THROWBACK FRIDAY: “Superdaddy II: It Is Time, Part Three” The One Where a Dad Re-tells a Story to His Kids Via the Inter-webs While They Are on LOCKDOWN, not-poetry by Stephen Fuller

The huge dog bounded out of the jungle with a vicious roar.  The bald man standing triumphant on the stump of the tree he just blasted didn’t even have time to turn.  The dog devoured him in one easy bite like a jalapeño popper.  The shiny steel gun fell to the ground like a toothpick.  … Continue reading THROWBACK FRIDAY: “Superdaddy II: It Is Time, Part Three” The One Where a Dad Re-tells a Story to His Kids Via the Inter-webs While They Are on LOCKDOWN, not-poetry by Stephen Fuller

Bravery-20, a Writing Prompt Challenge response and a Sharing our Truths response, poetry by Stephen Fuller

Bravery-20, find it heart, so urgently and seriously needed today, I use Adverbs when I know I should not, but to draw out a Point, and make pause ones whose ire raised at my blunder might realize, today, we urgently seriously need their hearts my heart and yours and his and hers... And so on … Continue reading Bravery-20, a Writing Prompt Challenge response and a Sharing our Truths response, poetry by Stephen Fuller

Sunday Chat with Stephen, 3/29/20, or the one where I quote Toni Morrison (again) and talk about the home you have here at the Go Dog Go Cafe. (P.S. Stay Home and Wash Your HANDS!)

"This region is not like it was when I lived here, but in a way it doesn't matter because home is memory and companions and/or friends who share the memory. But equally important as the memory and place and people of one's personal home is the very idea of home. What do we mean when … Continue reading Sunday Chat with Stephen, 3/29/20, or the one where I quote Toni Morrison (again) and talk about the home you have here at the Go Dog Go Cafe. (P.S. Stay Home and Wash Your HANDS!)

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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“Cut Me, Mick, Cut Me!” The One Where I Take the Third Writing Workshop Challenge and Work the Opening Sentence, not-poetry, fan-fiction by Stephen

Good evening Baristas, friends, and guests of the Go Dog Go Cafe! Have you heard? Tanya Cliff has been leading a fantastic Writing Workshop every Saturday and we would LOVE to have you participate. Last week, Tanya discussed how to create an effective opening sentence by developing tension with a 'but' construction; like how good … Continue reading “Cut Me, Mick, Cut Me!” The One Where I Take the Third Writing Workshop Challenge and Work the Opening Sentence, not-poetry, fan-fiction by Stephen

Promote Yourself Monday, March 23, 2020 and Round UP from March 16, 2020

Welcome to Promote Yourself Monday.  We had another great week perhaps because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. So please, once again, ALL Go Dog Go Cafe community members are invited to post one link to one specific piece of their writing (600 words or less please!) they have published on their blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed into the … Continue reading Promote Yourself Monday, March 23, 2020 and Round UP from March 16, 2020

Updated: Sunday Chat with Stephen, 3/22/20, or we are open for business… join us

Admittedly, I feel at a loss this week. So much has changed here in the United States in such a short time that whiplash does not do it justice. I cannot begin to imagine the collective grief of Italians and Iranians who are experiencing the worst of the Coronavirus outbreak. Sure last week we were … Continue reading Updated: Sunday Chat with Stephen, 3/22/20, or we are open for business… join us

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, Classic Poems presented by Go Dog Go Baristas

This poem takes me back to 2nd Grade when our teaching assistant read us Shel Silverstein's eponymous book planting the seed of poetry in this young poet's mind. This was the alternate to The Giving Tree in my recent Into My Own reflections over at Fullbeard Lit. There is a place where the sidewalk ends … Continue reading Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, Classic Poems presented by Go Dog Go Baristas

“Cut Me, Mick, Cut Me!” The One Where I Take the Second Writing Workshop Challenge and Cut 10% off a Measure Twice, Cut Once Scene from Rocky, not-poetry, fan-fiction by Stephen

Good evening Baristas, friends, and guests of the Go Dog Go Cafe! Have you heard? There is a Writing Workshop going on every Saturday this month and we would LOVE to have you participate. Tomorrow we move on to the Third Week and it is time to show up with homework if you haven't gotten … Continue reading “Cut Me, Mick, Cut Me!” The One Where I Take the Second Writing Workshop Challenge and Cut 10% off a Measure Twice, Cut Once Scene from Rocky, not-poetry, fan-fiction by Stephen

THROWBACK FRIDAY: “Superdaddy II: It Is Time, Part Two” The One Where a Dad Re-tells a Story to His Kids Via the Inter-webs While They Are on LOCKDOWN, not-poetry by Stephen Fuller

The burly young man bounded down the stairs in his white tank-top and grey sweatpants.  As usual the three-legged terrier greeted him with suspicion. He growled back. The dog did not relent but dug in on her two good front legs.  A routine morning. The man feigned defeat, fell on the floor, and let the … Continue reading THROWBACK FRIDAY: “Superdaddy II: It Is Time, Part Two” The One Where a Dad Re-tells a Story to His Kids Via the Inter-webs While They Are on LOCKDOWN, not-poetry by Stephen Fuller