Monthly Archives: November 2014

Hibiscus Christmas: A Child’s Christmas in Florida

(c) Copyright 2014, Margaret Langstaff, All rights reserved [I don’t know if this is kosher or cool to re-post an oldie like this, but it still speaks volumes to me and suggests pretty clearly what a weirdly different place Florida … Continue reading

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“Thanks!” Let’s Mean It When We Say It!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, GUYS! A wee bit of social criticism on our Thanksgiving customs from a renowned poet– “Thanks” W. S. Merwin, 1927 Listen with the night falling we are saying thank you we are stopping on the bridges to bow … Continue reading

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THE MASKS OF GOD by Joseph Campbell – a Never-ending Story

I don’t usually post reviews here, but Joseph Campbell and his luminous learning and erudition continue to stun me even after my years as a graduate student–and that’s a long time ago.  He inspired my master’s thesis, “Emily Dickinson and … Continue reading

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The following is an excerpt from a much loved Christmas story from my huge anthology of American Christmas classics HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: BEST LOVED STORIES OF ALL TIME now on sale as a Black Friday Special for 99 cents! Christmas … Continue reading

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“Hunting the Deceitful Turkey” by Mark Twain – An American Classic

First published in Harper’s Magazine in 1906 and then anthologized in THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER AND OTHER STORIES, this short remiscence of the young Twain pursuing a clever and cunning turkey hen over hill and dale with his paltry single shot … Continue reading

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T.S. Eliot Reads “The Journey of the Magi” – Ancient Intonations

T.S. Eliot

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Catch the Spirit, Refresh Your Soul!

” 5.0 out of 5 stars An Anthology Full of Christmas Inspiration November 14, 2014 By G Jackson Format:Kindle Edition In this day and age it is far too easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas. Some would even … Continue reading

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“The way hope builds his house” — Emily Dickinson (Manuscript)

Originally posted on Biblioklept:
Poet Emily Dickinson E.D. had difficult handwriting and wrote on anything handy. She did not leave polished manuscripts of her poems for publication in most cases.  This was eventually published as poem #1481 and dated c. 1879   “The way Hope … Continue reading

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Dangerous Times

This is off-topic but has become THE topic for me recently as a result of some heartbreaking events I have observed and tried to ameliorate. So excuse the soapbox schtick and oratory but attend.  This is important. More important than … Continue reading

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Mystery Book Tour Day 10 #MysteryNovember Marlin, Darlin’ by Margaret Langstaff

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:
Today’s guest on the Mystery November Book Tour is Margaret Langstaff with her book Marlin, Darlin’ Where is your home town? You ask about my current home town. Well, I have lived on a lovely…

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What’s Your Genre, Bubba? “A Better Way to Think About the Genre Debate” from the New Yorker

  Everybody (readers, writers, Amazon) thinks they know what genres are, but do they really–today? [EXCERPT from this fascinating article] It’s hard to talk in a clear-headed way about genre. Almost everyone can agree that, over the past few years, … Continue reading

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FREE help For #Authors

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It’s come to my attention that some of you lovely authors out there need a little help with reaching your audience. Now I’m no professional in the matter, just a mad blogger who loves books,…

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This is Poetry – and one of my favs – a lagniappe for tonight!

In a Dark Time By Theodore Roethke In a dark time, the eye begins to see, I meet my shadow in the deepening shade; I hear my echo in the echoing wood— A lord of nature weeping to a tree. … Continue reading

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