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“Always in search for words”

Holding on to the past when you need to let go – accepting that there are things in life that should not be. Sometimes letting go is what makes us stronger, happier, and more successful in the end. Yet, writing fiction that is based on the past can be funny, sad or just used as a method of putting the past where it should be…in the past.

These books based on my past, good, bad or indifferent…it was a method of letting go, growing, and thriving in acknowledging many thoughts.

Thank you for your support the book sales are great and all because of you my readers and fellow bloggers. Happy holidays and enjoy every moment for all we have is today.

Ann Johnson-Murphree Poetry Books – A Collection of Poetry

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Untitled poem by T’ao Ch’ien

Leonard Durso

Days and months never take their time.
The four seasons keep bustling each other

away. Cold winds churn lifeless branches.
Fallen leaves cover long paths. We’re frail,

crumbling more with each turning year.
Our temples turn white early, and once

your hair flaunts their bleached streamer,
the road ahead starts closing steadily in.

This house is an inn awaiting travelers,
and I yet another guest leaving. All this

leaving and leaving–where will I ever
end up? My old home’s on South Mountain.

translated by David Hinton

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PLEASE REBLOG IF YOU PROTEST THIS ACTION: NYC adult home residents asked to repay FEMA aid …

Really FEMA… here are just a few figures to look at:

American foreign aid by country statistics:

India – $124,485,000, China – $17,800,000, Russian Federation – $66,138,000, Iran – $472,060,000, Iraq – $472,060,000, Ukraine – $120,907,000, Myanmar – $38,527,000, Yemen – $545,699,000, Indonesia – $205,716,000, Turkmenistan – $11,074,000, Mexico – $178,189,000, Nicaragua – $24,462,000, Brazil – $24,340,000, South Africa – $571,135,000, Namibia – $103,218,000, Mozambique – $386,692,000, Ethiopia – $519,003,000, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya – $203,183,000, Niger – $17,540,000, Venezuela – $5,000,000, Peru – $99,837,000, Ecuador – $22,669,000, Chile – $1,400,000

A $2,486 REFUND…USA/ FEMA…SHAME ON YOU” !  11.9.2014 ajm


NYC adult home residents asked to repay FEMA aid

The Associated Press – By DAVID B. CARUSO – Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The residents of Belle Harbor Manor spent four miserable months in emergency shelters after Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters surged through their assisted-living center on New York City’s Rockaway peninsula.

Now, the home’s disabled, elderly and mostly poor residents have a new headache: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked at least a dozen of them to pay back thousands of dollars in disaster aid.

Robert Rosenberg, 61, was among the Belle Harbor Manor residents who recently got notices from FEMA informing them that they had retroactively been declared ineligible for aid checks they received two years ago in the storm’s immediate aftermath. The problem, the letters said, was that the money was supposed to have been spent on temporary housing, but that never happened because the residents were moved from one state-funded shelter to another.

FEMA gave Rosenberg until Nov. 15 to send a refund check for $2,486 or file an appeal.

“We’re on a fixed income. I don’t have that kind of money!” said Rosenberg, who suffers from a spinal disability and other chronic health problems. He said he spent the aid money long ago on food and clothing, both of which were in short supply after the storm.

The demand letters are part of a broader FEMA effort to recover millions of dollars in aid payments that went to ineligible households, either because of errors, a misunderstanding of the rules or outright fraud.

The Associated Press reported in September that FEMA was scrutinizing 4,500 households it suspected had received improper payments. At that time, 850 had been asked to return a collective $5.8 million. The other cases were still under review.

The AP on Tuesday asked for updated numbers on the number of storm victims who had been asked to return money, but FEMA didn’t immediately provide them.

Data obtained through a previous public records request, however, showed that as of July 30, the agency was considering a recoupment action against 35 residents of assisted living facilities in the same part of Queens that is home to Belle Harbor Manor. Collectively, those residents had received $108,598, with most of that money intended to cover temporary housing. Five residents had also received aid to cover destroyed belongings.

After their chaotic evacuation, Belle Harbor Manor residents were initially taken to a huge evacuation center set up inside a Brooklyn armory, then spent a brief period sleeping four-to-a-room at a hotel in a crime-plagued neighborhood where they were advised not to go outside after dark.

The state then moved the residents, many of whom suffer from mild mental illnesses, to a halfway house on the grounds of a partly-abandoned psychiatric hospital in Queens, where they bunked on cots and were barred from having visitors in their rooms.


Rosenberg said the FEMA workers who urged him to apply for assistance during the period when residents were staying at the armory never explained that the money could only be used for housing.

“Everyone asked, ‘Do we have to pay this back later on? Is it a loan?’ They said, ‘No. It’s a gift from Obama,'” he said. “If I wasn’t eligible, then why give it to me in the first place? They knew we were living in an adult home. They knew our shelter was being paid for by the state. It’s not like we lied on the application.”

At the time, it wasn’t clear how long they would be in the shelter, or where they would go next.

FEMA spokeswoman Rafael Lemaitre said the agency was required by law to recoup improper payments but did not directly address the residents’ situation.

“FEMA remains committed to working with applicants and ensuring they have an understanding of the options available to resolve their debt, which includes making a payment, filling an appeal, requesting a compromise and establishing a payment plan,” he said.

More common types of FEMA recoupment actions involve households ineligible for assistance because their damaged properties were vacation homes or rental properties, or families that received extra payments because more than one household member had applied for assistance. FEMA also commonly recoups emergency aid payments for damage later covered by insurance.

Lawyers at MFY Legal Services, a legal aid group that has worked with adult home residents in the past, have offered to help Belle Harbor Manor residents with their appeals.

“Our position is that it would be an unbearable financial hardship and unjust,” to require the residents to repay the money, said MFY attorney Nahid Sorooshyari.

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A zest for life and words please check out Mike’s blog, you will not be disappointed.



Spend wisely the

Currency known as passion

For there are

No snips to be had

You get what you pay for

With affairs of the heart

Too rare to be

At the mercy of

Greedy traders

Pulling strings

Force feeding or

Bloodletting of

Precious metals

Commodities and

Foreign Exchange

Tawdry things them all

There is no requirement

For the currency of passion

Hard or soft

In any financial

Market place

To her cost and

Insecure, she went

Out of her way

To be noticed

Best she could anyhow

He, the target of her fascination

One immune to allusion

In the privacy of a single room

She spat feathers at her folly

Spat feathers habitually


To his impairment

A man blind to anything

That was not a conclusion

A man easily noticed yet

Unaware that this was so

They neither spoke nor touched

Nor even properly met

Destitute his vision

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“Striking Time” by Carl D’Agostino

Yes, Carl does make you smile…

I Know I Made You Smile


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A Passion for Words

The discovery of this blog gave me an enjoyable read, visit Aunt Beulah and prepare to be pleased with her writing. ajm

Aunt Beulah


Words entice me into books, thrill me when well spoken, and bedevil me when I’m writing. They amuse me, enrich me, anger me, and sometimes fail me. I spend part of every day entangled with words, and I couldn’t be happier.

According to family lore, a weakness for words wanders in my genes, making me susceptible to the eight parts of speech, well positioned. My grandmother, Caroline Hall, responsible for my cheekbones and weakness for ginger cookies, also led me to words with her zeal for books and a lap perfect for reading Mother West Wind “Why” Stories to a toddler.gramma

When she was eighty-five, she showed me a small box on a shelf above her sink that held 365 vocabulary cards. The word of the day was insouciance; she was to learn it and use it several times in conversation. She studied the card for a minute or so…

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Check out all of Allison Grayhurst work…outstanding.

Allison Grayhurst




I am done

with the breaststroke of infernal lies.

I am done with the twitching eyes,

people without boundaries – hard things

like crossing graveyards, hesitating

intimacy. I am done with money.

I am through with platforms and curls,

with the forceful devil and things that make me feel

unsure. I see the spring

and it is waiting to throw me

a rose. I see things, and I am done with

the loins of the zodiac, through with eastern gods

and western hopes. This is me, standing empty –

fields on either side. Drown me in this solitude.

Take my blood and make me

a monastery.


Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst



First published in “Far Enough East – Issue Six”

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:


“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so…

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Poesy Plus Polemics is the place to visit, inspires me daily. ajm

Poesy plus Polemics

Old Postcard of Wildwood NJ Boardwalk Image from Old Postcard of Wildwood NJ Boardwalk
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boardwalk summers
the beach a mere
adjuvant pleasure
a functional venue
for working one’s
time-killing tan until
sundown kicked off
teen hormonal parades
boys and girls strolled
in clustered coy pretense
while eyeing each other
in search of the smile
the look that conveyed
subtle signs of some
interest when finding it
digging for unpracticed
confidence steeling
themselves to approach
for a mutual test of
allure and a possible
pairing to sit side-by-side
on the cool evening
sands watching fireworks
paint colored promises
onto the night across
youthful projections
excited by ancient
traditions of courtship

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Filed under Uncategorized Free eBooks and Coffee Table Poetry on Sale…

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New release at

Reflections of Poetry

Reflections of Poetry is now available in both Kindle and paperback. The paperback version has a new cover but the content has not changed. Over the past months “Followers” have inquired into my having a paperback version as they did not have a Kindle. So, here it is, the size and cover makes it a wonderful “coffee table” item. Again thank you for your past, present and future support. All of the Kindle eBooks are in the process of converting to paperback.


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June 5, 2014 · 4:00 pm