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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans created a new blog post, On Brighton Beach

    On Brighton Beach

    Posted in Blogs on Monday, 19 October 2020

            On Brighton Beach, the tourists say,         the ice cream vendors come this way, and come and go,           and come and go, on Brighton Beach,         the tourists know.   On Brighton Beach, the bathers say,         the shifting waves are quick and gay, and come and go,        and come and go, on Brighton Beach,         the bathers know.   On Brighton Beach, I've never heard         the sleeping sand to say a word. But come and go,         and come and go, the dreaming sand         will never know.

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, The Language of Trees

    But we should not lose hope. Our collective will is enormously powerful and, focused aright, can peaceably reshape the world from the bottom up. It calls for a resounding 'Yes!' to Life.

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, The Language of Trees

    We are listening. I believe ordinary citizens are, but we 're reliant on every nation's government co-operating. That isn't going to happen while material wealth is top of the agenda, rather than the wellbeing of people, and while there is an overweening and cacophanous demand for supposed individual 'rights'. Apparently, there is a new word - at least I hadn't heard it until recently - ecoanxiety. So much for western notions of prosperity!

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans created a new blog post, The Language of Trees

    The Language of Trees

    Posted in Blogs on Thursday, 01 October 2020

          The trees were winking at me this morning.   Or maybe it was morse code.   Tiny brights lights kept going on and off, as if someone was hitting a switch.   But irregular, like a cipher.   I finally figured it out.    It was the light of the sun refracting through raindrops as the leaves moved in the breeze.   Nature speaks to us.   I hope we are listening.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans created a new blog post, Limerosity

    Limerosity

    Posted in Blogs on Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    I have three books coming out next month, and thought I would share them with my Green Room friends. The first, The Laughing String,  is a collection of my thoughts on writing, interspersed with some quotes on the art and craft that I found either inspiring or enlightening (or both).      The second is called Two Short Novels, and if you think that it contains two short novels, you would be almost right. Actually it contains two short comic romances, but that doesn't roll off the tongue quite the same way. The first one, The Marriage Gift, is I still think the funniest thing I have ever writen.      But the last one, Limerosity, is my favorite. If you have been hanging out in the Green Room for a while, you might have noticed my fondness for limericks, and perchant for having literary figures as subjects. I have collected some of them and present them here.      It's a short book now, but I hope it will grow in future editions, my light-hearted version of Leaves of Grass. Who knows? Maybe some of this talented community will end limerickly commemorated in there one day. A consummation possibly not to be wished.         

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    Stephen Evans created a new blog post, Generations

    Generations

    Posted in Blogs on Sunday, 30 August 2020

    I have a bunch of books coming out this year, so I thought I'd profile a few here for my Green Room friends. The first is Generations: Three One Acts.   A few years ago I had just finished a one act play about the last journey of Ralph Waldo Emerson with his daughter Ellen. I encouraged two old  and talented friends to write plays on the same general lines. No one was more surprised than I was when they took me up on it, writing not just two plays but two very different, funny, and moving plays about the complex relationship between generations.  The plays were produced in Annapolis, Maryland, last year for a short run. The response was enthusiastic and our experience deeply memorable, so we decided to publish.  The book is available now online, and can be ordered through many bookstores.       

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Invictus

    Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep, Keep Thy lamb, in safety keep; Nothing can Thy power withstand, None can pluck me from Thy hand.

    Jane Elizabeth Leeson (1809 - 1881)

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    Monika Schott PhD commented on the blog post, Invictus

    Beautiful ?

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    Monika Schott PhD
    Monika Schott PhD commented on the blog post, The three Cs

    True, Rosy. Kindness can change anything; it can soften a heart, arouse a smile, and much more. ?

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, The three Cs

    True kindness has the power to change circumstances, whether given or received. Kindness makes the world go round and can determine destinies. God Bless you for this, Moni.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans created a new blog post, Invictus

    Invictus

    Posted in Blogs on Monday, 24 August 2020

              Out of the night that covers me,       Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be       For my unconquerable soul.   In the fell clutch of circumstance       I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance       My head is bloody, but unbowed.   Beyond this place of wrath and tears       Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years       Finds and shall find me unafraid.   It matters not how strait the gate,       How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate,       I am the captain of my soul.   WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY  

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    Without the beat of any drum

    Posted in Blogs on Wednesday, 19 August 2020

    Weaving and swirling, casting a hand of stealth healing. High they fly, low they crawl. Magical. Merciful. Gracious and humane, forever genuine. They stride and glide, tip toe in the silent sprinkle of glittering dust, sometimes soaring in whispers as delicate as a flawless feather falling from the cosmos. They go unnoticed in humbling humility and in lashings of hushed becalm, serene in acts of sincerity across the Earth. Considerate, caring, loving; ever watchful in a compassionate intensity of spirit. Without effort or expectation, they nurture. Unperturbed, they're always on call, always listening for the silent sob hiding in a dark corner. No judgement, no conspiracy, no mock or disdaining taunt. They feel in the intricacy of fine lace and in that, can hold a thousand breaking aches. Yet, they hurt like anyone, cry in tears of budding yellow tulips of the collective. And then somehow, they heal themselves to carry on, heal any knife wound piercing deep into a buried abyss. And what defines them, is their ability to do and act and mend in a nurture that weaves and binds any cracking blare and unveiled glare. They’re not mythical beings, or celestial, atmospheric entities derived in pagan or religious law, nor do they come from any far flung realm or universe. They walk among us wearing hearts gilded in gold, hearts that emanate as the king of the universal jungle and with the courage to match. From there, they access an unyielding inner strength to help wherever help is needed. And they do all this without the beat of any drum, in a flutter of butterfly wings. Nothing stops them, and nothing propels them other than their purest of gold gilded heart. Angels on Earth, are Angels in Eternity.

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    Nicholas Mackey
    Nicholas Mackey commented on the blog post, A life in trees

    Thank you, Rosy for reading and commenting.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, The Lessons of Gurnemanz

    Interesting -thank you! have to see if I can find those books. The Osiris story is in my Emerson play, though I use the version from Plutarch's Morals.

    Yes, Wolfram in a centerpiece to be sure :)

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, The Lessons of Gurnemanz

    I read this today in Eliot's notes on The Wasteland:

    Not only the title, but the plan and a good deal of the incidental symbolism of the poem were suggested by Miss Jessie L. Weston’s book on the Grail legend: From Ritual to Romance (Cambridge). Indeed, so deeply am I indebted, Miss Weston’s book will elucidate the difficulties of the poem much better than my notes can do; and I recommend it (apart from the great interest of the book itself) to any who think such elucidation of the poem worth the trouble. To another work of anthropology I am indebted in general, one which has influenced our generation profoundly; I mean The Golden Bough; I have used especially the two volumes Adonis, Attis, Osiris. Anyone who is acquainted with these works will immediately recognise in the poem certain references to vegetation ceremonies.

    You forgot to mention that Wolfram in your book is an Irish Wolfhound who, basically, holds it all together! :-)

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    Monika Schott PhD
    Monika Schott PhD commented on the blog post, Expectations

    Rosy, I'm so touched by your beautiful description of my writing, it's never been described in that way before - thank you!

    Interesting that you share that quote from Albert Camus as Julia Baird quotes those same words in her book. ?

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        On Brighton Beach, the tourists say,         the ice cream vendors come this way, and come and go,           and come and go, on Brighton Be...
      The trees were winking at me this morning.   Or maybe it was morse code.   Tiny brights lights kept going on and off, as if someone was hitting...
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Rosy Cole The Language of Trees
06 October 2020
But we should not lose hope. Our collective will is enormously powerful and, focused aright, can pea...
Rosy Cole The Language of Trees
05 October 2020
We are listening. I believe ordinary citizens are, but we 're reliant on every nation's government c...
Rosy Cole Invictus
30 August 2020
Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep, Keep Thy lamb, in safety keep; Nothing can Thy power withstand, None c...
Monika Schott PhD Invictus
26 August 2020
Beautiful ?
Monika Schott PhD The three Cs
26 August 2020
True, Rosy. Kindness can change anything; it can soften a heart, arouse a smile, and much more. ?