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Quoted in The Grove:
Question:  What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Walter Cronkite:  I’m strongly urged by advisers not to say “moral laxity,” so let’s say “sense of humor.”

Humor results when society says you can’t scratch certain things in public, but they itch in public.
~Tom Walsh

The funniest things are the forbidden.
~Mark Twain

EndQuote:
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
~Francis Bacon

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Exercise Prompt for 04/12:  alone

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Posted from the Grove*

The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance.
~Peter De Vries

The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself.
~James Thurber

Wit has truth in it; wise-cracking is simply calisthenics with words.
~Dorothy Parker

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Video:  It’s Funnier With a British Accent

Fawlty Towers:
Rat Under the Table   (3:06)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdKSVCveIfA&list
-or-
She Go Crazy   (3:22)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWpASN4dQHg

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It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.
~Max Eastman

Not being funny doesn’t make you a bad person. Not having a sense of humor does.
~David Rakoff

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A Bit of Fry & Laurie:
Your Name?   (3:29)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LopIroSjsU
-or-
Pre-coital Agreement   (4:43)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxFU_fIUawM

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Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman.
~Oscar Wilde

Do you know why the Lord withheld the sense of humor from women? So that we may love you instead of laugh at you.
~Mrs Patrick Campbell

After God created the world,
He made man and woman.
Then, to keep the whole thing from collapsing,
He invented humor.
~Bill Kelly

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Music:  Tears-of-joy Knot

~Unknown:  See The Funny Little Clown   (1:96-short version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s7Dm1bvo9Y

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~Reba McEntire:  Cathy’s Clown   (3:07)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYVKQW-RORs

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Don’t wish me happiness – I don’t expect to be happy it’s gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor – I will need them all.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.
~Irvin S Cobb

Humor is… despair refusing to take itself seriously.
~Arland Ussher

Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.
~Max Eastman

 

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Humor is the good natured side of a truth.
~Mark Twain

Humor is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.
~Mary Hirsch

Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.
~Sid Caesar

 

 

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A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.
~William Arthur Ward

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs — jolted by every pebble in the road.
~Henry Ward Beecher

You don’t stop laughing because you grow older. You grow older because you stop laughing.
~Maurice Chevalier

If money makes the world go round, it’s humor that keeps it from spinning out of control.
~Craig Kimberley

 

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@Writers Platform

Love, like a sense of humor, is now claimed by everyone even though Love, like a sense of humor, is rather more rare than not, and to most of us poor muddlers unbearable at full strength.
~Gore Vidal

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Glass Table:

Self-Incarcerated

Stir-crazy-I-am. Stir-crazy-I-am. I am Stir-crazy-I-am.
This stay at home plan. This stay at home plan.
I do not like this stay at home plan.
Do you like this stay at home plan?
I do not like it stir crazy I am.
I do not like this stay at home plan.
Would you like to stay in your house?
Would like to surf the net with your mouse?
I do not like to stay in my house.
I do not like to surf with my mouse.
I do not like not go here or there.
I do not like not to go anywhere.
I do not like this stay at home plan.
I do not like it Stir-crazy-I-am.

~Rob Arkes

 

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Exercise Prompt:  humor

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~BarTalk:

Words At Work

Words breathe and take up space
Make contracts, puns and create
Define a science for the human race
To the stars and back again

Words go wrong and stay the night
Much like our bad boy teenage rites
Or enable friends who think they might
Pull the plug and make light of life

Words may be weapons meant to harm
Outline a season for warlike storms
Underline real reasons for alarm
Undermine the reach of healing charm

Ill-bred words that fail to please
Can amend themselves for making peace
Promise love and make things right
Invite droll humor and avoid the fight

Words in poems like sounds at play
That work to heal and not betray
Like knowing lyrics that people songs
Inhabit hearts where they belong

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Humor Me

Think me ugly, think me fat and dense
But never handsome, t’would makes no sense
Names are cheap, don’t sit the fence
Please humor me at my expense

Call me moron, dupe and stupid
Never won at Eros, not even Cupid
T’would be no evil to call me devil
Who failed to win love’s loftier level

Born a fool is my affliction
Who wanders lost without direction
Short on plot but long on fiction
Dedicate this ode to St. Malediction

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Five Finger Pluck

Five piece jug band sings her song
Their red haired singer plays along
Humor rules their little game
Contrapuntal fun their only aim
When their chorus ends the same

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5-7-5 x 2

stand tall, laugh and love
I stood tall to laugh at love
watched it all come true
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brown grow the hillsides
nature’s green sense of humor
laughs at the grey rain

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An uncontrolled sense of humor is often costly in business.
~William Feather

Nobody ever lends money to a man with a sense of humor.
~Peter Tork

Candidates should be extremely cautious in displaying a sense of humor. If he or she tells a joke with a point, there is almost certain to be some minority group offended.
~Jack Germond

It never seems to occur to some people, that, like beauty, a sense of humor may sometimes be fatal.
~Edgar Rice Burroughs

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*From Wordgrove: A Page of Fun & Telling Quotes
https://wordgrove.com/funquotes.html

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
~Theodore Roosevelt

If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.
~Rumi

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
~Walt Disney

EndQuote:
Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.
~Liz Smith

 

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Exercise Prompt for 04/05:  humor

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Posted from the Grove

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.
~Dave Weinbaum

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Beginning: For a Richer Life:

Breaking & Entering the Shy ZoneNot beginning the conversation, but extending it – 3 Ways

https://forge.medium.com/3-ways-to-rescue-a-conversation-thats-going-nowhere-1e0d954ae371

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Video:

Covid no more!  A mashup video (3:36)   fun
https://vimeo.com/400584129

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Activities in the Time of COVID:

Turkish Water Marbling:  From Craft to Hobby   (5:20)   soothing, mesmerizing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqclBOtOEx8

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From MentalFloss.com
9 Classic Board Games You Can Play Online
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/621061/classic-board-games-to-play-online

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50 Amazing Skills You Can Learn on YouTube
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/572087/learn-skills-on-youtube

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HuffPost’s extensive list of online courses
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/online-classes-you-can-take-at-home_l_5e7a7a29c5b6e051e8dce9f7?ncid

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8 Master Class Courses To Get You Out of Your Netflix Funk
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/621543/try-these-masterclass-courses

Scroll down the page for these additional activities:
11 Boredom-Busting Classes and Activities You Can Do at Home
11 Essential Spring Cleaning Products

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You may do this, I tell you, it is permitted. Begin again the story of your life.
Jane Hirshfield

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
~Carl Bard

 

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Music:

~Gary Valenciano:  Where Do I Begin   (4:28)

~Joeboy:  Beginning   (2:40)

~Colin Hay:  Waiting For My Real Life to Begin   (7:52)

~Johnossi:  Heavens (Then We Begin)   (5:14)

~Placebo:  Begin The End   (6:03)

 

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There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.
~Louis L’Amour

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.
~Seneca

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Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.
~C S Lewis

Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.
~Jim Rohn

 

 

But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing.
~Kate Chopin

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
~Saint Francis of Assisi

Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
~Goethe

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@Writers Platform

Exercise Prompt:  begin

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~BarTalk:

Tanka  (5-7-5-7-7)

start as a word seed
growing against gravity
begin as a phrase
watch the budding poem grow
penetrate doubt into depth

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begin the faking
needing dough for the raking
s’not love we’re making
kneading dough for the baking
take in the godforsaken

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snow melting yonder
begins the river from here
start the clock at birth
crash over rocks into pools
arrive purified at sea

 

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You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.
~Mary Pickford

Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts.
~Winston Churchill

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
~Henry Ford

Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.
~Hubert Humphrey

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Curated by: Wordgrove

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
There’s no way I was born to just pay bills and die.
~unknown

The goal is to die with memories not dreams.
~unknown

I’ll look back on this and smile because it was life and I decided to live it
~unknown

EndQuote:
Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.
~Jack Kerouac

Too many good quotes on traveling and travelers to toss out for want of space in this week’s Post & Review. For a tour of quotes worth a visit:  https://wordgrove.com/TravelQuotes.html

Note:  This editor apologizes for extolling the pleasures of travel in this week’s edition, when no one can because of COVID-19. The topic was chosen to celebrate his return home after a wondrous six months in Colombia. The ambivalence embodied in celebrating my continued stay here, and missing my friends at home, and the confusing paradox it represents, cannot be overstated. Ain’t life a kick.

 

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Exercise Prompt for 03/29:  begin

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Posted from the Grove

Things To Do While Sequestered:
Coloring books: Get out your colored pencils for these fun/instructive/elegant projects (requires a printer)
http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/?utm_source

~Washington Post’s Crossword Puzzles  (Daily, Sunday, etc.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/crossword-puzzles/

~USA TODAY’s Free Online Games & Puzzles
https://puzzles.usatoday.com/

12 World-Class Museums to Explore Online
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online

 

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Video Sketches:  Travelers  ̶  It’s about time

One Minute Time Machine   (5:40)    fun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBkBS4O3yvY

Room 88   (8:44)    fun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tLNEeraSfc

Time travel is possible. Will explain later.
~Jose Canseco

Time travel is only a little less confusing than wives.
~Ranvir Shorey

 

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A Little Travelin’ Music, Please:

~Jack Broadbent:  On The Road Again   (4:39)

~Becca Krueger:  Hit the Road Jack   (4:39)

~Rod Steward:  Sailing   (4:56)

~Andrea Bocelli, with Sarah Brightman:  Time to Say Goodbye   (6:38)

 

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Wyoming
© Greg Thweatt

 

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@Writers Platform

Exercise Prompt:  travel

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~BarTalk:
Hapless Goes Mapless

Wondering at the wandering shoreline
Guessing at the history it skirts
Set out in the morning at sunrise
Intending to find everything first

A fair good try for the borderless horizon
Navigating for landfall to make it by sunset
Early adventures of a vagabond traveler
Me and my inner tube USS Tess

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Tanka: 5-7-5-7-7 x 3

audacious bandit
travels in the time of plague
just heroes wear masks
bold outlaw is a virus
loathsome bug purloining breath
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the world spreads full wide
geography’s the study
the taste of it tempts
travel proves the gestalt, yet
ain’t ’til now I been nowhere
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beginning to end
three score ten for the journey
time travel is real
vagabond, or a tourist
eyes and ears, mouth with a map

 

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All of life is a foreign country.
~Jack Kerouac

This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one.
~Paulo Coelho

The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream.
~Jack Kerouac

Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?
~Caroline Myss

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
I want the news delivered unbiased. I thought that was the whole point with journalism.
~Aaron McGruder

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.
~George Orwell

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
~Arthur Miller

EndQuote:
The crux is not the publisher’s freedom to print; it is rather, the citizen’s right to know.
~Arthur Hays Sulzberger

 

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Exercise Prompt for 03/22:  travel

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The World Health Organization has announced that dogs cannot contract Covid-19. Dogs previously held in quarantine can now be released. To be clear, WHO let the dogs out.
~Hans Stroo, Coronapocalypse

 

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Posted from the Grove

On Writing:
Six by Judy Blume to Make You a Better Writer
https://writingcooperative.com/6-quotes-by-judy-blume-to-make-you-a-better-writer-62745b11b203

One by Hemingway More Useful Than Five by Any Other
“The best way is to always stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day when you are writing a novel you will never be stuck. That is the most valuable thing I can tell you so try to remember it.”

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Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.
~John Hersey

When journalism is silenced, literature must speak. Because while journalism speaks with facts, literature speaks with truth.
~Seno Gumira Ajidarma

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
~Oscar Wilde

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A Song (Title) For The Times:
~Hues Corporation:  Rock The Boat   (3:47)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tvq74JbuwOI

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You can crush a man with journalism.
~William Randolph Hearst

I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets.
~Napoleon

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Vimeo Video:
War Authority   (6:50)
https://vimeo.com/191688688

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Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.
~Henry Anatole Grunwald

Journalism is an act of faith in the future.
~Ann Curry

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If you saw a man drowning and you could either save him or photograph the event… what kind of film would you use?
~Author Unknown

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: “President Can’t Swim.”
~Lyndon B Johnson

That ephemeral sheet,… the newspaper, is the natural enemy of the book, as the whore is of the decent woman.
~Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt

If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.
~William Tecumseh Sherman

The newspaper is the second-hand in the clock of history; and it is not only made of baser metal than those which point to the minute and the hour, but it seldom goes right.
~Arthur Schopenhauer

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Job’s Struggle, by William Blake

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Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.
~Cyril Connolly

In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.
~Ellen Goodman

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
~Matthew Arnold

The first rough draft of history.
~Ben Bradlee

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@Writers Platform

Newspapers: dead trees with information smeared on them.
~Horizon, “Electronic Frontier”

Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.
~Karl Kraus

Editor: A person employed on a newspaper whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
~Elbert Hubbard

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Exercise Prompt:  splinter

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~BarTalk:
prophylaxis: penn ave

paper-mâché for a throne
sunday comics for a crown
self-imposed ignorance
brings it all down

internecine the warfare
splintered factions abound
if loyalty is two way
poser is three ways undone

in a crisis of his making
loud wailing the sound
postpone the elections
when the good go to ground

righteous rioting follows
when no solution is found
martial law is the answer
as impostors crave the crown

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Tanka x 3

work and love and play
splinters of reality
pains wanting pleasure
bitch and moan against the sin
healthy yogurt for dessert

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black tormented clouds
jagged bolts crack wide the world
splinter the silence
render the sky brilliant
storm’s deep end of excitement

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a premature death
throes of incomprehension
splinter into grief
harrowing cries for revenge
lose count and the war moves on

 

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If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.
~Author unknown

In journalism it is simpler to sound off than it is to find out. It is more elegant to pontificate than it is to sweat.
~Harold Evans

I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.
~Tom Stoppard

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Quoted in The Grove:
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
~T S Eliot

People ask me, what special is in my mentorship which has made Malala so bold and so courageous and so vocal and poised? I tell them, don’t ask me what I did. Ask me what I did not do. I did not clip her wings, and that is all.
~Ziauddin Yousafzai

Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.
~Ray Bradbury

EndQuote:
It takes courage to be the author of your life.
~Nicholas Lore

 

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Prewritten Exercise Prompt:  splinter

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Posted from the Grove

Medium.com has removed its paywall for all coronavirus/COVID19 related articles
https://medium.com/topic/coronavirus

Recommended Read:  How to Tell If You Have the Flu, Coronavirus, or Something Else  (with symptom chart)

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To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage.
~Henri Matisse

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
~Aesop

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On Writing:

Tanka Poetry – A Brief Introduction
https://medium.com/house-of-haiku/tanka-poetry-a-brief-introduction-11f2aabef214

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Courage is saying maybe what I’m doing isn’t working, maybe I should try something else.
~Anna Lappe

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Vimeo Video:  The Foreigner   (17:04)   Intense
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/375358899

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Coward:  One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.
~Ambrose Bierce

Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice in many cases is based on good information.
~Peter Ustinov

Courage ought to have eyes as well as arms.
~Henry George Bohn

Don’t try to be brave when it is enough to be intelligent.
~Paulo Coelho

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Song For The Times: 

~Rio 2: I Will Survive (2:10)   Fun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNc_AAyjFdk

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To me, there is no greater act of courage than being the one who kisses first.
~Janeane Garofalo

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
~Lao Tzi

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To him that waits all things reveal themselves, provided that he has the courage not to deny, in the darkness, what he has seen in the light.
~Coventry Patmore

 

 

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I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
~Rosa Parks

Necessity does the work of courage.
~Nicholas Murray Butler

A brave arm makes a short sword long enough.
~French proverb

 

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@Writers Platform

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
~Mark Twain

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Prewritten Prompt:  courage

~BarTalk:
Fire Us the Virus

Mutant Porridge
Late touring band
Music gone viral
Best in the land
Grunge their style
Never washed their hands
Critic warned danger
Before he was canned

Dire Warning their rivals
Too cerebral and bland
Their lyrics and stylings
Universally panned
Their music and message
Law suited and banned
False Courage their song
Their beer and their brand

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Utah’t Me Love

College degree
PhD in biology
Acknowledged love
All its chemistry
Pledged to wed
Gave way to bigamy
Judge overruled
Jail and tragedy
Dodged that bullet
Avoided calamity
Bridged disaster
Courage from comedy
Salvaged the outcome
Comity from catastrophe
A privileged state
Heaven blest polygamy

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sequence

solo elemental atoms
single simple selves
classic basic building blocks
molecule membrane animal and life

cells of lonely selves
melt and merge and gel in love
coagulate into couples
conceive families for life

remote isolated artists
solitary outlying mavericks
given the courage say no to love
creative freaks quarantined for life

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Being brave means knowing that when you fail, you don’t fail forever.
~Lana Del Rey

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
~Maya Angelou

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.
~Nora Ephron

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Quoted in The Grove:
Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.
~H Jackson Brown, Jr

One way to meet new people is to listen more carefully to the people you see every day.
~Robert Brault

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
~Joyce Brothers

EndQuote:
A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.
~Wilson Mizner

 

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Exercise Prompt for 03/08/20:  courage

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I tell you everything that is really nothing, and nothing of what is everything, do not be fooled by what I am saying. Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying.
~Charles C Finn

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Posted from the Grove

On Writing:
Naked, Drunk, and Very Tired   (10 Weird life-style hacks used by creative geniuses)
https://forge.medium.com/i-tried-10-extreme-creativity-hacks-cc17665702b7

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People don’t listen to understand. They listen to reply. The collective monologue is everyone talking and no one listening.
~Stephen Covey

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you’ll see why.
~Mignon McLaughlin

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Video:
~Vimeo:  BookFace   Books alive!    (1:19)
https://vimeo.com/391933063

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People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
~Harper Lee

I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
~Robert McCloskey

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Music:
~DHT:  feat. Edmee  Listen To Your Heart    (4:38)

~Sylvie Simmons:  Rhythm of the Rain    (2:33)

~Doobie Brothers: Listen to the Music   (5:05)

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No one is listening until you fart.
~Author Unknown

My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that’s what she said.
~Author Unknown

 

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Not all my day can I spend in listening, for I, too, must evolve, ere the night comes on.
~Muriel Strode

 

© David Lorenz Winston

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It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man’s observation, not overturning it.
~Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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@Writers Platform

Exercise Prompt:  listen

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~BarTalk:
christmas story

schedule free
holiday treat
hamper full
notepad clean
laundromat open
warm and empty
a random meet
something between
chance and serendipity
fifty dollars
those clean sheets
and you can love me
a plaintive plea in
plain jane’s gravelly voice
this for that
a desperate choice
tit for tat
please
or let me read
what you wrote
I’m hungry for words
a bite to eat and company
too good for bed
we talked instead
ate a lot
drank bottled red
we read aloud
and better yet
we listened
and in the morning
parted

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noise then silence

a friendless silence
then the rains return
pretending to be music

a dog in the distance
barks to protect the tv inside
the children preparing for bed

a Harley in the distance
growling like a dog nearby
warding off boredom with danger

a car slishing thru wet streets
has a destination
keeps the reason secret

the cloud muffled stars
fill the emptiness between them
with the whisper of neutrinos

and all is gossip
with no one to listen

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Prelude

Listen
And the silence rages with memory
Shame and moments of courage vie
Transcend the victor’s territory
Where success may need a lie
Nothing hides in the silent apostrophe
Where we know judgment before we die

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Summoned

Listen to it
The smell of delicious calling
The farewell cry of spices fallen
Spirits of shredded bodies growing
In my garden

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Old Bone Spurs

Listen to the venom of the fallen reign
Telling me just what a fool he’s been
Ignored the science left the Dow in pain
So let’s be free of him again

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5-7-5 x 2

history has a voice
listen to the tale it tells
else it warns too late
~
history has a tail
heed the body lest it pass
call it consequence

 

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If I had it to do again, I’d ask more questions and interrupt fewer answers.
~Robert Brault

Silent and listen are spelled with the same letters.
~Author unknown

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Harvested from:  AZQuotes.comQuoteGarden.com
Curated by:  Wordgrove

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
The poem must resist the intelligence
Almost successfully
~Wallace Stevens

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
~T S Eliot

Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting.
~Robert Frost

EndQuote:
Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.
~Carl Sandburg

 

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Prewritten Exercise next week:  listen

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Posted from the Grove

Readings:
~David Paul Kirkpatrick:  How to Train Your Daimon and Realize Your True Potential
Vouch-worthy instruction for the writer/artist
https://medium.com/better-humans/this-is-how-to-train-your-daimon-for-the-most-out-of-life-701773f22c58

Tip of the hat to:  https://medium.com

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~Jay Nordlinger:  Waxing Lyrical
One man’s fan’s favorite pop/rock lyrics
https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/02/pop-lyrics-weird-and-wonderful/

 

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The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.
Christopher Morley

Poetry is creative; to be a poet is to remake the universe.
~Alexandre Vinet

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©David Lorenz Winston

 

A poet swallows life and exhales painted words.
~Terri Guillemets

 

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If it doesn’t work horizontally as prose…
it probably
won’t work
any better
vertically
pretending
to be poetry.
~Robert Brault

 

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Compression of poetry is so great I often explode.
Out of the house to walk off a poem.
~William Corbett

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:  rocket

~BarTalk:

debating life

speedboat rocketing down river rapids
beats the drumming of dreary habits
where insipid and monotonous co-inhabit
stale routines breed like common rabbits

had her once but couldn’t hold her
now just tired of getting older
getting bolder dodging boulders
now feel the waters getting colder

before the flatness turns to flatline
the morning dawns can see the sunshine
notepad scribbling inkings of design
out of chaos inklings of some Thing divine

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career girl

loving her work
long hours legging it
works hard on her lines
kicks into high gear
getting it done
she’s the one
a high kickin’
hard workin’
good lovin’
Rockette

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Space Cadet

Recruits wanted
Courage undaunted
Inner peace centered
A foreign place entered
Thoughts retrained to meditate
Cadets taught to conquer space
On-hold future at the gate
Your rocket awaits

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5-7-5 x 3

rising star climbing
raw sex appeal fresh talent
rockets to the top
~
next up live on stage
smoke some right good ganja weed
play stoned and rock it
~
priapic rocket
erect on its launching pad
shooting for the stars

 

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In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.
~Wallace Stevens

Look! over yonder
what a beautiful
field of wildpoems
~Terri Guillemets

 

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Confession:  This editor is not a poet, but merely a poetaster who uses these exercises for excuses to blog.

 

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