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Day Four: We Shall Overcome

Posted by on June 18, 2020 in What Pooks is Reading | 1 comment

Day Four: We Shall Overcome

Mahalia Jackson – – – Over the past few years, the most visited post on this site is a previous tribute to “We Shall Overcome.” We have such a deep need now. Deep in my heart I still believe.

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Day Three: We Shall Overcome

Posted by on June 17, 2020 in What Pooks is Reading | 1 comment

Day Three: We Shall Overcome

Diana Ross performing ‘We Shall Overcome’ on July 30th 1996 at the Puskás Ferenc Stadion (formerly known as the Nép Stadion) in Budapest, Hungary. – – – Over the past few years, the most visited post on this site is a previous tribute to “We Shall Overcome.” We have such a deep need now. Deep in my heart I still believe.

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Day Two: We Shall Overcome

Posted by on June 16, 2020 in What Pooks Is Writing, Youtube | 1 comment

Day Two: We Shall Overcome

Louis Armstrong “I want every sister and brother to sing like they never sung before for old Satchmo.” – – – Over the past few years, the most visited post on this site is a previous tribute to “We Shall Overcome.” We have such a deep need now. Deep in my heart I still believe.

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Day One: We Shall Overcome

Posted by on June 15, 2020 in What Pooks is Reading | 2 comments

Day One: We Shall Overcome

The Aeolians of Oakwood University Over the past few years, the most visited post on this site is a previous tribute to “We Shall Overcome.” We have such a deep need now. Deep in my heart I still believe.

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Wash Your Hands to the Music [pretend that’s the Doobie Brothers]

Posted by on March 14, 2020 in What Pooks is Reading | 4 comments

Wash Your Hands to the Music [pretend that’s the Doobie Brothers]

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY ADVICE FROM THE BEATLES. SORT OF. My grandprincess was taught to wash her hands as long as it takes to sing happy birthday in order to be sure she gets rid of the nasties. MJ Butler took that a bit further. This PSA brought to you by Iron Butterly, The Doors, Rare Earth, Leonard Skynard, and The Beatles. Sort of. aka A Twisted Path Through Musical Hygiene History from TwistedMojo:   Any hygiene that includes Iron Butterfly, The Doors, Rare Earth, Leonard Skynyrd and The Beatles gets the Pooks Seal of Approval. [note to...

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Birthday – A Stunning Coming of Age and Love Story LGBTQ+

Posted by on February 28, 2020 in What Pooks is Reading | 2 comments

Birthday – A Stunning Coming of Age and Love Story LGBTQ+

Where to begin? There’s a premise. The publisher’s description of Birthday, by Meredith Russo, does a better job of it than I can. “Two kids, Morgan and Eric, are bonded for life after being born on the same day at the same time. We meet them once a year on their shared birthday as they grow and change: as Eric figures out who he is and how he fits into the world, and as Morgan makes the difficult choice to live as her true self. Over the years, they will drift apart, come together, fight, make up, and break up—and...

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Book Review for The Good Luck Girls

Posted by on September 30, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 1 comment

Book Review for The Good Luck Girls

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis My takeaway: Aster is a kickass heroine who takes no prisoners in this all POC novel of the weird west. Brava, Ms Davis! I could see by the cover that the main character in this book was a person of color, but had not realized that all the characters were until I started reading–all of which made me want to read it even more. I was not disappointed. Charlotte Nicole Smith’s great strength is world-building. Her weird west novel is richly detailed and drawn in vivid and visceral ways....

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Vespasian on my Vision Board & In My Planner

Posted by on September 11, 2019 in The Work In Progress, Untune the Sky, What Pooks Is Writing | 4 comments

Vespasian on my Vision Board & In My Planner

This image of Vespasian isn’t anywhere else and probably won’t be. Yes, I bought an image that would ordinarily be used for a book cover to use for my own inspiration. Seriously. How could I not? What drew me to this image is one word. TORTURED. That is how I view Vespasian, and what I sensed in this image. I would have snatched it up just as quickly if he’d been fully clothed. Yes, really.   Now, you might think I only got the image because of the washboard, but if so, why did I cover part of it  with those other...

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Shooting Windows — Fury Triad Research

Posted by on August 23, 2019 in The Work In Progress, This Crumbling Pageant, Untune the Sky, What Pooks Is Writing | 2 comments

Shooting Windows — Fury Triad Research

I love photographing windows, usually the view from within.  And when it comes to windows, there is nothing I love more than leaded glass. When we were in England in March 2013, I shot several views from Erinyes Manor Baddesley Clinton. It’s difficult to explain what it’s like visiting a place after you’ve already absorbed it into the fantasy world you’re building, absorbed it because of its floorplan, its history–chosen for very practical reasons, when there was a prettier manor actually located in Cornwall that ought to have fit the bill....

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