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Haikai Challenge #151: first (autumn) storm (hatsu arashi) / Darkness (Yami)

https://youtu.be/460NixHdIP8   First Autumn Storm Dense saunal mist begs dark clouds' rumbled promises – buckets poured gain trust. Grass greens as we hear its thrum, Inhaling cool autumn breeze.     Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says: Write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga,… Continue reading Haikai Challenge #151: first (autumn) storm (hatsu arashi) / Darkness (Yami)

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FFFC 78 — a rare find

Andy and Lance had gone over this field dozens of times over the years. Now both in their 70's their steps were a little shorter and the wave of the detector a little slower. That sunny Saturday morning Andy's machine had a conniption fit. What on earth could it be. He spaded up the area… Continue reading FFFC 78 — a rare find

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dVerse — quadrille — Gethsemane’s Check

Labyrinth in Grand Rapids, MI.  Photo taken August 5, 2020.   Gethsemane's Check A large carved brick disc is plopped in the center of a near-urban churches' garden. Chartre-styled snakes undulate with purple petunias at midday to wind chimes. Highway noises call like trapped surf in machined shells, far from the sea. Only ants walk… Continue reading dVerse — quadrille — Gethsemane’s Check

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #147 — “the earth was without form, and void”

When I think of a colorless world, I think of The Bible verse from Genesis that says, “and the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep.” In most (all?) religions there is a creationist story. Once there was one, an indistinguishable void that became more. This'es and… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #147 — “the earth was without form, and void”

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#SLS — “Heart of Gold,” by Neil Young

Jim Adams is the harp-loving host of Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says: This week we have something totally different where you are supposed to find a song with a harmonica in it and hopefully this will fit for everyone. Here are the “rules”: • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it… Continue reading #SLS — “Heart of Gold,” by Neil Young

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Thursday Inspiration 68 — “Motherless Children,” by Eric Clapton

Since music has been on my mind a lot, when I saw the prompt I thought of music involving mothers. First thought was Roger Waters', “Mother,” but that's a little too dark for this bright and beautiful day. Instead I'm going for a song about motherless children. Much brighter, right? “Motherless Children” is found on… Continue reading Thursday Inspiration 68 — “Motherless Children,” by Eric Clapton



My next pick in the draft series! https://youtu.be/5ilSfOfpzlU 2020 Album Draft- Round 4 Pick 3- MSJADELI selects- U2- Achtung Baby. MSJADELI’s blog Tao Talk can be found at- https://tao-talk.com/ At the instant we were recording it, I got a very strong sense of its power. We were all playing together in the big recording room,… Continue reading 2020 ALBUM DRAFT- ROUND 4- PICK 3- MSJADELI SELECTS- U2 -ACHTUNG BABY — slicethelife

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Novelty Song Friday #21 — “One Toke Over the Line,” by Brewer and Shipley

Welcome to another installment of Novelty Song Friday. This is the third week of what I will call the “stoned series.” Thank you to Max at Power Pop for the suggestion! It will be the last one in the series at least for now, as I have another song lined up next week that doesn't… Continue reading Novelty Song Friday #21 — “One Toke Over the Line,” by Brewer and Shipley

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#FF — Dark Passage

Southwest circuit was from Albuquerque to Phoenix to Vegas to San Diego to L.A. -- and every truck stop in between. The Fleetwood rolled 365. Rick maintained a stable of six girls, earning enough to keep them looking pretty with plenty of substances to keep them pliable. More than six became a pain in his… Continue reading #FF — Dark Passage

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FFFC 77 — heaven on earth

My parents wanted me to be an accountant. That made me blue. Instead I dreamed of palettes across the sky. College was not to be. I hitched a ride on the star of a Gypsy and we embarked on adventures only dreamers may travel. Across time zones, continents, and oceans we found ourselves in a… Continue reading FFFC 77 — heaven on earth