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About jdavidblack

Retired teacher and minister, now freelance writer & poet. Find my books on Amazon: (1) Some Task, Long Forgotten & Other Poems; (2) The Clown in the Tent; (3) Shortcomings: Around the Grounds & Corner; (4) Aspects of a Crosscut Saw.

This fair, green, ‘flat’ earth of ours

For decades now I’ve heard of a “Flat Earth Society.” Seems that some people are unconvinced that the earth is round. Well, roundish. I admit it has some bumps and valleys and occasional flat spots, and I am told by … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Jefferson

I grew up almost in the shadow of Thomas Jefferson. Home was a few miles away from Monticello, which is on the road we took to Charlottesville.  I passed that gatehouse many a hundred times. I read about Jefferson and … Continue reading

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The Joy of Bare Feet

It’s a cold, wet winter day, spring is far off, and I am well past my prime, but I have a severe hankering to go barefooted. I used to jump the season a bit when I was a youngster. I’d … Continue reading

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The Joy of Bare Feet

It’s a cold, wet winter day, spring is far off, and I am well past my prime, but I have a severe hankering to go barefooted. I used to jump the season a bit when I was a youngster. I’d … Continue reading

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Forgive? Are You kidding?

In her “alphabet” series of mystery novels, Sue Grafton has created a wonderful fictional detective named Kinsey Millhone. In V is for Vengeance, Kinsey makes this statement: “For the record, I’d like to say I am a big fan of … Continue reading

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Forest-Bathing

There’s a lot being said about the positive healing effect of trees. Of being in “God’s great outdoors.” Whether you call it “God’s” or not, the beneficial effect is well-known and widely-known. In Japan, it’s called shrinrin-yoku, which translates to … Continue reading

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Just How Do YOU Look at It?

My parents hated and feared playing cards—except for Rook, the only deck of cards in the house. For some reason, Grandmother Kidd had a deck of regular cards at her house and when I spent the night with her, I … Continue reading

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