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A Christmas Card to Britain from AmericaA Christmas Card to Britain from America by Agawaer
Yeah, it has been a while, hasn't it? Is it…is it okay if I come in? Can I sit down?
You know what? I would love some tea—served hot in the little cup, just like I used to drink it back when I was a kid. Thanks for offering. It’s been so long since I’ve drunk it your way.
So how’re you holding up, Dad? Have you been doing okay? I know I don’t visit as much as I used to, and I’m sorry about that. We live so far apart these days, and we’re both so busy that we can hardly find time to catch a breath.
But I made time to see you today. I even flaked on a meeting with Germany so I could come over. I probably should have called ahead, but I was worried you might already be over at Australia's by the time I got here.
I wanted to see you because, as you probably know, today is the beginning of the holiday season. And Dad, I know we haven’t hung out or talked much in a pretty long time, but I wanted to spend som
Thoughts on the Battle of New OrleansOn January 8th, 2017, it will have been exactly 201 years since the Battle of New Orleans. The battle the last time British and American troops fought each other, and in that sense, the conflict marks the beginning of one of the most extraordinary relationships in international politics. How smoothly and quickly the two countries moved from bloody slaughter to more than two centuries of close friendship, and how remarkable that the battle seems largely overlooked these days on both sides of the Atlantic. For we Americans, the battle is probably not very well-known because the history books tend to gloss over it in favor of more titanic clashes such as Gettysburg, Yorktown and Saratoga. For the British, one reason why the battle may not be so well-remembered is because the war in America was only part of a much wider conflict. Even as she sent troops across the Atlantic, Britain was more focused on crushing Napoleon Bonaparte than dealing with upstart Yankees. The victories at WaterlooThoughts on the Battle of New Orleans by Agawaer
If All 50 States Are in a Bar...If all 50 states are in a bar, Oregon and Washington are making loud condescending remarks about everyone else’s drink orders and occasionally staring daggers at California, who is too busy bickering with Texas to notice. Colorado and New Mexico are caught between them and quietly bond over their shared hatred of both. Idaho is feeling awkward because he doesn't really know anybody else, but he's also tired of Oregon and Washington making fun of him and is more than happy to let the liberals sulk in the corner. He tries to talk to Texas, thinking they'd have a lot in common, but quickly and loudly finds out that they don't. So he grudgingly strikes up a conversation with Nevada while silently wondering what the hell Mississippi is wearing. Mississippi tells herself she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of her, but she's secretly devastated when Alabama says she doesn't look pretty. North Carolina has New York trapped in a corner and keeps demanding he pronounce "coffee"If All 50 States Are in a Bar... by Agawaer
Ever Hear Of...Haast's Eagle?Are you struggling with a crippling feeling of holiday stress? Feeling down that your in-laws are coming for a visit on such short notice? Are you dreading Thanksgiving dinner, where you once again have to listen to your Uncle Jed telling you how impressive your thigh muscles are? If you answered yes, then fear not! Kick off your shoes, get comfy and grab the short drumstick from the chicken bucket, because it’s time for a very special Turkey Day edition of Ever Hear Of, the only series here on DA where I make history fun and exciting by telling you about the least-known yet totally-awesome historical figures and factoids that you won’t find in your school textbook.Ever Hear Of...Haast's Eagle? by Agawaer
Now, some of you may remember that last year I decided to celebrate the November holidays by writing about a carnivorous ten-foot-tall prehistoric feathery flightless monstrosity known as the terror bird, which was sort of like the psychotically-violent crack-smoking older brother of Big Bird from
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Adriatic Seai gave the ocean my heartAdriatic Sea by A-Shadow-Rose
in the hopes that sirens
would wring what was left
of rotting, clogged veins.
upholstered from all i knew -
hopes and dreams
and summer kisses,
promises never kept
and secrets breathed into the ears
of effervescent sprites -
i gave it up. all of it.
just so they could devour
the memory of you.
The loneliest job in the worldby Tony HoaglandThe loneliest job in the world by AlwaysRainCheck
As soon as you begin to ask the question, Who loves me?
you are completely screwed, because
the next question is How Much?
and then it is hundreds of hours later,
and you are still hunched over
your flowcharts and abacus,
trying to decide if you have gotten enough.
This is the loneliest job in the world:
to be an accountant of the heart.
It is late at night. You are by yourself,
and all around you, you can hear
the sounds of people moving
in and out of love,
pushing the turnstiles, putting
their coins in the slots,
paying the price which is asked,
which constantly changes.
No one knows why.
PostcardsYou send mePostcards by The-Story-Spinner
bits and pieces of your world
in too bright postcard pictures
with no return address
A world of plastic cutout landscapes
garish with artificial perfection
and scribbles of hurried platitudes
I wish you would come home
and stop holding who you are
at arms length
01. swallow the universedecay remembers you --01. swallow the universe by StyleOverSubstance
fever breath and ocean-eyed ghosts,
secrets that smoke with poison desire.
we wake only to drink, to devour
the naked voices of dismantled stars.
glass kisses turn into granite lips
and pillars of salt; a haunted embrace
melts into the cracks of the universe.
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Copper's Community Contest!Copper's Community Contest
Create art celebrating the concept of community, however you define it, and whatever it means to you personally.
This contest will run until Monday, February 29th (that's right; it's leap year, folks) at 11:59PM EST.
Enter as many times as you wish, solo, or as part of a collaboration.
The winner will be announced by the Ides of March (March 15th).
The prize is a custom-made handcrafted jewelry set from me, design to be chosen by the winner, worth $75. Please see my gallery at OohShinyJewelry.
Second prize is a $15 Amazon.com card, generously donated by LiliWrites.
Other submissions that I find are of especial merit (i.e., I had a hard time deciding) will be awarded a digital package consisting of an Icon Avatar, ID Image, and Literature Author Tag. This prize will be to the specifications of the winner, and can be gifted to another dev
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