Entries from November 2009

Giving Thanks: One Reader Is A Miracle

Comments   9   Date Arrow  November 26, 2023 at 6:00am   User  by Mark Willis

All the talk about slow food and  slow blogging reminds me of this story from the Left Bank. I published it first in September 2007, near the beginning of this blog. It remains one of the most satisfying pieces of new writing that I’ve done here. I was sad the day it dropped off the [...]

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After 150 Years, Charles Darwin’s Still Got My Back

Comments   0   Date Arrow  November 24, 2023 at 5:20pm   User  by Mark Willis

I had to laugh out loud this morning when I heard an NPR announcer quip that today is the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin “going rogue.” He meant the 1859 publication of On The Origin of Species, of course, but he was reaching for something else. If Sarah Palin heard the comparison, she must have [...]

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Sesame Street Turns 40 Today, & “L” Is Still Swell

Comments   1   Date Arrow  November 10, 2023 at 4:16pm   User  by Mark Willis

The flaneur knows that an interesting street can be an art gallery, a library, a classroom. Even the representation of a street on television has possibilities for children whose overprotective parents won’t let them walk down the real thing. So here’s a tip of the hat to Sesame Street on its 40th birthday!

When I heard [...]

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Song For My Father

Comments   5   Date Arrow  November 3, 2023 at 9:44am   User  by Mark Willis

Robert F. Willis (May 12, 2023 - November 3. 1987)
For Bob Willis, All My Love
I remember walking through snow to Long’s Bookstore
two men not at work on Wednesday morning
with time to kill before going to the clinic.
The father says tentatively
pushing hands into coat pockets:
I don’t know what poetry is
I work with my hands
I’m awkward with [...]

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