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To mark her 100th year, Joyce Johnson's book, Lifetime Memories in Verse, has been released by Publisher Gary Drury and is now available for purchase on Amazon.com.


Happy 100th Birthday, Joyce!


Blog Posted:4/13/2018 4:10:00 PM

This July, long-time Soup member Joyce Johnson will celebrate her 100th birthday.  Please join in wishing her a wonderful day by posting a poem.  Choose any form, but try not to make it too long. 

The contest entries could be a tribute to Joyce, an upbeat or witty poem on aging (doesn't have to be new) or a poem inspired by one of the many poems Joyce has posted on Poetry Soup.  Catie Lindsey and I will be taking the best poems to Joyce's birthday party this July and presenting them to her. Some may be read aloud.  If you choose to do a tribute poem, here are some tidbits that may help you:

* Joyce is the head of her gardening club.  She travels many weekends to out-of-state gardening shows and competitions.

* Each spring Joyce takes the seat of honor in the club's float for the Tulip Parade.

* Joyce started writing poetry when she ws 80 years old and has had a book published this year.

* Joyce was born before the end of World War I.  She has lived through two world wars, Vietnam, the Korean War and the conflicts in the Middle East.  She lived through the Great Depression and numerous recessions.

There are some other notes posted with the contest.  The entries received so far are wonderful.  Thank you!   We expect to have many winners. 

Let's give Joyce smiles for her birthday.

 

 

 

Catie Lindsey and I 

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Date: 4/15/2018 7:00:00 PM
Just want to thank everyone who has entered the contest, which is about half full already. Some of the entries are so beautiful that they bring tears of joy to my eyes. Joyce will love reading them!
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Date: 4/15/2018 9:29:00 AM
Carrie, Catie & Joyce are all wonderful helpful women & fantastic poets, God Bless them all!
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 4/15/2018 5:54:00 PM
Indeed they are. And so are you, Deb. Bless you.
Date: 4/14/2018 7:08:00 AM
What a wonderful lady. She has lived through a lot as you stated - everything from a world at war and global financial collapse to the Spice Girls. Pity she isn't in the British Commonwealth or she would receive a telegram from the queen...which she richly deserves! Maybe we can get Trump to send one off!
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 4/15/2018 5:55:00 PM
That's a good idea, Keith. I'll see if I can contact someone in the president's office about a letter of congratulations. It would make a great souvenir of the occasion.
Date: 4/13/2018 8:27:00 PM
How wonderful that you and Catie are traveling to see Joyce for her birthday, Carolyn! Please give her our love and let her know how admired she is. She has been such a long time Poetry Soup contributor. But more than that, she has been a mentor, beloved friend to everyone for many years. Hip Hip Hooray to her on this remarkable day!!
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 4/15/2018 5:58:00 PM
You have been on Poetry Soup for a long time, Carrie, so I'm hoping you will enter. We're about half-full at 17 entries now.
Date: 4/13/2018 4:31:00 PM
wow, wow wow!!! Happy Birthday Joyce! Is Joyce selling any of the books herself? Can it be bought direct from her?
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 4/13/2018 5:17:00 PM
Yes, Deb, Joyce received quite a few books. She probably has some to sell. So glad I'll finally have the chance to meet her in July!

My Past Blog Posts

 
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