Monthly Archives: April 2014

National Arboretum

Check out this fun little video that will help remind us to visit the National Arboretum!

The Arboretum grounds are open Friday through Monday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The Visitor Center is open Friday through Monday (except for the holidays listed below) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is open Friday through Monday (except for the holidays listed below) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Arbor House Gift Shop is open Friday through Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from March 1 through mid-December.



Talent Tuesdays

Once I get in a good rhythm around here I’m hoping to have Talent Tuesdays, featuring the talents of local folks.  If you are an artist in Greenbelt, send me a poem, a photo of your artwork or a video of your band and a link to your website.  Talents can be anything from being an amazing gardener to being the best hair colorist in town.  What special super power do you have?

Email me:  Greenbeltgoddess (at) gmail (dot) com

Today we have another poem from John Cooper (who incidentally suggested Talent Tuesdays).  You may remember that I recently went to a reading at Zu Coffee to hear some of John’s poems.

Tonight is Open Mic Poetry night (starts at 7pm) at New Deal Cafe.  If Will makes it home in time, we will be there and Will will be reading some of his own work.  I wonder if I could have fit a few more “Will or wills” into that if I really tried?

Today’s poem titled Vampire is dark and sensual.   The writer stretches his imagination a bit by imagining himself as the opposite gender for this piece.


Throwback Thursday

I actually remembered to do my Throwback Thursday post!


This is the apartment that we lived in from 2002-2004.  Well, actually, we met in 2002 on the day he moved into this apartment and our relationship advanced quickly.  I was soon spending a lot of time there and living there part time by 2004.

The apartment in this photo is the apartment directly above where we live now.

Will decided to take some photos before we left, so we could remember the place.  Honestly, I don’t know how we could forget it.  Even before all of the reminders.

It has been nostalgic in a thousand wonderful little ways living in this place.  The lighting and the sounds, the smells and the feel of all of it reminds me of falling in love.

He’s Poet and Ya Know It

On one of my old blogs I used to put song lyrics and quotes and poetry.  I also wrote poetry, but they were mostly very informal compositions.  My point being, that I like poetry.  So I was pretty happy last week when Will and I managed to make it out to Zu Coffee (which had FANTASTIC baked goods, BTW) where our friend and Greenbelt resident John Cooper was a featured poet for that evening’s readings.  Evidently a number of the New Deal Cafe poetry crowd was reading there as well.  I didn’t know any of the others, though one was a very funny guy.  I forget his name, but if I can figure it out I will try and point you to him in a future post.

John read a number of poems, I’m not sure how many but I’d guess it at about eight.  Of the ones I heard, three really stood out.  I found The Ring to be both a very good poem AND sexy, which is why I am sharing that one with you first.  With John’s permission, of course.

Photo by Gina Mai Denn


Real Work


I met a woman last year who needed a dog sitter.  She lived down the street and the dog is special needs and I am home during the day.  So, I took care of her special, adorable, sweet dog and in the process the woman and I became friends.  I haven’t asked her permission to use her name, so I will maybe reveal that in another post, if it’s cool with her.

We got to talking about some our issues regarding meeting goals and getting sidetracked by too many ideas.  We also discussed things like time management and negative self talk and the need to be more proactive. Then she suggested something very proactive; a “Real Work” group.  We had the first meeting in the fall last year and recently we’ve managed a couple more.  We’ve decided to try and make it a weekly thing.

The idea behind the group is for folks like us, who need to set goals and find ways to measure the goals in terms of real work.  We are creative and we have ideas, but how many of these ideas are realized in the real world?  It addresses the problem of needing some process to be accountable to.  And so far it’s been great for me and I can say it has absolutely improved my productivity.

Today we met at the New Deal Cafe.  I had some tea and took notes.  I realized just how much I had accomplished since our meeting two weeks ago.  And it felt great to give ourselves praise for the things we’d done and re-focus on the things we might be losing a sight of.

One thing that has been an important theme, and I think many women can relate to this, is that we need to be sure that we are being nice to ourselves.  Be kind to yourself.  Don’t speak to yourself in an unkind way.  Recognize the good and wonderful things about yourself more than you focus on the things you feel you have failed at.  Don’t meditate on the negative.  Learn a lesson and move on.

We have a standing meeting day for these sessions now, which was another step forward.  At some point it might be fun to expand the group a bit.  I wonder if there is anybody out there who would enjoy a group like this?