Jennifer Hall

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November 27th Birthday Love: Kevin Henkes

“The sky was full – of blue and sun. The ocean reflected it and was flat and glossy like a fancy ballroom floor. To Martha, this was the most beautiful sight, a miracle. The ocean made her feel insignificant and slightly afraid, but in an exhilarating way. Her inclination was not to walk or dance …

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November 26th Birthday Love: Marilynne Robinson

“Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday. It is like standing in a newly planted garden after a warm rain. You can feel the silent and invisible life.” -Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

Artist Spotlight: Charley Harper

Today’s artist spotlight is on the American Modern artist, Charley Harper. He was born on the family farm in Frenchton, West Virginia, on August 4, 1922. Growing up, he not only had the farm to explore, but also the Appalachian hills, where he spent time wandering the land and observing the wildlife. This upbringing suited …

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November 25th Birthday Love: Takaaki Yoshimoto

Possession Our words are charming.“Flesh,” once said;we immediately cling to the earth.“Spirit,” if spoken;we are already flying. Our souls belongto gravity and buoyancy,to suspicion and aspiration.The world is made of coercion,causes and mistakes,but surely, a blue the same as the skyhangs deep in our skulls. Otherwise,standing on fragile legs,how could we ride the image of …

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November 24th Birthday Love: Frances Hodgson Burnett

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.” -Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

November 23rd Birthday Love: Clément Marot

Awaiting Help I’m awaiting help from my sole thought.I’m awaiting the day I’ll be sent away,or the loveliest of all will say to me:‘Friend, your love will be rewarded.’ Our agreement has begun full well,but what will transpire, I’ve no idea:for, if she wishes, my life is lost,though love expects advancement. If I’m refused, come, …

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November 22nd Birthday Love: Marjane Satrapi

The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself:Are my trousers long enough?Is my veil in place?Can my make-up be seen?Are they going to whip me? No longer asks herself:Where is my freedom of thought?Where is my freedom of speech?My life, is it liveable?What’s going on in the political prisons? -Marjane …

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November 21st Birthday Love: Voltaire

Azolan At village lived, in days of yore,A youth bred in Mahomet’s lore;His well-turned limbs were formed with grace,With blooming beauty glowed his face;His name was Azolan, with careThe Koran he had written fair;Was on its study ever bent,To get it all by heart he meant.From the most early youth his breastBy zeal for Gabriel …

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November 20th Birthday Love: Alistair Cooke

“America is a country in which I see the most persistent idealism and the blandest of cynicism and the race is on between its vitality and its decadence.” -Alistair Cooke

November 19th Birthday Love: Joanne Kyger

The Crystal in Tamalpais In Tamalpais is a big crystal. An acquaintance told me the story. A Miwok was giving his grandfather’s medicine bag to the Kroeber Museum in Berkeley. He said this man took him over the mountain Tamalpais, at a certain time in the year. I believe it was about the time of …

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