Announcing the May 16th Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting

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Back to The Original Purpose

Thomas Drinkard is an author friend and posted a new article on the writing craft. I enjoyed it and hope my followers do as well. Here’s ”
Back to The Original Purpose” by Thomas Drinkard.

Pinnacle Writing

The blog purports to be about writing, but I haven’t posted anything about that craft/art in some time. It’s time to get back to it.

A couple of years ago I attended the writer’s conference, in Nashville, TN, called Killer Nashville. I met several nice people and talked with three or four literary agents.  The featured speaker was the well-known novelist, Jeffery Deaver, who described his approach to writing—extensive outlining.

A speaker whose name I cannot remember introduced us to Christopher Vogler’s book, The Writer’s Journey.  That book explores the similarity of narrative patterns in fiction. It owes much of its background to the works of Joseph Campbell in The Hero With A Thousand Faces  These patterns, or archetypes,  exist in stories as dramatically different as Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz.

I decided to create my own story, using the the elements described by Vogler.  In…

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Poem: Galileo Galilei, a Defense of Heliocentricism

Dear Reader, this is the first time I’ve personally posted my new award winning poem It placed 1st in the Poetry Society of Texas Performance Poetry Annual Competition. Credits follow the poem. The poem is written in the form of a Dramatic Monologue.

Galileo Galilei, a Defense of Heliocentricism

Thank you my dear friend Ferdinando for the honor of your presence.  To think that only seven of the ten cardinals of the inquisition voted for conviction of near heresy with threats of torture, puzzles me. I know, it could have been much worse, this house arrest brings such a burden of loneliness. I miss my daughter Marie Celeste. Her encouraging letters bring me more comfort than you can know. My mission is to make God’s design of the cosmos known to all men. Would that my oppressors could see Jupiter’s moons move in such synchronicity. If only they could see how mathematics predict the future positions of those orbs. Instead, they placed my work on the  Index of Forbidden Books, and argue that my work violates scripture. I say not so! My theology agrees with Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. One cannot take all scripture to be literal. My work is built on those who came before. Men like Aristarchus almost nine hundred years ago. And recently Copernicus and Kepler have added to the body of work on heliocentricism. You must tell no one of what I shall tell you next. A friend has asked me to share my, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. One day it will be my witness and a force for good my friend. No sir, I cannot publish it now. One day my friend, I will be exonerated. For now, I dare not risk being permanently separated from my darling, Marie Celeste. Her gentle spirit and kindness has given me a reason to live. May my detractor’s eyes one day be opened. Soli Deo Gloria.

Previously published in the Poetry Society of Texas Book of the Year 2015

© 2014 Richard L Weatherly


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“To the Bully” by author & poet Rich Weatherly ( @richweatherly43 )

I’m honored that Belinda Witzenhausen posted one of my most recent poems, “To the Bully.” I want to thank Belinda and give my followers and readers an opportunity to read and comment on it if it resonates with you.

Thank you!

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Oh yes, we’ve seen you in action

even when you tried to hide it.

You taunt, tease, belittle,

provoke and pester

those who you find weaker than you,

or those you think are different.

You know…

the little guy, the geek,

someone from a different race, religion or region.

You make anonymous threats on social media,

a trip in the hallway or push in the back.

Or do you whisper about others to friends

just out of earshot of your victims?

Do you brush your teeth in front of a convex mirror,

Trying to build an inflated ego?

Do you pick fights or openly confront

or do you step out from behind your anonymous curtain

to push, shove or strike unprovoked blows?

Have you taken more trips to the principal’s office

than you can remember

or been taken into custody by local police.


If this is you, then you need help…

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National Poetry Month – Reblog from Denton Poets’ Assembly

Celebrating National Poetry Month in April

DPA logo ProcessBlueOn April 18, the Denton Poets’ Assembly, DPA will host our next monthly meeting at the Emily Fowler Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Following announcements and a welcome to visitors, members will read one of two free choice poems.
After the first free choice poetry reading, J. Paul Holcomb will share a lesson for April on processes involved in submitting poetry for competition and to other venues. After J. Paul’s presentation members and guests will share more free-choice poems.

On April 10 Masood Parvaze, Patrick Lee Marshall and Richard Weatherly participated in the first NRH Poet’s Corner event, sponsored by the City of North Richland Hills. Poet’s Corner is an opportunity for poets to share their writing with the local community.

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Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting Announcement March 21, 2015

  On March 21, the Denton Poets’ Assembly, DPA will host our next monthly meeting at the Emily  Fowler Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Visitors and guests are welcome.


Denton Poets’s Assembly meeting announcement, March 21, 10 – noon. See link for details

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Reblog: Little Voices, Little Scholars

by Jenny She

I was saddened to learn today that social media friend Jenny She from Auckland, NZ lost her battle with cancer on February 11. I’m blogging Jenny’s last post as a tribute to this loving teacher and friend.

Little Voices, Little Scholars

As part of the Literacy learning process, Mrs She’s children over many years wrote stories and then drew pictures to illustrate their stories. This story writing was integrated with childrens’ Inquiries. Children also recorded their stories in movies so that they could share them with the world. We are proud of this work.

Farewell Mrs Jenny She

 This is the final post for Little Voices, Little Scholars.
Written by Russell Burt, the principal of Pt England School.
Mrs Jenny She, the creator of Little Voices, Little Scholars, a teacher of Pt England School, and a well known innovator with digital technologies in education, passed away peacefully this morning.
Jenny She was known for her cheerful smile, her ‘can do’ and ‘give it a go’ attitude, her indomitable courage and refusal to complain about anything at all.
She completed the 2014 year of teaching, refusing to give up and, although increasingly frail, never ‘took it out’ on others and unceasingly gave of her best until the last day of the school year.
She was steadfast in faith, gracious in adversity and she had friends and followers all over the world. We are all privileged to have witnessed her victory over cancer and the difficulty of her condition.
Well done Jenny, you have left us with an outstanding example of grace and courage. A rare quality of cheerful determination to persevere and serve, no matter what.
Farewell, we salute you. You have, in the words of a Pt England saying, “shown us what OSUM looks like!”
Truly well done Jenny She.
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Reblog: A Poem for Holocaust Day, 2015 by Tom Drinkard

On January 27, 2015 survivors of the Holocaust and world leaders come together on this 70th anniversary in commemoration of  the liberation of the survivors. The rest of this post is by…

By Thomas Drinkard

While reviewing this before posting, I was struck by the years.  We spent an afternoon, in May of 1971, walking through the Dachau Concentration Camp. I didn’t finish writing this for four more years.  Now, twenty years later, reading it is almost painful. As everyone says, “Never again!”  I hope that’s true, but what I see in places held by ISIS and Boko Haram, as well as other—less well-known—terrorists, I wonder.  The quote at the beginning was actually on a road sign along the Autobahn in 1971.



“Visit Dachau, the 1200 years old artists’ centre with its castle and surrounding park offering a splendid view over the country.”



       “We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds . . ..” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7th, 1941

In recent years I have recounted the attack on Pearl Harbor based on accounts of the events shared by my dad, Andrew C. Weatherly Jr. He gave a first hand account of experiences that day while aboard U.S.S. Raleigh CL-7. Raleigh and its crew survived one of the first torpedo hits that day and took an armor piercing bomb about an hour later.

This year I would like you to read about the attack as presented by the American Legion an organization I am a member of.


The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor destroyed the U.S. Pacific Fleet, or so many Americans believe. But six months later, that “crippled” fleet defeated a massive Japanese task force at Midway.

Ninety-six ships were in the Navy yard at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Of these, the Japanese sank or damaged only 18, and 11 were back in service within a year.

The attacking Japanese fleet, led by Vice Adm. Chūichi Nagumo, had six aircraft carriers and two battleships, plus cruisers, destroyers and support ships. It arrived 275 miles northwest of Oahu, and at 6 a.m. launched the first attack wave of 183 aircraft; this was followed by a second wave of 168 planes. The first wave arrived over Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m., and the attack continued until 9:45 a.m.

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USS Arizona Wreckage Library of Congress Photo

Link to complete article from the American Legion.

Related posts:

Previous posts that I shared in the past on the Pearl Harbor Attack and one by Patty Wiseman. Patty and I share a unique bond, both of our dads were aboard U.S.S. Raliegh CL-7, a light cruiser attacked on that infamous day in 1941.

Pearl Harbor: The Memories Are Forever, by Patty Wiseman

72nd Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, by Rich Weatherly


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Meeting Announcement: Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting November 15, 2014

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On November 15th Denton Poets’ Assembly returns to the Emily Fowler Public Library in Denton, Texas. The event will start at 10a.m and end at Noon.Our members will be read Minute poems, poems that are 60-syllables in length for their monthly assignment based on a lesson presented by J. Paul Holcomb, the Poet Laureate of Lewisville. In addition, we look forward to another poetry lesson this Saturday.

 Afterward, we invite members and guests to read free choice poems.

In August DPA members submitted entries to the Poetry Society of Texas Annual Awards competition for 2014. On Saturday, November 8th PST announced the winners. DPA did well!

Listed in alphabetical order:

  •  Annie Neugebauer had first, second and third-place awards and many more in the top ten.
  •  Beth Honeycutt received a first place award and three others in the top ten.
  •  Cindy Wood garnered 2 second and one third place awards and one more in the top ten.
  •  J. Paul Holcomb was awarded 1 first, two second, 1 third place awards and several other poems placed in the top ten.
  • Robert Schinzel placed in the top ten.
  • Richard Weatherly received a first-place award.

Former DPA member Jan Spence had three first-place awards and several others in the top ten.

Members and guests, we hope to see you there!

Denton Poets’ Assembly meets on the third Saturday of the month, 10AM – Noon at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland Street, Denton, TX 76201. Meetings are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit

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