Terry M Gresham: Goodreads

Have you read either Under a Toenail Moon or Dark Sandwiches by Terry Gresham? If so, go to Goodreads and vote on it. Terry would like that. Comment on it, if you get the want to. There is also a like button to hit if you liked it. Follow him, too, maybe. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14503788.Terry_Marvin_Gresham

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There’s a New Guy at the Sandwich Shop

The lady from the lawyer’s office next
to the sandwich shop went out for noon lunch.
Most all other weekdays she brings her own
food from home and eats her food at her desk.

Once a week, she cuts loose and does not make
lunch at home. She goes out. She walks next door.
“I’ll take a sandwich– turkey, and lettuce,
tomato with mayo. Make it only
half a sandwich, please.”  All she wants is half.

“We don’t have half a sandwich, here,” replied
the new sandwich shop guy. He could not make
half a sandwich. Let’s say that one more time,
the sandwich guy could not make half something.

The lady from the office next door thought
to herself, “How does someone not have half
a sandwich?” As she left the sandwich shop,
she went back to work– without a sandwich.

It was the end of an era for her.

No more going out for lunch.

For the rest of us, it was the end of math.

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Poem # 197


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October 10, 2016 · 1:14 pm

Instructions for Day and Night

  1. Think of yourself as a day.
  2. Then think of yourself as a night.
  3. Introduce yourselves.
  4. Talk for awhile.
  5. Share a burrito.
  6. Have the day yourself invite the night yourself to a carnival.
    (The night yourself wants to ride a rollercoaster)
  7. Ride the rollercoaster.
  8. Try it with day hands and night hands in the air.
  9. After the ride, exit as instructed by the carnie.

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21 Ways to Drift and Float

1. Make a boat with your hands. Use them like a boat.
2. Be a balloon; not a stone.
3. Rest on the surface of a lake. Stay on top of that lake. Don’t go under.
4. Be a scoop of ice cream perched within a soft drink.
5. Become a drifter.
6. Go fishing. Wade out holding the line. When a fish bites, tell someone.
7. Levitate.
8. Be the Portuguese man-of-war. Get good at using that bladder.
9. Live in a carburetor or the back of a toilet tank.
10. Don’t walk. Don’t run. Don’t Crawl. Glide.
11. Become a sailor or a bird’s wing.
12. Be the smell of stale fat wafted out from a cafe.
13. Only skim through newspapers and magazines.
14. Be a tourist, never be a pilgrim.
15. Hang from monkey bars.
16. Be buoyant. Stay afloat. Walk like the sun.
17. Live on a moon or on a bubble bath.
18. Change your name to Bob. Bounce up and down.
19. Be made out of cork.
20. Live in trees.
21. Be turpentine. Leave the lid off.

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Old Satellites

Communication satellites
can weigh up to 6 tons
and flock about 22,000 miles up.

(Alternatively, I was born in Oklahoma.
I was glad not to have been first
assembled by Soviets
in 1957 then shot into space. With a name like Sputnik, I
might not have gone over too well here)

Of the thousands of satellites rocketed
into orbit, some are noticeably space stations,
released in parts and assembled in space.

(I was born in an army town, went to the public school,
listened to The Beatles, then went to work in fast food)

Old satellites can collide
with new exciting active ones,
so there are rules
–no junk in space.

(I drive old pickup trucks.
Once, I collided with a curb.
It cost 260 dollars to get the wheel straight again.
You don’t want that)

Low altitude satellites that fly too low
are to be put in an orbit
that will make them fall
and burn up
within 25 years.

(I’m over 50 years old.
Sputnik’s signal ended after just three weeks
and burned up in the atmosphere.
A month after its launch, a second one was sent up containing the dog, Laika.
That Sputnik orbited for five hours only)

Of the thousands of satellites out there now, the high altitudes ones are to be boosted up when they no longer function to still higher orbits.

Yep, satellites go either up or they go down
when they die.

Satellites are sent down to burn
they are sent up higher to get them out of the way.

(I’m happy to be in Oklahoma
where things seem not so in outer space.

When I die,
I’ll either be
going to heaven
I’ll be going to hell)

That’s the rules.

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Dark Sandwiches in Las Vegas

Coming Soon. The (I didn’t know I was waiting for it) Dark Sandwiches book release Las Vegas giveaway event is about to happen. It will be a let’s do this thing if we’re gonna party. Stay tuned for details.


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Photos: Under a Toenail Moon Release

The book release trip for Under a Toenail Moon was good. Bacolod, Philipines, during a presidential election, was annoying but tolerable. The Lakemon Resort island was perfect, though. The book is officially out.

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Appalling tactics from Oklahoma’s Legislature, confirmed by Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, that higher education got a severe budget cut because of a ballot initiative by OU President David Boren to raise a sales tax to fund education.

Another example of maladaptive governance concerned a proposal to close a long list of higher education institutions made two days before the end of the session. Although it turns out the suggestion was a half-joke, the Legislature would hardly seem the proper place for anything less than utmost seriousness when discussing the budget, and especially considering the dire nature of what they were dealing with.

The Oklahoma budget is a dysfunctional mess (as per Glen Puit’s news story). But I can’t help thinking that a budget crisis like the one this year actually serves the ideology of the governing body. Its failure to deliver and any future budget failures will create the perfect…

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Perflurocarbons Power Point: Bambi Hampton

Perflurocarbons: Power Point

When Roy Plunkett first discovered the compound that would be later in use in so many processes, it is only left to one’s imagination if he had any idea of the future magnitude of his discovery. From the clothes we wear, the buildings in which we reside, and the food and water we ingest, PFCs are in virtually everything including our bodies and nearly all biota. Considering the many years that these compounds have been being used, it is difficult to fathom the extent of the territory they cover. Whether the means of transporting PFCs is deliberate or unintentional, solid evidence proves they have invaded nearly every crevice of the globe.
Since PFCs are anthropogenic compounds, it can be easily understood they do not belong in environments such as the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we ingest, or the bodies of humans and animals. Without fully understanding the extent of the adverse effects caused by perfluorinated compounds, it may be prudent to do everything possible to minimize or eliminate the use of these compounds. However, because PFCs have been used so extensively in so many processes in the manufacturing industry of both commercial and household products, it will be difficult to eliminate them completely.
The detrimental impact perfluorinated compounds may have on the environment, is not easily defined. Even with repeated studies, there are inconclusive findings. Many of the methods and materials used in experiments are in fact made from products containing perfluorinated compounds which could possible render results inconclusive. Containers, tubing, equipment may all contain PFCs. Lacking of standardization among the community of scientists may also pose problems and inconsistencies when studying PFCs. Many of the studies conducted, focus only on the PFOSs and PFOAs, when in fact there are numerous variations of pefluorinated chemicals/compounds. These numerous variations raise yet other questions. Should the individual PFCs be studied separately as they have been shown to manifest in different organs and serums having different effects and half-lives, or should they be studied in a manner that seeks out the combined effects?
The fact that PFCs tend to attach to proteins should be a major concern when considered health related issues. Proteins being the building blocks of our bodies, any misstep in the processes could present undesirable, and even detrimental effects. There is close attention being paid to potential immunotoxicity in children, as well as behavioral issues, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and neurodegenerative diseases that might point to PFCs playing a role.
The good news is that trends show a decrease in PFCs with regulations being set forth in stewardship programs such as the EPA Stewardship Program 2010/15, which began in 2006. The EPA invited eight major companies in to commit to a voluntary program with global goals to reduce manufacturing of PFCs (3M had begun phasing out the manufacturing of PFCs prior in 2000). A simplified version of this program is:
• By 2010 a 95% reduction in emissions and product with PFC content
• Commit to goals of elimination of PFOA, PFOA precursors and related chemicals/products
• Participating companies: Akema, Asahi, Ciba, Clariant, Daikin, DuPont, 3M/Dyneon, Solvay Solexis
• Reports from all companies (US and abroad) will be submitted on Oct. 31 of each year
More information on the stewardship program can be found at:http://epa.gov/oppt/pfoa/pubs/stewardship/index.htm.
The not so good news is countries such as China have no commitments at this time to stop production and have filled a niche in the market. Since so many of our products are produced in China, one might suspect that perfluorinated compounds are migrating to the US in way of imported food, clothing, and other products.
The PFCs that are in the environment now will not be easily remediated. Research is being conducted to find ways to help speed up the biodegrading processes. In humans however, compared to animals this half-life tends to be much longer and with ongoing exposure to the already present PFCs, it offers the possibility of continued bioaccumulation
There are efforts in exploring the remediation of perfluorinated compounds from the environment. Methods such as ultraviolent light and hydrogen peroxide have been used to enhance the biodegradability of PFCs (Quinete et. al. 2008), but these efforts have been met with minimal success. This strong carbon-fluorine bond which has made these compounds so attractive for so many uses, lending it thermal and chemical stability, are the very attributes that make them so menacing as well.
In addition to remediation efforts, substitute products are being introduced but are met by some, with skepticism as to whether they are just as pervasive or harmful as the previous products. The PFCs that are in the environment now, will not be easily remediated. Due to inconsistencies in analytical methods, variations in samples according to geographic location, possible negligible handling and/or the use of laboratory apparatus and containers which also may contain PFCs, their impact may never fully be known. One thing is certain however, additional and ongoing research is needed, along with standardization of analytical procedures to be able to fully understand and combat the problem of PFC pollution. It is probably more likely than not, that living in a PFC filled environment is our past, present, and future.

Bambi Hampton


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