Category Archives: Art

World Tesselation Day

Today is World Tesselation Day, started in 2016 by Emily Grosvenor, author of Tessalation!, a children’s book about tesselations (patterns) in nature; she chose June 17 because it is the birthday of M.C. Escher, famous for the complicated patterns in his prints … Continue reading

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A Poem for World Sea Turtle Day

World Sea Turtle Day began being promoted by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on June 16, 2014. Sea Turtles are among the oldest living creatures, having been in existence at least 100 million years. There are seven … Continue reading

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A World of Dew

Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828) was born as Kobayashi Nobuyuki on June 15, 1763; Japanese poet who used ‘Issa’ as his pen name (meaning cup of tea); one of the ‘Great Four’ haiku masters, with Bashō, Buson, and Shiki. He wrote over … Continue reading

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TCS: The Blood Shines Inside Us

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. ______________________________ Blood is that fragile … Continue reading

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TCS: Two More Poets, Six Poems, Shared Birthday

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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June 6, 1944 – The Sea Was White-Crested and Angry

June 6, 1944: D-Day Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, Operation Overlord, the biggest seaborne invasion in history, marking the start of the liberation of France, and beginning the final phase of WWII in Europe. Around 150,000 troops … Continue reading

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Casey at the Bat

June 3, 1888 – The San Francisco Daily Examiner first publishes “Casey at the Bat” by newspaper columnist Ernest Lawrence Thayer Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940) American writer, newspaper columnist, and poet. He graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from Harvard … Continue reading

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A Tall Ship and a Star to Steer Her By

John Masefield (1878-1967) was born on June 1, in land-locked Ledbury, a Herefordshire market town, the son of Caroline and George Masefield, a solicitor. His mother died giving birth to his sister when Masefield was only six, and he went to live … Continue reading

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TCS: Dawn Was Theirs and Sunset – In Memoriam

   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. ______________________________ War does not … Continue reading

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Before Memorial Day – for the Widows Left Behind By War

Aline Murray Kilmer (1888-1941) American poet, children’s book author, essayist, and from 1908 until his death in 1918, the wife of Joyce Kilmer, a poet who is mainly remembered for his poem “Trees,” and for dying young in the ‘War … Continue reading

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