1. Drinkin’ with Baudelaire

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    June 8, 2016 by Ray Yanek

    Charles Baudelaire

    The poem below is my first experience with French poet Charles Baudelaire, and I think he and I would have …
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  2. “This is Water” and the Simplicity of it All.


    June 6, 2016 by Ray Yanek

    I never read anything by David Foster Wallace, even though I went to school at Illinois State University where he …
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  3. Courage, my friend…

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    November 16, 2015 by Ray Yanek


      Last week I wrote a post about the courage creativity requires.  Then I posted an old piece for Veteran’s …
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  4. Wine Before I Sleep


    November 11, 2015 by Ray Yanek

    From: www.happyveteransday.org

    I wrote this a long time ago, but thought it would be nice to bring it out again because of …
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  5. The Courage in Creativity


    November 9, 2015 by Ray Yanek


    I’ve seen a lot of talk about Elizabeth Gilbert’s (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) new book Big Magic-Creative Living Beyond …
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  6. For an Autumn Evening…

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    November 4, 2015 by Ray Yanek


    November Night By: Adelaide Crapsey Listen. . . With faint dry sound, Like steps of passing ghosts, The leaves, frost-crisp’d, …
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  7. The 10K Run That Was…


    November 2, 2015 by Ray Yanek

    what was I thinking

    So…. yesterday.   The day of my first 10k race.   The rain gods had forsaken me.  The race-cancelling deluge …
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