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One of the greatest authors ever, and one who immeasurably influenced my thinking, has passed on to the other side. His novel 100 Years of Solitude is one of the greatest literary achievements of my lifetime. My favorite quote from his writings comes from Love in the Time of Cholera, "He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."

I can only hope that there is life after death so we can talk, as I was once lucky to do, and if not, let the quote above be my mantra.

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/17/gabriel_garcia_marquez_dead_one_hundred_years_of_solitude_author_dies_at_87/
The Nobel laureate was among the most influential Spanish-language authors of all time
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Should you take the latest security scare seriously? I do, and here are the steps I am taking.
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Day 3 of poetry month we go to Italy and Cesare Pavese and this most relevant piece ...

“And then we cowards”
BY CESARE PAVESE
TRANSLATED BY GEOFFREY BROCK

And then we cowards
who loved the whispering
evening, the houses,
the paths by the river,
the dirty red lights
of those places, the sweet
soundless sorrow—
we reached our hands out
toward the living chain
in silence, but our heart
startled us with blood,
and no more sweetness then,
no more losing ourselves
on the path by the river—
no longer slaves, we knew
we were alone and alive.
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It is poetry month and today is day one ...

Lowering Your Standards for Food Stamps
BY SHERYL LUNA

Words fall out of my coat pocket,
soak in bleach water. I touch everyone’s
dirty dollars. Maslow’s got everything on me.
Fourteen hours on my feet. No breaks.
No smokes or lunch. Blank-eyed movements:
trash bags, coffee burner, fingers numb.
I am hourly protestations and false smiles.
The clock clicks its slow slowing.
Faces blur in a stream of  hurried soccer games,
sunlight, and church certainty. I have no
poem to carry, no material illusions.
Cola spilled on hands, so sticky fingered,
I’m far from poems. I’d write of politicians,
refineries, and a border’s barbed wire,
but I am unlearning America’s languages
with a mop. In a summer-hot red
polyester top, I sell lotto tickets. Cars wait for gas
billowing black. Killing time has new meaning.
A jackhammer breaks apart a life. The slow globe
spirals, and at night black space has me dizzy.
Visionaries off their meds and wacked out
meth heads sing to me. A panicky fear of robbery
and humiliation drips with my sweat.
Words some say are weeping twilight and sunrise.
I am drawn to dramas, the couple arguing, the man
headbutting his wife in the parking lot.
911: no metered aubade, and nobody but
myself to blame.
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The future might be brighter than you imagine ....  This is what it is all about.  Get off your fanny and make the world a better place.  Every little bit can help.
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FYI ... I am a gluten fan, and elimination diets are not for me, but maybe you need to consider alternatives.
Some people aren't doing dairy, others skip sugar and gluten is usually out. The fad and science behind not eating entire food groups for weeks at a time.
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April 6, poem 6, the great Gwendolyn Brooks:

kitchenette building

We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan,
Grayed in, and gray. “Dream” makes a giddy sound, not strong
Like “rent,” “feeding a wife,” “satisfying a man.”
But could a dream send up through onion fumes
Its white and violet, fight with fried potatoes
And yesterday’s garbage ripening in the hall,
Flutter, or sing an aria down these rooms
Even if we were willing to let it in,
Had time to warm it, keep it very clean,
Anticipate a message, let it begin?
We wonder. But not well! not for a minute!
Since Number Five is out of the bathroom now,
We think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it.
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Day 4 of poetry month, a fave of mine which is more profound with each reading.

POETRY 

I too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle. 
Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers that there 

is in 

it after all, a place for the genuine. 
Hands that can grasp, eyes 
that can dilate, hair that can rise 
if it must, these things are important not because a 

high sounding interpretation can be put upon them but because they are 
useful; when they become so derivative as to become unintelligible/the 
same thing may be said for all of us that we 
do not admire what 
we cannot understand. The bat, 
holding on upside down or in quest of something to 

eat, elephants pushing, a wild horse taking a roll, a tireless wolf under 
a tree, the immovable critic twinkling his skin like a horse that feels a flea, 

the base 
ball fan, the statistician case after case 
could be cited did 
one wish it; nor is it valid 
to discriminate against "business documents and 

school-books"; all these phenomena are important. One must make a distinction 
however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not 

poetry, 

nor till the autocrats among us can be 
"literalists of 
the imagination" above 
insolence and triviality and can present 

for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have 
it. In the meantime, if you demand on one hand, in defiance of their opinion 
the raw material of poetry in 
all its rawness and 
that which is, on the other hand, 
genuine then you are interested in poetry. 
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April 2, day 2 of poetry month

Been About

BY NANCE VAN WINCKEL

The rat traps emptied, the grain troughs filled.
The distance between sheep shed
and my own ice-melt dripping on the mat
equals the diameter of moonlight squared
on his face as he looks up
and finds me again. Says
he’s sure I’d been swallowed
by the elements, says he’d been
about to come looking. I step into
the warm. Two baas from out back
where I’d worked. Two tufts of wool
he lifts from my hair. In just
such a manner are sleek blue words
slyly acquired by a wispy
whiter-than-snow page. He’s seen it
happen. Seen a tear of mine, then two,
well up and slip loose
as the little boat of orgasm
veers into the vortex.
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