My Mother

In memory of my dear Mother, Virginia Walker who died 13 years ago today

Tragically in a crushing auto-now I wonder how I can repay

All the subtle obvious lessons she taught me and my 3 sisters every day.

 

Her tall lanky presence proceeded her graceful beautiful walk

She was a conscious, nurturing Mother, she could talk

Her long slender fingers could do so much, she was my building block

 

Her spirit resides next to me, in me, her legacy inspires me

She taught me how to take care, to be happy

Love, excel, to see how others believe, and accept broadly

 

I had always tried to please her with a helping hand

Knowing her I became gentle and kind, able to make an assertive stand

She taught me beauty, humanity, love for family, how to say “I can!”

 

I am sad she left at 74- seems too early for an intellectual, feminist

Art lover extraordinaire. We miss her critical eye, analytical perspective

Determined Mother, overprotective, loved always with blue reminiscence.

 

 

 

 

 

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10 of the Best Poems about Walking — Interesting Literature

Classic poems about long walks ‘I like long walks,’ Noel Coward is said to have once quipped, ‘especially when they’re taken by people I dislike.’ The Romans had a phrase: Solvitur ambulando, meaning ‘it is solved by walking’. The Victorian poet Arthur Hugh Clough used it as the epigraph for his long epistolary poem, Amours […]

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So Glad to Pass this Way Today

A birthday again! I’m so glad to pass this way today!

I’m glad to live every day, hopefully a little longer here to stay.

Another cosmic yearly rotation to witness the sun, moon, stars
Rise, set, while they shed light on the earth so marvelous.

Brilliant, sharp, excelled, focused these I strive for in and around me
In my yearly cycles of watching, waiting, interacting, glad to pass this way today.

Now the littlest things are rare and treasured: small hands, words so right, gems
Smiles from strangers, kind acts, love, generosity, and arms around me.

The biggest ideas grab me, I hope for change, love peaceful understanding
Leaders of this fair world take heed: we are all delicate, rare, like earth so stunning.

Every day I walk, taste, learn, listen, see; I’m so glad to pass this way today
To witness the awe, love, and beauty. It is  honor to be here alive every day.

 

Thanksgiving Reflections

Cold breezes blow, trees are bare with final golden leaves drifting to the ground
The sky is grey and dark, while the moon shines half full shimmering in the clouds
Loving this earth, even when the sky is dark, and while wind blows hard against the skin
I honor the life that lives on this earth- the animals running wild, the birds flying and singing, all the humans growing and learning
I am thankful for the world so blue, green, and brown floating amongst the Milky Way
I accept the cosmic gifts that have been given to me, and honor those who walked before, who walk with me now, and who will walk with me in the future
Let us honor our earth this Thanksgiving time and love one another with happy truth while sharing, remembering, that we are thankful to an astonishing creator and each other
The cold breezes rage, rain comes down, the forests breathe golden leaves and the sun slants differently in the autumn, yet we pause to be thankful for all our earthly and spiritual gifts so wondrously given

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Recent recommendable books I have read with a slant on powerful women or provocative social/historical views

I really like the site Goodreads as a librarian because it is a database that allows you to save books that you have read, read lots of  reviews, and allows you to see a plethora of titles for reading ideas.  This is where I list all my recently finished readings.

Here is a list here some books I enjoyed and found interesting:

While the Music Played: A Novel by Glory Ralston

Northern California’s Lost Coast by Tammy Durston

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis  by J.D. Vance

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Girl Waits with Gun, #1 in the Kopp sister series  by Amy Stewart

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amore Towles

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce

Three Dark Crowns by Blake Kendare

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley

Enjoy reading…

 

 

 

 

 

Musings on Writing

Writing is like falling into a rhythmic dream, and yet it so structured with mental gyrations needed to get the appropriate communications conveyed, to get it right to make meaning of one’s thoughts. Grammar, ideas, weave together to make each word important.

What can I write when there is so much already written with feeling in the mediums of novels, news, prose, poems, scientific ideas? It seems it all has been said. However, with scientific, and liberal arts researchers there is always something new in the fields of academic endeavors. PhD’s are attained with new research and uncovered  information revealed. Every month New York Times reviews the multitude of new best sellers in many written styles and  formats. Somehow the same old story gets redefined, retold, and new information is found. The timeless and common becomes unique with good writing.

This is so true for me, as a 27 year librarian veteran, it seems much has been already said. I have seen so many thousands of titles of books, films, journals, magazines that cross my line of sight. I believe that this ongoing plethora of information would make most people dizzy. Me, I just love to see what people think, what people want to know, how they communicate and what is written well-how the writers do it. My job over the years in the  role of a librarian is to hunt down the information needed, then find the sources quickly and show them how to locate information virtually or on a 3 dimensional shelf like one in the l.  Bibrary. But how do I find my voice and what do I say that is unique and will capture a reader’s attention? I have to remember my experience and who I am is unique, as is everyone. We all have a voice. Sometimes it is hard to be heard.

This site has been an experiment for me to write in different styles such as poetry, memoirs, and essays. I share personal poems, thoughts,  and literary ideas. I am experimenting and exploring the “need to express”,  how to communicate and what others have to say and how they write.