October Poetry Club

What an exciting discussion we had today. We started with Cindy showing us a beautiful book that belonged to her grandfather…and realized it is nearly 100 years old. Cindy then recited three Japanese poems, by Hitamaro, Sakanoe and Basho and explained in detail the different types – seventeen syllable verse: Haiku, but also tanka (five […]

October 2019 Book Reviews

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land. So…..one of my beta readers/critique partners suggested my current work in progress might be a psycho thriller. While I considered this suggestion, I decided to read a couple, with the idea it might help me make my decision on the matter. This book started off in a pretty […]

September 2019 Book Reviews

The Children Act by Ian McEwan.  I know he is a prolific and well loved author, but I almost didn’t keep reading after the first chapter. His use of language was overwhelming, everything so heavy and going on and on. I got that this was going to be the story of a British Judge and […]

More on Volunteering

So I have blogged extensively about volunteering, but here I go again. When I was a young mother I volunteered a lot (we moved and I was bored!)  I was room mother, soccer mom, education director of the Sunday School. Going back to work curtailed that avenue of enlightenment. When I retired I stepped up […]

September Poetry Club Part Two

This month Cindy shared the lyrics to Donavan’s Catch the Wind. She didn’t try to make it into the song, but rather, read it the way she felt about the lyrics as a poem. Leslie shared two poems by Natalie Goldberg. After attending her 60th class reunion in the small Oregon town where she grew […]

September 2019 Poetry Club Part One

I was falling into a rut of similar poems and so I decided to break my habit. I memorized “The Owl and the PussyCat” by Edward Lear, (after considering Jabberwocky) which is considered to be part of the Victorian trend of “nonsense verse.” It was published in Lear’s 1871 collection Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets. […]

Regret is a bitter poison.

I hope that many of you have read Apricots and Wolfbane by K.M. Pohlkamp. I was lucky enough to meet this author AND become friends. As our friendship grew so did opportunities to be part of her writing process. Her new novel, Shadows of Hemlock, is soon to be released, but today is that special […]

How I Memorize a Poem

Poetry club is approaching its one year anniversary and I have to say, it has been a lot of fun. When Susan and I came up with the idea, I had just discovered poetry. Yep, sixty years of not appreciating it at all. In fact, if a poem was embedded in a novel, I generally […]

I’m too Tired to Finish that List.

No one warned me (well, maybe they did but I sure didn’t listen) that I would be really tired. This has been the most difficult challenge of aging. Particularly when I feel like I’m running out of time to complete my extensive bucket list. Ah, lists. That’s another subject. My daily, monthly, yearly and lifetime […]

It’s Scary Pushing My Limits

This year’s challenge of doing Sixty-One things I have never done before is quite sluggish. For one, I have done a lot in my life, so new things are hard to find. Which I’m happy about. But the second issue is the hesitation I have and the anxiety I can easily let built up. (I’m […]