ON THIS DAY: September 20, 2019

September 20th is

Pepperoni Pizza Day

Rum Punch Day

String Cheese Day

Rehabilitation Awareness Day

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Word Cloud: RECOGNITION

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD

Recognition. A word that can mean someone’s work has been honored, ‘recognized’ for excellence, but also can mean that moment when a person feels a lighting strike of connection to an artist’s work, whatever the media – that “Oh YES” that is beyond mere liking, but is instead kinship.

Kay Ryan (1945 – ) worked out her own distinctive style with little regard for how her contemporaries were doing poetry. Her method of becoming a poet is unlike any I’ve come across before. After briefly working toward a PhD in Literary Criticism, she decided she didn’t want to be “a doctor of something I couldn’t fix.” So in 1976, she set out on a 4,000-mile bicycle trip along backroads in the Western U.S. as a time to decide if she wanted to be a writer.

Ryan took a deck of Tarot cards with her, and each morning she shuffled the cards, turned one card up, and wrote a poem about whatever the card represented. Some cards came up multiple times, and others not at all. Ryan says this process gave her the habit of writing, range, and a way to deal with exposing herself. “If one is writing well, one is totally exposed. But at the same time, one has to feel thoroughly masked or protected.”

While the trip taught her that writing gave her “pleasure like nothing else,” she still had no real idea of how to go about becoming a poet. She used the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! books as her next inspiration, which taught her to “utilize the fanciful.” After writing “a gazillion” poems, in 1983 she self-published her first collection, Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends.
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TOKEN LOSS

To the dragon
any loss is total.
His rest is disrupted
if a single jewel encrusted
goblet has been stolen.
The circle of himself
in the nest of his gold
has been broken.
No loss is token.

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ON THIS DAY: September 19, 2019

September 19th is

Butterscotch Pudding Day

National Gymnastics Day

International Talk Like a Pirate Day *

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ON THIS DAY: September 18, 2019

September 18th is

Chiropractic Founder’s Day *

National Cheeseburger Day *

U.S. Air Force Birthday *

National Respect Day *

World Water Monitoring Day *

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day *

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ON THIS DAY: September 17, 2019

September 17th is

U.S. Citizenship Day

U.S. Constitution Day *

Apple Dumpling Day

Monte Cristo Sandwich Day *

Professional Housecleaners Day

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ON THIS DAY: September 16, 2019

September 16th is

Anne Dudley Bradstreet Day *

Guacamole Day

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day

Mayflower Day *

Working Parents Day

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

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TCS: Miles of Sky – Poems for International Preservation of the Ozone Layer Day

. . Good Morning!

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Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings.
This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning
a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.

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The hole in the ozone layer is a kind of skywriting.
At first it seemed to spell out our continuing
complacency before a witch’s brew of deadly perils.
But perhaps it really tells of a newfound talent
to work together to protect the global environment.

– Carl Sagan

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