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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Counting Your Blessings at Harvest Time

Even though many of us do not have gardens or farms, we still celebrate the time of harvest by decorating with pumpkins, or gourds, straw bales and scarecrows.  We feel a connection from our childhood that marks this time, the time before and including Thanksgiving, and the upcoming Christmas and holiday season.

Fall harvest is a time for enjoying the fruits of our labors, and celebrating family and friends.  Often this harvest time gave farming folks some free time, as the colder weather approached some of the chores would disappear.

I remember this time as a child, with my family on our farm.  We had wonderful apples and cider, fresh grapes, and pies--oh, my!  My Mom could bake any kind of pie, and we had apple, and pumpkin this time of year.  Thanksgiving was always a bountiful celebration at my Grandparents.  Everyone brought a dish, and the food was always wonderful. 

Just as wonderful was playtime with my cousins.  There was hide and seek in the barn, and tree climbing. 

I am thankful this season for our loving family and for our friends.  May all of you be blessed with your families and  with friendship, also.   

Peace to all!


Monday, November 14, 2011

The Tale of the Bee Bees

It was one of those days,  I had slept uncomfortably last night, due to the impending to-do list in my head.

Morning arrived, I jumped in with both feet to attempt to conquer all that needed to be done. 

I was doing good!  I walked, downed a liquid breakfast drink and a few almonds.  I arrived at my mammogram a few minutes early, and was the first on the list and the first taken in.

Having survived the mammogram, I found that I had an hour before I had to be at work.  So, I took my car to be cleaned, and while waiting, went next door to the bank, made the three important phone calls, and walked across the street to the Dollar Store to get a few things.

I saw all of my patients, including one that was worked in where I made an opening by moving a couple of patients up. 

Finished!  Home I went to treat my girlfriend to soup and salad, and go in her new spa.

O.K., I'm changing my clothes to go to my friend's house.  I am taking off the bra when I remembered. . .the bee bees.  The x-ray tech had taped them on my breasts before she took the films, one on the right and one on the left.  They had remained there all day without my noticing them, and they were taped on!

So much for being on top of things!  What is the moral of this story?  When you are in a multi-tasking frenzy, you may be missing some little detail; like a bee bee! 



Oh, and I left them on my husband's dresser. When he gets back from NC, he will be puzzled!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I believe that there is nothing that compares with nature's autumnal colors.  This is surely Mother Nature's jewelry box laid open for all to admire.

We spent a week watching the colors gradually peak.  Yellow and green with spotty red and orange metamorphosis to brilliant yellow and fiery orange with radiant red.  Timing is really everything--we lucked out with our travel plans this year.

The new house is progressing.  We are in no great hurry, now.  Things just need to be done right,so time is not an issue.

Here is poem from one of my unpublished books, Naturescapes.

Contra dance

Wind exhales--
Natures collective sigh
Sun dried oak leaves
Circle and bow
Then dance their rustling
Autumn finale
Maple Leaves drop in
Showing off their fall finery
Causing a jealous stir

Happy Fall Y'all!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Blog from Joan Ellen Gage: the joan-zone

Hello Friends!

I want to announce a new blog that I have started that features women helping and/or uplifting women.  Please visit me at  the


Dark Thoughts from Guest Blogger Karen Gage Arango


Through the years, I have always loved epitaphs.
Perhaps it is from my interest in local lore and culture, or from my early visits to the many old grave yards in my home town. My father is fascinated with genealogy and is a member of the Historical Society. Through him, my curiosity has grown, and on my many visits to my childhood home, I often frequent the graves of my ancestors. Here are some of my favorite epitaphs some real, and others imagined:

Remember friend as you walk by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now you will surely be
Prepare thyself to follow me

Knowledge by suffering entereth
And life is perfected by death

Let us go in; the fog is rising
Now I lay me down to die
I pray the Lord will take me nigh
For I have died, shall nevermore wake
And now my soul is his to take   kga

Give me peace now and let me be
Sleep eternal in endless dreams
Away from ridicule and torment
 My soul in God’s hands lies dormant   kga

Live well my dears, your time well spent
For years rush past ‘till you’re old and bent
Someday you will die, and die you must!
And we will all lie here in dust   kga
My glass is run, my life is spent
My earthly temple was but lent
Why should I wish for a length of years
To spend them in a wail of tears
Friends nor physicians could not save
My mortal body from the grave
Nor can the grave confine it here
When Christ doth call me to appear

Happy Halloween from my sister Karen and I,


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New eBook , Stranger In A Strange Skin

Hello! Yes, I am actually writing on my blog! The reason being, I have a new eBook that was published this week. The link is:

This is a free eBook, which actually is a something of a marketing device. Stranger In A Strange Skin, contains some new material, excerpts from Water Running Downhill!, and excerpts from my next book Empowering Your Inner Cheerleader!

I realize that eBooks are not books in print, although they can be. I am expecting the next book, Empowering Your Inner Cheerleader! to be both.

I also have a new blogger site,the Joan-Zone. With this site, I am planning to host someone, starting with every month, who strives to help women in some great or small way. So please let me know if anyone you know fits the bill!

The house in North Carolina should be finished at the end of the year. We should be moving up sometime in late winter, early spring, I think! I am excited and terrified at the same time!

Let me know if you know a dentist in western N.C. who needs a part-time dental hygienist!

Blessings to you and yours!


Sunday, October 2, 2011


You were kids then

Sizing each other up

She, granddaughter of a horseman

Singing “Landslide” with her cousins

The boys hooting and hollering outside

Throwing a football, laughing

Both of you exchanging looks, rosy

With the first flush of love

Somehow you made it through

The almost grown-up years, then

Into young adults, bonded

Holding together tightly

Love growing steadily into the,

“I’m here for you, always

You can depend on me”,

Kind of love

Today you enter into a new era

She the radiant cowgirl bride

He her knight/cowboy groom

May your wild hearts meld

And beat with joy as two

Become one, taking that first

Sweet kiss as man and wife

Branding one anothers lips

With your passion, as you hear

“Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present

Mr and Mrs. Matt Cross”

Congratulations Heather & Matt!

Joan Ellen Gage