Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Greatest Writer

(bust of The Bard on one of my bookshelves) Lines from “Shakespeare” by Matthew Arnold: We ask and ask–Thou smilest and art still./Out-topping knowledge.   All pains the immortal spirit must endure,/All weakness which impairs, all griefs which bow,/Find their sole … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Reference Bookshelf

Given the Internet, a hard copy set of an encyclopedia is no longer needed, but there are still several other helpful print books I may reach for when writing. Online definitions from various sources aside, the hardcover Gage Canadian Dictionary … Continue reading

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‘Instincts’, Intuitions

“Intuition…appears to be the extrasensory perception of reality.”–Dr. Alexis Carrel “Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.”–George Bernard Shaw “The conclusions of passion are the only reliable ones.”–Soren Kierkegaard “Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed … Continue reading

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Decisions, Choices

“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.”–George Eliot, Daniel Deronda “You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die, or when. But you can only decide how you’re going to live, now.”–Joan Baez “We must make the … Continue reading

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Change

“Change is the law of life.”–John F. Kennedy “Nothing is permanent but change.”–Heraclitus ………………………………. Whatever basic notions and understandings of self, life, and others begins with the fundamental, ongoing consciousness of change. This is the most basic backdrop to the … Continue reading

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Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth

A return to the mud of his Henry V movie. The opening war battle scene is played under unseen overhead sprinklers which drench the ‘dirt’ floor of the enclosed elongated rectangular playing area turning it to mire for the rest of the performance. … Continue reading

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Enthusiasm

“Man never rises to great truths without enthusiasm.”–Marquis de Vauvenargues, Reflections and Maxims “The difference between one man and another is not mere ability…it is energy.”–Thomas Arnold “I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the wisdom of indifference.”–Anatole France, The Crime … Continue reading

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Of Full-Moon Nights

“For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams Of the beautiful Annabel Lee”–Edgar Allan Poe, “Annabel Lee”

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Every day there are, of course, myriad possibilities

but, realistically, by and large, one can only imagine, create, and actualize those for oneself, for one’s ownlife. …………….. “ownlife”–a clever, rich word coined by Orwell in1984

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Fall Afternoon Doggerel

Shadows on grass, These, too, shall pass.

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