Thursday, November 19, 2015


…I have this poem, “Hydrophobia,” up at Eunoia Review today:

…I’m back from Denver.  What a fun time with Robert Vaughan, Meg Tuite, Kathy Fish, Nancy Stohlman, Leah Rogin-Roper, Levi Noe, Katharyn Grant, Roseanna Frechette and many others.
I read better than I normally do.  Five pieces.  I had most of them memorized as they were quite short.
There was a lot of laughter and drinking and a bit of food here and there.  Sleep was dicey.  Over all it was an outstanding trip and I missed the power outage here at home, so there’s that.

…Here are some things I like on a Thursday:
-“I look at each experience talking to someone as a whole new world.”
-“Fear can be useful.”
-“Sometimes curiosity is akin to excitement.  Sometimes it’s just having an investigative mind.”
-“Maybe curiosity killed the cat, but the lack of curiosity will kill us.” – Patti Smith
-“To love is to buy mockery at the expense of moaning.” Shakespeare
 -"Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them." David Hume
-"Memory is a fist to the eye." The David Tomas Martinez
-"Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress." Nicholas Murray Butler
-"I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning."  J.B. Priestley
-"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." Ralph Waldo Emerson
-"The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is best after all." Benjamin Spock
-"Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him." Romain Gary

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