When I was about six years old, my dad heard me say I hated something, and he chastised me with that adage, "Hate is a strong word." My parents, who were both Republicans, took our family to church most Sundays. One of the songs I remember most from those services was "They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Love."
My dad died more than 21 years ago, and I stopped going to church and became a Democrat years before that. But the messages I learned as a kid have stuck.
Here's another one: When I was growing up, I was afraid of my father. He had a temper, and he stomped and shouted and cursed a lot. I knew that he loved me, but inside, I shrank from him. A few months before he died, he called me and said, "I'm sorry. I thought I was being a good disciplinarian, but now I know I just had a bad temper." By speaking those simple words, I believe my father changed the course of my life and taught me the power of being emotionally brave.
On Saturday, November 12, I'll be joining a group of brave poets who will be sharing their words at a book launch for The Poeming Pigeon: Poems about Music. Perhaps, together, we'll make some joyful, loving noise.
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 2-4 PM
The Ledding Library Pond House in Milwaukie
2215 SE Harrison
Adjacent to the Ledding Library
The reading will feature poets: Carolyn Martin, Claudia F. Savage, Colette Tennant,
Douglas Spangle, Eileen McGurn, Josh Gaines, Linda Ferguson, Marilyn Johnston,
Rosemary Lombard, Shawn Aveningo, Wayne Lee.