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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.

Jack Smith and Jan 6

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 18, 2022 Appointment of a Special Counsel “Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced today the appointment of former career Justice Department prosecutor and former … Continue reading

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MOT: Over Weariness and Doubt … the Soul Flung Out … Rising

    G’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. _____________________________ And … Continue reading

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A Cup of Kindness Yet

I believe in thereligion of kindness.– Jan Morris  There is far too much cruelty in the world. My wish for 2023 is that we can start replacing it with kindness, toward each other, but also toward all the other living … Continue reading

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2023 – The Power of One

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor “I have learned that in each of us there burns a flame of independence that must never be allowed to go out. That as long as it exists within us we cannot be destroyed.” Bryce Courtenay – … Continue reading

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Burning the Old Year

Naomi Shihab Nye (1952 –  ), born in St. Louis, Missouri. Daughter of a father who came to America as a Palestinian refugee, and a born-in-America mother. “I grew up in St. Louis in a tiny house full of large music … Continue reading

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TCS: What Way Does the Wind Come?

  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. _____________________________ “Can … Continue reading

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Another Kind of Christmas

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I wrote this poem because my part of America is often mocked for its lack of connection to the “traditional” Christmas of colder climes. To read “Another Kind of Christmas” click:

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A Holiday Greeting from Irene

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Two Poems for Two Solstices

In the Northern Hemisphere, our Solstice is a celebration of beginning the turn of the long dark nights toward brighter days, a renewal of hope as one year nears its end and we await the promise of the year to … Continue reading

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An Old-and-New Carol for Go Caroling Day

It is widely believed that caroling on Christmas started in 1223 at the church of St. Francis of Assisi. He thought that it was better to sing songs full of joy and fun during the holidays, instead of solemn hymns. … Continue reading

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