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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. 


Most Recent Blog Post

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 11:51:00 AM
    I'm happy your granddaughters made it out before the bridge collapsed. This is so scary. You never quite know where and when a tragedy will occur. Wishing you a peaceful weekend Joyce. Love, Gail

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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 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

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Back on line
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Computer Woes
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My Absence
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News Flash
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Computer is back
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Computer Troubles
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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
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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
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Prayers for Carolyn Devonshire
Date Posted: 6/20/2012 12:10:00 PM
My week
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Contest Closed
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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
4/16/2014My Antique TableQuatrainfamily,
4/14/2014Red Moons RisingRhymemoon,
4/11/2014All MineRhymecute love,
4/11/2014 Itty BittyLimerickfun,
4/4/2014Letting GoRhymeson,
4/4/2014Flat Stanley Visits the Skagit ValleyRhymeflower,
4/3/2014Brag TimeRhymepoetry,
4/3/2014Whispers of LoveRhymelost love,
3/31/2014JesusI Is The AnswerRhymejesus,
3/26/2014Looking for SpringQuintain (English)natural disasters,
3/22/2014Magic ForestRhymeanimal,
3/18/2014Counting Her RichesRhymegarden,
3/17/2014Short DanceLimerickdaughter,
3/15/2014The SeasonsCoupletseasons,
3/14/2014Wearing of the GreenSonnetholiday,
3/12/2014A LimerickLimerickaddiction,anger,
3/11/2014The Ultimate FanRhymefootball,
3/6/2014Fragile EarthRhymenature,
3/5/2014To Heal a HeartRhymesorrow,
3/5/2014Faithful RuthQuintain (English)bible,

My Photos

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Fav Poems

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An Invitation to DanceSonnetmusic,nature,
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as I driftHaikusea,
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