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~ Rumi  ~

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Johnson was an English writer and critic, and one of the most famous literary figures of the 18th century. His best-known work is his 'Dictionary of the English Language'.

Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, on 18 September 1709. His father was a bookseller. He was educated at Lichfield Grammar School and spent a brief period at Oxford University, but was forced to leave due to lack of money. Unable to find teaching work, he drifted into a writing career. In 1735, he married Elizabeth Porter, a widow more than 20 years his senior.

In 1737, Johnson moved to London where he struggled to support himself through journalism, writing on a huge variety of subjects. He gradually acquired a literary reputation and in 1747 a syndicate of printers commissioned him to compile his 'Dictionary of the English Language'. The task took eight years, and Johnson employed six assistants, all of them working in his house off Fleet Street.

The dictionary was published on 15 April 1755. It was not the first such dictionary, but was certainly the most important at that time. In Johnson's lifetime five further editions were published, and a sixth came out when he died.

link to more information on Samuel Johnson

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Garden Song

We are the children of creation
Drawn out of the night
To be the stewards of the garden
and keepers of the light
Let us sing the garden fruitful
and chant the water bright
Tune the air to clarity
and dance throughout the light
May we and our descendants
walk in beauty all of our lives

~Tai~

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Posted by Taikunping on August 4, 2015 at 8:00am

Mothers and Daughters

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Tatooed Numbers

anxious that the sliver of paper wouldn't get wet

that kind of blurring of the ink terrified me

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Ephemeral Lands

There are islands where no islands belong

They sink and rise in heavy mist

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Days to come

I welcomed the writing

the easy movement of pen on paper

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The Junction

a yellow cloth on the road

freed by the air rushing over the windshield

a car stationed at a road junction

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There have been days

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"Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind"

~ Samuel Johnson ~

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Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709  – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic,... wikipedia.org

Born: September 18, 1709, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
Died: December 13, 1784, London
Nationality: British
Spouse: Elizabeth Porter (m. 1735-1752)
Parents: Michael Johnson

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Poet and friend ~ Mike Dineen ~ We'll miss you lots 74 Replies

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Beatrix Potter

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Ning Ownership Rights

Created by Taikunping Sep 13, 2014 at 4:07pm. Last updated by Kathy Sep 22, 2014.

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Created by Taikunping Sep 13, 2013 at 10:50am. Last updated by Taikunping Sep 13, 2013.

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Ning Policy.

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This is the prayer of each:
You are the source of my life.
You separate essence from mud.
You honor my soul.
You bring rivers from the
mountain springs.
You brighten my eyes.
The wine you offer
takes me out of myself
into the self we share.
Doing that is religion.


Rumi

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