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By Mary E. Adair

August 2012

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” -Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE).

Our quote above could be applied to hearing all of the political rhetoric that is so prevalent on the TV currently. If one can simply listen, weigh the promises and aspirations, disregard the rubbish and vitriol, perhaps one may arrive at a semblance of the true state of possibilities. And one must always remember, no President can make his aims become accomplishments without, once the office is attained, passage of the required statues, amendments, etc., by both houses; thus few campaign promises for goals have the opportunity to come true.

However, we can promise some interesting reading with our August selections for you with fifteen poems this month: five by Phillip Hennessy aka Phillipo ("Coo-Coo Crazy," "Hear My Prayer," "Live a Little," "Lost in The Dark," and "The Circle's Getting Smaller"); two each by and Bud Lemire ("A Passing of Time" and "Life is Like A Camera") and Bruce Clifford ("Broken Over You," and Cifford with Lisa Albano-Musto brings us "Time For Me"). There are six from John I. Blair, ("Cross Country," "Alexander Wohl Mennonite Church," "The Word of Praise Cathedral," "Found Object," "Sometimes at Night," and "Royce Union.")

With the recipe in Leo C. Helmer's column ("Cookin' With Leo") you can be frugal and still make a tasty treat; Peg Jones ("Angel Whispers") gives us a message explaining ways to reach our inner self, to 'go within.'

Mattie Lennon's "Irish Eyes" rings with poetry and remembers an actor of Irish heritage from Minnasota. Thomas F. O'Neill speaks of world wide co-operative efforts needed for Space exploration in "Introspective," while "Eric Shackle's Column" by Eric shares links to various online clocks. This editor loves the "Persian Clock."

Mark Crocker has added more to his second book of Rabbo Tales, "Rabbo II -Chapter 7 Part A, Tomorrow Never Knows." Previous chapters of this tale can be accessed by clicking the author's name.

See you in September.

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