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Coffee Break No. 5 – In the Right Place

A little pick-me-up for all y’all. I hope you find it as apropos of what you’re doing on this day as I do of what I’m doing. If you’re feeling a little low, bust out the pen and paper, the word processor, the typewriter or the clay tablets and get some words, any words, down. You’ll be glad you did.

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Coffee Break No. 3: Literature in Song

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There are thousands of songs out there, but here are a few of my faves. Feel free to chip in in the comments with your own.

Hamlet – The Band – Ophelia


Animal Farm – Pink Floyd Animals

The Grapes of Wrath – Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost of Tom Joad


The Story of Ulysses – Cream – Tales of Brave Ulysses


Coffee Break No. 2

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Been listening to Bonnie Prince Billy while writing lately, courtesy of my brother. Turn the lights down and the hi-fi up. Sip your java and just listen.


And just to show that Bonnie Prince Billy has an upbeat side:


For what it’s worth, this guy (real name Will Oldham) played a young preacher in John Sayles’ movie Matewan, a story about the events leading up to the Matewan Massacre and the Battle of Blair Mountain during the period where miners were organizing in the West Virginia coalfields. Great flick.

It's a Long Way to the Top

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This clip from School of Rock is sweet in its own right, but it’s also a good reminder that you’ve got to grind it out day after day to be good at what you do. And that’s just good. If you want to be great, well, I’ll be happy to post about that if I ever figure it out.

I could reel off a bunch of bromides about the journey being the destination and whatnot, but I fear my eyeballs would bleed so I’ll spare you the indignity and me the blood.

Get in there, enjoy the slog.

And here’s the original AC/DC version complete with bagpipes. I’m gonna go get me a haggis.


Mmmmmm. Haggis.

You and Rube Goldberg

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Take some time, watch this and marvel. (Stolen from Bronx Banter):


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Now, take time to marvel at your WIP or whatever noble task at which you’ve been toiling (Parenting is a good one). You’ve put effort into the details, arranged things just so, and hopefully, when all is said and done, you will be shot with bursts of color and people will clap.

Carry on.