Monthly Archives: January 2021

MORE Amanda Gorman – On Her Audition for ‘The Lion King’

Amanda Gorman is now a global ‘phenomenal woman’ – but she hasn’t always been recognised for her remarkable talents. To see her tell the story of her audition for Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ click:

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Amanda Gorman Reads ‘The Hill We Climb’

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‘The Hill We Climb’ – Poetry Returns to the Presidential Inauguration

Second inauguration of President Barack Obama There have been five poems delivered by their poets at inaugurations of U.S. presidents, all of them Democrats. It began when John F. Kennedy asked Robert Frost to read his poem “The Gift Outright” … Continue reading

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TCS: The Starless Midnight and the Bright Daybreak

. Good Morning! ______________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early riserson Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole inyour brainpan, feel free to add a comment. ______________________________ Justice in the … Continue reading

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Religious Freedom Day: A Humanist Activist Mystic Christian Philosopher

Religious Freedom Day was established on January 16th by the U.S. Congress in 1992. It celebrates the enactment in 1786 of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, written by Thomas Jefferson, who asked that his tombstone recognize that he was … Continue reading

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TCS: Thank You Day – The Slant of Hope

. .Good Morning! ______________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early riserson Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole inyour brainpan, feel free to add a comment. ______________________________ Silent gratitude isn’t … Continue reading

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Notes on How to Be Old

Today is my 72nd birthday, so I’m taking a refresher course on being old from one of my favorite poets. May Sarton (1912-1995) was a prolific writer and poet. She did old age as well as anybody I ever knew … Continue reading

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Thoughts About the Attempted Insurrection in Washington DC

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.As nations become corrupt and vicious, theyhave more need of masters.”   – Benjamin Franklin “In questions of power, then, let no more be saidof confidence in man, but bind him down frommischief by the … Continue reading

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TCS: A Certain Slant of Light – 2021

Good Morning! ______________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early riserson Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole inyour brainpan, feel free to add a comment. ______________________________ In the depths of … Continue reading

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A Poem for January

Ted Kooser (1939 – ) was born in Ames, Iowa. He was a two-term Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry chosen by the Librarian of Congress. He used his time as laureate to further the cause of poetry with American readers. Partnering with the … Continue reading

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