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O stands for Over the Water.

People who live in Liverpool refer to The Wirral Peninsular as 'Over the Water', which in fact,  geographically speaking,  it is 'Over the Water'. The 'Water' is indeed the famous River Mersey. 
You will see Liverpool on the map and directly opposite is The Wirral. It was often referred to as The Dormitory of Liverpool as the people who worked in the flourishing Shipping, Banking and  Stockbroking  Companies took up residence there and commuted by the famous Liverpool ferry boats that would carry them to their offices etc. 
You will see the office buildings, behind the ferry boat, with the weary workers sailing 'Over the Water'  back to their homes, on The Wirral, after a busy day at the office. When I first married I lived in a little apartment 'Over the water' I really loved living there and every morning used to walk along the promenade on the edge of the river, then take the ferry 'Over the Water' to Lloyds Bank, in India Buildings Live…

N stands for Ogden NASH (part two).

Ogden Nash 1902 - 1971.Ogden Nash was renown for his light verse;  At the time of his death in 1971 the New York Times said his"droll verse with it's unconventional rhymes made him the country's best known writer of  humorous poetry". Some of his prose indicated that he was 'anti establishment'.
This feeling reflected in one of his sardonic verses;
Common Sense. Why did the Lord give us agility,  If not to evade responsibility! 
In 1934 he moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he stayed until his death. He always thought of Baltimore as home. After his return from a brief move to New York he wrote; "I could have loved New York had I not loved Balti - more."
Some more of his amusing anecdotes....
The Cow. The cow is of boring ilk;  One end is moo, the other is milk !

The Dog. the truth I do not stretch or shove, When I say the dog is full of love, I've also found by actual test, A wet dog is the lovingest!

The Ant. The ant has made himself illustriou…

M stands for Maya, MAYA Angelou.

Maya Angelou.Maya is one of my favourite American writers.

 To label her 'just a writer'  really does her an injustice;  whilst, indeed it is admirable in  being a renown author , Maya Angelou is even more than 'just a writer', she was a playwright, performer, actress and composer. 

She has written and appeared in many plays and films being nominated an Emmy for her role in the 1977 movie Roots.Maya Angelou was active in The Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King and was widely respected as a spokesperson for black people.
 In 1993 she was invited by President Bill Clinton to write and read the first inaugural poem. Americans all across the country watched as she read; On The Pulse of Morning.

A rock, A river,  A Tree Hosts to species long since departed, Marked the mastodon, The dinosaur, who left dried tokens On their sojourn here On our planet floor, Any broad alarm of their hastening doom Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages. But today,  the Rock crie…