Poetry On Odyssey: Open Roads

Poetry On Odyssey: Open Roads

I don't know my destination. I just drive.

Open Roads

I turn the volume knob,

slide on my Maui Jims,

roll down the windows,

depress the clutch,

breathe in the fresh air.

My elbow rests

on the window opening of the car,

hand fluctuates

in the sixty mile per hour wind,

muscles strain

at the pressure of the moving air,

warm air winds

through the fingers of my hand

and around my palm like the current

of a few feet deep stream.

The sun shines through my window,

brightens the green grass,

reflects off the pavement ahead,

warms my rested arm.

I sing along to every song that plays.

My mind is blank.

I don’t think about school,

about work,

about life,

about anything,

but the lyrics.

In my car I feel free.

I feel happy.

I feel alive.

I don’t know my destination.

I just drive,

and sing,

and breathe,

and be.

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Dear Shondaland, You Made A Mistake Because April Kepner Deserves Better

"April Kepner... you're not average"

I'll admit from the first time we were introduced to April in Season 6, I didn't like her so much. I mean we hated the "Mercy Westers" in the first place, so how could we see the potential in the annoying, know-it-all resident that was trying to compete with our beloved Lexie Grey.

But then, we saw her come face-to-face with a killer and thought maybe she had potential.

We then saw her surprise everyone when she proved to be the next trauma surgeon in the making and we were intrigued.

Notice how none of these stories had anything to do with Jackson Avery. Not that we didn't love her with Jackson, but for whatever reason you've chosen to end their very popular relationship. Suddenly, you think that April is not worth further exploration but you've forgotten one simple thing. We fell in love with her before "Japril" was ever in the picture.

We love her because her story was unlike the others and she had one of the best character developments on the show. She wasn't damaged like Meredith Grey or Alex Karev who have been on their journey to become all whole and healed, but she still had to fight hard to be taken seriously. Her story has so much potential for future development, but you've decided to throw it all away for "creative reasons."

I'm sorry, but there's nothing creative about doing the exact same thing you've done to all the other characters who have left the show. We've endured the loss of many beloved characters when you chose to write off George, Henry, Mark, and Lexie. We even took it when you did the unthinkable and wrote McDreamy out of the show - killing off one half of the leading couple. (WHO DOES THAT???)

But April Kepner? Are you kidding me?

She may no longer be with Jackson, but she was so much more than half of Japril. While most of us hate that Jackson and April are over, we probably could have dealt with it if April was still on the show. Now they're done and you think there aren't any more stories to tell about her character. Why? Because she'll just get in the way of Jackson and Maggie?

How could you not see that she was way more than Jackson's love interest?

She's so much more than you imagined her to be. April is the headstrong, talented trauma surgeon no one saw coming. The farmer's daughter started off an ugly duckling who became a soldier because she needed to be one and turned into one big beautiful swan who constantly has to fight for her coworkers and family to see her as such.

She's proven to be a soldier and swan on many occasions. Just take giving birth to her daughter in a storm on a kitchen table during an emergency c-section without any numbing or pain medication as an example. If she wasn't a soldier or a swan before, how could she not be after that?

Yet, you - the ones who created her - still see her as the ugly duckling of a character because she always had to take the backseat to everyone else's story and was never allowed to really be seen.

But we see her.

She's the youngest of her sisters who still think of her as the embarrassing little Ducky no matter how much she's grown.

This swan of a resident got fired for one mistake but came back fighting to prove she belongs. Not only did April Kepner belong there, but it was her talent, her kindness, her strength that made her Chief Resident. This simply wasn't enough for Dr. Bailey or her other residents so she fought harder.

She endured the pressure but always ended up being a joke to the others. When she was fired yet again, your girl came back a little shaken. She doubted herself, but how could she not when everyone was against her.

Despite everyone telling her she couldn't, she did rise and no one saw her coming because she remained in the background. She went off to Jordan broken and came back a pretty risky trauma surgeon.

We've watched for years as she was handed promising stories that we never got to see fully develop because she was in the background. We never got to see her rise. We get the beginning and the end, but hardly ever the middle.

I thought we were finally going to have an amazing story arc in season 11 when she loses Samuel, but what did we really get? Two or three episodes of her coming to terms with the loss of her baby and then April's disappearance from the show while she's grieving off screen so that Dr. Amelia Shepherd can shine her first season on the show. Where is April's life-changing surgeries? What does April get? She's background music.

Now what?

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Before her story is even wrapped up, you announce that this season will be her last. So we're forced to realize that the only reason we're getting this story now is that you're writing her off.

No matter how you end it, it's not going to do her story justice. If you kill her off to end her crisis of faith story, you're not reaching the many Christians who watch the show. If you have her leaving Seattle and taking Harriet with her, you didn't know April. If you have her leaving Seattle and abandoning Harriet, you really didn't know April. So anyway you choose to end her story, you lost out on one great character.

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10 Marvel Thirst Traps To Prepare You For "Infinity War"

Thanos might just faint from all the attractive!

So, with the latest installation of the "Avenger's" series on the horizon everybody is getting pretty pumped in their own ways. I've heard a lot of people (mostly women) talking about all the sexy characters that will be featured in "Infinity War." So I thought to myself, there are a lot of secondary or beta level characters that are serious hot cakes in the Marvel universe that are completely underrated. So I'm gonna prepare you for the movie with ten Marvel thirst traps.

Disclaimer: Not all of these characters are going to be or have ever been in an Avenger's movie.

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1. Black Widow

Ok, so I know this one is obvious, but Natasha Romanov is seriously underrated in my opinion. People expect her to be so bad ass all the time that they practically forget she's a strong independent woman (well except Bruce).

2. Silver Surfer

When the Silver Surfer hung ten on our screens in "The Fantastic Four" sequel it secretly (or not so secretly) made all of us swoon. Who could resist those shiny silver buns?

3. Mystique

Another red-haired beauty who is undervalued by the other X-Men (especially Beast), Mystique is a stunner in cerulean blue. Plus who doesn't love Jennifer Lawrence?

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4. Agent Peggy Carter

Peggy made her premiere in "Captain America: The First Avenger", but she killed it in her spin-off series "Agent Carter." There was no shortage of love interests for the beloved SSR agent or sexist undertones, but she gracefully went through it all.

5. Loki

I feel like because Loki misbehaves so many people tend to forget about him as an eligible bachelor. Personally, I'm surprised nobody's gobbled him up yet.

6. Lady Sif

Another "Thor" character, I have a personal soft spot for Lady Sif. The poor girl literally goes into battle for Thor and he basically treats her like she's just one of the guys. I hope she finds a sweet human man who will treat her right.

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7. Bruce Banner

I honestly think that since Bruce turns into the Hulk that he is de-sexualized in many ways. He's just seen as a science nerd when he really has a lot of sex appeal. Just ask Natasha.

8. Pepper Potts

First off Pepper should be sainted for dealing with Tony Stark on a nearly 24/7 basis. Also for being so freaking adorable and so ignored by him when he gets involved in his ego and projects.

9. Heimdall

I feel like Heimdall is just seen as the bus driver of Asgard. A guy that powerful deserves more than that. Plus: Idris Elba

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10. Gamora

I think we can agree with Peter Quill that Gamora is a firecracker and gives Elphaba a run for her money. With wicked good looks and bad ass fighting skills, you shouldn't count her out. Also, I really want to see her kill Thanos in "Infinity War."

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