As someone who loves words and finds them endlessly fascinating, I enjoy sounds and word length and the playful ways in which I can use words. Looking through some older books, I came across a poem I had written in 1986 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Arkansas statehood. I remember this celebration was a significant event for the state of Arkansas and encompassed a year-long schedule of events.SesquicentennialSeal_f

I’m told there are also events going on currently (that carry through the year 2015) to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. This was news to me, though there’s a website to keep one clued in on the latest events and information. Though I don’t think I’d qualify as a Civil War expert, this period of our nation’s history holds great interest for me. Still, I’m not sure whether Americans feel entirely comfortable in celebrating this unfortunate conflict. Maybe that’s why the anniversary has gone unpublicized (or maybe I’m the only one who didn’t know about it?). Continue reading “Sesqui-brations”