J. R. Martinez – Full of Heart

I first became aware of J. R. when he appeared on the soap All My Children.




 J. R. in 2009 as Brot Monroe.






I began watching Dancing with the Stars to cheer for J. R.




With professional partner Karina after winning Season 13.






J. R.’s compassion and enthusiasm burst from the pages of his autobiography.


Full of Heart

My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit

Don’t Miss This New York Times Article of Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston. GREAT PICS!

Madame Vauquer:

Marvelous New York Times Article. Thank you for calling it to our attention.

Originally posted on What about ME?:

A Farmer’s Breakfast, and Then a Wander


When the actor Michael Emerson, 59, walks around Manhattan, it’s not unusual for people to stop him and ask if he’ll pose for a picture. The television shows “Lost” and, currently, “Person of Interest” have made his spiky hair, thick-rimmed glasses and long sideburns a giveaway. He takes it in stride, even on Sunday, which he designates a day of leisure, reserved for meandering, cultural events and time with his wife, the actress Carrie Preston, 46 — who herself is recognized for her roles in “True Blood” and “The Good Wife” — and her extended family. The couple live with their rescue dog, Chumley, 4, near Columbus Circle.

02ROUTINE1-master675The actor Michael Emerson, 59, of “Person of Interest,” and his wife, the actress Carrie Preston, 46, of “True Blood” and “The Good Wife.” Credit Dave Sanders for The…

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He Died in Paris After All

Madame Vauquer:

Thanks to Jim for bringing this poet to my attention.

Originally posted on tarnmoor:

Peruvian Poet César Vallejo

Peruvian Poet César Vallejo

Since I’ve been reading so much about Peru, I felt bad that I had not read any Peruvian poetry. According to what I’ve read, the national poet of that land was César Vallejo (1892-1938). I took a fancy to the following poem, which I present in both English and Spanish:

Black Stone on Top of a White Stone

I shall die in Paris, in a rainstorm,
On a day I already remember.
I shall die in Paris—it does not bother me—
Doubtless on a Thursday, like today, in autumn.

It shall be a Thursday, because today, Thursday
As I put down these lines, I have set my shoulders
To the evil. Never like today have I turned,
And headed my whole journey to the ways where I am alone.

César Vallejo is dead. They struck him,
All of them, though he did nothing to them,

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Valentine’s Day 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Which General Hospital couples will make it through 2014 and which will crash and burn?


Moon Rondeau
By Carl Sandburg

“Love is a door we shall open together.”
So they told each other under the moon
One evening when the smell of leaf mould
And the beginnings of roses and potatoes
Came on a wind.

Late in the hours of that evening
They looked long at the moon and called it
A silver button, a copper coin, a bronze wafer,
A plaque of gold, a vanished diadem,
A brass hat dripping from deep waters.

“People like us,
us two,
We own the moon.”


Revisit a favorite from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam on Benny’s blog.

Public Domain Day 2014: The fight for the public domain is on now

Originally posted on Everybody's Libraries:

New Years’ Day is upon us again, and with it, the return of Public Domain Day, which I’m happy to see has become a regular celebration in many places over the last few years.  (I’ve observed it here since 2008.)  In Europe, the Open Knowledge Foundation gives us a “class picture” of authors who died in 1943, and whose works are now entering the public domain there and in other “life+70 years” countries.  Meanwhile, countries that still hold to the Berne Convention’s “life+50 years” copyright term, including Canada, Japan, and New Zealand, and many others, get the works of authors who died in 1963.  (The Open Knowledge Foundation also has highlights for those countries, where Narnia/Brave-New-World/purloined-plums crossover fanfic is now completely legal.)  And Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain laments that, for the 16th straight year, the US gets no more published works…

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Goodbye, Spinelli

I loved this General Hospital character almost from the first instant that I saw Bradford Anderson portraying him in 2006. Last month he rode off into the sunset with Ellie and baby Georgie. Hopefully, we will be treated to a return visit in the future.

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