Monthly Archives: January 2009

I Missed My Birthday!

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Oh no!  I can’t believe it.  My blog’s first birthday was not sometime during the first week of February as I had thought.  It was this past week, specifically 26 January.  How awful am I? Well, looking back at that …

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The Things We Do For Love

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Ahh, motherhood.  Full of trials.  Full of tribulations. You know the rest.  But the good news for all you parents of young children out there is…the little buggers grow up.  And when they do you get to do lots of …

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A Bifurcated Post

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Bifurcated: now that’s a word I haven’t used recently :-0So today I have two things I want to discuss:I. New Year’s Goal Number 3In one of my New Year blogs I said I wanted to strive to have faith. What …

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Is it a Block or What?

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Maybe it’s the end of the long holiday season.  Maybe it’s the general air of doom and gloom (President Obama’s inauguration notwithstanding).  But there’s been a lot of talk lately, both virtual and non, about the problem of “writer’s block”: …

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Poetry and the Presidency

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Inauguration Day is the day in the United States when poetry and politics combine.  The tradition of poets speaking their words at Inaugurations is long and telling. The choice of poet tells us a bit about the new President’s outlook, …

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In Praise of Grandmothers and the Extended Obama Family

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In just a few days, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the next President of the United States.  Well, you didn’t need me to tell you that.  And you also don’t need me to tell you about the high …

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Learning from Trollope

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Ah, the joys of air travel.  It was a wonderful weekend in New York, a real reunion, full of family members I haven’t seen in months and even some I haven’t seen in years. I’m so glad I went, and …

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Adding to the "TBR"

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Every Christmas, we give each other books.  Lots of books.  It’s actually become the best part of the gift giving, to see who came up with what, to see if any of us have given each other the same book …

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A Meme about Me, and an Award

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Lookie, lookie: my new award, and given to me by my friend, the writer DJ Kirkby of Chez Aspie fame. It comes with a challenge, though, so unless you’re interested in reading  10 honest things about me, look away now…. …

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A Call to Arms (Of Sorts)

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There was a great item in yesterday’s Guardian:        “Wales has clambered aboard the Obama bandwagon with the disclosure that one of the US president-elect’s schoolteachers was Welsh. Bill Messer, who left to live in Hawaii 40 years …

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