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Quoted in the Grove:
My art is not limited to the songs I create but also to the reaction it creates. I like to sit back and look at the whole thing as if it’s a tornado that I’m controlling. It’s creating chaos. When you create chaos, ideas are turned upside down, and everybody looks at things in a different way.
~Marilyn Manson

Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth.
~Tom Barrett

Beethoven’s music tends to move from chaos to order, as if order were an imperative of human existence.
~Daniel Barenboim

EndQuote:
We adore chaos because we love to produce order.
~M C Escher

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 01/17:  catalyst,  floor

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Posted from the Grove

True Romance: Three Times Goodbye

Yesterday, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died.
She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”

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Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds later, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

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Today, after I watched my dog get hit by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. Just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

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~Dust:  Hum — a saccharine mini-movie   (7:44)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmBbhVHaVsg

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Definitions for Better Business: Distinguishing Differences
https://qz.com/work/1225213/the-difference-between-a-snafu-a-shitshow-and-a-clusterfuck/

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  capsize, bristle
~BarTalk:
Nativity

Family pooch and the parrot stare
Bristling hope at the sight they share
Birth of a promise, history unfurled
A cat-sized bundle to capsize a world
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Show Biz

Mister N. Tipathy
Loved Sara N. Dipity
Missed her clever levity
Wanted costume brevity
Let Ms Zipity do da dance
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Preach It

Go fetch Daddy’s bristle brush
Good for beating bad-kid tush
Tho a belt might do as well
T’would capsize faith and lead to hell
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Com·pat·riot

American Ego was an Eagle once
From intrepid to insipid histrionics
Capsized truth and fat-sized greed
Merged to fill an Ego’s need
Economic muscle and technical gristle
Yet borders bristle with pylon missiles
The peace between sown with thistles
Volcanoes erupt just like this’ll
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5-7-5 x 3

lightning bristled skies
ocean swells threaten capsize
rains to drown a fish
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bristle with caution
timid treatment of treason
capsized a nation
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Had a recent trim?
A bris’ll change your cap size
Helmet Head Condoms

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Quoted in the Grove:
You can make anything by writing.
~C S Lewis

If this typewriter can’t do it, then f*** it, it can’t be done.
~Tom Robbins

How can a novelist achieve atonement when, with her absolute power of deciding outcomes, she is also God? There is no one, no entity or higher form that she can appeal to, or be reconciled with, or that can forgive her. There is nothing outside her.
~Ian McEwan

EndQuote:
Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it’s just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.
~David Sedaris

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Prewritten Exercise (Thurs 01.10) is: bristle, capsize

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Posted from the Grove

25 Words About Words
http://mentalfloss.com/article/58561/25-words-other-words

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:   renegade, cardboard

~BarTalk
The Surprise of Doors

Doors unlabeled and doors unlocked
Mundane doors to scenes that shock
She was beauty fresh as air, unadorned
As bare of wear as her moment born

Traitorous blood, renegade heart
Cardboard knees quake, breath won’t start
Decorum states, tho not written law
I beg pardon, avert my gaze and withdraw

My eyes lock up, refuse and stay
She most kind does not wave my gaze away
She stands full splendor and does not move
No need to woo me because she did not shoo me
Now we celebrate ten years late and still in love
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Memorials

Renegade and the rebel
The apostate who abandons
And a needful resistance
Cast iron or cut marble
Cardboard cover of books
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Trespass

Post a card, board a train
Spread the word-a warning
Children-a gay door waits
That opens to curiosity
Disaster and new worlds

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5-7-5 x 4

renegade music
charred black cardboard poster reads
Stravinsky was here
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confines of marriage
paper promise, walls of cardboard
renegade yearnings
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renegade mountains
drink the sky piss out rivers
grow trees for cardboard
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ban cardboard toe tags
treat the renegade organ
with love and a pill

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Quoted in the Grove:
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
~Dr Seuss

There are no norms. All people are exceptions to a rule that doesn’t exist.
~Fernando Pessoa

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
~Charles Dickens

EndQuote:
I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.
~Rita Mae Brown

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Posted from the Grove

The Inner Life of Cats: Why they are the way they are
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-inner-life-of-cats/?mc_cid

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14: Fame’s distraction, a study in celebration, animated
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvomWVeF_Qg    (7:04)

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Passing of the Old Year

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Preparing for the New

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Old Songs For a New Year

~Diana Ross and The Supremes:  Reflections   (3:18)

~John Mayer:  Waiting On The World To Change   (3:21)

~Guess Who:  Share The Land    (4:02)

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Prewritten for Thurs 01.03.19:  renegade, cardboard

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  continent, resolve

~BarTalk:
begin to end

sentimental mush
monumental love
marriage as a rental
resolve to be gentle
continental drift

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Politician’s Plaint

Canvas the continent
Fly, paint the sky a flag
Dye it red white and blue
Resolve to be important
Voting’s about me-not you

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Alone

Islands In The Stream
No man is an island…
Dare to engage the dream
Each vast as a continent
Resolve to worlds unseen

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a new year

elders pinch pennies
grow old and incontinent
resolve to die young

next time

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Quoted in the Grove*
The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you.
~Elie Wiesel

Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
~George Orwell

If only each generation would realise that the time for greatness is right now when they’re alive … the time to flower is now.
~Patti Smith

EndQuote:
Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.
~Frantz Fanon

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*Gathered, with increasing gratitude, from Dictionary.com and Anu Garg’s A.Word.A.Day

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Posted from the Grove

Bao ~ A distant place, another culture, a story of inaccurate conception lovingly told – animated.  Harvested from Rusty’s Electric Dream   (7:43)

 

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Ten Benefits of Owning a Dog
http://mentalfloss.com/article/51153/10-benefits-being-dog-owner

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Prewritten for Thurs 12/27:   resolve, continent

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:
~BarTalk:
beauty’s beast

lithesome and lovely
skin of pale ivory
language full flowery
winsome for larceny
locked up in pillory

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Savaged

Pilloried for prostitution
Pilloried for truth
Pilloried for opinion
And too long in the tooth

Pilloried for being black
Pilloried For being poor
Pilloried for being Hillary
Pilloried and shown the door

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Cheers!

Pilloried for a willingness to sin some
For being too cute, too jolly and winsome
For braving with conscience and then some
For celebrating too much with the punch rum
So let’s have one

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High Finance

Win some bouts and lose some
Grow some balls with hair
Graduate to gruesome
Play of game ruled unfair
Pilloried in the news, some

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Nu Skewl

It’s no longer about your ABCs
Heredity is inscribed in genes
Take a pill or read the ‘zines
To win some science prize today
Learn to script in DNA

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5-7-5 x 2

winsome smiles, sharp teeth
watch politics pilloried
tonight on the news
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hell’s hot pillory
winsome words from the pulpit
claim to be the key

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Quoted in the Grove:
Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t the fine line between sanity and madness gotten finer?
~George Price

In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
~Akira Kurosawa

Sanity is a madness put to good use.
~George Santayana

EndQuote:
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.
~Rita Mae Brown

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Posted from the Grove

 

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Pornhub’s Year in Review: 2018
Harvested from Rusty’s Electric Dream
https://www.pornhub.com/insights/2018-year-in-review?mc_cid

 

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Prewritten for Thurs 12/20:  winsome, pillory

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  haze, withdraw

~BarTalk:
road most traveled

advance > withdraw
thrust—> \parry
haste & haze
the road to marry
grows weary, some

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the artist

pathologically withdrawn
years of chemical haze
guilty both and violated
driven by chance, could
paint pictures with words

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A Pong’s Bouquet

Exchange money and favors fragrant with felony
Forsaking decency, choose chaos over harmony
Mutiny, defy legitimacy and canons of order
Flagrant infidelity, sell cannons for murder

Pursuing the mobs who follow with ardor
Practice duplicity unconcerned with the odor
A haze hangs low in the land of law
Justice obscured, the Lady withdraws

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Hogwarts in The News

Unholy hazing in the prep school band
Involved a circle jerk and conductor’s baton
Yet left behind, the master’s witching wand
Withdrew from school when they all went blind

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5-7-5 x 2

blue haze of smoke curls
angst withdraws, ennui scatters
beauty takes a bow
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haze thins, words sharpen
arrange themselves and cohere
the poet withdraws

 

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Quoted in the Grove:
They lard their lean books with the fat of others’ works.
~Robert Burton

Imitation is the highest form of pissing me off. Quit stealing my content and violating my copyright.
~Jen T Verbumessor

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
~Paul Gauguin

EndQuote:
All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Posted from the Grove

How To Be An Artist: 33 Rules
Presumptuous, perhaps, but immensely useful
~Vulture, by way of Rusty’s Electric Dream
https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/jerry-saltz-how-to-be-an-artist.html?mc_cid

 

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

 

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Prewritten for Thurs 12/13:  haze, withdraw

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  nuance, accident

~BarTalk:
Requiem

Nuanced greys of sky and sea
Polar bears, fog and ice floes flee
Swim, drift, collide randomly
Seems an accident the death they share
The fog and ice and polar bears

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admission

geographically challenged
nuances of the map are lost to me
accidental tourist, c’est moi

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glancing up

crackling cold starlight
two streaks laser the sky
remnants cross the night
posing the question, why
was it accidental

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5-7-5 x 3

nuanced affections
an accident, stumbled, fell
never meant to love
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Celebrating art
New aunts pay their nieces’ fees
Act! See! Dent The World!
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Statecraft’s nuanced art
Knowing war’s no accident
Attacks peace with heart

 

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Quoted in the Grove:

Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god. Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted and heaven crammed with these phantoms.
~Robert Ingersoll

The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.
~Robert Heinlein

God is an imaginary friend for grown-ups.
~anon

EndQuote:
I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out there is.
~Albert Camus

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A recent discovery: Postmodern Jukebox covers
Following, a story (or a journey if you prefer) loosely told in five songs. About 27 minutes of perfectly splendid music

~Radiohead’s  Creep – with Haley Reinhart   (4:55)

~Aerosmith’s  Dream On – with Morgan James   (5:21)

~Meghan Trainor’s  All About That Bass – with PMJ trio (4:15)

~Ellie Goulding’s  Burn – with Flame-O-Phone (4:12)

~Cars’ Just What I Needed – with Sara Niemietz (3:58)

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 12/06:  accident, nuance

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Exercise:  litmus, metal

~BarTalk:
Reunion Daydream

Met all kinds at the fall gatherin’
Like ’em all, loved only one of ’em
Not rich an’ scarce a beauty
Best brains in school, you see
English Lit mus’ have been heavenly
Grow old together, Grammar an’ Grumpy

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Justice 4 Just Us  #8

Liking a color of lichen
The purple of litmus
Not red or blue but royal
For the base and loyal
Metal bars for the press

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Words  #1
Words, base metal of ideas
That created civilization
Have synonyms that create
Reasons to hate

Words  #2
Speak to be understood
To get what you want
Write to be remembered
Time’s litmus of existence

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5-7-5 x 4

pedal to metal
brand new litmus of success
burnout at thirty
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acid test of art
the litmus of fine acting
base motives ring true
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imagine thin air
carved open with cold blue steel
as if metal could
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Litmus Medicine
plastic/metal prosthetics
Bruised blue? Reddy cures!

 

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