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Quoted in The Grove:
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred Lord Tennyson

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier’.
~Alfred Lord Tennyson

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

End Quote:
Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love.
~Wally Lamb

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Harvested from:  BrainyQuote.com
Curated by:  Wordgrove  (the early years)

 

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Prewritten Prompt:  a picture

The Fence
© Eric Groetzinger, 2019

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Posted from the Grove

Resources Used 2019: Worth it, recommended

A.Word.A.Day:  World’s most treasured site for logophiles

Dictionary.com: Words — comparisons, uses, games, ideas for writing

Daily P’nut: Nuanced daily news abstract

Brainy Quote: Premier quote site by subject & author

Rusty’s Electric Dreams: All things eclectic

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Music:  Doin’ It Different — They Said It Shouldn’t / Couldn’t Be Done

~Bee Gees Parody: Stayin’ Alive (1:03)

~Pharrell Williams:  Happy  PMJ feat: Gunhild Carling playing 10 instruments   (3:35)

~PMJ Mashup:  Just Another Day at the Office   (4:18)

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Odd Bits:

Fry & Laurie:  The Understanding Barman   (3:11)

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First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.
~F Scott Fitzgerald

I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor.
~Carl Sandburg

Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.
~Mark Twain

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© Greg Thweatt, 2019

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Bridal Veil Falls
© Hans Stroo, 2019

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@Writers Platform

Glass Table:

December 25, 2019

Good night my dear mom, Lynne.

Before I go upstairs to sleep, I want to express my gratitude for having you in my life. Today is Christmas, and I’m not only missing you, but my other Mom, Anne.

With your love, you showed me unconditional support, encouragement, and understanding. You took me in, and loved me as if I were your own daughter.

Today is the first Christmas without my birth mom, Anne. I miss her terribly. I want you to know that I wish you were both still alive.

Thirteen years ago on October 17, you took your last breath in a hospital bed, suffering from pain and misery. On May 1, 2019, Mom died suddenly in her chair at the dining room table, only to be discovered hours later by her partner of almost 30 years. They would have celebrated their 30th year anniversary on July 11, 2019. While it was a difficult blending of families, they seemed to stand the test of time.

Love always from your daughter,
Margalo

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Prewritten Prompt:  the camera

~BarTalk:
for the record

eyes blink lose the moment
cameras blink to capture it
shuttered eyes vote and love
the shuttered machine remembers
image matters…
but time is the target

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Selfie

Life plays an opera with full orchestra
A feast for the eyes
Who needs memory
Lens focus better than uvea and retina
Other stories brim
Comedy and tragedy
But my spectacular new lenticular camera
Captures my world in 3D
And it’s me

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ubiquity

green blue grey brown black and hazel
eyes gone nuts for a world of natural beauty
enter onstage the plastic and glass-metal devil
waving goodbye to the now ground in reality

ground lens in the rectangular invasive
embeds an evilly pervasive embalmist
a being machined offensively intrusive
where all is lost but for the eye of an artist

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superlative

kid huggingest
elder caringest
pet dotingest
dark eyes laughingest
women kindly shapeliest
men proudly protectingest
friends touching oftenest
teen love carefree and happiest
families tight-knit in togetherness

camera posingest
picture takingest
selfie embracingest
late night liveliest
dance craze craziest
music held-in-commonest
coffee ubiquitous
cuisine simplest
spiced food tastiest

mountain air healthiest
green grass thickly spongiest
animals free roamingest
shops and cafes tiniest
far vistas loveliest
dreams invitingest
country hard workingest
where love is spontaneous
Colombia

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
This world is divided roughly into three kinds of nations: those that spend lots of money to keep their weight down; those whose people eat to live; and those whose people don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
~David S Landes

To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there’s more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged.
~Norman Mailer

Compassion is not weakness and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.
~Hubert H Humphrey

EndQuote:
To have and not to give is often worse than to steal.
~Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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Harvested from:  Wordsmith.org    (A.Word.A.Day)
Curated by:  Wordgrove

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:   the camera

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Posted from the Grove

*Not Too Late For The Christmas
Scroll down to use, much of it in.genious
https://twitter.com/BlossomHacks

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Planet Earth’s Gift to You:  Strange Mysterious Places   (12:39)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahC5SWe79Uw

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*Five Crackling Hours of Fire’s Hypnosis:  The Darth Vader Yule Log
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVJzibVS2YM&feature=youtu.be&utm_source

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~Rowan Atkinson:  Mr Bean Christmas Special    (47:57)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRi_Xrs73yw

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~ BBC: Christmas Curmudgeon’s The Grumpy Guide to Christmas   (1:07)
To be savored the day after the magic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyTYmmkbsjw

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*Thx to:  Rusty’s Electric Dreams

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Winter Solstice
© Greg Thweatt, 2019

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The artist’s musical pairings

~Katzenmammer, Øystein Dolmen og Det Norske Jentekor:  Den lengste natten   (3:23)
Charming & disarming, a Christmas without borders

~The Drifters:  White Christmas   (2:48)
With Santa & his Reindeer,  animated

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:   the city

~BarTalk:
Enter The Center

Tempted by the glitz and the glamour of Broadway
Threatened by the harrowing Narrows of low pay
Unraveled by the bustling hustle of frayed nerves
Endless hassles for the dreamers who do serve
Building towers to the stars furthering mankind
Remembering the lost the forgotten and left-behind
Scraping gutters to salvage the lowly deplorables
The unappealing the sick and less adorables
The story of each is the study of all of us
The amorous the gory and glorious
The greedy who steal from the needy
The entirety of our race call it humanity
This totality our secret unfathomable sanity
The census of lives under the City’s rich panoply
Where excluding just one is the only profanity
AnyOne less than the whole fails at our deity

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city synopsis

break into theater
halls of music and drama
the demand is for talent
no need for diploma
the smell of success
the only accepted aroma

where the dollar decides
small change is a curse

streets claiming fame
promote long term identity
abandon roads to abodes
and second place family
boulevards for awards
ward off ruinous anonymity

when the dollar decides
then change is a curse

churches build altars
each the one true exalter
reined saddle and halter
science unable to alter
when doubt is the assaulter
then faith starts to falter

if the dollar decides
any change is a curse

high rising spires
in honor of commerce
mean praise for the coin
enhanced powers of purse
the privilege to coerce
the authority to enforce

where the dollar decides
spurring change is a curse

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5-7-5 x 6

streets paved with pot holes
stoplights herd the mavericks
compost for the arts
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city and mountain
long climb up the great fall down
views worthy the trip

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chance reach for success
toxic air and attitudes
the burg never sleeps

too little too much
endlessly entertaining
the town never sleeps

beating like a heart
day and night in the jungle
village never sleeps

ruthless in judgement
decides a win for the world
plays hard ball for keeps

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Quoted in The Grove:

Most men resemble great deserted palaces: the owner occupies only a few rooms and has closed off wings where he never ventures.
~Fran Mauriac

The tragedy in the lives of most of us is that we go through life walking down a high-walled lane with people of our own kind, the same economic situation, the same national background and education and religious outlook. And beyond those walls, all humanity lies, unknown and unseen, and untouched by our restricted and impoverished lives.
~Florence Luscomb

Travel is necessary to scrub and abrade your mind against the certainties of others.
~Michel de Montaigne

EndQuote:
When you turn the corner
And you run into yourself
Then you know that you have turned
All the corners that are left.
~Langston Hughes

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Harvested from:  Wordsmith.org   (A.Word.A.Day)
Curated by:  Wordgrove

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:   the city

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Posted from the Grove

How To Write a Meaningful Holiday Card
https://www.dictionary.com/e/how-do-i-write-a-holiday-card/

 

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~U2’s:  Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For   PMJ Feat: Rogelio Douglas, Jr   (3:36)

~Kid President:  Pep Talk   (3:27)

 

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RAW
©2019 Chris Bule

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Prompt:  the race

~BarTalk:
In Lieu of Camera

Before life makes them mothers
A girls choir dances with their hands
Makes magic from hours of practice
Before adults make adult music for adult feet

A bride radiant with hope
In maiden white next unpicked flowers
Her portrait before the ceremony
Knows she is beautiful

Families against the gusting breeze
Light twelve colored finger candles
Melt the wax blood to stand them
Devout arrays of aging Christendom

Flowing staggered radiating banded lights
White walled chapel’s buttery strands of light
Climbing dripping shooting stars of light
Silhouette toys mangers a zoo angels all in lights

Kaleidoscopic sounds sights lights inaugurate
Highlight joys display toys as ecstatic children chase
From Noel’s grace to New Year’s Eve’s last embrace
Nights of patterned lights vie with chaos’ doomsday race

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Disallowed

Best at sports
Then sportscasters
Beat the best
At setting records
Supreme as singers
Great-voiced actors
Among the best
At selling records
Famed orators
Framed malefactors
Culture’s envied
Benefactors
Then the black man’s
White detractors

Battles fought
Over ebony skin
Three fifths a man
Before the laws amend
Black dyed red
White and blue
Shed their blood
Died it’s true
Paid their dues
But then again
A swinging rope
A black life ends
Portends their future
Closed voting booths

Doctored history
What might have been
Had stolen lives
Worn different skins

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Same Difference

Young and old same race alike
Full of fire unruffled ice
Plashing fountain reflective pool
Up to date and old school
Both alive as daughter mother
Yet only one has been the other
 
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Champeein

Bloated bloke
A joke on skis
Pedigreed pure
Snow white mountain
Feigns a claim
All the best moves
Swears by god
Knows he’s got them
Downhill race
No sense of grace
Just one sure-fire
Way to win
Short a contest
Sin and spin
Set up camp and inhabit
Rule the race for
From the bottom

 

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All of life is a foreign country.
~Jack Kerouac

 

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Quoted in The Grove

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
~Helen Keller

The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.
~Jimi Hendrix

That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.
~Emily Dickinson

EndQuote:
Life itself is the proper binge.
~Julia Child

 

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Prewritten Theme:  the race

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Posted from the Grove

Lush Life: Extremes on a Theme

~Zara Larsson:   Lush Life    (3:17)

~Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane:   Lush Life    (5:29)

 

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Life is made up of marble and mud.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Life is a horizontal fall.
~Jean Cocteau

 

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A Moment of Joy ©

David Lorenz Winston

 

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@Writers Platform

~BarTalk:
the footbridge

a stream flows close that waits for me
a brook I cross to feel again and be
a meadow world ringed by trees
of floral wreathes not yet woven
grow still alive and unredeemed

hummingbirds flit and dart
pause midair their gear in park
counterpoint to swooping larks
join buzzing bees hard at work
unaware of the impending dark

a low stone wall divides the field
a perching squirrel with acorn yield
ignores the lizard’s cloaking shield
blind to plans for their virgin world
biped condos and the laws they wield

but the smog and smug life has other plans
pretends this autumn world has a friend
fund-raise parties promise to defend
but daylight bends to its early end
time has come to cross that bridge again

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Viking Paean

Too much beer’s what got me here
Burned dead in bed is what I hear
Mates pissed off at my send off
Turned my coffin into funeral pyre
Then pissed the fire out on my bier

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Why Life

The lush life is a high life
A drinking to get by life
Smoking for an early-death life
Toking for a higher high life
Joking to grok the wry life
Speeding to a sudden stop-life
Reading to find the why of why life

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Saturday date night
Lush seeking lush for high times
Cocaine snort fell short

 

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In the end, the poem is not a thing we see; it is, rather, a light by which we may see — and what we see is life.
~Robert Penn Warren

 

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Quoted in The Grove

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~William Arthur Ward

It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.
~Naomi Williams

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
~Willie Nelson

EndQuote:
This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.
~Maya Angelou

 

Harvested from:  inc.com
Curated by: Wordgrove

 

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Prewritten Theme:  the lush life

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Posted from the Grove

Being Thankful by Not Giving Up

On Dreams
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.
~Buddha

~Aerosmith, with Southern California Children’s Chorus:  Dream On    (5:04)

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On Love
If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.
~Frank A Clark

~Morgan James:  If You Don’t Know Me By Now    (3:50)

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On Life
They both seemed to understand that describing it was beyond their powers, the gratitude that spreads through your body when a burden gets lifted, and the sense of homecoming that follows, when you suddenly remember what it feels like to be yourself.
~Tom Perrotta

~LeAnn Rimes, with Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angles:  The Rose    (6:21)

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David Lorenz Winston

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  signal, chorus

~BarTalk:
Hourglass

Pastel flowers peacock glorious
Early sunset’s embarrassed blush
Adds new voice to a swelling chorus
Heralds the evening’s welcome hush

A strand of sand from night’s impend
Sails directly south from Future Town
From Coming Soon to That Was Then
Down time’s passage Narrows of Now

A rustling wind signals the going-away
Grateful answer to a pinwheel day

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B Flat Ballad #24

The moment said be still
The music said to dance
Dewy eyed glances drill
Signal wanting love’s advance

Promise on-point harmony
Flatter true love’s melody
But then the contrapuntal chorus
Spreads the truth entire before us

Spoke of Mister Rabbit’s habit
Couldn’t help it gotta have it
Thus the death of true romance
Upending hope love’s last chance

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Quoted in The Grove

They say the world is round,
and yet it must be square,
so many little hurts we get
from corners here and there.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
and please the fleeting guest,
and deal full many a thoughtless blow,
to those we love the best.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

Love has no place in a lawyer’s office.
~Elizabeth Aston

EndQuote:
The art of love … is largely the art of persistence.
~Albert Ellis

 

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Prewritten Exercise:  signal, chorus

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Posted from the Grove

PMJ Playlist:  On Brats and Cads in Love

~MAGIC’s  Rude   Featuring:  Von Smith   (4:16)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9yMXzARTZE

~Bruno Mars’  Grenade    Featuring:  Brielle Von Hugel   (3:28)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwsEdFkdjYA

~Justin Bieber’s  Love Yourself    Featuring:  Sara Niemietz   (4:28)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1QNhIAlP8M

 

~Tower of Power’s  Break Free   Featuring:  Morgan James   (3:53)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d85tijy0pBs

 

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Restroom and Old Graveyard
©2019 Greg Thweatt

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  wry, break

~BarTalk
Receptionist

Smile she’s on her cell
Words alone wouldn’t tell
Make it wry wait why not
Coffee break wants it hot
Time to waste s’all I got

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he-did ditty #17

wry the smile
and the bread
paid to break
their sexless fast
that nature knew
wouldn’t last
he for she
and eating out
who called for more
of love’s repast

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the difference

pastrami on rye
his breakfast heart brake
ham on wry
her staged heartbreak

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Politics

Wry story thrice told
Versus bald lie oversold
Bold try is growing old
Truth burns hot as hell
Fired urn it once held

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5-7-5 x 2

wry bitter laughter
defrays the pain of heartbreak
learned leave love alone
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pol’ tics all awry
dinner plates from legal brakes
toss the forkers out

 

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Quoted in The Grove

Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.
~Henry Van Dyke

Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated.
~Wassily Kandinsky

Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
~Albert Camus

EndQuote:
I don’t think culture is something you can describe.
~Bill Gates

 

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Prewritten Exercise for 11.14:  wry, break

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Posted from the Grove

All Colors of the Rainbow: A Color Thesaurus (name w/ color swatch)
http://mentalfloss.com/article/75713/name-every-shade-rainbow-color-thesaurus

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The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.
~Alvin Toffler

 

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Monkey Saves Dying Friend, India  (1:05)
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/dec/22/monkey-saves-dying-friend-train-station-india-video

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It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
~Henry David Thoreau

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Law is downstream from culture. By the time you make a law about something, you’re reacting, not acting. I’d rather shape the culture.
~Rick Warren

 

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©2019 Eric Groetzinger

 

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@Writers Platform

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
~Ray Bradbury

The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.
~Oriana Fallaci

Always, some great culture is dying to enrich the soil of new harvests, some civilization is crumbling to rubbish to be the hill of a more beautiful city, some race is spending itself that a lower and more barbarous world may inherit its stored treasure house.
~George Edward Woodberry

 

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Prewritten Theme:  culture

~BarTalk:
Morning Minstrels, Boyaca

Midnight music prior
5 AM firecrackers
Sky rockets announce
Traveling minstrels
One drum rat-a-tat-tat
Unsnared rhythm
Unrhymed
Two guitars
One trumpet
A saxophone
Serenade balconies
Windows fly open
Then doors
Neighbors pour out
A gusher in pajamas
A particolored conga line
Winding cobblestone lanes
Vibrant neighborhoods
Flamboyant
Plaza spread with open arms
Welcomes drinking dancers singing
Bottles of aguardiente
Fiery water and tequila
Spill and pour freely
Rounds of permission
To sing words everyone knows
To every song
Yet one sings alone
Lips echo in silence
Drunk with nostalgia
Eyes to the sunrise
It’s Sunday morning

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Pueblito

Emerald tree-lines edge cerulean skylines
Where raucous roosters presage the dawn
Walls vibrate lemon yellow
Pink painted lizards plastered on
Vivid sheets with sleep o’er spread
Rainbow dreams pillowed under head
Music wrought of roots ‘n blues
Billow songs wrung of human hues
Skins born of the same dark night
Bindings forged against the fading light
Black and white need red wants brown
These the color of Colomb’an town

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United Stated

One nation
Same declaration
Under one constitution
Inclusive

Rich culture
Shared future
One union to nurture
Exclusive

 

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I’m a culture vulture, and I just want to experience it all.
~Debbie Harry

 

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