Category Archives: Thoughts on writing

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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When Did Lying Become Illegal?

Freedom of speech includes the right to lie and make things up. That right is now being threatened. The prohibition against slander and libel is well settled in the law. Contracts must be truthful although they are always written to … Continue reading

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Insane Expectations and Lies

Insane Expectations and Lies Express Writers’ current job post at Indeed.com expresses the complete and unrealistic expectations of every content mill, as well as the lie about pay. $20 to $30 an hour? Not a chance. Express points to this … Continue reading

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Loveliest of Trees by A.E. Housman

My rockhounding site is here: https://southwestrockhounding.com (external link) — Loveliest of Trees by A.E. Housman — Loveliest of Trees by A.E. Housman Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland … Continue reading

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