Monthly Archives: September 2013

John Barker & Mary Osborn

Holly Springs Meeting, Randolph County, North Carolina John Barker Mary Osborn Birth 7 April 1771 Guilford County, North Carolina 3 February 1770 Marriage 26 May 1791 Death 3 April 1849 18 May 1825 More than one hundred fifty years had … Continue reading

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Jane Avril at the Moulin Rouge 1893

(The opening poem from my “Wednesday Night Regular” collection.) I let men believe The rhythm of the bass Makes me lose control Of my feet My legs My hips That I must yield to The frantic beat That I don’t … Continue reading

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George Clinton

(Originally visited 29 October 2000.) Even when looking down on the Hudson river from the top of the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge, I was stunned by the breadth of this great waterway. On that late autumn day the clouds were warning of … Continue reading

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Ballerinas

(Here’s another poem from Wednesday Night Regular. Expect a big announcement real soon now!) Ballerinas All little girls at some point Want to be ballerinas To color with joyful dance This gray grown-up world But life dissolves dreams Debts demand … Continue reading

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John Quincy Adams

(Originally visited 2 July 2004.) I only had ninety minutes. Ninety minutes to travel through Boston on I-93 at the end of the morning rush to Quincy, get pictures of the Adams’ sarcophagi and then return to pick up my … Continue reading

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Samuel Barker

Samuel Barker Birth 30 March 1845 North Carolina Marriage to Martha Lutitia Farlow Death 23 June 1932 Sheridan, Indiana From my father’s side of the family, my favorite stories were those of Grandpa Sammy. For me he became a legendary … Continue reading

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Like the ocean

(Here’s another poem from “Wednesday Night Regular”.) Like the ocean Her hips sway Rhythm of waves Against sand Tugged by the moon Saltwater glows From her skin Sparkling stilettos Reflect stars unseen From the stage Where she dances Like the … Continue reading

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John Adams

(Originally visited 2 July 2004. Note the fiancée mentioned below is now my second ex-wife.) Considering that I’ve lived in Connecticut for well over a decade and only recently captured these digital images of the Presidents Adams, one might think I … Continue reading

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Wednesday Night Regular

Sequestering myself this weekend has paid off. My poetry book, “Wednesday Night Regular”, is complete and I have ordered a proof copy from lulu.com. I should have it in hand sometime next week then, after a few final tweaks, it’ll … Continue reading

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Ray H. Barker & Ruth E. Lloyd

Ray Herman Barker Ruth Elizabeth Lloyd Birth 1 January 1897 Terhune, Indiana 17 May 1902 Fairmount, Indiana Marriage 16 May 1925, Fairmount, Indiana Death 19 February 1980 Marion, Indiana 29 January 1989 Wilmington, Ohio This grave I visit often. I … Continue reading

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