Carpe Diem Y’all by Michele Bernard

Writer, Texan, Semi-interested Sports Fan

Notes from the Road

greenfields3d.jpgNow which way do we go?  Dorothy – The Wizard of Oz

I understand the phrase “sea of green” now.

I look left,

I look right. 

I see rolling prairie




Clear blue horizon.

White cotton balls dot sky and spackle shadow across land. 

Green and Blue

Swallow me.

Driving through Kansas is everything I imagine it will be.

Yet America is a poem in our eyes; it’s ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres. –Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Poet”, Essays, Second Series, 1844

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele


July 31, 2007 Posted by | Best Lines, Carpe Diem Quotes, Michele's Musings, Summer, Travel | Leave a comment

Just (Give Me A) Brake

01suburban-4.jpg  …must be what the mechanic thought I said when I asked him for an estimate to replace my front brakes and he replied, “$109.99.”

 Insert Scene Card Here:  Time Passes 

“That’s $109.99 per tire,” says the mechanic.

 Time Passes 

“Ma’am, you really need to look at this.”  Mechanic jiggles front tire.  “This could fall off any minute.  Very unsafe.”

“I just had my tires rotated yesterday.”

“Well they wouldn’t find this very dangerous problem unless they were looking for it.  Luckily, we can fix it for $653.00.  Plus labor.”

 Time Passes 

“Ma’am, these back brakes…”  Mechanic clicks his tongue against his teeth, “I can see why you think the issue is in the front when in fact it’s an issue you have all the way around.  You’re going to need to take care of the back too.  It’s a wonder nothing’s happened.”  Mechanic shakes his head in disbelief, “For all four tires, plus pads….”

Time Passes 

“After tax, that’ll be $1272.00”

 When he quoted 109.99 I guess I should’ve asked him to be more specific re: the decimal point location.

July 22, 2007 Posted by | Michele's Musings, Summer | 3 Comments

It’s a Meme

1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.

2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

3. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here are eight random facts about me:

1.  I’m not wearing any underwear 

2.  Actually, I am wearing underwear, but I’m always tempted to say that when asked to do ice-breakers at group events

3.  I had to look up the word meme

4.  I can play the flute

5.  I have a freakish knowledge of hurricane trivia

6.  As a kid I LOVED Donny Osmond 

7.  I won a disco dance contest

8.  When seven months pregnant with my second child, I met Donny Osmond  (right after Joan Jett  accidentally knocked me down then helped me to my feet), which leads me to believe, there is a God and He has a warped sense of humor

I tag:  Stacy, GG, Kelly, Keelie, Daph, Chris, Keri, Jamie 


July 12, 2007 Posted by | Michele's Musings | 5 Comments

Thank you Mrs. Johnson

in-memory-of-lady-bird.jpg  Where flowers bloom so does hope – Lady Bird Johnson

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

July 12, 2007 Posted by | Best Lines, Carpe Diem Quotes, Heart, Inspiration, Inspirational | Leave a comment

Baby’s Breath

babysbreath.jpg At the break of day, I tip-toe past the bedrooms and the den.  They overflow with slumbering family members and friends.  The musty rose smell of our grandmother’s quilts, pressed into service for just such occasions, mingle with the aroma of brewing coffee to tint the morning air.  As I write, all three sons sleep under the same roof.  With one son stationed in Hawaii, soon to be deployed to Iraq, and another living on his own for the past year, this is a rare and special occasion indeed.   

When they were children, they shared a room, two on the full-sized bottom bunk, one on the top.  At bedtime I stood by this bed, hands on hips, “I said, go to sleep!”  In the morning, I stood by this bed, savoring the quiet, smiling at the sweet picture they painted, arms and legs sprawled this way and that, innocent, dreaming, silent except for the soft inhales and exhales times three.  Baby’s breath.

I sip my coffee.  If I choose to stop writing this sentence, and walk into the next room, I will literally hear them breathing.  I can think of no greater gift this day. 

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.  ~Erma Bombeck

July 9, 2007 Posted by | Army Mom, Best Lines, Family, Michele's Musings, Motherhood, Parenting | 1 Comment

Why I’m Glad The Too Busy/Too Stressed Out Nurse Yelled At Me

stethoscope.jpg   If she’d been in a better mood, I wouldn’t have felt compelled to seek medical services eleswhere, and the extra sound in my fourteen year old son’s chest would’ve been lost to the noise of the chaos in the assembly line like office.   The new doctor (the one in the peaceful office with the friendly, attentive nurse), in turn, referred us to a pediatric cardiologist, another friendly, attentive sort who went about the task of diagnosing and treating the issue at hand.  I’m happy to report, that after three long weeks of trekking to Dallas to meet with specialists, and undergoing tests that this heart patient is all too familiar with, all is well, and my son has been cleared to resume his normal activity level:  FULL-THROTTLE.   Thanks be to God, Good Medicine (1 baby aspirin per day), and Good Doctors (Dr. Chadbury and Dr. Kort).

Maybe after I have more time to process this experience, I will write more about the importance of patient advocacy.  And I will most certainly write more about my belief that it is imperative to bypass cattle-call sports physicals offered by some doctors and some schools and take your child to a doctor who will give him or her an individualized, full and complete physical.  But today, I’m too busy breathing again after holding my breath for so long.  In the meantime, click here to read more about the Sports physical.  Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder

July 5, 2007 Posted by | Best Lines, Family, Heart, Michele's Musings, Motherhood, Parenting | 1 Comment