Early Bird Chat

Happy 113th Birthday, Langston Hughes


I Dream A World

By Langston Hughes

I dream a world where man
No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom’s way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.
A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind-
Of such I dream, my world!


James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967)

116 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 99ts
    February 1, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Yes for the tennis win

    • 2 99ts
      February 1, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Novak won the last set 6-0

    • 3 jackiegrumbacher
      February 1, 2015 at 7:34 am

      Hi 99. Don’t know what time it is in your part of the world, but have a great day.

    • February 1, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Mooooooooorning 99ts! I hope you have a significantly better day than Andy!!

    • February 1, 2015 at 7:36 am

      How’s the grandbabe 99ts?

      • 9 99ts
        February 1, 2015 at 8:06 am

        No fan of Andy – I can use the lower strands of language with the best of some – but his on court cussing is way beyond what I can handle. Glad he lost. Middle of set 3 I thought he was going to win.

        Grandbabe is home, probably about 90%, she even spoke to me on the phone (a rare occurrence) and told me she is “not better yet” – Pediatrician said all is fine – he thought the emergency doctors probably over-reacted – but better safe than sorry – we’ve had the odd instance of a child being sent home – followed by serious serious issues – so I have no problem with the emergency response.

  2. 11 jackiegrumbacher
    February 1, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Morning all.

    • February 1, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Gooooood morning to ya, Jackie! How are the MiL festivities going?

      • 13 jackiegrumbacher
        February 1, 2015 at 7:47 am

        Hi Chips, just mentioned it below. We had a great time, got back late last night exhausted to the bone and am now in “recovery” with another winter storm likely on its way. But January is OVER and with it the last of my promised “falling down” exercise routines, for which I will be shouting “Hallelujah” throughout the day.

        • February 1, 2015 at 7:51 am

          “the last of my promised “falling down” exercise routines”

          Your Christmas gift? 🙂

          Thrilled the party went well, and what a beautiful, thoughtful idea for the cake, just lovely.

      • 15 arapaho415
        February 1, 2015 at 8:24 am

        GM JackieG.

        Glad to hear you’re back from MIL’s festivities, and that inclement conditions waited a day or two before assaulting the northeast again.

        My PA friend’s birthday is in January (Elvis’ BD and anniversary of #TucsonMassacre) and he was born during blizzard conditions — tough to plan for birthdays in the dead of winter there.

        On the global warming front…
        Spring is early in SoCal this year — most of the trees I see are now in full bloom, yellow mustard blooms are bountiful on the green hillsides — all a few weeks early — Spring usually begins here in mid-to-late February.

        10-day forecast highs range between 71F and 83F, lows between 51F-60F (our historical lows average in the 40Fs) with not a drop of rain in sight. Way too warm for this time of year — 56F now, before dawn.

        • 16 jackiegrumbacher
          February 1, 2015 at 8:57 am

          Arapaho, you’re killing me with that warm weather forecast. It must be lovely to take a walk in mid 70’s temps, rather than freeze your bones temperatures in the teens.

          • 17 arapaho415
            February 1, 2015 at 9:21 am

            I actually like cool weather — like to bundle up.

            The good news for LL is that he open his windows with abandon without having to worry about his heater kicking in.

            I’m behind in my Spring planting, will need to step it up, since Spring is apparently already here. Also, I’m a sucker for new plants, and got a new one yesterday that’s got gorgeous blue flowers (was in the market for a trailing plant for a succulent container):

            A perennial for your garden? (says it blooms mid-to-late Spring, zones 4-8)

            • 18 jackiegrumbacher
              February 1, 2015 at 9:27 am

              Beautiful. I wonder if it would grow in our zone. California flowers are in a class of their own that can’t be matched anywhere else in the US.

              • 19 arapaho415
                February 1, 2015 at 9:55 am

                Will need to do more research (my favorite kind, actually) to see where this plant originates — was sold by a grower called “Native Sons” at a local SoCal-based nursery.

                You’re in luck! This plant is a perennial in US zones 4-8, and according to US plant hardiness zone, Lancaster PA zip code 17601 is Zone 6b : -5 to 0 (F) — I’m in Zone 10b.

                This plant survives winter lows to -5 to 0 degrees.

                Give a try if you’ve got a patch where you’d like ground cover other than grass or in a container (since it will spill over, would look nice in a hanging planter or container on a deck or table).

                I love alpine rock gardens, so am experimenting in containers.

                Here’s the USDA interactive map where you can enter your actual zip code for more info:

  3. 20 amk for obama
    February 1, 2015 at 7:40 am

    joker it is. the other one is a joke. #totalmeltdown

    I like these two vets winning.

    #swissmiss is my toothy fav.

  4. 22 jackiegrumbacher
    February 1, 2015 at 7:42 am

    We had a great party for MIL’s birthday yesterday. She was thrilled to have children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews all gather together, but was a little sad that all those of her own generation are gone. We’d ordered a big three-layer cake with the words; “Loving,” “Wife,” “mother,” “Grandmother,” “Aunt,” “Leader,” “Mentor ” circled around the top it to indicate at least some of the aspects of her impressive life. When I asked where she would like her own piece cut, she–a widow for over ten years–chose, “wife.” Love truly never dies.

    • 23 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      February 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Glad to hear M-i-L’s party was a smashing success! So good to celebrate the elders while they are here, above ground! Paraphrasing something I read the other day: ‘…could care less about who comes to my funeral; I care about who spends time with me while I’m alive and kicking…’

      Love the cake idea; I’ll put that in the folder for my Mom’s 85th or 90th…

  5. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    February 1, 2015 at 7:52 am

    The wonderful and brilliant British actress, Geraldine McEwan, my favorite Miss Marple, died yesterday at the age of 82. I’d always hoped she come back again for just a few more Marple mysteries.

    • February 1, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Oh I was so sad to see that Jackie, she was wonderful, loved her – always put her in the same category as Maggie Smith, same kind of quirky, hilarious, witty, brilliant British actress!

      • 26 jackiegrumbacher
        February 1, 2015 at 9:03 am

        Maggie Smith is a perfect comparison–they’re both great comic and straight actresses and are able to make you laugh with the simplest inflections and eyebrow lifts. I love (loved) them both.

    • 28 99ts
      February 1, 2015 at 8:15 am

      If my memory isn’t too far gone – I think the first Miss Marple I saw was Margaret Rutherford – very different to the above. I liked them both.

      • 29 jackiegrumbacher
        February 1, 2015 at 9:01 am

        There were many Miss Marple’s over the years, but I thought Geraldine McEwans’ was the most subtle and convincing. I also loved her in the British comedy series “Mapp and Lucia” with Prunella Scales.

        • 30 carolyn
          February 1, 2015 at 9:16 am

          So……I’m not the only one who watched Mapp and Lucia…..I loved that show.

          I also loved McKeown’s portrayal of Miss Marple. She had this delicious twinkle in her eye, that made you know the wheels were turning, and something exquisite was about to happen. So glad BBC produced those mysteries for us to enjoy. She was a treasure.

          • 31 jackiegrumbacher
            February 1, 2015 at 9:22 am

            Carolyn, Geraldine and Prunella were absolutely perfect as Mapp and Lucia. Do yourself a favor one day and get a book on tape narrated by Prunella Scales–preferably a Jane Austen novel. She is the most riveting reader and does the dialogue so perfectly, you feel you’re actually listening to the character. Her narrations of books on tape kept my sanity on long car commutes when I worked in DC.

  6. 36 amk for obama
    February 1, 2015 at 8:02 am


  7. 38 amk for obama
    February 1, 2015 at 8:11 am

    commie aussie, brilliant indian, confused ireesh, grumbly jackie – me thinks we got all the time zones covered.

  8. February 1, 2015 at 8:35 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk, everyone, and Happy Superbowl Sunday! 🙂

  9. 71 desertflower
    February 1, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Morning everyone…Happy Sunday (Monday?) to all….I start my kickboxing today:) They already snatched the $$ out of my acct. so I HAVE to go now! If I don’t check in at some point today, call someone to rescue me….just wondering if I got a little overzealous when I signed myself up for that:) Then I think of how great Jane Fonda looks and I think I have a chance:) She’s a lot older than I am and she looks phenomenal! I’m going for the Fonda Look when I’m 77 years old or whatever she is…

    Thanks for this Langston Hughes thread…one of my favorites!

  10. February 1, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Sunday morning. Congrats 99ts, on being first this morning (or in your case, evening). 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a Great Super Bowl day to all.

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ✩ ✩ ✩

  11. February 1, 2015 at 8:58 am

  12. 96 amk for obama
    February 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

    go gunners.

  13. 97 amk for obama
    February 1, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I find it interesting that if you rearrange the letters in the word “mother-in-law”, you get the words, “woman hitler”.

  14. 101 amk for obama
    February 1, 2015 at 9:09 am

    A man goes to see a wizard and says: “Can you lift a curse that was put on me years ago?”

    “Maybe” says the wizard, “If you can remember the exact words of the curse.”

    The man replies without hesitation: “I now pronounce you as man and wife!”

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