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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cohen for ABC Wednesday

Leonard Cohen's voice and style have fascinated me for quite some time. I have favorites songs, of course, but one of his newest, Darkness, makes my heart and feet beat with feelings I thought I'd put to bed in earlier life.

NPR has the first listen of Cohen's new album Old Ideas which was released today. Don't walk, but run there if you like that whisky soaked, smoky low voice of this elder man whose life reads like a novel. Poetry makes sense there as if in an intimate piano bar with a few selected friends and a glass in which Merlot swirls in time to Cohen's gentle rhythm.

I'm going back for a second listen and then I'm scurrying to purchase the album.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Haiku for Magpie Tales #102

Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales offers this image for writers' prompt.

Red Spot II, 1921, Wassily Kandinsky

wisps of color bytes
morsels of a mandala
attract magpie eyes

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

B for ABC Wednesday

birthdays, balloons and pearls

a string of birthdays
one strand of pearls
markers starlight bright

sneaking up to early thrills
milestones by the digits
'til beyond the central high

production backtracks
still pressing forward
she keeps the clasp in sight

Are you still as excited about your 90th birthday as you were about your 9th? :)

Follow the ABC link and play along! 
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

For Magpie Tales #101

Tess Kincaid offers the following image for writers' prompt:

contemporary linking
fronts the muslin wrinkling
black and white alone, flesh
out the dulcet tawny tones
of an artful curve of thinking
the give and take of bending
while the sun sets on the west

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A for ABC Wednesday

ABC Wednesday Round 10

An artful artichoke and android

Several years ago, I made 'scratch pads' for special people. The covers carried a sketch or drawing of something particular to the recipient. One daughter was having a love affair with artichokes, so... I laugh when I remember my dear dad saying, "Can you imagine how hungry that person must have been to try artichokes for the first time?" He also said that about crab, lobster and other things which require more than simple fire and knives. :)

Art-ing has been off my radar for a while but has been re-energized with the purchase of a Kindle Fire and a nifty android app which increases my desire to doodle, draw and play with color while wrapped in warm fleece as winter tantrums outside seek entry into my old house. Doodling, Angry Birds and dedicated reading create an awesome world.

Avoiding artichokes. I cannot find the artichoke image. Do you have any idea where it might be? Arg. So, I'll show you part of a borrowed photo of a borrowed kid with his very own shirt.

 Do you doodle? Or, have you an idea about where my artichoke drawing might be?

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Magpie Tales #100

Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales offers the following image for writer prompt #100!


building Atlantis
in our own likeness
2012 dead ahead

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Z for ABC Wednesday


z starts the zill:  finger cymbals used in belly dancing

My mother and I stepped out of our comfort zone decades ago and took an extra curricular college course to learn belly dancing. I couldn't begin to tell you how much fun we had and how hard we laughed. I must admit, however, that we learned a lot. It looks far simpler than it is and while we took only one semester of belly dancing we ended up with full costumes including zills, pants and music! And, no, I have no idea which carton holds those special touchables.

Have you tried tapping zills?

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Monday, January 09, 2012

Haiku for Magpie Tales #99

Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales offers this image for writers' prompt!

pigeon haunts
statues or posters
the long fall

 image: Lee Friedlander

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Y for ABC Wednesday

Image courtesy of Amazon

If you live in the land of ice and snow, yaktrax are unbeatable. They slip onto your shoes to keep your shoes from slipping on ice and snow. 

There's a little incline at the end of my driveway just before the mailbox and it's kinda like a snow resort's bunny slope. Once I get started, there's just no stopping. These things have saved my story more than once, I'm sure.

How about you? Are you prone to slippage and slidage?

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Monday, January 02, 2012

Haiku for Magpie Tales

Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales offers the following image for prompt #98. 

over and under
unwrinkled and numinous
one hole in the wind

 River, Marina Moevs, 2005

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