Something wonderful….


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A delightful film that speaks for itself.

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Because the news and the weather can be just too oppressive for words, here is a wonderful tonic for the soul: In a Heartbeat, a shot film by Beth David and Esteban Bravo. Enjoy.

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Join the Fight for #NetNeutrality


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From jk over at Off the Rails & the Secret Keeper. Another fight we can’t afford to lose.

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The Fight has begun again to save #NetNeutrality. Our present government. [The Trump White House and all its cronies] (what a joke . they are the thieves in the night) they are trying to role back time and destroy the conclusive FCC determination in 2015 to proclaim protection of #NetNeutrality. And once again Trump is going after the destruction of another Obama initiative . this time #NetNeutrality . a protection which opens up the free use of the Internet by all . not just overstuffed conglomerates who want to rule the world with their greed and shut down the voices who want to expose the Truth of what is happening in the world. – j.kiley

The Open Internet rules put in place by the FCC in 2015 are based upon a solid legal framework that has been sustained by the courts. The FCC Net Neutrality rules effectively safeguard the open…

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Harry Potter and the Politics of Hate


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Great post from the secret keeper. We ARE stronger together.

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As J.K. Rowling’s rich allegory reminds us, intolerance is an inner battle.

Tagline from this short film. What is written below the video follows the same path.

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Extremely important message carried throughout this short film and throughout J.K. Rowling’s writing and her lack of fear facing up to the bullies who aren’t brave enough to be the opposite of ‘Mean.’

For those Potterheads (like myself) . and for those not involved in this world . it makes no difference . the message needs to be heard . Beware of the Danger surrounding our world . it is Real as Real Can Be .

I am a member of The Resistance . being vigilant . not allowing myself to be hypnotized by the spewing rhetoric of the alt-right & the influences not-my-president is receiving from…

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‘Let America Be America Again’

Resistance is never futile.

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Let America Be America Again
Langston Hughes, 1902 – 1967

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?


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“Take Your Broken Heart….”


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In a world that has felt crazy and out of control for a while now, it is a true delight to know that there are women in the world like the radiant Viola Davis and the incomparable Meryl Streep. Their words from this year’s Golden Globe Awards are both touching and eloquent. Faced with the reality into which we are all about to be plunged, Meryl Streep’s words resonate profoundly. They bear listening to and repeating again and again.

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Remembering John Lennon 💔

We can all use a little John Lennon….

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John Lennon – Instant Karma (We All Shine On)

Today, Thursday 8th December 2016, is the unfortunate Anniversary of John Lennon’s Assassination. It happened around 10:50 p.m. (EST) on 8 December 1980, as John Lennon and Yoko Ono returned to their New York apartment in the Dakota. Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times in the archway of the building. Lennon was taken to the emergency room of the nearby Roosevelt Hospital. John Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:00 p.m. (EST). Earlier that evening, Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman.


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I decided to simultaneously post on ‘Off the Rails – Track 451’, and ‘the secret keeper’, on the 8th of December, to show a solidarity for John Lennon as the Artist, Writer, Song Writer, Poet, Philosopher, and the remarkable Being we were blessed to experience in our life…

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Guest Blog: No Boundaries – A Collection of Poetry by Karen R. Sanderson


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One of my great pleasures here at the Nest – right up there with Month of the Dragon – is helping to spread the word about books my wonderfully talented friends have written.

Today, by way of a guest blog, I am delighted to share Karen R. Sanderson’s debut volume of poetry, No Boundaries.

No Boundaries is a long-arced portrait limned with warmth and humor. In blank verse and rhyme, limerick and haiku, she skips across the emotional touchstones of family, friends, memory, nature, and the writer’s craft itself. This is a delightfully accessible collection, full of wry observations and little gems, including the following.

Enjoy. And be sure to order your copy in time for the holidays.

My ancestral home

I am wondering about my ancestors,
About the music they might have listened to.

I wonder what they felt when the harps
plucked at their hearts
while coal miners picked and
shoveled the coal.

I wonder about their choral voices raised in lament,
for the brothers and fathers they left behind
under the mountain.

I wonder why the mothers
did not sing for their sons,
but cried instead
among the southern valleys, among the coal.

I wonder what mountains could be moved.
I wonder.



Shawn’s Limerick

There’s this gal I like to call Kenzie

Her writing shows us dragons a-frenzy

Lives with cats and chinchillas

Feeds friendly woodsy fellas

I’m grateful we’re editors friendly.



Karen R. Sanderson was raised by a mother who wanted to be an English teacher and who worked for Merriam-Webster as a proofreader and an aunt who could complete the Sunday New York Times crossword in a day. Their favorite expression was, “Look it up!”

Karen is an editor and proofreader, blogger, poet, writer, and a fabulous grandma. She completed writing coursework through UCLA and the University of New Mexico. Her short stories have been featured in The Rose & Thorn Journal, Every Child is Entitled to Innocence anthology, Valley Living Magazine,, and

Karen is currently pursuing a degree at Minot State University and Lake Region State College in Interpreting and Sign Language Studies.

You can connect with Karen on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ and on her blog at





I’m published!


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Always love sharing when friends get into print! Congrats, Karen.

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Here’s a holiday selection

From my collection

(changed slightly to accommodate Thanksgiving)

Holiday Dinner

Chicken runs round the farm yard,

Wishes he was the duck.

Duck runs round the barn yard,

Wishes he was the pig.

Pig runs round the pig sty,

Wishes he was the horse.

Horse smiles, relaxes in stall.

Thanksgiving Eve, he’ll mourn them all.


My collection includes Family and Friends, God Bless Our Military, Limericks, Beautiful Earth, Art, Imagination, & Miscellany, Haiku, and My Funny Bone.

To order, go to “No Boundaries” at Amazon.

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So, we’ve gone full-tilt down the rabbit hole and are entering a frightening time when a host of terrible things are possible. Indeed, some are fearful that a return of the Dark Times is just around the corner.

Here at the Nest, we want everyone to know: this is a SAFE SPACE.

For one and all. Now and always.