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A New Year's Poem
Friday, January 01, 2016      0 comments

The Darkling Thrush BY THOMAS HARDY I leant upon a coppice gate When Frost was spectre-grey, And Winter's dregs made desolate ... Read more
December 31
Thursday, December 31, 2015      0 comments

December 31st BY RICHARD HOFFMAN All my undone actions wander naked across the calendar, a band of skinny hunter-gatherers, blown snow scattered here and there, stumbling toward a future folded in the New Year I secur... Read more
Walt Whitman's paper butterfly
Wednesday, November 25, 2015      5 comments

A paper butterfly found among the papers and personal effects of Walt Whitman. Probably 1850-1860 ... Read more
My November Guest
Saturday, November 21, 2015      3 comments

My November Guest by Robert Frost My Sorrow, when she’s here with me, Thinks these dark days of autumn rain Are beautiful as days can be; She loves the bare, the withered tree; She walks the sodden pasture lane. ... Read more
Paulo Coelho Words
Tuesday, November 10, 2015      7 comments

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All My Ancestors
Sunday, November 01, 2015      6 comments

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Words from Julia Child
Saturday, October 31, 2015      4 comments

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I seek a diet (food plan) recommendation!
Sunday, October 18, 2015      11 comments

Does anyone have ideas about a good diet plan? I have a couple of stipulations: I don't want a plan that involves much, if any, soy. I also do not want a plan that endorses artificial sugars of any kind---anything that end in "-ose" or... Read more
The Dog Watched Television
Tuesday, October 06, 2015      2 comments

The Dog Watched Television by FAITH SHEARIN The summer of my mother’s illness, a season so hot and dry it might have erupted in flames, we discovered the dog liked television. She barked if we left her alone in the dim silen... Read more
Hanging in there
Thursday, September 10, 2015      7 comments

I just wanted to make an update for myself. September is the beginning of the school year and also my birthday month. I am involved in some challenges here at Spark People that I hope will keep my focus on good, healthy food choices and exerci... Read more
And Another Four lights have gone out of my life
Sunday, August 30, 2015      15 comments

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The Bun and I: Written in April, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015      8 comments

She was my best friend for 25 years. I know that she had many other friends, but I did not. She was sufficiently eccentric to be interesting when I first met her. We did a lot together: we subscribed to the local symphony, opera, and chambe... Read more
Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze
Tuesday, July 28, 2015      3 comments

Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze by Theodore Roethke Gone the three ancient ladies Who creaked on the greenhouse ladders, Reaching up white strings To wind, to wind The sweet-pea tendrils, the smilax, Nastur... Read more
"Ornamental Waters" by Kit Wright
Sunday, July 26, 2015      2 comments

A ride ran down to the Ornamental Waters Where islands were planted and here was a heronry And there was a shoulder-of-mutton-shaped lake. What was it drew her, wandering in Wanstead, Taking the mist where the Tudor and Palladian Ma... Read more
Bad Dog by Wyatt Prunty
Saturday, June 27, 2015      4 comments

Bad Dog He was a bad dog, and he did not care. When nature called he stood and lifted there. He chewed socks, rugs, and shoes, the rungs of chairs. Put on a leash, he locked his legs. He would not budge. Asleep, he barked and chased wh... Read more

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