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Thought For the Day: A Writer Needs Three Things, Experience, Observation, and Imagination, Any Two of Which, At Times Any One of Which, Can Supply the Lack of Others

“A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.” -William Faulkner, novelist (25 Sep 1897-1962)

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Open Declaration

Open Declarationby Michael DoyleThe cross is not a decorationIt is an open declarationOf how much love the Father bringsThese are the lessons of the hymns we singLooking carefully at all that we seeWhat brings happiness, what brings misery?Staring out bored … Continue reading

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From Hosanna to Crucifixion

From Hosanna to Crucifixion (Palm Sunday 2022)by Michael DoyleIPassages in sermons find seed in our lifeSpeaking to us to create peace and take our strifeStilled hearts help us reach the truth to seePraying that we might commit to this way … Continue reading

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Cicero Speaks On Becoming Older

Cicero Speaks On Becoming Olderby Michael DoyleLife passes through many a stageUntil calumniating in old ageIt’s a folly to hold this in despiseWe’d be better off to open our eyesCicero offers us his philosopher’s lookIn his writing of many a … Continue reading

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Na/GloPoWriMo #24: Perishable

Na/GloPoWriMo #24: Perishableby Michael DoylePerishable as a live plantShe insists but just can’tThere a perfect consolation in leafIts in its hiding manifestations of griefIn the soft shame of being seenEach of us fails our push at being human beingsPotted plants … Continue reading

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Christ Meets the Grecian World

Christ Meets the Grecian Worldby Michael DoyleThere are things that we’ve learned along the waySuch as that, evil will never truly win the dayAnd that while the devil deals in duplicity A truly good person will always withstand adversityIn the … Continue reading

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Meditative Movement

In these last months, as if we haven’t been too sedentary in the first place, we have been almost nothing but stuck in and out of sorts with finding ways to keep moving.  This is counter to what is best … Continue reading

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Finding the Good

I had a discussion with someone many years ago about why I wanted two princesses to be familiar with the literary classics from which there were derived the 5′ Shelf of Books aka Harvard Classics.  After all, the contention was, … Continue reading

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Rise of the Common Man

This next in the series on American history expounds on the events of the rise of Jacksonian Democracy which is seen a pivotal as the era of the common man and precipitating the American Civil War. Rise of the Common … Continue reading

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On the Importance of True History

How did an intellectual fraud like Howard Zinn become the go to guy for American history in our public schools?   It’s sort of outrageous.   I remember when I was of a different mindset and more open to his … Continue reading

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