Thursday, January 9, 2014

Not Enough Time In A Day



I am still busily working on another writing project -- a fiction story -- and have no time left over for blog stuff.

Sorry 'bout that.

However, I read a poem "Hello Central" by Ron Padgett over at The Writer's Almanac that made me ask myself (once again) "What distinguishes this piece as a poem instead of prose.

If there is a reader out there who would care to enlighten me, I would appreciate it.


Did You Know . . .?

The Statue of Liberty's tablet is two feet thick.



On this day in 1776, writer Thomas Paine published his pamphlet "Common Sense," setting forth his arguments in favor of American independence.  Originally published anonymously, "Common Sense" advocated independence for the American colonies from Britain and is considered one of the most influential pamphlets in American history.

Paine continued writing pamphlets in support of revolution. He released "The Rights of Man," supporting the French Revolution in 1791-92, in answer to Edmund Burke's famous "Reflections on the Revolution in France" (1790). His sentiments were highly unpopular with the still-monarchal British government, so he fled to France, where he was later arrested for his political opinions.

He died in New York in 1809.



1. Having great weight.
2. Awkward or unwieldy.
3. Dull or laborious.



(Jan 9, 1913 - Apr 22, 1994)
Richard Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974, when he became the only president to resign the office. Nixon had previously served as a Republican U.S. Representative and Senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

(born January 9, 1941)
Joan Baez is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist. Baez has performed publicly for over 55 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music.

(Jan 9, 1935 - Sept 2, 2005)
Bob Denver was an American comedic actor known for his roles as Gilligan on the television series Gilligan's Island and the beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on the 1959–1963 TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

(born January 9, 1973)
Angela Bettis is an American film and stage actress, film producer, and director best known for her lead roles in the 2002 TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel Carrie, the title character in May (2002), and in Girl, Interrupted as an anorexic psychiatric patient Janet Webber.


I wouldn't mind seeing opera die. Ever since I was a boy, I regarded opera as a ponderous anachronism, almost the equivalent of smoking.
--Frank Lloyd Wright


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