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What can I say?  My picture above shows you that I have lived a long time.  It was taken in 2008 for our church registry. 

I was a stay at home mom until my last child was in school.  I was widowed when I was forty four and was glad that I was already employed at the local radio station.  I stayed in the same job for thirty years and after I retired at 65 and took a trip to Europe with a friend, I started working again and stayed for another ten years.  I have only been writing poetry since 1999 when I wrote to relieve my grief when my only son died.  I married again four years after my husband died and was widowed again in 1995.  I am an avid gardener and belong to two local garden clubs and am on the board of the district club and state garden club so have lots of meetings to attend. I have my own poetry corner in the state garden club's publication. I live in my home by myself and rent my farm land to a local bulb grower.  I am surrounded by beauty.  All of mv family lives close to me.  Two daughters, six grandchildren,
eleven great grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. We live in Washington State in Northwest Washington and love it here. 

News Flash


Blog Posted:5/24/2013 8:35:00 PM
Last night my tv program was interrupted with a news flash and never came back.  The entire evening tv coverge was on the fact that one of our Washington State main bridges had fallen in the river.  It turned out it was our own I5 bridge here between Mount Vernon and Burlington. I panicked because at any given time some of my family is on that bridge. As it turned out one of my granddaughters had crossed over on it just about 5 minutes before it fell. Two cars and three people fell into the river and got tangled up in the iron grid of the fallen construction.  It took about about three hours to get them all out because of the danger and they were taken to local hospitals with hyothermia.The Skagit River is big. deep, with heavy current and cold this time of year.  We were very lucky.  Not quite the disaster that some states have suffered but it will be a big mess around here for a long time.  There are two other bridges that will have to take over.  One is small and old on a narrow road and the other one leads right through the main part of Burlington, but this one was the bridge on the main road between all points south and the Canadian border.  Lots of big trucks use it and in fact it turns out that one of these trucks had hit a corner of the girder and caused it to buckle.  I need to cross that river twice on my way to the cemetary at Burlington to decorate graves tomorrow.  I expect to be caught in traffic but we will have to get used to it. Joyce
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  1. Date: 5/27/2013 9:41:00 AM
    Glad YOU are safe, it seems we will being having more and more of this until our infrastructure is updated.

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  1. Date: 5/26/2013 8:22:00 PM
    so happy you and your family are safe Joyce...and that no one was seriously hurt...that is a miracle..

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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 11:27:00 AM
    Not a good situation but glad noone got hurt.take care

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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 9:01:00 AM
    I'm so glad your family is safe, Joyce...and thank God no one was killed! That is a miracle. We've crossed over this bridge ourselves many times while visiting your state...it is a scary thought to think how quickly, and unexpectedly this came tumbling down!!

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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 8:21:00 AM
    My Hubby is from up there and knows the bridges well... Thank goodness no one was badly hurt...

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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 6:30:00 AM
    I saw this on the news last night! Sorry to hear... its a miracle no one was hurt!

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Seahawks
Date Posted: 2/2/2014 9:52:00 PM
Back on line
Date Posted: 8/4/2013 2:53:00 PM
Computer Woes
Date Posted: 7/12/2013 2:17:00 PM
My Absence
Date Posted: 7/9/2013 11:14:00 AM
News Flash
Date Posted: 5/24/2013 8:35:00 PM
Apologies
Date Posted: 5/21/2013 10:49:00 AM
Computer is back
Date Posted: 5/20/2013 4:31:00 PM
Computer Troubles
Date Posted: 5/17/2013 2:55:00 PM
Troubles
Date Posted: 4/8/2013 10:33:00 AM
My 8yo daughter is the next American Idoll
Date Posted: 4/2/2013 6:56:00 PM
Poetry Soup Team
Date Posted: 12/28/2012 12:22:00 AM
Merry Christmas from the West Coast.
Date Posted: 12/24/2012 8:21:00 AM
Thank you
Date Posted: 11/11/2012 2:25:00 PM
apologies
Date Posted: 11/9/2012 6:43:00 PM
At Last
Date Posted: 11/6/2012 9:13:00 AM
Daylight time
Date Posted: 11/4/2012 10:22:00 AM
My Favorite contest
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 3:25:00 PM
Judging my Contest
Date Posted: 9/3/2012 11:56:00 AM
My Contest
Date Posted: 9/3/2012 8:52:00 AM
email request
Date Posted: 8/6/2012 6:01:00 PM
Hugs for PD and save some for Hannah
Date Posted: 7/27/2012 6:54:00 PM
Prayers for Carolyn Devonshire
Date Posted: 6/20/2012 12:10:00 PM
My week
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 6:20:00 PM
Apologies
Date Posted: 6/3/2012 8:30:00 AM
Contest Closed
Date Posted: 5/18/2012 5:22:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
11/22/2014 A Mouse Family's Christmas Narrativeadventure,christmas,
11/20/2014 A Word From the Sty Limerickhumor,
11/16/2014 Windy Weather Rhymewind,
11/16/2014 Pretty Pets Sonnetanimal,
11/15/2014 A Well Filled Life Iambic Pentameterdeath of a friend,eulogy,
11/15/2014 Life's Stages Rhymedaughter,
11/14/2014 Hated Job Sonnetwork,
11/14/2014 Preferences Limerickfood,
11/13/2014 Sequence Cinqkubereavement,
11/3/2014 Thanksgiving Dinner Epulaeryufood,thanksgiving,
10/27/2014 Conundrum Narrativedeath,student,
10/25/2014 Sieze the Day Carpe Diempoetry,
10/15/2014 October Rhymefun,
10/15/2014 A Multitude of Pies Light Poetryfood,
10/15/2014 Frustration Tableau Versecat,
10/10/2014 Cowboy Hoedown Quatrainfun,
10/6/2014 November Dreams Sijogarden,
10/5/2014 Idealized Love Acrosticwedding,
10/4/2014 The Veranda Floor Rhymepoetry,
10/3/2014 Her Wedding Day Rhymewedding,
10/2/2014 It's Halloween Rispettohalloween,
10/1/2014 Lustrous Illumination Rhymelight,
9/30/2014 Autumn Acrosticnature,
9/25/2014 Bewidering Autumn Chokaautumn,
9/21/2014 God's Kind of Poetry Rhymeseasons,spring,
9/21/2014 Tiger Iambic Pentametercat,love,
9/13/2014 When Poetry First Began Light Poetrypoetry,
9/9/2014 Sunrise-Sunset Ethereesky,
9/7/2014 Well, I Declare Rhymefootball,fruit,
9/7/2014 Waiting Rhymeromantic,sea,
9/7/2014 Lonely Feelings Terza Rimaprayer,
9/6/2014 A September Alouette Rhymefootball,september,
9/6/2014 The Gift Versecry,death,god,
9/6/2014 A Plea To My Mirror Rhymevanity,
9/6/2014 Autumn Colors Dodoitsucolor,
9/6/2014 A Prayer for Bryan Free verseprayer,
9/3/2014 Last Hurrah Tankaautumn,
9/1/2014 Ungrateful Child Rhymechristian,
8/26/2014 Hope, Faith and Love Tankagod,
8/26/2014 Blind to the Truth Rhymeaddiction,
8/25/2014 Pretty La Conner Quatrainplaces,
8/24/2014 To The Forgotten Veteran Rhymesoldier,
8/24/2014 Alice In Wonderland Abecedarianchildren,for kids,
8/23/2014 The Wanderer Rhymepoetry,
8/23/2014 Combinations Free versewords,
8/22/2014 Lost In The Mist Ottava rimasorrow,
8/21/2014 Honest Comments Quatrainwriting,
8/15/2014 John 3:16 Rhymegod,
8/6/2014 Chance Meeting Rhymelove,memory,
8/5/2014 Dated Verseadventure,
7/30/2014 Words Free verseword play,writing,
7/28/2014 The Dance Hall Girl Quatrainscary,
7/26/2014 Barbara Lee Quatrainfriend,
7/24/2014 Norwegians I have Met Quatrainpeace,
7/22/2014 Enough to Make Dan Cry Rhymeage,
7/22/2014 The Skylark Versebird,
7/21/2014 You're Invited Rhymefun,
7/21/2014 Hannah Versebaby,daughter,
7/18/2014 Kindly Way Villanellememory,
7/17/2014 Unplanned Vacation Rhymevacation,
7/12/2014 No Place To Lay My Head Narrativevacation,
7/8/2014 Who Coupletanimal,
7/5/2014 Bawdy Limericks Limerickconflict,
7/5/2014 Hungry Hoodlums Rhymeparents,
7/3/2014 Beyond Beautful Free versebaby,
7/3/2014 Embracing Earth Acrosticbeauty,
7/3/2014 Fourth of July Acrosticdeath,
7/2/2014 God's Wonders Sonnetbeauty,nature,
7/1/2014 Storm Rhymestorm,
7/1/2014 What We Gave Rhymegiving,war,
6/21/2014 A Positive Poem Dodoitsulove,
6/18/2014 Garden Tour Sonnetflower,garden,
6/16/2014 Goethe Path Versefriend,
6/16/2014 Tolerance Rhymechange,hope,
6/15/2014 Summer Sunset Acrosticsummer,sun,
6/14/2014 The Midnight Hour Rhymewriting,
6/13/2014 Fireside Fancies Versefire,
6/12/2014 Wild River Verseriver,
6/12/2014 Wild River Verseriver,
6/9/2014 To a Despondent Friend Quatraindepression,
6/9/2014 One More Day Quatraingod,
6/5/2014 A Letter to Dylan Thomas Villanelleage,
5/31/2014 Not This Time Nonetbirth,
5/28/2014 Unbearable Beauty in Brown Light Poetrybetrayal,
5/25/2014 Something New Sestinawriting,
5/20/2014 Measure For Measure Rhymejealousy,
5/18/2014 Sweet Memories Rhymelost love,
5/18/2014 Gone With the Wind Rhymewind,
5/18/2014 Contemplating Rhymeage,
5/17/2014 Sweet Granddaughter Rhymegranddaughter,
5/17/2014 Mrs Jack Spratt Clerihewfunny,
5/10/2014 Flowers for Mother Rhymemother,mothers day,
5/5/2014 No Second Chance Limerickfunny,
5/3/2014 Just Down the Road Rhymefood,forgiveness,
5/2/2014 Garden Listing Makes Us Gardeners Light Poetrygarden,
4/29/2014 They Do Not Love Who do Not Show Their Love Rhymewisdom,
4/26/2014 Too Short Trioletsorrow,
4/26/2014 My Ode to the Netherlands Sonnetadventure,
4/24/2014 Darkness at Noon Rhymelost love,
4/24/2014 The Red Oak Quatern Quaterntree,

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Fav Poems

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An Invitation to Dance Sonnetmusic,nature,
Echoes of the Heart Rhymeuplifting,
as I drift Haikusea,
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