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Posts posted by Ragamuffin_John

  1. Thou ventest well!


    From ivory tower to the boondocks, I hear “compared to” being used to pose two different ideas, things, etc.   So wait:  different things are similar?  “In contrast to” should be used.   But, I sense we think “contrast” is Thurston Howell III usage.


    And (picky me) there’s the phrase “swell down”.   Might as well say “Inflate down”.  This is the real Deflategate.


    And you can bring that to the bank!😀

  2. Today, a TV news trailer read as, “US Rhodes Scholar chosen virtually for the first time”.    It’s getting out there when the meaning of an adverb is gotten by context., even if there isn’t a whole lot of head scratching.   So, yeah, upon further review, “virtually” here (really) means “via a web conference”and not “truly, without precedent”.    

  3. 1 hour ago, lynnmosher said:

    LOL A true riddle! Good one, Rag! 🙃

    I’ll have to admit I borrowed from a personal anecdote.   In the early ‘80s,  I was in-line to make a purchase at a natural food store in Austin, Texas.   Quite ahead of its time.  You know—like when everyone wanted carob bits as a substitute for chocolate?  Well, the store was packed to the hilt with clients—many of them hippy-types.   It took a bit to traverse a line to get to the cashier, so one flower child took advantage of the lulls by standing on his head.  And boy was I rude!  I thought there was something odd about the fella.  I suppose everyone ignored my stare.  I mean, they seemed so oblivious about his peculiar social stance.  Well, we won’t go into all the why’s to all that obliviousness.   I’ve always thought, “What a non-useful moment!”   But hey, building off of that here makes it seem relevant 😎

  4. 1 hour ago, Ky_GirlatHeart said:

    @Ragamuffin_John Oh, okay.

    Did you know that yoga has demonic roots behind it? I've been planning on posting the link to that on the website sometime, but my dad insists that we must finish listening to it before he can send me the link. He probably doesn't want me listening to it without him and Mom lol.

    Gulp.  Well, I’ve benefited from stretching positions, not to mention the wildly popular “planking”.   Those non-meditative aspects of yoga guess I’ll view ‘em like the Christmas tree or meat offered to idols.   That’s my, pardon, “position” 🙂  

    Oh, as for my riddle, “thoughtful” would have to mean thinking about stock market performance😏

  5. By and large, I've gone through an extensive period of time of limited writing.    And for some odd reason, it has not been an uncomfortable interlude.   There's much in the Scriptures that has been jumping off the page, convicting the heart, and refocusing/reshaping the mind.   This, of course, affects all of one's life.   I find the reset refreshing, and a sense of new purposes is emerging .  . .


    There has been a poetry reaching toward the page

    Felt between the tree bark of Blue Ridge forestry,

    Windstruck words defying print—who copyright’s the heart?

    Yet, shall I echo in some strange way what prototypes impart?

    Here, in this club so honored to see creation’s hints

    That celebrate Creator and all createdness,

    Amidst the strokes of pen and clock, a mortal merely writes.

    What blessed audacity it is to mark down what inspires!

    None of this ink is invisible, for appearing some other day.

    Its shelf life comes and goes and whilst it's here I scratch away. 

  6. 16 hours ago, William D'Andrea said:

         According to News Reports, three vaccines have been developed.  One of them is being stored at -95 degrees below zero farenheit.  I hope they're planning to thaw it our before use.  An injection that cold could definitely cause a major shock to the system.

    Wow.  I think I’ll go with the 33*F version, when competition heats up.

  7. Who are six inches apart, practice social distancing and are thoughtful?  


    I'll give this to November 23rd to answer.


    I mused about this as I traveled back from Michigan to South Carolina this week.   People are cautious in both places, as regards COVID.   But wow, I could sense panic in some people in the Michigan city I was at.    Getting to my SC town was a release of tension.   You have to find humor in things, or you can get too wound-up.

  8. Well, I sure could have used a good beef Jerky election night and especially for the day after.   Seems a lot of the media stand in need of the same for more ruminating and less spouting off.

  9. Amosathar ~ this is a wonderful poem.   It has a the feel of David sitting and writing a psalm, in which there is tension, confession and realistic resolution.   We are not left dangling.   We are left with the idea of light.  More than at the end of the tunnel.   Encouragement and warning to be wise.    Wisdom to be desired.   The promise of life.

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  10. I was looking at my Baylor University alumni association magazine and noticed that an alumna manages a small press that publishes young adult, fantasy and science fiction novels.  This might interest some of you:  Aionios Books

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  11. I greatly appreciate your feedback and encouragement, dumasfils.   What’s more, exhortation.   Should you teach on this venue, I would look forward to joining.   We’re glad you joined CW.  Be blessed.

  12. (The title I make by borrowing from dumasfils' words in a Poetry Club post.  I recommend reading Psalm 8:4-8 first.  Well, my South Carolinian accent showed when I wrote it "divine".   I was mentally pronouncing it DE-vine)


    What is man, the “I” in “Me”?

    That mindful massing of dignity

    Sprung on earth, in angels’ care

    To serve creation off the chair.

    Up!  Grab the works of divine hands!

    What is written still commands

    A tending by the human heart

    of fish, fowl, sheep, foals—out of the Ark

    But most of all thy fellow man,

    Each gifted “I” from Great I Am. 

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