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FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

It seems fitting in honor of Martin Luther King Day to re-post Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus, the poem that graces The Statue of Liberty. When this country’s president is dismantling its democracy and leaving its reputation in tatters, it’s well to remember that  stronger and finer minds, spirits, and ideas have prevailed in the … Continue reading

FLASH FICTION FROM WRITER DEBBI VOISEY

Fellow writer and long-time friend, Debbi Voisey, is making a name for herself in the vibrant area of flash and short fiction. Her work is on-line with Litro Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, and Storgy, among others. She was included in the Bath Short Story Award Anthology for 2015, as well as the National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology 2016 … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JANUARY

Minneapolis-born Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), writer, editor, and teacher of writing, was part of the Greenwich Village of John Reed, Louise Bryant, and Eugene O’Neill. She published many articles and short stories, but is perhaps best known for her book If You Want to Write, a Book about Art, Independence and Spirit, from which these quotes … Continue reading

WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Monday “is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!” — Brad Paisley

BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

A CELTIC BLESSING for the season: Wisdom of serpent be yours, Wisdom of raven be yours, Wisdom of valiant eagle. Voice of swan be yours, Voice of honey bee be yours, Voice of the son of the stars. Bounty of sea be yours, Bounty of land be yours, Bounty of the Heavens.

FOR THE WINTER SOLSTICE

In honor of the sun–that singular manifestation of the Divine–on the Winter Solstice this Thursday, here is a Hymn to Aten from the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE): All cattle rest upon their pastures, The trees and the plants flourish, The birds flutter in their marshes, Their wings uplifted in adoration to you. All the … Continue reading

U2’s SONGS OF EXPERIENCE — A REVIEW

My take on U2’s extraordinary new release SONGS OF EXPERIENCE. U2’s SONGS OF EXPERIENCE – A REVIEW U2’S SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, arduous in the making—three years, nine producers, fifteen engineers—is outstanding both musically and lyrically, a classic in sound and vision, but for the occasional overreach for updated uber ‘relevance’. To me the ‘production’ focus … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR DECEMBER

This month’s inspirational writer’s quote comes from American writer, teacher, and literary critic, William Zinsser (1922-2015). Zinsser’s 18 published books include his highly recommended classic guide to writing non-fiction, On Writing Well, from which these quotes are taken. “Writing is an intimate transaction between two people, conducted on paper, and it will go well to the … Continue reading

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Connecticut Governor Wilbur Cross’ Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1936 has been called “a masterpiece of eloquence.” There are some obvious religious overtones and what might these days be called gender bias, neither of which I endorse, but it’s still worth reading. Here it is in its entirety for 2017: “Timeout of mind at this turn of … Continue reading

POEM FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

In remembrance of the countless sacrifices made in defense of democracy and freedom, which are being challenged all around the world, here is a poem by a British poet that gets to the heart of the matter. Though recorded in one of my journals, I neglected to note the author’s name. THE RETURN His land … Continue reading

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