YULOGIA: A Study of Christmas

    Yule is a curious word. Like wassail and mistletoe, it’s been with us for as long as we can remember, yet barring vague associations with edible timber, a good working definition always seems elusive. Perhaps we’re right to feel out of our depth when it comes to this term, for it is very […]

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Ode to the Man who Lives Upstairs

  Ode to the Man who Lives Upstairs is a poem based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story The Tell-Tale Heart. I’ve written it (more or less) in the format of an ode, in vague parody of John Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn:  the first two lines of each of the three stanzas are an echo of […]

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Ladies Half-Sick of Shadows

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The Sentence, As We Know and Live It

  “Language is the dress of thought” ~ Samuel Johnson Just as our physical bodies house our intangible selves, so our words lend structure to our ideas. Until such time as we speak, put pen to paper, or apply our digits to the keyboard, our thoughts remain nothing more than restless potential confined to the […]

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Penny Wise, Pumpkin Foolish

  Though I haven’t been blessed with a green thumb, I’m told that the earliest harvest of pumpkins begins right about now. Here’s a poem on the subject based on a New World folktale (also retold as The Mare’s Egg, a children’s story by Canadian author Carole Spray). I’ve written it, more or less, as a […]

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We Have to Sit Opposite ~ by Ethel Wilson

Even in the confusion of entering the carriage at Salzburg, Mrs. Montrose and her cousin Mrs. Forrester noticed the man with the blue tooth. He occupied a corner beside the window. His wife sat next to him. Next to her sat their daughter of perhaps seventeen. People poured into the train. A look passed between […]

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The Comma and other Fine Points of Distinction

In a statement so crisply cogent as to stand in pure endorsement of itself, Lynne Truss, author of Eats Shoots and Leaves, tells us that “proper punctuation is both the sign and the cause of clear thinking.” Doubtless, her gift for the gab, both technical and rhetorical, has earned her swarms of loyal recruits. It will also have […]

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The Lively Limerick

  I heard of a man from Toulouse so nervous of getting bad news that he turned out the light, morning, noon, and at night and maintained a perpetual snooze. _____ Everyone loves a limerick. It’s fun, easy, and personable. But of exactly what does it consist? A LIMERICK is a humorous, sometimes ribald, poem […]

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Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of the Heart

“Sometimes I’m terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants. The way it stops and starts.”  ~ Edgar Allan Poe Why do we read stories? Myriad are the roads we travel in life, but no less are the excuses we make for straying from them in occasional flights of […]

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His Crowning Glory

____ HIS CROWNING GLORY by A.E.Faris A verse based on ‘The Bald Knight’, one of Aesop’s Fables ____ There was a knight with a head of hair so rich and fine and full of shine, it served as his crowning glory … a most fortunate head of hair. ____ But when that mane began to […]

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