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I'm new at the duties of blog editor.

My only guide is to do this
in such a way
that I don't get burned out,
as the lady at my grief support group did.

My method is to check,
after midnight,
the day before a diary is to publish,
if nothing is in the queue,
I write a diary,
queue it,
schedule it,
and relax!

I hope this method is okay with everyone.

 Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.
                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.
                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                
                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.    

Readers & Book Lovers Series Schedule:

DAY     TIME (EST/EDT)    Series Name                    Editor(s)

Sun    6:00 PM    Young Reader's Pavilion                    The Book Bear
Sun    9:30 PM    SciFi/Fantasy Book Club                    quarkstomper
Bi-Monthly Sun    Midnight    Reading Ramblings            don mikulecky

Mon    8:00 PM    Monday Murder Mystery                    Susan from 29
Mon    11:00 PM    My Favorite Books/Authors                    edrie, MichiganChet

Tue    5:00 PM    Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left    bigjacbigjacbigjac
alternate Tuesdays    8:00 AM    LGBT Literature            Texdude50, Dave in Northridge
Tue    8:00 PM    Contemporary Fiction Views            Brecht, bookgirl

Wed    7:30 AM    WAYR?                                             plf515
Wed    8:00 PM    Bookflurries-Bookchat                     cfk

Thu    8:00 PM    Write On!                                             SensibleShoes
Thu (first each month) 11:00 AM Monthly Bookpost     AdmiralNaismith
Thu (third each month) 11:00 PM Audiobooks Club     SoCaliana

Fri    8:00 AM    Books That Changed My Life             Diana in NoVa

Sat (fourth each month) 11:00 AM Windy City Bookworm     Chitown Kev
Sat    4:00 PM    Daily Kos Political Book Club             Freshly Squeezed Cynic
Sat    9:00 PM    Books So Bad They're Good                     Ellid


I don't know how
to copy and paste
this Readers & Book Lovers schedule
with the lines included.

Anyone who knows how,
may feel free to instruct me.

For the actual focus on poetry,
I will copy and paste
some choice words
from my latest diary
outside Indigo Kalliope:  

I wrote about the room
where my wife and I live;
it has no insulation,
and has a few leaks,
and no ceiling.

this past summer,
we battled the heat
with a small window unit air conditioner and fans;
now we're battling the cold
with two space heaters,
one filled with oil,
that glows with steady heat,
and a little metal utility heater,
with a fan
that blows,
and circulates the heat around the room.

Hot air rises,
cold air sinks,
and we live our lives
close to the floor,
so the fan is essential.

(We don't have central heat.)

(In January, during my vacation,
I'll put up sheetrock
and pink panther fiberglass insulation.)

Just now,
I noticed my feet were cold;
I've spent a few hours
wearing shoes with no socks.

So I took off my shoes,
rubbed my feet down with petroleum jelly,
to keep them supple and healthy,
and put on a pair of white cotton socks,
over the socks,
I put on a pair of home made fleece booties,
made just a few days ago
by Beverly,
the woman who was my lover
for three years,
between the death of my first wife,
and my marriage to my new bride,
over a year ago.

(Tonia doesn't mind
if I maintain contact
with Bev.)

And then I put my shoes back on.

That feels much warmer.  

 On a night like this,
hot soup sounds good.

But my wife and I
can't afford store bought soup;
we make our own.

We make stone soup,
so to speak.

Let me give you a few examples.

Tonia taught me
to make cheese soup
from ramen soup.

Simply add about eight slices
of sandwich cheese.  

In a 16 quart,
stainless steel,
I put almost two gallons of water,
a medium sized, spiral cut, bone-in ham,
about two pounds of pinto beans,
at least three heaping tablespoons of salt,
a pound bag of fresh cranberries,
and the contents of the brown sugar ham glaze
that came with the ham.  

In a small saucepan,
I put a quart or so of water,
a can of USDA commodity canned pork,
about a half pound of pasta shells,
after the shells got soft,
I put in a packet of brown gravy mix,
and five slices of cheese.  

 Even before that,
to tide me over while I cooked the macaroni,
I made myself some cheese and crackers,
with a generic version of
Town House crackers,
each cracker had a dollop of
generic salad dressing version of Miracle Whip,
a small cube of cheddar cheese,
on top,
spicy brown mustard.  

 This meal,
canned pork,
gravy mix,
spiral ham,
pinto beans,
this is all items we had lying around,
and we put out the effort,
and we made three different meals,
crackers and cheese,
just for two,
just one meal;
the pork and mac,
enough for two meals each for the two of us,
and the ham and beans
is nearly four gallons of 'stone soup',
enough for me,
her uncle Randall,
and her brother,
if he wants some;
enough to feed
three or four people,
at least one meal a day,
for maybe a week or more.  

 That's the idea behind
the parable of
stone soup.

And that parable
is useful
in describing the difference
between liberals and conservatives
in America today.

The hard line conservative Republicans
simply don't want to give in
to the con of the beggar
making stone soup.

They are willing to let folks freeze and starve.

Liberal Democrats
want to make stone soup;
some of us,
such as myself and my family,
actually play the role of the beggars,
and we're really forced to scramble,
and put something together,
to keep each other warm,
and to have enough good meals to eat.  


Here is the calendar for this month.  
Please consider hosting,
on one of these dates.

January 8: cassandracarolina

January 15: open date

January 22: open date

January 29: open date

February 5: open date

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