Happy National Poetry Month!

Underwater City

In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought I’d share an old poem I wrote back in college called “the city that sleeps with the fishes.” I wrote it in fixed verse form like a sestina but with my own special touch. The poem has so much personality, and it still is one of my favorites. It was published in Shoofly Literary Magazine at Kutztown University.

the city that sleeps with the fishes

hustling, boisterous commuters blur
finger-smudged camera lenses
murky rain puddles line curbs
splashing unsuspecting pedestrians

finger-smudged camera lenses
cars swim down the passing lane
splashing unsuspecting pedestrians
bowing down for a sweet swan song

cars swim down the passing lane
backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly
bowing down for a sweet swan song
bursts of laughter erupt from within

backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly
asphyxiated Mother of Exiles
bursts of laughter erupt from within
cruising and schmoozing in my super yacht

extinguished golden flame of Exiles
chemically marinated catfish navigate
cruising and schmoozing in my super yacht
submerged buildings can’t scrape the sky

chemically marinated catfish navigate
murky rain puddles choke curbs
submerged buildings can’t scrape the sky
hustling boisterous commuters vanish

photo: HSBC

Lancaster City Restaurant Week: March 24-30

Lancaster City Restaurant Week 2014

We’re celebrating Restaurant Week here in Lancaster City! Lancaster City Restaurant Week kicked off Monday, March 24, and runs until Sunday, March 30. If there was ever a week to dine out in Lancaster, this is it. With so many great restaurants to choose from – old and new, I might end up rolling myself into April. Here are a few of my picks for the week:

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Help us plan our trip to Northern Oregon!

Help us plan our trip to Northern Oregon

Finally, finally, FINALLY! Mike and I officially purchased our tickets to Northern Oregon! We’ll be headed out there for the first week in September. It’s still about five months away, but we can’t wait to spend some quality time together and relax. We are flying into Portland and planning to stay there for most of the week with day trips to the Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood and possibly some wineries in Willamette Valley.

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Paris in a day

French flag

Anyone who’s been to Paris knows one day is nowhere near enough time to experience the City of Lights. With so many sights, smells and croissants to eat, it’s hard imagine even a week would suffice, let alone 24 hours. Nevertheless, my friends and I managed to squeeze a lot into our one day in Paris. Here’s what we managed to accomplish in our one day in Paris:

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