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 […]

Poetry Club August 2019

A fun, if a bit dark at times, discussion surrounded this months poems. The unplanned, underlying theme….fire! Which shouldn’t be surprising as we all live in the Sierra Foothills, with fires on our minds at this time of year. Susan gave a rollicking performance of “I Went to A Marvelous Party” by Noel Coward. This […]

August 2019 Book Reviews

Resistance by Anita Shreve.  Recently on some of my FB writers groups the talk has been of fear of showing a work in progress to others because they might “steal” the idea of the story. As I read this novel I knew that either 1 – I had read it before or 2 – I […]

Saving Money

The last few years have involved a big change in financial status. I retired, Dan retired, we sold the business. In other words, we no longer have income. (Which was nice when I did the taxes! So simple!) We certainly have planned for our retirement and that isn’t the issue. It is much more the […]

Categories

So much of my life involves fitting into a category. Sometimes it is quite literal: What genre is the manuscript? and other times it is more of a vague sense when I walk into a room. For example: I recently went to a conference. Entering the auditorium I thought I was simply looking for a […]