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My slice of life is contemplative today, a poem, a photo, a list – my life!
Roads Go Ever On – J.R.R. Tolkien
Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
the rest is here!
Grateful for so much good that happened in these past weeks, the family, friends, medical help that gave me gifts of love, hugs and expert advice.
And I am grateful for my colleagues at this beginning of the school year who have been patient with my meanderings in and out of work. It was such a relief not having to worry about work.
I loved going to Captiva Island with my children and their families at the end of July. It was an awesome week.
My brother and family came to visit early in July and were able to see Arvie smile and enjoy himself. We were able to have a great visit, including a day at IKEA!
My granddaughters were able to spend more time with me, even sleepovers, because it was summer.
I enjoyed my new garden/yard all summer, seeing what new flowers the previous owner had planted, and finding a ‘tiny’ push mower to mow my ‘tiny’ plot of grass made me smile every time I mowed. It took me ten minutes!
I experienced some special moments with Arvie, a look, a touch that was more “real” than usual during the summer.
Moving Forward -
I am excited about my writer’s critique group. We’ve been together a year now, and our friendship and work together grows. I am serious about my writing and now it’s time to make some specific goals, too!
I am attending a poetry workshop with David L. Harrison at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, Pennsylvania next week. It was a challenge to apply way last January, but I did, was accepted, and I’m headed down the road east!
I have a few more plans for work with colleagues-no more hours, just different ideas.
I am attending the NCTE convention for the very first time, rooming with Tara Smith whom I’ll meet for the first time, and hoping to connect up with even more blogger and author online friends.
Of course, there will always be time for family and friends, and connections both far and near. Visits will happen, including another beach trip next summer!