What has been going on? My personal world had just started to fall into a new normal in March; healthy routines and projects moving me forward into a new life outside the confines of the Navy and inside a sense of peace that had been missing for too many years. Then COVID-19. Then a long … Continue reading Father’s Day Chat with Stephen, 6/21/20
Superhero kids around the world heard the alarm in their heads. They had all agreed to have the communication chip installed when they agreed to leave the underwater lair and search for other young heroes on each continent. They had agreed to it for moments just like this. At first they would have telepathic chat … Continue reading THROWBACK FRIDAY: “Superdaddy II: It Is Time, Part Four” 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
When social distancing and stay home orders did not flatten the curve enough, they sent us all to separate islands based on our antigen contents. Dr. F explained the reasoning, the conspiracy theorists plotted out the implications to the November elections, the President just peddled unproven drugs his son-in-law had stockpiled in January. I just … Continue reading Writing Workshop II – The One Where Stephen Packs Something Unexpected When Sent to an Isolated Island to Make Hand Sanitizer… Join Us at the Cafe this Saturday for Week TWO!
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, 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
"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!)
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.
“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 …
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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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
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
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