Jody Bresch

Jody Bresch

Award winning author and poet, Jody Bresch has two electronic books available at Amazon.com, AUTUMN S CHILD (a collection of her award winning poetry), and XANTHEA (a children s adventure novel). Jody grew up in the Heartland, the oldest in a family of four girls. She and her husband, Mike have been blessed with five sons. Matthew, the first born, and Hunter, their caboose are adopted. Marcus, Lucas, and Ian are their natural born sons. * Jody s had an ecclectic collection of jobs from church janitor, to gas station manager, foster parent, freelance news reporter, music teacher, general ed teacher. Jody, at 34, was a non-traditional college student, returning to get her degree in music and education after her third son, Lucas was born. The couple s fourth son, Ian, was born her senior year of college during spring break when she was 38. Their fifth son, four-year-old Hunter, was adopted in Feb. of 2004. * In the last 6 years, first Hunter, and then Jody have undergone cancer treatment. Hunter had an inoperable brain tumor. Hunter s brain tumor reminded Jody she once worked for and lived next door to a nuclear weapons facility in Middletown, IA. This lead Jody to become a political activist for former workers of the Iowa Army Ammunitions Plant. * Meanwhile, Hunter was just going into remission when Jody discovered she had colon cancer. Both of their illnesses have been traumatic experiences that have had a major impact on her life and her writing, and given her a newfound reverence for life. * Jody’s wide range of life experiences and her diverse interests are obvious in her writing. Her music background is evident in her poetry which is rhythmically lyrical while being provocative. Her photography covers a wide range of subject matter, and showcases the Heartland where Jody was born and raised, and where she has chosen to raise her own family. * Both her poetry and photography touch on something of the spiritual as Jody candidly shares with readers.
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  • A "Name" Art Project Using Primary and Secondary Colors
    The primary focus of this family-time art project is to define, and then use primary and secondary colors in a work of art. If you're working on following directions, and developing organizational skills, this project can be a stepping stone as well.
  • Whatsoever You Do was Operating in Crisis Mode, Which is What They Do
    With wind chills reaching -40 degrees Fahrenheit at 4:00 AM this morning in this small mid-western community of 26,000, a disaster for 12 people was temporarily averted.
  • How to Defy Grief and Celebrating Life
    Grief can be an albatross around our necks, especially during the holidays, if we surrender to it. Don't give in. Changing your perspective about how you feel about your grief and loss can transform your life.
  • A Baby Step to Gardening for Our Little Grandchildren
    My mother encouraged my love of planting things in the soil, and it's something I wanted to share with my children and grandchildren. Gardening teaches us things about ourselves in a profound way that other things never really touch on.
  • Thor: The Dark World - the Sequel
    The sequel to the first Thor movie produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Productions could have been anti-climactic, riding on the shirt-tails of the first movie, but Hunter and I actually thought it was the better movie.
  • Looking for a Cold, Blustery Afternoon Activity with the Kids?
    A Name Parade transforms the child's name into a colorful work of art, and it's simple enough for a 6-year-old and entertaining enough for a sixth grader to do. It can be used for a sign over their bedroom doors when they are finished having fun with it.
  • We Adopted One of the Puppies We Fostered
    This summer we provided a foster home to 3 puppies from the Heartland Humane Society. When it came time to give them back so they could be put up for adoption, we decided to fill out adoption papers ourselves so we could keep one.
  • My Husband, Mike, Needs a Kidney Transplant
    Mike's dialysis team has been discussing a kidney transplant with him all summer, but a recent Iowa City appt. was my first opportunity to ask questions. The Iowa City team has laid some of my fears to rest, but there's still a big mountain ahead.
  • On Saturday Nights Hunter and Amary Help Make a Kid Friendly Menu for Supper
    Hunter and Amary always asked if there was something they could help with at supper time, so it was a simple plan to call Saturday evenings our kid friendly supper night. I try to plan foods they can help with from start to finish.
  • Taking Pumpkin Carving to an Art Form is Easier Than it Looks
    You can put almost anything on a pumpkin to decorate it. You're only limited by your imagination. But if you want a traditional carved pumpkin, even carved pumpkins can reach new heights if you research and find a pattern, and good tools.
  • Contrary to a Popular Misconception, September is Not Special Education Week
    As an educator and the parent of a child with a brain injury, I've been privileged to witness first hand the monumental effort and determination brain-injured children exert to accomplish the same task the average child can accomplish with relative ease.
  • Obamacare is the Law
    This stalemate over Obamacare, an already made law by Congress, is shaming us before the eyes of the world, and threatening to tumble a world economy. It's time to act like adults and pay the bills.
  • There is No Aid for South Dakota Farmers Who Lost Everything a Week Ago
    Nobody expected a historic blizzard to hit South Dakota during the first week of a government shut down, but it did. 75,000 cattle are dead on the ground. No federal funds are available to begin the massive clean-up. South Dakota is in dire trouble.
  • About Diane Frank's Latest Poetry Collection, "Swan Light"
    Diane Frank is a breath of fresh air, a poet who brings her gifts of dance, music, and language together in an intricate braid of poetry steeped in meaningful content, meaningful beauty.
  • Matthew Clay Releases His Latest Album, “Dream in My Pocket”
    Matthew Clay is a multitalented singer/songwriter from the Heartland who records and produces his own music under the Freakin' Records Label. Matthew Clay is also my son, Matthew Clay Bresch. I'm not the only writer in my family.
  • Tom Arnold Says a Million Bucks Couldn't Build a Canteen Lunch in the Alley
    Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold, didn't discover the little Canteen Restaurant in Ottumwa, IA. They did try to replicate it though, first on Roseanne's sitcom, then with a chain of restaurants. They soon discovered it wasn't a matter of money or means.
  • The Heartland Humane Society Needed a Foster Home
    When I saw the plea for a foster home for 8 puppies for two weeks, it seemed like that ad had been placed there for us. Our beloved Buttercup had just passed away. We had nothing on our August schedule that would prevent us from volunteering.
  • Refinishing that Well-Loved ButTime-Battered Dining Room Table
    Our 3 1/2 ft. by 8 ft. dining-room table was worn down to bare wood in spots. Before it was damaged any more, we decided it was time to refinish it.
  • Male Ritual of Passing the Barbecue Tongs
    It was a light bulb moment for me to realize that from father to son, from older brother to younger brother, there is a manly ritual involved in this macho rite of passage,teaching the next generation of boys on the cusp of manhood how to barbecue.
  • My Whole Kindergarten Class Seemed to Be Coming Down with Strep Throat
    When some of my kindergarten students were diagnosed a second time in the month with strep throat, then I came down with it, I figured we were sharing the germs around our classroom, and I consulted with my physician for some advice to control it.
  • I Watched Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech on the Evening News
    When people choose to stand shoulder to shoulder against something that is wrong, they have the power to make a difference. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, gave a compelling speech that still resonates today.
  • Reaping the Healthy Benefits of Iowa's Bountiful Summer Harvest
    If you live in Iowa, Farmer's Markets are a tourist attraction as well as a way of life for the natives, and you're probably not the only person on your block who has planted a tomato patch. You're waiting expectantly for that first red blush of color.
  • Retirement Success Means Different Things to Different People
    I planned to work until Hunter graduated from high school which would be in 6 years, but life circumstances interfered with my plans. My priorities have changed since we found out first Hunter, and then, I, had cancer. So, without a qualm I retired.
  • In Ottumwa Montessori Until Recently Meant the Big Red Door
    Our eldest son is a graudate of the Montessori Little People's Academie in Ottumwa, Ia. We can highly recommend it as a pre-school that prepares toddlers for success in an elementary school setting. It's a place where they have fun learning.
  • Reviewing Dave Earley's Book:
    If you've ever felt there is something missing from your prayer life you should look at this book. Early boldy lifts up 3 to 5 word prayers from well-loved scriptures, powerful words that had wide-ranging, life-changing impact for those who prayed.
  • Learning Iowa Hospitals' Levels of Care from Inside Our Crisis
    It seems simple enough to research hospitals, select a hospital for your medical needs and you're in business if you need medical care. However, medicine and the medical infrastructure can be a lot more challenging to traverse that it at first seems.
  • Southcentral Iowa Received 8 1/2 Inches of Rain in 24 Hours
    There was 3-5 inches of rain April 17, in Wednesday's forecast when it began to pour in the early morning hours, but that was half of what actually came down in that short amount of time. Rivers swollen with spring snow melt quickly flooded.
  • That Moment when a Patient and Physician Emotionally Connect
    For two weeks, my husband, Mike, and I have been on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs in the condition of his health and the condition of both of our emotions. However, there have been moments of Light steering us through it.
  • Our Cellulitis Nightmare
    I had a vague recollection of what cellulitis was from my ancient history, but my memories were a far cry from what my husband's cellulitis turned out to be.
  • Preserving Family Traditions
    Too often families are becoming scattered remnants of what we thought of as families a half century ago. In a culture where divorce is rampant, and throw-away children are permeating our society, we need to remember what family traditions give our kids.
  • Be Safe, Not Sorry! Check for Trapped Lint in Your Dryer Hose!
    It was taking too long to dry a load of clothes. I was noticing a burnt smell when I first turned my dryer on. The clothes eventually dried, but something wasn't quite right, and I had a bad feeling about it.
  • Children and Prayer: My Son's Cancer Story
    Prayer can be an ephemeral thing to help a young child to understand. We guide them by example, by attitude about our example, and by the timeliness of our example, and then they begin to guide and direct us, based on a profound faith we long to have.
  • Memorial Garden to My Son's Independence Day!
    Everything about parenting a child isn't sunshine and tulips. Sometimes love hurts. We struggle to find our way through the pain. It's always a work in progress. Sometimes we stumble through. Sometimes we have a plan resulting in far-reaching fingers.
  • Don't Miss "Jack, the Giant Slayer"
    It's not the average English fairy tale, but it's rooted in a well-loved one, "Jack and the Beanstalk." Still, it doesn't stray far from the plot as that delightful fairy tale becomes an adventurous experience of epic proportions on the big 3D Screen.
  • I Wish We'd Bought that Adventureland Stock
    We all have moments in our lives when we wish we could go back and do a retake. Adventureland was one of my mine. It's still a candid memory for me; that moment when we were asked to invest, and we had a few doubts. We should have ignored them.
  • "Oz, the Great and Powerful" Lived Up to Its Hype!
    On a miserably dreary, rainy Sunday in March, my son, Hunter and I were looking for something upbeat to lift the gloom. We found it at the movie theater where "Oz, the Great and Powerful" was having it's opening weekend.
  • Nuances in Art of the American Southwest
    I'm blessed that the little ones in my family love art projects, and I love to do them with them. When they asked me this weekend to do an art project with them, it was an easy leap from tentative idea to ready -to-produce art from the southwest.
  • Writing the Children's Adventure Story
    Jody Bresch shares how she came to self-publish her children's adventure story, XANTHEA, her award winning poetry collection, AUTUMN'S CHILD, a soulful collection of personal, insightful, life-changing moments in the life of a woman, wife, mother.
  • Alpine Snowfall - Iowa
    Some of us see the snow. Some of us feel the snow. I'm one of those blessed ones who both see and feel it. For Iowa, this snow is a miracle of moisture, a beautiful one to experience. As we shovel we give thanks for the benevolent blessing of it all.
  • Iowa's Celebrity Eagle, Liberty, is Sitting on Her First Two Eggs
    Forewarned is forearmed, so that being said, eagle viewing is addictive, as viewers across the globe will attest. You may find yourself having your morning cup of coffee with a mother eagle on her nest, and your day checking for a crack in an egg.
  • Photos: Winter Storm Blasts Iowa
    The Mid-West waited a long time for moisture after the drought of 2012. When it came, it came with a crippling blizzard, wind gusts pelting the landscape with 50 and 60 mph winds, and the mid-western states came to a grinding halt until it was over.
  • Iconic Country Music of the Twentieth Century
    The debate may be ongoing for a while about who produced the best 100 hits of Country Music in the last Century. There are several lists, but these three names will continue to be part of the debate for a long time.
  • "Signs of Christmas"
    Parts of our Christmas tradition are our worship with like-minded Christians, and to celebrate with music as the multitude of the heavenly host did that first Christmas so many years ago. Each year our children rehearse a musical for six long weeks.
  • Even in the Mid-West Where We're Used to Braving the Elements
    After a restless night with a dog who is afraid of thunderstorm that turned into snow showers that turned into a freezing sludge, the wind picked up, delivering the promised blizzard weather conditions, shutting down most of the mid-west Thursday.
  • The Holidays Herald Some Hobbit Magic!
    Only in the world of J.R.R. Tolken's "The Hobbit," do we find the opportunity to fall in love with this branch of the human family. Bilbo Baggins, a slightly selfish misfit in a world of dwarfs, struggles to embrace the adventure he signed on for.
  • Surviving Grief Through the Holidays 2012
    When I first wrote this article, I was thinking of my friend, Dana K. Hols, and her first Christmas without her beautiful daughter, Kayte Mosher, who died of a brain aneurysm a few months ago. However, it encompasses so much more than Dana and Kayte now.
  • When Life Circumstances Ask Us to Be a Hero
    Four days ago, all our lives changed forever. Those most innocent and vulnerable in our society were heinously mowed down in a single act of violence, and we're still reeling, and asking why, but meanwhile acts of heroism have risen from the carnage.
  • Cloud Atlas Delivers!
    Reincarnation is an audacious subject matter to adapt to a three-hour movie format, but "Cloud Atlas" does just that. The R-rating should be respected. There is subject matter not for young children, but the movie hits a bulls-eye!
  • Incumbent Barack Obama Slam Dunked Wapello County, Iowa
    Elected officials gathered for election results outside the Auditor's office at the Wapello County Court House the late night of Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, following the closing of the polls here.
  • Good Voter Turnout at North Gate Precinct in Ottumwa, Iowa
    So far voter turn-out has not disappointed. Precincts had been doing a brisk business at 2:00 P.M. this election day, 2012.
  • First Person: Obama is a Splash of Optimism, a Dash of Hope!
    Obama enthusiasm is rampant in Wapello County, IA. Democratic Headquarters is manned 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Romney, on the other hand, hasn't impressed the citizens of Mass. as governor according to a former Ottumwan.
  • Photos: A Conga Line of 'Be the First' Voters Winds Toward the Wapellow County Court House
    Indian Summer greeted this party of Democrats on a gorgeous fall day in late September as they rallied to be the first in the nation to cast their vote for incumbent President Barack Obama.
  • Photos: Wapello, Iowa, County Auditor's Office is a Busy Place on Election Eve
    Wapello County voters are taking advantage of the early voting opportunity to make their vote count. The Wapello County Auditor's office was host to a steady stream of traffic Friday and today on Election Eve - 2012.
  • Photos: At Wapello County Democratic Headquarters in Ottumwa, Iowa
    Fueling the vote involves a whole lot more than putting together field teams of volunteers. It also involves the volunteers who feed the troops who trek through Wapello County Democratic Headquarters in Ottumwa, IA in abysmal November rainy weather.
  • Voters' Picks: To GOP and Undecided Voters, the Sky is Not Falling
    The math you are doing is ARomneyTic and economists agree, it does not compute! Obama does have a record to stand on beyond Obamacare. You still have time to change your mind. Lace that morning brew with a splash of Hope!
  • In Small Iowa Town, Democratic, GOP Field Offices Share Little in Common
    Election excitement practically sizzles here at Democratic Headquarters on Second St. in downtown Ottumwa. on this crisp October morning of 2012.
  • Iowa Voters Bitterly Divided
    Debate is hot and heavy among Iowa voters, and expect it to escalate as we move closer to the Nov. election. Iowa takes politics seriously so the current political scene has voters rancorously arguing political points for their candidates.
  • Obama-Biden Get My Vote in 2012
    Old school politicians have turned a deaf ear on the voter referendum for change, on a desire to move forward, not to turn back. We need to stand by our man, send a clear message to Washington D.C. we're not going back.
  • Obama's Health Care Plan Secures This Iowan's Vote
    Raised by a staunch Democratic family stretching back four generations, Jody would still vote her conscience, but her conscience is telling her Obama-Biden is the team that will move us forward in 2012. We can't afford to go back.
  • Ottumwa, IA Voters Rally Behind V.P. Joe Biden
    Vice-President, Joe Biden, returns to familiar stomping ground in Wapello County, IA, greeting old friends on a first name basis.
  • Biden Courts Wapello County Iowa Voters
    At Bridgeview in Ottumwa, IA on Sept. 18, 2012, Vice-President, Joe Biden, courted the Democratic Voters for that all important November vote.
  • Ottumwa, Iowa, Drought Runs Deep
    In a river town, being host to a river is intrinsically tied to the intake of financial revenue of any small community. Three years running, this river was at flood stage, overflowing into the surrounding countryside. Now it's barely a river.
  • Marilyn: My Perspective
    Norma Jeane Baker was born June 1, 1926 in California. My mother, Helen Lucille Miller, granddaughter of deaf mute Lola Edith Baker, was born August 11, 1929, half a continent away, but there were eerie parallels between their lives.
  • Frugal is the Word for Our 2012 Back to School Budget
    Our caboose starts 5th grade this fall. We live on a fixed income so getting him ready for school requires planning ahead, and an occasional reality check. Fortunately for us, he's easy to please and he's working with us.
  • Our Summer Garden Project Scorched by the 2012 Sun
    When we built the raised garden back in May, we did so with the utmost optimism we would be eating the bounties of our labors before the summer was over, never dreaming we were heading into one of the worst heat waves in a century and a half.
  • Camp Heart Connection - 2012, Boone IA
    Camp Heart Connection, a kids' camp where children with cancer can still have the fun and joy of the camp experience under the care of qualified health care professionals who've voluteered a week of their summer to make it all possible.
  • Is There a Hole in the Soul of America?
    As we all give a collective shudder over the deaths of 12 innocent victims of a violent shooting at the first showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, CO, we begin to sort through our own personal demons as we try to deal with this senseless tragedy.
  • Heat Wave and Drought Torch Iowa, Illinois
    We all date historic events in our lives based on memorable crisis in the weather, the cold winter of 1983 that broke records, the Flood of '49, the Flood of '93, the April Blizzard of 1996. It's already evident this year will be 'The Heat Wave of 2012'.
  • Sharon Bluff Boys Camp in the 2012 Heat Wave
    Temperatures are breaking records this week, soaring every day to over 100 degrees, while 50 some boys from 8 to 14 make the most of a week of fun and fellowship in the oppressive heat of south central Iowa.
  • Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City, IA
    Parents who seek medical treatment for their sick children at state hospitals or cancer centers need a multitude of resources, including affordable, temporary housing. Ronald McDonald House meets that need wherever one is located.
  • "Savages" the Movie Leaves Audiences Irritated with the End
    "Savages" had potential to make a powerful statement about Mexican drug cartel's attrocities in Mexico and the U.S. Southwest, but instead, left audiences feeling betrayed by two separate endings. Stone should have picked one and stuck with it.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man Mesmerizes
    A fourth Spider-Man movie could have been dull, boring, redundant, but it wasn't. It was refreshingly captivating, fast-paced action that began with a chilling mystery and ended with a cliff hanger-finish.
  • Reducing Cholesterol Without Risky Statin Drugs
    We're in the middle of a national crisis. Obesity is winning the war. We need a new set of weapons to defend ourselves. Exercise and diet aren't the only things we need in an arsenal of defense. We need some education about what we put in our mouths.
  • 'Gluten' Sensitivity Mirrors Celiac Disease
    While 'Gluten' Sensitivity is an important step away from full-blown celiac disease, the diseases are closely related, share many symptoms, and require medical treatment by an expert to determine the difference, and prescribe treatment.
  • Our Family Vacation at a Southeastern Iowa Lake in 2012 Heat Wave
    We never dreamed we'd planned our vacation on what was going to be one of the most unbearably hot weeks of the summer of 2012, a week that set records across Iowa and across the United States, but we did. Now we had to endure and still have fun!
  • Fourth of July Events in Ottumwa, IA 2012
    Celebrating the 4th of July in Ottumwa, IA this year will be a change of pace. It's been 30 years since festivities included live music in the park and fun activities for the kids to hold their attention until the fireworks display at dusk.
  • The Beach Ottumwa, Ottumwa, IA
    The Beach Ottumwa in Ottumwa, IA is an affordable, fun-filled water park in the Heartland. This 13 acre water park has features that compare to water parks elsewhere that charge 2 to 3 times the admission price of $5.00 each. See it to believe it.
  • Cancer
    We all have moments in our lives that etched with indelible ink in our memories, moments we can go back and relive like they happened yesterday. That hour after I was told my three year old had cancer, it's a memory like that.
  • The Miller Family 4th of July Fish Fry
    When we're asked about the good times, we don't think about the forty hour work weeks we spent away from family and friends. We think about idyllic moments in the summer sun when we lazed in the shade of a cottonwood, sharing fun with loved ones.
  • Fireworks for the Fourth of July
    An acrositc poem to honor this annual celebration in honor of our emancipation from British rule, a fight that earned us the right to govern ourselves.
  • "Rock of Ages" Lives Up to Its Hype
    "Rock of Ages" is a movie that delivers! If you're into musicals, or even into rock and roll, this movie won't disappoint. While the plot is obvious, small town kid has big star dreams, then burns out, the musical energy driving this movie is superb!
  • Geriatric Care 101!
    My friend, Diana Critchlow, simply asked a casual question to a group of friends. However, it was a thought-provoking question and generated a lot of outstanding dialogue peppered with ideas that ranged from amusing to brilliant!
  • I Suspected I Had Colon Cancer, but We Had No Health Insurance!
    Those things that don't kill you will only make you stronger, I've been told, but I wasn't so sure but what this health care crisis might be one too many things my body couldn't fight off. Meanwhile, I was frightened it would bankrupt my little family.
  • A Honeymoon Road Trip with Some Nightmare Moments
    Planning a honeymoon is the easy part, but executing the logistics is something else again. We had a road map. We had a route. Now we just needed the forces of the universe to cooperate with us a little bit, but they didn't seem to be ready to do that.
  • A Shimmering Treasure
    Those moments after sunrise when the sun begins to burn off the early morning dew, what a breathtaking, reverent time of the day. That illusive beauty is a benevolent blessing on those early enough to enjoy those magic moments.
  • To My Fantastic Dad, Who Deserves a Gold Medal or Gold Star,
    How can Father's Day, a celebration one day a year, truly say thank you for the 365 days a year a father does his job, working, supporting, providing for his family? Still, with gifts and cards and social gatherings, we try. Dads deserve so much more!
  • RAGBRAI 2012 in Northern Iowa
    RAGBRAI is one of the best known and best attended bike rides around the globe, attracting bikers from around the world, and the bike caravan will number in the thousands. This huge community on wheels has to be experienced to fully appreciate it.
  • Poetry's Truth
    Every poet since time began has tried to define the role of poetry in a poem. Perhaps it defies definition, but this is my lofty offering of what poets are striving for as they delve into the realm of poetry.
  • Dad was Part of the Last Major Confrontation Between Japanese and U.S. Forces in WWII
    Until recently, my dad has said next to nothing about his military service in the U.S. Navy beyond mentioning that he helped build an air strip in Okinawa. I decided to research Okinawa, and learned Okinawa had a major role in the Japanese surrender.
  • Strategies to Help Balance a Budget in Hard Times!
    When times are tough we need tried and true strategies that work to live within our means. The following are a list of tactics my daughter-in-law and I have both used successfully to stretch the almighty dollar.
  • In March of 2004 I was Losing My Personal Battle With Depression
    My family DNA was rife with alcohol and drug abuse. I had immediate family members who had committed suicide of had attempted to commit suicide. I was battling a depression that was on the verge of emerging triumphant and I needed help!
  • Our '64 Cutlass Supreme
    The Cutlass Supreme, a car with all the perks; sleek, sporty, clean, fast, smooth, economical,, and reliable. We really loved that car! Besides, it was just pretty to look at! If we'd found another that compared to it all, we'd have gladly bought it.
  • Irish Immigrant, Dr. Ian McVey, Slain!
    McVey had a prior argument with two confederate soldiers. Three days later Dr. McVey's body was found face down in Indian Hills Creek, a few miles from his farm. He had been murdered. A substantial amount of money was missing.
  • Our June Wedding was a Comedy of Errors from Beginning to End!
    When does one begin to pay attention to the writing on the wall when fate seems to be giving you a heads up that you should proceed with caution? Absolutely nothing went according to plan as we moved towards our wedding date.
  • Robert Frost, the Man We Could Have Liked
    After Lawrence Thompson's biography of Frost was published, readers called him a monster! But a monster didn't write the pastoral, earthy, very humanistic poetry we fell in love with. Author, Jay Parini, found the essence of the Frost we all love.
  • Faces in the Clouds!
    As a youngster, I spent many hours dreaming on clouds with my best friend. Recently, I shared cloud photos with a group of more mature friends. Even they, like spontaneous combustion, began describing things they saw in the clouds.
  • Extreme Weather Preparations Can Save Lives
    Storm cellars aren't the only thing that can save a life during a tornado. Ground anchors, heavy duty log chains, eye bolts, and a Saturday afternoon of hard labor probably saved mine.
  • This Baby Boomer's Fitness Regime
    What joy does fill my soul when I'm laboring in sunshine, when, with the labor of my own sweat and hard work, I turn something green into a thing of beauty. Physical exercise ascends to a new level, almost spiritual in nature - no longer feels like work.
  • My Mother's Flower Garden
    Mother's Day is bittersweet this year, my first without her. With a lump in my throat, I ponder the many legacies she has left to me, too many to cover in one brief poem, but I share with you some poignant memories of my mother.
  • Don't Let Anybody Steal Your Joy!
    Joy, more precious than gold, and often just as elusive, especially for those who suffer chronic depression. Learning how to take up the reins of our lives, and consciously embrace joy requires a take charge decision.
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