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Celebrating Poetry | Seamus Heaney

Digging by Seamus Heaney (1939 – 2013) Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; snug as a gun. Under my window, a clean rasping sound When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: My father, digging. I look down Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds Bends low, comes up twenty years away…

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Celebrating Poetry | Wallace Stevens

Of Mere Being by Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955) The palm at the end of the mind, Beyond the last thought, rises In the bronze decor, A gold-feathered bird Sings in the palm, without human meaning, Without human feeling, a foreign song. You know then that it is not the reason That makes us happy…

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Celebrating Music | Katy Perry

Yay! It’s time, once again, to kick off the new week. <3 For this week’s #MusicMonday I have decided to take a break from highlighting older artists, instead, focusing on a more contemporary singer. My ever effervescent and energetic four-year-old granddaughter, Calliope, loves to watch music videos. This week I wanted to share with all…

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Celebrating Henry David Thoreau

“Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” —Henry David Thoreau, from Walden  Today marks…

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Celebrating Poetry | Theodore Roethke

In a Dark Time by Theodore Roethke (1908 – 1963) 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. I live between the heron and the wren, Beasts of the hill…

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Celebrating Music Monday | Jefferson Airplane

I have no special reason for today’s #MusicMonday featured song, other than it is simply a great song. I hadn’t heard this song for years, and then all of a sudden it’s been showing up in my music streaming shuffle recently. I took it as a sign that I should share it with all of you.…

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Celebrating Poetry | Emerson and Whitman Celebrate America

Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) Sung at the completion of the Concord Battle Monument, April 19, 1837 By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world, The foe long since in silence slept, Alike…

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Quote Challenge—Day 3

“Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what’s said and what’s done.” — Seamus Heaney (1939 – 2013) from Beowulf: A Verse Translation Once again, I would like to thank Tom Schultz at Spirit in Politics for extending an invitation to take part in this 3-day Quote Challenge. Here,…