How Do You Like THEM Apples?

There's nothing quite like the quiet after a storm. Thus my love for the Fifth of July, waking early, hearing only birds and wind through tree and leaf. It makes me feel so, I don't know. Independent of noise. Thank you, God. Yesterday was a passing strange day for this blog. Holidays are slow days …

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So Much for Red Wheelbarrows

Happy Mother's Monday (as the day after Mother's Day isn't called). I hope those of you with moms did yourselves proud by visiting or, more likely, calling or Face-Timing or Skyping or whatever's happening nowadays. Moms are a rare breed. Look at what they put up with (a mirror can't be far). Me, I called …

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How To Get Your New Poetry Manuscript Published in 14 Easy Steps

How to Publish a Book of Poems.  Begin work with 40 to 70 pages of poetry in mind. As you write, be poetic but don't be overly poetic. Keep it simple. Anglo and Saxon over Latin and -ate, every time.  Subject-wise, say the same ole, same ole only in a new way.  Submit to poetry …

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Everything’s Gone Viral (And Other Sad Thoughts)

It's been a while since I did a "Random Thoughts" post. On this gloomy, rainy, viral Friday, maybe it's time to open the stream of consciousness anew... Looking at rain drops wobbling down the window glass always reminds me of Dr. Seuss's book The Cat in the Hat, which I read frequently as a kid. …

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Life as a Submitting Author (Hint: It Ain’t Pretty)

Being a writer who submits your work has its charm. One is the perpetual state of expectation (just west of the perpetual state of Tennessee). Remember when you were young and the Internet was still an idea-in-waiting, how you'd look forward to the postman's visit to see if you got any handwritten letters? It's somewhat …

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What We Don’t Know About the Brain Won’t Hurt Us

On Star Trek, they used to call space the final frontier. Truth is, there are mysterious frontiers closer to home, including the real estate between our ears. Go ahead. Ask any scientist. How much do we really know about that cauliflower in the skull? Somewhere between "not" and "much," from what I understand. I do …

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Writer’s Weigh In With Resolutions

I emailed all the poets and writers (as a certain magazine calls them) I know (and really don't, but I needed a lot of responses to make up a post) and asked what their writerly resolutions were. If they're anything like mine, they're an amusing mix of wishful thinking, good intentions, and, in some cases, …

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New Year’s, Bittersweet As Usual

This is a reprint from two years ago. Rereading it, I'm amazed that nothing (spare the year) has much changed. What's the saying? The more things change, the more they stay the same! Oh. Let's add an exception: our aging bodies. In that case, the more things change, the more things change. *********************************************************************************** A new …

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Stream-of-Thanksgivingness Reprise

Here's a reprise of the oft-mentioned and frequently reread 2017 Thanksgiving column with a few additions and minor changes to suit the dying days of 2019. What's amazing is how many changes were NOT needed. That is, it's reassuring to know how strong our thankfulness remains in these consistently challenging times. Some random thoughts, then, …

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