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Maintaining Sanity   2 comments

Tom Turner 2-Edit-1-72Tom Turner, a Rainy Day on the Seattle Waterfront (June, 2000) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

(These quotes were among Tom’s handwritten notes.)

“A person becomes a writer because they’re deficient. They have problems. They’re crazy. They have unhappy families. They’re eccentric. And not because they’ve read a lot of books necessarily, but on the contrary — maybe they haven’t read enough books. There’s a strong irrationality about the writing life. Often a writer writes just to maintain their sanity. The way an addict needs to perform a certain ritual of mainlining, a writer kind of has to do it in order to keep his or her head on straight.”

— Paul Theroux

“The whole content of my being shrieks in contradiction against itself.”

— Kierkegaard 

Arizona Highways — Ted DeGrazia   Leave a comment

In June of 2019, the Arizona Highways had a special issue, “The Legacy of Arizona’s
Prolific Artist,” Ted DeGrazia. And why not, it was Arizona Highways the discovered Ted
DeGrazia and put him on stage. His work appeared in more the 60 issues of Arizona
Highways. The June issue celebrates the 110th birthday of Arizona’s most prolific artist.

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Even before moving to Tucson in 2010, I was aware of and love Ted DeGrazia’s work.
We live only a few miles from DeGrazia’s Gallery In The Sun, the campus of which sets
up against the Santa Catalina Mountains on Tucson’s northeast side.

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Over the last decade, we have visited the Gallery In The Sun several times, this blog has eleven postings.

DeGrazia Slideshow by kenne

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Look at what we’ve done – Kristiana Reed   Leave a comment

As poetry should, this poem makes you imagine and think. — kenne


Imagine it’s the night before

the end of the world as we know it:

airstrikes are landing like lightning

and fires are raging

to the pace of frightened, broken hearts.


Time is no longer waiting;

acting before we’ve even opened our weary eyes

to the damage we’ve been wreaking

whilst pretending, like in this poem,

that we would even know if it was

the night before the end of the world.


All of us need saving

but I’m not even sure we’re worthy

of rescuing anymore.



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Kristiana Reed is a writer and an English Teacher living in the UK. She is the creator of My Screaming Twenties and sole editor of Free Verse Revolution on WordPress. She  released her debut poetry collection, Between the Trees, in Spring 2019. Her work has been published in several…

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I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

— Abraham Lincoln

Once Upon a Time....

~This is a telling time, a time to consider consequences as there are worse things to come; if those that are keen with pen and paper fail to support right from wrong. ~ Karen Dowdall

“In every age it has been the tyrant…wrapped in the cloak of patriotism or religion to deceive and overawe the People”

~Eugene V. Debs

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ~Thomas Jefferson

The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.  ~Clarence Darrow

Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free. ~Bill Richardson

The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.  ~Albert Camus

It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in…

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Legion Of Saguaros   2 comments

Saguaro Legion In Sun-72Legion of Saguaros (Sabino Canyon Recreational Area) — Image by kenne


Village By Any Other Name. . .   Leave a comment

Lincoln art-72Old Town Lincoln, Alabama — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Most streets in Lincoln
were paved in the late ’40s
turning into gravel and clay
just outside Lincoln Station.

I was surprised to see
some of the buildings
still standing fifty years
after leaving this small town.

A place an adventurist kid
could take risks and survive —
a village by any other name
in northeast Alabama.

— kenne

Posted January 23, 2020 by kenneturner in Alabama, Information, Photo-Artistry, Poetry

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Sunning On A Cold Desert Morning   2 comments

Yes, it does get cold in the desert. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Roadrunner, January 18, 2012 — Image by kenne

At the beginning of this week’s nature walk, the Sabino Canyon temperatures were in the mid-to-upper thirties. Just a short time into the walk, we spotter this guy taking advantage of the morning sun, having lowered his wing to expose more of his body to the sun. He observed us but was more interested in warming up than moving on as we moved in closer for a few photos. Don’t you just love it!


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