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I am a New Englander through and through, having lived around Boston as a child, later moving to Connecticut, where I lived until I married. After my husband Douglas returned from Korea, we moved to Troy, NY, and, later, to Syracuse, NY. In 2001 we moved to Martha’s Vineyard, where we had had a summer place for many years

I attended Vassar College and when my children were small, I was graduated from Syracuse University.

Early on, I was Society and Woman’s Page Editor for the New Haven, CT, Journal-Courier and later worked for a public radio station and an advertising agency in Albany, NY, writing radio and television commercials. I also taught school in Marcellus, NY, for many years and received a Teacher of the Year Award. Since the death of my husband I have been living in Omaha, NE, near my daughter. I have one daughter, Jennifer Mattea, and two sons, Douglas, Jr., and Jonathan, and I have eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren,

While living on the Vineyard I was very active in the Pathways Project for the Arts and other writing groups and have published two poetry books, “A Jar of Summer” and “Sing Spring”. Forgotten But Not Gone, my first novel, was also recently published. All are on Amazon and other book outlets.



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Musing and whimsey by Barbara Peckham

Blog Posted:7/16/2021 7:35:00 PM

I just joined Poetry Soup and am enjoying it immensely. I am 92 and a couple of years ago had to move with my husband from Martha's Vineyard Island to Omaha, Nebraska, to be closer to my daughter and family. Sold our house, which I do miss, but I l ive in a vry nice senior independent living. My husband Doug died four months aftr we moved here. Although I miss my old life, I am very fortunate to be able to live here. I have two poetry books out, "A Jar of Summer", and "Sing Spring". Last September my first novel was published, Forgotten But Not Gone. I keep in touch with Vineyard friend throuogh Zoom meetings with a couple of writing groups.

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Date: 7/17/2021 6:35:00 AM
Warm welcome Barbara. Looking forward to reading your poems. At 92 many stop working and merely wait for death to come. You are an inspiration to me.
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Barbara Peckham
Date: 7/17/2021 7:37:00 AM
Thanks for the nice comment. I appreciate it.
Date: 7/16/2021 9:46:00 PM
A very warm welcome Barbara. I look forward to reading your work. Cheers - Gary
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Barbara Peckham
Date: 7/17/2021 7:37:00 AM
You are very kind. Thank you for the warm welcome.
Date: 7/16/2021 9:28:00 PM
Welcome to Poetry Soup, Barbara. We are delighted to have you here and look forward to your valued contributions.
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Date: 7/17/2021 7:38:00 AM
I do appreciate your reading my work and taking the time to comment. Thank you.

My Past Blog Posts

Musing and whimsey by Barbara Peckham
Date Posted: 7/16/2021 7:35:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
9/3/2021 Wonders of Technology Free verseangst,confusion,technolog
8/28/2021 My Life Free verseappreciation,life,time,
8/28/2021 Poetry Machine Free verseinspiration,muse,poetry,w
8/28/2021 Paradox Free versemuse,places,simile,
8/28/2021 Metamorphosis Free verseangst,extended metaphor,n
8/28/2021 Cheese Quatrainhumor,
8/28/2021 Odyssey Free verseangst,care,caregiving,hus
8/28/2021 Promise Free versebirth,extended metaphor,n
8/28/2021 Martha's Vineyard Vacation Quatrainbeach,fun,vacation,
8/26/2021 Waffles Free versefamily,food,happiness,
8/26/2021 Traffic Free versecar,humor,summer,
8/26/2021 To an Automatic Door Free versehumor,
8/26/2021 Too Many Spades Free verseemotions,feelings,memory,
8/26/2021 The Young Years Free versefun,happiness,memory,time
8/26/2021 To a Veteran Free verseappreciation,devotion,tha
8/26/2021 River Tigris Free versehistory,river,
8/26/2021 The Moon Weeps Free verseextended metaphor,longing
8/26/2021 The Scarecrow Free versebird,humor,
8/25/2021 Norman Rockwell Scene Quatrainart,humor,imagery,memory,
8/24/2021 My Hymn Odeappreciation,day,nature,r
8/24/2021 Lighted House at Night Free versefamily,love,
8/24/2021 Family Free verseabsence,age,family,memory
8/24/2021 Damocles Fallen Free verseangst,emotions,political,
8/24/2021 Autumn Winds Quatrainautumn,imagery,
8/24/2021 Time Free verseintrospection,perspective
8/24/2021 Too Hard to Write Free verseangst,depression,introspe
8/24/2021 Nor'Easter Free verseimagery,storm,
8/24/2021 Leona Free verseappreciation,death of a f
8/24/2021 Lilies Free verseappreciation,encouraging,
8/18/2021 Talk Free verseirony,sad,words,
8/18/2021 Kaleidoscope Free versechange,color,
8/18/2021 Miss Ocean's Dress Imagismextended metaphor,happy,i
8/17/2021 Depression Times - Party Times Free verseanxiety,drink,memory,phil
8/17/2021 Blinders Free versepolitical,
8/17/2021 Are We So Blind Free verseanger,care,corruption,dis
8/17/2021 Born Lucky Rhymeappreciation,care,conflic
8/17/2021 Alexander and Me Free versehumor,
8/14/2021 Evolution Free verseangst,daughter,emotions,j
8/14/2021 Eternity Rhymeappreciation,death,feelin
8/14/2021 Chances Rhymeadventure,change,growth,p
8/14/2021 Crows Free verseappreciation,bird,nature,
8/14/2021 Disappearing Art Free versehistory,perspective,writi
8/14/2021 Disco Free verseimagery,imagination,
8/14/2021 A Woman's Right to Freedom Free versediscrimination,future,pol
8/14/2021 A Whole New Day Rhymeappreciation,nature,sprin
8/14/2021 Housecleaning Free verseappreciation,work,
8/14/2021 Daybreak Free versenature,
8/12/2021 Kintsugi Free verseappreciation,beauty,chara
8/12/2021 Dandelions Rhymehumor,nature,
8/12/2021 What is Failure Free verseencouraging,feelings,insp
8/12/2021 My Refuge Rhymefeelings,fun,humor,joy,
8/12/2021 How Many Free verseappreciation,happiness,in
8/12/2021 Fog Free versebeach,feelings,nature,pea
8/12/2021 Committee Buzz Free versefeelings,humor,perspectiv
8/10/2021 Stone Fences Free versehistory,nature,strength,t
8/10/2021 The Life of Stones Free versechange,earth,nature,time,
8/10/2021 Reprise Free versecelebration,life,nature,s
8/10/2021 Poetry in Flux Rhymehumor,poetry,
8/10/2021 Self-Portrait Cinquainnature,self,
8/10/2021 Fresh Bread Cinquainhome,
8/10/2021 Hope Cinquainnature,
8/10/2021 Acceptance Free verseappreciation,how i feel,i
8/10/2021 A Space of Time My Own Free verseappreciation,metaphor,nat
8/7/2021 Haiku Chain Haikubeauty,flower,metaphor,
8/7/2021 Grandmother's House Rhymeappreciation,childhood,gr
8/7/2021 Beach Respite Free versebeach,happiness,
8/7/2021 Aspirations Free versepoetry,writing,
8/7/2021 A Hail of Lead Rhymeemotions,grief,humanity,p
8/7/2021 Wind Puppy Free versehumor,simile,wind,
8/7/2021 Politics Free verseanger,corruption,feelings
8/7/2021 My Name is Rain Free verseextended metaphor,rain,
8/7/2021 My Apple Tree Free verseappreciation,childhood,fe
8/7/2021 July Rhymefun,summer,
8/4/2021 One Day at a Time Free verseangst,caregiving,family,f
8/4/2021 Nemesis Rhymehumor,sleep,
8/4/2021 Me Rhymeage,change,emotions,image
8/4/2021 Destiny Free versecourage,dream,imagination
8/4/2021 Unknown Free verseallusion,emotions,imagery
8/4/2021 Travel Rhymebooks,fantasy,imagination
8/4/2021 To a Dragonfly Free versebeauty,dream,imagery,
8/4/2021 Tears for a Child Rhyme12th grade,angst,emotions
8/4/2021 Myself Free versechild,emotions,identity,m
7/31/2021 Return to Peace Free verseconfusion,emotions,imagin
7/31/2021 Teardrops Free verseextended metaphor,flower,
7/31/2021 Summer 1937 Free versechildhood,emotions,feelin
7/31/2021 Terrorists Within Rhymeanger,community,hate,sorr
7/31/2021 The Hungry Sea Free verseextended metaphor,imagery
7/31/2021 Time Warp Free versefeelings,loss,memory,sorr
7/31/2021 The Waiting Room Free verseage,change,emotions,intro
7/31/2021 The Girls of Summer Free versehumor,imagery,youth,
7/31/2021 Winding Roads of Chilmark Free versecommunity,imagery,nature,
7/31/2021 Senior Residence Rhymeage,feelings,humor,intros
7/28/2021 Regret Free verseage,bereavement,family,so
7/28/2021 Solitude Free versehow i feel,peace,
7/28/2021 Upside Down Town Free versehumor,imagery,
7/28/2021 Wind Puppy Free versehumor,imagery,wind,
7/28/2021 Tantrum Free verseimagery,storm,weather,win
7/28/2021 Lost Muse Rhymehumor,muse,poetry,writing
7/28/2021 Insomniac Free versehumor,sleep,
7/28/2021 Evolution Free verseangst,care,emotions,feeli

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Toy Boats Made of Paper Blank versebeautiful,bird,children,c
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