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  • Kurt Brindley 2:04 pm on March 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Heidegger, Kierkegaard, , Nietzsche, , poetry, Sartre, , The Stranger, ,   

    The Absurdity That Isn’t 

    An Existential Moment
     

    I’m not a philosopher despite the fact that it is my belief that everyone with a thinking brain, and especially those without, is one, whether it be as a witting one or not.

    No, I’m not a Philosopher, despite my occasional philosophizing about philosophical stuff, in the same regard that I’m not a Poet, despite the fact that I occasionally write poetic-like stuff.

    Philosophy as a studied discipline is way too confounding for my confounded brain.

    However, practicing a philosophy as a means for navigating life comes as natural to me as the act of breathing or as the desire to include unnecessary descriptive and expounding words, especially those oh so delightful words of the adverbial persuasion, into as much of my writing as possible.

    For instance, I have no idea how many times other than a lot that I’ve attempted to read and understand such profound Philosophers as Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and Heidegger and Sartre and Camus and, regardless how many times it’s been, without fail and after only a few pages I have to put their books down in angry frustration and embarrassment from my inability to read the words that they have carefully and thoughtfully written for me with any sustained comprehension. It is maddening to me that, while I can read and understand just about any individual sentence of theirs, when moving on to a succeeding sentence, of which I can also read and understand, I invariably lose comprehension of the sentence which had just preceded it and which only seconds before I had understood.

    If hell is other people, then a deeper hell is other people other than the people I can understand…

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    • xmatman 1:22 pm on March 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Uhm… Yep. :)

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    • howard johnson 6:47 pm on March 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great post. Well said, sir.
      I’m glad that some one else feels that it is possible to know the words, even the grammar of a sentence or two and have no idea of what the author has said. You mention Heidegger, in my experience, he’s one other worst, on a par with Derrida. You can’t even get a what they mean, second or third hand as their commentators are as obtuse.
      It is frustrating and self demeaning to try to read what you’ve heard is great wisdom and come away feeling more ignorant. But don’t blame yourself!
      First of all, the people you mentioned didn’t write in English, so you are getting a translation, someone else’s words who might not understand what was written any better than you or I. Second, these guys use short hand, ordinary words as hints of concepts they all have spent years studying, and jargon, those secret passwords that distinguish members of the club. They wrote for other professional philosophizers not for folks like us.
      But every once and a while, when you are reading this stuff while simultaneously translating their words into yours to try to make sense of even a bit of it, there comes a “now, it all makes sense” moment that clarifies—though hardly solves—the absurd futility of “it all.”It’s over quickly, but there remains a taste of insight that keeps you trying to read above your pay grade. For me, anyway.
      Thanks for the like.

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:30 am on March 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , fall from grace, , Irish Authors, , , poetry, , Quantum Mutata, , , ,   

    On Being Irishman Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde 

    The world is a stage,
    but the play is badly cast.

     

    Quantum Mutata*

    THERE was a time in Europe long ago
    When no man died for freedom anywhere,
    But England’s lion leaping from its lair
    Laid hands on the oppressor! it was so
    While England could a great Republic show.
    Witness the men of Piedmont, chiefest care
    Of Cromwell, when with impotent despair
    The Pontiff in his painted portico
    Trembled before our stern ambassadors.
    How comes it then that from such high estate
    We have thus fallen, save that Luxury
    With barren merchandise piles up the gate
    Where nobler thoughts and deeds should enter by:
    Else might we still be Milton’s heritors.

    #happystpatricksday
    #gogreenandgohard

     

    Image courtesy of WIKIPEDIA
    Quote & Poem courtesy of
    POEMHUNTER


     
    *I know, I know… it’s a poem less about Ireland and more about the United Kingdom. Okay, granted — it’s all about England and its fall from dynastic grace but it sure seems applicable to today’s current United Empire, no?

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 9:38 am on March 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: clocks, , Daylight Savings Time, Emily Dickinson, , , poetry, , presentiments, , , , Women Poets,   

    Emily Dickinson on Daylight Savings Time* 

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    Presentiment – is that long Shadow – on the Lawn –
    Indicative that Suns go down –

    The Notice to the startled Grass
    That Darkness is about to pass –

     


    *Admittedly, it’s highly unlikely that Ms. Dickinson while sitting alone upstairs staring out her pondering window penned this pensive poem about Daylight Savings Time; that being said, it’s time to throw open those curtains, spread sunshine on those foreboding winter-fouled floating dust mites of presentiments and drag those lagging Clocks for-ward and on-ward to-ward that Fresh Breath of presentiment-less and Carefree Air affectionately known as Spring, yo!**

    **What’s with all the “yos” lately, yo?

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:18 pm on March 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , consultants, , , poetry, political consultants, , , spin doctors, ,   

    The Profits 

    With words full of mystical might
    Wise Prophets forebode unto thee
    Thine future of terrors and frights
    For only a nominal fee
     

    #prayforthespindoctors

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:17 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: appearance, , juxtaposition, order, poetry, vice,   

    Vice 

    the last is the first to know
    that the first must needs be
    the last to be let go

     

     
  • Liz 12:30 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , poetry,   

    HAIKU CHALLENGE 

    HAIKU CHALLENGE
    HAIKU ON GEN-X VISION
    FEBRUARY 15, 2017 LEAVE A COMMENT EDIT
    Nina Mariah

    By: E. R. Smith

    Haiku on Gen-X Vision

    Gained Gen-X vision

    eye strain on optic axon

    mutant lens fade hue

     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:37 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , artistic concepts, Chinese characters, 間, , , Japanese concepts, , , , poetry, , , Spatialism   

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    • quillella 5:31 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am….confused. This is like the modern art of writing :P

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    • Aimer Boyz 11:16 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have no idea how you did this and I’m not sure what you were trying to say, but I can’t stop looking at it … Definitely the most unique post I’ve seen. Fascinating :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:27 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Ah, I’m so happy you enjoy it, my friend. Perhaps, so as not to lose its impact for you, it’s best if I not to explain what it means to me.

        Thank you, AB – your kindness is always received with much gratitude.

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:20 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Poetry is for Girls 

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    I may occasionally write the junk, but rarely do I read it.

    And it is not because I don’t like it that I rarely read it…

    It’s because it, the really good stuff anyway, is so durn hard to read.

    I’m talking Poetry here…

    Poetry with a big, bold capital P.

    And it is so hard for me to read (And by read I mean read. I mean really digging into the poem and fighting through the initial confusion and the complicated and often archaic words. I mean, not just reading the poem, but studying it and trying to close the gap in time from when the poem was written to when the poem is being read by learning about the poet and where and when and why and how he or she is from and where and when and why and how he or she lived and then coming to my own understanding of what I think the poem means and then trying to apply that meaning to my own life and where and when and why and how I live it. That’s what I mean by read.) because it takes more than a little bit of effort to read it.

    I certainly don’t have time for all that junk.

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    • cindy knoke 1:27 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It’s beautiful~

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    • sanseilife 1:31 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Your poem not junk. Have a sunny day.

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    • artemisdelmar 1:39 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This is a great piece of poetry!

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    • wscottling 2:05 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What I couldn’t get out of my head as I was reading this is that many of the classic poets of days gone by were… men. Dante, Shakespeare, Frost, Milton, &c… And man was some of that stuff *dense*. I used to write poetry too, but couldn’t read it either. A lot of times, it just made my eyes itch.

      But here’s the thing. Poetry like that wasn’t meant to be read silently. It was meant to be spoken aloud by bards. Even much of today’s poetry is meant to be read aloud. That’s why it’s written the way it is. And that was my key to unlocking it.. I can’t read poetry, but I can *read* poetry, if you get my meaning. Try that, or try and find someone else reading it out loud online. It helped me get through my English Lit courses. I would have never passed it if I hadn’t found Chaucer’s *Canterbury Tales* and some others online in audio form.

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    • From The Pews 2:46 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      WOW!! Talk about filling and throwing so much into that Heart of the Eternal Void.
      I must congratulate you! You eased us into many complexities and profound topics all with the slight of the Keyboard dancing around Poetry.
      And as a WoMan…thank you ;)
      Keep up the awesome style and subtleties!!

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    • pranabaxom 3:47 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Ah! now I know why I write poetry. It is short😊

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    • Katie Marie 8:42 am on January 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I used to think poetry was light and fluffy until I came across a collection of the poems by world war one soldiers. While I will never be a poetry aficionado I now have a greater appreciation for it.

      Sunshine on a rainy day was lovely :)

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    • packinglifeinwords 2:29 pm on January 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Yes both writing and reading poetry need courage! That’s why I love poetry. Wonderfully written- honest and interesting!

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    • addictionandresourcesnwalker 7:50 am on January 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      very well done,

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:01 pm on December 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , ideals, , poetry, politica satire, political poetry, , ,   

    Due to the current political climate, I’d like to draw your attention to… 

    usefule-idiots

    …excerpts of two rather aged yet seemingly, and sadly so, germane posts of mine. They are quite lengthy so to read the full posts, click on the “more” links.

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    The first is a political poem I penned long ago:
     

    RISE UP!

    It’s the bottom of the ninth.

    We’re down and in desperate need of a two-out rally.

    So what are we waiting for? Should we go
    for the win and swing for the fence?

    Or should we just drop our bats,
    grab our crotches,
    and wait?

    Just wait for someone else to come along and bat clean up?

    Just wait for them to come along and clean up all of the shit
    our silence has created?

    Should we wait?
    Just wait for the president and the congress and the
    governors and every other sleazy politician to knock
    the dirt out of their spikes and lead the rally?

    Or should we, instead, wait for Wall Street and the
    chambers of commerce and the boards of directors
    and the unions and even the goddamn Junior Achievers
    to… more

    ****

    The second is a satirical attempt at humor by poking fun at the U.S. military and the American way.
     

    IN DEFENSE OF THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE

    It always struck me as completely ironic (and if I think about it too hard it verges on the sardonically so) how so many Americans join the military to defend the American “Way of Life,” and, as a reward for their patriotism and service, they are provided for by the American government and funded by the American tax payer with a “way of life” that is so completely different and diametrically opposed to the “Way of Life” they gave up to defend.

    Once someone joins the military, their new “way of life” becomes part of one of the most successfully socialist ways of life that has ever existed on this irrational planet of ours…more

    [NOTE: this article was written when I was thick into my GVHD issues and strung out on prednisone and dealing with steroid psychosis. While it rambles greatly, I think there still are some relevant points to be found somewhere within. Maybe?]

     
  • Kurt Brindley 6:27 pm on November 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , poetry, ,   

    This Is A Poem That Isn’t 

    This is a poem that isn’t
    But probably it could
    Even though it shouldn’t
    And even if it were
    It more than likely wouldn’t


    #anythingbutpoliticsrightnow

     
     

     
  • 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 10:44 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , poetry, , ,   

    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.

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    • 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!

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    • 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

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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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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? :)

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      • 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! :)

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      • 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 10:31 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 11:00 am on April 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , bliss, , , , poetry, , , , , , ,   

    GLITTERS OF BLISS! | A Relating to Humans Poetry Feature 

    GLITTERS OF BLISS!
    by Priyanki

     
    If the clouds could come & give me a ride
    I would sit on them & sway away in delight
    And ask them to take me in their cozy coat
    Covering me all in the softness galore
    Ask them to take me in the world up away
    High up in the clouds where they say fairies stay.
    As I reach there, I will learn a few skills to tap & whoosh & fulfill some wish
    Wishes of all those who are in need.
    Those wishes of cute eyes of kids crying for help.
    The ones who are lost in war, with no one to help.
    Those unanswered prayers of people with disease, the ones suffering & asking for relief.
    Those hard to be fulfilled wishes & prayers with which are linked the needy’s care.
    Wishes of such kind seems impossible in today’s time. There is so much going around in those with dirty minds,
    Those who cause chaos & all the mess.
    & are killing ruthlessly & causing much stress
    I may sound kiddish to dream of fairyland & bring glitters of kindness with me in my hand
    However it may sound, but I don’t mind
    As long as I wish to bring some good in Mankind.
    Often I wonder where does the “kind” go from man.
    Maybe I’m thinking too much, what can I do, I’m a woman.
    I was born to think,
    That’s what many say.
    Woman think a lot
    They are made that way, and I think again, “Thank God that I think.”
    It’s my thinking that makes me ponder, to be a better being.
    Everyday I think & try to reach my soul.
    And
    today my thinking wants to take a tour
    In the world of clouds, where they say Angels live.
    With a hope to bring in my palm, some glitters of bliss
    So I have few powers to whoosh away the pain
    That causes chaos often unexplained.

    jollyprivy.wordpress.com


     
    To learn how to have your poetry or other work profiled here, visit the Relating to Humans feature.

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 9:48 pm on April 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Benjamin Booker, , , , , , poetry, , , , , ,   

    This is how music is done… 

    Hey what’s up?!

    We’re going to be promoting our first Reward Package on Friday. If you would like to help me help you then please consider donating to help me make a movie and I will help you promote your book or other project. Huh?

    Yeah.

    So… I’m not going to be posting much for the next few months so please submit your work to one of the Relating to Humans features so I can post it to the blog in stead of my rambles and blather.

    Can ya dig?

    Anyway, here is some music that will make your toes tap and ears wiggle.

    I guarantee it.


     

    Oh yeah…

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:12 am on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    So, I’m Going To Make A Movie… UPDATE #3 

    We Have Our Captain!

    I am pleased and honored to announce that we have found/been blessedly bestowed with a Director for our film LEAVE.

    With a captain now at our film’s helm (yes, I do love my sailing metaphors), we will soon be launching our Indiegogo funding campaign, where we will happily and proudly announce all Cast & Crew.

    Even once the Indiegogo campaign launches, we will continue to run our website funding campaign here for those Indie Authors and other Indie Creator-types who would rather receive one of the Reward Packages as a donation incentive to promote their books or other projects versus the incentives that will be offered with the Indiegogo campaign.

    To be notified when the Indiegogo campaign goes live, please sign up here.

    To learn more about the website funding campaign and how you can promote your books or other projects, please visit here.

    To go ahead and just donate now, please do so here.

    After you donate via the website campaign, you should be automatically directed to a page where you can select your Reward Package. If you are not directed to the page, please let me know and I will personally assist you.

    Right on?

    Write on!


    PLEASE SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORT OUR FILM.

    YOU MAY BE ALSO INTERESTED IN:

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:26 am on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , criminal justice, , , , poetry, , , , , , ,   

    Two Marines walked into a bar… 

    …and the Sailor ducked.

    Ba dum bump!
    #militaryhumor

    Okay, just a couple of quick announcements while I’ve got your attention.

    I am overwhelmed with happiness and joy now that it is Spring, and because of all the wonderful submissions we’ve received to the Relating to Humans Women’s Issues feature in celebration of Women’s History Month. We still have a week or so to go for #WHM2016 and I am still posting to the blog all submissions received to the feature.

    If you’re not sure what all this Relating to Humans stuff is all about. I attempt to explain it all here.

    All RTH submissions received prior to 2016 have been moved to the RTH Archives. There is a lot of compelling reading to be found there so check it out if you have a chance.

    Aurelius, Zeno, and I are vibing to some Nine Inch Nails Ghost I-IV right now, in case you were wondering.

    Zeno & Aurelius rockin' the NIN... and their space heater.

    Da Bro’s vibing some NIN… and their space heater.

    Anyway… With just about all RTH past submissions now archived, that means there is a lot of white space for you to post your work.

    We all know that the early bird gets the best spot where all the book worms like to hang out, if you know what I mean… So submit early and submit often, but only submit one article or piece at a time per feature. If you want to submit something new to a feature that you already have something submitted to, let me know and I’ll archive the old so you can share with us the new.

    From now through the summer months, I plan/hope to be heavily involved with the raising of funds and then the production of my short film LEAVE out in Los Angeles. Fingers crossed.

    Consequently, I am not going to have as much time to spend writing stuff here for you to read, hence the awkward necessity of this awkwardness. Consequently, I am going to be looking to your submissions to the various RTH features to pull from and post to the blog. Consequently, I am going to need you all to post a lot of compelling and awareness-raising stuff up there for me to pull from. Consequently, I am going to be adding even more features for you to submit your work to.

    Can you dig it?

    I’m thinking new features such as: “Health Issues,” (notice how I put that comma before the closing quotes? strange how we do it that way here in ‘Merica (prounounced: mur/e/ka) when our good friends across The Pond would put them outside the closing quotes… isn’t life wonderful with all its little peculiarities like that? though, in actuality, since I’ve now added this interesting – at least to me – parenthetical aside, I guess the comma really should go after the closing parenthesis… oh well. my blog my (broken) rules.), “Criminal Justice Issues,” and although I’m a bit hesitant about this one because I’m not totally convinced it fits comfortably with the other features but we’ll see how it goes… “Relationship Issues.”

    I am going to ask/require that all human-related creative submissions, such as poetry as the primary example, be submitted only to its designated creative artsy-type feature. In other words, please submit your poems, photography, flash fiction, etc. only to its specific feature. In other words, all poems submitted to the “Women’s Issues” feature will be moved to the “Poetry” feature. To me it will be more interesting to read poetry or any other pieces submitted to the artsy-fartsy type features that cover many diverse, human-related topics in one feature. In other words, I hope I didn’t confuse you as much as I just confused myself.

    April is “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” so, unfortunately, there may be opportunities to speak to that very unfortunate and sadly big issue.

    Let’s start identifying “Trigger Warnings” where applicable, please. I think for a place like this those are a crucial necessity.

    So… that’s about it. Please start submitting away and I will move all the submissions that move me to the blog so they can move all of us into a broader, more compassionate understanding of all that’s going on in and all around this pretty yet petulant planet of ours that we all can and do and must relate to because like it or not we are all humans and we are ultimately all related.

    All** cool?

    Yeah…

    One last thing!

    Have you considered donating a buck* or two to help me get my short film off the ground? If you do, I will help you promote your book, your project, or a cause your most passionate about. You can learn how here.

    And if you’re a Newsletter Love subscriber, I’ll promote your work to our dedicated, and growing, newsletter group, as well.

    Right on?

    Write. On!

    And remember…

    Friends don’t let friends drive drunk, vote for Trump… or stumble headfirst into bars.

    For pain will surely ensue if they do.


    *Paypal accepts just about all major global denominations.
    **Yes, you’re right. I did use an awful lot of “alls” in this post for some reason.

     
     

     
    • 1banjo 11:50 am on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      We do not say “‘Merica (prounounced: mur/e/ka).” That is a calumny of the left meant to disparage people they regard as lower in class and status. It is cheap and ignorant. On this basis alone, I take my leave of your website after only one visit.

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    • Joy Pixley 12:01 pm on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I had to read the joke three times to get it. Possibly there was a “walking into a bar” episode earlier in my life that has affected me. ;-)

      And I thought you had exactly the right number of all’s.

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    • kirizar 2:21 pm on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Now I am curious….does that make you a Marine or a Sailor in the above example?

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:26 pm on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        And, keeping in mind that both Sailors and Marines are within the Department of the Navy and are all brothers and sisters in arms, I am curious as to how there could ever be any question and/or doubt as to my military affiliation?

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        • kirizar 1:49 pm on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Well, I suppose I could troll your site to find the answer, but instead, I’ll ask “How many lumps do you currently have on your forehead?” Then, I will have my answer.

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          • Kurt Brindley 4:04 pm on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Strange that you consider visiting a site to be trolling. Trolling usually is a term reserved for one who instigates arguments and other annoying nonsense via commenting on posts they have no business commenting on.

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            • kirizar 11:01 pm on March 27, 2016 Permalink

              Perhaps I mean ‘troll’ as in hunker under a bridge and lure billy goats to their doom? Not that that is much better, or even what I really mean, but I refuse to give up a perfectly good Aesop’s-esque reference if I don’t have to. (Note: I’ve hit an age where my brain won’t give me the word I mean and instead hands me one that starts with the same letter or rhymes…or ends in ‘Y’. I don’t know why it does this, I suspect years of sleep deprivation have made it surly.)

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    • seanknox183 8:38 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Kurt. I’m new to your blog. It was great! May I ask, what is your short film about?

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:44 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, seanknox183. Thank you for your kind comment. The film is set in the Nineties and it is about a US Warship” all-male crew’s reaction to the arrival of the ship’s first female sailors. My whole site is pretty much set up as promotion for the film so a good start to a broader understand would be here.

        Thanks again.

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        • seanknox183 4:09 am on March 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I have just had a look – it looks very interesting. I will follow your blog and track progress :) Thank you

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    • Mellow Curmudgeon 11:31 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love that phrase “pretty yet petulant planet”. I also like to punctuate as logically as our language will permit, so I ended the previous sentence the way they do on the other side of the pond. On the other hand, why they spell “honor” with a “u” remains a mystery to me.

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    • afinedealblog 2:13 pm on March 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well I’m going to follow you partner. What ‘s to lose by following you, your responses alone are interesting.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:29 pm on March 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Welcome, my friend. I’m happy you think so.

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        • afinedealblog 3:19 pm on April 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I’m following, I think but could not get your subscription to newsletter completed. Said it did not accept my email. Dude, here is my email.newearth84@icloud.com I would like to receive your newsletter

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          • Kurt Brindley 6:45 pm on April 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            I think you’re in. I received several notifications of your subscription. I really appreciate your interest – thank you for subscribing, a finedealblog.

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        • afinedealblog 5:21 pm on April 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Look here Brindley, I just found you and you seem understanding and open minded. I see your pic and hope I I am not too late. I just wish you would tell the cells in your body to slow the hell down there is this woman who wants to talk with me. You know that works, it does, talking to the cells in your body. I believe you can. So I am waiting for you Brindley. my name is Charlotte

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          • Kurt Brindley 6:48 pm on April 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Hi, Charlotte. Yes, I agree talking to the body’s cells does work. I’m living proof of it. My lovely and loving wife dedicated much of her time caring for me talking to my cells. And of course I did, too. Thanks so much for the kind comment, Charlotte. I really appreciate it.

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  • Kurt Brindley 8:07 pm on March 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: empowerment, , human relation, Janis Joplin, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Nina Simone, poetry, , Simone deBouvaire, Toni Morrison, , ,   

    HEROES FOR A MODERN GIRL | A Relating to Humans Women’s Issues Feature 

    HEROES FOR A MODERN GIRL
    by Pamela Schloesser Canepa

    The poet Maya Angelou
    shared wise words that moved me so.
    Songbird Nina Simone
    Did not fear walking alone.
    Nikki Giovanni
    Laid the truth on me.

    Mom bravely raised me alone,
    in the warmest, loving home.
    Simone deBouvaire taught me
    women are not property.
    Toni Morrison’s Pilate
    was free like a wild lilac.

    And I thank them all
    for helping me stand tall.
    Men’s rules, commandments, and laws
    once confined us, we felt lost.
    But there was no stopping
    rebels like Janis Joplin.

    I benefit from their stand,
    and I’m fed by my own hand.
    I thank them all
    For helping me stand tall.
     

    pamelascanepa.wordpress.com


     

    HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:08 pm on March 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Holy Land, , , , Luck o' the Irish, poetry, , , William Butler Yeats,   

    I Am Of Ireland by William Butler Yeats 

    #happystpatricksday
     

    ‘I am of Ireland,
    And the Holy Land of Ireland,
    And time runs on,’ cried she.
    ‘Come out of charity,
    Come dance with me in Ireland.’

    One man, one man alone
    In that outlandish gear,
    One solitary man
    Of all that rambled there
    Had turned his stately head.
    That is a long way off,
    And time runs on,’ he said,
    ‘And the night grows rough.’

    ‘I am of Ireland,
    And the Holy Land of Ireland,
    And time runs on,’ cried she.
    ‘Come out of charity
    And dance with me in Ireland.’

    ‘The fiddlers are all thumbs,
    Or the fiddle-string accursed,
    The drums and the kettledrums
    And the trumpets all are burst,
    And the trombone,’ cried he,
    ‘The trumpet and trombone,’
    And cocked a malicious eye,
    ‘But time runs on, runs on.’

    I am of Ireland,
    And the Holy Land of Ireland,
    And time runs on,’ cried she.
    “Come out of charity
    And dance with me in Ireland.’

     

    HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:08 pm on March 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abusive relationships, , , , , , , poetry, , , , , ,   

    THE LIES WE TELL OURSELVES | A Relating to Humans Women’s Issues Feature 

    THE LIES WE TELL OURSELVES
            by Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

    ** TRIGGER WARNING: Abuse **

    Deep Brown eyes stare back at me,
    Fleeting whispers floating between us,
    Shadows creep silently,
    Across broad brown shoulders,
    The darkness melding within the chocolate hues,
    Lengthening to point accusingly,
    At the faded bruise
    That still held faint outlines of his hand.

    “Are you okay? Should I call someone?”
    I hear the teacher’s voice whisper
    Behind
    In front
    Avoiding.

    My eyes jump back up,
    Shamed to be caught,
    Starting at the dark eyes,
    That hid darker shadows.

    “I’m fine, I fell”
    I watched her rouge tipped lips open in reply,
    Tasting the words,
    Rolling them around her tongue
    Until they fit,
    Like words spoken
    In love
    In faith
    In truth

    “Should I call a doctor?”
    The persistent voice asked again,
    Concern and patronization moving together
    To create a melody of the question,
    “No really I am fine, I fell.”
    Stronger, this time
    The eyes lit with the flame of memory,
    Recreated to a story to be told over and over,
    Each time more real than the last.

    Hands lift reaching across
    Touch the fading bruise,
    Face flinching from where my fingers lay,
    Turning to look away.

    With a breath, I slowly withdraw my hand
    Shaking as it moves from the mirror.
    Square the shoulders,
    Bright smile,
    A deep inhalation and whisper…
    “I am fine, I fell.”
     
    mypoeticheart.com


     

    Please submit your creative expressions that bring awareness to women and gender issues to the Relating to Humans Women’s Issues feature. All submissions will be profiled on the blog throughout Women’s History Month.

     
     

     
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