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Turn around

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

When the sun broke through the clouds,
the heat shot through his bones.
He was walking away from her.

She told him to hurry up
and get to the launch zone and leave. 

Time ticked on, helping her anger

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The Toothpaste Moment

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

How many meetings have we been to when, unexpectedly, one person in the group comments about something another member has done or said?

We may have heard this declared or even aimed in our direction: “That’s so odd. I just have to say.”

Did the person who just got labeled as “odd”
FEEL something negative because of that declaration?
Yes.

Declarations such as this are markers.
They are the DNA of culture bias.
They are cultivated in

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ON THE COOL SIDE

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

I got a Telegram it read: “Already answered.
We know you know these things
come down from above
But see, the Message was supposed to be a question:
“Say, do you know the meaning
or the reason
for love?”

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Two cents worthy

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

The following “One Liners” are not necessarily puns.
I happily share them with you because when you read this,

you may have forgotten that it’s not quite Friday.
Here are my two cents worth of smile material.

And they make great toasts for your next imbibe interval.
Cheers! or Gotcha!

* Life is ugly. Get a faith lift.

* I was addicted to the Hokey Pokey. Then I turned myself around.

* Save the planet! It’s the only one with beer.

* Six out of seven dwarfs are not happy.

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More than a cloud

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Everyone casts a shadow
as we walk below the sun.

It follows us throughout the day
and slips away at night.

When evening falls,
a blanket of stars slowly appear above

to dot the purple vastness
and remind us where we are.

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Faceoff game

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Remember that faceoff game when we were seven,
mugging for passersby

and craning to see if they would smile or just grunt or stare back?

We would scrunch up our faces,
sometimes with missing teeth

then squint our eyes to give each effort the full affect.

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HOPE is not a four-letter word

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

“Allegory of hope” Francesco Guardi  1747

In speaking English or learning to speak it, there are some idiomatic phrases which take on certain meanings.

Expressions and exclamations are usually formed when certain words become more commonly used by active groups or pockets of society.

This makes the language more useful and in some cases more colorful and expressive.

More people are then very willing to use a new expression in regular conversation because it is helpful in conveying the meaning of something important.

The subject of much contemplation this summer I am concentrating on is hope
Hope is defined as “the feeling that what is wanted – can be had.
Also, it can mean that what is wanted will turn out for the best.”

What is it about hope that causes us to feel optimistic?

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