Monthly Archives: February 2021

TCS: Connected By Love and A Leash

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. ______________________________ “I care not for … Continue reading

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Two Views of the Celestial Spheres

This engraving by an unknown artist is called Empedocles Breaks through the Crystal Spheres. It first appeared in 1888 in a book by Camille Flammarion with the caption: “A missionary of the Middle Ages tells that he had found the point where … Continue reading

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A Poem for Pluto Day

Pluto is as far across as Manhattan to Miami, but its atmosphere is bigger than the Earth’s.  – Alan Stern, American planetary scientist On February 18, 1930, the planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh, at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff … Continue reading

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A Poem for National Almond Day

February 16 is National Almond Day. English author D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) is far more famous for his novels, especially Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which was considered quite shocking. It was first published privately in 1928 in Italy, and in 1929 in … Continue reading

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TCS: In Their Own Words – Presidents Day 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. ______________________________ “Speech is power: speech … Continue reading

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If You’re Cynical About Valentine’s Day – This is For You

I went into marriage at age 34, after a long series of failed relationships — but I have never been more certain that it was absolutely the right choice, because it took all those failures to teach me what to value in … Continue reading

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A Poem for the Lunar New Year

Lynda Hull (1954-1994), American Poet; as a teenager, she ran away from home. For the next several years, Hull lived in various Chinatowns across North America and married a Chinese immigrant. After reconnecting with her family in the early 1980s, … Continue reading

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Umbrella Day

Today is Umbrella Day, because on February 10, 1899, John Warren filed a patent for an improved folding umbrella. Of course, in searching for poems about umbrellas, I found a huge amount of dreadful poetry, but very few poems, good or … Continue reading

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TCS: Throw Your Dreams Into Space – Kite Flying Day

  . .   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 … Continue reading

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A Poem for Chopsticks Day

David Booth lives in Toronto, Ontario, and is a Professor Emeritus at OISE/University of Toronto. A bestselling author and renowned educator, he has written many poetry anthologies for young people, including ‘Til All the Stars have Fallen and Dr. Knickerbocker and Other Rhymes, … Continue reading

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