Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A poem each Wednesday (try not to be scared)

Inspired beyond belief
And tired right to my teeth.

A poem for you is given
You good people are going to Hiven.

Doing this late at night
Can create quite a plight.

Give me no alcohol at all
Goofiness comes as my eyelids start to fall.

Will someone pick them up?
Just put them in my cup.

Some sleep will be the cure
So pet the cat and purr...

You know it is my prayerful intention to try to include something new and enlightening in each post...so what did you learn so far? That's RIGHT...do not encourage Marcy's poetic streak as it could cause retina or brain damage to the reader. Honestly, I really can do so much better than this, but if you look hard enough, there is probably some really deep stuff up there....or not! There IS some sort of rhyme and some sort of rhythm, but it is NOT iambic pentameter (always remembered that one from both high school and college yet thought I would never have another use for it, but here it is and I do have a use!)

However, I have read a sufficient amount of poetry (which I do enjoy) to know that some weirdo wackos have written stuff like that and gotten a lot of money for it, so I am offering this up to anyone who wants to use it and make big bucks.

Now, it is morning and I can finish this post and be only semi goofy....

Mikemal has the day off today so we are going to one of his favorite places, Fernbank Museum. We have a yearly pass and have renewed every year. They have new special exhibits every quarter or semi- annually. The one they have now is all about dinosaurs, but they did have one on chocolate...you can bet I 'ate' that one up, literally as you could buy different chocolates from all over the world, in the small store they set up at the end of the display.

But his most favorite part of the Museum is the IMAX theater...it's a given that we will go to it every time or there would be one big guy with tears running down his cheeks, or worst yet, throwing a temper tantrum (you know the kind where they get on the floor and kick their feet...and we surely don't want this in the museum)!

The pictures you see here are from last year and the one below here is of Mikemal, Brande, Corbyn and Myla (when they came to bless us with a visit, almost a year ago exactly now). See that big dinosaur leg? Wouldn't want to dance with him if he stepped on my foot, guess it would be more like stepped on me..squish!

Now, for some new and exciting info:

"Fernbank Museum of Natural History grew out of a forest and the dream of Emily Harrison, a young girl who loved it. Growing up in the late 1800s, Emily Harrison often played in the forest surrounding her home just east of Atlanta.

Emily was a naturalist and thrived on learning about the plants and animals around her. One of Emily's favorite spots in the forest was a creek bank covered with a variety of ferns. She was the first to call the area "Fernbank," the name which records indicate was publicly recognized in the late 1880s.

As an adult, Emily dreamed of preserving Fernbank as a forest school. She retired from teaching in the mid-1930s and returned home to teach nature classes. Simultaneously, she enrolled at the University of Georgia to begin a formal study of forestry.

In 1938, Emily Harrison and a friend, Dr. Woolford Baker, led a group to charter Fernbank, Inc., in order to purchase and preserve the 70 acres of old-growth woodland and the adjacent properties where she played as a child.

Emily Harrison’s woodland is now called Fernbank Forest. At 65 acres, it is the largest old-growth urban Piedmont forest in the country.

In the early 1960s, Fernbank's trustees entered into a lease agreement with the DeKalb County School System. DeKalb instructors were permitted to use the forest to teach biological sciences, and in return, the School System fenced the forest and began a conservation and management program to preserve it. In 1964, the Fernbank trustees deeded four acres of land to the DeKalb School System for the construction of Fernbank Science Center, which opened in 1967.

In the late 1970s, interest in a natural history museum grew beyond the reach of the physical sciences. The trustees wished to expand programming and facilities for the general public in addition to the existing school-focused program at Fernbank Science Center.

Fernbank, Inc. hired Graham Gund Architects to design the striking, 160,000-square-foot museum. Ground was broken in 1989, and on October 5, 1992, Fernbank Museum of Natural History opened to the public, becoming one of the only museums in the world to grow out of an old-growth forest.

Since then, the Museum has continued to grow and expand its collection. In 2001, Fernbank became the first museum to display the world's largest dinosaur, Argentinosaurus. This gargantuan sauropod is now a permanent feature in the Museum's 86-foot tall atrium along with one of the world's largest carnivorous dinosaurs, Giganotosaurus; a flock of pterosaurs and a variety of other prehistoric species in the permanent exhibition, Giants of the Mesozoic.

In 2004, Fernbank was selected as the new permanent home of The St. Catherines Island Foundation and Edward John Noble Foundation Collection. This significant collection contains more than one million objects spanning a period of over 5,000 years and includes aboriginal and European ceramics, glass trade beads and more. It provides a visual history of this important period in Georgia’s and the nation’s history, and features many artifacts from the Mission Santa Catalina de Guale.

Now for some silliness and smiles to pass on:

Some tourists in the Chicago Museum of Natural History are marveling at the dinosaur bones. One of them asks the guard, "Can you tell me how old the dinosaur bones are?" The guard replies, "Sure. They're sixty-five million, four years, and six months old."
"That's an awfully exact number," says the tourist. "How do you know their age so precisely?" The guard answers, "Well, they were sixty-five million years old when I started working here, and that was four and a half years ago."

Q: What was T. Rex's favorite number?
A: Eight! (ate)
Q: Why are there old dinosaur bones in the museum?
A: Because they can't afford new ones!
Q: Is it true that a dinosaur won't attack if you hold a tree branch?
A: That depends on how fast you carry it!
John: I lost my pet dinosaur.
Ron: Why don't you put an ad in the newspaper ?
John: What good would that do, she can't read!
Q: What did the Tyrannosaurus Rex get after mopping the floor?
A: Dino-sore!
Q: Why did the dinosaurs go extinct?
A: Because they wouldn't take a bath !
Q: What makes more noise than a dinosaur ?
A: Two dinosaurs !
Q: What do you call a Stegosaurus with carrots in its ears ?
A: Anything you want, it can't hear you!
Q: What do you call a dinosaur that never gives up?
A: Try-Try-Try-ceratops !
Q: What do you call a dinosaur that smashes everything in its path?
A: Tyrannosaurus wrecks !
Q: Which dinosaur slept all day ?
A: The dino-snore!
Q: What do you call Tyrannosaurus Rex when it wears a cowboy hat and boots ?
A: Tyrannosaurus Tex!
Q: What do you say when you meet a two-headed dinosaur?
A: Hello, hello!
Q: What do you do if you find a blue Ichthyosaur ?
A: Cheer him up!
Q: Did the dinosaur take a bath ?
A: Why, is there one missing?
Q: What's the best way to talk to a Tyrannosaur ?
A: Long distance!
Q: What kind of dinosaur can you ride in a rodeo?
A: A Bronco-saurus !
Q: What do you get when you cross a dinosaur with fireworks?
Q: Which type of dinosaur could jump higher than a house ?
A: Any kind! A house can't jump!
Q: What does a giant Tyrannosaurus eat?
A: Anything she wants!
Q: Why did the dinosaur paint her toenails red?
A: So she could hide in the strawberry patch!
Q: What should you do if you find a dinosaur in your bed ?
A: Find somewhere else to sleep!
Q: Do you know how long dinosaurs should be fed?
A: Exactly the same as short dinosaurs !

~~~Thank You, Lord for the blessings of museums where we can appreciate Your creation from the past as well as the present.


  1. great museum reminds me me of the Natural History Museum in New York.

    Love your poem,btw, it was cute,

  2. Very interesting post!
    We were members of the Museum of Natural History for years, now this makes me want to run out and renew!
    I really loves museums (art and otherwise), and zoos, and architecture, and I am surrounded by all that and I really haven't been taking advantage lately.
    Thanks for the reminder!

    Cute jokes!

    And I am HYSTERICAL laughing at your comments on my posts these past few days, especially on the house/project blog!
    I spit my coffee out when I deciphered "your secret admirer"!
    You are too funny!
    Love and Prayers,

  3. Well Marcy, this poetry thing is not so easy is it? I gave it a try but can't guarantee anything for next week! Depends on the old brain!

    You made me miss Chicago and all of the wonderful museums! My favorite was the Art museum. It inspired me so much as a child and really gave me my love of Claude Monet!

    I hope your day there is filled with fun you lucky girl!

  4. ok, so you know who I'm going to be reading out all these jokes to, as soon as I finish writing this comment, don't you? &;o) We LOVE the museum, too, and have a yearly pass. How fun to picture you guys making the same kind of tour as we did the other day!

    (Oh, and your late-night poem? You had me laughing out loud at the "pick them up, and put them in my cup" line! Any poetry that makes you either think or laugh is good poetry ~ and yours made me do both. -gglggl-)

    ((Hugs)) and Blessings, Marcy!

  5. When my hubby was stationed down in Atlanta, we also had season passes to this museum. And we loved it!! Seeing your pictures brings back many memories of spending time in this wonderful museum! Enjoy your day!

  6. Let us know when the big bucks roll in for your poetry! In the meantime, enjoy your trip to one of my favorite museums.

  7. Fernbank is a wonderful museum. How can anyone stand near the presence of thost dinosaur bones and not just draw a breath and wonder what it must have been like when they roamed the Earth. Thank you for a great post about the history of Fernbank, for the jokes....and....now....about your the poem. Is this a challenge for us to write a poem each Wednesday? Oh my goodness....my few readers will surely stop coming to my site once they read my feeble attempt at poetry. But, I'm a 'sport'...and I notice that you are too since you joined in posting what you would put in the time capsule on my site....so, I'm in...

  8. Hi Marcy...writing poetry on demand is hard...years ago my g/daughter Amanda(20) and I exchanged funny poems about each other back and forth...in fact she just won $400 in a poetry contest...she was surprised, had thought the prize was $300, so maybe there's winnings in your future :)...anyway you are a very poetic person Marcy...love your comments, in fact I left a reply to one at my blog!
    Take care Marcy!

  9. What a great post. Your poetry makes me smile. I learned about Fernbank and Emily and now I know answers to all of my dinosaur questions.

    Your blog is so nice. Thank you for stopping by my blog so I could find yours. I hope that you will come back and visit me again.

    Have a great day. I will too as I follow your advice and count my blessings.

  10. LOVED the poem..aren't you just so creative!!
    I'm afraid I'm all out of creativity for the day..too hot here and I didn't sleep well last night, so I'm just suffering with brain fog. Nothing a (possible) nap wouldn't fix. :)
    Have a Wonderful Wednesday!!! Love, Jerelene

  11. Hi There,
    Your poetry made me smile, (poetry is not easy) may give it a try though. I loved hearing about the Museum in Fernbank...I hope you have a wonderful day visiting there...and take some pictures!

    Thanks again for your prayers, and last night, I did take a small walk with Molly and gave myself a pat on the back. I got up this morning, and it was a brand new day, and I did attend Yoga class, and patted myself on the back again...I appreciate your encouragement Marcy. (((HUGS))) T

  12. Marcy, enjoyed your post, will try and have a poem for you next Wednesday. I need time to prepare.....I too enjoy museums very much, love learning, seeing and reading about the history each one holds. Laughed at those jokes and for that I thank you.....:-) Hugs

  13. Hi Marcy, I loved your poem ♥ Thank you for another very interesting post. I would like to go to that museum some day. I also love learning, seeing, and reading about history. Please extend our happy Father's Day wishes to your hubby from Charli and me. I hope you have a great weekend. I copied your dinosaur jokes to share with my grandson :>)


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