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

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

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

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

Harvested: BrainyQuotes.com
Curated: Wordgrove

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 07/18: coax, title

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Posted from the Grove

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

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:   latitude, sundown

BarTalk:
Portrait

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

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

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Cycling

Venture latitudes
Vaulting longitudes
Shower with plentitude
Monopolize gratitude

Foreign schools
Thoughts and tools
Conquer natives
Gods overruled

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

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5-7-5 x 2

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 07/11:   sundown, latitude

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Posted from the Grove

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

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:   sent, country

~BarTalk:
conscript

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

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senseless

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

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Skin Color

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

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5-7-5 x 3

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

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

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

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

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

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 07/04:   country, send

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Posted from the Grove

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

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~Adele: Someone Like You   (4:44)

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:   cope, faint

~BarTalk:
Volcano

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

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double shift

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

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progress

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

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5-7-5 x 5

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

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Quoted In The Grove:
I never have to lie to anyone because I don’t fear anyone. The only time you lie is when you are afraid.
~John Gotti

The people who lie the most are nearly always the clumsiest at it, and they’re easier to fool with lies than most people, too. You’d think they’d be on the look-out for lies, but they seem to be the very ones that will believe almost anything at all.
~Dashiell Hammett

The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.
~Garry Kasparov

EndQuote:
Once a country is habituated to liars, it takes generations to bring the truth back.
~Gore Vidal

 

Harvested: DailyPnut (news e-zine)
Curated: Wordgrove

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 06/27:   cope, faint

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Posted from the Grove

Perhaps We’re Being Dense. Rejection Letters Sent to Famous Writers
https://lithub.com/perhaps-were-being-dense-rejection-letters-sent-to-famous-writers/

Compliments: DailyPnut.com

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Vimeo Video
~Cidney Hue: Ovum   (7:45)
https://vimeo.com/341090511

 

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@Writers Platform

Syntax Prison

Music scored and stored
Words share a language
Notes as words as music
Compose and edit rhythms
Warden Editor conducts

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Marketing News

War! Dens of Legalized Thieves
Drunk Moose Ignites Inferno
Headline themes meant to tease
Make it BIG!
Reads the memo stamped Internal

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5-7-5 x 4

conservatory
Plan Curfew: at music dorm
warden’s last bed check
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lower the drawbridge
warden of the heart eclipsed
music overrules
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strike the loud music
empty bed prison warden
pardon my escape
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muse icky with smarm
to ward engines of war off
stands accused of lies

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
I gave my father $100 and said, ‘Buy yourself something that will make your life easier.’ So he went out and bought a present for my mother.
~Rita Rudner

He wipes tears off my face and then snot. He uses his hands. He loves me that much.
~Nina LaCour

He promised us that everything would be okay. I was a child, but I knew that everything would not be okay. That did not make my father a liar. It made him my father.
~Jonathan Safran Foer

EndQuote:
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.
~Umberto Eco

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 06/20:   warden, music

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Posted from the Grove

ALL THE WORDS:  The real meanings of slang, emoji, and other weird “words”
https://www.dictionary.com/e/all-the-words/?param=HPhttps://www.dictionary.com/e/all-the-words/?param=HP

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~Norah Jones:   Don’t Know Why    (3:12)

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@Writers Platform

~Greenie @I Like The Rain
Morning Meet

Tiny wings flutter
soft winds brush my cheek
twinkling sounds ring
from the twittering beak

Brave little mister
dew drops on demand
ruby throat flashes
as he nears my hand

Fingertip offered
a half moon of sweet
golden sunbeams bright
morning meet complete

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Glass Table:

You ARE

You applaud my drive,
Thank you so much,
for being so funny & ‘touched.’

You are —
Wonder & Grace
You are–
My favorite face
in this space
You are–
Passion and laughter
You are–
Like the Counting Crows album:
August, and Everything After
You are —
My prescription LSD
Magnetic and free
You are —
The Architect of safety and warm hugs
humorous and full of love

~Mary Magdalene O’Neal

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Prewritten:  shrine, city

~BarTalk:
Worship

Not in the wild wood
Nor the city of man
Deep sea to the stars
Shines a light as bright
As my love’s naked shrine

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Cityscape

Some would argue that the City lives
Breathes us in and out like oxygen
Takes a name earns a reputation
As destination’s other home

Penthouse uptown enshrined in law
While downtown streets school the barrio
Find harmless crimes on lists that bind
While shrines are graves that money buys

Crowded hives a briar patch
Driven lives of human scramble
Find love among the barriers
Obstacles and bramble

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Higher Calling

Who dares the sky too high untethered
Cawed Crow as CEO of Murder One United
But who croaks the words of his martinet
Quoth Dove the Hawk from high above their zoo

While airily debating the best place for dining
Whether city the beach or a burg
The soaring city citer lost to Crow snatching burgers
Lost to the low flying scavenger’s urge

So build a shrine to Icarus
For the ill-fated death of a notable son
A noble attempt flew too close to the sun
For a low shabby death just like everyone

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5-7-5 x 2

he scans the sky
city sleeps in peace at night
her shrine crowns the hill
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rich city slicker
checked Guinness Book of Records
bought himself a shrine

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Quoted In The Grove:
Like music and art, wilderness can be defined only on its own terms. The less talk, the better.
~Ansel Adams

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
~Maya Angelou

Without music, life would be a mistake.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

EndQuote:
No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious & charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.
~Kurt Vonnegut

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 06/16:  city, shrine

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Posted from the Grove

~Gareth Branwyn: How to Be a Better Writer
If counterintuitive to this editor’s practice in small ways, very useful
https://medium.com/better-humans/how-to-be-a-better-writer-a3c877f67a5c

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Because you haven’t seen everything yet
http://www.hintmag.com/wigs-on-asses-ana-hell–february-27-2017-2326-fashion?mc_cid

Compliments: Rusty’s Electric Dream

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Exercise:  wishbone, spider

~BarTalk:
She He They

She
Couldn’t tell tarantula from a wild tarantella
Nor a spider from the dance at the sight of one
He
Was the same who took a wishbone home
Believed in the bone it gave if you wished for one
They
Are happy now together at last
Love is strange the universe vast

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Post-Nups

Wed at The Wishbone where serendipity met
Pledged where the rivers join at Wishbone Bend
A spider dangles loosely in the sacred hush
Patient as Satan near the burning bush

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Christmas Wish

Bone dry water empty kibble bowls
In a season of giving among generous souls
Only I saw Roxy fake-sniff the yams
Do the dodge ’n dart ’n quick grab the ham
Do the skid ‘n scoot
Spied her on the lam
So we made Noel the most-of instead of least-of
And celebrated Christmas as our Feast of the Pizza

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incantation

wishbone broken bone
spider and ladder
surprise him with face time
share sudden space/time
with this painter
briefly

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5-7-5 x 5

spider web brush by
unmanly screams shred the night
wishbone for a spine
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wishbone cleaned and bleached
black spider, no poison, pinned
trophies of the hunt
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age spots, spider veins
future plans not an issue
wishbone is broke too
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discarded wishbone
would have but for the spider
someone’s wasted wish
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dry brittle wishbone
winner gets the bananas
spider monkey rules

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Quoted in The Grove:
There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.
~Indira Gandhi

There are only two kinds of scholars; those who love ideas and those who hate them.
~Emile Chartier

There are two kinds of people; those who divide people into two kinds, and those who don’t.
~unknown

EndQuote
There are three kinds of people; those who are good at math, and those who aren’t.
~unknown

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 06/06:   spider, wishbone

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Posted From the Grove

Vimeo Videos:

~Jason McColgan:   The Wait ~ A Story    (4:38)

Mumford & Sons:   Beloved ~ A Song    (4:51)

~Bradley Tangonan:   Kaholo’A’Ā ~ A Nature Video    4:07)

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:   trigger, twice

~BarTalk:
Hokey History #2

It was Roy of the range and not Mr Rogers
The one riding Trigger and not he of the ‘hood
Rounding up all the rustlers he could muster
Painting it pretty ignoring the blood
Winning weekly with Gotcha at Post Office posters
Twice as good with a song as he was with a gun
A true son of pioneers when we were innocent and young

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Merry-Go-Round

Hoity toity versus the hoi poloi
Singing martial verses as the police deploy
Fingers on triggers itchy and twitchy
Boss of da bosses feeling witchy and bitchy
Half the sense times twice the distance
Page turned in history begins with an instance

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5-7-5 x 6

first fright triggers flight
twice the eyes catch in passing
and the smile is real
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twice burned lesson learned
triggered reflex shies away
what the wild world sees
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aye, twice abandoned
pull the trigger thus, my love
send me on my way
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spring pollinating
pollen triggered sneeze assault
twice today dammit
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twice, I remember
the smell triggered memories
coming and going
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a stroll in the park
a trigger in the shadows
once to kill, then twice

 

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