Where there’s a will… #writing #art #poetry

penned in moon dust

child's play

So familiar

like riding a bike

I can hear ungreased gears grind

my swollen feet have forgotten the motion

in frustration I fling the bike

willing it to take life

and show me how to ride in figure 8s

So familiar

like painting my first picture

I can see the blues, reds, yellows flow and swirl

but my trembling hands have forgotten

I impulsively pour water on my canvas

willing it to take life

and show me how to paint a blooming flower

So familiar

like writing my first story

I can feel the words mesh and explode

but my mind is lost in dog earred pages

I feverishly clutch at the manuscript

willing it to take life

and show me once again how to write a fantasy for children

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This week’s Verse First Prompt is “Right Under Your Nose.” My objective was to be honest in descriptions even…

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Egypt Debates US Strike on Syria

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I wrote this piece for Al-Monitor

As the debate rages in the United States and other Western nations about a possible strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a parallel debate is taking place in Egypt. Officially, the interim government has rejected any international intervention in Syria. The government’s stance is supported by many political parties, including the liberal Free Egyptian Party and moderate Islamists such as the Strong Egypt Party. The official stance has also gained strong backing from a wide portion of the Egyptian public. The mood now among Egyptians is hostile to any US intervention in Syria. Despite the ongoing civil war, the use of chemical weapons and the thousands of Syrians who were killed, injured or displaced, any US strike against Syria will be viewed in Egypt like the 1956 Suez crisis — that is, an unlawful attack by Western forces against a sovereign…

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Movie Star Bolt?

Repeating Islands

bolt

Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson is hoping to lure Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt off the track and on to the big screen for the 2014 movie The Secret Service, Jamaica’s Gleaner reports.

Except for lead spots in commercials for his sponsors such as Puma, Gatorade and Digicel, the world’s fastest man – a six-time Olympic champion and 100m and 200m world record holder – has very little acting experience, but Jackson, who is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet is hoping Bolt’s expectedly lighter schedule next year will make his big-screen debut possible.

Football star David Beckham is also being approached for a role in the movie, which is based on comic books, and has Colin Firth and Michael Caine playing superagents, according to the BBC. It will be directed by Brit Matthew Vaughn.

CHANGING FILM LANDSCAPE

Jackson, who will play a villain in the…

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Russia says its evidence points to rebels in Aleppo chemical attack – UPI.com

The statement also warned the United States and its allies against conducting a military strike against Syria until the United Nations completes its investigation into the Aug. 21 chemical attack in Damascus suburbs. The United States said its evidence indicates forces loyal to President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons in the August attack.

The statement also raised the specter of U.S. claims of weapons of mass destruction being hidden in Iraq that later proved false.

“The Russian report is specific,” the ministry statement said. “It is a scientific and technical document.”

U.S. officials did not immediately comment, McClatchy said, which reported that independent chemical weapons experts it had contacted said they had not had time to read the Russian document.

A U.N. team spent four days late last month investigating the Aug. 21 incident. Samples it collected are being examined at OPCW labs in Europe. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the United States to delay any response until results of the U.N. investigation are known.

via Russia says its evidence points to rebels in Aleppo chemical attack – UPI.com.

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Cains Foods Issues an Allergen Alert for Undeclared Milk and Egg in Olde Cape Cod Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Cains Foods Issues an Allergen Alert for Undeclared Milk and Egg in Olde Cape Cod Chipotle Ranch Dressing

via Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Cains Foods Issues an Allergen Alert for Undeclared Milk and Egg in Olde Cape Cod Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Sorry – grin – what should one expect of some goofy Olde Cape Cod Chipotle Ranch Dressing – mishmash!

Profile of Turkish Protest Movemet Icon Erdem Gündüz – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Erdem Gündüz feels somewhat uncomfortable as he stands in front of the Atatürk statue once again, worried that it might be too contrived. But he doesn’t need convincing. “I know the power of photos and what you journalists want,” he says with a smile.

via Profile of Turkish Protest Movemet Icon Erdem Gündüz – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

The Gun Report: September 5, 2013 – NYTimes.com

An 81-year-old man who was lying in wait with a .22-caliber rifle for a raccoon accidentally shot himself after sneezing and falling from a chair in New Haven, Conn., Saturday night. James Pace Sr. told authorities that a raccoon had been scratching at his back door for several days. Detectives seized the rifle and are investigating the incident.

via The Gun Report: September 5, 2013 – NYTimes.com.