ON THIS DAY: June 24, 2017

June 24th is

Pralines Day

Swim a Lap Day

International Fairy Day

Celebration of the Senses Day *

Stonewall National Monument Day *


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ON THIS DAY: June 23, 2017

June 23th is

National Hydration Day *

Plastic Pink Flamingo Day

Pecan Sandies Day

Take Your Dog to Work Day *

UN Public Service Day *

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Word Cloud: ONYX


I sometimes wonder if what critics condemn in the writers they review are really the motes and beams which blind them in their own work.

When reviewer Peter Craft “damns with faint praise” the first published collection of Josephine Miles (1911–1985) by saying:  “. . . [the] usual never-never of the American poetess is almost absent. Miss Miles is aware of the world in which she lives and this is to her credit.” But when he calls this her poem’s “limitations,” one wonders how he can so deftly determine the limitations of a writer under age 30 with only a single book to her credit. Since the year was 1939, how grievous he would consider this fault if the poet’s name were Joseph must remain a matter for conjecture, but when a man uses the phrase “usual never-never of the American poetess,” it surely raises the question.

I think Gwendolyn Brooks came much closer in her review of Miles’ Collected Poems, 1930-1983: “This is not poetry to be used for lullaby purposes. Eye and ear must stand awake, or much of the beauty and intellectual significance will remain on the page.”

Josephine Miles went on to become an award-winning poet who produced over a dozen books of poetry. She was also a distinguished professor, being the first woman tenured in the English department at the University of California, Berkeley (1947); a busy editor of anthologies and critical texts; and an author of books on poetic style and language.

What is truly astonishing about all her accomplishments is described by her friend and fellow poet Thom Gunn: “The unavoidable first fact about Josephine Miles was physical. As a young child she contracted a form of degenerative arthritis so severe that it left her limbs deformed and crippled. As a result, she could not be left alone in a house, she could not handle a mug…she could not use a typewriter; and she could neither walk nor operate a wheelchair.”

This poem is dated September, 1934. It speaks to me because my earliest memories are of our first family home, isolated at the end of a dirt road in the middle of the Arizona desert. Miles has captured that world of sun-glare and cactus perfectly.


When with the skin you do acknowledge drought,
The dry in the voice, the lightness of feet, the fine
Flake of the heat at every level line;

When with the hand you learn to touch without
Surprise the spine for the leaf, the prickled petal,
The stone scorched in the shine, and the wood brittle;

Then where the pipe drips and the fronds sprout
And the foot-square forest of clover blooms in sand,
You will lean and watch, but never touch with your hand.


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ON THIS DAY: June 22, 2017

June 22nd is

Chocolate Éclair Day

Journey’s End Day *

Onion Rings Day

Worldwide VW Beetle Day *

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#TrumpRussia … Ron Wyden drops a hold, Treasury gives up documents, and Why was money connected to Putin pouring into Trump projects?

By ann summers


Trump-Soho financial documents will now become available to the Senate Intelligence committee, as a Tim O’Brien article in Bloomberg News describes the increased attention of the Special Counsel…following the money.

Robert Mueller is examining whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice when he fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Washington Post recently reported. As we’ve heard for months now, there is also a probe of possible collusion between Trump’s campaign team and the Kremlin to tilt the 2016 election in the president’s favor.

But the Justice Department inquiry led by Mueller now has added flavors. The Post noted that the investigation also includes “suspicious financial activity” involving “Russian operatives.” The New York Times was more specific in its account, saying that Mueller is looking at whether Trump associates laundered financial payoffs from Russian officials by channeling them through offshore accounts.

The release of a Ron Wyden Senate hold on nominee Sigal Mandelker, compelled Treasury to give up financial documents related to Russian involvement by Trump via NYC investments.

In other news from MSNBC and Bloomberg News, the RICO case related to Trump Soho and Felix ‘Pump and Dump’ Sater also moves forward.

In both cases a more direct line between Trump and Putin can be drawn via following the money.

Donald Trump Settled a Real Estate Lawsuit, and a Criminal Case Was Closed

In 2011, Mr. Trump and his co-defendants settled a suit involving one of his buildings amid a storm that threatened to cast a harsh light on how he did business.



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ON THIS DAY: June 21, 2017

June 21st is

Atheist Solidarity Day

Daylight Appreciation Day *

Day of the Gong *

International Day of Yoga *

Peaches ‘N’ Cream Day

World Make Music Day *

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ON THIS DAY: June 20, 2017

June 20th is

American Eagle Day *

Kouign Amann Day *

Lambrusco Wine Day

Vanilla Milkshake Day

World Refugee Day *


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