The heart of mischief is play and surprise, and this is why every poem should have it. Again, the play can be dark. Or it can be humorous. Through play and surprise, the poem creates an "aha" moment for the reader. And it is the "aha" that causes us to take poems with us rather than, as Kooser puts it, leave them behind post-haste.
President Obama today thanked the American people for "standing up to oppression" by protesting the Columbus Day holiday. He vowed to take aggressive action to "right the wrongs of our current outmoded holiday calendar" as we "embark on a new era of fairness and equality."
I brought my wife-to-be here to LA from Indonesia on August 3, 2001. I think of my lovely Indonesian wife and I think how beautifully she fits into the fabric of this country we call America. Sure, I know I romanticize her life. Because I also know my wife still often feels overwhelmed here.
My wife and I hate cattle drives. Cattle drives are where large groups of people all do the same thing at the same time. First Holy Communion is an ...
I want to be drunk in love. There, that's how we start this verbal dance. During this past Valentine's Day while people worry about which restaurants...
He wasn't angry. He wasn't throwing a fit because he hadn't gotten his way. He was sad. Because of me.
Were you the tidy one, always doing the dishes? Your next squeeze will keep the kitchen clean enough for neurosurgery and you'll be accused of leaving too many coffee cups unwashed.
'How do you know you've found the one?' young friends ask me. 'Does your boyfriend make you happy?' I ask. 'Does being around him boost your sense of well being? Does he help you be the best you can be?' Funny that I can be a love advisor when more than 30 years ago I almost said no to love.
Written by Julia Rocchi Heart bombing the Sattler Theatre in Buffalo ...
Photo: Shawn Peters "Divine," comes to mind, "charismatic," "dignified," and a voice that is "habit forming." Only a few positive associations an...
Handwriting is more than a means to bring thoughts to paper. It has a personality and individuality that Lucida Handwriting will never possess, and it has the ability to translate love more personally and more beautifully than any preprinted, store-bought card.
Everyone tells you what to do and how to prepare for Valentine's Day, but no one says what you should do immediately following that day.
Candied bacon that's low carb? Wha-what?
I like company on the rare occasion that I have it while I'm cooking, but I also enjoy the alone time, and my ability to be slow and deliberate about my cooking, savoring the process and tasting things as often as I want, without anyone offering to help or getting underfoot.
Facing the same walls Daniel had faced night after night forced me to confront the truth. My pulsing anxiety stemmed from the realization that I wasn't searching through Daniel's belongings to honor him. I was up there for entirely self-serving purposes.
The sun has slowly set upon one of Hallmark's most profitable holidays. President's Day week has now arrived. There are no expectations laid on us for this celebration... we can be seen in public without a partner and not an eyebrow will be raised.