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image of the day: EUZICASA Audiobook Stand : Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense (audiobook here-close caption in several languages)



Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense
On January 9, 1776, propagandist Thomas Paine anonymously published Common Sense, advocating an immediate declaration of independence from Britain. An instant bestseller in both the colonies and in Britain, Paine baldly stated that King George III was a tyrant and that Americans should shed any sentimental attachment to the monarchy. America, he argued, had a moral obligation to reject monarchy. ‘O! ye that love mankind! Ye that dare opposed not only the tyranny but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the Old World is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted around the globe…. O! receive the fugitive and prepare in time an asylum for mankind,’ he urged. Within a few years, a land with a population of 2.5 million had bought 500,000 copies of Paine’s stirring call for independence.

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Common Sense Audiobook by Thomas Paine (February 4, 1776)

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word: pedantic


pedantic 

Definition: (adjective) Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules.
Synonyms: donnish, academic
Usage: Pedantic and hypercritical, meddlesome and fault-finding, he was a terror to the clerks under him. Discuss.

facebook, poetic thought by George-B (the smudge and other poems)


facebook, poetic thought by George-B

To like or not to like:
That is today’s question:
Facebook plays with my feelings of liking and disliking,
but you know that,
it’s all over the news…the betrayal of trust of confidence,
of the most basic relationship…among people:
Fairness, not taking advantage of each other,
as a tool to make yourself rich (and make another poor)
But then you knew there is nothing sincere about facebook, that some made into faithbook: big mistake, big, big mistake)

need: to return ethics to the world!

WORD: ARDOR


ardor 

Definition: (noun) Feelings of great warmth and intensity.
Synonyms: fervencyfire
Usage: He spoke with great ardor at the rally, inspiring the crowd with his passionate words. Discuss.

 

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Today’s Birthday: SHERWOOD ANDERSON (1876)


Sherwood Anderson (1876)

After serving briefly in the Spanish-American War, Anderson became a successful advertising man and then manager of a paint factory before suffering a nervous breakdown. Dissatisfied with his life, he abandoned both his family and his job to devote himself to writing. His best-known work is the short story collection Winesburg, Ohio, and his prose style, based on everyday speech, influenced writers Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. He died after accidentally swallowing what object? More… Discuss

 

Quotation: Nathaniel Hawthorne


In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss

 

Just a Thought: “Wisdom dies in the errata of the book of books”


Just a Thought: “Wisdom dies in the errata of the book of books”

Leonard Cohen – The Letters


Send “The Letters” Ringtone to your Cell
LEONARD COHEN

“The Letters”
 

You never liked to get
The letters that I sent.
But now you’ve got the gist
Of what my letters meant.
You’re reading them again,
The ones you didn’t burn.
You press them to your lips,
My pages of concern.
I said there’d been a flood.
I said there’s nothing left.
I hoped that you would come.
I gave you my address.
Your story was so long,
The plot was so intense,
It took you years to cross
The lines of self-defense.
The wounded forms appear:
The loss, the full extent;
And simple kindness here,
The solitude of strength.
You walk into my room.
You stand there at my desk,
Begin your letter to
The one who’s coming next.

 

Quotation: Leonard Cohen On “Poetry”…evidence of life”


“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” 
― Leonard Cohen

Today’s Birthday: ELWYN BROOKS “E. B.” WHITE (1899)


Elwyn Brooks “E. B.” White (1899)

After starting his writing career as a reporter, White settled in New York and became known for his impeccable prose style as a contributing editor of New Yorker magazine. Talented in diverse genres, he collaborated with James Thurber on satire, wrote the classic children’s books Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web, and revised William Strunk Jr.‘s grammar and composition text The Elements of Style, which became a definitive writing guide. How did White know Strunk?More… Discuss

 

Question, poetic thought by George-B


Question, poetic thought by George-B

I opened my mind to you
Hoping you would search inside
For clues about your future…

 I opened my mouth to you
Hoping you would search for clues
In the words coming out of it

I opened my thoughts to you, and put them
Neatly at the tips of my fingers,
and then forwarded them to you
Hoping you would understand my fingertips meaning

You have understood everything
Before I have done a thing…
You were living already inside of my thoughts,
and knew them,

as if you have been thinking them or
dreamed of them… 

Now, the question that remains is,
How did you accomplish that? 

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Quotation: Nathaniel Hawthorne On cemeteries, prisons, and new colonies!


The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss

Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on the teaching of the years


“The years teach much which the days never know.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

Haiku – Time (my poetry collection)


Haiku – Time

The passage of time
makes one think about present
more than the past.

About publishing blogs


1. First they make you think that they may have an authority, to claim your work,   for their publishing blog

2. Then they exclude your talent, without a reason,

3. Now they got the power, and control over your work, even if you don’t see it.

4. Therefore, now you allowed them to be your creative master: Why would you let that happen? 

5. Finally now they have something you lost: your creativity, your self! 

Nathaniel Hawthorne on Trusting as training tool


Trusting no man as his friend, he could not recognize his enemy when the latter actually appeared.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss

What’s on my mind: “I don’t master the art of writing… Never the less, I decided to write anyway”


“I don’t master the art of writing… Never the less,  I decided to write anyway!”

Quotation: Anais Nin on Inspiration


My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.

Anais Nin

Today’s Birthday: Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876)


Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876)

Rinehart was a popular American author considered the inventor of the Had-I-But-Known school of mystery writing. Her immensely successful first novel, The Circular Staircase launched her career, and her books, which often blend mystery with humor and romance, have sold over 10 million copies. She was a war correspondent during WWI and wrote several books promoting women’s contributions to the war effort. What popular phrase is said to have been inspired by her 1930 novel The Door? More… Discuss

An  interesting fact, from her biography:
Left-handed at a time when that was considered inappropriate, she was trained to use her right hand instead.”
This reminds me of my left-handedness, therefore I can relate to her struggle to learn how to write with her right hand, as I experienced myself the ordeal: I don’t know how children are educated in the lately, but going to school in Romania in the sixties, implied you’ll write with your right hand. Even now, when I see people writing with their left hand, I cannot but ask myself how it might feel to be afforded this, fundamental natural freedom. On the other hand, While writing is just about the only task I attend to with my right, I would have to learn to feed myself, if it was not for my left. I think I envy the ambidextrous, just a bit.” 

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