Instant Bluebird! Six Months of Bluebird Blvd. in Six Posts (With Anecdotes! With Love!)

1960s woman stands in front of postal delivery boxes, trying to figure out which one to use.

1960s woman stands in front of postal delivery boxes, trying to figure out which one to use.
 

Today I am celebrating the six month anniversary of Bluebird Blvd.

Thank you so much for being here today!

Would you like a cup of coffee? I just put on a fresh pot.

I thought to celebrate today’s mini-milestone, I’d offer you six quick links to six different touchpoint posts on Bluebird Blvd— with extra special personal anecdotes! Anecdotes that ran much longer than I originally intended! They’re more like megadotes!

Here’s your coffee! Feel free to skim my mega-anecdotes, my friend.

Ready? Steady! Go!
My first writing post was an essay about my early childhood— I was a dreamy child. Since many of my first readers were real life friends and colleagues, it cheered me greatly to have their support and their voice on my blog. Starting a blog was a terrifying prospect. I really had never written in this form before— my background is in print publications. Having so much support so quickly gave me hope that Bluebird Blvd. might be my new home.

Although I started playing around with my regular feature, The Marriage Interpreter, early on here at Bluebird Blvd., it wasn’t until The Marriage Interpreter (No. 3) that I felt as though I had hit my stride. In this dialogue, The Husband speaks to me in his sleep. I was so surprised that night. This never happens. I ran off to my notebook to take notes. He didn’t remember having said any of this at all.

In the first few months of Bluebird Blvd., I published a lot of drawings. I have been studying drawing off and on for most of my life, but studied art somewhat seriously in college. Vic improves his mind is …. Read on, Reader!

Instant Bluebird! Famous Poetry Out Loud

 
 

Jean Weil in ABC studio making international phone call

 
 

One gorgeous pleasure of the internet is the amount of art available right beneath your keyboard-tapping fingers.

The problem, of course, is that there’s so much art! Everywhere! And for some special items, you have to dig and dig. (And dig!)
 
 

With that issue in mind, let me give you one set of quick links to poets reading their own work as well as other famous folks reading (or singing!) poetry:

 
Have you ever wondered what Robert Frost sounds like reading his own haunting “The Road Not Taken”? Poets.org, the main site for The Academy of American poets, has a free reading of this famous poem by Frost himself, and so much more.
 
One of the poets I adore is Phillip Levine— his work is tactile and unexpected. Levine is a featured poet on The Poetry Foundation’s audio recordings of Essential American Poets, which you can listen to right here.
 
When I went scrambling around looking for Frank O’Hara’s “The Day Lady Died” (one of my favorite poems of all time), I found this fantastic audio recording of O’Hara’s poem read by poet Phillip Levine! (Thanks synchronicity!) Courtesy of the WNYC radio station, you can hear this breathless piece of poetry yourself on the radio station’s website.
 
 
Now that I think about it, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention one of my favorite ’90s recordings of Vanessa Daou reading/singing Erica Jong’s poetry on her full-length recording, Zipless. This poem in song, “Autumn Perspective,” is a delish delight I break out every October:
…. Read on, Reader!

Instant Bluebird! Four Little Things to Improve Your Monday

 

Hoover's Happy Hustling Helpers--County Agent, A.R. Chase and County Supt. C.T. Bonney with the Wasco County Canning Team, ca. 1917

 
 

Laugh loudly on Monday and Friday will be right around the corner laughing with you!

That’s my theory, anyway.
 
So, quickly, now let me give you a few things to help you up your happiness quotient for the day:
 
Joyfully, I thought of Lynda Barry first thing this morning. If you still haven’t had a chance to read One! Hundred! Demons!, you can start at Salon.com’s Lynda Barry page for a taster of a little Lynda Barry magic! (Lynda Barry rocks! I’ve written about her quite a bit!)
 
Luckily, I saw this amazing collection of circus photographs from the mid-20th Century a few months ago on Retronaut. (A major burst of happiness for everyone!)
 
Strangely enough, if nothing else is doing the trick, this one page might fix your day. (I promise, it will help!)
 
Finally, I have been informed by Phillip Lozano that Community is coming back mid-season!
 

To celebrate the first day of the week, I give you this clip of a parody of an ’80s movie done by one of my favorite shows!

 
(Bonus— The Husband and I do this bit all the time! Lurves …. Read on, Reader!

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