Wednesday, April 23, 2014

‘Come and Take It’

“I am about ready to go to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.”

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 30 Deadline for Fiction and Essay Contest

Final Week to Enter Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

The deadline is April 30 to enter this year's Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. We'll award 12 cash prizes totaling $3,000. The winning entries will be published on our website. The top winners will receive prominent exposure on our home page.
Key contest information:
  • Judge: Arthur Powers (see his advice)
  • Top prizes: Best Story, $1,000; Best Essay, $1,000
  • Entry fee: $16 per entry
  • Length limit: 6,000 words
  • Subject: Any
  • Previously published work OK? Yes
  • Past winning entries: See our archives
Questions? Please email

Custom Coffee Mugs: Poetry So Good You Can Drink It!

Most of you poetry lovers out there have a wish in common: To show your friends and close ones how they can enjoy it too. It is time to take matters into your own hands and make poetry reach them. Modern print technology makes so many formats available, that it is hard to choose one. But since the idea is to make poetry part of your friends’ daily routines, why not print it on a coffee mug? So they can read it while enjoying a warm, tasty and aromatic coffee.

What you need to do is pick a short poem that your friend could like and have it printed. Simple enough, right? Sure, but here are some things you should take into consideration when choosing the right poem to engage a non poetry lover:

  1. Don’t choose the poem for you, choose it for the person who will be reading it every morning. Your goal is to make them want to find more poems.
  2. Select a text that can be easily read on a mug. If it is too long, chances are your friend won’t pay attention to it.
  3. Avoid subjects that may sadden the recipient. Remember that coffee mugs are long lasting, reminding your friend about a sad topic on a daily basis is not the greatest idea.
  4. It is ok to choose a controversial topic, as long as you do it respectfully and in the spirits of opening your friend’s mind about a common matter.

Once you have chosen the perfect poem, make it look great before sending it to print. When you order custom coffee mugs from professionals (like 4OVER4.COM linked before) they will ask you to meet certain image requirements. Basically to send a file with high resolution so it will look good once printed. Consider your image background and the color of your mug, the idea is for everyone to be able to read the poem.

Stop wishing for your friends to like poetry as much as you do, make it happen! Go on a browsing mission and find a poem for each of your closest friends. Custom printing is affordable and gives you a chance to make a gift that will be remembered, a win-win situation. Purchase personalized mugs to make a special gift and introduce them to the wonderful poetry world.

Out of curiosity, what would you print on a mug? Comment below and let everyone know!

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'Anything She Has to Say'

I had a daughter, McKinsey
I abused her, so she went away
Now she's come back, and I'm ready
For anything she has to say.
April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

273,968 Non-Beliebers

"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation's youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society."

Before You . .

Willie Watson Sings 'Midnight Special'

At Larimer Lounge in Denver; 2/15/2014.

AudioFemme interview.

Eligible to Become President in 2054

What Politico refers to as “a politico-obstetric earthquake” seems "fraught with meaning for Hillary":
  • “It’s unclear how Chelsea’s pregnancy will affect Hillary Clinton, who is considering a race for president in 2016.” USA Today
  • “Does the word ‘grandmother’ connote authority, durability and wisdom, or a less-flattering set of associations?” The New York Times
  • “Clinton will be something else entirely: the most prominent American politician ever to become a grandmother. As far as sympathetic roles go, it doesn’t get much better than that.” Politico
  • “If we had to guess, we'd say that Hillary Clinton will be a tad less interested in running for president now that she's about to be a grandmother.” The Christian Science Monitor

Saturday, April 19, 2014

"We Have to Start Managing These Lands"

"Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands. We have to start managing these lands. It’s the right thing to do for our people, for our environment, for our economy and for our freedoms."
 Montana state Senator Jennifer Fielder at Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands

'Not Doing As Well As We Claim'

“We are an all-white population. Texas scores for all-white population in Texas — not the Hispanics and other minority groups — actually do better than Vermont. When you parse the statistics, we are not doing as well as we claim because we compare ourselves continually to other states which have large minority populations.”
Rep. Duncan Kilmartin, Rep. Newport, Vermont