OLAF FUB SEZ: One of our favorite verses from nonsense poet Edward Lear, born on this date in 1812, begins like this: “The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea/ In a beautiful pea green boat, / They took some honey, and plenty of money, /Wrapped up in a five pound note.”
How nice to have my life in clean little compartments,
whitewashed by the passage of time.
How clever of me to be able
to open and close these wounds at will.
To close them most of the time,
for in denial, pain lessens.
To present a happy exterior,
a forced smile, a serene brow.
To crack jokes as though I am walking on still water,
skimming the surfaces of subjects I abhor.
I’ve wanted to reach down into my entrails,
to take huge handfuls
of the childhood cancers growing there,
to place them on a plate before you.
But I’ve learned it is better to believe
they are no longer there.
To believe that all the prayers
for deliverance were not ignored,
but merely lost among the many.
It’s so much easier to store my keepsakes
in neat little compartments,
while I dwell on the sunshine, breathe fresh air,
and fill my empty spaces with laughter.
– Diana Notaro
WELL DONE – A special tribute will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday to honor H. Jack Jaeger for more than 60 years of service to the local Boys and Girls Clubs at the original site of the Town Boys Club, 25 Roswell Ave., Town of Tonawanda.
Cost is $25 and includes food and beverages. For reservations, call Dave Niemann at 773-5328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who come are encouraged to bring copies of old Town Boys Club photos and news articles they have.
REUNION TIME – The Class of 1964 from Mount St. Joseph Academy is planning its 50th reunion on Sept. 13. For details, call Lois A. Norman at 834-6081.
NEIGHBORLY – Officers for the coming year will be nominated and issues pertinent to the community will be discussed at this month’s meeting of the Eggertsville Community Organization at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. All are welcome to attend.
WELL DRESSED – Family Promise of WNY will benefit from sales during the month of May of “One City, One Sound,” a Buffalo-themed T-shirt designed by Steve Balla. They are available from 26 Shirts, which also sells Buffalo football-themed T-shirts. To see the shirts, visit www.26shirts.com and click on the “27’s” tab.
SUMMER BREEZE – The Buffalo History Museum and Preservation Buffalo Niagara are teaming up to issue a Summer Season Pass, which offers membership in both organizations from June 1 to Aug. 31 for $20.
Passes will entitle summer members to discounts on educational tours and admission to the museum’s three Party on the Portico evenings, free admission to the museum, a Niagara River cruise from the preservation group and a season-ending mixer for summer members. For info and passes, visit www.preservationbuffaloniagara.org or www.buffalohistory.org.
HOOP DREAMS – You can vote early and often – up to 10 times a day from now through Saturday – for Ballers Breakfast, a collaborative effort by five community groups working with at-risk youth to reduce poverty, violence and segregation. To cast your ballots and thereby help raise funds, search for Ballers Breakfast on Facebook or go to https://www.state-assist.com/cause/1405857/ballers-breakfast.
Participating are Urban Christian Ministries, Mentor Force/Youth with a Purpose, Xertion Youth, Project L.E.E. and the Homicide Education and Prevention Project. They plan to start with an open basketball league this summer.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Rudolf Wolf, Bernice Wiggins, Jana Eisenberg, Katherine J. Bestine, Joe Todaro, Laura Pfalzgraf, Fred Zarczynski, Samuel C. Cellino Jr., Bert Huller, Linda Wein, Evan Pietraszewski, Barb Fink, Karen Winter, Todd Bosworth, Rita Decsi, Sheila Allman, Nick Kaczmarek, Tim Myers, Sue Lauck, Jah’ree Rutledge, Rev. Hamid Motley, Sharon Erwin and Kiernan Higgins.