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Thoughts on Poetry, Books, and Life

Poetry Friday: Thoughts on the Mississippi Book Festival

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It’s time to celebrate Poetry Friday! Heidi is hosting at My Juicy Little Universe. Today at Keri Recommends, I recommend connecting with poets and lovers of poetry. This past Saturday, I attended the 2nd Annual Mississippi Book Festival at the Capitol in Jackson. Billed as a literary lawn party, the festival organizers brought a wide […]

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


Each year for my job, I set a goal to read one book per quarter on a particular topic. This year’s topic is creativity, and so far I’ve read Big Magic & A Curious Mind. This quarter I read Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, copyright 1997. Here is a […]

Poetry Friday & Poem Swap Treasures from Mary Lee

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It’s Poetry Friday! Dori welcomes us with deep breaths and deep thoughts at Dori Reads. This week I am sharing another OLW-inspired poem, this time from Mary Lee Hahn. Isn’t it marvelous? Isn’t SHE marvelous? The photo matches perfectly, and I love seeing scenery so different from our Deep South landscape. Thanks to Mary Lee […]

Be Wise Small: A Lifetime of Distilled Wisdom by Dee Bowman, 2016

I work on a university campus, and students are trickling into town. In our circle of friends across the country, some teachers have started back, while others are still enjoying summer vacation. I’m having fun seeing all of the “first day of school” photos on Facebook. My younger nephew had freshman orientation yesterday — my […]

Poetry Friday & a Summer Swap Treasure

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  Thank you, Jone, for this wonderful poem! Jone tells me it is a shadorma, which follows this syllabic pattern*: 3 5 3 3 7 5 *except, she confessed, dandelion has 4 syllables. “Oops!” she said. To which I replied, “Not in the South. Folks ’round here call ’em “danduh-lines!” Problem solved. My friend Margaret […]

Mirror Monday Quote by Sir Francis Bacon

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“The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.” ~ Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) in Novum Organum, aphorism 41 You can read more about Bacon’s theories about human understanding and what hinders it here. Bacon was a proponent […]