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Stephen is a playwright and author of The Marriage of True Minds, The Island of Always, Painting Sunsets, A Transcendental Journey, and Funny Thing Is: A Guide to Understanding Comedy

Keep the Heart

Sunset
 
 
 
                                          Nor in this bower,
This little lime-tree bower, have I not mark'd
Much that has sooth'd me. Pale beneath the blaze
Hung the transparent foliage; and I watch'd
Some broad and sunny leaf, and lov'd to see
The shadow of the leaf and stem above
Dappling its sunshine! And that walnut-tree
Was richly ting'd, and a deep radiance lay
Full on the ancient ivy, which usurps
Those fronting elms, and now, with blackest mass
Makes their dark branches gleam a lighter hue
Through the late twilight: and though now the bat
Wheels silent by, and not a swallow twitters,
Yet still the solitary humble-bee
Sings in the bean-flower! Henceforth I shall know
That Nature ne'er deserts the wise and pure;
No plot so narrow, be but Nature there,
No waste so vacant, but may well employ
Each faculty of sense, and keep the heart
Awake to Love and Beauty! and sometimes
'Tis well to be bereft of promis'd good,
That we may lift the soul, and contemplate
With lively joy the joys we cannot share.
 
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Stephen Evans
This poem was written following the first visit of William and Dorothy Wordsworth to Coleridge,, who had recently settled at Nethe... Read More
Saturday, 13 April 2024 14:16
Rosy Cole
Thank you for this :-)
Tuesday, 16 April 2024 15:30
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1967

The 1967 film In the Heat of the Night, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, is one of my favorite films, one of two nearly perfect films Sidney Poitier made in that decade (the other being Lilies of the Field).

 

Here are some of the other films that came out in the amazing film year of 1967 (most of which I was of course too young to see).  

 

Hombre, Belle de Jour, Barefoot in the Park, To Sir, with Love, The Dirty Dozen, Far from the Madding CrowdThe Whisperers, Two for the Road, Camelot, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Wait Until Dark, The Flim-Flam Man, The Comedians, The Taming of the ShrewHow to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingCool Hand Luke, The Producers, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, In Cold Blood, Doctor Dolittle, The Graduate.

 

And of course, Monkeys, Go Home!

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Rosy Cole
I've seen only three of those films, two with Sidney Poitier, and Far From The Madding Crowd. However, I do feel the 2015 film of ... Read More
Thursday, 15 February 2024 18:57
Stephen Evans
The 1967 version had a stellar cast too, with Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch, and Alan Bates. But I agree with you - I... Read More
Thursday, 15 February 2024 19:28
Stephen Evans
I didn't realize until you mentioned it that Sidney Poitier had three films out that year: In the Heat of the Night, To Sir, with ... Read More
Friday, 16 February 2024 17:24
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My Winter World

My Winter World Print Cover October 2023 Corrected IG

 

“The third installment of Stephen Evans’ bittersweet love story, The Island of Always, mixes whimsy, grief, courtroom drama, and charm.”-Blueink Review

 

My Winter World, the third book in The Island of Always series is available now online or through your favorite local bookstore.

 

Authors Note: This book deals (in a compassionate way I hope) with issues of the loss of a pet as well as mental health and depression. Please keep this in mind before purchasing.

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Rosy Cole
There used to be a popular BBC comedy series, starring Penelope Wilton and Richard Briers. It was called Ever Decreasing Circles. ... Read More
Monday, 15 January 2024 12:21
Stephen Evans
Sounds like a funny show. The used to show (I was going to say broadcast but I don't know if they do that now - everything is str... Read More
Monday, 15 January 2024 13:12
Rosy Cole
I don't know whether you have seen this? It does have a certain resonance... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ever_Decreasing_Circle... Read More
Monday, 15 January 2024 18:51
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Treatise on What Matters

Solstice Sunset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sound comes and goes.

The music is always real.

The sun rises and sets.

But only as we do.

It doesn’t really matter.

 

Rise and set. Come and go.

What matters is. Really.

The rising and setting.

The coming and going.

Really. What is matter?

 

It starts with an L.

No more questions.

Copyright

© Stephen Evans 2023

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Rosy Cole
Where I live, sunrise can't be seen until halfway to high noon, and then, through a web of flickering leaves and branches. Only ch... Read More
Monday, 01 January 2024 14:28
Stephen Evans
Beautiful. And BTW, comments are not supposed to be better written than the post ... Read More
Monday, 01 January 2024 16:06
Rosy Cole
#JustSaying :-) In any case, you prompted the response!
Monday, 01 January 2024 18:11
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Thank you for this :-)
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