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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: Let There Be No Beggar Children

 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. ______________________________ “On … Continue reading

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A Child of Giant Cities: Charles Baudelaire

Who among us has not dreamt, in moments of ambition, of the miracle of a poetic prose, musical without rhythm and rhyme, supple and staccato enough to adapt to the lyrical stirrings of the soul, the undulations of dreams, and … Continue reading

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‘Lines on Ale’ for National Beer Day

April 7, 1933 – National Beer Day: the sale of beer becomes legal again in the U.S. as the Cullen-Harrison Act goes into effect, redefining an “intoxicating beverage” to exclude beer from Prohibition – but the full repeal of Prohibition … Continue reading

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TCS: Something Forgotten – Cartography for Beginners

. . 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. ______________________________ A poem … Continue reading

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April is National Poetry Month – The Light Filled Up the Sky

April is National Poetry Month in the U.S. It was first introduced and organized in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, as a celebration of American poetry, and a way to increase awareness and appreciation for the art of … Continue reading

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TCS: Write Where We Are Now – Poetry of the Pandemic

.. 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. ______________________________ “We need the … Continue reading

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A Poem for International Whisky Day

March 27, 2009 – International Whisky Day is launched at a whisky festival in the Netherlands, to honor Michael J. Jackson, the English journalist and author of many influential books on beer and whisky, including Michael Jackson’s Malt Whisky Companion; he was … Continue reading

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A Little Touch of Tolkien for Tolkien Reading Day

Originally posted in 2017 2003 – Tolkien Reading Day was first organized by the Tolkien Society, now held annually on March 25, the day of the downfall of Sauron March 25 should also be noted in Tolkien lore because: ________________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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A Belated Poem for National Agriculture Day

National Agriculture Day was first proclaimed by a U.S. president on March 23, 2016. It was proposed and is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. Greg Horstmeier, chair of the council’s board, says, “it reminds everyone that the affordable, … Continue reading

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TCS: World Water Day – On Such a Full Sea

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. ______________________________ If there is magic … Continue reading

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