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Quoted in The Grove:
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
~Stephen King

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
~Will Rogers

The best way to enjoy your job is to imagine yourself without one.
~Oscar Wilde

EndQuote:
The harder I work, the luckier I get.
~Samuel Goldwyn

 

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Exercise Prompt for 05/03:  marry

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The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
~Robert Frost

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
~Sam Ewing

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Posted from the Grove

On Writing:

~Matthew Edward:  How to Rhyme Like Eminem
https://medium.com/@aimtofail/how-to-rhyme-like-eminem-e3c8f3bc8ce8

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I was at Mount Tamalpais near San Francisco hiking when a boulder came hurling down the mountainside and smashed my left hand. When I looked at my mangled bloody fingers, I had a strange reaction. ‘Thank God I will never have to play again,’ I said. The fact is that dedication to one’s art does involve a sort of enslavement.
~Pablo Casals

The fact that people who create are good workers tends to be lost.
~Abraham Maslow

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Videos and A Visual:

~Spectator LIFE:  Golden Oldies – Britain’s best vintage comedy
Seven video compilations from which to choose

Golden oldies: Britain’s best vintage comedy

 

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Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.
~George Carlin

I pretend to work. They pretend to pay me.
~Unknown

Hard work is damn near as overrated as monogamy.
~Huey Long

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Sand Art:  Unfolding stories in sand

~Colette Dedyn:  COVID-19   (13:34)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUmAUCFhyoM&t=107s

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~Fatmir Mura:  Love   (10:23)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zphbnum0_BY

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~Calvin Seibert:  Sandcastles
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157708812813541/with/35486647835/?utm_source

 

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A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.
~Alistair Cooke

In a professional once engaged, the performance of the job comes first.
~Garson Kanin

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Music:
~Seasick Steve:  I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry   (3:29)

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~Shawn Mendes:  Never Be Alone   (3:35)

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Carousel Ending:  You’ll Never Walk Alone   (2:49)

 

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Doing nothing is very hard to do … you never know when you’re finished.
~Leslie Nielsen

Doing things that you are not supposed to do at work makes your vision, hearing and alertness much better.
~Unknown

Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.
~Jerome K Jerome

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No man goes before his time – unless the boss leaves early.
~Groucho Marx

I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.
~Charles Lamb

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© David Lorenz Winston

 

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On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died.
~Adlai E Stevenson

The plans that I made when horizontal are working out now that I’m vertical.
~Betsy Cañas Garmon

If there is no wind, row.
~Latin proverb

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@Writers Platform

We work to become, not to acquire.
~Elbert Hubbard

Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life.
~Marc Chagall

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Exercise Prompt:  work

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~BarTalk:
Workin’ It

Hard times leading to heartbreak
Workin’ it up in a poem
Sudden fall from the mountaintop
Workin’ it up for a song

Country crushed by broken dreams
Workin’ it, makin’ it strong
Nation torn into pieces
Workin’ the airwaves to belong

Love blown apart by a love affair
Workin’ it to get along
Boxed up alone in our corner worlds
Workin’ it, fixin’ what’s gone wrong

Hard time mending a heartbreak
Worked it into a poem
Hellish plunge from the mountaintop
Worked it up into a song

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Skinflint & The Spendthrift

Penny pinching miser
Tight fisted with love
Loathe to spend it
Afraid to go bankrupt

Heart-throbbing provider
With acres of love to give
Seeding the world with it
Going emotionally bankrupt

Tightwad versus the prodigal
When love is the currency
Cheapskate and the profligate
Whose work got the most in return?

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5-7-5-7-7 x 4

the long climb uphill
stretching cramping old muscles
work this beating heart
aerate these static old lungs?
no my child, it’s for the view

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baseball training camp
wind sprints, batting practice works
step up to the plate
give it everything I got
strike out sometimes, it’s my job

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dull idleness stalls
nothing new at the homestead
thumb out, the road calls
song of life wants a coda
scroll old memories for a fix
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music’s a pleasure
each verse a ride to somewhere
each day a treasure
music and life with a measure
love’s chorus worked in the mix

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5-7-5 x 2

work, four letter word
World Building Award a perk
worth its weight in gold
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love’s a losing game
work it hard, ignore the odds
’til death do us part

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Assorted work quotes:

There is no patch to cover death’s loss, no antidote for grief, but that work itself will do the job better.
~Unknown

Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.
~Bruce Lee

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
~Confucius

Good work ain’t cheap, cheap work ain’t good.
~Sailor Jerry

My work is the only ground I’ve ever had to stand on.
~Marilyn Monroe

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Quoted in The Grove:
Luxury is an ancient notion. There was once a Chinese mandarin who had himself wakened three times every morning simply for the pleasure of being told it was not yet time to get up.
~Argosy

“Life is too short,” she panicked, “I want more.”
He nodded slowly, “Wake up earlier.”
~Dr. SunWolf

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.
~Rumi

EndQuote:
For a long time it seemed to me that real life was about to begin, but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something had to be got through first, some unfinished business; time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
~Bette Howland

 

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Exercise Prompt for 04/26:   work

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Posted from the Grove

The older generation thought nothing of getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning — and the younger generation doesn’t think so much of it either.
~Author unknown

I have a “carpe diem” mug and, truthfully, at six in the morning the words do not make me want to seize the day. They make me want to slap a dead poet.
~Joanne Sherman

I don’t think jogging is healthy, especially morning jogging. If morning joggers knew how tempting they looked to morning motorists, they would stay home and do sit-ups.
~Rita Rudner

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Music + 1:

~Mickey Newbury:   All My Trials   (5:27)   stately

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~Mavis Staples:   Hard Times Come Again No More   (4:12)   spiritual

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~Tommy Fleming:   Hard Times Come Again No More   (4:35)   rousing

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Quotes for Hard Times   (4:04)   solemn

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~Flash Mob:   Ode To Joy   (5:48)

 

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Dawn: When men of reason go to bed.
~Ambrose Bierce

Most people do not consider dawn to be an attractive experience — unless they are still up.
~Ellen Goodman

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VIDEO: CGI
The Box (La Boite):   (7:01)   cute, warm

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The Box:   (12:21)   just weird

 

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A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
~Oscar Wilde

You can only come to the morning through the shadows.
~J R R Tolkien

Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.
~Emily Dickinson

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I’ll tell you how the Sun rose –
A Ribbon at a time….
~Emily Dickinson

What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for beauty, and never see the dawn!
~Logan Pearsall Smith

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.
~John Muir

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Green Dawn

© David Lorenz Winston

 

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The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years.
~Thomas Jefferson

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.
~Richard Whately

One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast.
~Robert Brault

Dawn is opportunity opening the door.
~Terri Guillemets

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@Writers Platform

There is a solitude, or perhaps a solemnity, in the few hours that precede the dawn of day which is unlike that of any others in the twenty-four, and which I cannot explain or account for. Thoughts come to me at this time that I never have at any other.
~George Bird Grinnell

Dawn is a friend of the muses.
~Latin proverb

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Exercise Prompt:  dawn

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~BarTalk:
Undefeated

Dusk like a banner to announce the end of light
Dawn like a hammer to break the chains of night
Dark like a prison to lock up the gift of sight
Day like a gavel to set the wicked thing right
Bad luck to a faint-heart like the road is to flight
Man is to hard times like gritty pluck is to plight

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Dual Doggerels Dueling #19
Luminous

Fiery opalescent sunset
Pearlescent dawn of the moon
Radiant iridescent sunrise
Signs the time is ripe for love
Not tardy, not a day too soon

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Surprise

She, her beauty incandescent
He, a prepubescent adolescent
Her toothy grin full of mischief and sin
Heralds the dawn their good times begin
A puppy to love for his birthday present

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5-7-5-7-7

South of the border
Don Juan escapes in the bush
Pleads, Don’ wan’ no mo’
Dons a wan smile at the dawn
Finds new day’s nude way to play

5-7-5

umber red roof tops
pink fingers painting the dawn
splice at the skyline
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fresh ideas dawn
Aquarius nigh stillborn
the old world passes

 

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However long the night, the dawn will break.
~African Proverb

The nearer the dawn the darker the night.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
~Rabindranath Tagore

One may not reach the dawn save by path of night.
~Khalil Gibran

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Quoted in The Grove:
When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death — ourselves.
~Eda LeShan

To have passed through life and never experienced solitude is to have never known oneself. To have never known oneself is to have never known anyone.
~Joseph Krutch

If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere.
~Francois de la Rochefoucauld

EndQuote:
When I’m by myself, I can be myself, which is what I want to be.
~Jean Culligan

 

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Exercise Prompt for 04/19:  dawn

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The writer labors in isolation, yet all that intensive, lonely work is in the service of communicating, is an attempt to reach another person.
~Betsy Lerner

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Posted from the Grove

When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
~Tennessee Williams

Man loves company even if it is only that of a small burning candle.
~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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DIY Bandana Face Mask: Because we’re not out of the woods yet  ̶  1 bandana, 2 rubber bands

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-to-make-face-mask-bandana_l_5e876472c5b63e06281d87d9?ncid

Don’t have a bandana? No problem. The standard size of a bandana is 22 inches square, or 56 square centimeters, so you can find a piece of cotton fabric that has a similar weight. An old bedsheet, a pillowcase, a T-shirt, pajamas, or a dress shirt you don’t wear anymore will do just fine.

Don’t have rubber bands? Stretchy hair ties (the kind you secure a ponytail with) will do the trick.

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But there are other words for privacy and independence. They are isolation and loneliness.
~Megan Whalen Turner

There is a difference between solitude and isolation. One is connected and one isn’t. Solitude replenishes, isolation diminishes.
~Henry Cloud

Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.
~Paul Tillich

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Video:

~John Krasinkski:  Some Good News #2   (16:51)   Much needed, heart warming

https://www.npr.org/2020/04/06/828088183/hamilton-cast-reunites-for-emily-blunt-john-krasinski-and-one-lucky-9-year-old

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People are always so boring when they band together. You have to be alone to develop all the idiosyncrasies that make a person interesting.
~Andy Warhol

I want to be with those who know secret things, or else alone.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

I am a lover without a lover. I am lovely and lonely and I belong deeply to myself.
~Warsan Shire

I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone.
~Lord Byron

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Music:

~Bob Dylan:  The Times, They Are a-Changin’       Pick ONE

~Josephine Baker:  The Times…   (5:39)    powerful, historic 

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~Apartment Sessions:  The Times   (3:13)    revolutionary

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~Kimberly Townsend:  The Times…   (3:53)    the delivery

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~Flogging Molly:  The Times…   (3:01)    dynamic, high-energy

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~Janileigh Cohen:  The Times…   (3:28)    the voice

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If I’m such a legend, why am I so lonely?
~Judy Garland

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
~Albert Einstein

All great and precious things are lonely.
~John Steinbeck

The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.
~Lorraine Hansberry

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The only place I’ve felt was really my home is my cabin up north. There’s something in the water there that connects me to that place. There’s also this sense of isolation and loneliness about it that I’ve never been able to shake.
~Jessica Lange

There is a loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of the hands of a clock.
~Charles Bukowski

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Lake Solitude
© David Lorenz Winston

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In a soulmate we find not company but a completed solitude.
~Robert Brault

There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

You will not find a soulmate in the quiet of your room. You must go to a noisy place and look in the quiet corners.
~Robert Brault

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@Writers Platform

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Exercise Prompt:   alone / isolation

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~BarTalk:
Distance Between

A hillside window fronts my world
Bit players and titans lodge below
I and the mountains see eye-to-eye
They, stolid in their age-old grandeur
And I, who reside in my fine isolation
Neither blinks at the distance between
Both subject to the ravages of erosion
Pay no mind to the rulings of time

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Griefers

Victims wearing masks
Thieves being robbed
Isolation wards
Bugs as thugs
Grime as crime
Cutpursing pickpockets
Microbial life snatchers
Taking their sweet sweat time
Stealing hours…
Ours

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Skin Hunger

Behold the times
How they change
So long between
That sex is strange

Where love retreats
Stops and hesitates
To meet for drinks
Or congregate

Steamy screens
Replace the scene
With lifeless pixels
That copulate

A loan of hugs
Would mean so much
Would pay you back
Ten-fold to touch

A couple lips
That meet and kiss
That nixed the dissed
Apocalypse

Aye, so late
Shun the debate
And kept the date
That felt sooo great

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5-7-5-7-7

alone with his thoughts
advised of an early death
age and illness bound
prompted to let go of life
inhaled the virus to die

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5-7-5

sheltered-at-home tape
orgy, a party of one
titled Home Alone

 

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Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.
~Paul Tournier

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
~Joseph Fort Newton

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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:  isolate

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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
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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
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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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