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About thomasfarley01

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

John Charles Fremont The Explorer

Have I ever posted a picture of my cat? I adopted him under the name of Fremont which I have since extended. Here he is tonight, eyeing me from his cat perch as I watch television from the couch below.

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The Singsong of Old Man Kangaroo

The Singsong of Old Man Kangaroo by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) I think of Kipling (internal link — one of several) as a master of putting down difficult dialects on a page, similarly skilled as Mark Twain. The confidence and style … Continue reading

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February Twilight

Name a sweeter 26 second poem. I defy you! February Twilight by Sara Teasdale (1884 – 1933) Read by Ghizela Rowe I stood beside a hill Smooth with new-laid snow, A single star looked out From the cold evening glow. … Continue reading

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A Sample of Beachey Head

A Sample of Beachey Head This is just a portion of Beachey Head, written by Charlotte Smith and read by Ghizela Rowe. Beachey Head is an amazing word portrait, you can almost picture the chalky bluff at Beachey Head and … Continue reading

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Bots Censoring Even Storied, Factual Magazines

Few history magazines are more well respected than American Heritage. Its scholarship, impartiality, and stable of great writers have proven its worth over more than a half century in print and online. Today, mindless bots and algorithms are now attacking … Continue reading

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Nearer, My God, To Thee

Nearer, My God, To Thee Ghizela Rowe reads this traditionally sung work in her hypnotically charged voice: Nearer, My God, to Thee Sarah F. Adams (1805–1848) Nearer to thee! E’en though it be a cross That raiseth me. Still all … Continue reading

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The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter

My rockhounding site is here: https://southwestrockhounding.com I didn’t know Ezra Pound knew Chinese. I knew he was buds with T.S. Eliot but that was about it. If you like this style of writing, you would enjoy Kenneth Rexroth’s translations from … Continue reading

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Take That, Death!

Rockhounding site here: https://southwestrockhounding.com Take That, Death! Poetry endures. Sonnet 75: One Day I Wrote her Name Upon The Strand By Edmund Spenser (1552 – 1599) One day I wrote her name upon the strand, But came the waves and … Continue reading

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Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes

Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes Ben Jonson (correct spelling) 1573? – 1637) That famous line is from Jonson’s “To Celia.” The beautiful reading in this video is by Ken Ross and the quoted text begins at 0:40. Drink … Continue reading

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Child Porn and QAnon

Rockhounding site here: https://southwestrockhounding.com Child Porn and QAnon Why is it that you can still write child porn without protest yet the writings of QAnon are vilified? Yes, of course, QAnon threatens political power whereas Lolita does not. Write your … Continue reading

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