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I was born in Leavenworth, KA in 1950 and lived in Valley Falls, KA on my grandparents' dairy farm until I was five years old.  I am the 3rd of 5 children.  I am now living in Aabama and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren with one more on the way and have been married for 33 challenging and very content years.

I have always been very passionate about writing, especially poetry.  My love for writing began at the age of 14.  I wrote a poem about John F. Kennedy and sent it to Mrs. Kennedy.  In reply, Mrs. Kennedy sent me a black and white photo of the family in front of their church doors; this kind gesture was quite an honor for me and I believe that was what started me to pursue poetry in greater depth. 

Writing is my first passion, my second passion is art.  I have always loved art but never took lessons.  Just like poetry, it was a gift, a passion; I acquired from my mother and she from her mother.  When I married, I stopped drawing but did not stop writing.  In 2006, I was diagnosed with stage 3 / 4 breast cancer; after my mastectomy, chemo treatment, and radiation; I had a dream which prompted the poem, "My Most Awesome Paranormal Experience" to go back and draw again.  When I'm not writing, I'm drawing for grandkids or some member of the family, someday I will draw for myself.  I would love to paint but my mastectomy prevents me from stroking with a brush; however, I do use colored pencil some but mostly graphite and pointillism.  I am a member of CPSA (Colored Pencil Society of America).

When I joined Poetry Soup, I was looking for challenges and I found it here; lots of challenges!  I am a realistic artist as well as a realistic writer.  I write on real events or something that triggers a memory, emotion, or I place myself in another person's shoes and write what I feel they are thinking.  I pretend to have a good sense of humor too and try to use it at every opportunity. 

My First Blog

Blog Posted:11/11/2011 11:47:00 AM
Hi to everyone.  Hope this Veterans Day is a good one for y'all.  I want to take time to thank all who are serving and have served in the armed forces in order to preserve our freedom.

I wish I could spend more time on Poetry Soup but for the past few months have been putting my art first.  It is hard juggling two different hobbies that I love.  When I feel like writing, I don't draw and when I feel like drawing, I don't write.  (I am not a good blogger so I took my sweet time in doing so.)

Right now I'm not getting much of anything done since I adopted a new black lab puppy for my husband who is still working and I'm the stay at home mom doing the training and entertaining.

I am anxoiusly waiting the birth of my fourth grandchild which will be my third grandson, and the first Muzzey, in January.

I will not bore y'all with too much, hopefully I won't take two years before I blog again.

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Date: 11/13/2011 9:07:00 AM
Hi Caryl :D So nice to see you and your blog :D congrats on the upcoming grandchild :D
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Date: 11/12/2011 8:08:00 PM
Hi Caryl, is nice to meet you. I like life in words and pics, too. Our people are precious, thank you for sharing words and pics about yours! Namaste~N
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Date: 11/12/2011 9:13:00 AM
Yes, it is nice to see all of y'all too. This picture was taken two years ago. I was trying to get my daughter to get a facebook profile picture of me and my youngest grandson, two then, came up to me and said "hold you". That was all it took to melt my heart. I really haven't changed much. I'll try to get my favorite drawings posted sometime for those who want to view. Thanks Cyndi for the heads up (spell check does not check grammer usage)and kind remarks; I am the lucky one to know so many wonderful writers on the soup. Caryl
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Date: 11/12/2011 7:52:00 AM
Nice to see ya on the blogs, Caryl. And I read your bio, and I feel so lucky that you are a part of soup. A creative thinker-doer who has a great sense of humour and a positive outlook on life, regardless of the curveballs life has tossed your way. Your sense of humour shines, and my own strange wit smiled when I read your bio.. you wrote "jester" instead of "gesture" and I grinned, thinking, suits! :-) Sorry you can not paint, NOT FAIR, but glad you have found an outlet with your pencils. Do you have any of your pictures on line? I'd love to see them. Hmmm. D'oh. Should have checked your blog first, she says sheepishly. Will do now, Cheers hugs and happy weekend to you, Cyndi
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Date: 11/11/2011 10:05:00 PM
HOw nice to see your picture,Caryl, and to put a face with your name. The baby with you is adorable. And thanks for remember today our veterans! Luv, Andrea
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Date: 11/11/2011 6:41:00 PM
Hi Caryl-I'm glad you finally got around to posting a blog :) Maybe sometime you can upload pictures of your art...I would love to see it. Have a great weekend :)
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Date: 11/11/2011 5:19:00 PM
well congrats Caryl on a new life being born into your family circle... a blessing especially on holidays.. wonderful to read u are an artist as well as a poet .. welcome to the blog scene and congrats on first time blog my friend.. enjoy.. keep us posted about the baby luv..
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Date: 11/11/2011 5:01:00 PM
i miss your presence here, caryl..hope you can drop by every now and the; a lively life you have! :) huggs!
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Date: 11/11/2011 4:58:00 PM
First off congrats on your new upcoming grandson-- we just had our new grandson on Nov.3 and they are such a joy. I enjoyed reading your bio and it is nice to put a name to a face. Thank you for sharing and look forward to reading your poems. God Bless Phyl
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Date: 11/11/2011 4:51:00 PM
Very nice to hear about you Caryl,I've been thinking you were male. Sorry! See what the lack of blogging gets you? Smile. Have a nice veteren's day dear. Agape, Moses
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Date: 11/11/2011 4:50:00 PM
Wow ~ It's busy busy in the Muzzey household then.. I love your open bio Caryl and its really nice to put a face to the name. Take care xx
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Date: 11/11/2011 4:41:00 PM
It is so nice to see you here, Caryl...I'm happy too to read more about you in your wonderful biography! What a meaningful and inspiring story to hear of your poem being read by Mrs. Kennedy, and her generous gift in reply. How thrilling that must have been to receive such a keepsake. Congratulations on the coming birth of a new grandchild...(I too have 5...what a joy!). Good luck with the lab...we have a golden lab, and they are "high energy" dogs...but so loving! Best wishes, and post some photos of your art sometime, perhaps?? Love, Carrie
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Date: 11/11/2011 12:48:00 PM
Caryl, your four grandchildren must keep you very busy. Congratulations on your third grandson! It seems many of the poets here are gifted in other areas of the arts. I used to draw portraits when I was younger and have been involved in theater my whole life. No one can possibly spend all their time on Poetry Soup. I enjoyed reading your bio. Imagine the joy of getting a response from Mrs. Kennedy. The monetary value would be high, but the real value is knowing she thought enough of your poem to respond. An honor indeed! Have a great holiday season with your growing family, Caryl. Love, Carolyn
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Date: 11/11/2011 12:33:00 PM
Wishing you all the best with the new addition that is on its way!!! And what a great blog to start off with... luv Michael
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My Past Blog Posts

My First Blog
Date Posted: 11/11/2011 11:47:00 AM

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8/4/2013 Rowdy Wind Terza Rimawind,
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6/19/2013 Above The Clouds Sonnetangel,
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7/24/2012 Disquieting Tears Rhymeheart,life,loss,sad,
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6/30/2012 Andromeda Versespace,
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11/11/2011 Christmas Shopping Coupletholiday,christmas,christm
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11/11/2011 Christmas Tree Quatrainseasons,christmas,christm
11/9/2011 new puppy restless Haikuanimals,
8/31/2011 September - Harvest Moon Acrosticseasons,
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8/26/2011 Long Cold Winter Haikunature,
8/26/2011 Another Hand Rhymedeath,inspirational,loss,
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8/24/2011 Morning Sunrise Senryulife,night,
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Vanish Dodoitsulove
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Burly-que Monorhymefunny
The Piano Speaks Quatrainmusic
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A Recipe for Promiscuity Tyburnhusband,wife,
Willingly Quatrainlove,
Mama's Apron Rhymemother,
My good name Rhymevisionary,me,betrayal,me,
We Danced in the Kitchen Free versedance,loss,sad,wife,
When I Talk to You Free verseabsence,woman,
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