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Review for the movie, War Horse

For those of us who love animals, this movie will earn your respect and admiration. A glowing portrayal of the lifelong bond between a boy and his horse, even when separated.

War Horse is directed by Steven Spielberg, so you know you’re in for one high adventure ride. It begins with the friendship between an amazing horse named Joey and the young boy, Albert, who trains and tames him. Albert is laughed at by the rural England farm community when he hooks the horse up to a…


Added by Dorraine Darden on January 8, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Written in White

A pear tree drapes herself in white lace,

Blushing behind clouds as she slips on her garter,

Preparing to renew vows to Spring.

A hard mint winter is finished

She trembling in breeze,…

Added by Dorraine Darden on March 7, 2011 at 1:08pm — 3 Comments

Words On Fire

P1010509.jpg campfire image by olmountaingal

A good fire is stunning. I’ve been known to burn leaves just to see flames lick the sky. In my opinion, there's nothing finer than sitting around a campfire on a crisp evening, hearing conversations and laughter of family and friends. Or inside, when windows are iced, fireplace roaring, wood snapping and crackling. It warms bones and hearts…


Added by Dorraine Darden on November 4, 2010 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Rose and Blackbird

Blackbird.jpg Blackbird image by impotentspider

When winter laughs at her icy secrets,

and blows her ragged skirt,

Rose, once adorned in red velvet,

whispers, “I was a queen.”

Winter howls and her branches droop.

But blackbird arrives, festive as… Continue

Added by Dorraine Darden on October 25, 2010 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

A Garden in the Wild

I’ve never met a garden I didn’t like, although some I’ve taken to more than others. Growing up, we always had a huge vegetable patch, which we had to toil in, so on hot, sweaty days I didn’t favor that kind.

There is another… Continue

Added by Dorraine Darden on October 15, 2010 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

The Write Window

IMG_2180copycopysmall.jpg Autumn in Independence, Missouri image by etully

Ruts in the writing life happen. We grasp our way through a story, do the research, and realize it’s not the one we’re supposed to tell. At least not yet. We bump along in that rut for awhile until a new path

appears, scattered with red and…


Added by Dorraine Darden on September 29, 2010 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Soul Jewels

stars.jpg Star Burst image by mariat923

Stars like jewels seed the sky

Blooming flowers drenching the black bed of night,

Shining above creeks and rivers and dreamers

Resurrected until the sun turns them transparent.

But you can drink them while they’re fresh

On a blanket tossed on the ground,

They… Continue

Added by Dorraine Darden on August 27, 2010 at 11:49am — 5 Comments

Classic Vinyl

TheDoors-morrisonhotel.jpg Cover of Album of self-same name image by BobbyStClaire

“Are you telling me those albums I sold for practically nothing at a garage sale several years back are now worth something? Dang, I knew I should have hung onto those.” This was a recent conversation I had with a dear… Continue

Added by Dorraine Darden on August 17, 2010 at 12:18am — 2 Comments

Memory Collector

Many people collect things, from paintings, to baseball cards, right down to magnets.

I collect memories. Maybe you do too.

We don’t have to shell out much money for those, although some have cost more than others. The limit is the moon. I’ve been chasing down memories for years, and they are now sitting on porches,watching the sun rise. And I’m thrilled they are remembering, lest I forget. …


Added by Dorraine Darden on July 19, 2010 at 12:14pm — 7 Comments

The Chocolate Train

Trains have always fascinated many. Runaway cabooses, passenger cars filled with drowsy diners, or boxcars brimming with wild hobos, transporting all far off to fragrant destinations. Yes, there’s something mysterious about a good train ride.

A few years ago, we took the famous Colorado Narrow Gauge Railroad excursion from Durango to Silverton-fifty-two miles of the San Juan scenic byway. The choices varied on how classed… Continue

Added by Dorraine Darden on June 23, 2010 at 7:34pm — 11 Comments

Distinctly Southern

willie_nelson.jpg willie nelson image by kelsey140821_2008

Before I begin, let me say I’ve missed you guys! Wait, I’ve missed y’all. That sounds right.

Now that summer is here, I hope you’re able to kick back,splash in a river, listen to some music, or just read a good book.

Speaking of books, I did manage to finish that second… Continue

Added by Dorraine Darden on June 8, 2010 at 5:57pm — 4 Comments

Hearing History

Testing, testing, can you guys hear me? I couldn’t think of a snappier way to present sound than a recent trip to southern Louisiana.

In New Orleans the decibel levels flew off charts, right along with history, dog ugly and gorgeous as any I’ve ever heard. Even so, I relished the whole Who Dat and Zydeco music and the waitress named Nicole but pronounced Ne-cole. Her inflection piped out like a shot of New York swirled with Louisiana… Continue

Added by Dorraine Darden on March 22, 2010 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Lipstick Kisses

lipstick.jpg kiss bby. image by CHOCHOKIS_BUCKET

When my middle child-a mama’s girl- started kindergarten, she clung to my waist like lichen on stone. The separation for us was painful, me leaving her, crocodile tears in her eyes, a little waif dressed in tiny jeans and a yellow shirt sprinkled with daisies. I’d done my best to prepare her. She’d been… Continue

Added by Dorraine Darden on March 8, 2010 at 1:20pm — 10 Comments

Seeing is Believing

OSHAR-00000076-001-FBBaobab-Tree-on.jpg full moon image by EcoWitch

Last night, the full moon appeared like a flamboyant floodlight. It seemed to echo, "Is anyone alive down there...down there...down there? It is I, floodlight moon." It appeared close but was actually 238,857 miles away! Our eyes can play tricks on us.

Even so, they are rich visual collectors. Two blue, brown, hazel or green mini artists, taking in life portraits, freeze framing them into memory…

Added by Dorraine Darden on March 1, 2010 at 6:04pm — 9 Comments

Come to your Senses

To me, being in a wild world with so many sights, sounds, odors, tastes and textures is a little like walking down dusty paths of a renaissance festival and being bombarded with the scent of apple dumplings and roasted turkey legs while my ears buzz with pan flutes and tambourines, all as I’m…

Added by Dorraine Darden on February 24, 2010 at 9:30am — 16 Comments

Spring Frills

Bluebonnets Pictures, Images and Photos

Something thrilling will happen soon and it has to do with nature intoxicating us once again with her charms. Right now old man winter has his white woolly blanket thrown over landscape's bed but hang on tight and a fresh morning will soon arrive.

Covers will be flung back, the bed sun-warmed. And then, popping through a steamy mattress of soil will be vibrant pink and yellow ruffled tulips and perfumed roses and multi-colored…


Added by Dorraine Darden on February 1, 2010 at 7:47pm — 4 Comments

Sweetie Pie Baking Company

Cinnamon Rolls Pictures, Images and Photos

When I’m older, I might open a bakery. But for now cooking is just another one of those passions of mine. For all I know, it may be the only reason I have friends. I give them stuff, see. They want my lemon custard pies and raisin cookies and cinnamon rolls. I have a particular friend I call, Chick-a-pee, who is quite enamored with my skills. We don’t exchange birthday presents per se, but every year for her celebration, I make and deliver a… Continue

Added by Dorraine Darden on January 25, 2010 at 11:10am — 10 Comments

Shoe Stories

red heels and rose petals Pictures, Images and Photos I am in love. With shoes. My closet is chock full of pumps, boots, and shiny flats. Every time I see a shoe store I get the urge to yank my car over and partake in the rapture of finding that new pair. Maybe I need a twelve STEP program. It’s about the only materialistic thing I have a problem with and I rationalize this because, by gosh, these shoes DO take me places. Obviously I’m not alone with this addiction. Go to any shoe store and you’ll…


Added by Dorraine Darden on January 18, 2010 at 10:48am — 9 Comments

The Unsinkable Molly Brown's

M Pictures, Images and Photos

Gutsy and kind-the world would have us believe this is a rare combination, that these people aren’t completely trustworthy. I ask you, who is? Show me a perfect person and I’ll kiss a gecko! I don’t expect I’ll ever have to do this. I’m terrified of them. And I’ve yet to see perfection, not in life, people or love. But despite this, we can accomplish more than we realize.

Case in point: Molly Brown. Born Margaret Tobin in Hannibal…


Added by Dorraine Darden on January 11, 2010 at 9:44am — 7 Comments

The Jazz Kitchen

Fortune Cookies Pictures, Images and Photos

Oil pop, pop, popping, mushrooms, carrots, snap peas, shrimp big as butterflies, spicy chicken, red chilies’ flung in a huge steel pan, dancing together like a hot cha, cha, cha. That symphony of image and scent, going down on a Saturday Texas night. Like jazz with maracas thrown in. No, not a concert, but sitting ringside at a Japanese eatery, savoring the show. We only got the seats because tables were full. Just what I wanted but…


Added by Dorraine Darden on January 4, 2010 at 12:14pm — 10 Comments

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