Category Archives: Countries

In Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second woman on the U.S. Supreme Court on August 10, 1993. From the ACLU tribute to “the Notorious RBG” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice and co-founder of the Women’s Rights … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: RESISTANCE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD In 1895, Japan was at war with China for supremacy over Korea, which was China’s most important client state. Japan wanted access to Korea’s coal and iron, and to use it as a buffer zone to prevent Chinese or Russian … Continue reading

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A Poem for This Fourth of July

This 4th of July I don’t feel much like celebrating. The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave is in trouble, more divided, more unequal, and certainly less free, than ever. In November, I do believe we … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: DREAM

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD February is Black History Month in the United States. When Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” in 1963, he wasn’t the first African-American to talk about a dream for a … Continue reading

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A Poem for Dia da Saudade

I was intrigued by the Brazilian Dia da Saudade, which was roughly translated as “Longing for What is Absent Day.” So I went in search of a poem which might illustrate the feeling, and found “Before” by Ada Limón, which … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: BARD

Updated – originally published on January 22, 2016  by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Saturday, January 25, will be the 261st anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns (1759–1796), forever the National Bard of Scotland.  It is a widely celebrated event in … Continue reading

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In Scotland, This is Hogmanay

This is updated from the original posting in January 2016 ____________________________________________ A guid New Year to ane an` a` and mony may ye see! ____________________________________________ New Year’s Eve is celebrated around the world, but in Scotland, it’s called Hogmanay. For about … Continue reading

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TCS: An Oh-So-Ironic Women’s Equality Day – 2019

. . 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 … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: DIGGER (Redux – National Poetry Month)

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD April is a good month for poetry-lovers. Just a partial list of April’s birthdays includes: Edmond Rostand, Maya Angelou, Algernon Charles Swinburne, William Wordsworth, Louise Gluck, Charlotte Brontë, Robert Penn Warren, Walter del la Mare, Ted … Continue reading

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TCS: An Enchanted Cottage

. 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 … Continue reading

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