Poetry on a Canapé

Kaleidoscopes, those marvelous toys containing mirrors and pieces of coloured glass, amuse us with reflections that change patterns as we move a small tube around and around.  There is a random joy in each transformation that materialises as we gaze with rapt attention through a tiny eyehole. These constantly fluctuating designs are a reminder of […]

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OTR Reading Program 2014

“So many books, so little time.”   Frank Zappa It is now May 2014 and the OnTheRoad Reading Program 2014 is posted.  I confess that I had an exceptionally robust reading program for 2013.  Of the twenty-one listed books, I completed seven, all of which have left a lasting mark.  I have named 2013, the year […]

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Gertrude Stein – A Bold Experimenter

“Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing.” Gertrude Stein If I was ever asked who I would like to spend an afternoon with, I would choose Gertrude Stein.   After all, she lived in Paris surrounded by all that she loved best – art, music, poetry, food and wine.   Her residence at the salon, […]

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A Day for Shakespeare – April 23, 2014

  “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”  William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night Today is National Shakespeare Day.  There is a great deal being said about his brilliance, his writing style and theatrical beginnings.  Some include a timeline from birth to his death, which incidentally […]

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Thank you, Letizia!

  “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”   Ruth Reichl They call it social media, but I rather think of blogging as a conversation, an exchange of ideas that draws on the varied experiences and talents of a wider, global community.  A few weeks ago, Letizia from […]

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The Month for Poetry

Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich licour…. Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,  Geoffrey Chaucer, Prologue to the Canterbury Tales It all started in 1995 when the Academy of American Poets brought together a group of publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary organizations, poets […]

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Serendipity & Coincidence

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”  Virginia Woolf Today is International Women’s Day – March 8, 2014.   I had marked the date on my calendar at the beginning of February thinking to celebrate the occasion with something special.  And then becoming involved with the busyness of life, I left the planning until too […]

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January, 1795

“In a society where the rights and potential of women are constrained, no man can be truly free. He may have power, but he will not have freedom.” Mary Robinson The first time I heard the name, Mary Robinson, was when I was looking into the life of Emma Hamilton, the great love of Lord […]

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