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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.

TCS: Winter Poets – Musical and Rumorous

  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. ____________________________ … Continue reading

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A Poem for International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Modern slavery is defined as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Essentially, it refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power. It’s estimated … Continue reading

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TCS: November Ends and December Begins – The Music Plays Itself

   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. ____________________________ … Continue reading

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A Poem for Hanukkah

Emma Lazarus  (1849-1887) is now remembered for her poem The New Colossus, enshrined in the base of the Statue of Liberty, which contains the lines, so often quoted when immigration is talked about in America: “Give me your tired, your poor/ … Continue reading

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A Poem for Native American Heritage Day

The Friday after Thanksgiving has been designated as Native American Heritage Day in the U.S. since 2008, but some Native Americans feel the day is a poor choice, since it coincides with the aggressive capitalism and greed of ‘Black Friday,’ annual … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, Crimes, and Democracy

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor “Forever Thankful” – Irene Fowler Whatever your preferred flavour of life is – sweet, savoury, spicy or somethin’ else, welcome to the melting pot. I am on West African time, so ‘servez-vous.’ Even though we are … Continue reading

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TCS: This Land Is Two Lands

   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.____________________________ This land is your … Continue reading

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The Unrecognized War – A Call to Arms

by Nona Blyth Cloud “Your breath first kindled the dead coal of warsand brought in matter that should feed this fire;and now ’tis far too huge to be blown out withthat same weak wind which enkindled it.” William Shakespeare – … Continue reading

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Greta Thunberg and Climate Change

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor Mother Earth joins humanity to lament and weep Together, wail and sob, crying out from the deep Reverse our course, lest life, in all forms Be damned, to eternal, lifeless, sleep. – Irene Fowler Whatever your … Continue reading

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TCS: Harbingers of Sunbreak and Darkness

. . 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.____________________________ To keep our … Continue reading

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