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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.

A Poem for Homemade Soup Day

Daniel Nyikos was born in Germany into a U.S. military family. His mother is Hungarian and his father is an American of Hungarian descent. The family moved a lot during his early school years, mostly in America and the Netherlands. … Continue reading

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The Day the Music Died

February 3, 1959 – The Day the Music Died:  Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, & J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) are killed in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa To hear Don McLean’s tribute song ‘American Pie’ click:   

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TCS: Langston Hughes – For Livin’ I Was Born

   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. ______________________________ “I am so … Continue reading

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A Poem for Street Children’s Day

In Austria, today is Street Children’s Day, but there are street children everywhere. If children really are our future, then every child should have enough to eat, a safe place to sleep, clothes that fit and protect from the weather, … Continue reading

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A National Kazoo Day Tribute to Alan Alda

Today, January 28, is actor Alan Alda’s birthday. It is also National Kazoo Day. To hear the tribute to Alan Alda, please click:

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To Kiss the World Good-bye – In Memorium

January 27th is International Day in Memory of the Holocaust Victims. Hana Volavková (1904-1985) was the only curator of the Central Jewish Museum to survive World War II. She collected and edited poems, letters, and drawings in a book called I … Continue reading

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TCS: For All That – Songs for Burns Night

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. ______________________________ O would some power … Continue reading

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MORE Amanda Gorman – On Her Audition for ‘The Lion King’

Amanda Gorman is now a global ‘phenomenal woman’ – but she hasn’t always been recognised for her remarkable talents. To see her tell the story of her audition for Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ click:

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Amanda Gorman Reads ‘The Hill We Climb’

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‘The Hill We Climb’ – Poetry Returns to the Presidential Inauguration

Second inauguration of President Barack Obama There have been five poems delivered by their poets at inaugurations of U.S. presidents, all of them Democrats. It began when John F. Kennedy asked Robert Frost to read his poem “The Gift Outright” … Continue reading

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