Posted by: janetleigh | July 5, 2008

Happy 4th of July…!

Much to celebrate on this fantastic 4th of July.  The Supreme Court finally voted in our favor, although I think the vote should have been unanimous.  What were the hold-outs thinking?!?! 

And especially:

Due date days ago
Ada Corrina presents – 
Independence Day!


Rick Mobbs and Naomi’s beautiful newborn Ada Corrina Swinton embodied the true spirit of independence by postponing her appearance into the world until the 4th of July.  You go, grrl!




  1. Isn’t she just scrumptious. Adding my love and congrats here too!

  2. Ahhh! Beautiful!

  3. Thanks Janet, for giving space for this angel. Rick’s site is rife with pics, but perhaps now, because of your gracious gesture, more folks will join in and welcome the incredible miracle girl, Ada Corrina to this world. She will be a world shaker and heart breaker. She is already a doll, and a poster girl for Gerber.


  4. beautiful girl. what’s that about the supreme court?

  5. Hi Janet,
    She a little darling!

    Hope your well Janet :-D

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  7. Speaking of Rick, check out his latest image prompt. Here is something new, on which for you to chew.

    Aztec Eyes

    Lion king,
    staring malevolently
    from out of the
    many colored stones—
    how did you find your way
    from Africa
    to Central America;
    how did you become
    an Aztec god?

    You are more
    than a puma,
    but not quite
    a tiger—
    yet you clearly have
    leopard’s spots.

    Your mane
    radiates from solid rock
    like shards from the sun.
    Your crown is regal
    qnd busy,
    decorated with alien
    yet familiar
    Your whiskers are thick,
    Blending magnificently
    Into your liege’s collar.

    One eye is red,
    the other blue,
    with battle, blood, and anger
    on the right,
    and the sea, and great lakes,
    and waterfalls
    and tears
    on the left.

    Have you appeared to me
    as a portent of doom,
    bellowing and roaring righteously,
    needing to be heeded and heard
    as a dark reminder,
    or as a celebration,
    a gift
    for the awakened?

    I see love
    in your face,
    and sternness,
    and wonder,
    and pity,
    and pride—
    frightening, fascinating
    and fully feline;
    yet so much
    a cosmic cat lord,
    a galaxial anomaly.

    I salute you,
    obey you,
    bow to you,
    and reach out
    in obeisance.
    All I ask,
    all I require
    is that you be
    more than mist,
    more than paint,
    more than granite;
    that you be
    all that is—
    for we need you
    more than ever.

    Glenn A. Buttkus July 2008

  8. Janet, you must fix your computer. We, out here, miss your input and output. A poet should not be silenced by mere mechanical difficulties. We wait for word from you, and pine for your poetry. We hope all is well there in Shenandoah.


  9. Hope your cyber woes will be healed soon, dear lady. Here I am again. Reading Alex’s blog this morning, she included some pics of lavender farms there on the San Juan islands. It inspired yet another poetric meandering from me:

    Purple Honey

    on the exposed slopes
    of scattered isles
    in the Salish Sea,
    Lamiaceae lurks

    Once native
    to Africa and India,
    it can be cultivated,
    or as a garden escapee
    it can splash purple
    midst many verdant meadows
    and wooded glens.

    Those pale purple fragrant buds
    are staples for people’s potpourris,
    or can be stored
    in dark drawers
    or ornate wardrobes
    to keep clothing smelling fresh,
    and to deter the odd moth.
    Their oil can be used
    as antiseptic,
    their nector is gathered
    by honeybees—
    and the purple honey
    is marketed worldwide.

    A lavender’s blossom
    can be candied,
    or just added to raw sugar,
    or used as a healing herb,
    or blended blithely into black,
    green, or herbal teas
    to add its robust and relaxing
    scent and flavor.

    They document
    that oil of lavender
    was used in hospitals
    during WWII
    to disinfect floors and walls.
    It’s seeds and dried petals
    can be added
    to a pillow, promoting
    deep sleep
    and purple dreams.

    The ancient Greeks
    called the lavender herb
    after the Syrian city
    of Naarda,
    and it was one of the holy herbs
    used in the biblical Temple
    to prepare “holy essence”.
    Nard is mentioned
    in the Song of Solomon”
    “nard and saffron
    Calamus and cinnamon,
    And every kind of incense tree.”

    The wily Romans
    used “lavandavius”
    in their lavish baths
    to scent the water,
    and the restore the skin.

    Why even during the height
    of the Plague,
    glove makers at Grasse
    would scent their leather
    with lavender oil—
    and this was claimed
    to ward off the plague;
    which it did,
    for the strong lavender scent
    repelled fleas.

    So, gosh, when next you spy
    a lovely clump of lavender,
    whether in neat rows,
    or dotted and mixed
    into ferns and grasses,
    decorating the landscape—
    take a delicious moment
    to stop, look, and inhale;
    then tip your hat
    to this winsome wildflower,
    for it is always a princess
    and sometimes queen
    in Nature.

    Glenn A. Buttkus July 2008

  10. hello janetleigh, thanks for doing this, I just stumbled across it now. We are all doing great at 3 weeks.

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