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Date:2007-05-11 22:10
Subject:Beautiful Poetry
Mood: content

I have just finished reading - and re-reading - "Sketches from a Spy Tree: Poems by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer"
If you have not yet read this wonderful book, I urge you to do so. Not only does she write fabulous poems, but
she tells a heart warming story as well. 

What I wonder is, 
would I have appreciated how wonderful this book is if I had read it as a child?
I don't know. 
I do know, that as an adult, a teacher, and a writer, this book rocks!

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Date:2007-05-03 17:55
Subject:What are the Chances?
Mood: sad

What are the chances – that on a day 

when the sky is a spectacular vivid blue,

and white fluffy clouds are swirling with the breeze,

and the sun is sending rays of yellow warmth,
and the trees are unfurling their emerald green leaves,

and the flowers are bursting forth with a rainbow of pinks and purples,

and the birds are singing colorful love songs to their mates,

what are the chances that an innocent young boy

riding along the blacktop on his ruby red scooter

in the middle of a most colorful afternoon
would be killed by a drunk driver?

For Najeeb Green-Lewis,

The chances were one in one.


Please don’t drink and drive.



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Date:2007-05-01 22:07
Subject:The joy of words
Mood: accomplished

Oh the joy of finding the right words and putting them in the right place.

I have been working on a poem... FOR WEEKS... and finally, after another
couple of hours tonight, I think I finally found the right combination of words,
and put thme in the right place. And, after all that time, it wasn't even new 
words that made the difference, it was the way the words were put together. 

Oh the joy of finding the right words and putting them in the right place!

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Date:2007-04-27 16:11
Subject:A Beautiful Day
Mood: thankful

Although today may not look like a beautiful day, 
with those dreary grey clouds hanging over us
and that cold nasty rain blowing through, 
it is, beautiful. For me anyway.
Today my husband found out the the
lump in his chest is just a fatty cyst.

So I guess what they say is true,
beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I hope your day is as beautiful as mine.

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Date:2007-04-17 15:17
Subject:God Bless V-Tech and their families
Mood: indescribable

Sometimes there just aren't any words.

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Date:2007-04-08 10:34
Subject:Happy Easter Everyone!
Mood: busy


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Date:2007-03-30 11:24
Subject:A Modest Proposal
Mood: geeky

A Modest Proposal!

That's how this new line of bathing suits has been marketed. Ha!

I quote:

 "The hottest suits on the beach this year leave everything to the imagination. WholesomeWear, a line of swimwear for the modest beachgoer, offers three kick-ass styles that “highlight the face, rather than the body” — ensuring all eyes are on you." 

Are they kidding me? Of course all eyes will be on you. They are the ugliest things I've ever seen! And they only cost about $80.00!

I may be showing my age here, but does this remind anyone of something we wore in our youth?

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Date:2007-03-29 08:18
Subject:Get out of Jail Free Card
Mood: grateful

I got a free pass from work today. 
Our building is being renovated and there is no place for me to work.
So they said "You don' t have to come in today." 
And I get paid for it.
How sweet is that?

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Date:2007-03-23 18:44
Subject:Egad! It's an OUAT Acceptance!
Mood: cheerful

No, it's not a picture book contract.
No, not a magazine story.
Just a small poem.
But it is an acceptance.
How nice it feels to open your mail
and have someone tell you they
like your work.
Yippee for me!

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Date:2007-03-17 09:00
Subject:Happy Saint Patty's Day
Mood: amused

Did you know that four leaf clovers are rare? The ratio of four leaves to three is about 10,000 to one. But today is your lucky day because I am tossing out a four leaf clover to all my LJ friends. The four leaves represent: hope, faith, love, and luck. So catch it my friends and Happy St. Patty's Day!

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Date:2007-03-13 10:56
Subject:10 things that make me happy
Mood: chipper

1. Waking up to sunshine
2. Family dinners (where no one fights!)
3. Birds singing
4. Sitting with my lap top and having time to write (all by myself with no disruptions)
5. A snow day (with tons of snow - when no one has to go out)
6. The first signs of spring, like the green buds on trees before they turn into leaves.
7. Driving to the shore with the roof down.
8. Planting flowers
9. Italian food
10.A night out with my husband or my girlfriends.

What makes you happy?

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Date:2007-03-09 08:28
Subject:Can you put a price on a good night's sleep?
Mood: sleepy

Well, of course you can. For only $49,500. you can purchase the bed of your dreams. A Vividus Bed, from Sweden. 
But hurry, the price is going up in April to a whopping $59,750!

The manufacture suggests that you are worth it. "Pamper yourself... live the dream...sleep on a cloud." 
Yea, right, Could 9, maybe!

Although, I must admit there are nights when I think I would pay just about anything to get a good night's sleep. 
BUT, would I want to jeopardize my son's college tuition, or perhaps give up, not one, but two new cars. 
Or how about buying that piece of land up in the mountains. Oh my... the decisions...

So how much is a good night's sleep worth to you?

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Date:2007-03-06 09:20
Subject:Punxsutawney Phil needs a new job
Mood: cold

Who ever gave Punxsutawney Phil the authority to predict spring should be unemployed, along with that nasty little ground hog.

I quote: "EARLY SPRING! The Prognosticator of Prognosticators has spoken! Phil says we'll have an early spring."

Well, duh, its about 2 degrees out and 4 inches of snow 
is predicted for tomorrow. And its March!
I think Phil needs to be put on the unemployment line. 
Let's make him accountable for his actions

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Date:2007-03-05 16:09
Subject:"Patience has so many rewards"
Mood: chipper

So that's why I never get the rewards, cause I have no patience!
Well, now that I know, I will definitely become more patient.

I have been waiting, impatiently, for WEEKS, for my confirmation number 
from the SCBWI Pocono conference. After much mix-up and back and forth e-mails 
I finally got it! Yipee!  And if that's not enough, I got both workshops that I requested! Yipee, Yipee!
And I got a room in the main house. Yipee, Yipee, Yipee. 

Just think what I might have gotten had I been patient. Like maybe a picture book contract! Ha!

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Date:2007-03-05 07:49
Mood: cheerful

Today, for the first time in awhile,
six deer paraded through my back yard,
like royalty, with their heads held high.
They've been in hiding; hiding from hunters.
But now, they’re free. Hunting season’s over
and they’re free. Free to roam. Yipee!

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Date:2007-02-10 09:15
Subject:Being at peace
Mood: content

I went to the beach today. Yes, it was only about 20 degrees out and the wind was whipping around like it had someplace to go, but it was beautiful. No one else was there, too cold even for the seagulls, but the feeling of contentment was amazing. Nature does that to me. It puts me at peace. I think every once in a while we need to walk along with nature and cleanse ourselves of everyday life. I don't know why I don't do it more often!

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Date:2006-12-28 00:13
Subject:It is better to give ....
Mood: grateful

Thanks for the nudge Vivaler!

What a lovely Christmas I had this year. It was probably the most rewarding Christmas I have ever had, all because of the act of giving. Instead of doing our annual family pollyanna this year, we decided to sponsor a needy family. The nurse at a local high-school gave us the name of a family in need and told us their sizes and likes. It was such a pleasure shopping for this family. We filled boxes and boxes full of food. We purchased new school and gym uniforms for each of the boys. We got each of the boys new winter coats and the basics that everyone needs. But we also got them things that make life easier and more pleasant, like a TV and DVD player, games and toys.

At my own family Christmas get-together, everyone brought their unwrapped gifts and we let the kids wrap the presents and put them into piles for each person in the needy family. How rewarding it was to see such big piles of gifts!

We filled an entire mini-van for our family and delivered the presents a few days before Christmas. A neighbor let us into their house and we carried everything into the basement so the boys would not see anything. The neediness of this family was overwhelming. The only things in the entire downstairs was a old love seat, a chair, and a small kitchen table and two chairs! They kept their clothes in big tupperware bins. But they had a tiny white Christmas tree, decorated with lights, sitting in their front window.

When I got home, I felt like I hadn't done enough. I felt like I wanted to give them so, so, much more. I wish that each one of my own kids and all the kids in my extended family could have gone with us to deliver the gifts, to see how well off they have it in their own lives.

We have decided to make this act of giving an annual tradition in our family, a tradition that truly warmed my heart.

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Date:2006-11-08 18:14
Subject:I've been tagged!

I'm just glad Kelly didn't give me the letter Q.
Good luck Julie!

10 good things that start with the letter "O":

1. Orgasms (Can I say that on LJ?)
2. Oatmeal raisin cookies
3. Oprah
4. Orange Scones
5. organ donors
6. off spring
7. Orlando Bloom
8. opportunity
9. Olive Garden
10.Oh Henry bars

5 terrible "O" things:

1. Osteoporosis
2. orphans
3. obscenities
4. obesity
5. ozone

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Date:2006-06-14 08:42
Mood: contemplative

Although I have an unbelievable amount of things to do, with moving and the wedding, For the last couple of days, I sat and critiqued a 350 page manuscript for one of the girls in my critique group. It's ironic how I saw things in her work that needed revising, (things she didn't see). The ironic thing is, when I had submitted my work to her, earlier, I had some of the same mistakes, (Which she picked up, but I didn't). If I can see her mistakes so clearly, why can't I see them in my own work? Hmmm...ironic.

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Date:2006-06-13 07:26
Subject:I'm done!
Mood: cheerful

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah! Schools out, and I am done for the summer! I was supposed to go in today, but my supervisor let me check out yesterday and said, "have a great summer!" How sweet is that?

Hopefully I will have more time to write, but probably not. We have a wedding in Jamaica this summer, as well as a reception when we return. We also run a golf tournament, my son graduates, it's my parents 50 wedding anniversary, and on top of all that we have decided to move! Now I have to pack 21 years worth of stuff in a month and a half!

I am amazed at the junk I have saved over the last 21 years! Why I saved it, I don't know. Now that it's time to move it, I'm just throwing most of it away. Why didn't I just throw it away 21 years ago!! Thank goodness we don't have a basement, because I can't imagine what other stuff I would be sorting through!

I guess I will just take one day at a time, not sweat over the little stuff, and do the best I can! Here's to a great day!

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