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In your life, and in mine, are coffee lovers and book lovers. Librarians, teachers, students, editors, writers, and that friend you always see huddled with a book on the train or in the cubicle next to yours. It might even be a pastor, priest or rabbi you want to simple say thanks to.

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Jan 17, 2017 08:26AM

Facebook, New and Improved

I'm received countless emails asking if all is well in the Brockeim Kingdom. Things have been quiet, it is true, but only because I'm lost in a café finding charm and sweetness in the coffee as well as the guests.

All is indeed well. In fact, better than ever. Last month, I launched a Facebook page. Please, visit and like the page. Say hello, too. I love getting to know new people. Occasionally, I've met in person or sent coffee to brighten readers' days.

I'm returning to writing reviews, remembering old stories of childhood, and seeing romance in the moment.

If you want to really be nice, share one of the posts on your own Facebook page and Twitter. I'm on Twitter too. Tag #brockeim and I'll do my best to retweet.

Nov 06, 2016 07:16PM

Political Poem: To Vote or Not To Vote

Political Poem: To Vote or Not To Vote

Rubber dub duck,
this election's all clucked.
There's a liar over here,
another wants to grope your underwear.
I'm gonna say this once,
I'm gonna say it thrice,
Neither person is looking very nice.
But I'm gonna vote,
that's what I'm gonna do.
I ain't gonna judge if you don't too.
I'm not picking him,
and I'm not picking her.
I'm picking someone.
I'm not sure who.


Jun 20, 2015 09:24AM

Finds Storied Romance and Forgets Coffee Spills: Red Metal Chair review

Watch me tell the story of the red metal chair. Not a sexy story, but completely romantic. Maybe the strangest video you will watch this hour.

Left like a teardrop at the bottom of my empty cup was the last reminder of a morning to remember. It is noon now, and I am just up from where I sat since dawn, where I sipped coffee and read.

A good chair forgets itself, and the one sitting forgets the chair. And so I did. Thumbing through old magazines, reading yesteryear's news, hours passed. Music, romance and poetry all passed before me this morning in the chair. As I read, Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" played everywhere. Audrey Hepburn's second husband died. A book about Pablo Neruda, "Ardiente Paciencia," was published.

The chair survived honorably a coffee spill, wiping clean with a towel. Unstained yet willing to take on harsh weather, the chair has served me through many more sunrises, and will be here for ten thousand more.

As I finished my drink, the sun lifted, and the breeze of morning became the hot wind of summer. Uncomfortable for reading, I pushed the chair against the wall, ready for tomorrow.

May your lawn chairs, like this Red Retro Metal Lawn Chair, meet you daily to greet the day, and to wander with you through many a volume of forgotten lore.


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Feb 27, 2015 02:16PM

15 oz. ''El Grande'' Stoneware Sublimation Mug Review

15 oz. ''El Grande'' Stoneware Sublimation Mug

A single daisy rests in this mug. The white, soft shape, covered in a rich whitish glaze allows the subtle grace of the yellow daisy to enjoy center-focus. A splash of water, halfway from the bottom, will give the flower a few days of life, and for me, a few days of remembering why I placed the daisy.

This mug? Large enough to hold any necessary drink. Small enough to require refills. Thick enough to retain needed heat. Light enough to never burden anyone who sips.

May your cup always have a daisy, and if not, be flowing with coffee, hot and true.


Aug 20, 2014 01:36PM

Dixie PerfectTouch Cups: Review: Love Left With an Empty Cup

Dixie PerfectTouch 12 oz Insulated Paper Cups - 160-Count

Inside my Dixie cup was coffee finished a few minutes ago. It was my solace as I sat alone on a bench in a wooded park. The cup kept it hot from first sip to last gulp, and I suspect keeps any drink as cold as mine was warm. I sat hoping the girl I met the afternoon before would bring the same smile she left with.

An hour ago, I hope she thought, "Sorry, really, I am, but John and I are back together."

Two hours ago, she did nothing. I waited.

Three hours ago, she texted, "Ran into an old friend. He and I are catching up. See you soon."

Four hours ago, she called to say she'd be a few minutes late.

Five hours ago, she emailed to say she was looking forward to seeing me.

Six hours ago, I woke, remembering meeting her 18 hours prior in this park.

"We should walk again," she said. "Same time tomorrow?"

Time passes properly, hour-by-hour, as does hope. As you wait, have a good cup of coffee kept warm by a Dixie cup with an appropriate lid. Time will not stop because of it, but it will be more pleasant as it goes. Be sure the ones you buy have lids as some things should not be spilled.


Read Brockeim's homage to Edgar Allan Poe's poem Raven in his parody The Beauty (the usual lost love thing).

Discover 25 unusual uses for string.

Singalong with his whimsical lambaste of Amazon reviewers in a parody Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven: Stairway to Amazon (Harriet Klausner/Lawrance Bernabo readers take note).

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