Juliana Spahr “After Mark Hoppins”
Spahr, Juliana. “After Mark Hoppins”. The Reality Street Book of Sonnets. Edited by Jeff Hilson. Hastings, East Sussex, Reality Street Editions, 2008. poem found on page 306.
Dove, Rita. “Geometry”. The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry: Volume 2 Contemporary Poetry. Edited by Jahan Ramazani, Richard Ellmann & Robert O’Clair. NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003. poem found on page 976.
We’ve been getting a lot of pop-up thunderstorms lately, with serious downpours, & the other day, it actually rained all day! – which we really needed, in this summer of drought. But today there’s not a cloud in the sky. Radar is enjoying the sunspot on the hardwood floor by the bench under the hat rack.
Wow! I can really attest to the truth of ALL of these.
Relationship myths including the following:
1. It take two to tango; both partners share responsibility when there’s a broken relationship. Not true. Often it’s the case that one of partners has more serious issues than the other partner, or brings more baggage to the relationship. For example, they may not be able to securely attach, or they may have an alcohol or porn addiction. Hence, they are the cause of the problems you are having. Being told otherwise is a form of gaslighting.
2. We are drawn to destructive partners because of something that happened in our past. Not true. Often our partners seemed loving, fun and charming at the start of the relationship. It was only later on that the mask came off, and we saw these other – harmful – aspects of themselves.
3. You can always find a way forward if you’re prepare to compromise.
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Note—The word ignoramus has Latin roots being the first plural present indicative of ignorare “to be ignorant of”) which it is how it is being used here.
As a law professor, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett signed a statement that life began at fertilization, an embryo being a fertilized egg. This opinion alone should disqualify someone from any important office in government. It is a claim, based upon personal political desires, which are based upon personal religious beliefs (often not supported by scripture), that has nothing to do with reality.
Fertility clinics discard thousands upon thousands of abandoned embryos every year. That’s because a single round of in vitro fertilization treatment typically involves collecting 10 or more eggs with only one or two being implanted in the mother. Many countries actually require that these surplus embryos be destroyed after a certain period.
Shouldn’t states declaring embryos to be people…
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Being alone and feeling lonely are not the same thing, some people can feel lonely when they’re surrounded by people or as Robin Williams put it, ” the worst thing in the world is not being alone, it’s being surrounded by people who make you feel like you’re alone.” The truth of the matter is you’re never really alone, you have within you a mind that’s happy to engage with you whenever you feel like it, however, it’s best if you have those conversations on the quiet, other people start to look concerned when you do it out loud. Yes, I know you shouldn’t be concerned about other people’s opinions but the question, who are you speaking with? may interrupt an important part of your conversation.
I know a lot of people try to fill the void called loneliness with different activities and different groups but that’s a short-term solution…
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