ON THIS DAY: May 29, 2017

May 29th is

Biscuit Day

Coq Au Vin Day

Escalator Day *

Paperclip Day

Learn About Composting Day

International Day of UN Peacekeepers *
________________________________________________________________

MORE! Joseph Haydn, Sojourner Truth and Oswald Spengler, click

Continue reading

Posted in History, Holidays, On This Day | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TCS: LAST NOTES – Bugles for the Fallen

Good Morning!

________________________________________________________________

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.
__________________________________________________________

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

– The Fallen, by Laurence Binyon

________________________________________________________________

Continue reading

Posted in France, Germany, Italy, The Coffee Shop, United Kingdom, United States, War | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth . . .”

This was true when Picasso said it. It is true now.

Just watch this TED talk.

Then do something.

That is all.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ON THIS DAY: May 28, 2017

May 28th is

Amnesty International Day *

Brisket Day

Hamburger Day

Sierra Club Day *

Menstrual Hygiene Day *
________________________________________________________________

MORE! Ian Fleming, Alan Turing and Gladys Knight, click 

Continue reading

Posted in History, Holidays, On This Day | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ON THIS DAY: May 27, 2017

May 27th is

National Cellophane Tape Day *

National Grape Popsicle Day

Julia Pierpont Day *

International Heritage Breeds Day *
________________________________________________________________

MORE!  Amelia Bloomer, Dashiell Hammett and Buddhadasa, click

Continue reading

Posted in History, Holidays, On This Day | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ON THIS DAY: May 26, 2017

May 26th is

Paper Airplane Day

Blueberry Cheesecake Day

International Chardonnay Day

Don’t Fry Friday

Heat Awareness Day

World Lindy Hop Day

________________________________________________________________

MORE! Dorothea Lange, Giuseppe Garibaldi and Peggy Lee. click

Continue reading

Posted in History, Holidays, On This Day | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Word Cloud: MAYDEEP

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD

“Now is the month of maying” says the old song by Thomas Morley. Our month of maying is drawing to a close, but we have explored far more than spring romance.

Many of these end-of-May poets have taken darker turns, some because of illness or alcohol. Even Ralph Waldo Emerson seems darker in his poetry than his essays.

So we must look a littler harder for the gleams of light.

Pieter Brueghel, the Elder – Village Scene with Dance Around the May Pole (1634)

________________________________________________________________

May 24

  • Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) was born in Leningrad, and exiled from the Soviet Union as a dissident.

Transatlantic

The last twenty years were good for practically everybody
save the dead. But maybe for them as well.
Maybe the Almighty Himself has turned a bit bourgeois
and uses a credit card. For otherwise time’s passage
makes no sense. Hence memories, recollections,
values, deportment. One hopes one hasn’t
spent one’s mother or father or both, or a handful of friends entirely
as they cease to hound one’s dreams. One’s dreams,
unlike the city, become less populous
the older one gets. That’s why the eternal rest
cancels analysis. The last twenty years were good
for practically everybody and constituted
the afterlife for the dead. Its quality could be questioned
but not its duration. The dead, one assumes, would not
mind attaining a homeless status, and sleep in archways
or watch pregnant submarines returning
to their native pen after a worldwide journey
without destroying life on earth, without
even a proper flag to hoist.

– 1992

________________________________________________________________

Continue reading

Posted in Poetry, Word Cloud | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments