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Quoted in The Grove:
The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.
~Annie Dillard

It seems to me as though caverns told stories of the past, while the ocean speaks of the eternity which is to come.
~Henry James Slack

I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it raging and roaring like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free and ending just where it began.
~William Hazlitt

EndQuote:
“Take your shoes off,” purred the ocean waves.
~Dr SunWolf

 

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Exercise Prompt for 06/07:  torch

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When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.
~Leonardo da Vinci

Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go.
~Blaise Pascal

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Posted from the Grove

The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
~Joseph Conrad

Most of us, I suppose, are a little nervous of the sea. No matter what its smiles may be, we doubt its friendship.
~H M Tomlinson

The great sea makes one a great sceptic.
~Richard Jefferies

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~Mark Rober:  ex-NASA Engineer attempts the perfect squirrel-proof bird feeder*   (21:39)
https://youtu.be/hFZFjoX2cGg

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~John Edmark:  Mathematically Inclined Sculptor*   (22:53)   math for the eyes
https://vimeo.com/342867929

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~Next Observer:  Blooming Flowers Timelapse*   (2:40)   river bed, water fed beauty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZVdQLn_E5w&feature

 

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Upon my soul, this water tastes quite nice. I wonder what vintage now?… It tastes just like the year 1881 tasted.
~G K Chesterton

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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VIDEO:

~Labyrinth Pictures:  Paradox   (17:32)   a well told story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnfh3qcpBxA

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~Shaun O’Connor:  Uisce Beatha (Whiskey – Water Of Life)   (8:07)   luck of the Irish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtJgMViTbNo

 

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I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene; when it is dark and moody. And in all its moods, I see myself.
~Martin D Buxbaum

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
~Rumi

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MUSIC:  Rivers Of Sound

~from the movie, “wild”:  Red River Valley   (4:56)   it’s about loss

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~Gary Edwards:  Many Rivers To Cross   (2:14)   loss & triumph

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~Johnny Rivers:  Look To Your Soul   (3:34)   sage … advice, not a spice

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~from the movie, “Our Shining Days”:  Flight of The Bumblebee   (4:08)   a duel

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~Dan Fleury:  Many Rivers To Cross   (3:33)   visual editorial

 

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There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
~James Russell Lowell

Filthy water cannot be washed.
~African Proverb

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At the far edge of my view was the ocean… I could not make sense of its size and grandeur. It was not a pond, not a lake, but a second sky, bluer and more chaotic than the one above it.
~Abby Geni

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean.
~Arthur C Clarke

We are all passengers on this little mossy ship, this delicate dory sailing round the sun that humans call the earth. Joy, shipmates, joy.
~Edward Abbey

The tides are in our veins.
~Robinson Jeffers

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On The Saco
Albert Bierstadt

 

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All life passes like a fast flowing river and how strange to see that happiness increases this speed! Yes, a happy life passes faster!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan

Some people spend their entire lives reading but never get beyond reading the words on the page, they don’t understand that the words are merely stepping stones placed across a fast-flowing river, and the reason they’re there is so that we can reach the farther shore, it’s the other side that matters…
~Jose Saramago

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.
~Norman Maclean

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@Writers Platform

The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.
~Isak Dinesen

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
~Loren Eiseley

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Exercise Prompt:  river

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~BarTalk
Another Chance

By the lake I like is the life I love
In the river I wade where I fish for trout
Where the sly fish hide, can’t be tempted out
By the stream I strip, swim in naught but skin
By the sea I gaze and fall in love again

Watering can clouds that pilots fly above
Conquering masters, self-destructive louts
Kill the dreaming world they forgot about
Filtered free of man, what survives alive
A water-womb world waits the future out

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5-7-5-7-7 x 5

sweet song sung, young stream
croon soft ballads, mellow brook
river symphony
mother nature’s soothing score
played me lullabies last night

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to love is to cry
oceans of emotion drained
dried river of tears
oasis gone to desert
wait the return of spring rains

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Garden of Eden
river of generations
start of time ’til now
history’s harvest in store
wisdom seeds’ wet threshing floor

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river, a felon
vile vandal loose , on rampage
guilty of flooding
babbling smack to its jailer
locked up ‘tween fortified banks

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born a mountain rill
rivulet to wild-ride thrill
treacherous challenge
white river rapids and die
back page headline, Five Survive!

In honor of the Netherlands surfers who did not
www.foxnews.com/world/netherlands-surfer-deaths-severe-weather-storm-sea-foam

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5-7-5 x 3

rippling giggling brook
broad river when all grown up
strong, muscled for work
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herds massed riverside
lush African savanna
drink their fill on watch
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like cold water warmed
trickle to flow to a flood
slow river to love

 

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The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words that are clear; the great truth has great silence.
~Rabindranath Tagore

It was as if she lived only on clear, salty air, and when the day came for her to pass away, she would probably do exactly that. Just take a step to one side. Dissolve into a north-westerly wind as it whirled around the lighthouse at North Point, then out across the sea.
~John Ajvide Lindqvist,

I must keep living with the flowing river before my eyes. I earnestly pray that a trace of my girl-child self will always be with you. For waving good-bye, I thank you.
~Banana Yoshimoto

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*Thx to:  Rusty’s Electric Dreams

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Quoted in The Grove:
Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
~George Eliot

The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.
~Robert Brault

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
~Anatole France

EndQuote:
You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.
~Betty White

 

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Exercise Prompt for 05/31:   river

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Get a feel for fur: Slam your fingers in a car door.
~Anonymous, on the use of steel traps to capture fur-bearing animals

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
~Albert Schweitzer

Lisa: “Do we have any food that wasn’t brutally slaughtered?”
Homer: “Well, I think the veal died of loneliness.”
~Matt Groening

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Posted from the Grove

50 Collective Nouns for Groups of Animals
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/551081/collective-nouns-groups-animals

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~The Guardian:  Monkey saves dying friend   (1:05)   reissued
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/dec/22/monkey-saves-dying-friend-train-station-india-video

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I had bought two male chimps from a primate colony in Holland. They lived next to each other in separate cages for several months before I used one as a [heart] donor. When we put him to sleep in his cage in preparation for the operation, he chattered and cried incessantly. We attached no significance to this, but it must have made a great impression on his companion, for when we removed the body to the operating room, the other chimp wept bitterly and was inconsolable for days. The incident made a deep impression on me. I vowed never again to experiment with such sensitive creatures.
~Dr Christian Barnard

Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are like us.” Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are not like us.” Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.
~Charles R Magel

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VIDEO:

~William Wymark Jacobs:  The Monkey’s Paw   (14:50)   horror
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA0nO8e0BEchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA0nO8e0BEc

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~Keep Turning Left: Pachelbel’s Canon w/ starlings in murmuration   (3:54)   reissued
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eakKfY5aHmY

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~Joseph S Phillips and Misty Copeland:  Swans For Relief   (6:15)
32 premier ballerinas dance The Swan for COVID relief
https://www.youtube.com/user/JosephSPhillips

 

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An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
~Martin Buber

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
~Alice Walker

Animals are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.
~Henry Beston

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MUSIC:

~Beau Davidson:  The Lion Sleeps Tonight   (3:29)   for National Geographic

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~The Animals:  We Gotta Get Out of This Place   (3:24)   another time, for now

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~Three Dog Night:  Eli’s Coming   (7:26)   note the vocals

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~The Monkees:  You May Just Be The One   (1:58)   short, sweet, cute

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Pachelbel’s Canon in D: played on a rubber chicken   (2:05)   just for fun

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I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on Babe that by the end of the film I was a vegetarian.
~James Cromwell

People must have renounced, it seems to me, all natural intelligence to dare to advance that animals are but animated machines … not to have distinguished among them the different voices of need, of suffering, of joy, of pain, of love, of anger, and of all their affections. It would be very strange that they should express so well what they could not feel.
~Voltaire

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.
~Bradley Millar

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You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets.
~Nora Ephron

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
~Robert A Heinlein

Dogs are getting bigger, according to a leading dog manufacturer.
~Leo Rosten

People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.
~Author Unknown

 

Ducks
© Greg Thweatt

 

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When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.
~Ingrid Newkirk

Dear intelligent people of the world, don’t get shampoo in your eyes. It really stings. There. Done. Now [f*@%’ing] stop torturing animals.
~Ricky Gervais

The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?”
~Jeremy Bentham

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@Writers Platform

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.
~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe

The animals of the planet are in desperate peril… Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.
~Alice Walker

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Exercise Prompt:  animal

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~BarTalk
the good life

give me a dog to love and touch
the wagging welcome I adore so much
give me a cat to feed and pet
ears to rub for the purr I get

show me love without design
this the love I want for mine
no tit for tat or this for that
not asking when or who and what

three animals that share a bed
two with tails, two that shed
this my dream, my house, my home
daily walks and a place to roam

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rural sunset

bulls trumpeting
cattle lowing
dogs out barking
birds skylarking
sparrows cheeping
getting sleepy
hawks high hunting
pigeons homing
children laughing
kids still playing
gardeners reaping
finished weeding
farmers milking
finished hoeing
mothers fussing
fixing dinner
clouds turn color
skyline paintings
life’s true measure
animal pleasures
workmen walking
heading home

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5-7-5 x 5 x 2

because it is there
climb the steep rocky hillside
like animals do

flowers of the field
fodder for the animals
artists feed there too

sages like eagles
see the world from their aeries
obscured by the fog

men against nature
leave droppings like animals
plastic everywhere

news grows threatening
appetites without limit
animals in charge

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monkeys at their moon
trade bananas for poontang
animal instinct

bonobos bonding
because it feels good right now
animal pleasures

ape-men dressed in suits
barter dollars for a chance
animals dating

married wedding night
more than animals waiting
delayed their mating

tired love late in life
animals graduating
try masturbating

 

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Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.
~Emily Dickinson

All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.
~Charles M Schulz

Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire.
~Robert Brault

I subscribe to the theory that Mankind never domesticated any animal. They came in from the cold and looked cute until they were fed.
~David J Beard

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Quoted in The Grove:
Wine wears no breeches.
~English proverb

Wine makes old wives wenches.
~English proverb

When wine enters modesty departs.
~Italian Proverb~~

EndQuote:
There are spunky little angels at the top of a bottle of wine and fearless little devils at the bottom.
~Terri Guillemets

 

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Exercise Prompt for 05/24:  animal

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Wine gives a man nothing… It only puts in motion what has been locked up in frost.
~Samuel Johnson

Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can change, and wine to accept the things that I can’t.
~Internet joke

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Posted from the Grove

When the wine goes in, strange things come out.
~Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul.
~Horace

Wine in, truth out.
~English proverb

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
~Ernest Hemingway

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6 Scientific tricks for falling asleep:   (2:02)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTsJedsX1JE

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9 best breathing exercises for falling asleep
https://www.healthline.com/health/breathing-exercises-for-sleep

 

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VIDEO:

~Charles Bukowski:  Beer   ( 2:15)   poem
https://vimeo.com/158316231

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~Chris Donahoe:  Choosing the right mask   (2:56)   fun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzBaWR-7jkw

 

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When the wine goes in, strange things come out.
~Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul.
~Horace

Wine in, truth out.
~English proverb

If you wish to keep your affairs secret, drink no wine.
~Proverb

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
~Ernest Hemingway

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MUSIC:

~The Chapin Sisters:  Bottle Of Wine    (4:03 )   kinda country

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~Jason Webley w/ Reverend Peyton:  Two Bottles of Wine   (3:09)   raucus

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~Dzima Kobeshavidze & Irakli Balavadze:  Red Wine   (2:28)   imported

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~Robin Gibb:  Days of Wine and Roses    (4:19)     saying goodbye, poignant

~same title, different song~

~Frank Sinatra:  Days Of Wine and Roses   (2:18)   pure nostalgia

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~Olle Jönsson:  Red Red Wine   (3:08)   Diamond-like

~ same song, but different ~

Tracey Remix:   Red Red Wine  (4:10)   visually arresting

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~Jorma Kaukonen:  Whinin’ Boy Blues   (5:05)   pointed

 

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Love is like wine. To sip is fine, but to empty the bottle is a headache.
~Julio Iglesias

Give us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda-water the day after.
~George Gordon Byron

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A man who was fond of wine was offered some grapes at dessert after dinner. “Much obliged,” said he, pushing the plate aside; “I am not accustomed to take my wine in pills.”
~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

I prefer my water in wine form.
~P C Cast

I made wine out of raisins so I wouldn’t have to wait for it to age.
~Steven Wright

I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.
~W C Fields

I drink wine because I don’t like to keep things bottled up.
~Author Unknown

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Oneonta Gorge
© Hans Stroo

 

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Wine has lit up for me the pages of literature, and revealed in life romance lurking in the commonplace.
~Duff Cooper

A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.
~Louis Pasteur

Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.
~Aristophanes

You put it in new words, but it is an old thought. This is one of the disadvantages of wine. It makes a man mistake words for thoughts.
~Samuel Johnson

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@Writers Platform

Every so often, it is meet and proper to once again examine a peculiar subgenre of the English language — and of the American language as well — that has flowered wildly in recent years, like some pulpy jungle plant. It’s called winespeak.
~Marvin O Myers

A vineyard is planted poetry.
~Terri Guillemets

Okay, so it has sophisticated assertiveness, presumptuous breeding, crisp authority, complex balance, elegant power, and respected finesse: What does it taste like?
~Marvin O Myers

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GLASS TABLE:

~Greenie:
Breathy Voice

Thinking along a random thought
something undefined, became a’wrought

Trying to recall an inner song
words became a writhing throng

Clamorous ringing in my brain
can’t decipher a single refrain

Soul song raging to be let free
innermost urges within the depths of me

Slithering along the corridors so dark
waiting for the hope of a spark

Spilling out from fingertips
breathy voice from my full lips

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~ShepherdGirl, channeling Neale Donald Walsch

God explaining the experience of Himself:

In the beginning that which is,
is all there was, and there was nothing else,
yet all that is could not know itself,
because all that is, is all there was,
there was nothing else –
so that all that is
was not;
for in the absence of something else,
all that is, is not.
This is the great
‘is not is’
to which mystics have referred since the beginning of time.
Now…
all that is knew
it was all there was,
but this was not enough,
for it could only know its utter magnificence
conceptually, not experientially,
yet the experience of itself
is that for which it longed.
For it wanted to know what it felt like
to be so magnificent.
So this was impossible,
because the very term magnificent is a relative term.
All that is
could not know what it felt like
to be so magnificent, unless
that which is not
showed up.
In the absence of that
which is not,
that which is, is not.
You Understand this?

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Exercise Prompt:  wine

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BarTalk:
Repentant

Chardonnay wine at the end of the day
White heady wine that caused me to stray
Red steady love that I ought to obey
Burgundy wine, forgive me I pray

Red ready wine at the close of the night
One more my failing, too often my plight
It was the deadly hangover killed my delight
Now it’s the pink of rose I dread and I fight

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Cottage Song

It’s beer for a belly
And to bellow out songs
Favored brandy at sunset
Snifter to sip andd savor alone
But it’s wine for the table
And a chance to belong

A bottle for sharing
For toasting a marriage
Pour me this chalice
To crystalize friendship
Wine for those caring
To christen this Home

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Then And Now

Teddy’s bully platform espousing a cause
A bully’s platform shoes encasing his paws
State dinners where gracious etiquette shines
Or Big Macs and sodas to go with his whine
Where presidential once meant reading a book
Residential now means housing a crook
When everyday lies are stand-ins for truth
White House is a Black Stain on a nation forsooth

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5-7-5-7-7

in the time of wine
before brandy and cognac
the romance of grapes
love raped, torn, crushed from the vine
grace tables with their off’ring

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5-7-5 x 2

bottle of Bordeaux
Red Red Wine on the jukebox
plays to a heartbreak
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carafe of Merlot
Bottle of Wine her theme song
jukebox serenade

 

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In the looking-glass we see our form, in wine the heart.
~German proverb

A wine label is like a person’s face. It should tell you what you want to know about him.
~Walter S Taylor

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
~Francis Bacon

I have lived temperately….I double the doctor’s recommendation of a glass and a half wine each day and even treble it with a friend.
~Thomas Jefferson

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Quoted in The Grove:
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
~Jim Valvano

A wise woman once said to me that there are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these she said is roots, the other, wings.
~William Hodding Carter

If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.
~Haim Ginott

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

 

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Exercise Prompt for 05/17:  wine

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Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
~Elizabeth Stone

When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts.
~Robert Brault

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Posted from the Grove

The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.
~Sloan Wilson

Instant availability without continuous presence is probably the best role a mother can play.
~Lotte Bailyn

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~Kevin Kelly:  Motes of Wisdom a Parent Might Impart
https://kk.org/thetechnium/68-bits-of-unsolicited-advice/?utm_source

Thx: Rusty’s Electric Dreams

 

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Do not raise your children the way your parents raised you; they were born for a different time.
~Ali ibn Abi Talib

When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.
~The Talmud

Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children — and no theories.
~Author unknown

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~Mental Floss:  24 Puzzling Parenting Tips From the 1800s   (14:12)
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/624150/parenting-tips-from-the-1800s-the-list-show

 

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The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.
~Rajneesh

The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes them a mother – which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.
~Sydney J Harris

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VIDEO:

~Dina Velikovskaya:  About A Mother – Pro Mamu   (7:19)
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/416460138

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~Trey Kennedy:  Day 1 vs. Day 50 in Quarantine  – First of several in a series of 3 minute comedy sketches
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCp2gZ-BMIw

Thx:  The Daily PNut

 

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The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
~Peter De Vries

My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
~Quentin Crisp

It is a story without a villain, the parent who tried to be the north star to a child desperate for the sun.
~Robert Brault

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MUSIC:

~Billy Joel:  Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway   (4:34)

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~Riders in The Sky:  Back in The Saddle Again   (2:24)

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~Canadian Cancer Society Choir:  Here Comes the Sun   (3:16)   In grey and yellow

 

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Smack your child every day. If you don’t know why — he does.
~Joey Adams

When a child hits a child, we call it aggression. When a child hits an adult, we call it hostility. When an adult hits an adult, we call it assault. When an adult hits a child, we call it discipline.
~Haim Ginott

A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
~Frederick Douglass

Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one.
~Glennon Melton

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Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.
~Ray Romano

A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.
~Jerry Seinfeld

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.
~Bill Cosby

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My mom used to say it doesn’t matter how many kids you have… because one kid’ll take up 100% of your time so more kids can’t possibly take up more than 100% of your time.
~Karen Brown

In bringing up children, spend on them half as much money and twice as much time.
~Author Unknown

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

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@Writers Platform

As parents, we guide by our unspoken example. It is only when we’re talking to them that our kids aren’t listening.
~Robert Brault

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
~Robert Fulghum

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Exercise Prompt:  parent

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~BarTalk:
School

Take a class in shrouded family secrets
Attend the annual Christmas field trips
Note the brawls, the schmaltz and squalor
The love beneath that hides transparently

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Karma sKids

She, a parent, Leigh by name
He, a parent, Lee the same
She, a paragon worth acclaim
He’s just gone, earns disdain
Hers the pride and love attained
His crime, the grime and moral stain
With no way, no chance to try again
Rides alone on the outbound train

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5-7-5-7-7

inventions on hold
brilliant ideas wait
warrant a parent
time grows late, the world debates
the need for art to create

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5-7-5 x 2

tears drop, stain the breast
soft eyes of a parent’s gaze
mother’s joy at birth
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tear drops cloud the eyes
parents die a thousand deaths
burn an empty crib

 

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When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
~Sophia Loren

Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him but on all whom he met, not only for a day or a month or a year, but for all eternity — a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother.
~Rose Kennedy

The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.
~Jill Churchill

If your children spend most of their time in other people’s houses, you’re lucky; if they all congregate at your house, you’re blessed.
~Mignon McLaughlin

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Curated by: Wordgrove

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Quoted in The Grove:
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal.
~Anne Lamott

Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
~Franz Schubert

EndQuote:
Come grow old with me. The best is yet to be.
~William Wordsworth

 

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Exercise Prompt for 05/10:   parent

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It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.
~Kenny: Attributed to a 7-year-old when asked if it’s better to be single or married

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Posted from the Grove

In love there are two things – bodies and words.
~Joyce Carol Oates

Desire creates havoc when it is the only thing between two people, or when it is what’s missing.
~Mignon McLaughlin

It was Mrs. Campbell, for instance, who, on a celebrated occasion, threw her companion into a flurry by describing her recent marriage as “the deep, deep peace of the double-bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-lounge.”
~Alexander Woollcott

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Video:
~John Krasinski:  Some Good News
A timeless pleasure in the time of COVID, with surprise guests; past episodes worth revisiting   (#1-5, time varies, 15-20 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1zIgTwENPg&list=PL_7yEns96WJN5JtKJIL7Kw2_HUuiTjPdq

 

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Marriage is a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
~Beverley Nichols

If you want to read about love and marriage, you’ve got to buy two separate books.
~Alan King

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~Olmeto:  Reception    (21:34)
2 strangers at a wedding reception, a conversation, a love story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9ncrJM4gd4

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~Omeleto:  First Sight   (13:58)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGfxcR5bnBY

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~NY Times:  A Kiss Deferred    (3:46)
https://vimeo.com/135288462

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An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
~Pliny the Elder

The marriage of convenience has this to recommend it: we are better judges of convenience than we are of love.
~Mignon McLaughlin

Marriage is a gamble, let’s be honest.
~Yoko Ono

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Music:

~Allie McBeal:  Wedding Bell Blues   (1:54)

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~David Bowie:  Modern Love   (3:49)

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~James Kinney:  Get Me to the Church on Time   (1:34)

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Marriage, n. A community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all two.
~Ambrose Bierce

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
~Mignon McLaughlin

A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time.
~Anne Taylor Fleming

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Love is grand; divorce a hundred grand.
~Author unknown

Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and give her a house.
~Lewis Grizzard

She cried, and the judge wiped her tears with my checkbook.
~Tommy Manville

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

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I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it.
~Lyndon B Johnson

In my house I’m the boss, my wife is just the decision maker.
~Woody Allen

I’ve never won an argument with my wife; and the only time I thought I had, I found out the argument wasn’t over yet.
~Jimmy Carter

It is sometimes essential for a husband and a wife to quarrel – they get to know each other better.
~Goethe

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@Writers Platform

To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.
~Elizabeth Gilbert

When a wife has a good husband, it is easily seen on her face.
~Goethe

The older I get, the less time I want to spend with the part of the human race that didn’t marry me.
~Robert Brault

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Exercise Prompt:  marriage

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~BarTalk:

Blessings

As seas wed sky at world’s horizon
And stars join Earth yoked at the skyline
Dusk yields to night’s release from labor
Ere dawn gives rise to married favor

Pray that love not fail, nor let it falter
To meet in marriage at God’s binding altar
Embrace this union’s ordained creation
Make two as One this blessed occasion

For: Brother John & Kim (05/02/20)

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Swear An Oath

Miss Match wed the Black Knight
Dastard, his lies next her starlight
Her facts to bed his open fiction
Miss Liberty and the Dark Side
Do marry up for this election

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5-7-5-7-7

science without soul
married soulless politics
stepped on fewer toes
than passionate religion
with privileged access to God

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5-7-5 x 2

the test of success
pandemics and politics
married or divorced
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happied with good news
delivered CO-VIDeo’d
merried with chilled rents

 

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Being with you never felt wrong. It’s the one thing I did right. You’re the one thing I did right.
~Becca Fitzpatrick

To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.
~Robert Breault

In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.
~Robert Brault

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Curated Quotes on Marriage: Happily Married, Humor, On Being Married, Marriage: Fail, Divorce

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