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Tuesday, September 30, 2014



I know, It's been ages since I've written; but I really have been busy with life.

When we moved to the "space coast" 8 years ago, I really didn't like the change.  Of course I don't like change, anyway.  It took me a while to realize that I was experiencing age prejudice when applying for work.  I never realized that I was "over the hill" in my 50's, what a shock.

What I have learned from these years is patience, and to slow down.  As an energetic, self-starting person, this was very difficult.  I do think I have slowed down considerably, now.  A car accident, and resulting treatment were major contributing factors.

You have to take the good with the bad, this is life.  I am blessed because things could have been much worse for me.  I have good people on my side and I am thankful for that.  I have good health and love in my life.  I have great family and friends.

So, as I leave Florida for the most part, and move on; I head toward another chapter in my life.  As the GEN-X's like to say, it's all good!

Here is a poem from the up and coming book, A Redhead Looks At 60!

Peace out,


Don’t Desert Yourself

Oh yea though I keep walking through
The desert of my past
Criticizing what went wrong
And if only I hadn’t said or done that

We can’t go back and fix these events
They are carved in stone
All we can repair Is our attitude toward ourselves
And move on

We need to give
Our inner children
Some tough love
And encourage them to grow up and out of the past 
And into the now. Carpe Deum!


©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I feel that I have been in an instructional class to learn how to die.  Watching and waiting for the changes that are outlined in the syllabus, and there is a syllabus.  A small blue book that tells you what to look for through end stage. 

The staff enlightening each day, pointing out when something has changed, however minor it may seem.  All these changes add up, the transformation finally complete.

Just as you have convinced yourself that,no, it could last a bit longer, you are suddenly confronted with the reality.  It has happened. 

Everyone is a little surprised by the abruptness.  We are all gripped with emotion.  We feel great sadness, but there is a touch of joy.  It says: "you are released from pain, from bondage.  Go, fly away, you are free"!

There is more, of course, the question, "what do we do now", directed to the RN, who cannot answer.  Eventually, we move, we make minor decisions, we embrace, we go home.

But, we are changed forever by what we have seen.  We know, we will see this again, we will be this.  It is undeniable.  It is humanity.



Here is a poem for Charlie:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


The Root Of The Problem

It has been suggested
That when your life seems without joy
Or laughter, and you have no interests
That you may be root-bound
And need to be re-potted!

What I take away from this
Is the need to nourish the soul, our roots, as it were
To improve our condition; exposing it to sunshine
Or to the warmth of human touch
And to give our bodies, our plants, sustenance
To strengthen and green-up, expose ourselves
To fresh air, drink clean water
And mist our outer leaves
Don’t forget to feed our heads with
Literature, music and friendship
Than may we blossom
And reach toward the sun

Please enjoy this poem from my yet to be published book, A Redhead Looks At 60.

May peace be with you and yours!




©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.