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Quoted in The Grove

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
~Helen Keller

The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.
~Jimi Hendrix

That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.
~Emily Dickinson

EndQuote:
Life itself is the proper binge.
~Julia Child

 

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Prewritten Theme:  the race

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Posted from the Grove

Lush Life: Extremes on a Theme

~Zara Larsson:   Lush Life    (3:17)

~Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane:   Lush Life    (5:29)

 

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Life is made up of marble and mud.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Life is a horizontal fall.
~Jean Cocteau

 

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A Moment of Joy ©

David Lorenz Winston

 

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@Writers Platform

~BarTalk:
the footbridge

a stream flows close that waits for me
a brook I cross to feel again and be
a meadow world ringed by trees
of floral wreathes not yet woven
grow still alive and unredeemed

hummingbirds flit and dart
pause midair their gear in park
counterpoint to swooping larks
join buzzing bees hard at work
unaware of the impending dark

a low stone wall divides the field
a perching squirrel with acorn yield
ignores the lizard’s cloaking shield
blind to plans for their virgin world
biped condos and the laws they wield

but the smog and smug life has other plans
pretends this autumn world has a friend
fund-raise parties promise to defend
but daylight bends to its early end
time has come to cross that bridge again

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Viking Paean

Too much beer’s what got me here
Burned dead in bed is what I hear
Mates pissed off at my send off
Turned my coffin into funeral pyre
Then pissed the fire out on my bier

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Why Life

The lush life is a high life
A drinking to get by life
Smoking for an early-death life
Toking for a higher high life
Joking to grok the wry life
Speeding to a sudden stop-life
Reading to find the why of why life

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Saturday date night
Lush seeking lush for high times
Cocaine snort fell short

 

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In the end, the poem is not a thing we see; it is, rather, a light by which we may see — and what we see is life.
~Robert Penn Warren

 

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Quoted in The Grove

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~William Arthur Ward

It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.
~Naomi Williams

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
~Willie Nelson

EndQuote:
This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.
~Maya Angelou

 

Harvested from:  inc.com
Curated by: Wordgrove

 

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Prewritten Theme:  the lush life

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Posted from the Grove

Being Thankful by Not Giving Up

On Dreams
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.
~Buddha

~Aerosmith, with Southern California Children’s Chorus:  Dream On    (5:04)

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On Love
If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.
~Frank A Clark

~Morgan James:  If You Don’t Know Me By Now    (3:50)

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On Life
They both seemed to understand that describing it was beyond their powers, the gratitude that spreads through your body when a burden gets lifted, and the sense of homecoming that follows, when you suddenly remember what it feels like to be yourself.
~Tom Perrotta

~LeAnn Rimes, with Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angles:  The Rose    (6:21)

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David Lorenz Winston

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  signal, chorus

~BarTalk:
Hourglass

Pastel flowers peacock glorious
Early sunset’s embarrassed blush
Adds new voice to a swelling chorus
Heralds the evening’s welcome hush

A strand of sand from night’s impend
Sails directly south from Future Town
From Coming Soon to That Was Then
Down time’s passage Narrows of Now

A rustling wind signals the going-away
Grateful answer to a pinwheel day

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B Flat Ballad #24

The moment said be still
The music said to dance
Dewy eyed glances drill
Signal wanting love’s advance

Promise on-point harmony
Flatter true love’s melody
But then the contrapuntal chorus
Spreads the truth entire before us

Spoke of Mister Rabbit’s habit
Couldn’t help it gotta have it
Thus the death of true romance
Upending hope love’s last chance

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Quoted in The Grove

They say the world is round,
and yet it must be square,
so many little hurts we get
from corners here and there.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
and please the fleeting guest,
and deal full many a thoughtless blow,
to those we love the best.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst.
~Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Love has no place in a lawyer’s office.
~Elizabeth Aston

EndQuote:
The art of love … is largely the art of persistence.
~Albert Ellis

 

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Prewritten Exercise:  signal, chorus

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Posted from the Grove

PMJ Playlist:  On Brats and Cads in Love

~MAGIC’s  Rude   Featuring:  Von Smith   (4:16)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9yMXzARTZE

~Bruno Mars’  Grenade    Featuring:  Brielle Von Hugel   (3:28)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwsEdFkdjYA

~Justin Bieber’s  Love Yourself    Featuring:  Sara Niemietz   (4:28)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1QNhIAlP8M

 

~Tower of Power’s  Break Free   Featuring:  Morgan James   (3:53)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d85tijy0pBs

 

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Restroom and Old Graveyard
©2019 Greg Thweatt

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  wry, break

~BarTalk
Receptionist

Smile she’s on her cell
Words alone wouldn’t tell
Make it wry wait why not
Coffee break wants it hot
Time to waste s’all I got

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he-did ditty #17

wry the smile
and the bread
paid to break
their sexless fast
that nature knew
wouldn’t last
he for she
and eating out
who called for more
of love’s repast

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the difference

pastrami on rye
his breakfast heart brake
ham on wry
her staged heartbreak

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Politics

Wry story thrice told
Versus bald lie oversold
Bold try is growing old
Truth burns hot as hell
Fired urn it once held

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5-7-5 x 2

wry bitter laughter
defrays the pain of heartbreak
learned leave love alone
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pol’ tics all awry
dinner plates from legal brakes
toss the forkers out

 

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Quoted in The Grove

Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.
~Henry Van Dyke

Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated.
~Wassily Kandinsky

Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
~Albert Camus

EndQuote:
I don’t think culture is something you can describe.
~Bill Gates

 

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Prewritten Exercise for 11.14:  wry, break

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Posted from the Grove

All Colors of the Rainbow: A Color Thesaurus (name w/ color swatch)
http://mentalfloss.com/article/75713/name-every-shade-rainbow-color-thesaurus

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The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.
~Alvin Toffler

 

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Monkey Saves Dying Friend, India  (1:05)
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/dec/22/monkey-saves-dying-friend-train-station-india-video

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It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
~Henry David Thoreau

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Law is downstream from culture. By the time you make a law about something, you’re reacting, not acting. I’d rather shape the culture.
~Rick Warren

 

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©2019 Eric Groetzinger

 

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@Writers Platform

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
~Ray Bradbury

The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.
~Oriana Fallaci

Always, some great culture is dying to enrich the soil of new harvests, some civilization is crumbling to rubbish to be the hill of a more beautiful city, some race is spending itself that a lower and more barbarous world may inherit its stored treasure house.
~George Edward Woodberry

 

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Prewritten Theme:  culture

~BarTalk:
Morning Minstrels, Boyaca

Midnight music prior
5 AM firecrackers
Sky rockets announce
Traveling minstrels
One drum rat-a-tat-tat
Unsnared rhythm
Unrhymed
Two guitars
One trumpet
A saxophone
Serenade balconies
Windows fly open
Then doors
Neighbors pour out
A gusher in pajamas
A particolored conga line
Winding cobblestone lanes
Vibrant neighborhoods
Flamboyant
Plaza spread with open arms
Welcomes drinking dancers singing
Bottles of aguardiente
Fiery water and tequila
Spill and pour freely
Rounds of permission
To sing words everyone knows
To every song
Yet one sings alone
Lips echo in silence
Drunk with nostalgia
Eyes to the sunrise
It’s Sunday morning

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Pueblito

Emerald tree-lines edge cerulean skylines
Where raucous roosters presage the dawn
Walls vibrate lemon yellow
Pink painted lizards plastered on
Vivid sheets with sleep o’er spread
Rainbow dreams pillowed under head
Music wrought of roots ‘n blues
Billow songs wrung of human hues
Skins born of the same dark night
Bindings forged against the fading light
Black and white need red wants brown
These the color of Colomb’an town

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United Stated

One nation
Same declaration
Under one constitution
Inclusive

Rich culture
Shared future
One union to nurture
Exclusive

 

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I’m a culture vulture, and I just want to experience it all.
~Debbie Harry

 

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Quoted in The Grove
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
~Bob Marley

I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door.
~J D Salinger

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
~Stella Adler

EndQuote:
Muses leave no tracks, no fingerprint, no trace, no hint of their signature anywhere. They leave naught but damaged lives, ageless art, and a soul that Man can call his own.
~anon

 

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Prewritten Theme for Thurs 11.07:  Culture

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Posted from the Grove

Frisson: What Getting Chills from Music Says About Your Brain
https://curiosity.com/topics/this-is-what-getting-chills-from-music-says-about-your-brain-curiosity?utm_campaign

 

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Friends At Play

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:   bridge, cure

~BarTalk
5-7-5 x 8

smoked salmon curing
stretched o’er a green willow bridge
hot to trot taste buds
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writer’s block brain farts
caffeinated pot head cure
bridge to eloquence
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cured of innocence
comes a day to reconcile
bridge o’er right and wrong
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tumbled people paint
black bridge red sunset skyline
colors of a cure
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broken promises
short bridge over turbulence
Song Of Waters cure
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worlds at war again
words that cross divides can cure
a bridge built of books
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language builds the wall
desperate need finds a bridge
kindness proves the cure
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High Road left to chance
Right Road pockmarked and abridged
Buy Way path secure

 

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Quoted in The Grove
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
~John Lennon

Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you or makes you happy.
~Robert Tew

The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.
~David Russell

EndQuote
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
~John W Gardner

 

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Prewritten Exercise for 10.24:  bridge, cure

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Posted from the Grove

The Moses Illusion:  Be surprised
https://curiosity.com/topics/the-moses-illusion-shows-how-bad-you-are-at-fact-checking-curiosity/

 

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~Monty Python: Dodgy Translation Book   (3:10)
https://youtu.be/QqeSqm9um68

 

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Posted In The Grove:
~Greenie @I Like The Rain

Morning Meet

Tiny wings flutter
soft winds brush my cheek
twinkling sounds ring
from the twittering beak

Brave little mister
dew drops on demand
ruby throat flashes
as he nears my hand

Fingertip offered
a half moon of sweet
golden sunbeams bright
morning meet complete

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  coffee, vacant

~BarTalk:  Dual Doggerels Dueling

Pilfer Age

A storied Store famed in history
Now vacant of values no inventory
Emptied shelves shorn of everything loose
Fully attributed to internal abuse
Partners in crime don’t find it strange
Their Clerk on duty pockets the change
Forgot the coffee stored in the pantry
Caffeinated juice as weaponry
Opened eyes light up at the mention
A new selection and a coming election

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Lethargy and Larceny

A poisoned drop
A cup of tea
Caused the cougher
To spray an employee
Infected auditors
Made old Univac antsy
Refused the extortionist’s
Blackmailing offer
The virus failed
Robbing their coffers
Their graves go empty
So it’s easy to see
Patience a virtue
Against thievery

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5-7-5 x 3

news more grim each day
vacant stare of exhaustion
mainlining coffee
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school starts house vacant
priorities shift today
coffee with my soaps
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short stop for coffee
reread letter from true love
signed: No Vacancy

 

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Quoted In The Grove: 
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
~Martin Buber

I am learning that in life it is OK to travel in darkness, not knowing what your next move is.
~Cobie Smulders

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.
~R Buckminster Fuller

EndQuote:
A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
~John Steinbeck

Quotes harvested:   www.brainyquote.com
Curated:  Wordgrove

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs – Soon Again:   coffee, vacant

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Posted from the Grove Travel Edition:  On the road again

Thoughts On Travel: Quoted
Travel is the best and probably cheapest graduate school you can buy.
~Tom Freston

Travel, for me, is a little bit like being in love because suddenly, all your senses are at the setting marked ‘on.’ Suddenly, you’re alert to the secret patterns of the world.
~Pico Iyer

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.
~Francis Bacon

EndQuote:
Ah! Young people, travel if you can, and if you cannot – travel all the same!
~Jules Verne

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~Postmodern Jukebox, ft. Casey Abrams & Snuffy Walden:  Africa   (5:55)

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Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.
~Alexander Chase

Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror.
~Al Boliska

Airplanes may kill you, but they ain’t likely to hurt you.
~Satchel Paige

EndQuote:
Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.
~Al Gore

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It really is a fact that liberals are much higher than conservatives on a major personality trait called ‘openness to experience.’ People who are high on openness to experience just crave novelty, variety, diversity, new ideas, travel. People low on it like things that are familiar, that are safe and dependable.
~Jonathan Haidt

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There can be many reasons to travel, but wandering into the world for no particular reason is a sublime madness, which in all its whimsy and pointlessness may depict the story of life – and indeed could be a useful model to keep in mind, seeing as so much of life’s ambition comes unstuck or leads to nothing much at all.
~Michael Leunig

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~Tony Bennet:  I Left My Heart   (2:46)

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The people with the passports, the people who travel more, tend to be the most understanding. And it’s ironic that the people who travel the least have the strongest opinions about the people they’ve never met.
~Brian Chesky

Travel teaches toleration.
~Benjamin Disraeli

You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.
~Ella Maillart

EndQuote:
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

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~Sabrina Carpenter:   Paris    (3:47)

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I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.
~Rosalia de Castro

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
~T S Eliot

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

EndQuote:
Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
~Matsuo Basho

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@Writers Platform

This editor will be traveling and expects to resume The Post & Review within a couple weeks. With fewer distractions and more time on hand, in a new land, Wordgrove’s writing club will resume Thursday evening meetings. Notice will be sent approximately one week in advance.

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Prewritten:   contrary, pad

~BarTalk:
Poem by A Stream

Her tormented writing pad
Turns pages into doors
Her contrary writing lad
Token sad poems gone bad
Ventilated out-of-doors

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5-7-5 x 3

padded resume
contrary path to success
that slyly earns it
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her chic writing pad
contrary to Vogue’s advice
a pen is needed
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white lotus blossoms
lily pad coronations
shed contrary mud

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