Blog Posts

from the archives, all topics, many years

Poetry

Cat Love

Cat Love

Nobody loves you and nobody can love you. It’s simply not the case that somebody else can slather love on and around you like butter, and you are incased in it. However, you can love and feel love about another and they can feel the same around the topic of you. So...

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Message to poets

Message to poets

I have nothing to say to you But know that  I don’t have to say it because you are already in touch with nothing. Since it seems that nothing is the message in almost every poem —the deep, silent, full nothing that is at the basis of everything— You are not my...

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Christian Q and A

Christian Q and A

The questions and answers at the far end of the 50th high school reunion dinner table with the missionary’s missionary and his wife my schoolmate. Were you an early Christian or did you find it later? Early, both early don’t you remember we were in 8th grade Bible...

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Tennis

The serve – nuts and bolts

The serve – nuts and bolts

Even though I’m still all over Brady’s Daily Tennis lessons, (today it’s about getting your serve deep in the box - or not) he occasionally points people all over the place to support other pros. He probably makes a commission on that sort of thing, but so what if...

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Tennis Baseball

Tennis Baseball

How to play: The server is the pitcher.  Serving into the deuce court, they can can serve up to three strikes and/or four balls. A strike is a serve that the receiver misses.  A service fault is a ball. Like baseball, three strikes is an out, and four balls is a walk....

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Serve Breakthrough

Serve Breakthrough

There’s a sort of intoxication that is available to anyone who plays a sport consistently. There’s always another layer of excellence that beckons you, like Bali Hai in the musical South Pacific… If you only play now and then you are as if starting over every time....

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Pickleball

Pickleball rope trick

Pickleball rope trick

This video shows sort of low-tech means or hack for gathering a bunch of pickleballs together for easy pickup. Some tips: You'll need a fairly thick rope, but not too thick or it won't lie down flat easily. I use a 3/4 incher here You need to move the rope...

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Shoes for Pickleball

Shoes for Pickleball

I've had a few people ask me about shoes for pickleball. The main thing to consider is that you should get tennis shoes or what are sometimes called cross-trainers. Scheel's in Iowa City has a few, but there are many online, e.g- at Amazon Adidas, Nike, New Balance,...

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Literary

High School Memory #2

The 50 year reunion (Class of 1968) is coming up for my two high schools, Malcolm Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls (I was there K-10) and Lincoln HS in Des Moines (11th and 12th grade). I'll be attending both reunions, the CF one in June, and the DM one in...

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High School Memory #1

The 50 year reunion (Class of 1968) is coming up for my two high schools, Malcolm Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls (I was there K-10) and Lincoln HS in Des Moines (11th and 12th grade). I'll be attending both reunions, the CF one in June, and the DM one in...

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The Dictionary, An Essay

I looked up a word in the dictionary the other day. Sorry I can't recall which word. There's only one word that I keep misspelling that I know of: marriage. For some reason I can't seem to get that one right. The irony of that inadequacy is not lost on anyone who...

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Cats

Roxie

Our cats arrived pre-named, and so we had little to say about that. I didn’t feel bound to the previous monikers, but was outvoted early. To me names that would be more appropriate for Roxie and Ted would be something that implied explorer or lightning bolt on the Ted...

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Teddy

For a somewhat PETA-flavored person, having a pet is a complicated topic. Its not hard to come up with flaws in the model. Pets of course eat meat as a habit. That has to come from somewhere. And if they are cats, they are born predators – of mortal danger to anything...

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Paul de Jour

(archives from a previous blog site)

About Paul de Jour

Note: This is the essay I wrote in June of 2015 when I launched a previous blog that I have now closed and added to this site: Pauldejour Wordpress, Facebook, Writers and Writing The inspiration for starting this blog came from Barbara (Severin) Lounsberry, the most...

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About Paul de Jour

The inspiration for starting this blog came from Barbara (Severin) Lounsberry, the most overtly literate of the talented class of 1965 of the Malcolm Price Laboratory School, whose 50th class reunion I attended as a sort of amusing exhibit at the request of my brother...

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Today – day one of PauldeJour blog

Today like many days started with tennis, at least in the active phase. The inactive phase continued the ongoing negotiation between sleeping and waking, which usually results in a 4 am trip to the bathroom, followed by a wakeful period where dreams of mini-novellas...

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Political, Cultural, Commentary Poems

Don’t be that guy

Don’t be that guy

Don’t be that guy who walks into a church and kills people who walks into a school and kills people who takes a walk of any kind and at the end people die. Take a walk, sure, but not that kind of walk. Don’t be a stranger Don’t be so strange that you start to think...

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Dulce et Decorum

Dulce et Decorum

Orlando, Virginia Tech, Newton, Columbine Madrid, Paris, Norway, London Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Turkey Pentagon, World Trade Center Israel, Palestine, Lebanon Sunni, Shiite The existence of what is called terror says that this is all a lie that going to a store a...

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Fiction

Planet 106-F, Chapter 1

Sharon stepped out on the purple surface of 106-F. She hoped they’d agree on another name for the planet soon. She was thinking of “Sharon,” since, after all, she was the first human stepping on it, and besides, the place was pretty flat, and the name Sharon means...

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Selected Facebook Posts

Perspective

Perspective

Just take a moment and remember the day when it was beneath the dignity of the President of the US to use belittling language and name calling about anyone. There’s a book called “The No Asshole Rule” about difficult bosses in the workplace, and it clarifies that no...

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Michael W. Barnard

Michael W. Barnard

One of the fascinating things about working at MUM.edu is the occasional arrival of someone (faculty, staff, students) with an extensive professional background. A good example on the student side was a woman who was so famous (in South Africa) from modeling and TV...

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Freedom

Freedom

What our friends on the right call “freedom” is really, at its core, “me-dom.” Yes, that American pride in rugged individuality has, entwined around it’s roots, a quality of “and you are on your own, sucker.” Why else is it that socialism is such a dirty word? The...

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