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Archives for May 2017

They used to smoke.


But the salty taste paled.

Now, with a chocolate bar in pocket, the days were longer, the nights quieter.

Teams of dealers waited for the croupier.

We won on black.

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Have you got, can you say, is it really true?

The whites are a’spinin’ and the delicates too, did you separate the cottons from the wool ones, through and through. 

If I say high, you say low,  We got some money but we ‘ain’t got the dough. 

Sing one for me and make me free.

They said, son there’s your food, it’s just hangin’ from the tree. 

One day I went with the big daddy, he took us all on a trip to the big blue sea. 

We swam, we sang and made two and three. 

Never laughed, never cried, just tried to be.

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Some moves are made for chess, other moves are made for life.

When all has been tried, to the finite degree, then the next move should be off the board. 

There are times when the next corner is best replaced with the next county, the next state, the next arena.

Play well. Playing is what is good…and choose the game, or even, create it!

The score is always good.

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Distributing chocolate aircraft.

No runways, they melted years ago. 

The terminal buildings made from nougat and marzipan.

These were the toys that built a generation of airlines. 

Swift and gentle greetings.

We have achieved the balance we sought.

Grown up and covered with velvet, we enter the ballrooms of the world, ready for the swirl of music and well-practiced steps.

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Working during the holidays.

What a great opportunity it turned out to be!

The small team, just the five of us, did the varied tasks that thirty had hauled away each day before most set off for dream vacations or family visits. (sometimes these are the same thing, I know!)

We became better acquaintances, sometimes better friends. 

We all found the challenge embraced every thought and concentrated task-muscle we had…all day every day.

We went home tired as if after a long exploration of a mountainside path by foot. A sweet tiredness, fulfilled and nourished by doing.

A sweet sleep followed.

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