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About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.

Vladimir the Vicious

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor Upon being informed that her famished and desperate peasant compatriots could not afford their staple diet of bread, the Queen of France Marie-Antoinette (1755-1799) allegedly retorted – “let them eat cake.” The dire situation of looming mass-starvation … Continue reading

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A Poem for World Lion Day

Where lions once ruled, they are quietly disappearing – National Geographic headline in 2019 The first World Lion Day was launched on August 10, 2013, to raise awareness of how close the world is to the extinction of lions in the wild … Continue reading

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TCS: We Should Be Kind While There Is Still Time

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. ______________________________ “The children start … Continue reading

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A Poem for Hiroshima Day

August 6, 1945, World War II – The U.S. B-29 Enola Gay dropped the “Little Boy” atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. 70,000 people died instantly, thousands died from burns, and more died over the following years from radiation. The date … Continue reading

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The Birdie Bebop

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor “A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings becauseit has a song.”  – Maya Angelou “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the … Continue reading

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TCS: Reprise of the Dame Days of Summer

   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. ______________________________ It was August. … Continue reading

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A Poem for International Tiger Day

July 29 is International Tiger Day International Tiger Day was started in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and support for tiger conservation issues. In 2018, the … Continue reading

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Swimming with Sharks

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor “There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.” – Siddharta Gautama To read Irene’s new poem “Swimming with Sharks” click:

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One Voice Day

Started on July 26, 1997, One Voice Day is a day that revolves around the world joining together and forgetting all the differences of race, religion, and boundaries. This day is all about committing to the cause of world peace … Continue reading

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TCS: If Humanity Seems to Have Left You Behind

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.____________________________ “During bad circumstances, which is … Continue reading

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