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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.

Afghan and Texan Women – More-Not-Less

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor Woman, thy names are: Trouble, Temerity, Triumph! _________________________________________ Good morning everyone and welcome. Whatever your preferred flavour of life is – sweet, savoury, spicy or somethin’ else, welcome to the melting pot. I am on West … Continue reading

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TCS: Stand and Deliver – Poetry Out Loud

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. ______________________________ You … Continue reading

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The Greatest

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13.13 Good morning everyone and welcome. Whatever your preferred flavour of life is – sweet, savoury, spicy or … Continue reading

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A Poem by Jack Prelutsky on His Birthday

Jack Prelutsky was born September 8, 1940, in Brooklyn, NY. American poet and singer-songwriter, most often writing for children, he has published over 50 poetry collections. Before becoming a writer, he worked odd jobs including driving a cab, moving furniture, … Continue reading

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TCS: Across a Cultural Cosmos – Three Poets

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. ______________________________ “Looking … Continue reading

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A Poem for Newspaper Carrier Day

September 4th is Newspaper Carrier Day.  In 1833, New York Sun editor Benjamin Day ran an ad for “steady men” to vend the paper. When 10-year-old Barney Flaherty applied for the job, he impressed Day, and was hired, becoming the … Continue reading

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Summer Youth Camp With Denmark’s Princess Benedikte II

by IRENE FOWLER, Guest Blogger The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker Good morning everyone and welcome. As a Director of a private secondary school for girls, in Nigeria, … Continue reading

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TCS: The Nigerian Connection and the Glory of Butterflies

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. ______________________________ When … Continue reading

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Occasionally, a poem by artist Florine Stettheimer

Today is Florine Stettheimer’s day of birth. Florine Stettheimer (1871–1944), American modernist painter, designer and poet; credited as the artist who painted the first feminist nude self-portrait; in the 1930s, she hosted a salon with her sisters that attracted members of … Continue reading

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Two Poems by Rita Dove on Her Birthday

Rita Dove was born August 28, 1952, in Akron, Ohio; American poet and essayist; winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her book Thomas and Beulah; U.S. Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, 1993-1995, the first African-American (after the … Continue reading

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