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Quoted in The Grove:
I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must not write outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden.
~Frances Hodgson Burnett

Gardens always mean something else, man absolutely uses one thing to say another.
~Robert Harbison

In a field I am the absence of field. That is always the case. Wherever I am, I am what is missing. When I walk I part the air and always the air moves in to fill the space where my body has been. We all have reasons for moving. I move to keep things whole.
~Mark Strand

EndQuote:
Nature poets can’t walk across the backyard without tripping over an epiphany.
~Christian Wiman

 

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Exercise Prompt for 08/16:  history

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Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration.
~Lou Erickson

Observation. — Nevertheless, what a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.
~Charles Dudley Warner

Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.
~Lewis Gannit

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Posted from the Grove

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.
~Lindley Karstens

You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.
~Author Unknown

If I finish my day with no garden dirt under my fingernails and nothing new learned, it is a day wasted!
~Valerie Clague

Broad acres are a patent of nobility; and no man but feels more of a man in the world if he have a bit of ground that he can call his own. However small it is on the surface, it is four thousand miles deep; and that is a very handsome property.
~Charles Dudley Warner

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~Sotheby’s:  Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights   (2:59)
Anatomy Of An Artwork
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD_nwg9CMzw

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~Jorge Luis Borges: From — Aprendiendo   (4:22)   enduring
https://www.patrickwanis.com/you-learn-after-a-while-comes-the-dawn-the-poem-video-text-audio/#:~:text

So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
~Jorge Luis Borges

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~Back To The Garden   (2:29)   stranger than fiction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS1f8isJh9Q&list

 

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A cloak of loose, soft material, held to the earth’s hard surface by gravity, is all that lies between life and lifelessness.
~Wallace H Fuller

Human vanity can best be served by a reminder that, whatever his accomplishments, his sophistication, his artistic pretension, man owes his very existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil — and the fact that it rains.
~Anonymous

I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.
~Phyllis Theroux

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Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden…. It is sad that Nature will play such tricks on us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

When one of my plants dies, I die a little inside too.
~Terri Guillemets

When you have done your best for a flower, and it fails, you have some reason to be aggrieved.
~Frank Swinnerton

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.
~May Sarton

Despite the gardener’s best intentions, Nature will improvise.
~Michael P Garofalo

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VIDEO:

Successful gardening is doing what has to be done when it has to be done the way it ought to be done whether you want to do it or not.
~Jerry Baker

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
~Francis Bacon

And I beseech you, forget not to informe yourselfe as dilligently as may be, in things that belong to Gardening.
~John Evelyn

A gardener’s best tool is the knowledge from previous seasons. And it can be recorded in a $2 notebook.
~Andy Tomolonis

There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.
~Alfred Austin

Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions.
~Mark Twain

There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.
~Janet Kilburn Phillips

We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.
~Leonardo da Vinci

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~Short of The Week:  Garden Party   (7:21 )   mute with mystery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX8GaZ3O4-Q

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~William Garratt:  The Garden of Eden   (1:30)   fun
https://vimeo.com/85155089

 

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The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
~Abraham Lincoln

The garden is the poor man’s apothecary.
~German Proverb

Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden.
~Orson Scott Card

If you are a gardener, you can always put “Plant Manager” on your résumé.
~Author Unknown

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MUSIC:

Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high.
~William Goldman

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.
~George Edward Moore

Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.
~Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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~Lydia Lee:  Grey to Green   (3:57)   nostalgia, menace and promise

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~Rob Russell:  Back To The Garden 1969  (5:41)   montage: history as prophecy

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~Shaun Bosch, feat. Emily Coulston:  Garden   (5:06)   leaving the garden, alone

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~Dua Lipa:  Garden   (4:20)   lyrics

 

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Friends are “annuals” that need seasonal nurturing to bear blossoms. Family is a “perennial” that comes up year after year, enduring the droughts of absence and neglect. There’s a place in the garden for both of them.
~Erma Bombeck

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
~H Jackson Brown, Jr

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
~Warren Buffett

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Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.
~Elizabeth Murray

Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts.
~Author unknown

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I love being asked to identify plants, and I don’t know which gives me more pleasure: to know what they are or not to know what they are.
~Elizabeth Lawrence

Exclusiveness in a garden is a mistake as great as it is in society.
~Alfred Austin

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When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
~Author unknown

Tomatoes and squash never fail to reach maturity. You can spray them with acid, beat them with sticks and burn them; they love it.
~S J Perelman

Essential advice for the gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbor, and always make thyme for loved ones.
~Author Unknown

With fronds like these, who needs anemones?
~Frank Muir

My rule of green thumb for mulch is to double my initial estimate of bags needed, and add three. Then I’ll only be two bags short.
~Author Unknown

If there was a big gardening convention, and you got up and gave a speech in favor of fast-motion gardening, I bet you would get booed right off the stage. They’re just not ready.
~Jack Handey

Weed it and reap.
~Gardening Saying

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Remedies for Growth. The human thing is gardening, pruning. Nature is shameless & profligate, our job is editorial.
~David Warren

The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name.
~Sylvia Browne

Two things cannot be in one place. Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.
~Frances Hodgson Burnett

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What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.
~Doug Larson

If dandelions were rare and fragile, people would knock themselves out to pay $14.95 a plant, raise them by hand in greenhouses, and form dandelion societies and all that. But, they are everywhere and don’t need us and kind of do what they please. So we call them weeds and murder them at every opportunity
~Robert Fulghum

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
~James Russell Lowell

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@Writers Platform

Garden writing is often very tame, a real waste when you think how opinionated, inquisitive, irreverent and lascivious gardeners themselves tend to be. Nobody talks much about the muscular limbs, dark, swollen buds, strip-tease trees and unholy beauty that have made us all slaves of the Goddess Flora.
~Ketzel Levine

In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death.
~Sam Llewelyn

Gardens… should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves.
~H E Bates

From an aunt, long ago: “Death has come for me many times but finds me always in my lovely garden and leaves me there, I think, as an excuse to return.”
~Robert Brault

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Glass Table:

~Stephkats:  Being In Love

Mientras escucho a los pájaros cantar su mejor canción,
mientras miro a mi hermoso alrededor,
se aviva mi alma, se aviva mi espíritu
pienso en ti, y siento mi corazón latir…
Pues es magnífico sentir mi corazón agrandarse y sentirlo lleno de amor, pero puedo sentir también.. la nostalgia y la tristeza al imaginar una vida sin ti..

As I listen to the birds sing their best song,
As I look around and see how beautiful is the world,
my soul is revived, my spirit is revived
I think of you, and I feel my heart beat …
Well it is magnificent to feel my heart grow and feel full of love, but I can also feel .. nostalgia and sadness when imagining a life without you ..

 

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Nature abhors a garden.
~Michael Pollan

Gardening is always more or less a warfare against nature. It is true we go over to the ‘other side’ for a few hints, but we might as well abandon our spades and pitchforks as pretend that nature is everything and art nothing.
~Shirley Hibberd

A garden was the primitive prison, till man with Promethean felicity and boldness, luckily sinned himself out of it.
~Charles Lamb

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Coffee. Garden. Coffee. Does a good morning need anything else?
~Betsy Cañas Garmon

My little bit of earth in the front garden is one of the places that I find my bearings. The rhythm of my day begins with a cup of coffee and a little bit of weeding or dreaming.
~Betsy Cañas Garmon

 

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Exercise Prompt:  garden

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~BarTalk

Princess Valiant

Serendipity, lost forgetfully
A book, a diary described a brook
Near lakeside sedge, a thorny hedge
A hidden wall forestalling all
Cemented shards on embedded guards on
Someone’s lonely secret garden

Serendipity, my discovery
School house dance found by chance
Her poetry ‘neath a willow tree
I fain would see, would feign to meet
Play coy and meek, play hide to seek
Woo fair lady, plead her, be my dear

Serendipity, yet woe is me
To heed the call meant climb the wall
Shard shredded skin, but she’s not in
But word is out what love’s about
Conquer all means jump not fall
Find she’s a he, not meant for me

Yet secret gardens have their fountains
Friendship certain, spared love’s mountain

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The Test

Fresh from the oven
Garden of Eden
Expelled from the womb
Students for the classroom
Sin taught avatars
Gift of the stars
Sift good from evil
Universe.ity level

War fraught memories
Spankings of history
Seed time to harvest
Hard rules to digest
Now the finals
Questions eternal
Not test to scale
But pass or fail

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MissDirection

Fraught deeds of the day
Bought seeds for the night
Sought harvest of stars
Wrought garden of lights

Set waiting for moon rise
My night’s misguided bet
A cloud obscured bloom
Missed flower of sunset

Evening’s opting for east
Over the certainty west
Twilight’s horizon-set gloom
Skyline glow but not the best

 

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In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there. To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels.
~Dodinsky

There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can’t prove that there aren’t any, so shouldn’t we be agnostic with respect to fairies?
~Richard Dawkins

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
~Douglas Adams

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In my garden I spend my days; in my library I spend my nights. My interests are divided between my geraniums and my books. With the flower I am in the present; with the book I am in the past.
~Alexander Smith

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
~Cicero

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Curated by: Wordgrove

 

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Quoted in The Grove:

You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.
~Alan Moore

We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.
~Patrick Rothfuss

We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.
~André Berthiaume

EndQuote:
I think that is why we stay close to our families, no matter how neurotic the members, how deeply annoying or dull- because when people have seen you at your worst, you don’t have to put on the mask as much.
~Anne Lamott

 

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Exercise Prompt for 08/09:  garden

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Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Although I know it’s unfair, I reveal myself one mask at a time.
~Stephen Dunn

There is a life behind the personality that uses personalities as masks. There are times when life puts off the mask and deep answers unto deep.
~Dion Fortune

Personality is a mask you believe in.
~Robert J White

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Posted from the Grove

The mask means to me: freshness of color, sumptuous decoration, wild unexpected gestures, very shrill expressions, exquisite turbulence.
~James Ensor

Some of us wear the mask prouder than others.
~Lady Gaga

Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof.
~Alan Moore

I believe in my mask ̶ The man I made up is me I believe in my dance ̶ And my destiny
~Sam Shepard

I wear the mask. It does not wear me.
~Man in the Iron Mask

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~Insider:  How Masks Are Made For Hollywood   (4:20)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na6txUn-29Q

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~Brick In The Yard:  Lifecasting Tutorial   (13:32)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDCeyHnCA1o

 

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In a world where everything is ridiculous, nothing can be ridiculed. You cannot unmask a mask.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

Well, when I was a kid, if my father was witnessing something that he thought was particularly outrageous or he was looking at some sort of a question that he thought lacked proper definition, he would say, Well, at least Jesse James had the honor to wear a mask.
~Richard Neal

Men take more pains to mask than mend.
~Benjamin Franklin

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VIDEO:

Do they love you or the mask you put on every day?
~Shamika Bowers

I learned in high school, if I hold up an effigy, a mask, or a lie, that mask will get all the love, not me.
~Lynn Breed

Say the whole point of love is to try to get your fingers through the holes in the lover’s mask. To get some kind of hold on the mask, and who cares how you do it.
~David Foster Wallace

Love has a powerful way of removing the mask we all insist on wearing.
~Jessy

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
~James A Baldwin

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~Shakespeare Solos, feat. Joanna Vanderham:  Juliet   (1:38)   ‘The mask of night is on my face’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMeZiZeipVw

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~Washington Drama Club:  Masks   (5:11)   from a poem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIOTVhuhmFY

 

She had blue skin, And so did he.
He kept it hid And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through,
Then passed right by-
And never knew.
~Shel Silverstein

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~Momentum Studios:  Masked   (15:00)   coming of age, transgender
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLk8Dxf1xFk&t=802sKalhil

 

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Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face.
~John Updike

Wit is often a mask. If you tear it you will find either genius irritated or cleverness juggling.
~Khalil Gibran

Every profound spirit needs a mask: even more, around every profound spirit a mask is continually growing.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

It’s a terrible thing to be alone – yes it is – it is – but don’t
lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath – as terrible as you like  ̶ but a mask.
~Katherine Mansfield

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MUSIC:

Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.
~River Phoenix

Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.
~Rodney Dangerfield

Acting is largely about putting on masks, and music is about removing them.
~Hugh Laurie

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~Tina Carlyle dance from The Mask   (3:03)   Jim Carrey/Cameron Diaz

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~Persona 5 – LoFi HipHop:  Beneath the Mask   (3:47)   dreamy cartoon drama

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~Phantom of the OperaThe Music of the Night   (5:25)   haunting classic

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~Royal & the Serpent:  Underneath the Mask   (2:58)   surreal dance

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~Future:  Mask Off   (4:49)   dystopian

 

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We wear the mask that grins and lies.
~Paul Laurence Dunbar

No matter how much a snake sheds skin, it’s still a snake.
~Alan Knott-Craig

No mask like open truth to cover lies,
As to go naked is the best disguise.
~William Congreve

The worst thing about being lied to is knowing you’re not worth the truth.
~Jean Paul Sartre

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In the event of a cabin failure, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling, and untangling them will annoy you before you die.
~Frankie Boyle

I got the bill for my surgery. Now I know what those doctors were wearing masks for.
~James H Boren

Humor is the mask of wisdom.
~Friedrich Durrenmatt

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René Magritte – The Lovers

 

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Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.
~Elbert Hubbard

Fear stops a lot of people. Fear of failure, of the unknown, of risk.
And it masks itself as procrastination.
~Lisa Anderson

…all cynicism masks a failure to cope.
~John Fowles

Cool superiority as a mask for overflowing insecurity.
~Deb Caletti

Anybody who wears a mask is scared.
~Gump Worsley

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@Writers Platform

A mask tells us more than a face.
~Oscar Wilde

Sometimes it’s not the people who change, it’s the mask that falls off.
~Haruki Murakami

 

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Exercise Prompt:  mask

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Life will show you masks that are worth all your carnivals
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tear off the mask. Your face is glorious
~Rumi

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~BarTalk:

masquerade

stars mask the horror of infinite emptiness
love masks life’s crippling loneliness
deserts mask a nocturnal liveliness
storms mask a rain-thirsty needfulness

sunsets mask the oncoming darkness
sunrises mask the passage from blindness
jungles mask nature’s green’s temporariness
seas mask deep fathoms of alien vividness

cuisine masks the slaughter for hungriness
drink masks the daily ordinariness
church masks the terror of not-knowingness
red masks the poppy’s euphoric deadliness

music serves to mask life’s aural aridness
beauty plays the mask to cover life’s ugliness
art works to mask life’s overall barrenness
life’s the mask that overlays nothingness

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crusade

facade for the face
a mask against mace
protection the task
in discussing race
the questions to ask
pinned to the mast
are matters of honor
not simply of color
righting the past
fighting in place

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5-7-5-7-7 x 3

face masked but not veiled
eyes alive with intention
dancing, inviting
blue pools of sweet seduction
turn noun to verb at the ball

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eyes firm with purpose
hide to thwart identity
tasked with obstruction
germ-free mask, banker’s camera
hidden face at Halloween

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spoken for by law
but the eyes, love at first sight
a sin without shame
tho masked to show indifference
heart stops each forbidden beat

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5-7-5 x 4

sly teasing insults
habit of the beloved
playful mask was love
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hiding in plain sight
eyes wide but unreadable
magic of the mask
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wild with excitement
blood racing, grows tumescent
her mask just said yes
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consumed consuming
chose blameless death by diet
used the mask of fate

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Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
~Oscar Wilde

In a jump, the subject, in a sudden burst of energy, overcomes gravity. He cannot simultaneously control his expressions, his facial and his limb muscles. The mask falls. The real self becomes visible. One only has to snap it with the camera.
~Philippe Halsman

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The humble, meek, merciful, and just are everywhere of one religion; and when death has taken off the mask they will know one another, though the diverse liveries they wear here make them strangers.
~William Penn

We are the eyes of the cosmos. So that in a way, when you look deeply into somebody’s eyes, you’re looking deep into yourself, and the other person is looking deeply into the same self.
~Alan Watts

I have consecrated my life to changing matter into spirit with the hope of one day seeing it all. Seeing in its total form, while wearing the mask, from the distance of death. And there, in the eternal destiny, to seek the face I had before the world was made.
~Joel-Peter Witkin

Life is a mask through which the universe expresses itself.
~Frank Herbert

 

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Quoted in The Grove:

You are born into your family and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges.
~Elizabeth Berg

Family is just accident…. They don’t mean to get on your nerves. They don’t even mean to be your family, they just are.
~Marsha Norman

The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you.
~Kendall Hailey

EndQuote:
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.
~Desmond Tutu

 

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Exercise Prompt for 08/02:  mask

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

I think the family is the place where the most ridiculous and least respectable things in the world go on.
~Ugo Betti

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
~George Bernard Shaw

The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us to become our best while looking our worst.
~Marge Kennedy

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Posted from the Grove

A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.
~Mary Karr

All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.
~Mitch Albom

All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
~Leo Tolstoy

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~NY Times:  The Ambivalent Marriage Takes a Toll on Health
https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/the-ambivalent-marriage-takes-a-toll-on-health/?action

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~Family Focus Blog:  10 Benefits of Family Time
https://familyfocusblog.com/6-benefits-of-spending-time-together-as-a-family

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~Operation Meditation:  5 Life-changing Benefits of Solitude
https://operationmeditation.com/discover/5-life-changing-benefits-of-solitude/#:~:text

 

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Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.
~Rick Riordan

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VIDEO:

Families are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.
~unknown

Are we not like two volumes of one book?
~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

To tell the story of one family is to tell what is essential in the story of all…. All families are equally ancient.
~Moncure D Conway

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~Helen Takkin:  Descent   (3:35)   because, family
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/438379368

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~Universal Everything:  Transfiguration   (6:24)   family  ̶  personalities on parade
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/429924982

 

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Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go by any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds; they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.
~F Scott Fitzgerald

This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.
~Arundhati Roy

Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back.
~Mignon McLaughlin

In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry.
~Margaret Laurence

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MUSIC:

There is no cure for laziness but a large family helps.
~Herbert Prochnov

The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life’s essential unfairness.
~Nancy Mitford

The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions.
~Robert Brault

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
~George Burns

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~Various Artists:  We Are Family   (4:13)

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~Various Artists:  We Are The World 25 For Haiti    (8:32 – music @1:05)

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~Spanish Artists:  Somos El Mundo  (We Are The World – 6:45)   in Spanish

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~Playing For Change: What’s Going On  ̶  Feat. Sara Bareilles   (3:39)

 

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Treat your family like friends and your friends like family.
~unknown

A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.
~Benjamin Franklin

It’s nice to have friends, but it’s better when your friends are family.
~various unknowns

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A family is a bunch of people who keep confusing you with someone you were as a kid.
~Robert Brault

Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space.
~Evan Esar

If minutes were kept of a family gathering, they would show that “Members not Present” and “Subjects Discussed” were one and the same.
~Robert Brault

The thing about family disasters is that you never have to wait long before the next one puts the previous one into perspective.
~Robert Brault

I don’t have to look up my family tree, because I know that I’m the sap.
~Fred Allen

Being part of a family means smiling for photos.
~Harry Morgan

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Bryce Canyon – Family of Spires
© 2020 Hans Stroo

 

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Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.
~Napoleon Bonaparte

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
~Charles R Swindoll

You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.
~Polish Proverb

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

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@Writers Platform

Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.
~Michael Levinve

Having a child makes you a parent; having two, you are a referee.
~David Frost

The advantage of having only one child is that you always know who did it.
~Erma Bombeck

In a houseful of toddlers and pets, you can start out having a bad day, but you keep getting detoured.
~Robert Brault

 

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Exercise Prompt:  family

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Family life is a bit like a runny peach pie  ̶  not perfect but who’s complaining?
~Robert Brault

Families are like fudge  ̶  mostly sweet with a few nuts.
~Author unknown

If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable  ̶  each segment distinct.
~Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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~BarTalk

family of US

anarchists & fascists
Reps & Dems
male & female
scientists & religionists
young & old
the timid & bold
slavers & abolitionists
peaceniks & adventurists
twixt the Atlantic & Pacific
mindful north & fertile south
pale skins & exotics
creatives & destroyers
hard luck & the heart-felt
sports & the arts
the Haves & the not-so-much
we comprise the family of US

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Family Outing

Annual picnic in the park
Bottled wine, beer concealed
Fears confirmed, hidden sparks
Forbidden love and lust revealed

Cousin Ned and best friend Ted
Beat us all at volleyball
Proposed a toast, they plan to wed
Sometime soon this coming fall

Aunt Irene who tends to lean
A bit too far left of center
Announced that she and sweet Lily
Are newlyweds, now co-renters

Brother Bob met Brother Todd
Studied hard at seminary
Broke the rules all thru school
Banns are planned, getting married

Sedition, seduction, love’s transmission
I smile to see their love’s completion
While I, still captive to love’s tradition
Forge on alone, out of commission

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5-7-5-7-7 x 4

slug bugs, back seat farts
I spy with my little eye
car sick, sloping curves
country roads long Sunday drives
memories of family

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odyssey

left home for the world
right when honor headed south
not worth scouting north
branching roads too much to see
need-to-roam’s cost, family

long spare voyage out
turned to passage looking in
find love’s not the route
not family or safety
but the grave’s finality

death rides a white horse
in the night I hear hoofbeats
muffled, drawing near
journey circles back around
To family after all

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5-7-5 x 2

siblings as saplings
family roots branching out
begun in tandem
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abandoned orphan
cast-off, slave, used, raped, kept down
hist’ry, my fam’ly

 

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Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold.
~Andre Maurois

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
~Jane Howard

Having a place to go  ̶  is a home. Having someone to love  ̶  is a family. Having both  ̶  is a blessing.
~Donna Hedges

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When you educate a man you educate an individual. When you educate a woman you educate a whole family.
~Robert M Maciver

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
~Theodore Hesburgh

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
~Mother Teresa

Rich or poor, we will keep together and be happy in one another.
~Louisa May Alcott

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