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jennifer Malden

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Live in Tuscany and love it, also Sardinia. Enjoy reading and writing. Love dogs, good food and cooking for friends. Also going to museums and art exhibitions, used to work in a London art gallery many years ago. Really love travelling when possible. Not very often, alas, but have managed to get to India and Myanmar, after reading William Dalryple's books. Used to work as designer for our small family firm making women's clothes, but gave this up when everyone started outsourcing. Then recycled as English teacher working freelance.

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Creek at San Teodoro - Sardinia Where else can you watch the red people wading knee deep in copper green against a lapis sky? Where else can you find white sea lilies trembling wind teased next to azure sea holly? Nowhere else. (The red people are what the Sardinians call the flamingos)

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d.knape

Sun 16th Dec 2018 09:10

just a joke
satire
on how everyone orders everything now
on Amazon
then worry with the return.

wink.

d.knape

Fri 14th Dec 2018 03:50

thanks for commenting on
"Little boy's Pockets".
you never know what
will fall out next.

d.knape

Sat 1st Dec 2018 03:08

thank you Jennifer for your comments on
"Eat This Poem". was it tasty?

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sun 18th Nov 2018 13:50

Hi Jennifer, Thank you so much for reading and commenting on Jack..x

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Kate G

Thu 15th Nov 2018 00:13

Thanks for your comment on Word Me Up Jennifer, I look forward to discovering more if your work.

d.knape

Tue 30th Oct 2018 02:05

I read all these comments
now ...i cannot remember what i was going to
comment on.

no comment.

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 23rd Oct 2018 17:10

Thanks for the comments on 'Blood Brothers In Arms' Jennifer. My dad was in Burma in the 2nd WW and fought alongside the Gurkas - he always said they were the most loyal, hard-working and ferocious fighters that you could wish for. He had a saying 'Good Old Johnny Gurka', I still remember that fondly
Glad you liked the poem
Ian

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 23rd Oct 2018 13:08

Hello Jennifer - I was interested in your comment about
Brexit elsewhere.
Peace in Europe? Don't forget the violence and death in
Serbia etc - sorted out by NATO, the real preservers of
peace in Europe....whilst the EU likes to pose as such.
I voted to leave because over a long lifetime I was aware
early on that a policy of deceit and want of truth was
being pursued after the original Common Market vote,
aided/abetted by those sent to our own Parliament acting
ultra vires and keeping the actual intentions and progress
(check> Common Market/European Economic Community/
European Community/European Union (NOTE the LAST
political identity) from the British people OR their chance
to vote on what had been/was being done in their name.
The understanding of what was done came only when
the loss of border controls offered the reality of just how
much had been handed to foreign influence and control,
with our own government facing defeat after defeat by
a political entity that had become a federal creation of
recent dictatorships and tyrannies busy putting their own
interests first (and no surprise there), while the more
incompetent and fragile economies saw us as a "milch
cow" for very welcome funds, obtained above and below board!
I recall driving around a pre-EU Europe and faced no
difficulties or impediment. Indeed, the enjoyment was
negotiating borders and complying with the variety of
customs and demands met by this traveller. It was an
ADVENTURE, and returning to this self-governing
offshore island nation was its own reward!
Sincerely,
MC

d.knape

Sun 21st Oct 2018 18:01

profile?
i did not know
i even HAD
a profile.

that silhouette
IS my profile.

wink.

d.knape

Wed 17th Oct 2018 00:29


do they eat Sardines
in Sardinia?

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Taylor Crowshaw

Mon 8th Oct 2018 18:30

Thank you for reading Innocence Sold Jennifer..πŸ’•

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Jane Briganti

Wed 5th Sep 2018 18:23

Thank you Jennifer for your lovely comment on "A Better Tomorrow" 😊

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Taylor Crowshaw

Wed 5th Sep 2018 11:22

Thank you for your support Jennifer and your kind words always appreciated..πŸ’•

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Becky Who

Sun 26th Aug 2018 21:43

Thanks for commenting "International Bake-off". It was just a bit of fun but I was pleased with the way it turned out - like the cake!

d.knape

Sun 26th Aug 2018 11:01

Thanks for your comments on my poem.
After reading all of the comments on YOuR poems
I no longer remember
which poem it was you commented on
or what you said.
But I am certain
it was a good comment
or else I would not have felt the need
to comment.

wink&nod

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Jon Stainsby

Tue 21st Aug 2018 19:02

Thank you for the like and the comment, Jennifer.

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Jane Briganti

Sun 19th Aug 2018 20:59

Hello Jennifer. Thank you for the lovely comment on Swiss Chocolates. Funny you mentioned Chocolate Mint Ice Cream...it's one of my favorites!😊

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Becky Who

Sat 18th Aug 2018 21:57

Hi from a fellow ex-pat poet and English teacher! thanks for commenting "Geneva airport", I look forward to reading more of your work.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Tue 14th Aug 2018 20:28

Thank you for reading One Night Jennifer

d.knape

Tue 7th Aug 2018 19:53

like the "red sea people"
(maybe they are Sardines with a sunburn.)
Sardinia, get it.
enjoyed your poem.
see ya later
not in person
but in words.
thumbs up.

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Jane Briganti

Thu 2nd Aug 2018 22:53

Thank you for the lovely comment on "Silently Sad".

Jane😊

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 25th Mar 2018 13:57

I have to say Jennifer for all our communication you have still failed to address the central point I raised, that is the insult contained within your poem which I believe I clearly identified. Whether intentional or not (I'm sure not, it does grate with soldiers that they are so often thought brainless/thoughtless)

I have spent much of my life coming to understand and dealing with situations and beliefs which I had initially found repellant. I think I am fairly well practiced at understanding the motivations and actions of those who have at some point taken dramatically differing views than myself. I say this because on several occasions I have come to agree with their interpretations and dispensed with my own. I have even achieved this with former enemies who have killed friends of mine, what greater understanding and humility is there than that? feel free to give personal examples.

Regarding Glass houses, do I really need to explain that? I'll leave it for you.

The exchange of views is always preferable to silence, especially when it meets with some understanding and clarification.

All the best and respectfully,

David.

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 25th Mar 2018 09:38

Jennifer,

Resorting to grammar nazism is always amusing to me, but thanks for the pointers (maybe you should review your own response, which appears to have been written in a glass house) anyway I hope it helped to vent some of your annoyance at me daring to comment upon your poem.

You may wish to consider that Hannahs response reinforced my desire to comment. I would have thought the opinion of a former soldier would have been welcome in a way which offered perspective, evidently not. But as is often the case people don’t wish to hear from soldiers and of their experience, I find that very strange and dismissive.

I think you have missed my point entirely, in my response I stated that we mostly agreed.

The insult which lies within your poem is the assumption that soldiers are unaware of the probable consequences of their undertaking, and are somehow naive to the lies they are often pedalled. Occasionally that is demonstrably true, but many soldiers are aware of the untruths that are spoken. This is especially true of soldiers who may have already served in previous campaigns.

I note you state you can be a pedantic scot too, which seems to indicate you believe me to be Scottish. I am an Englishman who happens to have been born in Scotland, I identify as English because my blood is. Not that it is important in any way, merely an indication that assumptions are easily and often made.

I think now may be the point at which we should break contact. Your poem has reinforced my feelings about how attitudes of the uninformed sometimes lead them to carelessly insult the subjects of their utterances. It is a shame that happens.

All the best,

David.

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Wolfgar Miere

Sat 24th Mar 2018 19:47

Hello Jennifer,

Many thank's for your response to mine on your poem.

Just a quick one, what century are you living in? no members of the NATO alliance shoot deserters anymore (most often they are given a days pay and sent home) irrespective of how long they signed up for.

All soldiers can refuse to soldier (I’ve seen it done) you'd be hard pushed to find any soldiers willing to make up a firing squad these days, who and what on earth do you think soldiers are these days?

It seems you think they might not be able to think for themselves.

Evidently we agree on almost everything. Of course soldiers are led to believe false truths, aren't we all? it doesn't mean to say they indulge the persuasion, most in recent years have the wherewithal to make up their own minds, and many ill informed people believe soldiers are thugs and delinquents, do not doubt that. I have been spat on and insulted by the brightest ill informed people you could imagine, whilst protecting their delicate freedoms.

Nothing though can prepare anyone for the true horrors of war, that is not to say soldiers don't expect it, current training is quite brutally honest. I would ask you, who would not at the start be shocked to see limbs blown apart, I didn't contest that, nobody is ready for that, I have seen it many times over, you are never ready. You may not have meant to insult but maybe some would be insulted, I am not because quite simply you evidently are not aware of how modern soldiers feel.

Of course peace keeping is very complicated and those who have not taken part in it cannot be expected to understand what it entails, for example protecting people who want to kill you, and occasionally having to meet that desire with lethal force, sometimes that is what peace keeping amounts to, it doesn't quite sound like its description does it, why do you think that is Jennifer? and yes before you mention it an enforced peace is not peace keeping, I can assure you the lowliest grunt understands that far better than most civilians ever could, for example being threatened at gunpoint by so called loyalist supporters in Northern Ireland after being petrol bombed all day by republican sympathisers, do you know what that feels like Jennifer, or what its like to see it misrepresented on the news and discussed by ill informed civilians in TV studios when your mates are in the RVH with third degree burns, do you?

The difference I suspect between our understandings is that I and many others have experienced it whereas you merely assume you know what you are talking about.

Of course your opinion is as vital as mine, though maybe not as well informed. I am quite aware of the point you were attempting to make I was merely speaking on behalf of one of the most unrepresented minorities in the country as I happen to be a member of it, I trust that is OK with you.

A soldier can leave any time he likes, its called freewill and courage, qualities that all good soldiers should treasure.

All the best,

David.

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Joe Williams

Thu 7th Dec 2017 14:42

Thanks for the comment Jennifer, glad to hear you liked it!

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patrick D Ortiz

Thu 16th Nov 2017 16:55

good writes Jennifer Malden one day I will aspire to be one of your favorite profiles....our wordplay and imagery are much alike..we are poet dreamers.


Patrick

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 3rd Nov 2017 21:15

Hi, Jennifer.

Welcome to WOL. I'm sure you'll enjoy the site. 'Where else can you find ...' is delightful. Made me homesick for Bermuda, the view itself and the creamy texture of your words.

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