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if only my books could talk ...

if only my books could talk ... | a backward glance | Scoop.it
While I have moved past the demise of the typewriter, the turntable, and the tape deck, I cannot allow myself to believe that we will ever be entirely without our books. I love books. I love how th...
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P.S. Seamus Heaney and a Grave Situation

P.S.  Seamus Heaney and a Grave Situation | a backward glance | Scoop.it
I thought of walking round and round a space Utterly empty, utterly a source Where the decked chestnut tree had lost its place In our front hedge above the wallflowers. My husband always knew he wo...
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Remembering Seamus Heaney and remembering my husband who loved me so well and for so long. "You are neither here nor there."

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In appreciation of a teacher . . .

In appreciation of a teacher . . . | a backward glance | Scoop.it
Remembering Brian Baird . . . Once upon a time, before news traveled at break-neck speed to our smart phones and our Cable TV networks, we waited for it. We had no choice, and when “the news” came ...
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Remembering Brian Baird, the UTV Newscaster and the teacher who changed my life in 1980s Belfast. I am forever in his debt.

 

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walking round a space without seamus heaney

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I thought of walking round and round a space Utterly empty, utterly a source Where the decked chestnut tree had lost its place In our front hedge above the wallflowers. It's been a year, and it is ...
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the offices of love ~ what did I know?

the offices of love ~ what did I know? | a backward glance | Scoop.it
This winter Sunday, I woke to the high-pitched scrape of steel on steel, my da sharpening the dull bread knife because “it wouldn’t cut butter.” The long metallic strokes on each side of the knife ...
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By: karen sutherland

By: karen sutherland | a backward glance | Scoop.it
dear Yvonne,
mostly through you and the profoundly beautiful quotes sprinkled amongst your passionate and insightful and lyrical writing about Seamus Heaney have I learned about him and his illustrious and prolific writing.
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a kite for seamus heaney - in memoriam

a kite for seamus heaney - in memoriam | a backward glance | Scoop.it
I can barely bring myself to type the words. Seamus Heaney is dead. There is no way for me to adequately convey the inestimable impact of his words on my life. He has been with me every day for as ...
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what I wore, a mountain of life & missing Nora Ephron . . .

what I wore, a mountain of life & missing Nora Ephron . . . | a backward glance | Scoop.it
Last night, my best friend and I went to see the enchanting and poignant Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Nora and Delia Ephron's stage-adaptation of Ilene Beckerman's book by the same name. Like each ...
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Don't miss "Love, Loss and What I Wore" until June 16th at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 

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if only my books could talk ...

if only my books could talk ... | a backward glance | Scoop.it
While I have moved past the demise of the typewriter, the turntable, and the tape deck, I cannot allow myself to believe that we will ever be entirely without our books. I love books. I love how th...
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would I lie to you . . . on National Honesty Day?

would I lie to you . . . on National Honesty Day? | a backward glance | Scoop.it
 Over for another year, this month long Writing Challenge's final assignment is to reflect on the last thirty days.  Fitting, since April 30th coincides with National Honesty Day, which, to be hone...
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It never occurred to me that we would need to designate twenty four hours for honesty, but then I haven’t read Mr. Goldberg’s book nor any of his research which reveals that we mortals tell up to 200 lies a day, from great fat whoppers about important reports that were turned in late to teeny-weeny white lies about a friend’s new haircut.

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'emotion recollected in tranquility' . . . sort of

'emotion recollected in tranquility' . . . sort of | a backward glance | Scoop.it
I find writing neither quick nor easy. So elusive are the ideas and then the words to attach to them, I may as well be divining for water. Although I signed up for this 30 day Writer's Challenge vo...
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it does a body good: why I write

it does a body good: why I write | a backward glance | Scoop.it
The third annual Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge begins today, and I'm in. As a disclaimer of sorts, lest I falter on the challenge to write thirty posts in thirty days, let's consider thi...
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"In this space that writing affords, I have control. I can set down my story against the more mainstream stories of celebrities who have “conquered” cancer or women who “have it all.” I can lean back rather than Lean In. I can light the match rather than not burn the bridge that served only to keep me down and in the dark. In this space, if a visitor leaves a comment that is unkind or untrue or defamatory, I can place it in the trashcan, where it belongs."

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words & music for a perfect st. patrick's day

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I'm a bit ambivalent about St. Patrick's Day. What is it about March 17th that renders so many people Irish or some version of it that I don't recall from living in Ireland for the first twenty-sev...
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I've added a top ten list of music, poetry, and books that will leave you feeling very Irish on a day when everybody's Irish . . .

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remembering the mobile library

remembering the mobile library | a backward glance | Scoop.it
John Scalzi's beautiful homage to the libraries of his life has prompted me to think back to when I first visited a library. Not a bricks and mortar library, the mobile library of my childhood remi...
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How important is the library to you and your family?

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A Former Country Girl Catches Fire In 'The Love Object'

A Former Country Girl Catches Fire In 'The Love Object' | a backward glance | Scoop.it
Edna O'Brien's first novel was burned in the small Irish village of her birth. The Love Object collects more than 30 of her fiery tales of religion and repression in "a land of sacrificial women."
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Inspiring change, raising a glass to the great Edna O’Brien

Inspiring change, raising a glass to the great Edna O’Brien | a backward glance | Scoop.it
Fitting into the theme for International Women’s Day 2014 this Irish literary treasure is top of the list.
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"the final jolt of Z" on 9.11

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I have yet to be disappointed by what happens when my online world collides with the 'real' one. Landing on the virtual doorsteps of people in the middle of lives parallel to my own, I have been be...
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back to Anahorish ~ Heaney's "first hill in the world"

back to Anahorish ~ Heaney's "first hill in the world" | a backward glance | Scoop.it
Seamus Heaney will be buried in the village of Bellaghy on Monday, when the family brings his body home to rest next to the grave of his little brother, Christopher, whom many of us know from "Mid-...
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"Whatever I am made for, I am sad there will be no new words from Seamus Heaney to help me along, that he has gone back to his first place just when I need him the most."

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a promise kept for father's day

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I never met Hugh James Sutherland who died on Sunday, May 5, 2013, but I know he loved the New York Times crossword puzzle, Scrabble, Starbucks, and walking at dusk with his wife. I have never met ...
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Your mega summer reading list: 180+ books recommended by TEDsters | TED Blog

Your mega summer reading list: 180+ books recommended by TEDsters | TED Blog | a backward glance | Scoop.it
It's time for summer reading! Here 16 TEDsters—from speakers Sarah Kay and Raghava KK, to attendees Rainn Wilson and Bill T Jones—pick books.
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seamus heaney & a dance for mother's day

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From Clearances V by Seamus Heaney In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984I The cool that came off the sheets just off the line  Made me think the damp must still be in them  But when I took my corners of th...
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it's mother's day in america, hot in Phoenix, and I am thinking of the end of a windy afternoon on a cool California beach, folding our beach blankets the way we do the sheets after laundry . . . 

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take two poems, a shot of Skype & call me in the morning ...

take two poems, a shot of Skype & call me in the morning ... | a backward glance | Scoop.it
Social media has enriched my life in ways I never thought possible, while at the same time snuffing out a way of life that has virtually disappeared.  I will always treasure the hand-written letter...
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Amputation by any other name . . .

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This post includes a 1930 video of the Radical Amputation of A Left Breast. Viewer Discretion Advised. I discovered the elegance of Lois Hjelmstad's poetry and prose in March 2012. Tentatively broa...
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On language in breast cancer culture. 

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Versatile? Moi?

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Last July, I got lost on the Internet. As you do. On the way back Home, I bumped into Lesley Richardson, a self-proclaimed unpublished writer. Before long, I discovered that, like me, Lesley has ba...
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Versatile Blogger Awards keep the blogosphere an inviting place. Check out !5 great blogs and 7 random facts about yours truly . . . 

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taking a little guilt trip this summer . . .

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After a fortune-telling machine grants his wish, 13 year-old Josh Baskin begins an adventure in the world of work and romance and in the adult body of Tom Hanks. We don't need to watch the movie Bi...
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In celebration of World Book Day, I am remembering last summer when I realized my teenage daughter loves to read ... 

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