Monthly Archives: May 2021

FIRST HEARD: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

May 7, 1824 – Premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria The Ninth Symphony was first performed in the Theater am Kärntnertor in Vienna. This was the composer’s first onstage appearance in 12 years, and the hall was packed … Continue reading

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A Poem for International Nurses Day

Updated version of original 2020 post Today is International Nurses Day, and nurses are even more essential during this global pandemic. Everywhere, the pressure on nurses, on all medical personnel, is still pushing them to the breaking point. Even under ordinary … Continue reading

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Poems for Bird Day and Respect for Chickens Day

May 4th is Bird Day in the U.S. and Respect for Chickens Day, so here are four poems by four very different poets with four very different views of birds and chickens. To read the poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar, … Continue reading

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TCS: Now I Become Myself

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. ______________________________ Loneliness is the poverty … Continue reading

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