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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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Quoted In The Grove:
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
~Mark Twain

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
~Samuel Johnson

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
~Theodore Isaac Rubin

EndQuote:
I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.
~Lady Gaga

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 09/26:  pad, contrary

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Posted from the Grove

~ESMA:  Farewell    (7:20)   Goodbye – The gift of letting go – a video

 

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Kindness is a sort of love without being love.
~Susan Hill

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:   litmus, pipe

~BarTalk:
5-7-5 x 4

litmus politics
religions of love at war
peace pipe as fiction
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illicit pipe smoke
failed corporate litmus test
fired as the mascot
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red and blue litmus
royal purple paint piped in
divorce the answer
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make some sense of it
Life Of Pi pelagic tale
English Lit must do

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!
~Bill Watterson

There is one other definition of shmeer, used in Israel, similar to the idiomatic American expression “to fudge”, as in intentionally writing something that is difficult to decipher, like an exam answer, to conceal the writer’s lack of knowledge.
~Joe Hoffman

In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.
~George Orwell

EndQuote:
We should not write so that it is possible for the reader to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to misunderstand us.
~Quintilian

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 09/19:  litmus, pipe

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Posted from the Grove

~Diane Ackerman:  Famous writers and their odd ways of writing
https://mailchi.mp/delanceyplace.com/writers-91219?e=7517c06f38

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~Abba:  Their Last Video   (6:24)

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  skirt, monastery

~BarTalk:
Ink Dirt

Skirting the issue of chasing skirts
Plying the monk trade for what it’s worth
Playing the rhythm game voiding issues of birth
Mysteries of The Monastery the author’s new work
Stories of heart told from a hearth gone dark

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Sublimation

The nuns the monks and their monsters
Want catharsis
Want to go ecstatically bonkers
No music no dance of a current age
No comics no headlines or editorial page
Where skirted costumes abound
There’s great fun to be found
Their Monastery Rag is a rage

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5-7-5 x 2

skirt steak served up rare
monastic taste runs to gruel
cosmic banquet spread
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skirt the rule of church
forest for monastery
gratitude for prayer

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.
~Ovid

The replenishing thing that comes with a nap – you end up with two mornings in a day.
~Pete Hamill

No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.
~Carrie Snow

EndQuote:
When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.
~Tom Hodgkinson

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 09/12:   monastery, skirt

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Posted from the Grove

You Are the Average of the Five People You Spend the Most Time With
Video at bottom of article is recommended   (5:19)
https://medium.com/the-polymath-project/you-are-the-average-of-the-five-people-you-spend-the-most-time-with-a2ea32d08c72

 

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Nap Quotes: Part II
My biggest thrill in life is to read in the afternoon until I fall asleep and take a nap.
~Sissy Spacek

Since I am from Spain, once the morning has gone, I like to take a nap while falling asleep to black and white movies. It feels less lonely. There is a comfort in hearing their voices, like when you’re a child and your mother tells you a story before bedtime.
~Jordi Molla

Let me tell you about the nap. It’s absolutely fantastic. When I was a kid, my father was always trying to tell me how to be a man. And he said – I was maybe nine – he said, ‘Philip, whenever you take a nap, take your clothes off and put a blanket over you, and you’re going to sleep better.’ Well, as with everything, he was right.
~Philip Roth

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Exercise:   strand, candle

~BarTalk:
Twice Shy

Long strands of pearl white sand
Calling card of Vacation Land
Late baking news of sunburned nudes
Now tan their hides by candle light

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But Not Forgotten

Overstaying The Strand in enabling Las Vegas
Overplaying his hand at the gaming table
His taste in art turning lately to Vargas
His shrink and courts rule him unstable
Not under-dressed curves or the adults he handled
But leggy young girls who snuffed sanity’s candle

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Road Trip

Stranded in Scranton and broke down
Landed the drunk tank in factory town
Stamped fair game after game blown
Branded losers should have known
Failed again candle’s out headed home

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Once

Picture politics for preamble
Imagine Jack Spratt in a stumble
Juggling fake news he can’t handle
Stranded mid-air straddling candles

Sticks are for beating
Myths for dissembling
Lies are the telling
Signs of derailing
Decency a fantasy
That once was democracy
Once

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blonde strands and black ones
woven into candle wicks
red wicked which is best

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POSTscript Quotes:   The Nap
If I’m stuck in the midst of a story, I take a nap. It often works, and if it doesn’t, I still feel better.
~Max Apple

I catnap now and then, but I think while I nap, so it’s not a waste of time.
~Martha Stewart

I drink coffee 30 minutes before I want to nap. I think that really helps.
~Ali Krieger

 

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