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Thoughts on Poetry, Books, and Life

The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, copyright 1998


When I got down to the last two books in my FOLP series, I couldn’t choose between them, so I started both. I finished Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation one day last week during my lunch break. This bestselling book about ordinary people who grew up during The Great Depression and came of age during […]

Poetry Friday and haiku practice

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Amy is inviting everyone to the farm to celebrate Poetry Friday this week! As I’ve written before, I’m reading Jane Reichhold’s fabulous book, Writing and Enjoying Haiku. Typically I read for a bit during my lunch break one day a week and write some “desk haiku” for practice. (Note to self: write down which technique […]

FOLP #7: The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman, copyright 2007


In a city torn apart by war and German occupation, a nearly destroyed zoo became a “Noah’s ark” to a steady stream of Jews and others attempting to escape the Nazi’s determination to cleanse the human race. Jan and Antonina Zabinski, the zookeeper and his wife, dedicated years of their lives to secretly serving in […]

FOLP #6: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, copyright 2006


Don’t you love falling into a well-crafted story, losing track of time and place, of everything but the book in your hands? For the past couple days I’ve been deep inside the world created by Diane Setterfield in The Thirteenth Tale. It is not the type of book I typically read — it’s a gothic […]