IN HONOR OF THE SPRING EQUINOX

A bit of poetry from Billy Collins for the first day of spring: TODAY If ever there were a spring day so perfect, so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze that it made you want to throw open all the windows in the house and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage, indeed, rip the … Continue reading

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s an Irish blessing: Wishing you always — Walls for the wind And a roof for the rain And tea beside the fire. Laughter to cheer you And those you love near you And all that your heart might desire!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The great Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman for International Women’s Day:   Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR MARCH

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) is an American poet and political activist best known for her work on social justice, feminism, Judaism and equality. “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. “If there were no poetry on any day in the world poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an … Continue reading

IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

In celebration of MLK Day, here are some stirring and pertinent MLK quotes: “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness.” “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” “True peace is not merely the absence … Continue reading

DONNA TARTT’S THE GOLDFINCH

American novelist Donna Tartt’s recent Pulitzer Prize winner, The Goldfinch, has been both praised and panned. Born and raised in Mississippi, Tartt was already marked as “a rare genius” and “a literary star” at age eighteen. Her prose style, both immersive and protracted stands in contrast to much of contemporary writing which favors the crisp … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JANUARY

The brilliant British playwright and screenwriter, Tom Stoppard, was knighted in 1997. His prominent plays include Arcadia, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Stoppard also co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil, The Russia House and Shakespeare in Love. “I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect.” “You can’t open … Continue reading

WISHING ALL A HAPPY HEALTHY AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR

“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.” ~ Carl Friedrich Gaub  

HOLIDAY WISHES ON THE WINTER SOLSTICE

Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful holiday season. “There are ten strong things. Iron is strong but fire quenches it. Fire is strong but water quenches it. Water is strong but the clouds evaporate it. Clouds are strong but the wind drives them away. Living things are strong but fear cuts them down. Fear is … Continue reading

EMMA LAZARUS AND THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

Seems like a good time to take a look at the Emma Lazarus poem that graces the base of the Statue of Liberty, which was, for countless immigrants, their very first sight–and promise–of America, an idea which still remains a powerful and enduring ideal in our troubled world. “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With … Continue reading

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