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Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.5)
An honest and refreshing read! Well put together.
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Review of Legacy of Love  
Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (3.5)
I liked the idea you put forth, but my attention drifted because of the length. You might want to consider shortening the poem, which I believe might strengthen the impact of your intention.
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Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.0)
Interesting, thought provoking, and well put together. However, I do not 'get' the purpose of inserting three foreign language paragraphs. *Geek* Perhaps "two mind modes" is the answer.
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Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.5)
A fun read!
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Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (5.0)
Oh, there is a lot of truth in this dialogue! The aging process has a great majority of us sighing, "... I don't recognize that face staring back at me."

You hit the nail on the head. The writing is clear, making the read all the more pleasurable.
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Review of I Used To Believe  
Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.5)
I thought it was a bird at first, but 'of course' it was a cat! This is a fun read and well written piece.
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Review of Double Wide  
Review by Marushka
Rated: 18+ | (4.0)
Fun!
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Review of The value of time  
Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (3.0)
While your piece is short, it contains wisdom. I would, however, replace the word 'diminishing' as it can be understood as 'less valuable.' Perhaps 'ebbing' might be more impactful.
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Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.5)
Your second paragraph says it all, Claude ... if ONLY! This was an interesting read for me although I am not a teacher. Your article is well written and constructed, making it an easy read for both the reader who is not in the profession, as well those who are educators.
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Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.0)
Nice, simple and truthful. Good story-telling!
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Review by Marushka
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
True to life. I enjoyed the short, but sweet read. Why are we never satisfied with ourselves?
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Review by Marushka
Rated: ASR | (4.5)
I chuckled out loud a few times! Wonderful story-telling, imaginative, and satirical. I liked it.
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Review of Study in Blue  
Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.5)
I enjoyed reading this. Language was visual and crisp. Although I have been to Utah, I've never seen the Great Salt Lake. Now I see it in my mind's eye. Thank you!
Best,
Marushka
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Review of "White Wolf"  
Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.5)
This is a wonderful poem and I enjoyed reading it (three times to get the full depth). I especially loved the prologue. You probably have enough stored memories of White Wolf and your own family to write much more ... perhaps even a book of free-verse poetry, which, I think, would be very much like native storytelling. If you have not, you might want to read "There, There" by Tommy Orange, a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. "There, There" - his first novel - was a Pulitzer finalist. Personally, I am looking forward to reading his new novel "Wandering Stars." Keep writing, Bear.
Best,
Marushka
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Review of Blade of truth  
Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.5)
Personally, I didn't find any "nonsense" in this poem. Maybe I need to read it again?

I did find it to be truthful about life in general with some keen insight. I enjoyed it!

Best,
Marushka
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Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.0)
Real stuff here and very relatable! Your theme is well developed throughout, and arrives at a sensible conclusion. Bearing the weight of animosity is, indeed, a chore that is fruitless and time-consuming.

Your piece is a sensible life lesson. I enjoyed reading it.

Best,
Marushka
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Review of Homelessness  
Review by Marushka
Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
Thoughtful and well-written.
I suggest using paragraphs so that your piece would be easier to read and follow. Huge chunks of type with no breaks is not easy easy to read. I almost gave up at several points, but the subject matter interested me enough to keep going. That might not be the case for your wealth of potential readers.
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Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.5)
Nicely done! I enjoyed the whimsy and turnabout. The rhyming and meter worked well.
Best,
Marushka
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Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.5)
Oh, if O N L Y! Enjoyed your well-expressed, scholarly writing, as well as your suggestion to vote out incumbents with regularity. I'm all for term limits myself.
Best,
Marushka
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Review by Marushka
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Yikes! The fear was palpable in your piece... I was afraid for the female character, "a pretty little thing."
Well done Jackiesmuse
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Review of For Granted  
Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.0)
Oh, my ... your poem really spoke to me, as I lost my 'baby' brother the week before Christmas this past December. Although yours and my childhoods were different, taking siblings for granted is a shared experience for sure. Your poem is well expressed.
Just one little grammar thing: In the fourth stanza, the word 'to' is misused; it needs to be the word, "too," and the second word, 'too' needs to be to. (I can't help myself ... former editor here, lol)
Best,
Marushka
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Review of The Letter  
Review by Marushka
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Wow! Did not expect that turn of events. But, oh, the resiliency of a human heart. You expressed it well.
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Review of How to be special  
Review by Marushka
Rated: E | (4.0)
Short, but well pointed. Truth!
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