Monday, July 29, 2019

Interesting Movie about Kaiser Wilhelm II in Exile

     Lily James is rapidly becoming a favrotie. We saw her in Yesterday earlier this summer. Christopher Plummer always gives a good performance. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Some more Summer Reading? CSN & Y Books

      One more thing on my Kindle to clear, and a few on the shelf. Maybe they can wait! We have seen Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and I saw Crazy Horse and read Nash's autobiography, which I recommend!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Happy 1st Birthday, "Saluda Reflections", from Finishing Line Press!

   Hard to believe it's been one year ! Finishing Line Press was fantastic to work with. I would be happy to send them another manuscript in the future!

   In this book I talk about some contemporary issues facing the USA. And it looks like I will keep doing it!

   If you would like a signed copy or a signed card from me to put inside the book cover, please contact me at


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Painting-Poem Collaboration: Carol Worthington-Levy and Arthur Turfa

    When Carol Worthington-Levy wanted to create some portraits from family photos, I asked if I would contribute a few poems (that is ekphrasis) since I knew most of the people in them. They were like a second family to me.

    She graciously consented, and after a successful exhibition or two, now there is a book! I sent a copy to my friend and fellow writer (she also is an artist), Rebecca Justice Chamberlain. In her post she raved about the paintings ( who wouldn't?) but also said some touching things about one o f the poems.

    Speaking as a poet, although the same is true for all artistic expressions, I rarely know how people are moved. It is wonderful to hear about it, when it happens. I write poetry because I want to share something with people. It is not all about me.My hope is that there will be some commonalities discovered, that people will find something that has meaning in their own lives. Thanks Rebecca and Carol!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

Life Without Newspapers?

    Wherever you stand politically, imagine that there ar eno newspapers. We then choose our bread and circuses from a wide variety as the bad guys put it to us!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Posting Soundcloud Recordings of Some Poems Again

   Since I can walk up and down the stairs to the desktop, I am posting some of my poem recordings.
Please feel free to check out my Facebook sites for Accents, Gemini, and Saluda Reflections, as well as my other tracks.  some of those tracks are me reading others' poems, or people reading mine, which is quite an honor!

    And if you want to obtain a book for yourself, there are links; you likely know the usual vendors.

    Should you want to record any poem even one that's already been done, please feel free to do so! and let me know! Thanks and enjoy!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Sydney School Restricts Use of Technology

   A company comes up with a device, sells it to school districts trying to be up to date, relevant, and all that. Do away with textbooks, and put everything on line.

   Sounds good, doesn't it?

   Then most of the students use the device to message each other, surf the Internet for shopping, scores, and movies.

    Big surprise! They miss what the teacher said, ask him or her to repeat, and get angry when that doesn't happen all of the time, or when their grades tank.

    Add to the mix teachers being prohibited to use social media in the classroom, and in some places, even on their free time.

    I am retired now from high school teaching, and can say a bit. I volunteered to introduce such devices into the classroom. Partly, it was to prove that a veteran teacher could be "with it". And I used it a lot. But at times I would not.

    Most students cannot handle it. When they get to college, they often find out how much they do not know. Maybe they fail a class, or drop it and have to take it another semester. And if they borrow guess it! Student loan debt! 

   More later!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

    One of the books I read while recuperating from my hip replacement. There are hundreds of Revolutionary War sites in South Carolina, and many more to be discovered.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Poetry- July/August 2019 Global Anglophone Indian Poems

    I have had the honor of having appeared several times in Indian electronic journals. Imagine my surprise and joy at receiving this in the mail yesterday! So far I have enjoyed what I have read. 

Monday, July 1, 2019

Tolkien Poem Discovered

    J.R.R. Tolkien wrote more than novels and did more than invent languages. What is remarkable to me about this poem is its style. While a Marian poem, it does not offend this Lutheran, and I would not think it would offend anyone. But these days, who knows?

   This almost makes me want to take up the pipe again, but I won't. I did two things rather soon after I arrived at Penn State to look more distinguished. I grew a moustache and started smoking a pipe. I still have the moustache!

Reviews Are So Very Important to Writers, and So Hard to Get

      When my first poetry book was published seven years ago, I dutifully asked readers/friends to review it. That book, Places and Times, ...