Poetry Club November 2019

What a fun and wonderful meeting for our one year anniversary…well, actually a little over a year, but we forgot to count. Inspired by Cindy’s recitation of a poem by Ina Coolbrith (more below) to expand our horizons to include a field trip to Berkeley to visit the Poetry Walk, we felt the need to […]

Powerless in California

Yep, PGE has had our power off for most days, but that isn’t why I’m powerless. I’m struggling because I am in an impulsive mood, always rushed, always bored, not able to focus on anything. As a result I have sustained two injuries to my index finger, the right hand, the dominant one. My left […]

More Book Reviews

I am way behind on blogs so you get another book review this month. I am not way behind on reading because it is the thing I can do when on a road trip AND read is what I do, with my headlamp and candles, when the power is out…and it has been out. (For […]

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 […]