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Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry, and also, entering poetry contests herself.

Ms. Dietrich has won numerous awards, as well as the title Poet of the Year 2008, from the Yahoo group, Poetry For Thought. In addition, she has won prizes from the magazines Lucidity, Bell's Letters, Art with Words, Poets at Work and SP Quill, the magazine for which she wrote grammar and poetry articles as well as movie reviews and for which she acted as poetry editor for the head editor Marie Summers for six years. Many of her poems have appeared in Shadows Ink, a yearly published series of chapbooks of award winning poetry as well as in numerous other anthologies. Her short stories appeared in many issues of SP Quill and much of her poetry is published in eight chapbooks (the most recent one soon to be published is called Prosies), which can be purchased at


Most Recent Blog Post

Gingerbread Man Results & More Christmas personality profiles
Blog Posted:12/24/2012 9:54:00 AM


Well, this will probably be my last time to be here at the blogs before Christmas day, so in case I am not back here by then, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all. It's snowing outside my window, just like a poster of Currier and Ives!! Three people took my Christmas personality test since yesterday, so I will post the results for Charma, Ownen and Kim. But first for the GINGERBREAD MAN results. Here is what it means to eat one or another other part of this cookie first:

1. Attacking the head first: This is the NORM. The people I counted doing this (in addition to myself) were harry, Craig, Charma, Mandy, Charlotte, Cyndi, Russell, Scribe, Arild and Francine. I'd like to say "this means we have the brains" hahaha. But it simply means we are headstrong (yep for me) and achievement oriented. No wonder most of us love those contests here!!

2. Going for the legs first:  This was quite interesting. This signifies someone having a sensitive nature. My "leg biters" were sweet Leonora, Catie, David and Rachael

3.  Eating arms first:  It is a good thing nobody chose right arm first. That signifies a skeptical or pessimistic person (and I think that applies to a person who is also right handed). Choosing left arm first is the sign of creativity and/or being extroverted. Where was Deb this time? I know she was the one that showed she was an extrovert in my first personality test. Maybe she would choose the left arm of the gingerbread man!

And now for the profiles of the final three people who took my original
Christmas Personality Quiz: 

1.  Kim Merryman (a fellow Rudolph!) chose for her favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life/Miracle on 34th Street. This signifies the sentimental or nostalgic soul and if I remember correctly, Joyce and maybe a few others were in this category. Kim's preferred decorating style for the holiday is to use unmatched or homemade ornaments and also to top the tree with an angel. Again, her sentimental nature is showing. Each ornament probably has meaning for her (either that, or lots of kids putting up their school projects!) 
She chose for her favorite songs Little Drummer Boy and Oh Holy Night. The first song denotes a person who roots for the underdog! Oh Holy Night is a tasteful choice for a well composed song, denoting intelligence! I recall maybe it was Francine who liked that song as well as me too.

2.  OWEN:  Owen chose for his favorite movie White Christmas and/or Scrooge. The classic choice of the Christmas Traditionalist! (good movies they are too!!) His style of Christmas decorating is to use multi colored lights inside and out and also to show a spectacular light show with perhaps animated objects on his lawn. Wow, owen, you are the only one of us to say that. You must be like that guy down my street with the amazing different color lights on every tree! This style shows the exhibitionist in you. but you know what? If I had a hubbie who would go out and do it for me, I'd be right there with ya on this list!! Finally, for Owen's favorite song, he chose V(I think a typo because I had no V) and letter F for Oh, Holy Night. Owen, you have a big AND intelligent personality!

3.  Charma: This sweet lady chose her favorite movie as White Christmas and/or Scrooge. Same as Owen. The ever traditional classic Christmas movies. Her way of decorating is to use white lights on a perfectly decorated tree, the sign of the Christmas purist! Her fun side is shown by her choice of song: Feliz Navidad. What a fun song that is, Charma. YOu are a very festive soul!!

Forgive me if I messed up with anything here. I have errands to run with hubbie, who just got back in time for Christmas from a long drive and we have errands to run. I'm outta here!!!

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  1. Date: 12/26/2012 7:13:00 AM
    ;)) hmmmnnn.. so enjoyed! Thank you so much my dear Andrea! love/hugs, Leonora

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 9:35:00 PM
    missed it...pd

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 4:08:00 PM
    Sensitive Kash just told me in the other blog, he is a leg biter!! Happy Holidays, Kashinath. and you too down there, Craig!

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 10:55:00 AM
    Ho HO Have fun AD!!

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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
4/16/2014AntiquesTankamother daughter,
4/14/2014Spring LassesQuintain (English)spring,
4/13/2014Rhyme Battle - Round FIVELimerickpoetry,
4/11/2014Muscatine, IAAcrosticcity,
4/8/2014Her Last DateLimerickfunny,
4/8/2014Blue Eyes Meant Only For MeCouplethusband,
4/6/2014Whispers of LoveQuaternlove,
4/3/2014If I Could Paint Your PictureCoupletromantic,
4/3/2014God Spelled BackwardsSonnetdog,love,
4/3/2014Five Lines or LessTankacelebrity,marriage,
4/2/2014As My Daily Meals RevolveVersefood,
3/31/2014Tanka Contest entryTankalife,
3/29/2014All of Me - All of You: A Realist's ViewQuaternlove,marriage,
3/27/2014This Wondrous NightQuaternnight,writing,
3/25/2014The Seasons of LoveQuatrainlove,seasons,
3/22/2014In Clover GreenRondeauromance,
3/21/2014Leaving My HeartEthereefarewell,pets,
3/19/2014I Have To TellRhymefunny,
3/18/2014ExonerationFree verseabuse,
3/17/2014LIfe is What You Make ItHaikulife,
3/16/2014To Touch a GodSonnetphilosophy,
3/15/2014The Phantom HorseQuatrainwar,
3/11/2014My Alien With a Cat's FaceLimerickfunny,space,
3/10/2014CrystalFree versedaughter,

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The StoneElegydeath,love,
A Winter NightLyricimagination,nature,
Just wait and seeFree versenature,science,space,
My White Lace TableclothNarrativefamily,forgiveness,friend
A LIMERICK CHRISTMAS THREE (3) .Limerickfunny,seasons,thank you,c
ALWAYS MOTHERS DAYRhymefunny,mother,thank you,me
A Pirate JayLight Poetryanimals,
Divine SplendorBlank verseintrospection,nature,scie
BROTHER - BILLYNarrativebrother,childhood,family,
You played mePersonificationconfusion,imagination,mus
Concept of TimeFree versenature
JINGLEFree versefunny,life,music
AN EVER-CHANGING UNIVERSENarrativemysterylight,light,
My Partner, my LifeFree versehusband,loveme,
Spaces .... The Earth Moved .....Imagismlove
December Sun .Rhymenaturewinter,sun,winter,
A Whisper on the WindFree versenature
FootstepsFree versefatherme,me,
If everFree verselove
Dreams like Light-Waves Prose Poetryimaginationautumn,
A fantsy worldHaiku 
Borrowed SweetnessSenryugirlfriend-boyfriend

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Rick Parise United States Flag United States Read
Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Barbara Gorelick United States Flag United States Read
Michelle Mac Donald Canada Flag Canada Read
Ruben O. Argentina Flag Argentina Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen United States Flag United States Read
James Fraser United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Jayne Eggins Australia Flag Australia Read
binibining p.iNk Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Joyce Johnson United States Flag United States Read
Robert A. Dufresne United States Flag United States Read
Linda-Marie SweetHeart Italy Flag Italy Read
David Byrne Ireland Flag Ireland Read
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