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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! 


Good Riddance Day


Blog Posted:12/29/2009 4:39:00 PM
While watching a morning news program today, it was mentioned that today was "Good Riddance Day". People were writing down the things that annoyed, grieved, or upset them during the past year, and once they had written these things down on paper....they put them through a shredder! Whether it be issues with other people, or themselves, or their circumstance....it was like saying "Okay....the new year is a fresh start!"...Out with the old baggage!" Perhaps this idea can be useful to all of us. Of course, some things are more difficult, or perhaps impossible to easily put aside, such as health issues, economic problems, etc. However, we often carry baggage of past disagreements, hurts, mistakes made by ourselves and others...it might feel good to write them down...and burn them or shred them...discard those feelings that weigh heavily on shoulders. Something to consider...perhaps it will lighten the load in the coming year. Good luck, and Happy New Year!!
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  1. Date: 1/1/2010 7:43:00 PM
    ...almost done.....

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  1. Date: 1/1/2010 2:20:00 AM
    dear Carrie, I sense a cockeyed optimist here! what a great idea.

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  1. Date: 1/1/2010 12:50:00 AM
    Yes, burn them, Carrie. That is what we do in our family. My children and I write all our past grievances and disagreements. Then I pray and after that we throw the papers in the fire place. Thanks for sharing these words. It is good advice. Happy new year 2010! Love and blessings, Caroline.

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  1. Date: 12/31/2009 3:01:00 AM
    good idea!!

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  1. Date: 12/30/2009 4:38:00 PM
    Baggage weighs us down and this is the best time to set a new course! Nice blog, Carrie. Miss you. Love, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 12/30/2009 1:21:00 PM
    Great advice Carrie, I wish you a Happy New Year...Raul

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  1. Date: 12/30/2009 1:04:00 PM
    Great idea to let go of the past but can't say I like the title of the day much ... LOL ... I can always learn from those things I have to let go of also, so maybe I'll just call it Getting Grateful Day ... that I don't have to hang on to the baggage ... smile ... wonderful blog here, Carrie !!! Hope 2010 is wonderful for you and yours!!

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  1. Date: 12/30/2009 8:51:00 AM
    Yes, that IS a good idea! Thanks for sharing.Andrea

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  1. Date: 12/30/2009 8:44:00 AM
    What a great idea - I think I would have quite a lot to write about!

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  1. Date: 12/30/2009 7:13:00 AM
    Still writing... : (.....

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  1. Date: 12/29/2009 7:22:00 PM
    ...writing.......

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  1. Date: 12/29/2009 6:50:00 PM
    First of all, it's so nice "seeing" you! Your sweet smile is heady...almost cloying!! : ) Regarding this blog, I find it very interesting... I'm going to do it! Sadly, there are many things to write, but I'm going to try it.... Have a Happy-happy- happy New Year!!

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  1. Date: 12/29/2009 6:32:00 PM
    This is a custom Canadian's on the Eastern Seabaord, perhaps other parts of Canada as well have always done at the end of the Old Year to bring in the New. The only difference is the list is burned. It really is liberating. Lainie

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  1. Date: 12/29/2009 5:10:00 PM
    Carrie ~ its a great idea! Everyone should do it ! Laura :)

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  1. Date: 12/29/2009 5:05:00 PM
    I have LIterally two paper shredders and both are broken. A fresh start is a great idea though :) Love, Iolanda

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  1. Date: 12/29/2009 4:45:00 PM
    Yes what a great idea! You may have to write and burn or shred things twice LOL but it does and will help! Light & Love

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My Past Blog Posts

 
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
Spring Reminder!!
Date Posted: 3/13/2010 1:32:00 PM
Earthquakes
Date Posted: 1/13/2010 7:10:00 AM

My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
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
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