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Mary Theresa Lane
1965 - 2007
Mary was a friend of mine via her marriage to my friend David. Here are two samples of Mary's writing in two different veins. The poem (Apr 1992) was written for me, I'm pretty sure - never quite knew what I did to deserve it!
Sitar Johnny's Greatest Hits Even right here, gray-haired women reclining on chipped concrete porchsteps with stainless steel walkers propped beside them, purse lips to blow dusty dandelions away, and watch young men who've stripped off t-shirts, who've bared pale chests, loft frisbees through blue air. The women cheer. The band strikes up. Sitar Johnny plucks each high note of their favorite tune and, high above, by plan or springtime chance parachutes open each after each. In air bright with pollen ladybugs drift on shiny dotted wings. The women cheer again. They all stand up. A bus roars by, and they're off, agile with the walkers flocking after the double-decker beast. A gust of wind: with open palms they shield their eyes from seeds, paper, lint-- ladybugs snag in their knitted shawls. Quick careful fingers-- the women flick the red beads off, then stare where the bus disappeared; dark eyes dilate; at any moment they might metamorphose into cacti, or curl into a wave.
Here's a tidbit run by the Washington Post, taking a lighthearted look at some of the web's wacky wonders, from back in the "old days".
Thursday, March 19, 1998; Page D06 LISTEN TO THE ANIMALS Do you ever wonder if you're treating your pet too much like a person? Well, just ask. Cyberark hosts a series of pages devoted to interspecies telepathic communication. None of the approved Interspecies Telepathic Communicators appears to be local. But many offer pet-and-person therapy over the phone, either with a photograph or "through the attunement of the energy field." The linked page "A Circle of Dolphins" includes dolphin-swim tours to the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. "This is not your average whale watching trip!" No kidding. Facilitators offer not only snorkeling guides but also "personal messages from the dolphins." For the skeptic, testimonials are included. But they all come from the human side. -- MARY T. LANE
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