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Tuesday, October 22, 2013


60 But Not Ready For Pasture, Yet!

Well, that day has finally come, I’ve arrived at the dreaded number of 60.  I don’t feel any different, yet; however, I’ve felt myself being drawn to a new phase of my life for quite a while.  

There has been a lot of musing on my part about where my life is leading, especially with being out of work for the last 6 months with 2 surgeries, and another coming up in December.  As  have mentioned, I’m entering my bionic phase!

I do believe that most things happen for a reason, so perhaps I need to be still, or quiet more often.  This is not a one of my strong points!  Do you thing that the universe is sitting on me a bit to try to make me live in the “Now”?
That is food for thought.  Meanwhile, I am able to peck away at writing and to work on my crazy photo creations.  Wouldn’t that be a wonderful way to make a living?

I do miss seeing many of my friends.  Believe me, I do think of you all!  Peace be with you and yours and I hope we meet again! 

Have a wonderful week!  I leave you with a poem from the upcoming book; A Redhead Looks At 60.


Arise From Your Ashes

The dream is still alive and waiting

It waits for you to restore it to wholeness

And inhale life into the

Very lungs of hope, and

Deliver the kiss

To your sleeping beauty heart’s desire

The time has come to break into

The vault of your psyche and free

The urn of creativity thus turning

Life’s ashes into your personal vision

Come unearth your treasure

Stake your claim, rediscover your destiny

Saturday, September 28, 2013



Well, you have to admit, it has it's possibilities!  Although, flesh can be more becoming.  

I have gone under the "knife", and have an improved shoulder.  Now, I have to behave for a few weeks--drat!  Oh, and then we'll do the other shoulder!

Honestly, it's for the best.  I can't keep trying to do "normal" stuff with a torn rotator cuff.  

But, I can use the left arm, and my right fingers--somewhat at first, then there will be improvement week by week.  I just want to do things for myself.  No stubbornness there!

Just so you know, I concocted this blog post pre-surgery.  I thought it would be fun to make bionic "me".

Blessings to all of my friends!  Time will pass quickly and I'll be back to "normal?", soon.



Loving the Stranger Within

So how do I come to accept and love

This somewhat changed  and

Rearranged self?

First, I have to spend some one on one time

With me and myself

Get to know the old/new girl

Learn what inspires her

Secondly, I must exercise self-love

No matter what—

It is still my body, my flesh

This is how I look and it’s fine

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Congratulations, Megan and Matt!


Today my cousin Megan weds the man of her dreams, and he weds the woman of his.  Here is there wedding poem, Cherish.

Have a marvelous day!


Here they are, two lovers
Serendipitously brought together by friends
She fell in love with Matt’s quirky sense of humor
And his steadfast loyalty and patience
He , in turn, loved Megan for her beauty,
Inside and out, for within radiated a kindness
That he had never experienced before

Today Megan and Matt begin the dance that joins man to woman
Before God, with loving friends and family surrounding
This day will they join hands and hearts with spoken vows,
Words that will weave them together into a tapestry of one
And seal that moment with the sweetest kiss
And a promise to love, and to cherish, forevermore
Then may their joy be shared as they face the congregation
For the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Colton
September 22, 2013

by, Joan Ellen Gage

Monday, September 16, 2013

I'm Falling Apart, and Other Stories!


Yes, it's true; I am still out of work.  What is up with that?, you ask.  Well, I still have significantly reduced mobility in my neck.  It is better, as it was 5% and is now 20-25%.

The exciting news is that I have a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder.  I don't know how this happened.  I was doing a lot of upper body exercises and using giant rubber bands in PT.  The shoulder started to hurt more than usual.

Since I had a referral for the left shoulder over 2 years ago, I decided to have both shoulders looked at.  After all, I have time to do that.  Both shoulders have bone spurs--arthritis.  The right one turned out to have a tear.

So, I'm going to have surgery, and will be out the rest of the year.  I will stay positive, and hope for less painful shoulders, and more mobility, ultimately, in my neck.

The best part of having some time is I get to write and make crazy photos with Photoshop.  I have a new book nearing completion, and I'm trying to get it done before I lose most of my right arm usage.  It's going to be a  very close deadline.

Enjoy the  poem below from the new book, A Redhead Looks At 60.

Have a blessed day,



Future Vision

I want to live in a society

Where varicose veins rock

And flabby thighs are sexy

Where the more chins you have

The more you are admired

I want to live in a society

Where moving up a size is envied

And throngs of women want to know

How did you do that?

I want to live in a society

Where the deeper the lines on your face

The handsomer the women look

And the grayer your hair is

The more enlightened you appear

But mostly, I want to live

In a society, where kindness abounds

Where you are accepted, loved

And treasured as you grow older

This is what we all deserve

Let us not judge one another harshly

And be who we were born to be—awesome—pass it on!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Thoughts on Running Away from the Circus. . .

O.K. what is this tomfoolery about running away from the circus?  What circus, well, maybe the working world as we know it. 

Sometimes things happen that interrupt our lives.  Things like, going in to surgery for a new neck and being told that your bone was soft and you would have to wear a collar for at least 6 to 8 weeks.  What happened to 2 to 3 weeks depending on how everything heals?  Well, there goes your occupation, just like that, for the present.

But, the most important thing in this life is being present, and there is no more being present than this.  I am embracing the new "embryo" bone graft etc. in my neck, that is healing there.  I am present in my lounge chair view of the world.  About 3:00 PM I get to thinking about taking a  what?  Yes, a nap, hee, hee!

Things will progress in the day's ahead, I am not in control.  Somehow, I am O,K. with that, as amazing as it seems.

For now, I will underacheive and hope to get a NC visit in the near future if the Docs will release me to do so.

Peace Out!  Here is a quote from David Carradine:

"If you cannot be a poet, be the poem."


P.S. Since I'm going circus, here is my sweet youngest Granddaughter, starring in one of her book's creations!


Sunday, March 31, 2013



Welcome friends!

A lovely spring day it is!  Happy Easter to all of my friends who are celebrating today.  I can hear the sounds of many very full and grumbling stomachs from all of the feasting!

Life is going along at a good clip, you might say that I am springing ahead!  At least I am springing forward, due to the time change.

I have just completed a children's book for my lovely youngest Granddaughter, Trinity.  Her book was just published on Create Space, an Amazon company.  I should receive my books in a few days.

As many of may know, I love creating with photos.  This book, Trinity's Adventures in Imagination, is a birthday gift for my Granddaughter.  I have photo-shopped Trinity into some wonderful scenes, and each photo has a rhyme to go with it.   I am hoping she loves the book!

Here are some blessings for you from John O'Donohue!



John O'Donohue “For Equilibrium, a Blessing:
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what's said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of god.”
John O'Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Ble

Sunday, February 3, 2013



Yes, Winter is here, at the moment.  I am enjoying 50 degrees in the mornings; this is great for sleeping!  We are fortunate not to have had a freeze or frost, so the vegetation still looks marvelous!

I  am returning to writing with the help of Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban  Breathnach.  This book requires writing a gratitude journal and following a day- book's recommendations for a year that highlights the simple joys of living and discovering your authentic self.

As  usual, I am struggling with living in the now; but I am doing better with my "program" in place.  I am coming off many months of gathering documents and taking my North Carolina Dental Hygiene Boards--which I passed--Yeah!  

So, I am discovering the winter of my content.  I am spending a little bit of time  being focused; albeit, a blurry focus at that!

Message today=be thankful for the blessings of winter, which allow us to pause a little more often and count these blessings! 

Here are some winter haiku's by poet Charles de Lint,  to commemorate the recent full moon and to help you feel snug in the warmth of your nests!

Blessing and Great Joy!


Winter Haiku

by Charles de Lint

Moonlight casts a pale
blue light on the snow, winter
perfect, cold and brisk

Moonlight rides like a
ghost across the midnight snow;
its song is silence