Author Archives: ketterrd

August 21 — the 400th anniversary (+ 1 day) of “The American Heartbreak”

Wednesday,  August 21 “Four hundred years is a mighty long time.  Courage.” Several days ago, my colleague and friend in the Detroit Mercy History Department suggested that The Work Day/Hard Time Poetry List give its attention to a vicious and … Continue reading

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May 1 – Spring in Detroit, Spring in Maine

Today’s Post  – “Almost mid-May, I watch the spring come slow- ly day by day . . . ” Traveling north-south, south-north during season-changing time lets trees and ground plants show their stuff to visitors.  Readers from Detroit, where I … Continue reading

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Feb 15 – “something there is that doesn’t love a wall” – – Robert Frost

Friday,  February 15, 2019 “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offense.” It’s hard to walk through a full day without hearing … Continue reading

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March 26 – Monday of Holy Week — > Connie de Biase ( † Feb 10, 2017, c. 6:15 pm)

March 26 2018  –  “a mutual commitment to noticing” Over 4 decades of kinship, Connie de Biase and I partnered in a mutual commitment to noticing.   Now that she’s left us,  I miss her most on Saturday mornings when driving … Continue reading

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March 21 – in hard times beauty can take us by surprise

Wednesday March 20    “add texture and evoke delight” The poetry list was born from an intuition that in hard times,  it’s important to watch one’s vocabulary.  Some days “hard times” come at us as relentless gloomy weather, sometimes with … Continue reading

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March 19 – W H Auden – “to keep a date with love”

Monday, March 19 These weeks of March, where I live in Michigan, do a lot of teasing.  Glorious sun with hints of warm weather to come, bringing a rash of flowers and then some gray days line up one after … Continue reading

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April 14 – The Servant of God

April 14, Monday of Holy Week The Servant Song Isaiah 42: 1-4 Here is my servant whom I uphold my chosen one with whom I am pleased Upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to … Continue reading

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