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Quoted In The Grove:
you not wanting me was the beginning of me wanting myself thank you
~Nayyirah Waheed

Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.
~Mark Twain

When you start seeing your worth, you’ll find it harder to stay around people who don’t.
~Unknown

EndQuote:
Never dull your shine for somebody else.
~Tyra Banks

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 08/15:   band, starch

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~Curiosity:  New Study Suggests You Really Do Have a Type
https://curiosity.com/topics/a-new-study-suggests-you-really-do-have-a-type-curiosity?utm_campaign

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Glass Table:

~Greg Thweatt:  Distraction

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Cell phones, a drink, games, maybe music, bright lights, dim corners, flickering screens, a napkin, melting ice cubes … so many distractions, how can we know what is real versus that which is numbing or fantasy?

“Tottering between …”

This painting attempts to capture the ways we totter between distractions and the interactions with our world. Typically we see distractions as negative, a diversion or interference. I believe that distractions can also help when in pain or unsettled, if used with intention versus without thought.

“Stop!”

The struggle is to know when we are being intentional instead of becoming lost in
avoidance. Maybe it as easy as stopping,
looking up, listening (even if there is no sound) and being gentle with ourselves.

“Music Pairings”

~Hot Sardines:  When I Get Low I Get High   (4:09)

~Zaz:  Qué Vendrá   (3:03)

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Prewritten:   feud, tiptoe

~BarTalk:
She Me They We

She
Dances en pointe feline grace on tiptoe
Me
Feudin’ cousin of the ribbity rabbity tap dance
They
Choose music either nightingale or raucous crow
We
Refuse the ruse of witty talk versus flash romance
Grabs a number and takes our chance

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the climb to fly

snowshoe up mountain top
climb to the tip
toes to the edge
bungee jump

le feu d’amour
the fire of love
is like that

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5-7-5 x 6

tiptoe to the edge
was it cut with fentanyl
parents feud whose fault
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cruel crawl thru pig mud
or tiptoe home together
defuse this old feud
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piled high thunderheads
age old feud ‘tween weather fronts
tiptoe thru the rain
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tap dance on tiptoe
magnetized emotions feud
dare to call it love
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feuds felt in the gut
tiptoe thru relationships
reenlist, again
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civil war of self
feuding man in the mirror
tiptoes between them

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
The kinds of roles dogs fill can be hard to come by in human relationships. We touch the dog or the pet at whim. There is a lack of self-consciousness and a fluidity to it that is absent from most human relationships.
~Caroline Knapp

Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.
~Thornton Wilder

When there are dogs and music, people have a good time.
~Emmylou Harris

EndQuote:
There’s more to a person than whether or not they like dogs.
~Colton Underwood

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 08/08:    feud, tiptoe

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Google Maps: 33 Hacks, Tricks and Easter Eggs
https://interestingengineering.com/you-can-get-the-most-out-of-google-maps-with-these-33-hacks-tricks-and-easter-eggs?mc_cid

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~Marconi Union: Weightless (8:08)
However science decides or verifies, this musical rendering was measured to be the most restful. Easeful, non-repeating sounds seem to be key. Half hour and ten hour versions available
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfcAVejslrU

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Prewritten:  phantasm, lichen

~BarTalk
Neighbors

Old scrub oaks lichen scaled
There’s a family nearby
Good folk I visit often
Their phantasms odd to us
Bury their dead above ground

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Recipe #4

Times before I fancied love
Transmogrified phantasm
But magic mushroom potions prove
As a conjurer of passion
Less success in market tests
The failed attempt most striking
Plugged lichen soup for liking

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Who Was Caught

Who was caught rockin’ rocking to the beat
Who was that playin’ making happy feet
Who was heard singin’ creating phantasies
Who was famous for composing musical mysteries
Is now decomposing ‘neath a lichen shrouded tree

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Besties

Dog’s my best heaven-sent
But having Elephant as my friend
Forever fact without lament
Liken both as true and one to the end

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tastes of wood, lichen
eat for health friend phantom said
to this day I do

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Quoted In The Grove:
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.
~Carl Sagan

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
~Albert Einstein

Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.
~George Scialabra

EndQuote:
People who live entirely by the fertility of their imaginations are fascinating, brilliant and often charming, but they should be sat next to at dinner parties, not lived with.
~”Scottie” Fitzgerald (daughter of F Scott)

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 08/03:   lichen, phantasm

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Posted from the Grove

There is no triangle in this picture. The mind fills in non-existent lines (as writers do, to make a picture coherent), and not only sees the triangles as whole, but then a pyramid pops into sight, too.

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Mister Rogers Remixed:  Garden of Your Mind   (3:13)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFzXaFbxDcM&utm_source

 

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Glass Table:
Silence

I know in silence that there is love
and it will be good
I will play music
I will pray
Together we might forge something useful
I will discipline myself
to rise up and run along a peaceful pond
to find a path for me
Where I can hear gentle gestures of creatures
who know this earth and sky
I will run with grace this silent race
that meanders along a helical plane
I will allow the spiral stairs of life
to belay golden threads and secret passages
between our hearts
And breathe in the perfumed air of silent morning
awash in dewdrop and lavender
I know this is love and I will let it be so

~Kristina Foltz

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Prewritten:   staccato, herb

~BarTalk
Secret Spice

Rapid fire questions
Tactical war of words
Syllables like hot lead
Staccato Italian burst
All for name of an herb

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Before The After

Vern the Herbman with his knock at the door
With a product line leaves ’em dead on the floor
While Herb the Verbman with his stories galore
Leaves ’em laughing and crying begging for more

Staccatoing pings at the speed of machines
As bombs and bugs end the era of green
Thudding explosions backdrop stuttering rounds
An echoing scream as our final sound

Endless bodies war’s bottomless bin
From human beings to human been

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verb is the do word
Mary Jane’s the reggae herb
staccato be damned

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Quoted In The Grove:
Equipped with his five sense, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
~Edwin Hubble

There’s no blank spots on the map anymore, anywhere on earth. If you want a blank spot on the map, you gotta leave the map behind.
~Jon Krakauer

As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.
~Herman Melville

EndQuote:
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
~Ursula K Le Guinn

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 07/25:   staccato, herb

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Posted from the Grove

Vimeo Video

~Marvin Koppeljan:  One – Apollo 11 Homage   (2:00)
https://vimeo.com/348149104

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Fifty Years and A Day:  The Mood Was Moonlight

~Rick Hale & Breea Guttery:  Fly Me To The Moon   (Mash-up ~ 3:12/3:38)

~Van Morrison:  Moondance   (Jazz version – 6:19)

~Audrey Hepburn:  Moon River   (1:45/2:15)

~Jonathan King:  Everyone’s Gone to The Moon   (2:21)

~Neil Young:  Harvest Moon   (5:04)

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Glass Table:

~Thoreau:  Bartalk homage?

This poem struck me as very Bartalk-esque; enjoy!

“Bomb” — by Sophia Naz

Semantics
Seem antics
See, man ticks
Language is the bomb

Interview with Sophia Naz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eDCRL0WhrA

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Prewritten:   title, coax

~BarTalk:
The Beckoning

Fighting gravity breaking ground
Coaxed to rise by noonday sun
Grow entitled green and tall
Coached to life by nature’s call

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New Age

Coaxial present with sexes intersecting
Past and future daily connecting
New rules at work to curb the abuse
And tight’ll no longer be better than loose

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5-7-5 x 7.33

lies like titles tease
coaxed into lined existence
the story gets told
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title to new lands
coax the pioneers westward
oust the red for white
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He titled it She
Tell-all book that got him killed
Coaxed to an attic
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coaxed to fight again
wrestled for book naming rights
he took the title
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titled to intrigue
cast to coax an audience
tagline sells the film
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title mania
coaxed to fight a final round
DOA en route
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damn near pissed my pants
tie ’til bottom of the 9th
loser buys the cokes
or
loser buys the cokes
tie ’til bottom of the ninth
I take out my card

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Quoted In The Grove:
People who keep dogs are cowards who haven’t got the guts to bite people themselves.
~August Strindberg

Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.
~Dave Barry

Asthma doesn’t seem to bother me any more unless I’m around cigars or dogs. The thing that would bother me most would be a dog smoking a cigar.
~Steve Allen

EndQuote:
We have two dogs, Mabel and Wolf, and three cats at home, Charlie, George and Chairman. We have two cats on our farm, Tom and Little Sister, two horses, and two mini horses, Hannah and Tricky. We also have two cows, Holy and Madonna. And those are only the animals we let sleep in our bed.
~Ellen DeGeneres

Harvested: BrainyQuotes.com
Curated: Wordgrove

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 07/18: coax, title

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HuffPost LIFE: Relationships
Here’s What Makes A Voice Sexy (Or Deeply Unsexy)
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sexy-voice-science-men-and-women_l_5d1bba71e4b07f6ca5857392?ncid

 

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Prewritten:   latitude, sundown

BarTalk:
Portrait

Tropical latitude colors at altitude
Sunset patina palette as platitude
Blue-eyed sky ‘neath furrowed clouds
Rouged orange cheeks pink and proud
Low curled streak of scarlet lips
Long red strip that spoke of whips
But time itself won’t be denied
When sundown light goes out at night

Angry visage dire and mean
I’d not tremble at mortal being
But fear instead that I’ve been seen

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Cycling

Venture latitudes
Vaulting longitudes
Shower with plentitude
Monopolize gratitude

Foreign schools
Thoughts and tools
Conquer natives
Gods overruled

But chronicles repeat
What history requires
Sundown at empire
And morals for hire

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5-7-5 x 2

sundown horizon
latitude, love’s permission
trained her eyes on me
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sundown’s wished on star
longtitude crossed latitude
world centers on you

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
I want to be alone … with someone else who wants to be alone.
~Dimitri Zaik

I want someone I can share my entire life with who will leave me alone most of the time.
~Unknown

My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.
~Warsan Shire

EndQuote:
There are times when I need nothing but the sweetness of my solitude. But please know, that like the ocean promises the shore, I will never leave without coming back to you.
~D Antoinette Foy

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 07/11:   sundown, latitude

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10 Surprising Signs You’re An Extroverted Introvert
http://www.introvertsguidetotheworld.com/introverts/extroverted-introvert-truth-struggles/

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Prewritten:   sent, country

~BarTalk:
conscript

ideas cry but faintly
bleed to death alone
by order of my country
pledged me to sent me to
die a number send me home

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senseless

what percent of the senses
is represented by scent
ahead by a nose in a whole-body census
and
what good reason and where is the sense
of measuring life in dollars and cents
when sterile memories don’t recompense
and
who sent for the censor
but a self-serving bishop
dangling his sensor
and
guns are intense
meant to keeping things tense
that silent message any trigger sends
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count trees not sheep for losing sleep
breathe country air and live in tents
inhale fresh air as Morpheus’ incense

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Skin Color

Failed-state returnee
Send: Country of origin
Third-time charm failed
A repeat offender
The dream dies hard

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5-7-5 x 3

worst day work week done
Sunday drive in the country
heaven sent escape
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truth, thy name is Abe
an honest country lawyer
sent to save his world
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last chore of the day
country lane fenced in meadows
sent to fetch some figs

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Quoted In The Grove:
It always is harder to be left behind than to be the one to go…
~Brock Thoene

I love walking in the rain because no one can see me crying.
~Rowan Atkinson

Sometimes I’m the mess. Sometimes I’m the broom. On the hardest days, I have to be both.
~Rudy Francisco

EndQuote:
what is stronger than the human heart which shatters over and over and still lives.
~Rupi Kaur

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 07/04:   country, send

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Posted from the Grove

Goodbye to Myers-Briggs, the Fad That Won’t Die
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/give-and-take/201309/goodbye-mbti-the-fad-won-t-die

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~Adele: Someone Like You   (4:44)

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Prewritten:   cope, faint

~BarTalk:
Volcano

Love’s blood runs red hot
Faint of heart need not apply
No need to cope
No fear of fallout
No taste of ashes when it dies

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double shift

crepuscular life
faint light of dawn
night dying
copes again
at twilight

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progress

syncope is to fainting
as feigning is to faking
as coping is to making it
without having to pretend

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5-7-5 x 5

faint music, distant
carols and Christmas colors
coping with solstice
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coping with nose news
his cologne stains my pillow
faint smell of her fire
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faint praise for big heads
played hardball game of Fool’s Gold
coped with second place
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coped with erection
tried forbidden gender love
fainted dead away
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feint work to faint praise
fake it until you make it
cope as the drone does

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