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  • Kurt Brindley 8:11 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , literary muses, muses, , , , photography, sleeping dogs,   

    A Musing 

    Cheek flares signify he’s in direct contact with the Literary Gods.
    Go[o]d things will be coming my way…

    A Musing American Muses

    A Musing American Muses

    #prayformymuses

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  • Kurt Brindley 7:50 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    At Art’s Pointy End of the Spear 

    Art's Point End of the Spear

    As an artist, by which I mean anyone who creates artistically in any medium, do you ever use your art as a down in the trenches, fight fire with fire type of weapon in the never-ending battle against the forces evil; or is your art reserved only as an expression of beauty and love and hope for Art’s sake with the ancillary hope that it will be so uplifting that the forces of evil will expire from the weight of love’s suffocating abundance?

    I ask because, as some of you may know (since I’ve whined about it here, here, and here, among other places), I have had a difficult time arting, so to speak, ever since Trump’s election. I felt both depressed mentally and suppressed artistically.

    And I blamed it all on Trump and his supporters.

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    • Joy Pixley 8:29 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Art harder! <3

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    • wscottling 8:59 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      My writings have always been a reflection of my feelings… mostly. I write to get the stuff going on in my head OUT of my head. I used to write short stories and poetry, but now I blog.

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    • M. A Morris 9:59 am on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      As a former teacher of literature, I believe art is most often a reflection of the society in which the artist lives. Consequently, I’m not surprised that many of us who engage in artistic endeavors find the focus of our work changing to reflect these scary and dangerous times.

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:02 pm on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s hope that artists’ collective voices harmonize in loud and clear protestation and anger at was is being reflected throughout our society right now.

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    • em4mighty 9:59 am on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      whenever i enter into a picture or prose with an idea of saying something & making it meaningful–it always comes out flat. i have to let the art or story tell itself & trust that there is enough inside of me to show up in the finished product.

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    • cinderellaeveryman 4:12 pm on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      recall Neil Gammon’s? universally quoted graduation speech for – some university in NEW York I think it was — a long list of hypotheticals like: ‘your cat blow up? Make good art.’ with the drum beat of the final assertion beating, beating, beating relentlessly. good show. then there’s guenther grass with his little drum. keep beating it, I say. Art thrives on the dung heaps of civilization’s ideological cesspools. Ever watch a dung beetle proudly and blissfully rolling his dung balls? Inspiring! Uplifting!!! Orgasmic! If you can channel your empathy energies – superabundant in any substantial artistic sensibility, I’ll venture to assert — into a little creature like that…. you’re bound to make the best art! and will be primed and ready to tolerate whatever might emerge from the daily stock of verbiage from house trump. bing. bing. rolll rolll ROLLLLLL!!! roll your art the way Trump rolls his. he too has a place under the sun. Look at us all rolling our thoughts together into delightful little balls. It’s amazing when you ‘come to bloody think about it’. Ecstacy channel is on. I’m in for the ride. ANd art, of whatever caliber, is the necessary biproduct! Amen.

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  • Kurt Brindley 3:42 pm on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    These Guys 

    THESE GUYS - Aurelius & Zeno

    My muses, Aurelius and Zeno, musing

    #buddiesforlife
    #amwriting

     

     
    • Margaret Innes 5:58 pm on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Following your blogs on DT all the way on the other side of the world in Australia (you may have heard DT hung up on our Prime Minister) I thought this quote from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is the best description of politicians like DT.

      but man, proud man,
      Drest in a little brief authority,
      Most ignorant of what he’s most assured,
      His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
      Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
      As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,
      Would all themselves laugh mortal.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:08 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a fantastic quote. Will have to revisit the play. I always saw DT more as a mad King Lear ranting and blaspheming against the wind. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and share it, Margaret.

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:13 pm on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , autocrazy, , , , inpiration, Louis Armstrong, photography, presidency, ,   

    Scorn and the Whole World Scorns With You 

    The Face of an Authoritarian

    This is an official whitehouse.gov photograph of our “president.”

    I know, right.

    That’s one scary looking dude.

    This isn’t presidential…

    Far from it.

    This is a picture you would show to your kids when they’re misbehaving. You would point to it, large and ornately framed (a gold-plated frame of course) hanging from a prominent place in your home (because we will all be required to hang one soon enough, surely, as a testament to our allegiance) and tell them…

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    • Bonnie Follett 1:49 pm on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Since we are now in “Alternative Facts” mode, per KellyAnn — wait for it – it’s coming— Hillary Clinton is our President! (But that she won the popular vote by nearly 3 mill votes was NOT an alternate fact.) – Anyway, I invite all journalists to boycott any T press conferences and move straight to covering our Alternative President(s) instead. And please note, in the new alternative reality, you are free to choose your own Alternative President!! Cool huh? Just add them below in Kurt’s comments…. Happy Monday!

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    • nonsmokingladybug 1:51 pm on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That picture is scary but maybe just very honest. It shows what he wants us to see.

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    • xmatman 1:52 pm on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Actually, it looks like he’s gotta go to potty… or maybe he did already? Eew!

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    • cindy knoke 2:03 pm on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “If you don’t stop pulling your sister’s pigtail Timmy, our Dear President (formerly known as the Bogeyman) is going to crawl from under your bed tonight while you sleep and deport you to a foreign country where evil foreigners live.”
      Cracking up…the cheetos-dust-boogeyman!

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    • The Vintage Vixen 8:21 pm on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t need an article to tell you why I voted for him over the other candidate. I hated him less than I hated her. That is it. The way you feel about him is how I feel about her times 100,000,000. I also know of a lot of kind, decent things he has done with very little fanfare. I truly believe she is a ruthless, heartless criminal.

      I am from NY and he did more for that city and state than she ever did as an elected official. I firmly believe in your right to free speech as per the First Amendment. But not everyone is as smart as you are, so when you use terms like “Lucifer”, “The Boogeyman” & others, it might incite someone with a lower IQ to do something reckless. And I am starting to think that any day now, you will pull a Madonna, which was utterly disgraceful. (I will not repeat her comments from the rally here so google it if you do not know what I mean).

      Two years of an ugly election campaign is enough for me. I cannot & will not stay in this dark place with you or anyone else anymore for absolutely no reason. The only thing he has done so far is take his oath.

      And I am sure you have heard this: wanting him to fail is like wanting a pilot to crash a plane that we are all on board of. Not too smart, is that? And if he does fail, there is not going to be a new election. Then Pence will be President.

      God Speed, Kurt. I am done.

      Regretfully, The Vintage Vixen

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      • Kurt Brindley 8:37 pm on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I should have included this in the post but the reason I ask for articles to be written is because things tend to get overlooked in the comments section. I don’t have a large enough audience to where your views will be seen off the beat path. So it would be awesome if you’d package this up and I could share it to the blog.

        However, I hear what you say – you are done.

        Peace.

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    • Lynne McAennyl 9:45 pm on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The only moderating (that is, deleting a comment outright) I do is if it’s from a shill touting his/her prowess in writing content for my blog.

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    • Alli Farkas 12:40 am on January 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Looks more like “scowl” to me. Anyhow, I came across this article in Politico that helps explain why at least some otherwise rational people voted Trump. You might find it at least an interesting read from the other side of red…
      http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/blue-red-state-democrats-trump-country-214647

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:48 am on January 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Wow – That’s exactly what I meant to write. I originally had frown and felt that wasn’t strong enough. Had every intention of changing it to scowl…what an airhead am I. Anyway, thanks for that and for the article – will check it out; although, I’ve read a million of them trying to normalize and rationalize the madness. Just wanted to hear from real people a bit closer to me.

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    • em4mighty 2:17 pm on January 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      i can’t help you. trump sucks. my little sister voted for him however, because he is “chosen by god.” i read the article she posted about it, but it did not address trump, just other biblical characters who “weren’t perfect.” she initially was not going to vote for him because of her being the mother of a black son, but apparently god intervened?? i told her her god is an asshole. so we probably aren’t talking anymore. my family has a long history of voting only on the issue of abortion. my brother even died for it. maybe that’s why HIS family did not vote for trump.

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      • Kurt Brindley 7:28 am on January 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds like quite the complicated web of familial politics. I too have a relative who believes God is working through Trump, or something like that. To me, it only appears that Putin is doing God’s work, so to speak.

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    • Leland Olson Hoel 11:04 pm on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That picture reminds me of my dads face before he beat my little rear end. Master Trump could redeem himself by appointing a new judge that will make the good old boys in the GOP start jumping of buildings.

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  • Kurt Brindley 9:01 am on December 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    From Mine to Yours… 

    Zeno & Aurelius Christmass 2016

    And Joy & Happiness to All* this Season of Holidays

    #peace


    *“All” is meant to mean everyone, including those who do and who do not celebrate a holy day or holiday this Season of Holidays, which may or may not include the following:

    Buddhism
    Bodhi Day: 8 December – Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni or Siddhartha Gautama) experienced enlightenment (also known as Bodhi).

    Christianity
    Advent: fourth Sunday preceding 25 December
    Krampusnacht: 5 December – The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated in parts of Europe on 6 December. In Alpine countries, Saint Nicholas has a devilish companion named Krampus who punishes the bad children the night before.
    Saint Nicholas’ Day: 6 December
    Feast of the Immaculate Conception Day: 8 December – The day of Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception is celebrated as a public holiday in many Catholic countries.
    Saint Lucia’s Day: 13 December – Church Feast Day. Saint Lucia comes as a young woman with lights and sweets.
    Longest Night: A church service to help those coping with loss, usually held on the eve of the Winter solstice.
    Christmas Eve: 24 December
    Christmas Day: 25 December – one of the most celebrated holidays around the world, increasingly celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike.[5][6][7][8]
    Anastasia of Sirmium feast day: 25 December
    Twelve Days of Christmas: 25 December–6 January
    Las Posadas: 16–24 December – procession to various family lodgings for celebration & prayer and to re-enact Mary & Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem[9]
    Saint Stephen’s Day: 26 December
    Saint John the Evangelist’s Day: 27 December
    Holy Innocents’ Day: 28 December
    Saint Sylvester’s Day: 31 December

    Fictional or parody
    Erastide: In David Eddings’ Belgariad and Malloreon series, Erastide is a celebration of the day on which the Seven Gods created the world. Greetings (“Joyous Erastide”) and gifts are exchanged, and feasts are held.
    Feast of Winter Veil: 15 December–2 January – A holiday in World of Warcraft. This holiday is based on Christmas. Cities are decorated with lights and a tree with presents. Special quests, items and snowballs are available to players during this time. The character of “Greatfather Winter”, who is modeled after Santa Claus, appears.[10][11]
    Feast of Alvis: in the TV series Sealab 2021.[12] “Believer, you have forgotten the true meaning of Alvis Day. Neither is it ham, nor pomp. Nay, the true meaning of Alvis day is drinking. Drinking and revenge.”–Alvis[13]
    Hogswatch: a holiday celebrated on the fictional world of Discworld. It is very similar to the Christian celebration of Christmas.
    Festivus: 23 December – a parody holiday created by Daniel O’Keefe and made popular by Seinfeld as an alternative to Christmas.
    Frostivus: the winter holidays in the Artix Entertainment universe
    Decemberween: 25 December – a parody of Christmas that features gift-giving, carol-singing and decorated trees. The fact that it takes place on December 25, the same day as Christmas, has been presented as just a coincidence, and it has been stated that Decemberween traditionally takes place “55 days after Halloween”. The holiday has been featured in the Homestar Runner series.
    Wintersday, the end-of-the-year celebration in the fictional universe of the Guild Wars franchise, starts every year mid December and ends the next year on early January.

    Hinduism
    Pancha Ganapati: 21–25 December – modern five-day festival in honor of Lord Ganesha, celebrated by Hindus in USA.

    Historical
    Malkh: 25 December
    Mōdraniht: or Mothers’ Night, the Saxon winter solstice festival.
    Saturnalia: 17-23 December – An ancient Roman winter solstice festival in honor of the deity Saturn, held on the 17 December of the Julian calendar and expanded with festivities through to 23 December. Celebrated with sacrifice, a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival.
    Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Day of the birth of the Unconquered Sun): 25 December – late Roman Empire

    Judaism
    Hanukkah: Ḥănukkāh, usually spelled חנוכה, pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah or Chanukkah), also known as the Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BC. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

    Paganism
    Yule: Pagan winter festival that was celebrated by the historical Germanic people from late December to early January.
    Yalda: 21 December – The turning point, Winter Solstice. As the longest night of the year and the beginning of the lengthening of days, Shabe Yaldā or Shabe Chelle is an Iranian festival celebrating the victory of light and goodness over darkness and evil. Shabe yalda means ‘birthday eve.’ According to Persian mythology, Mithra was born at dawn on 22 December to a virgin mother. He symbolizes light, truth, goodness, strength, and friendship. Herodotus reports that this was the most important holiday of the year for contemporary Persians. In modern times Persians celebrate Yalda by staying up late or all night, a practice known as Shab Chera meaning ‘night gazing’. Fruits and nuts are eaten, especially pomegranates and watermelons, whose red color invokes the crimson hues of dawn and symbolize Mithra.

    Secular
    Human Rights Day: 10 December
    Zamenhof Day: 15 December – Birthday of Ludwig Zamenhof, inventor of Esperanto; holiday reunion for Esperantists
    Soyal: 21 December – Zuni and Hopi
    HumanLight: 23 December – Humanist holiday originated by the New Jersey Humanist Network in celebration of “a Humanist’s vision of a good future.”[14]
    Newtonmas: 25 December – As an alternative to celebrating the religious holiday Christmas, some atheists and skeptics have chosen to celebrate December 25 as Newtonmas, due to it being Isaac Newton’s birthday on the old style date.
    Quaid-e-Azam’s Day: 25 December
    Boxing Day: 26 December – Day after Christmas.
    Kwanzaa: 26 December–1 January – Pan-African festival celebrated in the US
    Watch Night: 31 December
    New Year’s Eve: 31 December – last day of the Gregorian year
    Hogmanay: night of 31 December–before dawn of 1 January – Scottish New Year’s Eve celebration
    Dongzhi Festival – a celebration of Winter

    Unitarian Universalism
    Chalica: first week of December – A holiday created in 2005, celebrated by some Unitarian Universalists.[15]

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 5:24 pm on December 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    An Early Holiday* Gift Just for You 

    christmas-present

    Beautiful, free – in cost and rights – photographs for your, while it still lasts, First Amendment blogging needs:

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    Ho ho ho…

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!**


     

    *No, I’m not writing “Holiday” instead of “Christmas” to be politically correct, I’m writing it to be humanely correct. Well, actually I’m writing it mostly to piss off those who get pissed off by those who say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. I get a kick out of that.

    **Even to those intolerant of those who say HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:23 pm on December 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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  • Kurt Brindley 11:07 am on December 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Things My Dogs Love 

    Things My Dogs Love

    Things My Dogs Love: 1) Surveying their domain from my office window. 2) Snagging rolls of toilet paper and turning them into snow machines.

     
  • Kurt Brindley 2:25 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , flags, , John Lennon, , , peace campaigns, photography, , War Is Over, Yoko Ono   

    WAR IS OVER 

    I’m a BIG Yoko Ono fan and I really dig her WAR IS OVER campaign. I especially dig all the free WAR IS OVER downloads she offers in a multitude of languages at http://imaginepeace.com/warisover/.

    And I especially especially dig this WAR IS OVER message written in flag-speak!
    war-is-over-flags

    #itsanavything
    #youwouldntunderstand

     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:01 pm on October 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    The Long Road to Cali 


     

    #believeinleave >> PLEASE DONATE

     
     

     
    • Alli Farkas 5:55 pm on October 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      OK, you’re there now! Just don’t let the place corrupt you. I should know. Lived there over 40 years…watched it happen. I guess you can make an exception if you want to become a beach bum. ;-)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:05 pm on October 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Ha ha… Yes, I would love to become a beachbum, but I think Cali needs to worry more about my influence over it, instead :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:50 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    BELIEVE IN LEAVE 

    So, I was thinking (yes, I understand the risks)…

    But, I was thinking, just imagine if each of the 25,109 and growing followers of this humble site were to donate just $1.00 to help me fund my film LEAVE…

    Just imagine how much that would be!

    Keep in mind that I am a product of the United States public school system, and that, by design, my higher level degrees have absolutely nothing to do with math, so my calculations may be a bit suspect…

    But I believe that if every one of the 25,109 followers were to donate $1.00 to help me fund my film, that would come to the heavenly financial figure of… [finger cipher]…

    $25,109.00!

    Now that there would be a whole lotta of cheeze and it would help me in a whole lotta ways in realizing my cinematic dream called LEAVE.

    Now, I’m a practical man (not!), and I know all 25,109 of you donating $1.00 each to support my dream is an impossible expectation…

    But, let’s consider what you get here for free 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year non-stop and in perpetuity for as long as our pretty yet petulant planet revolves around the sun that may help motivate you towards donating that $1.00…

    You get to publish your work to the RELATING TO HUMANS feature…

    You get the IABS&R…

    You get occasional “PRO-TIPS”…

    You get LITERARY ZEN…

    You get ARTWORK?…

    You get HUMOR…

    You get HEALTH advice…

    You get MOTIVATIONAL ADVICE…

    And you get so much more.

    But, even with all this free stuff created just for you forever floating around here, I understand that my hope of everyone donating even just $1.00 is an impossible expectation.

    But then again…

    SO WAS THE CAVS COMING BACK FROM BEING DOWN 3-1 IN THE FINALS!

    AND SO IS THE TRIBE WINNING THE WORLD SERIES!

    BUT IT’S THE YEAR OF “BELIEVELAND” BABY!

    THIS YEAR, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

    WHICH MEANS, WITH YOUR HELP

    LEAVE IS POSSIBLE!

    Uhm…

    Too much, right?

    Yeah.

    Sorry ’bout that…

    Anyway…

    Please donate what you can, if you can, my friends >> BELIEVE IN LEAVE.

    Thank you.
     

    BELIEVE IN LEAVE

     
     

     
    • joliesattic 12:20 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing that just two years earlier I was in Haiti, totally unaware that there was any tension between our countries. My girlfriend and I wandering alone with two Bulgarians, who didn’t speak English but were willing to share a cab with us as we toured the island.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:40 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        When were you there? This happened over several years in the beginning to mid- Nineties. And tension wasn’t between the United States and Haiti, per se. The tension was between the international community, armed with a United Nations resolution, and the military dictators who overthrew the democratically elected government of Haiti.

        Of course, the government they overthrew was also allegedly, and most likely, corrupt and vicious towards much of its population so it was all a little muddy.

        Sadly, Haiti has had a very long streak of bad luck before this trouble that LEAVE is set around and which continues on to this day.

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        • joliesattic 3:34 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I was there in ’78 so I may have misread the date thinking it was that farther back. I know they stalled our trip because of some unrest in one of the areas we were visiting, but I don’t recall where.

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    • Katie Marie 8:59 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Seaman Recruit Kate signing on board.

      That was meant to be a cute way of saying you have my support lol XD

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  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 am on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Ain’t That America… 

    Reporting live from Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts

    #thoreau
    #peace


     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:29 pm on September 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Ain’t That America… 

    Reporting live from Interstate 78 East Exit 29

    #daytrippin

     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:59 pm on September 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , City of Love, , , , Philadelphia, photography   

    Ain’t That America… 

    Reporting live from Philadelphia

    #daytrippin


     
  • Kurt Brindley 4:36 pm on September 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Ain’t That America… 

    Reporting live from New York City

    #daytrippin
    #ificanmakeithere…

     
    • Susan 8:56 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My daughter lives there now – making her dreams happen. I’m happy for her and sad for me. We can’t get pedicures together every other Sunday.

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  • Kurt Brindley 4:17 pm on August 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Ain’t That America… 

    Reporting live from the Papermoon Diner in Baltimore, Maryland


     
    #yesthisreallyisadiner

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:44 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Write Edit Write: A Private Facebook Group for Writers and Readers 

    WRITE EDIT WRITE SUPPORTER LOGO
     
    So, I’m creating a private Facebook group for writers and readers who are interested in the discussion of all things related to the process and business of writing.

    This will be somewhat an extension of what I do with the Newsletter Love subscribers, but on a much more intimate and informal level. The newsletter process is a bit too formal and segmented and involving to really achieve what I would like to achieve, which is: to network, make connections, and improve our abilities and chances for success as writers.

    As much as I hate to admit it, Facebook provides a much better environment to achieve this objective.

    Like we’ve done with the newsletter, we can do poetry and flash fiction challenges there as well, with the goal of getting the best of the group’s writing onto my blog and out via the newsletter (is there irony to be found there?)

    I am willing to moderate this members only group, provided the members are willing to receive free copies of all my published work and are willing to consider writing reviews for them. In addition to my present work, I would provide all future work for free to these members and ask for them to be both beta readers and to post early reviews of the work once published to help with future sales.

    As some of you may know, I am producing a short film called LEAVE that is based upon a screenplay adapted from my short story of the same name. I will provide first and sometimes exclusive insight to the movie making process to this group as I learn it. I will also post photos and videos there that I’ll take when on set. We currently are scheduled to shoot the film in LA in mid-October of this year. If you become of member of this group, you will hear any news about the film first.

    Who knows how this group will evolve but the early members will be the ones who help me build the foundation for its future.

    Some current projects I’m working on that I hope to finish soon with the group’s help are:

    • a short story collection, which includes the short story LEAVE.
    • part two of Hercules Gone Mad (I’ve been hoping to finish the story collection and part two for a long time now, which is why I will look to this group to help motivate me to bring them to completion)
    • a feature film length script for LEAVE (we already have distributors interested in the movie but they need to see a completed full-length script first)

    But the group wouldn’t be just about me. My hope is that all within the group could forge relationships where each could seek similar help from others for her or his own writing efforts.

    So, there is a lot we can discuss and accomplish there. If you are interested, you can either let me know publicly in the comment section and I will email you the link; or, you can email me through the contact page and I will reply to you with the link.

    I used to call this blog WRITE EDIT WRITE a while back so that’s what I will call the group for now. We’ll see how things evolve and change its name if needed. Let me know when you’re a member if you have a better name. :)

    But I can’t create the group until I have at least one member so please let me know if you’re in.

    Right on?

    Oh yeah… let’s do this, my friends.

    Write on!


    NOTE: When requesting an invite, please include the email address your facebook account is associated with either in a comment request or via a request through the contact page.


     
     

     
    • frenchc1955 2:32 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      yes, I am interested.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:40 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome! With your support I can now create the page and I will send you an invite via its automated form. Thanks so much, frenchc1955 – I’ll see you soon inside our new forum!

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    • kkbrew 2:45 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in for the FB group.

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    • mkvecchitto 3:01 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to join.

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      • Kurt Brindley 3:06 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you very much, mkvecchitto! Your invite has been sent and I look forward to seeing you on the inside! :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:13 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there. I see you haven’t accepted the invite yet. I wonder if it’s because you use a different email address for facebook. If so, and if you’re still interested in joining the group, please let me know the email address either here or via an email to me through the contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Thanks, mkvecchitto!

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    • leebalanarts 4:47 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      OK – I want to join the Facebook group. Sounds mighty interesting and useful. thanks

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    • Elizabeth Anne Mitchell 6:08 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to be included in the group.

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    • joliesattic 6:35 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I would give it a go.

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    • hotmessmemoir 9:41 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am interested. Trying to figure out the best route for the 2 books I’ve created.

      Liked by 1 person

    • kathycecala 9:53 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This sounds like the kind of group I’ve been looking for! Would definitely be interested in joining

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    • shalini 10:23 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! I am interested ! And all the best for your endeavours!

      Liked by 1 person

    • mjennings 11:36 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in! What do I need to do?

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    • coty3 1:33 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds interesting. I would also like to be a part of it. I am M. Coty Myers on facebook.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:46 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome. I just sent an invite to your email address via facebook. Thanks for the interest and I’ll see you on the inside!

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:16 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there. I see you haven’t accepted the invite yet. I wonder if it’s because you use a different email address for facebook. If so, and if you’re still interested in joining the group, please let me know the email address either here or via an email to me through the contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Thanks, coty3!

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    • Jen 2:54 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great idea! I’d like to join!

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:48 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesomeness! I just sent the invite. I’ll see you on the inside :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:17 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there. I see you haven’t accepted the invite yet. I wonder if it’s because you use a different email address for facebook. If so, and if you’re still interested in joining the group, please let me know the email address either here or via an email to me through the contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Thanks, Jen!

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    • Katie Marie 4:23 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like a great idea.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:49 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m happy you think so, Katie. I’m encouraged by the response. Would you like to join?

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        • Katie Marie 8:14 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Yes, I would thank you :)

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          • Kurt Brindley 10:28 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            That’s great, Katie! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. When you have the chance, please introduce yourself to the group. I’ll see you on the inside!

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    • sam1128 4:33 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Be interested in joining. Sam

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:53 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        That’s great, Sam! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. I’ll see you on the inside!

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:19 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there. I see you haven’t accepted the invite yet. I wonder if it’s because you use a different email address for facebook. If so, and if you’re still interested in joining the group, please let me know the email address either here or via an email to me through the contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Thanks, sam1128!

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    • robynelliot 8:16 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, love this! I just have some questions for you: can I join? can I join? can I join? can I join? Also re LEAVE, have you asked the descendants of de Mille about your close-up yet?

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:56 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The pleasure and honor is all mine. A fb invite has been sent to your email address, my friend. As for the de Mille’s… they haven’t yet returned my call. :)

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    • Katrina 10:05 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes! I’m definitely interested.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:59 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesomeness! I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. I’ll see you on the inside! Thanks, Katrina.

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    • Obimbo Nereah 11:18 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Kurt…. got room for one more? I’m definitely interested in the FB group. #FingersCrossed :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:25 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesomeness! I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. I’ll see you on the inside! Thanks, Obimbo!

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    • janjoy52 5:35 pm on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love your enthusiasm and vision! I think you are a genius and have a brilliant plan that will boost so many other enthusuastic writers. Wish I could be one but this is not my season to venture there. Nevertheless I wish you and those who join your efforts tremendous success!!!

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    • Don Massenzio 8:10 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, Sounds wonderful. Please count me in.

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:39 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        That’s fantastic, Don. We’ll be honored to have you. I sent the FB invite to the email address associated with this comment. Please let me know if it should go to a different address. We’re just getting things in place now and folks are introducing themselves. See you there!

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    • Don Massenzio 8:11 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog.

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    • Tamye Whitener 11:38 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Books, Coffee, and Crafts News.

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    • Tamye Whitener 11:40 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Please add me to the group. I’m Tamye Davis Whitener on Facebook.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Heather Cai 3:31 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Kurt, could you please count me in? I’m Heather Cai on Facebook. I also wonder if anyone likes to read my first English novel here.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:30 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Heather! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. When you have the chance, please introduce yourself to the group. I’ll see you on the inside!

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        • Heather Cai 10:44 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Hi Kurt, thanks for the invitation! I’ve got two same emails from you. I tried to join the group, but it says: Cant accept invite – you must be an invitee… I don’t know what’s wrong. Do you?

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          • Kurt Brindley 11:32 am on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Hi, Heather. I sent the invite to the email address you have associated with wordpress/this comment. If your facebook is associated with a different email address, please let me know what it is either here or emailing it to me via the contact page. Thanks.

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    • Katrina 12:06 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Calliope Writing and commented:
      Fellow writer and blogger Kurt Brindley has set up a private Facebook group for all things writing! If you’re interested, either visit his post and request an invite, or let me know you want in and I’ll get an invite sent.

      Write on!

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    • David B. Seaburn 12:56 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Katrina: Sounds great. Help me get on board.
      dave

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:55 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, David! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. When you have the chance, please introduce yourself to the group. I’ll see you on the inside!

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    • pamelascanepa 6:22 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to join!

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:03 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, Pamela! So cool that you’re interested in joining the group. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. When you have the chance, please introduce yourself to the group. I’ll see you on the inside, my friend!

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    • theherdlesswitch 2:53 pm on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll keep this in mind when I finally get around to opening a facebook account ; )
      It’s wonderful for us writers to be able to support each other and network!

      Meno

      PS. Thanks for following!

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    • artrosch 8:55 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Send me an invite, Kurt. I’m isolated from fellow artists and really need a community. Thanks.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kurt Brindley 10:21 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome. I just sent an invite to the email address associated with this comment. If your facebook account is associated with a different email address, please let me know what it is either here or by sending me an email through my contact page and I’ll send a new invite to that address. Look forward to seeing you on the inside. When there, please introduce yourself to the group when you have the chance and the desire. There are a few different things going on, one of them is our first writing challenge. :)

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    • Helen 5:45 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I am interested 😀

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:18 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Helen! I’m so happy you’re interested in joining the group. I just sent an invite to the email address associated with this comment. If your facebook account is associated with a different email address, please let me know what it is either here or by sending me an email through my contact page and I’ll send a new invite to that address.

        Also, once inside, please scroll through all the various discussions to get a feel with what’s going on – we just kicked off our first writing challenge – and then introduce yourself to the group at your earliest convenience and desire and let us know your relationship to writing and reading and anything else you’re willing to share. :)

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    • Mel A Rowe 10:23 pm on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      HI, I’m interested in joining your FB group. Please? :)

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kurt Brindley 12:13 am on August 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Mel. That’s great. I will send an invite to the group to the email address associated with this comment. If this is not the same email address associated with your facebook account, please let me know what it is by either replying to this comment or by sending it to me via my contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Once you’re in, please familiarize yourself with some of the stream and introduce yourself to the group. Thanks!

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    • Katie's Time Travelling Kitchen 4:05 pm on August 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! I’d love to join this please! :)

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kurt Brindley 3:28 pm on August 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome, KTTK! I just sent an invite to the email address associated with your comment. If your facebook is associated with a different address please let me know here or by emailing me via my contact page. Once inside, please get yourself familiar and introduce yourself to the group! :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:35 am on July 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ashtabula County, bridges, covered bridges, hometowns, , , , photography,   

    The bridges of Ashtabula County, Ohio 

    It must mean something that I’m coming across this and that about my hometown on the web recently (maybe it has something to do with the Cavs realigning the Universe with their winning of the NBA Championship).

    Thanks so much to my friend Ava of Fresh Brewed Thoughts for “bridging” this to my attention.

    Please visit Bruce Stambaugh’s wonderful site to see all of his beautiful covered bridge photographs.
     

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    Roadkill Crossing, and other tales from Amish Country

    covered bridge Benetka Road Bridge.

    By Bruce Stambaugh

    I’ve been curious about covered bridges for a long time. I wondered about their purpose other than the obvious one of crossing from one side of a stream to another.

    My curiosity got the best of me recently. Accompanied by my wife and another couple, we went exploring all 18 of Ashtabula County’s covered bridges. We discovered that the unique architectural wonders were so much more than a conveyance from one bank to another.

    If you’re not familiar with Ashtabula County, it’s Ohio’s northeastern most county. It bumps against both Lake Erie on the north and Pennsylvania to the east.

    It’s a big county with varied topography and land usage. Its trail of covered bridges is one of its most distinctive features. Most of the bridges are still in use today.

    Covered bridge hobbyists admire the intricate architectural details of the wooden tunnels. I…

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    • Alli Farkas 11:17 am on July 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My guy is from Ohio, but from the southeast corner as opposed to the northeast…however, any part of the state past Columbus is pretty and full of ancient stuff worth investigating and enjoying. We bicycled out to the Bergstresser/Dietz covered bridge, the last one remaining in Franklin County, from his brother’s house in Canal Winchester. The fact that something named “Canal”-anything, historically connects it to the horse-drawn barge canals that threaded their way through much of Ohio. Love this old stuff, it engenders nostalgic old-America images of barges being pulled by mules, horses, or oxen walking along the towpath alongside the canal…about 270-something miles’ worth!

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    • Crimson Owl Creations 11:29 am on July 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful photo!

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    • Jacquie Biggar 11:41 am on July 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to see a covered bridge one day!

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    • Mike Fuller Author 2:47 pm on July 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My Dad’s side came from Braceville in Warren County to NW PA (opposite Ashtabula Co.) in the mid 1800’s. Before that they came from CT. NE Ohio was parceled out to Revolutionary War CT landowners displaced by the war. Some guy named Cleveland was in charge of the land grant. I think they named a swamp after him.

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    • Terry L. Wilson, Author 9:15 pm on July 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I appreciate you making me aware of the post about the bridges of Ashtabula County. It just so happens much of my novel BREAKING LIBERATOR’S SHACKLES takes place as a father and son are fishing in the Grand River just below the Harpersfield Bridge and Dam. The father, a past Japanese POW of the Second World tells his story of his ordeal, for the first time, prior to his son’s deployment to Vietnam.

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:31 am on July 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Poetry Is My Balm 

    Many of the haiku and other poems in Short Verses & Other Curses were written as a therapeutic balm in response to my cancer. I don’t know why or how I survived all that nonsense but I suspect writing the poems helped at least a little.

    Recent events make it seem to me that my country is suffering such a life-threatening and cancerous disease so I was naturally drawn to some of the poems I wrote for the collection. To some degree they helped again, if only as a temporary distraction from present reality.

    I doubt if these poems have any healing power potent enough for all the ills sickening my nation; however, it is out of love and desperation that I shall share them with you now.

    For the next day or so, please feel free to download the collection. If any of the poems move you in any way, I ask that you share your thoughts here in the comment section. If you have any other poetry that you believe will help relieve a troubled soul, I ask that you also share those with us as well.

    You may download the collection by clicking on its book cover.
     
    Short Verses

    Peace.


    Thank you to all who downloaded a copy of the book and especially to those who left me such kind, encouraging comments. They mean very much to me.

     
     

     
    • The Estranged Mom 10:24 pm on July 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for sharing these poems with us. I’m in the midst of some difficulties right now, and your words were a balm to my soul today. I haven’t finished the compete volume yet, but so far I feel comforted. I hope others find the same to be true.

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    • joliesattic 1:33 am on July 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing. I too was so distraught over what happened and more so finding out just today. Normally my social media gets on the horn but not a word about this and that hurt worse. As I was festering about the event, I found one of those maudlin framed quotes we see from time to time and surprisingly the first line fit for the angst I was boiling over with. It said, “People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.” – Mother Theresa

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    • Mick Canning 2:43 am on July 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Kurt. I downloaded it and have read a few of the haiku; I will finish them when I have some free time. I like what I’ve read so far!

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    • shivasiddula 5:49 am on July 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. I read a hundred of them. Tried to understand the emotions, hopes, peace, faith and realisations hidden in those words. Wonderfully written book. Good gift to your followers.

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    • pedometergeek 12:04 pm on July 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      How generous you are…and this world needs more generosity and love right now (not that it always doesn’t, but…). ~nan

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    • Robyn Elliot 5:20 am on July 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I still dip into the verses, Kurt. I initially read them last Christmas when I was experiencing emotional difficulties; for me, there is something deeply enlightening contained within them. I would heartily, and gratefully, recommend them – particularly to buy, to continue to support Kurt with his art. We can never understand the mystery of life, and therein lies the magic.

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    • Ava 5:05 pm on July 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, this is unrelated to your post, but a friend of mine blogged about the covered bridges of Astabula County and I thought you might find it of interest. https://brucestambaugh.com/2016/07/10/the-bridges-of-ashtabula-county-ohio/

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      • Ava 5:06 pm on July 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Oops – misspelled Ashtabula. Mea culpa!

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        • Kurt Brindley 7:20 pm on July 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I was given an Ashtabula ball cap bought in an Ashtabula store that was spelled “Astabula” … so, no worries. :) Thank for the link. I’ll check it out. The bridges there are wonderful.

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    • andysmerdon 5:54 am on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Kurt – I read your book sometime ago – this has reminded me that I need to read it again. Cheers mate.

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  • Kurt Brindley 6:02 pm on July 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , driving, , , , photography, , strip malls   

    Ain’t That America… 

    Reporting live from State Route 30 in York, Pennsylvania

    Reporting live from State Route 30 in York, Pennsylvania

    #happyindependenceday
    #befreeordietrying
    #dumptrump

     
     

     
    • danaj33 6:47 pm on July 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have a quick read for ya along these lines: Right Wing One-Note Samba
      View story at Medium.com

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:32 pm on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        To quote a line from a forgotten movie: “In an insane society, only the sane will appear insane.” Thanks for the read.

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    • renemiller012058 8:53 pm on July 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There are many things about America that I love; mainly because I was born and raised here. There are some beautiful things in America too. There are places for us to go and visit, things to see that are gorgeous. I’ve met many people from other countries, and most seem genuinely interested, caring folk. I’ve run into thousands of Americans while out in my world shopping and running around, and I’ve smiled or said hello. Most of the time people don’t look into my eyes, they look the other way, don’t say hello in return, and very rarely does anyone ever return a smile. I’m stumped. There is another very worrisome, very troubling thing happening in America right now too. The number of obese people that I see out milling about and the number of people who are being diagnosed with diabetes that I am reading about. Is it because of the foods that we are overeating? Or is it because our foods are mostly processed, fast fried, full of sugar? I am beginning a new study on diabetic type 2 diagnosed and what the scientific world says about what is happening to us. Let you know what I find out soon. Any comments? This is in response “Ain’t that America”, Thanks Kurt; for everything you have done for us.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:38 pm on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, many pros and cons of our great land. All we can do as individuals is be the best citizen we can be and hope our positive actions are positively contagious.

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