April Poetry Brings May Lyricists

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” Carl Sandburg “Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” Rita Dove It’s the tingle of words, the spark of creativity that births a ripen poem. Poetry is the choosing of influential words—a kiss of humor or a strike of drama. It’s Dom Pérignon in a brothel, an elegance to the tongue transformed from the raw. When I’ve posted a poem or talked about poetry, several people have said that they shy away from it because they’re afraid of misinterpreting it. They’re not sure if they will understand the …

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Sweet and Carb Delectables!

Sweets for the Sweets Last Christmas, I made several different kinds of cookies. One was a turtle cookie with caramel, chocolate and nuts. I am not a huge candy person, but I love the creamy buttery sweetness of caramel. Because I like caramel so much, I had to bake these cookies. According to the recipe, I needed to melt those little individually wrapped caramel candies you find at the store.    Unfortunately, they don’t sell these types of caramels in Germany. Caramel is different here than in the States, so I looked for a how-to recipe for making caramel. For …

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A Genre Away from Ruin

While I procrastinated writing this blog post, I commented on another blogger’s post regarding genre. It was about writing in a popular genre or writing what you love most. Some believe one will find success by writing in a popular genre instead of following the rule of writing that you write what you know and love. I’m one who writes what I love. As for writing what I know, I can’t say I write what I know because I’m not crazy or killed anyone, although my mid-life transition has a way of creating and releasing insane thoughts. Because I write …

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How to be German

In August 2012, I moved to a small town in Germany in the North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) area. Little did I know that Adolph Hitler spent much of his time in the NRW in his early years. It’s the most populous state in Germany, the fourth largest in area, and contains four of Germany’s ten biggest cities— Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, and Essen. Below is a map of Germany. The arrow might be a bit off, but we are about an hour from the Netherlands border, one and a half hours from the Belgium border, and a little more than two …

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