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Quoted in The Grove:
A house means a family house, a place specially meant for putting children and men in so as to restrict their waywardness and distract them from the longing for adventure and escape they’ve had since time began.
~Marguerite Duras

The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.
~Edgar Watson Howe

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
~Twyla Tharp

EndQuote:
How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.
~William Faulkner

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:  secret

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Posted from the Grove

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.
~John Ed Pearce

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

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Music: Three different treatments of home

~Sophie Zelmani:  Going Home   (3:19)

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~Melodickabros:  Country Roads, Take Me Home   (3:54 of 7:39)

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~Mary Fahl:  Going Home   (3:40)

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CGI Video:  Home, Sweet Home   (9:58)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKRZn0uS6eA

 

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The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store.
~Kin Hubbard

Home, nowadays, is a place where part of the family waits till the rest of the family brings the car back.
~Earl Wilson

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Talent Light
© Silvia Trujillo

 

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Be he a king or a peasant, he is happiest who finds peace at home.
~Goethe

Peace – that was the other name for home.
~Kathleen Norris

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:  home

~BarTalk:
home bears a resemblance to yesterday

the windows are open
the views are familiar
the table’s my setting
chairs shaped to my liking
filled cupboard with favorites
friend Memory visits
new company welcome
yet roads are the same
where safe rhymes with stale
…and nothing changes

home bears a resemblance to yesterday
where the door is a gift
and the present is now

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Strange

Home stoned with the strange
Where the Dear Johns and can’t-elopes lay
Where ‘sell them’ is heard
A disparaging word
And the spies are thought naughty to play

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pooch on a porch

news is mad crazy
leaders all creepy
streets are all trashy
relationships messy
i am a dog and
this world is my home

mister’s a sharpie
the missus a harpie
the kids are unhappy
neighbors are crappy
and they have no dog
to make it a home

father paints and is artsy
mother’s life of the party
daughter’s a cutie
son honors his duty
i am their dog and
i give them a home

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Neanderthal home
foreign hardly alien
when faced with the stars

 

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I was born a long way from where I belong and I am on my way home.
~Bob Dylan

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
~Flavia Weedn

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
~Josh Billings

EndQuote:
Spring is on the way; summer is on the way; storms are on the way; wars are on the way; sorrow and happiness are on the way; they are all on the way, they are coming! Everything is on the way! Life is a highway; while we are moving on the way, all else is coming towards us! Devil is on the way; angel is on the way! Stay firm on the way!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

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Harvested from: The Quote Garden
Curated by: Wordgrove

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:   home

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Posted from the Grove

Marcel Proust Character Questionnaire: Questions to ask characters in your book
https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/character-questionnaire/proust?utm_source

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~Dust video:  Ascension   (7:09)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6UcW9xLxwo

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You learn you can do your best even when it’s hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.
~Joe Namath

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.
~Babe Ruth

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:   persistence
~BarTalk:
Dual Doggerels Dueling   #12

Robert the Bruce

Scotland’s own hero
The daring and brave
Beaten exhausted
Holed up in a cave
Witnessed a spider
Trying to weave
A web by her nature
The design preconceived
Undaunted by struggle
Undertook and achieved
Awed by her trials
Ground in natal belief
Took heart for the fight
And the land he would save

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Capitol Idea

Moon shots
The Great Wall and pyramids
Sling shot
Goliath and what David did
Bullied
Derided for her Warren piece
Explained to
Warned about
Told to cease

Nevertheless
She persisted

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Formula

Instants of courage
Fill pages of history
From laser sharp focus
To limitless energy
Heritage or knowledge
Spokesman for deity
Privilege plus college
All have their place but
Don’t solve the mystery

Achievements in science
To adventures in finance
From success in the arts
Name topping the charts
Music and movies
Theater and dance
Hard work and great heart
All play a part
But leave it to chance

Strive to succeed
Look for ways to advance
From guile to chicanery
The come-hither glance
Lucky in love moneyed romance
Fortunate birth with inheritance
These the ingredients with relevance
But heading the list for significance
Try persistence

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persist: how to win
persevere: outlasting them
perspire: shows you tried

 

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Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.
~Jacob A Riis

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
~Dwight D Eisenhower

Kindness and faithfulness keep a king safe, through kindness his throne is made secure.
~King Solomon

There’s nothing so kingly as kindness, and nothing so royal as truth.
~Alice Cary

EndQuote:
A king can stand people’s fighting, but he can’t last long if people start thinking.
~Will Rogers

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:  persistence

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Posted from the Grove

~Dust Video:  Frances and Yuri Ring In The New Year   (5:52)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAqtiu6RVeQ

 

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Music For Change:

~Aloe Blacc:  Wake Me Up   (4:28)

~Elvis & Lisa Marie Presley:  In The Ghetto   (3:10)

~Bob Dylan @Live Aid 1985:  Blowin’ In The Wind   (6:16)

~Playing For Change (Song Around The World):  Stand By Me   (A replay — 5:27)

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They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.
~Dinos Christianopoulos

 

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Jeune Femme et Mur Jaune
© Greg Thweatt, 2019

Woman & Wall, the story, with musical pairing for the new year:
https://wp.me/p4IdEQ-BE

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:  a picture

 

The Fence
© Eric Groetzinger, 2019

 

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~BarTalk:
Walled Off Heart

Love takes time and work
All consuming
A full time job
Besides seizing the day

New love pierces the heart
Uncorks the red blood of emotion
Hurts when it isn’t thrilling
Means keeping the wound open

Love is entertaining
At twice the price
A dear sport the cost too dear
One can live as cheaply as one

You the unwilling
Stand the fourth wall

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Better Than

The year’s birthday night bewitches
Wild party night for stealing kisses
A business night bestowing riches
A chance only the screw-loose misses

New Year’s Eve in Tiny Town
Big City’s young sister grown
Proudly wears entertainment’s crown
But plans for those who call her home

Enter the stranger to magic land
Puzzled first dismayed then shocked
Expecting hordes to dance the band
Stunned to find the gate is locked

Crowds fenced out her family in
They sing twin songs their dance the same
A new year’s birth begins and ends
No blame no games no fears no shame

Pure sweet joy defines the party
Misread history for prediction
No thought given to past or money
Gave birthday night their full attention

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The Wall That Once Was

Have you heard that energy can neither be created or destroyed?
-Wait for answer
Do you believe in this vast, ancient universe that mankind is the first and only?
-Wait for answer
Is it possible that stellar civilizations are aware of Earth?
-Wait for answer
Might they have helped other worlds develop and know the process?
~Wait for answer
Do you think they have visited Earth?
-Wait for answer
Might they be directing mankind by slow degrees to our own wisdom?
-Wait for answer
Why do you weep?

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5-7-5 x 5

thou art meat and milk
grazed in the far west pasture
moo’d don’t fence me in

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all gods’ children die
yet there’s a Book remembers
One does not forget

contraband treasures
gated fence becomes a wall
proof religions fail

slide between the slats
nevermore the welcome mat
hide and seek for real

The New Colossus
held fast to history’s oath
a mule’s weight in gold

 

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