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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

By Drebbel -, Public Domain,

“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 […]

Mirror Monday Quote by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Photo by Eunique Jones Gibson

“I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself. “ ~ Terence [Publius Terentius Afer] in Adelphoe (The Brothers), 1.415 In the Lewis family, we joke about a genetic predilection for learning the hard way. While personal experience and natural consequences […]

Mirror Monday Quote by Lawrence Durrell

By Leonardo da Vinci - Bortolon, The Life and Times of Leonardo, Paul Hamlyn, Public Domain,

“Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.” ~ Lawrence Durrell “Necessity is the mother of invention,” is the old saying. Perhaps that is true of mechanical inventions, and I’m very grateful for air conditioners, dishwasher, and washing machines. What would it be like to have the mind of a visionary inventor, such as Leonardo da Vinci […]

Poetry Friday & Summer Poem Swap 2016 Poem #1


It’s Poetry Friday! The round-up will be hosted by my friend Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference! It’s also time for the Summer Poem Swap! My PF friend Donna Smith from Mainely Write intuited that in my secret life I’m a “bag lady” — I have tote bags and reusable grocery bags galore! But this […]