, but not bak-ed,
Thick or thin, still I adore you.

After much consideration,
I’ll try moderation.
My love for you remains true!

~Ginny Marie

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The 100 and The Martian {Spin Cycle}

Why am I so drawn to a good apocalypse story? Twenty years ago, I adored the mini-series The Stand with Molly Ringwald, which was about life after a deadly virus killed most of the population. A year ago, I became entranced with The Walking Dead, which takes it up a notch and has a deadly virus turn people into zombies.

Now I’m hooked on The 100, another apocalypse story. This time, Earth was ruined by nuclear warfare, and mankind fled to a space station. When the space station starts to fail, 100 juvenile delinquents are sent to the surface to see if Earth is survivable. The premise of the story reminds me of the criminals sent to a colony in Australia. I’ve just spent two weeks watching every episode I could!

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This obsession with these kind of stories is puzzling; I also love a good romantic comedy, the exact opposite of shows like The 100. Ed and I watched The Switch with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman on Valentine’s Day. We both thought it was very cute and funny. We agreed that the lice scene was even funnier since we have lived though our own lice experience at home!

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir was another binge this week. I couldn’t put this book down! I read it when I should have been doing other things, such as feeding my children. An astronaut is accidentally thought dead and left behind on Mars. His struggle to survive on such an inhospitable planet is an amazing read.

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