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Jul.21.2012
The rock still stands –growth of bushes,briers, and half-dead flowerscovering its north side –the south side showsits grooved-smooth-gray-top,this ragged side, chipped,well-worn from use. ~ * ~For thousands of yearsit was a place offresh-born scrub-bushesand twisted-tinycrawling roses. The rockat...
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Jul.08.2012
Two fireplaces remainin this house, built in the Twenties.Their elegance long-lost,forever-gone,each leftover mantela home for knick-knacks, smallframed pictures, newly received letters. The living room boasts a fancyoil heater – modern,square box of fire –heat roaring behind tiny doors,the ring...
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Jun.21.2012
  To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting. ~~E.E. Cummings   The words of E.E. Cummings still ring loud and true 50 years after his death in 1962. Cummings was an...
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Feb.27.2012
  When people talk about positive and negative emotions they often use spatial metaphors. A happy person is on top of the world, but a sad person is down in the dumps. Some researchers believe these metaphors are a clue to the way people understand emotions: not only do we use...
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Feb.27.2012
Beneath the tides of sleep and timeStrange fish are moving!     Thomas Wolfe I’ve been back in the region of my childhood for three years. There were a few times, those first years, when I came back for several months at a time  before leaving again. But, I’ve never...
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Nov.29.2011
  “I’m a spirit that has come a long way. Try to destroy me, you’ll find I’m permanent. I’ll live on …./…. I am the goddess of all things. I am about to give birthto beauty, migrants, savage light of every kind. /….“   ~Alice Notley, from Eurynome’s Sandals, in The Best...
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Nov.05.2011
~for my grandfather He is waiting, sitting quietly beside the small wood stove – today, burning coal, turned roaring-orange red. Two old and wrinkled hands hold a little girls dress,; being warmed by the fire that he built – kindling, coal- stoked for good measure. He’s been up for hours by the...
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Oct.20.2011
  This one whisperof a soft morning sunrisebelongs to you. Dew onthe grass, a trembling essence,suddenly gone.Water rules the worldone drop at a time. This one memoryof a cold winter sunsetbelongs to you. Ice slidesacross broken earth,filling the crackswith crystals clear.Water rules the...
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Oct.20.2011
~for my Sister The doorto yesterday opens –creaks at the hinges. In another timewe are sitting, playingin burnished sand –barely-born, fresh presence,two toddlers, laughing into growing, into years laterwe will runpast the familiarin search of more. *** The dilapidated bridge –the one we...
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Oct.20.2011
The Red Sunblazes some newtruth – you fillyourself up onits hot-wet flow.Turn, to walk away – wiseas your skin peels, flakesaway – like ash – nothingbut extra weight, you say. The hairon your head singes,turns dark blue, slipsfrom your scalp,strand by strand. Nothingbut aggravation, you say. Your...
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Apr.10.2011
“Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour when everyone has to throw of his mask? Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?“      ~Soren Kierkegaard We are the author of our own personal truth. We make daily decisions, as the creator, designing and constructing the...
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Mar.20.2011
I’ve always been a fan of art and artists. Even to the point of marrying one! But, long before meeting my husband, art was firmly rooted in my mind as a flowering garden I would always admire. My first two memories of art as a child revolve around Crayola Crayons and the picture of a horse painted...
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Mar.10.2011
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee   Author: Charles J. Shields ©2006Publisher: Henry Holt and CompanyISBN-13:978-0-7394-7846-2  324 Pages Fifty-one years after the publication of her Pulitzer Prizewinning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, author Harper Lee is again claiming the headlines. CBS News...
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Feb.20.2011
Books
Bibliophile ~ A collector of books. An avid reader or book lover. Okay, I admit it. My name is Marissa and I’m a book lover. They hold a special power in my life unlike anything else. Books actually helped me choose my new home two years ago. The beautiful, ornate, wood floor-to-ceiling bookshelves...
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Jan.05.2011
 Navel-Gazing*   If you look too long at you you see nothing else. They say the art becomes abstract and distorted, ends up being devoured by narcisscistic demons.   (Writing as if You mattered?)   Better to write about birds, or birds in branches in trees, or birds in branches in trees...
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