The Soul Selects

For Maryellen ~ The Soul selects her own Society — Then — shuts the Door — To her divine Majority — Present no more — Unmoved — she notes the Chariots — pausing — At her low Gate — Unmoved — an Emperor be kneeling Upon her Mat — I've known her — from an … Continue reading The Soul Selects

Book Not-Quite-Review: Terry Shames

Back in my teaching days, I handed a student a copy of T. H. White's The Once and Future King and told her I thought she might like it. She did. So much, in fact, that she volunteered to write a review for the school newspaper. The review went something like this: I loved this … Continue reading Book Not-Quite-Review: Terry Shames

A Pitch-Perfect Paragraph–For Readers Who Know Cows

I head into the house for my hat and my cane and the keys to my truck. There's not a thing wrong with me but a bum knee. Several months ago one of my heifers knocked me down accidentally and it spooked her so bad that she stepped on my leg. This happened in the … Continue reading A Pitch-Perfect Paragraph–For Readers Who Know Cows

An Unexpected Pleasure

Kate has been nominated for a Shorty Award. You can nominate her here: It’s the right thing to do!

Kate Shrewsday

So there I was, scanning the airwaves on Twitter, picking up gossip and passing it on, as you do, when something happened which could have knocked me down with a feather.

This, in fact:

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Rover is a great favourite of mine. Assuming the simultaneous personae of a cat and an arch criminal, it is never long before followers start calling him ‘Boss’. We, his devotees, are Twitter henchmen. Twenchmen.

Rover is also Sarah. Sarah E Smith, the writer of The End of The Pier Affair. A book which combines my favourite locations and all the intrigue of a classic thriller,with a writer’s voice which draws you in immediately. Very English, extremely straightforward. And extremely more-ish.

You can find it here: and here.

And back to Shorty Awards: coveted amongst those who haunt cyberspace, they honour the very best of Social Media. And I have my…

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Excelsior! – Yeah, Right

(Excelsior: a Latin word meaning loftier, used in English as an interjection meaning Ever upward)*** The shades of night were falling fast,As through an Alpine village passedA youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,A banner with the strange device,      Excelsior! His brow was sad; his eye beneath,Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,And like a silver clarion rungThe … Continue reading Excelsior! – Yeah, Right