Brave and Reckless ‘I am more than breath and bone’ Creativity Prompt Challenge

One of my favorite Brave and Reckless writing challenges from 2017 was the phrase ‘I am more than breath and bone’.  This worthy prompt will serve as my April Creativity Challenge and I look forward to seeing what new pieces of writing or art it might inspire. The Rules Write or create an original piece … Continue reading Brave and Reckless ‘I am more than breath and bone’ Creativity Prompt Challenge

WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 4: A Celebration and My #1 Writing Tip

We came, we saw, we measured—twice. We cut 10% of the excess—once. We twisted our opening lines to create grammatical tension. We have arrived. It’s Week 4 of the Writer’s Workshop, and that means it’s time to step back and celebrate our hard work. Next week, I will be back with some fresh points to … Continue reading WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 4: A Celebration and My #1 Writing Tip

(New!) Wednesday’s Level UP Challenge, 3/4/20 and Tuesday’ Writing Prompt Challenge Round UP

Good morning Friends, Baristas, and regular guests here at the Go Dog Go Cafe, it's level UP day here at the cafe! Last week was a little slower with only 2 brave souls, Tanya and Punam, taking on the challenge of Eugi's Stellar, Devereaux's 'I never want that again,' Sadje's bicycle photo and Luka Bloom's … Continue reading (New!) Wednesday’s Level UP Challenge, 3/4/20 and Tuesday’ Writing Prompt Challenge Round UP

Hope is the thing with feathers – Classic Poems Presented by Go Dog Go Cafe’s Baristas

This poem by Emily Dickinson is one of my favorites. It speaks of the strength of hope in even the fiercest of storms. In all, hope endures. Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale … Continue reading Hope is the thing with feathers – Classic Poems Presented by Go Dog Go Cafe’s Baristas

Light in Dark Times: Meditation 17 – John Donne and a response “Though on them born eager to be found” by Stephen Fuller

Earlier today, Christine shared John Donne’s poem we know as No Man Is an Island. In a fit of inspiration that had been slipping away in face of the practicality of managing life during these most unusual days… I offered this in comments and what had started as a random one line thought became, well, a full blown response poem. Now… wash your hands and stay away from me… LOL. Just kidding, social distancing not required at the Cafe. But do wash your hands before you scroll around.

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“No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the …

Light in Dark Times: Meditation 17 – John Donne

Today, Christine shares at the Go Dog Go Cafe John Donne’s No Man is an Island, her choice of classic poem to inspire us in this crazy, unusual times. In a fit of inspiration looking out the window on a rainy day taking a pause from reading a biography of my beloved Ranier Maria Rilke, I wrote in response the following:

Oh… fly me to this island and drop me.

Home will I find there, if but a swim

Must be taken by those who long to hear

What words my heart has concocted from

The cool breezes and slowly lifted fogs

And snowed tops of mountains…

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Ramblings After Midnight – prikcab (Ian Perlman)

while all around you seems to be standing still tides continue to ebb and flow the march of time  unrelenting towards tomorrows unknown when we knew no better how did we walk and talk  remember those wishes held inside houses built into homes hold us somehow different now trappings seem invisible these days  habits broken … Continue reading Ramblings After Midnight – prikcab (Ian Perlman)