Updates: Why I Stopped Blogging

INDEED—TO NEW BEGINNINGS!!!!

By Leaps and Bounds

I didn’t realize I stopped blogging until I came across my old blog. That familiar ache to write, that itch in my fingers stopped when I started to type. Why did I stop?

I tried to blame it on life circumstances. I was too busy, I was too depressed, yada yada yada. But the truth was, I stopped because I felt I had nothing useful to say. I lost my self worth and, slowly, this blog started to die.

Writing makes me feel good. I cannot even explain it. The words that were jumbled in my head falls into place and the chaos clears. I smile, and that’s why I’m going to start blogging again.

Here’s to new beginnings!

Cheers!

-Mal

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Recycled Concrete’s Time Has Come

ABOUT TIME….!!!!! 🙂

Someone Somewhere

Recycling in the construction industry has become big business. It’s easy to find new life for everything from old windows to wood beams. But until now, concrete — the most widely used building material on Earth — has been largely left behind.

That’s a problem for the environment, says Notre Dame engineering professorYahya Kurama, because concrete has a huge carbon footprint. “It’s very intensive in terms of its demands on energy, water, land space, everything.” Producing concrete accounts for 5 percent of the world’s annual human-generated CO2 emissions. In the U.S., it — along with other demolished building materials — takes up nearly half of all landfill space.

A second life for concrete

To reduce such harm, the industry has concentrated on things like reducing new concrete production and finding new uses for concrete byproducts.

In the United States, recycled concrete is used in sidewalks and roads, but…

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GET SOME REST?

Found himself in a trap,

Without a working C-PAP*…

He really tried–

His sleep denied–

For want of a broken strap!

Was given two harnesses free,

For a few nights sufficiently…

Slept refreshed

Till the C-PAP crashed,

Exhaustion came back suddenly.

The weekend he must rest,

Unaided in his quest…

To get his sleep

Not six feet deep,

Dying with  groggy  regrets!

–Jonathan Caswell

*C-PAP is an air pump that forces air down past a person’s soft palate in the rear of their throat to keep their airway open, especially during sleep times.

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LITTLE BLACK DRESS

WELL-DONE STORY AND ENVISIONING!

Deuxiemepeau- Picturing Poetry by D. B. Donnelly

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 23.05.51And every day
that the sun still rose,
and some days
were unexpected,
she took the dress
and put it on
as if it pulled
back the years,
as if her skin again
was taunt,
as if her hair again
was blonde,
as if her friends again
were there.
And in the dress
she walked the streets,
in her simple little dress
with flowers in hand
she walked to him,
with lipstick
licking lips
no longer there,
and when she found him
she took a seat
by the earth
under which he lay
and knew he smiled
at her on high
still a beauty
in the dress,
in that little black dress
he had bought her
on one fine day.

All Words and Drawings by Damien B. Donnelly

Audio version available on Soundcloud;

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