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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! 


"HUG YOUR KID DAY"


Blog Posted:7/22/2010 10:53:00 AM
Hi Soupers..  I thought I'd share what has been going on in my small community this week.  Perhaps this is a nation-wide campaign, although I have only been hearing about it locally. But perhaps it could catch on, and be a reminder to people everywhere just how precious our children are.  Sometimes we get so caught up in being a chauffeur to school, sports,  making sure they have swimming lessons, dance lessons, or whatever,...that we forget to simply give them a hug....taking time to show and tell them how much we love them.   In our town, just a few days ago was "Hug Your Kid Day"....which has actually expanded into events taking place all week.....daily reminders to show your children how much you love them. This event started here just a year ago by two young mothers who lost their young sons tragically....one due to a sudden case of meningitis...the other due to a tragic accident at our nearby National park (I wrote a poem at that time, about that sad event...an unexpected rockslide killed him).  These moms joined hands...and started a campaign to remind other parents to slow down, take a breath, and hug their kids.  There was a huge turnout at our local downtown square of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles..etc...and their children...pictures in the paper of LOTS OF HUGGING GOING ON!!   These two moms were there, each one with their other children....taking a bit of time to spread their love.........and a bit of their wisdom. :)  Take the time to hug a kid....or each other..if you don't have kids!!
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  1. Date: 7/25/2010 1:51:00 PM
    My greatest gift this July is my son's recovery. They are never too old to hug. God Bless. Vince

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  1. Date: 7/23/2010 8:01:00 PM
    Hugs are the greatest and giving them to your kids when you see them makes me a happy mom. Hug your kids today for you never know what tomorrow brings. Thanks Carrie for this blog. God Bless Phyl

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  1. Date: 7/23/2010 3:42:00 PM
    Congrats on your poem 'Where The Sycamore Grew' being featured on the home page today Carrie. It's truly a beautiful poem!

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  1. Date: 7/23/2010 10:08:00 AM
    What a very uplifting blog, Carrie! Yup hugs for kids could sure do wonders! ^_^ thank you for this reminder :) definitely hugging my nephews & nieces the next time I see them! hugs -- nikko :)

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  1. Date: 7/23/2010 1:19:00 AM
    Thanks for the reminder,dear Carry...I'm ("we're")a super "hugger"!Ruben.

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  1. Date: 7/22/2010 8:53:00 PM
    They are us remade, reflecting our hopes and our sorrows, they are our future. Thanks for the welcome Carrie and thanks for your nice comments on my poems.

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  1. Date: 7/22/2010 5:00:00 PM
    This was a sweet blog, Carrie, and I just bet you are a great hugger!! Luv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 7/22/2010 11:52:00 AM
    I did hug them,, and send them to daycare,, thanks for the nice reminder,..p.d.

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  1. Date: 7/22/2010 11:26:00 AM
    Sounds like a lovely idea Carrie and we need to hug our kids every day as our gifts from God to cherish for the time we have them.. and don't forget the grand babies too.. with luv

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  1. Date: 7/22/2010 11:20:00 AM
    thanks Carrie...I have 2-wonderful Daughters, I sure will...jimbo

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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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