poetry, TTOT

Ten Things of Thankful – October 2 2020

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Welcome October!!! And to TTOT! What’s new with you? I will tell what goodness has climbed up my doorstep in 3…2…1!

  1. This was published TODAY!! Curry Inspired Pumpkin Muffins I have such fun with Love of Food magazine and this is my first recipe to post!
  2. AND This was posted in the same magazine Pumpkin Spice Sure is Nice
  3. A dear relative is moving to a place that is going to be more appropriate for their needs. I am grateful for resources to make this happen and for people who pitch in and invest their time and energies.
  4. Daughter is back on the work schedule after a break.
  5. A nameless friend is getting much needed medical help and I am over the moon with joy!
  6. Another relative from another mother is healing well from a serious injury.
  7. My niece WON and got a lovely 1-year old husky named “K.C” for Kansas City as in sports teams.
  8. It’s Inktober and I am happy to get out my drawing pens and play. I’ll likely do a post periodically.
  9. Podcast is going well. I posted about it yesterday. I am not perfect, by any means, but it is fun to do these interviews and get to know other poets.
  10. YOU! It’s time to hear about what’s going on in your lives. So, let’s have it! What October happies are you stirring up in the pot of goodness and hope?
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Ten Things of Thankful – September 25 2020

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Good Friday Morning! It’s time for TTOT!! Let’s do this!

  1. It is raining. I am happy for it. Fall is here. I am happy for that. Yay Rain, Yay Fall! I read, while editing that in the UK “Fall” is called “Autumn” and in the U.S. it is called “Fall.” Who knew? I will still be variable in what call it, depending on what I am writing. With haiku, I can see how it would be beneficial to use either, depending on syllables. Let’s see… Autumn rains falling – Fall has arrived shaking leaves – Soon to mulch gardens
  2. Oil change and state inspection went well, no issues. Yay for that! I was not worried, but you just never know when Silvia the Silver Civic might feel needy.
  3. Playing pool – in our newly renovated clubhouse they added a pool table. Since there are no people around, we played pool. We do enjoy playing pool and it’s nice it was available in a socially distanced environment. We go to the clubhouse on the weekend and get a beverage, watch HGTV and now play pool. The fact that we can do this without people around is a plus. Otherwise, we would not do this.
  4. The poem I wrote last week for TTOT, I worked on it and submitted it, and it was accepted for publication. Here is the published piece: Seasons of Renewal
  5. Tomorrow is the Poet’s Connection Poetry Reading and I am grateful to have a platform where I can present for a free trial.
  6. I read, this morning, about the property manager’s daughter’s memorial which is tomorrow. They have a Facebook page. It is a way to do acts of kindness in the memory of this young lady. You might want to check it out. Here is the link: Love From Paisley 2020
  7. I may have mentioned this before, but I am still thankful for Shut Up and Write which I participate in all over the country, including meeting people from other countries. Each group is a little different. We did have a local group but I don’t see them on there anymore. Maybe they decided to take a break. Here is the link for Shut Up & Write
  8. Steps are increasing. Each week we do step challenges and each week we exceed the prior week. This week is finishing out strong.
  9. Sunday is a non-committed day. We try to keep one day open where we can rest. It’s been working well for us. That is likely the day when special breakfast shows up or not, depending on the cook’s energy.
  10. And I a thankful for YOU! Would you like to join us for TTOT? Just click on the link and add your post. If you aren’t ready for this, just reply with what you are thankful for. And have a beautiful week.

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Marcella Remund – LaVan Robinson – Maxima Kahn Presenting at Poet’s Connection September 26 2020

Marcella Remund

MARCELLA REMUND is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and a South Dakota transplant, where she teaches English at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the author of a chapbook of poems, The Sea is My Ugly Twin (2018 Finishing Line Press) and a full-length collection The Book of Crooked Prayer (2020 Finishing Line Press). She and her husband live in a multi-generational, multi-species household in Vermillion. 

The Book of Crooked Prayer

Remund will be reading from her latest book of poetry The Book of Crooked Prayer on Saturday, September 26 as one of three featured poets for the special Poet’s Connection presentation.

LaVan Robinson

LAVAN ROBINSON is a 13 year veteran of the military. Born as Larry Richardson he started writing poetry in high school and as of this January 2020, he self published his first poetry book. Richardson shared, “I love poetry and will use it to inspire people and bring them closer to God.” He writes under the pen name of LaVan Robinson in honor of his mother, Mary Robinson. His poetry book Songs of Lala is available by direct contact.

Robinson will be reading from his latest poetry book Songs of Layla the poet Part 1 on September 26 at the Poet’s Connection special event.

Maxima Kahn

MAXIMA KAHN is a writer of poetry, essays and fiction. Her debut collection of poems, Fierce Aria, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. Her work has been featured in numerous literary journals and on popular blogs and she has twice been nominated for Best of the Net. She has received scholarships and fellowships to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Vermont Studio Center. 

Her popular workshops and one-on-one mentoring in poetry, creative writing and The Artist’s Way have helped hundreds of people to unleash their creative gifts, realize their aspirations and create lives of passion, purpose and deep play. Having taught formerly at the University of California, Davis Extension, she now teaches and blogs at BrilliantPlayground.com. You can get intimate, insider access to her creative projects and process at Patreon.com/MaximaKahn.

She is also an improvisational violinist, an award-winning composer and a dancer.

Fierce Aria
Fierce Aria

Kahn will be reading from her latest book of poetry Fierce Aria at the Poet’s Connection Event on September 26.

Poet’s Connection was started before the pandemic changed lives. We met in person in Raleigh NC and from then on became virtual. We have participated in many activities to strengthen our lives as poets. With workshops, such as the one conducted by Justine Quammie last month, to learning poetic forms, writing to art inspired themes, and supporting each other, Poet’s Connection has been a lot of things to the area poets.

By presenting these poets from other parts of the country, we are able to hear words from as far as California, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota. Nonetheless, our own poets will have opportunities to share their works, as well.

We are grateful for Living Poetry, the largest network of poets in the area. They organize the Meetup events for Living Poetry, run a great website livingpoetry.net Facebook Page Living Poetry and Podcast. I encourage you to check out these resources.

Here is the link for Meetup on September 26 at 10 a.m. ET to noon.

It is preferred that attendees register for the Meetup event. If this is not possible, please message me via the Contact form on this blog and I will follow-up.


She’s a Very Tricky Girl

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Elastic like stretches with her claws into the Berber weave

She twists to her back and looks at me with her belly posed

I know better than to touch that furry white patch

Pleas to evict me from my chair are in vain

I lean to her and she purrs softly to chin scratches

Just as I twist one second, she jumps behind and takes my seat


This is my response to this weeks prompt “elastic” for the Six Sentence Story. Would you like to join? Go to Girlie on the Edge to get the scoop!