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    Letters Of Hope ... To Freedom, Maine

    I've rather come to like putting links here, in Creative Corner, to articles highlighting people, places and things that are too easily overlooked.  Not particularly political, not openly opinionated ... just stories that don't have a place In The News here at Dag but might fill in a vacant spot or two with its' readers. 

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    Want A Smoky Drink?

    Hi there, come on in.  No, for heaven’s sake, don’t worry about that, just get in here … what difference does that make?  Too funny – whoever told you that was either projecting or just being an ass, you pick!  Yeah, I’m with ya on that one.  Anyway, get in here and have a seat somewhere while there’s still space.  What?  Oh, you’ll know if I kick you off … just kidding, you should know by now I’m always on the floor with a pillow.  Very funny, everybody.  Yeah, laugh it up at my expense.  See if you get anything to eat!  Oh, crap, that reminds me …. no, I have an extinguisher ….

    Appropriation in action

    When New Yorkers hear a violin

    — Junebug (@airjunebug) August 4, 2018
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    Can You Say Hero?

    I'm putting this article here simply because it's not "news", at least not in the way we know it.  It's also not current since it was published in 1998.  This is about love, and joy, and what it means to be a person ... it's about Fred Rogers.  I got to this Esquire piece via a review of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" (a new documentary) in the NYT and the mention of an upcoming movie loosely based on it starring Tom Hanks to be released next year.

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    The Scent Of Time

    My mom’s birthday was March 25th, and I didn’t notice … she died in 2012, so while I’m sure she didn’t notice either it’s an odd feeling  that the day passed for me as nothing more than another ordinary Sunday.  I thought about it, and her, today when I read a wonderful piece in the New York Times titled, “Smells Like Home”.  Maybe more impactful than the article itself were the multiple comments from folks who contributed their little bits of themselves and what they remembered; what prompted their emotional reactions and why.  Really wonderful stuff overall, and more than worth a Sunday read.

    Celebrating Tangier (Tanja)

    There's also The Spider's House in Fez and Paul Bowles' amazing Collected Stories 1939-1976, but nice to have all the translations of local Tangiers writers.

    And then there's music from Jajouka....

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    I saw my Pixies

    This last weekend with no end.

    Oh how I love them

    Little girls just wonder

    Where is my Daddy right now?

    Asks Precious to me

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    We had a tough winter in the Great White North!

    This winter began October 23, 2017 with a blizzard that never really went away.

    In 2016 the winter began on November 18th with the same type of blizzard.

    I woke up this morning at 3.00 AM CST.

    It was below zero.

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    Good Bread

    It’s the evening of December 31, 2017.  ‘Round these parts it’s currently nine degrees below zero outside, but it’s toasty warm in the kitchen now that the bread’s done.  Smells heavenly … a good loaf.  Must admit to the addition of pineapple juice, butter, ginger and brown sugar to the proofed yeast and flour that gives it an official Hawaiian bent, but it’s a loaf just the same.  The man in the house says dinner is around the bend now that I’ve told him the kitchen is his; he makes a mean cast-iron steak and mushroom gravy.

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    We live in strange times

    Repubs run for the old days

    Days of slavery

    (Moore) is much less

    Families flourished

    America was once free

    Free to enslave some

    The Bird, the Bear, and the Elephant in the Room

    Above the dissonance the people sigh

    The Russians hacked the right wing’s foul deceit

    The Elephant inside the power lines

    Retorts to post his glower’d circus tweet

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    I have resided at this turret for over 11 years.

    I keep to myself.

    Basically, I feel that most folks feel better that I keep to myself.

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    Every time the Repubs and the Dems discuss problems with our nation and our children and....

    Well....those pols always stress the importance of education.

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    So the Spring has sprung

    And our Summer is just gone

    Autumn has arrived

    Red and yellow trees

    So many colors abound

    Dead leaves on the ground

    Dead leaves on the ground

    And dying leaves on the trees

    Crispness in the air

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    Twelve hours of sun

    And then twelve hours of dark

    Equal Equinox

    But it rains all day

    So its gray or dark all day

    Unfair Equinox

    I can take half bad

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    A dark icon of Jesus

    It is a pity

    That in this sad cap city

    There just is no truth

    And so it has been

    For over two hundred years

    Just a DC swamp

    He shall drain the swamps

    So sez our esteemed leader

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    I believe that I have viewed the film Jackie Brown ten times over the last two decades. Usually on Cable. 

    Netflix just added this gem with its repertoire for the month of August.

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    I wrote about water on the moon 8 years ago.

    The only reason I bring this up is because there
    were 'hits' on this old blog this morning. hahahah

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    I thought that something like this comment should be posted at Creative Corner since it really discusses subjects better described as entertainment.

    I just felt that Maher did a good job last night.

    A good job apologizing.

    I have mentioned many times my love for Plato and his Apology.


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