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Friendship Circles by Alice Faeth - May 2012

Posted by Josephine On Feb 08, 2013 - 03:49 PM

Mark Twain’s observation can’t be improved upon: “Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last a whole lifetime.”

It has for me with friends I’ve known for over seven decades. I’m grateful for these and also for a few friends made this last decade due to their qualities and strong characters.

    When younger we might have met at the tennis court for a game after work. Now a common interest like a book discussion group finds us gathering monthly. Over food provided by rotating hostesses, we talk about a book, those that are popular like THE HELP, others of interest that are harder reading.

    With a busy younger friend, I enjoy a current movie or go to a free, daytime movie at a library Having lunch with a friend or several is a special event since most of us live alone and have solitary meals at home.

    A highly challenging class called “Writing the Memoirs of Your Life” meets half a dozen times in the spring and fall. Our teacher has published and gently critiques our essays, offering expert advice... Our membership after over more than five years has shrunk. We’ve learned a lot about each other, our lives and families.

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A California Thanksgiving

Posted by Josephine On Dec 01, 2011 - 08:51 PM

A California Thanksgiving

Fine gauze wraps
the Bay area
early on
Morning unfolds
what memory
held hidden
Knowing with certainty
the peaks, terraces and valleys
until the sun
dislodges the known world
revealing splendor.

Our family gathered there
Each knowing each
the old ones
amateurs all
with fuzzy memories
Scaling the mountain trails
riding the back roads with laughter
at our heels

Busy hands molding pies
quick breads and stuffing
remembering moldings and high
Scenes of our own
peaks and pratfalls
wrapped in a silver lining
or a shroud
Stunned into now
by the new generation
revealing splendor

Jo Stewart
November, 2011

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Potrait of the Artist as an Old Man

Posted by Josephine On Jan 29, 2011 - 03:41 PM

 Check out this interesting fusion of poetry and art:

Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man

and Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man - Part2

image courtesy of john kotula

A sample poem from the Artist as an old man by John Kotula

Husband in Winter

In the middle of the night
I wake up in my warm bed.
I nudge Deb softly.
Yeah, she is still there.

I get up to pee,
Walk past the coats in the hall,
The door to the basement.
The clock on the stove says 2:10.
My old bladder knows the hour,
If not the minute.
There is moonlight coming in the back door.
I can make out the silhouette of the big rosemary plant.
I sit.
No sense in trying to steer
When I’m half asleep.

The thermostat is set at 58.

I’m cold
When I slip
Back under the covers.
But, Deb is warm.
I press against her,
Snuggling, spooning.

One day,
One of us
Will be alone
In this bed.
One of us
Will have to wait
While the heat of one body
Warms it up.

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Reckless Public Speech

Posted by Josephine On Jan 12, 2011 - 06:13 PM

The recent shootings in Arizona give even more justification to discuss the dangers arising, in part, from reckless public speech. This mainly modern and ubiquitous practice (because of easy availability of electronic tools) needs to be addressed by senior officials and media alike. Why is it that when personal or inflammatory comments are made that senior officials do not publicly denounce such remarks? That's when leaders rise from political hacks to statesmen and stateswomen. When people choose public service, safety issues will always be an issue. Human beings being what they are, imperfect and some very ill, security and first responders must be part of safety plans. If we want good people to choose public service, reckless public speech must be denounced by anyone in authority, especially politicians, media CEOs, entertainment people, the church and anyone else who has a bully pulpit. Not to do so will continue to coarsen our society and tragedies can and will continue. — Jo Stewart, Chicago Published by

The Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, January 12, 2011 in Voice of the People

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Posted by Josephine On Nov 07, 2010 - 12:47 PM

A Bliss Cartoon from the New Yorker, October 18th 2010 issue. Page75


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