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igayle
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10snut...it's not fair to make me teary eyed before breakfast

That was beautiful and very heartfelt.

They say if you cry before breakfast you'll laugh before dinner...........

WAITING




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1/17/2011 8:27:56 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

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1/17/2011 8:46:44 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

10snut
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Quote from igayle:
10snut...it's not fair to make me teary eyed before breakfast

That was beautiful and very heartfelt.

They say if you cry before breakfast you'll laugh before dinner...........

WAITING


Sorry Gayle - didn't mean to make you teary eyed. I even read that at my Mama's funeral....Hardest thing I have ever done but I got it done even through the tears.

Now start laughing.

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lkavour92
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I have always felt that stories and maybe even poetry comes from "out there" somewhere and spings up in your head ...demanding to be let loose..At least that is the way it is with me. I cannot "Labor" over it, when it comes I can just write it down...Most of the time except for spellcheck, no editing either, it just comes out like it wants...Interesting...

1/17/2011 9:09:27 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

10snut
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Leslie - that is the way that poem was written.........I never changed a word of it after writing it. But I still think it was my mama writing it. I have never written another one since then.

1/17/2011 9:41:27 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

igayle
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Places I like to read;

Curled in a big chair

Bed...Not something scary!

Tree sitting...sometimes I play Sheena of the jungle though

While I eat..cereal boxes will do

Sitting on bookshelve at library..opened the book and couldn't stop

On a nice day in the yard

On a hotday in the shade

Cold day by the fire

Walking even though I arrive at my destination with wet shoes and skinned knees

Oh Geeze.........Anywhere

1/17/2011 1:43:29 PMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

altje
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When I was a kid, sitting under the magazine, comic book rack at the local grocery store - wasn't a very good customer though I read all the comics, ect., just never bought them!

1/17/2011 1:51:12 PMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 
moon_is_back
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I Am!
by John Clare


I am! yet what I am none cares or knows,
My friends forsake me like a memory lost;
I am the self-consumer of my woes,
They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
Like shades in love and death's oblivion lost;
And yet I am! and live with shadows tost

Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life nor joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life's esteems;
And e'en the dearest—that I loved the best—
Are strange—nay, rather stranger than the rest.

I long for scenes where man has never trod;
A place where woman never smil'd or wept;
There to abide with my creator, God,
And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept:
Untroubling and untroubled where I lie;
The grass below—above the vaulted sky.

1/17/2011 2:14:27 PMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

igayle
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Quote from altje:
When I was a kid, sitting under the magazine, comic book rack at the local grocery store - wasn't a very good customer though I read all the comics, ect., just never bought them!


Oh My Gosh, you too?

My Dad gave me 50 cents allowance...I used it to go to the afternoon matinee and buy popcorn, have a soda at the Sweet Shoppe, and buy a comic after I had sat there for an hour reading all them. The one I bought I read on the way to my grandmother's house.

We lived about 10 miles from town and went every Saturday and on the way home stopped by the library and loaded up with books. Both my parents were readers too.

50 CENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ah....Sweet Memories

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sassy_lassy
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softly cushion in this chair, my book lay opened
I close my eyes and lay back dreamily
then from the shadows you came
slowly manifesting yourself into my dreams
becoming a part of my life

1/17/2011 3:54:15 PMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

altje
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Gayle, I also knew where all of my relatives kept their magazines and books and when we visited, that is where I would head to spend my time during the visit! My oldest son had a similar trait, except his was a little different - from the time he could just barely walk, he knew exactly where all the relatives and friends kept their cookies!!

My love of reading starting when my grandmother would take me to the library and we would bring stacks of books home! I suppose I was around three years old or so!



[Edited 1/17/2011 3:56:07 PM ]

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sassy_lassy
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since memoories are never forgotten
we will always be together
because we have touched each other
in this much time and space
we are forever caught
a part of each others lives...

-Judy Oglesbee Ford..-2011



[Edited 1/17/2011 4:25:25 PM ]

1/17/2011 4:35:20 PMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

lkavour92
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@ IGayle, I remember getting my allowance, climbing on my Schwinn and riding miles to Seaford LI, from my house to the nearest 5 and 10 store. There they had books, Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, I had them all in my collection, they were a quarter each...money left for some paper dolls and a lime rickey at the soda fountain...all out of my dollar...Fabulous Nowadays, when I am at a Flea Market or estate sale sometimes I see those very books and smile..alot of wonderful afternoons to remember...lost in other worlds and fantasy...

1/17/2011 4:48:44 PMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

10snut
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Anybody remember the Book Mobiles - they came in our neighborhood and mama and I always got books...........My mama was an avid reader too so I became one at a very young age. Wow - bookmobiles take me back

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nenebubbles
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What an enjoyable read ... all the posts

10s ... Your Fields of Daisies was really memorable and I love the phrase "for all those who hold her memory dear" ... because we do hold our memories of family dear ... but the "hold dear" term is language of our parents. Bless you for having the ability to read it at her service.

It is like lkavour said ... the writing flows ... I sometimes feel I am a channel. I had to write at work whether it was flowing or not and it was painful when it was not.

lkavour ... I am always checking garage sales and flea markets and yard sales for old books for my grandchildren. I was thrilled when I found Nobody's Girl by Hector Malot ... now that is an old book .. almost D*ckensian.

iGayle ... I remember when my book shelf looked like that ...had to sell and give away my books when I moved here. It was hard to pick the keepers. Walking and reading and skinned knees .. I learned every crack in the sidewalk between home and school the hard way.

Altje ... the floor and bottom shelves of the book rack at the corner Drug Store were hard but that didn't stop me from sitting there and reading while Dad or Mom got a prescription filled and chatted with the pharmacist or people they ran into there. Loved visiting some of the family that had screened in porches with rockers and a basket of magazines.

Ms Moon ... John was rather depressed and that was rather dark ... Are you looking inward?

Sassy ... I have to add creative to my list of traits for my funny friend. Loved "from the shadows you came slowly manifesting yourself into my dreams" and "we are forever caught".

Oh, I didn't see Book Mobiles until we moved to Evanston in the 70s.

I had a lunch of hot soup and sandwich at Jason's Deli ... sat by the window and read some more of my "The Girl Who Kicked Hornet's Nests" ... great place to sit ... also looked up to see the beginning of another snowfall.

I am so glad you all are sharing your reading and reading habits and places ...

1/17/2011 8:13:24 PMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

sassy_lassy
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OH, vicki, the memories you brought back posting the comment about bookmobiles.. I had forgotten that bit of happiness..loved it when it came to my area, since we lived outside of town so I did not get to the library unless I went into town with the folks or used the school library where we could checkout books and I sure made use of it..found this , has anyone read it.. i have not but it sure seems like it would be a good read..



1/17/2011 8:15:35 PMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

sassy_lassy
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oh, what joy, I found this photo and it brought a smile to my face.. women read a lot back then and to think they had a bookmobile..



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nenebubbles
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OHHHH ... that is a great picture, Sassy!

1/18/2011 5:48:42 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

10snut
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The first time I remember the book mobile was in Shreveport, LA and I was about 8 or 9 years old - and mama and I would be up early getting all our books together to return and await the arrival of the book mobile. I remember sitting by the window or going outside and sitting on the porch stoop just waiting for it to come down the road.

I would have loved to have worked in a library but the problem with that would be that I would probably get very frustrated if a customer would come up while I was in a good part of the book I would be reading. Guess they would just have to wait

1/18/2011 6:02:04 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 
sharsea
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A great book is like a best friend and hard to part with once read.

Sassy, I was lucky enough to be President of our Library Club in high school for two years. I had the pleasure of helping select books from the Book Mobile for our school library. I would take home three or four and stayed in trouble with Mother for reading too late on a school night.

Nene, thought we could enjoy some song birds here....but don't flip these either.



1/18/2011 7:09:06 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

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1/18/2011 9:29:03 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

igayle
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Anybody a fan of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" ???

I loved that book for Francie reminded me of me just as Mary in "The Secret Garden" did.

Mary and I both had sour, disagreeable dispositions............I supose I still do...

I was an only child and from the ages of 6 to 10 lived on a farm far out in the country. I think it made me into somewhat of a loner for I still enjoy my own company over the company of others. But no woman is an island and sometimes I get bored.

And She blathers on and on....................

1/18/2011 9:46:59 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 
nenebubbles
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Let's hear it for BookMobiles!!! Oh, that feeling of anticipation!


Gayle, You are not I forgot about "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" That was definitely a book that made a big impression on me. Still remember the confusion about the rough talk ... well, that is probably a phone conversation ... not here ..


Sharsea Your flipping birds are cuter than mine.

1/18/2011 9:47:53 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

altje
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'A Tree Grows In Brooklyn' is a great book. When I was in elementary school I enjoyed reading the Burton Holmes travel books - the "Occident" and the "Orient". I could travel all over the world and never leave home! So exciting! I also have a book somewhere in my house about Egypt and the discovery of King Tut's tomb with lots of pictures - it was published shortly after the tomb was discovered and also had info about the pyramids. I think it was this book that sparked my interest in archeology which continues to this day! (finding a specific book in my house is a story for another day!)

1/18/2011 10:07:12 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

10snut
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Well this post isn't about reading but it is about a movie I just watched on NetFlix and since Jeanette said this thread could be about what is going on in our lives....

This was a great movie with a great cast of characters.

Return To Me

Great soundtrack (Leslie, you would love this - Great Italian family story)

Very touching movie - I laughed and cried and laughed some more and cried some more.





[Edited 1/18/2011 10:07:41 AM ]

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nenebubbles
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I will put that on my list of movies .. check the library ...


My "Word of the Day" provided me the following excerpt from a new novel that I will be looking for at the library ...

"Nighttime, not the late hours but the gloaming, when the sun was setting and
dinner must be prepared and the long evening stretched out before her -- that's
when the loneliness settled in like the ache in her hip on a rainy day, when the
regrets, the bad memories, sometimes came to call." -- From Lisa Unger's 2010
novel Fragile

1/18/2011 11:22:04 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

lkavour92
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My Aunt, (whom I am named after , Adella) was a grat reader and a wonderful caretaker for me. She never married and seemed to enjoy my company when I was a child. A truly "Sainted" woman! We would go to Jones Beach on Long Island in the dead of winter and park near the ocean, reading. There was one snack bar open and she would treat me to hot chocolate to keep me warm in her '49 plymouth. In an effort to wean me from kid's reading she gave me "Kristen Lavranstatter" and "The Burnished Blade" which set me on the road to loving historical novels...

1/18/2011 11:50:56 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

igayle
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Gloaming..........don't you love that word??? reminds me of that old song "In the Gloming Oh my Darling, When the Lights are Dim and Low...............". The passage quoted is a grabber, now I want to read it too.

@ Altje..Always been an archeology buff bet we've read a lot of the same books.

She's blathering again..........

1/18/2011 8:31:30 PMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 
nenebubbles
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Jeanette, I loved the King Tut Exhibition at the Art Institute and I was fascinated by the pyramids and the stories of their burial rituals ... at one time I knew the lineage of Pharoahs and loved hearing the roles of women in ruling classes. You have also mentioned some books that I have not heard about before. Jeanette (yes, I still think it is fun too.)

Gayle, Keep talking woman because you have a lot of interesting things to say.

I thinking about giving some of my cook books away. I have never been a great cook and certainly won't be cooking much for one. They just take up space in the kitchen and when I cook for company I really on my tried and true recipes.

1/19/2011 12:36:23 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

connier
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my neighbor has so many books, well maybe not as many as me [close to 300 in here] but she has been cleaning out bunches. she gives them to us, we read what we are interested in and pass some to another neighbor, and with some we take a bag to the library. this happens about every other month. gotta keep them circulating..

1/19/2011 12:59:12 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 
dreamweaver0033
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I love Jamas lee Burke too. Love to snuggle under the covers and see what Dave and Clitus are up to and who they are outwitting now. Takes me right down to the byue. When I was in San Diego, they had a Starbucks that had an upstairs. I would set in the window seat listen to the 3 piece band that played for tips, and read. Like Jane Whitefield too. Amoung many they are my favoretts. I have a new lamp that is the perfect southern bell lamp to read by. A china 1900 boot with a brass dodad on the toe. roses and twists of pearels coming out of the top. With damish 3 tear drops shade with fringe and toil over the shade pulled togeather in roses. I love it, got it for Christmas.
Don't you love how Dave knows Cleatus is over the edge and viceavera. But nieghter has a clue to their own outragiouse behavior? Loved the one when Clitus BORROWED the tow truck to pull the perverts trailor across the bridge and got it stuck. lol
I sometimes snuggle on the loveseat and read too.
I had a gazebo once, would take coffeee or tea out there and set under Granny's roses, and watch the sun come up. Early morning with silance and my x god rest him setting there with me. Smiling at eachother now and then. Life was good back then. And who knows God willing it might be again. Thonk I will sign off get under my quilt and do some reading. Happy days everyone. You know sometimes people can make you realize that being by yourself is not all that bad. Pitty that! But it is part of life. As Scarlett say's I will worry about that tomorrow. Or was it something like that

1/19/2011 1:02:16 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 
dreamweaver0033
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und this bubble poem.. thought it appropriate to post here..


The Bubble Theory
Whatare the chances, one in a billion,
That I would meet someone like you?
Until you were here, I never had heard
The “Bubble Theory” you do.

But now it all fits, this theory of Greece,
About split bubbles who seek
To become one again, to be come whole.
It’s words of wisdom you speak.

When the chemical makeup is matching enough,
When the bubbles touch, they are one.
They can burst out and pop, if touched wrong at all,
But together, the new one is strong.

I floated around ready to pop,
Thinking there was no such match.
I’d been damaged and hurt by gravitating
Towards bubbles that would only clash

I lost my belief in two being one,
In strength and not destruction.
And then comes a one that forces itself
Right in my direction...

I was very scared, having remembered
The scars that nearly popped me.
But next thing I knew, our juices were mixed,
And healing started quickly.

My bubbly skin being fortified
And strengthened by your touch.
A compatibility never known,
At first, seemed way too much.

If this is what just a touch is,
Perhaps the stories are true;
That of we joined together, then
We’d both be stronger too.

A larger bubble, with our mixed strengths,
Helping each other build.
I am do glad I met you now;
With you, my joy is filled. Thanks Sassy

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igayle
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'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wade;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

My children used to run around shouting the first verse, it's fun to say aloud.

Oatmeal was stired to "Boil, boil, toil and trouble.Caldron boil, boil and bubble"
They loved the list of ingrediants which follows.



[Edited 1/19/2011 7:18:42 AM ]

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nenebubbles
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Ohhhh ... wonderful verses that definitely are more delightful spoken aloud.

I often think that bandersnatch has some interesting possibilities when looking to shock.

Thanks for joining us, dreamweaver. A fan of James Lee is always welcome. It is wonderful when we find someone who enjoys reading too and you can find nooks and crannies together.

Went browsing for new stories for my Kindle last night ... got lost in the possibilities.




[Edited 1/19/2011 9:33:11 AM ]

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aginghippy2008
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My favorite poet:



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altje
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Poetry is not my thing, but I do love Maya Angelo's writings, including her poetry!

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altje
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Dreamweaver - loved your description of your early mornings in your gazebo - sounds heavenly!

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igayle
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Today would be the perfect day to curl up in bed with a new, excieting book and read and watch the snowfall through my bedroom window.

I haven't got a new book..

Perhaps I'll go scrounging for an old friend. I'd hate to waste this perfect reading weather.

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altje
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igayle - that's one reason I love my Kindle - if I have read everything in the house I can just go online and download something new!!! It's also one of the drawbacks to having one unless you have extraordinary will power and in that area (books) I have very little! Not the best thing for my budget!

1/20/2011 9:26:32 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 

igayle
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Quote from altje:
igayle - that's one reason I love my Kindle - if I have read everything in the house I can just go online and download something new!!! It's also one of the drawbacks to having one unless you have extraordinary will power and in that area (books) I have very little! Not the best thing for my budget!


Never been sure about getting a Kindle for I love the look and feal of a book in my hand.

But that instant read does sound appealing especially on a snowbound day like this.

1/20/2011 10:39:07 AMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 
nenebubbles
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Thanks for the perfect Maya quote, Miss Hippy.

Jeanette, I have a Kindle also and love it, Jeanette ( still get a kick out of that.)

Gayle, I love the feel and smell of books also but I am so fond of my Kindle because it fits in my purse so easily ... and I am never without reading material ... even if I finish the book in the high school parking lot waiting for my grandson ... zip and 3 minutes later, I have a new book. Agree with altje ... have to be mature and show will power or my budget is out the window . I still check out books from the library.

1/20/2011 8:52:07 PMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 
cnile1
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Love and Spirit


They say it doesn’t matter where the spirit lies,
When the body goes cold.
I wonder if they can say that about love,
When it goes untold.

Can man live alone, endlessly in time,
Or will he simply crumble,
In search of a perfect companion in endless space,
Trying to be his best and humble.

Time is merely a cadence to measure space
Vast and endless hearts,
A benchmark in the making before it’s gone,
Ending before it starts.

Missing the softness in her fingertip touch,
The tone in her voice,
Not all the things that come are ours to keep,
Sometimes not even our choice.

She will speak with her eyes and sometimes her lips,
Sending understanding and love,
Speaking her mind and never telling what she knows,
It’s the hope sent on the wings of a dove.

So the story is short and long at times,
In the fable of life’s game,
Asking questions and searching for answers,
It’s always similar but never the same.

I seek beauty and grace not the unusual so far,
But the rarest of all,
Not so different from others I have seen,
Not so short or very tall.

One-lady remarks, “Pistols and Petticoats,”
That sounds about right to thee,
I always did like to mix Gunpowder,
With Perfume, it just smells right to me.

So here I sit, another day off and money to spend,
Not a woman to hold this starry night,
That just seems odd, peculiar, insane,
And not quite right.

I suppose I could call someone I know,
Send some chocolates and flowers,
Though I wonder would she take it the wrong way,
Or I could just sit here for a couple more hours.

Now the scent of a woman is what I desire,
Fresh fragrance and soft skin,
Cuddled close and tight, whispers so low,
Damn this dreaming and writing is getting mighty thin.

So I will close this short story,
No rhyme or reason,
Waiting for another time,
And another season!

Kid Sopris, © July 2004

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summer200
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that is beautiful cnile

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nenebubbles
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Thank you, Cnile! When someone creates there is an energy that wraps itself around the creation and gets shared with all who enjoy.

Went to see my grandson in his High School Jazz Concert. Oh my, those kids are talented. Still hear some great sax wailing in my head.

They played Time after Time and I almost cried from the beautiful sound and the memories that came swirling around.

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nenebubbles
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Learned from Camper Paul how to post haunting Miles Davis' Time After Time.



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poorjohnny
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is that you gayle never mind too early in the morning

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igayle
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Johnny, I'm SEXY what ever I do...........just can't help it...

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nenebubbles
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Since Gayle's sexiness is well-known, I will segueway into a less well-known topic ...

The Tao that can be known is not Tao.
The substance of the World is only a name for Tao.
Tao is all that exists and may exist;


The World is only a map of what exists and may exist.
One experiences without Self to sense the World,
And experiences with Self to understand the World.
The two experiences are the same within Tao;
They are distinct only within the World.
Neither experience conveys Tao
Which is infinitely greater and more subtle than the World.


No, I have not joined a cult but I have been exposed to different religions through my diverse friends and this expressed, in different words, my experience with my own Episcopalian religion ... and probably everyone's experience when they integrate their spiritual lives with the real world.

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igayle
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She's "Not Heavy, She's My Sister"

Now I am Toa comptemplating and on an empty stomach Toa.




Very thought provoking, Nene. REALLY

You know I'm wierd..forgive me...still got the morning giggles.

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sassy_lassy
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<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< TOAIST.. me... spiritual...



just been snuggled up with my books...




[Edited 1/24/2011 9:55:23 AM ]

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sunny_
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Good morning, Nene and friends.

Nene, you are dishing out some very profound ideas.

It makes one reflect on the inner self and bring that experience to the outer world.

Very nice

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nenebubbles
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Thank you, Sunny, I am checking my reflection and then looking inside to see if there is the needed depth or if it is just a murky swamp.

And Gayle and Sassy, you reminded me that toast also feeds one. (See I can be silly too.)

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sunny_
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Nene, when you look inside I'm sure you will see needed strength.

My friend, there is nothing within you that will look like a murky swamp.

The strength of a woman reaches beyond the reasoning of man.



[Edited 1/24/2011 3:22:38 PM ]

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igayle
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The Taoist Yin Yang symbol:






When I was still in my 20s, with young children, I got very interested in Religions
for I felt troubled in my belives. For about a year or so I read everything I could find and took copious notes.

I solved nothing, my mind is still a jumble. But I did find I had a deep faith that the universe held something more, a part of my soul.

All Religions are profound, Taoism particulary so.

edited to correct sole to soul.........Duh



[Edited 1/24/2011 3:51:19 PM ]

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sassy_lassy
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The ultimate reality in Taoism is the Tao, or Way. Broadly defined, the Tao is the mysterious natural order of the universe.

The name that can be named
Is not the constant Name.

The nameless was at the beginning of heaven and earth;
The named was the mother of myriad creatures.
Hence always rid yourself of desires in order to observe its secrets;
But always allow yourself to have desires in order to observe its manifestations.

These two are the same
But diverge in name as they issue forth.
Being the same they are called mysteries,
Mystery upon mystery -
The gateway of the manifold secrets
-Tao-Te Ching

The Tao has no characteristics, yet it is not nothingness. In fact, it is better understood as "everythingness," as it contains within itself all potential characteristics. It encompasses both Being (yu) and Non-Being (wu). "In its mode of being Unseen, we will see its mysteries; in the mode of the Seen, we will see its boundaries."

The Tao encompasses all opposite and complementary forces, which are collectively referred to as yin and yang. As represented in the familiar Great Polarity symbol, yin and yang are interdependent and contain within themselves the seed of the other. Yin is associated with darkness, femininity, passivity and water, while yang is light, masculinity, activity and air. Yin and yang are always in perfect balance within the Tao. The goal of the Taoist, therefore, is to keep these opposites in balance within his or her own life.

The Tao is further characterized by tzu-jan, which is difficult to translate directly but is usually rendered "spontaneity" or "self-so." The self-so is unconditioned and uninfluenced; it is nothing other than itself.

This, in turn, is the ideal of the sage-ruler in the Tao Te Ching. He does not strive, he does not intervene, but acts in such a way that "everyone throughout the country says, 'It happened of its own accord' (tzu-jan)."

(probably more than most wants to know about Taoism)...to me it is spiritual...



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sassy_lassy
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found a great place to just sit and comtemplate my Spiritualistic activities.....

1/24/2011 5:37:08 PMNooks and Crannies, Alcoves, and Gazebos for Reading | Page 2 
cnile1
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Quote from sunny_:


The strength of a woman reaches beyond the reasoning of man.


And yet it's the Deeply Rooted Reasoning of Man that gives Woman her Unbridled Strength.

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nenebubbles
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Excellent points are made above ... a dialogue of our philosophy and spirituality leads to ................ (what? what word am I looking for?)

Love your Gazebo, Sassy ... great place to ponder.


Viktor E. Frankl
Wisdom is knowledge plus: knowledge -- and the knowledge of is own limits.


Some years ago on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Seattle, a young priest stopped to talk to a parishioner and her five-year-old daughter, Carmine. The little girl had a new jump rope, and the priest began to demonstrate the intricacies of jumping rope to her.

After a while Carmine began to jump, first once, then twice. Mother and priest clapped loudly for her skill. Eventually, the little girl was able to jump qute well on her own and wandered off with her new-found skill. Priest and mother chatted a few moments until Carmine, with the saddest, wisest eyes imaginable, returned dragging her rope. "Mommy," she lamented, "I can do it, but I need lots of clapping."


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cnile1
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Reflections


To tell you the truth I miss the sweet smell of a lady, the softness of her skin and the
gentleness of her hand. The ever presence of fragrance she leaves behind when she’s been
in a room. The sincerity of her concern and the attention to things that to others, don’t seem important, but only to her.

I miss the softness of her voice and caressing she provides. I miss the way she always
finds my hand in the dark. The way she always lays her head on my shoulder in just
the right spot. How she cuddles, and how she cries when I give her flowers. How
warm her heart can be, but how cold her feet are in bed at night. I miss the way she
always wears my favorite shirt around the house. The smell of dinner when I come
through the door, or the smell of breakfast when she lets me sleep in on that one day off.

Or, the way she gently covers me with a blanket when I fall asleep on the couch
while watching the game of the year. The way my t-shirt always smells fresh and
clean, but a hint of her remains. How she fuses over me before you go to work, or
before I take her out. How she always makes sure I will remember the last kiss,
as it was the first, and always want another.

The sound of her voice, when she sings while doing chores around the house. And how
happy she was that I cleaned her car or hung a picture. How she always showed
an interest in my hobby while not hearing a word I said. How she runs her fingers
through my hair.

I miss the special way she says "I Love You", like she never whispered the words before.
And how she waits to hear those words from me. To hold me when she senses I am
scared, and reassures me in my plight to be better. How she provides when I can’t
or helps when help is needed most. And to listen when no voice is heard, and to speak
with her eyes without moving her lips.

Despite the fact that men feel you can’t live with them or without them, life is not
measured in the singular but by the combined total of the sum of two. I am a romantic,
and proud to say I remember these things in a woman. Those things that I miss so
dearly, and desire again.

And if that wasn’t enough, there is the little pitter patter of feet rushing to the door
each night to steal the first hug and kiss before she can reach the door. The sibling
rivalry over who gets the window seat. How fresh and clean they smell after their bath.

The stickiness after peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and want of the kiss and hug
goodbye. The tears in their eyes when they have fallen, and how 'she' kissed and made it
better. Even their screams and fighting over possession of toys, and the light in their
eyes at Christmas brings joy. The cookies and hot chocolate set aside for Santa Claus.
I am afraid that those things and the lore have escaped me once more.

And to live once more without these reflections of treasures, surely means to die a pauper
amongst the poor. I fear not what lies ahead, but what I will lose to get there, and for what I have already lost to be here.
So reflect and hold on to her wherever you may be, for once she has departed and set you free,
you shall
reflect, the same as me.

Kid Sopris © 2001 (the other Alias)