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Hello Friends of the Soup.   I am constantly learning from all of you, and writing is something I love, but never made time for until now. I have always been a California girl, born and raised in the southern part of the state, now living in upper Northern California. Surrounded by mountains, and beautiful scenery, I have great inspiration.   I think I have always loved to create, it comes from my Dad, and his dad, I suppose. Although my mother was the rock of the family, my Dad was the dreamer, and a cowboy at heart. I grew up with horses that he raised, and memories of him singing around a campfire on trips we took. He wrote poetry, and his own songs, and played guitar.  His father did the same thing when my dad was a boy.  My grandfather was a trail guide, in the early l900's in Yosemite Nat'l Park, where my dad lived as a child.  My purpose in life has been family. I am married to my High School sweetheart,  we went to college together, I taught school for awhile, then raised two fine sons (both H.S. teachers) and a beautiful daughter.  Have 5 grandchildren who we adore, and fortunately they all live fairly close by.  I've had a small catering business, but now we are both retired, live in the country on a couple of acres, with rangeland behind us.  We are down to one dog, after a mix of this and that!  No horses, although horses, cattle, coyotes, and all kinds of wildlife live behind our place. Our kids are gifted musicians, and one son writes poetry that blows me away, some which has been published. I love poetry and piano, all music, movies, camping, our little cabin in the mountains, but especially my family.  And I love Poetry Soup..and all the wonderful company here! 


A Spring Arrival


Blog Posted:3/29/2013 1:52:00 PM
Something wonderful is happening this morning where my daughter-in-law works as a administrator !!
My granddaughter, Claire was on hand to help, she gets school credit for working there too!  Today was special!

  


  Bergin University of Canine Studies is known for elevating the dog as an academic scholarly subject of study and providing service dogs to people with disabilities and veterans with combat-related issues.....they do wonderful work!  This morning, one of their prized pupils "Olympia" became a new mother of five healthy boys, and two healthy girl puppies. Picture is my granddaughter, Claire (almost 15) who hopes to become a veterinarian someday.....she is well on her way!


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  1. Date: 4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Wonderful story. God bless your granddaughter.

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  1. Date: 3/30/2013 7:48:00 PM
    Lovely story, Carrie!

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  1. Date: 3/30/2013 4:52:00 PM
    You are so funny, Frank!! Happy Easter!

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  1. Date: 3/30/2013 7:01:00 AM
    It's such a rewarding occupation as is service dog training--amazing! Good luck to Claire

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  1. Date: 3/30/2013 4:33:00 AM
    Awww so cute, makea good contest that picture !!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing ...Seren

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  1. Date: 3/30/2013 3:50:00 AM
    What a beautiful young lady. Lots of compassion working with animals. Happy Easter. Rick

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  1. Date: 3/30/2013 1:53:00 AM
    Hello my dear friend Carrie! This is a cute blog! I love it. Two thumbs up for your granddaughter, Claire! I'm a pet lover too especially dogs/puppies. When I was still young ( 12/13 yrs. old) I've got 8 dogs to take care and feed, 1 cat, 1 monkey & 1 talking parrot and I was quite lazy to go to school because of them which annoyed my mom ;). I wish we are allowed to have pets here in my place so I can take others aside from my aquarium (secretly kept in my room ;). Thanks for sharing this beautiful blogs and have a blessed and grace-filled Easter Season to you and your love ones! love always, Leonora

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  1. Date: 3/30/2013 12:51:00 AM
    this is so cool, Carrie. What a wonderful thing to be. I think if I ever become a volunteer one day, I will sign up for work in an animal shelter. I love being around animals!

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  1. Date: 3/29/2013 7:52:00 PM
    Hello Carrie, I'm stopping by to say hi, and read a few blogs tonight... crazy as it sounds, I have a son who wants to become a veterinarian someday... so he says... a funny thing, he never keeps up with the pets we have at home... glad I read your blog... and hurray for Claire, ...xox~ Linda

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  1. Date: 3/29/2013 7:50:00 PM
    Little girls are often soft over animals, Chris......my daughter was horse crazy, Claire is nuts about all kinds of animals. Her high school has a animal husbandry dept. and one of her favorite new playmates is a boa constrictor! She isn't afraid of much! (as for boys...she hasn't got the time for them yet.......but it won't be long till her daddy has to get out the shotgun to keep them off the porch! Good luck with your own, Chris.....and Easter wishes to everyone....thanks for taking a look at Claire's special delivery!

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  1. Date: 3/29/2013 7:06:00 PM
    Carrie, this is a feel-good blog! Great photo to go along with a positive story. You must be a very proud grandmother! My daughter(who is still quite a bit younger than your granddaughter)wants to become a veterinarian too(although she wants to have many multiple simultaneous careers lol!). I mean this in a completely light-hearted manner -- you might want to invest in some electric cattle-prods to help keep the boys away :D

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  1. Date: 3/29/2013 7:01:00 PM
    This is wonderful news, thank you for sharing this Carrie, such a lovely photo of your grand daughter you must be proud, xxx

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  1. Date: 3/29/2013 2:55:00 PM
    Claire is a beautiful young lady, and that little bitty puppy is sooo adorable. Happy Easter, Carrie, to you and yours. hugs, Catie :)

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  1. Date: 3/29/2013 2:45:00 PM
    Carrie that is a great project and a wonderful picture...Happy Easter...David

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Happy Birthday To Andrea !! And A Message From Nikko !! :)
Date Posted: 9/6/2014 9:54:00 AM
Rip It Out
Date Posted: 8/12/2014 10:04:00 AM
Fresh Start
Date Posted: 12/31/2013 4:52:00 PM
In Remembrance --IDES OF NOVEMBER
Date Posted: 11/22/2013 10:47:00 AM
"ODE TO JOY"
Date Posted: 11/17/2013 2:05:00 PM
POSTING NIKKO'S WORDS (Typhoon Aftermath)
Date Posted: 11/11/2013 7:38:00 PM
It's Not About Winning
Date Posted: 11/7/2013 12:08:00 PM
Man vs Nature -- The Rim Fire
Date Posted: 8/28/2013 12:30:00 PM
Summer and Smoke
Date Posted: 7/18/2013 12:22:00 PM
Dragon Slayers Need Better Sense (or Census Takers)
Date Posted: 5/7/2013 3:33:00 PM
Hall of Shame Award....another candidate !
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 4:28:00 PM
A Spring Arrival
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 1:52:00 PM
BEWARE OF THE GREEN !!
Date Posted: 3/14/2013 1:36:00 PM
Romance Is Alive and Well !!
Date Posted: 2/13/2013 4:28:00 PM
In My Absence
Date Posted: 11/16/2012 8:20:00 PM
Apologies For Neglecting My Souper Friends!
Date Posted: 10/7/2012 1:48:00 PM
Thank you all !!
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 2:01:00 PM
Do You Have A Minute?...It's Worth It! enjoy!!
Date Posted: 11/6/2011 1:41:00 PM
Remembering Stanley....:)
Date Posted: 10/24/2010 11:11:00 AM
HAVE YOU EVER SAT ON A VOLCANO??
Date Posted: 7/30/2010 2:22:00 PM
Is It Just Me...Or is it a Computer Glitch???
Date Posted: 7/29/2010 10:32:00 AM
"HUG YOUR KID DAY"
Date Posted: 7/22/2010 10:53:00 AM
LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS
Date Posted: 6/15/2010 6:40:00 PM
TATTERED BIRTHDAY CARD
Date Posted: 5/24/2010 8:29:00 AM
Spring Break from School
Date Posted: 3/23/2010 10:54:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
10/31/2014Dust From The PastFree verseage,memory,people,sad,
10/30/2014A Moment, LuminousCrystallinebeauty,flying,imagination
10/27/2014Somewhere BeyondVerselonely,loss,lost love,lov
10/27/2014Something Came In The NightNarrativegrowth,introspection,stre
10/26/2014Easiest, Cream-Cheesiest Hor's D'oeuvre-iestEpulaeryufood,
10/22/2014Portrait of NatureFree verseearth,nature,
10/21/2014Lady KathleenProsebio,friend,history,people
10/20/2014Respecting the UniverseSonnetintrospection,nature,spir
10/18/2014Around the CornerRhymeautumn,nature,winter,
10/17/2014Silver StreakI do not know?travel,
10/15/2014LostIambic Pentameterlost,memory,old,remember,
10/10/2014November DreamsSijoautumn,nature,
10/10/2014Lynx EyesFree versenature,storm,
10/7/2014Reach For The StarsAcrosticlove,marriage,romance,
10/4/2014The Raven WaitsFree verseimagination,mystery,
10/3/2014crossfireFree versehistory,holocaust,loss,re
10/2/2014SentinelFree verselight,night,
10/2/2014SummerAcrosticseasons,summer,
9/25/2014Old WoundsIambic Pentameterfeelings,introspection,sl
9/24/2014The Bakery and a Buttermilk BarFree versenostalgia,teen,
9/23/2014Vixen Of The MistVerseimagination,sea,
9/20/2014Out of the BadlandsFree versecowboy,
9/20/2014Heaven ScentHaikubeauty,flower,grandmother
9/19/2014QuietudeChokanature,
9/18/2014I'm an 8Ottava rimanature,rain,
9/16/2014Good BonesNarrativefamily,home,memory,nostal
9/14/2014Taunting the DragonNarrativelove,lust,senses,words,
9/12/2014Cruelest WindsEthereeautumn,introspection,life
9/10/2014Autumn HarvestRondeauautumn,
9/9/2014The GiftDramatic monologuesun,
9/8/2014Into The SunsetFree verselost love,
9/7/2014My AddictionTerza Rimabooks,happiness,
9/6/2014Dying StarLyriclost love,sad love,
9/5/2014On Halloween NightFree versedark,holiday,horror,scary
9/5/2014InsomniaChastushkafunny,sleep,
9/4/2014Golden ThreadsRhymenature,seasons,
9/1/2014Above the MantelEkphrasis (Ecphrasis)art,
8/29/2014Breaking the IceTankalost love,sad love,
8/29/2014The Grand CanyonAbecedariannature,places,
8/29/2014A Day In The Shade--ZeugmaTrioletfishing,happy,
8/28/2014A Girl From DarfurProse Poetrydeath,holocaust,horror,sa
8/27/2014Where Frozen Embers Still BurnFree verseautumn,inspirational,intr
8/26/2014Letter to a HeroFree verseloneliness,missing,soldie
8/25/2014The CrossingSenryugoodbye,lost love,
8/23/2014The Witch Next DoorRhymepeople,
8/22/2014Quote MeFree verseinspiration,introspection
8/22/2014NeverlandNarrativechildhood,nostalgia,place
8/21/2014ObliqueFree versedream,emotions,loss,sleep
8/19/2014Transient Time of DayIambic Pentameternight,sky,
8/18/2014Enlightenment---The Story TellerHaikupeople,war,
8/18/2014Drat My Footle---A Fat KaboodleFootlefunny,vanity,
8/15/2014View From The Top of the TrailFree versejourney,life,
8/14/2014Taking a RiskRhymeanimal,humorous,storm,
8/14/2014Dramedy of ErrorsProseanger,heartbroken,lost lo
8/13/2014Student DriversFootlecar,
8/12/2014TeeteringFree verseintrospection,life,
8/11/2014Beyond The SunLyrichappiness,love,
8/7/2014Chariots of FireVersefantasy,
8/6/2014Barn OwlFree versebird,nature,
8/5/2014Skylark DreamsVersebird,children,dream,
8/5/2014tug-a-warHaikuanimal,dog,
8/4/2014lines of discontentHaikutravel,
7/29/2014Unfettered WordsFree verseautumn,introspection,loss
7/28/2014Shell of a NomadFree verseanimal,introspection,natu
7/27/2014Under The SkylightVersepassion,
7/26/2014Destiny's WomanSonnetmythology,people,
7/26/2014 Kate's PlaceRhymecowboy,people,
7/25/2014an empty bottleSenryuloss,mother,
7/23/2014Sympathic Moon --- TritinaVersebaby,mother,
7/22/2014Strange, Not Knowing WhoTerzanellefriendship,grief,inspirat
7/21/2014Fish FodderLimerickfunny,
7/17/2014Scent of ChildhoodRhymechildhood,
7/16/2014A Tap on Memory's DoorVerseimagery,memory,
7/7/2014Conversation with the SunSonnethappiness,sun,
7/3/2014Dancing RaindropsAcrosticanimal,rain,
7/3/2014What I GaveFree verseintrospection,
7/3/2014Beyond the CounterpaneFree versechildhood,poems,poetry,
7/2/2014Goethe's PathVersenature,
6/30/2014Change of HeartQuintain (English)how i feel,introspection,
6/25/2014First StarVersestar,stars,
6/24/2014From The PastFree verseimagination,introspection
6/23/2014Beach PicnicTankabeach,summer,sun,
6/19/2014A positive poemSijofarewell,nature,sun,
6/19/2014Releasing MeSonnethappiness,peace,
6/16/2014Tournament of Sally---Aka Racquet-BallsLimerickfunny,sports,
6/13/2014Midnight HourRhymemother,nostalgia,
6/11/2014The Touch of a StrangerLyricfriend,friendship,uplifti
6/9/2014A Summer Remembered - Sijo StringSijofirst love,lost love,love
6/6/2014DestinyHaikuintrospection,visionary,
6/6/2014A Shade From The PastSonnetart,nostalgia,people,
6/3/2014Tender Moon -- A NonetNonetmoon,
6/3/2014DREAMSVersedream,sleep,
6/2/2014At June LakeVersenature,
5/30/2014everlastingKimobeauty,death,nature,
5/30/2014ConnectedKimoappreciation,family,
5/29/2014DeliquesceFree versemissing you,moon,nostalgi
5/27/2014Love AffairQuintain (English)butterfly,
5/26/2014Dear Robert FrostFree versepoetry,poets,
5/23/2014worlds apartHaikunature,peace,
5/22/2014The Perfect PaintingFree verseart,introspection,

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