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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! 


Summer and Smoke


Blog Posted:7/18/2013 12:22:00 PM



Though I'm not referring to the Tennessee William play, "Summer and Smoke", his themes were always on the dark side. I'll try not to make this blog dark or depressing.  But can't help but ponder these thoughts this morning, as I pack up for a weekend in the Northern California mountains, to get out of the heat, and hopefully......see blue in the sky......and not a smidgeon of smoke!
My own summer of smoke seems to be unfortunate coincidences occurring to people I know, in regard to fire season in the western United States.  I am not necessarily touched by these things personally, however,  this has been a season of smoke for so many people I know, it reminds me of the Kevin Bacon theory that we are only within "six degrees of separation".....from all things, good or bad.    At the present moment a fire is raging in Southern California near the resort/mountain community of Idyllwild, where I spent every summer as a kid, and where my family had property and a cabin for 30+ years of my life.  Hopefully, they will be able to get it under control, but we are keeping watch on the news.
I still know people who live there, or have mountain retreats in the area.  I hope they stay out of harms way.
  As most of you may have read, the tragic death of 19 firefighters in Arizona recently, claimed the life of a young man from my husband's side of the family, his cousin's son, (William Warneke). And though, we are more distantly related, it touched us deeply. Not long before this terrible event, my good friend and neighbor told me of her niece's home being the first of 380 homes to be lost in Colorado's huge Black Forest fire....  It has taught me, that in every tragedy.........regardless of who, what, where we are, where we live, family or not......  we are a family as human beings....living on the same planet, makes us kin.  We can care, and maybe make something better in some small way in our own tiny world.......  All of us are touched in some way by tragedy.....be it nature, or man..... but living our lives, with a helping hand, a kind gesture....making a difference in very small ways...... can be enormous.  Have a great/ safe / weekend everyone!
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  1. Date: 7/19/2013 4:31:00 PM
    Words of wisdom spoken from a caring heart! Have beautiful weekend family!

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  1. Date: 7/19/2013 9:52:00 AM
    Thanks everyone! Be safe, and let us take care of our neighbors while enjoying! :)

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  1. Date: 7/19/2013 9:51:00 AM
    I like your comments on being kind and helping one another. I will take this opportunity to say that you are kind and helpful yourself. You are very encouraging, so I hope that others are now encouraging you.

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  1. Date: 7/19/2013 12:37:00 AM
    I hardly see blogs from you, but when I do, they are such worthwhile and lovely ones as this is. My condolences for the loss in your extended family. And you are right, we are all touched by these events, if not now, some time or other we will be affected and we need to be there for those in our own areas when tragedy strikes!

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  1. Date: 7/18/2013 8:20:00 PM
    As others have said, Carrie, i share your loss...everywhere, our brothers and sisters face hardship...i was watching "gaslands 2" and people across the country are having their drinking water poisoned with methane from deep shale mining, the EPA has been told to stand down by our gov't...and investigations halted....we must stand together! Jimbo

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  1. Date: 7/18/2013 4:41:00 PM
    please accept my sympathies, carrie.. we hail all brave protectors of the woods.. meanwhile , have a relaxing holiday and dleight in small pleasures..:)huggs

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  1. Date: 7/18/2013 2:49:00 PM
    Hi Carrie: This is a beautiful tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives. Life is too short not to be kind to one another. Hope you have a restful time away. Be safe. Hugs, SuZ

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  1. Date: 7/18/2013 2:08:00 PM
    Sorry for your loss, (our loss!). Try to have a lovely weekend in the mountains. My best wishes. Ruben.

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    Richards Avatar Carrie Richards Date: 7/18/2013 3:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are correct, Ruben....when there is a loss, heartache, or disaster, it is everyone's loss....be it in my world, or yours....whether in my country, or yours..or my family or yours..... I cannot own this, I did not know him....but I can feel the 'connection' regardless.
  1. Date: 7/18/2013 1:53:00 PM
    Perfectly said Carrie

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  1. Date: 7/18/2013 12:48:00 PM
    Carrie you are so right about us being the family of man..this is why I struggle to understand bigotry and the hatred it stems from.I just can't comprehend it and feel it's mostly pure ignorance.So sorry to hear about your distant relative-the young man who gave his life. If we all just tried to be kind to another in some small way this world would be as magnificent as it was meant to be...Take care...Deb

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    Richards Avatar Carrie Richards Date: 7/18/2013 1:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Deb........and once again, must say you sounded wonderful on Drakes show Tuesday evening! Good job !! I think I would have been tongue-tied...but you were great!
    Wilson Avatar Deb Wilson Date: 7/18/2013 12:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh and enjoy your wonderful foray into the cooling,calming mountains ! have an awesome weekend!

My Past Blog Posts

 
Veterans Day, and a Personal View
Date Posted: 11/11/2014 7:44:00 PM
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
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Date Posted: 12/22/2011 2:01:00 PM
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Date Posted: 11/6/2011 1:41:00 PM
Remembering Stanley....:)
Date Posted: 10/24/2010 11:11:00 AM
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Date Posted: 7/30/2010 2:22:00 PM
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Date Posted: 7/29/2010 10:32:00 AM
"HUG YOUR KID DAY"
Date Posted: 7/22/2010 10:53:00 AM
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Date Posted: 6/15/2010 6:40:00 PM
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