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About thomasfarley01

Freelance writer specializing in outdoor subjects, particularly rocks, gems and minerals.

The Wright Room at the Doubletree Hotel in Tempe, Arizona

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tom Farley (@tgfarley) Difficult to arrange a tour since the room must be sanitized by a cleaning crew after every visit.

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I taste a Liquor Never Brewed by Emily Dickinson

I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed by Emily Dickinson – 1830-1886 I taste a liquor never brewed – From Tankards scooped in Pearl – Not all the Frankfort Berries Yield such an Alcohol! Inebriate of air – am I – … Continue reading

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That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection

That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection by Gerad Manly Hopkins (1844–1889) https://hopkinspoetry.com (external link) Cloud-puffball, torn tufts, tossed pillows | flaunt forth, then chevy on an air- Built thoroughfare: heaven-roysterers, in gay-gangs | … Continue reading

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On The Death of An Acquaintance

Variations on a Theme I On The Death of An Acquaintance by Oscar Williams (1899–1964) I read that Williams was a poet and influential anthologist. His name haunted me at first be because I could not place him yet his … Continue reading

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Light at Equinox by Léonie Adams

Fascinating word play and an interesting choice of subject. An equinox occurs in spring and fall. Day and night are roughly equal on these two days. Just some of the sentences and phrases I will have to look up: the … Continue reading

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On to Tempe, Arizona

I’ll be off soon to Tempe, Arizona for perhaps a month of ECT treatments. My last hope. I wish you peace.

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What Happened to Me: The Paranormal and PTSD



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When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be by John Keats

Keats again. This diseased young poet died of tuberculosis at 25. He wrote La Belle Dame sans Merci (internal link) and Ode on a Grecian Urn among hundreds of other pieces. This poem was published after his death. He was … Continue reading

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I Hoed and Trenched and Weeded by A.E. Housman

No one has ever written better about depression, futility, and ending it all than A.E. Housman. (internal link) All of us question the Meaning of Life at times and wonder whether it is worth going on. Housman’s heartbroken or doomed … Continue reading

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Love is Not All (Sonnet XXX) by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Love doesn’t do much good. And it isn’t worth much. Still, tonight, I’m not selling. Love is Not All (Sonnet XXX) Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink Nor slumber nor a … Continue reading

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