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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

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR NOVEMBER

This month’s writer’s quote comes from horror writer Stephen King, who needs no introduction. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but must finish in the reader’s.” “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, … Continue reading

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL!

ON DYLAN THOMAS’ BIRTHDAY

In honor of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ birth in Swansea, Wales, October 27, 1914, I’m posting here a winsome anecdote I read many years ago in a Welsh guidebook. I regret that I no longer have the name of that book. If the story is apocryphal, I apologize. It does read like Thomas’ … Continue reading

HENRY BESTON’S THE OUTERMOST HOUSE

Continuing with my research for a WIP, I’ve just finished Henry Beston’s The Outermost House, A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod.  Henry Beston Sheahan (1888-1968) was born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts. Author, English teacher and war correspondent, he is best known for his Cape Cod memoir. Affected by his World War … Continue reading

RIP Gord Downie

Last Tuesday, September 17, Canadian Gord Downie–rock musician, writer, activist and front-man for the Tragically Hip–succumbed to cancer at the age of fifty-three. In honor of this exceptionally talented man, here are a couple of his more writerly quotes: “I write everyday. I walk around in silent conversation with my latest unfinished songs.” “A great … Continue reading

EDWARD DOWDEN POEM FOR FALL (IF IT EVER GETS HERE)

Gearing up for fall (if it ever arrives), here’s a poem from 19th Century Irish poet and critic Edward Dowden: AUTUMN SONG Long autumn rain; White mists which choke the vale, and blot the sides Of the bewildered hills; in all the plain No field agleam where the gold pageant was, And silent o’er a … Continue reading

TOM PETTY

A week ago today we lost another icon of the American music scene — Thomas Earl Petty. I never had the privilege of experiencing a Tom Petty concert, but like so many others, I found his work creative, inspiring and timely. Rock musician, singer/songwriter and record producer, Petty sold more than 80 million records as a solo artist, as … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR OCTOBER – NEIL YOUNG

This month’s writer’s quote comes from the great Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, director and screenwriter, Neil Young, as quoted in Rolling Stone magazine. “When you start writing don’t let other things bother you. Just keep going . . . . You have to be open. If you’re paying too much attention, you’re not open. I just want … Continue reading

U2 in Phoenix

An amazing U2 concert Tuesday night, September 19, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with few changes in the before and after Joshua Tree set-list from my Pasadena show back in May. Bad, always a high-point of any U2 show, came in the first segment in Phoenix in place of A Sort of … Continue reading

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