They say

They say..."He's mean, selfish, loudmouthed and uncouth, but in spite of all that, there's something about him that repels you."

They say..."The phrase 'pro bono' is from Latin and refers to the work that lawyers do without payment."

They say..."He once belonged to a fife-and-drum corps. They kicked him out because he was rotten to the corps."

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 06.26.2012

History of words and phrases

To the bitter end: It means to the last stroke of bad fortune. It comes from the mid-nineteenth-century nautical term for the end of a rope or chain.

Every dog has its day: Everyone will have a moment of success. Shakespeare used this phrase in Hamlet.

Haute cuisine: Originally, the phrase referred to the highest standard of French cooking, but now cooking of any origin.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:41 AM, 06.12.2012

In the Meadow

She was a beautiful doe
Standing in the middle
Of a small meadow.

We looked at each other.
Cautiously, she inched
Her way closer.

I carried a chain
Of wildflowers
To adorn her regal neck.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 AM, 05.30.2012

They say...

They say..."Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year."

They say..."She never hates a man enough to give his diamonds back."

They say..."May your troubles be less, may your blessing be more and may nothing but happiness come through your door."

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 AM, 05.30.2012

Missing You

Friends vanish
Taken away on the
Wings of Angels.
How I miss you.
Caring heart,
Encouraging words,
Please know that
You will forever
Have a place
In my heart.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:33 AM, 05.15.2012

History of Words and Phrases

Happy as a clam: Actually the entire phrase is "Happy as a clam at high tide." You can only dig clams to eat at low tide!

Hangar: We know this word means a structure used for housing aircraft. Hangar is the French word for shed.

Jacket: This word was used describe a short garment worn by French peasants (jaques).

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:06 AM, 05.15.2012

They Say

They say... "She prefers men who go in for the refined things in life – like oil."

They say... "He doesn't have an enemy. All his friends hate him."

They say... "Deja vu, French for 'already seen,' was made popular by Sigmund Freud."

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:32 AM, 05.01.2012

Parts of the Whole

I am the one who longs to be Superwoman,
Yet plummets into despair as I push against
My true self.

I am the one who wants to travel the world,
To experience the sensation of wealth
And the hopelessness of poverty.
I am the one who protects you from those
Who would harm you. I shield you from any evil
Which may be near.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 11:13 AM, 04.17.2012

History of Words and Phrases

Blood, sweat and tears: The phrase was made popular from the first speech by Prime Minister Winston Churchill on May 13, 1940.

Bone up on: Victorian Henry Bohn published translations of the classics, popular with students cramming for exams. The phrase means to study intensively.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 11:12 AM, 04.17.2012

History of words and phrases

Scofflaw: An unusual word as it was invented by a contest for a word for people who disrespected the law during the Prohibition era of 1923.

See red: A belief that a bull will run amok on seeing a red flag. Tests show that a simple white cloth will enrage a bull quicker.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:34 AM, 04.03.2012

History of words and phrases

Ketchup: John Heinz sold his tomato ketchup starting in 1876. It was popular in seventh-century China as a pickled, spicy fish sauce!

Honcho: Our soldiers brought the term back after occupying Japan in World War II. It means squad chief, leader and comes from the word Hancho.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:46 AM, 03.20.2012

They say...

They say..."She never forgets her age, once she's decided what it's to be."

They say..."You have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."

They say..."He lights up a room when he leaves it."

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:20 PM, 03.06.2012

What I Know

I know today until this moment
I know yesterday and yesterday
and all of my yesterdays.
I know I live, I breathe, I am.
I do not know what the future
holds, I do not want to know.
The future will be wherever
God takes me. I will journey
until He leads me home.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:31 PM, 03.06.2012

History of words and phrases

Dungarees: This word came from the name of the cloth, in Hindi, of the very thick cotton cloth used for tents and sails in India.


Beat around the bush: To approach a subject/matter in a roundabout way, indirectly. From a term used in bird hunting.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 2:34 PM, 02.21.2012

History of words and phrases

 Mind your P's and Q's:  Take your pick of two popular derivations. 1) It stands for "pints and quarts." The bartender would keep track of customers running a tab. 2) It comes from the early printers' trade. When setting type, it was easy to mix them up and cause a typographical error.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 11:10 AM, 02.07.2012

Hear the Silence

Silence speaks to me..............Of snowflakes tumbling..................From a winter's sky.

Of gentle raindrops.................Of misty meadows.......................A mother's gentle lullaby.

For in the silence....................Of this heart of mine....................Life can be quietly redefined.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 10:57 AM, 02.07.2012

History of words and phrases

Back to square one: This colloquialism means to start over again. It may have come from board games that, though bad luck, you had to move back to the starting point.


Gospel: It means "good news" from the Old English godspell.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:49 PM, 01.24.2012

History of Words and Phrases

New Year's resolutions:  This custom can be traced to pre-Christian Rome.  The original resolutions were mostly to be good to others. As Rome became Christian, the themes changed to prayer and fasting.


All over but the shouting: The meaning of the phrase is that at a sporting event that is surely won, the only thing left is the crowd cheering the victory. A sportswriter, as early as 1842, used the phrase.


Klutz: The word seems to be from the  German word "clod" or block head and Yiddish for a dull-witted or clumsy person.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:16 PM, 01.10.2012

History of words and phrases

Xmas: People think of this word as a kind of modern shorthand for Christmas. But in fact, it has a long history. It appeared in print as early as 1555.

Mistletoe: The early Celts' word for a twig that brought health. Stand under the mistletoe now and get a kiss.

Yuletide: From the medieval custom to drag in a large "yule log" to be the base for the huge holiday fire.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:41 PM, 12.13.2011

History of words and phrases

Getting down to brass tacks: In the old American country  store, the owner would put brass tacks, to measure 36 inches, in the counter top as they measured bolts of piece goods.

Inch: We know it as a unit of measurement. King Edgar of England (944) said it was the length of the knuckle of his thumb.

Dress to the nines: If you had a suit made and you ordered an expensive one, tradition says the tailor should use nine yards of material.

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Volume 3, Issue 23, Posted 4:14 PM, 11.16.2011

November's Illusion

When November's winds
Barrel through
Leafless trees
I sigh.

Tell me why I
Stay and face
The cold when
San Diego's sun beckons,

Tropical climates call
To me yet when
I see the first
Gentle snow

I know Cleveland
Will always be
For me.

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Volume 3, Issue 23, Posted 4:17 PM, 11.16.2011

History of words and phrases

Getting up on the wrong side of the bed: Centuries-old superstition; if your left foot hit the floor first, it's bad luck and you could be grumpy all day.

Room and board: A term from the Middle Ages. The dining table was a board perched on the renters' knees when food was served. Board came to mean the meal itself.

Ask something point blank: The term comes from 16th-century France. In French archery, the center of the target is white (white in French is blanc), you tried to hit the "Point Blanc." It has evolved to mean asking a question directly and to the point.


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Volume 3, Issue 23, Posted 3:34 PM, 11.29.2011

Skeletons at Night

I awaken to the howl of a werewolf, loud as a siren.
My crackling bones get out of the casket made of iron.
I walk through the cemetery so quiet and scary.
I bump into a skeleton who calls herself “Mary”.
I hear creepy groans and skeleton bones, an owl that hoots and wears tiny boots.
I see gravestones, slithering snakes and blood sucking bats.
I smell rotting flesh and hear hissing cats.

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Volume 3, Issue 22, Posted 11:25 AM, 11.01.2011


Golden hair
The sun
As her bonnet
Forest sounds
Leaves rustling
Calls and hoots
The night slipped
Around her
Like a dark shawl

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Volume 3, Issue 22, Posted 11:31 AM, 11.01.2011

Orange blossom

cricket sings by night
cicada answer day song
bye summer ice cream

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Volume 3, Issue 20, Posted 3:52 PM, 10.04.2011


The dog ran away
“come here!”
It didn’t answer
The tri pod
of my fingers
held the pen lightly
In the wordless sky
Lightning became nature’s
exclamation point

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Volume 3, Issue 20, Posted 3:52 PM, 10.04.2011

Why War?

Why do we fight each other
Over power why mislead?
It makes no sense to kill a man
For nothing more than greed.

Will it not stop this urge to rise,
For fame which I despise,
The ruins that are left behind,
In war are not a prize.

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Volume 3, Issue 19, Posted 2:59 PM, 09.20.2011

The Perfect Night

A night sky, yet clear as day, where stars run wild within your gaze.
A blanket lain across a plush, patch of grass, soft to the touch.
With giant mugs of warmth within, a sip we take, lips touch the rim.
And chocolate feasts of paradise, they melt so slow, yet taste so nice.
The Borealis and the Milky Way, the Ninth Wonders shall I say.
How wonderful the view from here, so far away, yet seem so near.
Enjoy the comfort of a friend, when daily woes make one feel spent.
Hand in hand we two can lose, ourselves in one another’s shoes.
This perfect night does have to end,
but friend’s we’ll be until the end.

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Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:22 PM, 09.07.2011

Intensive Care

Our time together
Is measured
In minutes.
Each second my heart
Cries out
Touch me.
Press your fingers
To mine
Trace my lifeline.
Hold my hand
For a moment
So I might know
I'm really alive.


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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 2:57 PM, 08.23.2011

Ode To The Lake

Never felt I a calm more intense
Than that of your shores in the eve
Patiently waiting dreaming of suitors
That eagerly bathe in your stream.

The horizon you fill with colorful strands
With the sun undressed in the day
Of purple and blue and green are these bands
That too gleam at night on the Bay

On my skin I feel the dew of your touch
As I float on the blanket you lain
Between you and the stroke of the sun’s golden brush
Like in velvet my figure you drape

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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.23.2011


capturing the moment
in three lines
Through the trees
the breeze murmurs
placid and serene
The moon
masks her eyes
with a cloud

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:47 PM, 08.09.2011


The volunteer
stood ready
Unsure of his commitment

The old man
Looking at his hands
scarred but sun tanned

Oiled bodies on the summer sand
Frisbees in the air
Jet skis in the water

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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 2:04 PM, 07.12.2011


The buxsome woman
arranges her bosom
with her forearms

Summer day
flat lily pads
smile up at the sun

Lonely book
its hidden delights

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 9:14 PM, 05.17.2011

Two Moons

Our world has two moons,
I saw them both last night,
one in the darkened sky,
and the other
breaking across a mirrored lake,
both silver, but one
cold and pale, and the other
wet and shimmering.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:42 PM, 05.03.2011


Train whistle
fading to silence
in the darkness
Warm slippers
save me from
the cold kitchen floor
The tree trimmer
repels from limb to limb
as his work crashes to the ground

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:47 PM, 05.03.2011


A leopard sits in the iroko tree,
smiling at the night,
his silhouette dark on the sky.
Look closer, he is not alone,
his lady is at his side,
shielded by the thicker part.
They pant a moist steady wind,
a synchronicity of
soft sound and fierce life.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:22 PM, 04.19.2011

Last Snow of Winter

It snowed last night
came down in a fuzzy dream barely remembered
but when I looked out my window
there it was waiting for me
old pal come to say goodbye till next season
for springtime is like that
pleasant enough but dismissive of old friends
trading white treasure for spangled flowers
so I took advantage one last time
and pushed my thoughts out the window
to be with the winter birds
sleeping in their warm twiggy nests


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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:14 PM, 04.05.2011

Wonderful Westlake

Westlake. Wonderful Westlake.
Beautiful Daughter of Dover,
Beacon of the Western Reserve.

Born of brave men and women,
Forests, streams and fertile soil,
Amid sloped ridges of resources.

Blessed by its Pioneers’ Dreams:
Porters, Johnsons, Coes, Sperrys,
Crockers, Clagues, many more.

Tree’d streets honor their names,
Flowered, wide boulevards their
Early well worn paths and trails.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.22.2011

Spring's World

Spring, the scent
Of blossoms
Caressing the moment.

Damp, dew-filled
Easing into sunny

Gentle breezes.
Coaxing buds,
Crocus' smiling
Reaching for the sun.

Spring's world
Alive with new life
Created in silence
In winter's womb.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 10:07 AM, 03.22.2011

Wind and Ashes

The wind is stilled
and there are ashes
on an old man's sleeve,
but if truth be told,
the wind is waiting,
it will stir again,
-- oh my, what faith --
and the dust is a history
a man can shake off
if he wishes,
or not, if he prefers
his sleeve dusty.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.22.2011