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About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 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.

The True Measure of Our Thanksgiving

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.” — W.T. Purkiser, author of The Gifts of the Spirit

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Thanksgiving Without Pilgrims

_______________________________________ I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.  – Henry David Thoreau _______________________________________ Thanksgiving – an American national holiday, where we celebrate the Pilgrims’ thanksgiving after the first harvest in their new land, right? … Continue reading

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TCS: Do You Know How Kindness Grows?

    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.  _____________________________ Joy is the … Continue reading

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One Global Town Square

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor “Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too Imagine all the people Living life in peace … Imagine all the people Sharing all the world … Continue reading

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A Famous Poet’s Poem About Poetry

Happy Birthday to Marianne Moore! Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was born on November 15, 1887, in Kirkwood, Missouri; influential American poet, critic, editor, and translator. In 1952, her book, Collected Poems, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Award for Poetry. … Continue reading

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TCS: The Razory Edges and the Mutterings of Fate

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.  _____________________________ “But I was born … Continue reading

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A Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson on His Birthday

November 13, 1850 – Robert Louis Stevenson born, Scottish author and poet; known for Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Kidnapped, and A Child’s Garden of Verses.  To read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Poem “Autumn Fires” click:

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Song: Alicia Ostriker’s Birthday

November 11, 1937 – Alicia Ostriker born, American Jewish feminist poet and scholar; professor of English at Rutgers University sine 1972; noted for her poetry collections: Once More Out of Darkness, which featured poems about pregnancy and childbirth; A Dream of Springtime; Waiting for … Continue reading

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Lilies of the Field

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor “Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” – Matthew 6:29 “The fountain of love is the rose, and the lily the sun and the dove.” – Heinrich Heine “And the … Continue reading

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TCS – The Mystery of Rhythm – What Explains Poetry

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. ______________________________ “What explains poetry is … Continue reading

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