Monthly Archives: December 2021

David Bruce: DOCTOR FAUSTUS (1604 A-TEXT) — A Retelling — Cast of Characters, Prologue

DOCTOR FAUSTUS (1604 A-TEXT) *** CAST OF CHARACTERS The Pope. Cardinal of Lorraine. Charles V, the Emperor of Germany, and Holy Roman Emperor. Duke of Vanholt. Duchess of Vanholt. John Faustus, doctor of theology. Valdes, friend to Faustus, and magician. … Continue reading

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Vapor Visions — Annette Rochelle Aben

We’re like mist on water Faint droplets of wet air As we float here to there Hanging in space ©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben Vapor Visions — Annette Rochelle Aben

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David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Illnesses and Injuries, Language

Illnesses and Injuries • Major league umpire Bill Klem wore an inside chest protector, which afforded less protection than an outside chest protector, although Mr. Klem maintained that umpires could avoid injury by weaving with the ball. Even so, he once … Continue reading

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Music Recommendation: Eden Brent — In Love with Your Wallet”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC Music: “In Love with Your Wallet” Album: AIN’T GOT NO TROUBLES Artist: Eden Brent Artist Location: Greenville, Mississippi Record Company: Yellow Dog Records Record Company Location: Memphis, Tennessee Info: piano and voice: Eden Brent  guitars: … Continue reading

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PERFECTION IN ACTION // Priorities 101 — unbolt me

I studied my Christmas tree, not comprehending what was wrong with it. Something was off. I circumnavigated it like a fretful boat on a sea that was too calm—as if expecting a kraken to suddenly breach its briny surface. Everything … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Husbands and Wives

Husbands and Wives • Before Janine Dunn married country and western singer Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn fame, he was married to someone else, and he told Janine, “I’m headed for divorce.” Because she did not want to get involved … Continue reading

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Music Recommendation: Calvin Newborn — “Newborn Blues”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC Music: “Newborn Blues” Album: UPCITY Artist: Calvin Newborn Artist Location: Memphis, Tennessee Record Company: Yellow Dog Records Record Company Location: Memphis, Tennessee Info: “Guitar genius Calvin Newborn played on B.B. King’s first recordings, taught Elvis … Continue reading

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Brown on Brown — Annette Rochelle Aben

Little birds hang around They blend in with the leaves Still remaining on trees All at once, gone ©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben Brown on Brown — Annette Rochelle Aben

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David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Husbands and Wives

Husbands and Wives • On 29 September 2003, in Trinidad, Dale Ramnanan and his girlfriend, Lystra Ramkissoon, were accosted by bandits who tried to kidnap Lystra. Dale battled the bandits and rescued her. Two years later, they married. Dale said, “Our … Continue reading

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Music Recommendation: Mary Flower — “Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives Me”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC Music: “Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives Me” Album: BYWATER DANCE Artist: Mary Flower Artist Location: Portland, Oregon Record Company: Yellow Dog Records Record Company Location: Memphis, Tennessee Info: “Yellow Dog Records carries the living lore … Continue reading

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