Category Archives: Words and Music

Musings On A Domestic War

Perhaps it is right or even necessary to forget accidents, and wars are surely accidents to which our species seems prone.  If we could learn from our accidents it might be well to keep the memories alive, but we do not … Continue reading

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Passion, Ruthlessness, Dedication, Courage, And The Novel

                                              Beautiful Thing! the flame’s lover –                                         The pitiful dead cry back to us from the fire, cold in the fire, crying out – wanting to be chaffed and cherished                          those that have written books We read: not … Continue reading

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Death In The Family

“All alone, I came into the world All alone, I will someday die Solid stone is just sand and water, baby Sand and water, and a million years gone by “ Beth Nielsen Chapman, Sand and Water Helen recently lost her … Continue reading

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Aswim in the Deep End

It’s dark outside, the house is silent as everyone but me is asleep and there is no outside ambient noise at this hour of the night, and the light at my desk is just sufficient to grant me a small pool of warmth in … Continue reading

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Sing, Damn You, Sing!

I’m an orphan thirty years on how I miss my father’s voice and my mother’s arms I was you once, and now you’re me it’s in this circle that we make a family Jubilee, Gretchen Peters And there are more … Continue reading

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The Songs of God and Dragonflies

And though nature can sing such beautiful wings Did you think of this? That each of us know in our hearts we must go That’s what beauty is And just like the dream you were in Dissolved in the morning … Continue reading

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To Each His Own Mélange

Some people move through our lives and then they’re gone like the morning rain. Some stand with the stillness of a soldier at their post and never change. Some dance along the waterline like waves against the coast. Some forever haunt you … Continue reading

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Perhaps

It’s very early morning.  By all measures, I should be asleep, but I find myself writing  instead.  The house is utterly silent except for the clicking of my keyboard keys, my fellow occupants either asleep or quiet in their wakefulness.  The driving winds … Continue reading

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Repartee, Badinage, Persiflage, Raillery and Guff

In the 1920s, Dorothy Parker was establishing a reputation as a witty woman with a sharp tongue (the actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell called her, “My pretty, pretty cobra”). At the same time, Clare Booth Luce was becoming a respected journalist … Continue reading

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Spring Songs

It is a beautiful day here in Humptulips County, the kind that causes young men to sing aloud and makes old men wish they still could. Birdsong is omnipresent, the birds, young and old, knowing no inhibitions about singing lustfully … Continue reading

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