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Quoted in The Grove:
What a profound significance small things assume when the (one) we love conceals them from us.
~Marcel Proust

Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing, and love those who love you.
~Voltaire

We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.
~Ellen Goodman

EndQuote:
We pardon to the extent that we love.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

 

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Prewritten Exercise for 02/23/20:  rocket

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Posted from the Grove

Seriously:
How to Write a Sentence
https://humanparts.medium.com/how-to-write-a-sentence-fb4d07a7dd65

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Synesthesia: Words seen as colors
Short article explains:  https://elemental.medium.com/what-color-is-your-name-a-new-synesthesia-project-will-show-you-51bb3f0dc638

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Your name translated in colorshttps://synesthesia.me/

 

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Valentine’s Day:  The After Party

Video:
Future Boyfriend   (10:25)  —  romantic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_1YHHhry0w&t=69s

 

I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.
~Jane Austen

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The Drunkest Person at the Wedding    (3:51)  —  rude
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRq3GuicTFo

 

Love matches are made by people who are content, for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar.
~Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

I’m not saying that love always takes you to heaven. Your life can become a nightmare. But that said, it is worth taking the risk.
~Paulo Coelho

 

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Music:
~Soul:  Say Something  —  PMJ’s Hudson Thames, Robyn Adele Anderson   (3:38)

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~Rod Stewart & Amy Belle:  I Don’t Want to Talk About It   (4:29)

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Yvette Landry & Friends: I’m Leaving It Up to You (3:56)

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And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.
~Erica Jong

 

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Women hope men will change after marriage but they don’t; men hope women won’t change but they do.
~Bettina Arndt

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. And don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours.
~Kurt Vonnegut

 

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Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.
~Linda Hogan

Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.
Mitch Albom

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:  maze

~BarTalk:

Amalgam

Feelings
A maze stitched together
embroidered with words
based on instinct
Call it poetry

Thoughts
A maze in the mind
threaded together
out of chaos
Call it sanity

Love
A maze in the heart
the need of another
born of loneliness
Call it biology

Man
A maze of conflictions
constructed of mud
amazed by the stars
Call it destiny

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Ambiguities 1 & 2

First she will then she won’t
Most pleased if you would
Then you mustn’t please don’t
Her desire is a maze
And perplexities mount
First you’re welcome aboard
Then told to dismount
Made for each other
As a hand-fitted glove
Time for a break
Then madly in love
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Love and hate have collided
Time and cause coincided
Nations divided
Reasons provided
The sides are decided
Being neutral derided
So I’m off to the war
Undecided no more

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Dual Doggerels Dueling  #16

Journey

Thor’s thundering storms
Spawn swarms of fire
Charmed and disarmed
Seduce the rain to douse the pyre

Puddles pool and pools reflect
Reward the contemplative gaze
The verging and merging of rivulets
Congregate in a delta’s maze

Learned from the falling
To heed the true calling
Led by gut and gravity
Run home child
Run home to the sea

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Voyage Home

Dewdrops and newborn the dawning of tears
Drying up dying as first light appears
Crabgrass and cribs as the new day’s begun
Mourning the martyrs of the life-stealing sun
Vapors and spirits invisibly rising
Mothers heartbroken wretchedly crying

Freed from the maze of wrongs gone rife
Released from the dirt of everyday strife
Spared the failures of a compromised life
They rise to arrive and to find it heavenly
Much as the dew and all mortals do
Eventually

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The Hike

Deer paths wend their cryptic ways
Wind and climb thru the forest maze
Trees don’t speak but the moss points north
Source obscured yet a stream pours forth

Hot sun inspires a cooling breeze
Makes a sweet promise trying to please
But a cloud bank balks and disagrees
Because weather’s a woman out to tease

Backpack lunch a bottle of wine
A bucket of fun ignores the sign
Clothes are off drying in the sun
Because that’s the way new love’s begun

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5-7-5 x 2

make mine maize not wheat
arepas con chorizo
set the table please
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amore is a maze
refuse this advance choose that chance
regret both later

 

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It hurts to love wide open stretching the muscles… It hurts to thwart the reflexes of grab, of clutch; to love and let go again and again.
~Marge Piercy

This is the hardest of all: to close the open hand out of love, and keep modest as a giver.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.
~Elizabeth Gilbert

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.
~Jodi Picoult

The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind.
~Mignon McLaughlin

Sooner or later we realize that we will only be offered imperfect people to love.
~Dr. SunWol

EndQuote:
Nobody will ever love you quite the way you want them to. You just have to let them do their best.
~Axel

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Harvested from: AZQuotes.com & QuoteGarden.com
Curated by: Wordgrove

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:  maze

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Posted from the Grove

One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
~Vincent Van Gogh

There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love, as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning.
~Vincent Van Gogh

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Animated:  The Gift   (6:00/7:49)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOFeSM1E2F0

 

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It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone — so far.
~Marilyn Monroe

It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.
~Marilyn Monroe

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Music to Love By:

PMJ: Ed Sheeran & Beyonce — Perfect  Duet  feat. Mario Jose, India Carney, Dave Koz (4:51)

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~Kina Grannis (Crazy Rich Asians):  Can’t Help Falling In Love   (3:09)

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~Leonard Cohen:  Dance Me Till the End of Love   (6:09)

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It is an extra dividend when you like the girl you’ve fallen in love with.
~Clark Gable

I, um, I have this problem. I broke up with my boyfriend, you see. And I’m pretty upset about it, so I wanted to talk to my best friend. The thing is, they’re both you.
~Jodi Picoult

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Images:
Some say that true love is a mirage; seek it anyway, for all else is surely desert.
~Robert Breault

Vladamir Kush: Surrealist, metaphysical realism set to dream music   (9:31)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgLiwWebz8M

Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.
~Benjamin Disraeli

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
~Andre Maurois

 

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No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.
~Iris Murdoch

 

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The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.
~Margaret Atwood

I think … if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.
~Leo Tolstoy

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:   light

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I don’t want to live. I want to love first, and live incidentally.
~Zelda Fitzgerald

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~BarTalk:
Shadows

Stippled dappled crippled light
Freckled on the forest floor
Moves with the angled ample sun
Thru the silhouette sin of trees
Broken bright interrupted light
Unstained but incomplete
Reminds that complex mortals
Make life beauty-full to see

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Ordained

My dear my prize my cherished one
‘Twould break my heart in two
Should my love my light of life
Make light of love and prove to be untrue

Born of pleasure discovered treasure
No matter how the start
By death by chance one last breath
The hour comes when we must surely part

Soon or late one must leave
The subject always ends
Faithless love or feckless life
A solo heart rends without amend

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Physics Call

Indifference to love
The immovable object
Exuberant love
The irresistible force
Darkness and light
Incompatible states

One’s resistance stands innate
While the other prevails a source
Eldest is the ebon night
Tho firstborn black will outlast
The being of empowered light
Will chase the darkness all away

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Cowards of The Con-T

Hide behind bushes of convenience
Ignoring bushels of lies
Took lessons of courage from a bone spur
Then vote our sons off to war to die
Betrayed truth oath and country
Shrugged off warnings of a world at war
Middle fingered history
Closed their eyes and conspired
Smothered conscience
Before snuffing out the light

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5-7-5 x 2

craven in the light
who else but one vowed an oath
spineless in a word
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light love’s game of chance
flips a low card folds a hand
lose the bet, redeal

 

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Being trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.
~George McDonald

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Quotes From The Grove:
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
~Thomas Paine

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Half truths can be brutal but the full truth is always beautiful.
~Daniel Duarte

EndQuote:
As a child I was taught that to tell the truth was often painful. As an adult I have learned that not to tell the truth is more painful, and that the fear of telling the truth – whatever the truth may be –– that fear is the most painful sensation of a moral life.
~June Jordan

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:  light

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Posted From The Grove

Super Bowl History: Why Roman Numerals Are The Super Bowl’s Signature
https://www.dictionary.com/e/the-roman-numeral-bowl-are-you-ready-for-some-football/

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*Salvador Dali, Walt Disney:  Destino   (6:31)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w38cerphic4&feature=youtu.be&utm_source

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*Destino Reconsidered – Music by Pink Floyd:  Time   (7:05)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc_f9VDVsNk&feature=youtu.be&utm_source

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Requested: A close your eyes and listen moment
~Jussi Björling & Robert Merrill:  Au fond du temple saint    (4:40)
(From Bizet’s, The Pearl Fishers)

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Need a good cry? This should do it.
*I Died Today. By, Duke Roberts
http://www.robynarouty.com/blog/i-died-today

*With a bow of gratitude to: Rusty’s Electric Dreams

 

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DEMOCRACY

 

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Stacked

© David Lorenz Winston

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:  pawn

~BarTalk:
Torn

Willing subject to rival passions
Stay the scales before my eyes
Am I blind to all but justice
Or gameboard pawn at Sweetheart Lies
Eagle-eyed to strike for truth
Or caged in concert mourning doves
Torn between two clashing factions
But was the subject law or love

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Trading Up

Upon my word I pawned my soul
Surrendered shelter for the open road
Ceded safety abandoned home
Relinquished all for room to roam
Plumbed deep sorrow’s barren depth
Bid for wisdom price was death
Chose the roadside’s unknown gravesite
Climbed discovery’s airless height
Waved away love’s right to grow
Waived it all for a chance to know

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Pawn Shop

For Sale: A Second Chance
Trade old Habits for new Money
Quit happy hour and cigarettes
Vegas visits and lotto bets
Bottled drinks that help forget
List of drugs that quell regret

Use the cash to settle debts
Pay the vet and food for pets
Music lessons for the clarinet
Piano sax or coronet
Woo that blistering hot brunette
Buy that bullet fast red Corvette

We’d beg one boon
Just don’t forget
The fun we had
And might have yet

 

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If I had my hand full of truth, I would take good care how I opened it.
~Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you.
~Roald Dahl

The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
~Roald Dahl

There are more secrets than known facts, and there are even more mysteries than secrets.
~Fedeline Wiarta

EndQuote:
And remember, also, added the Princess of Sweet Rhyme, that many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach. But someday you’ll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.
~Norton Juster

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:  pawn

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Posted from the Grove

Monty Python’s Terry Jones Passes On, Accepts Gig @The Golden Gate
In memoriam: Monty Python’s 10 funniest sketches
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comedy/what-to-see/monty-pythons-10-funniest-sketches/

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Secrets are like pregnancies hereabouts. You can hide them for a while but then they will start screaming.
~Jim Crace

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Musical Motley:
~The Piano Guys:  Beethoven’s 5 Secrets    (5:07 – classical)

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~Mary Lambert:  Secrets    (3:53 – honest)

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~The Pierces:  Secrets    (3:53 – sultry)

 

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I like to feel the burn of the audience’s eyes when I’m whispering all my darkest secrets into the microphone
~Conor Oberst

The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame
~Thomas Hobbes

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Secrets are generally terrible. Beauty is not hidden – only ugliness and deformity.
~L M Montgomery

Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret.
~Sara Shepard

Why do people with bad breath always wanna tell me secrets?
~Unknown

 

Vernon
© Greg Thweatt

 

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In life we all have an unspeakable secret, an irreversible regret, an unreachable dream and an unforgettable love.
~Ritu Ghatourey

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also – if you love them enough.
~George Washington Carver

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My secrets must be poetic to be believable.
~Mick Jagger

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@Writers Platform

Glass Table:
~Greenie:  Never Truly

Rainbowed shadows of life
flickering pale images
winding walls within my mind
the only life they breathe
soft sighs and murmuring cries
the language of loneliness and loss
dreams that never die, yet
never, truly live

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The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.
~Poppy Z Brite

Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.
~Paul Tournier

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Prewritten Theme:  secrets

~BarTalk:
journeys’ journal #26

secret ink
can’t be erased
secret’s key
can’t be replaced

secret fears
encrypted notes
schemed in secret
a secret vote

fudge the truth
risk disgrace
contrive the win
a disputed race
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secret door
to a secret place
secret bridge
to a sacred space

secret garden
a secret dream
a novel secret
a secret theme

secret love
an open sin
declared my love
she let me in

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Players and The Played
or
Preyers and The Preyed Upon

Comey’s non-comedy
Pelosi’s proof for history
McConnell’s neutered toothless kennel
Schiff’s short shrift on the late news channel

Felony is not the enemy
Greed’s false profit as deity
Dynasty rules gov’s galaxy
Gospel truth burned in effigy

Founders dream of democracy
Now drawn and quartered in agony
Once a country footstool colony
As eulogies turn to elegy

O’er two centuries worth their work undone
As seats of justice become a throne

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5-7-5 x 4

clouds have no secrets
blush shocking reds at sunset
spill tears without shame
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secret hiding post
gunshot rings from the mountain
when our dinner died
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it’s confession time
use bricks from the wall to build
a bridge ‘tween secrets
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not money or spice
secret ingredient
it was love she said

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when

there are secrets in the silence
but the stars understand
they have ears
they have eyes
they have memory
the patience of eons
and should we learn it
should we earn it
the time comes…

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We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos. We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music.
~Albert Einstein

There are in me the seeds from which, if necessary, the universe could be constructed. In me somewhere there is a matrix for mankind and a holograph for the whole world. Nothing is more important in my life than trying to discover these secrets.
~Ted Simon

In the long run, there are no secrets in science. The universe will not cooperate in a cover-up.
~Michael Kube-McDowell/Arthur C Clarke

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Finally:
You need to know things the others don’t know. It’s what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself.
~Don DeLillo

That, my dear, is what makes a character interesting, their secrets.
~Kate Morton

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Thanks to:  AZQuotes.com, CoolNSmart.com, QuoteLand.com, SearchQuotes.com, WiseOldSayings.com

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
A house means a family house, a place specially meant for putting children and men in so as to restrict their waywardness and distract them from the longing for adventure and escape they’ve had since time began.
~Marguerite Duras

The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.
~Edgar Watson Howe

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
~Twyla Tharp

EndQuote:
How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.
~William Faulkner

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:  secret

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Posted from the Grove

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.
~John Ed Pearce

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
~George A Moore

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Music: Three different treatments of home

~Sophie Zelmani:  Going Home   (3:19)

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~Melodickabros:  Country Roads, Take Me Home   (3:54 of 7:39)

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~Mary Fahl:  Going Home   (3:40)

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CGI Video:  Home, Sweet Home   (9:58)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKRZn0uS6eA

 

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The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store.
~Kin Hubbard

Home, nowadays, is a place where part of the family waits till the rest of the family brings the car back.
~Earl Wilson

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Talent Light
© Silvia Trujillo

 

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Be he a king or a peasant, he is happiest who finds peace at home.
~Goethe

Peace – that was the other name for home.
~Kathleen Norris

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:  home

~BarTalk:
home bears a resemblance to yesterday

the windows are open
the views are familiar
the table’s my setting
chairs shaped to my liking
filled cupboard with favorites
friend Memory visits
new company welcome
yet roads are the same
where safe rhymes with stale
…and nothing changes

home bears a resemblance to yesterday
where the door is a gift
and the present is now

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Strange

Home stoned with the strange
Where the Dear Johns and can’t-elopes lay
Where ‘sell them’ is heard
A disparaging word
And the spies are thought naughty to play

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pooch on a porch

news is mad crazy
leaders all creepy
streets are all trashy
relationships messy
i am a dog and
this world is my home

mister’s a sharpie
the missus a harpie
the kids are unhappy
neighbors are crappy
and they have no dog
to make it a home

father paints and is artsy
mother’s life of the party
daughter’s a cutie
son honors his duty
i am their dog and
i give them a home

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Neanderthal home
foreign hardly alien
when faced with the stars

 

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I was born a long way from where I belong and I am on my way home.
~Bob Dylan

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
~Flavia Weedn

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
~Josh Billings

EndQuote:
Spring is on the way; summer is on the way; storms are on the way; wars are on the way; sorrow and happiness are on the way; they are all on the way, they are coming! Everything is on the way! Life is a highway; while we are moving on the way, all else is coming towards us! Devil is on the way; angel is on the way! Stay firm on the way!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

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Harvested from: The Quote Garden
Curated by: Wordgrove

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:   home

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Posted from the Grove

Marcel Proust Character Questionnaire: Questions to ask characters in your book
https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/character-questionnaire/proust?utm_source

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~Dust video:  Ascension   (7:09)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6UcW9xLxwo

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You learn you can do your best even when it’s hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.
~Joe Namath

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.
~Babe Ruth

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:   persistence
~BarTalk:
Dual Doggerels Dueling   #12

Robert the Bruce

Scotland’s own hero
The daring and brave
Beaten exhausted
Holed up in a cave
Witnessed a spider
Trying to weave
A web by her nature
The design preconceived
Undaunted by struggle
Undertook and achieved
Awed by her trials
Ground in natal belief
Took heart for the fight
And the land he would save

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Capitol Idea

Moon shots
The Great Wall and pyramids
Sling shot
Goliath and what David did
Bullied
Derided for her Warren piece
Explained to
Warned about
Told to cease

Nevertheless
She persisted

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Formula

Instants of courage
Fill pages of history
From laser sharp focus
To limitless energy
Heritage or knowledge
Spokesman for deity
Privilege plus college
All have their place but
Don’t solve the mystery

Achievements in science
To adventures in finance
From success in the arts
Name topping the charts
Music and movies
Theater and dance
Hard work and great heart
All play a part
But leave it to chance

Strive to succeed
Look for ways to advance
From guile to chicanery
The come-hither glance
Lucky in love moneyed romance
Fortunate birth with inheritance
These the ingredients with relevance
But heading the list for significance
Try persistence

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persist: how to win
persevere: outlasting them
perspire: shows you tried

 

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Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.
~Jacob A Riis

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
~Dwight D Eisenhower

Kindness and faithfulness keep a king safe, through kindness his throne is made secure.
~King Solomon

There’s nothing so kingly as kindness, and nothing so royal as truth.
~Alice Cary

EndQuote:
A king can stand people’s fighting, but he can’t last long if people start thinking.
~Will Rogers

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:  persistence

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Posted from the Grove

~Dust Video:  Frances and Yuri Ring In The New Year   (5:52)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAqtiu6RVeQ

 

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Music For Change:

~Aloe Blacc:  Wake Me Up   (4:28)

~Elvis & Lisa Marie Presley:  In The Ghetto   (3:10)

~Bob Dylan @Live Aid 1985:  Blowin’ In The Wind   (6:16)

~Playing For Change (Song Around The World):  Stand By Me   (A replay — 5:27)

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They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.
~Dinos Christianopoulos

 

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Jeune Femme et Mur Jaune
© Greg Thweatt, 2019

Woman & Wall, the story, with musical pairing for the new year:
https://wp.me/p4IdEQ-BE

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:  a picture

 

The Fence
© Eric Groetzinger, 2019

 

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~BarTalk:
Walled Off Heart

Love takes time and work
All consuming
A full time job
Besides seizing the day

New love pierces the heart
Uncorks the red blood of emotion
Hurts when it isn’t thrilling
Means keeping the wound open

Love is entertaining
At twice the price
A dear sport the cost too dear
One can live as cheaply as one

You the unwilling
Stand the fourth wall

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Better Than

The year’s birthday night bewitches
Wild party night for stealing kisses
A business night bestowing riches
A chance only the screw-loose misses

New Year’s Eve in Tiny Town
Big City’s young sister grown
Proudly wears entertainment’s crown
But plans for those who call her home

Enter the stranger to magic land
Puzzled first dismayed then shocked
Expecting hordes to dance the band
Stunned to find the gate is locked

Crowds fenced out her family in
They sing twin songs their dance the same
A new year’s birth begins and ends
No blame no games no fears no shame

Pure sweet joy defines the party
Misread history for prediction
No thought given to past or money
Gave birthday night their full attention

~

The Wall That Once Was

Have you heard that energy can neither be created or destroyed?
-Wait for answer
Do you believe in this vast, ancient universe that mankind is the first and only?
-Wait for answer
Is it possible that stellar civilizations are aware of Earth?
-Wait for answer
Might they have helped other worlds develop and know the process?
~Wait for answer
Do you think they have visited Earth?
-Wait for answer
Might they be directing mankind by slow degrees to our own wisdom?
-Wait for answer
Why do you weep?

~

5-7-5 x 5

thou art meat and milk
grazed in the far west pasture
moo’d don’t fence me in

~

all gods’ children die
yet there’s a Book remembers
One does not forget

contraband treasures
gated fence becomes a wall
proof religions fail

slide between the slats
nevermore the welcome mat
hide and seek for real

The New Colossus
held fast to history’s oath
a mule’s weight in gold

 

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