Friday, October 17, 2014

Kaleidoscope in the Sky

Kaleidoscope in the Sky

Come hold my hand and stroll with me
beneath this brilliant canopy.
We'll wade along the drifted street 
through dry scraps, 
curled and crisp beneath our feet.

A breeze will swirl the colors,
 a kaleidoscope in the sky,
sifting blessings over us, 
a whispering lullaby.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

I walked along the flower trail,
finding joy in each detail.
I was the only one around,
(I thought),
but then I heard a buzzing sound.
After taking a closer look,
let me tell you what I found!

Two bees danced around the morning glories

and another around the daisies.

Black-eyed Susans were quite an attraction
to lightning bug ...

and spider action...

and to an inchworm measuring, measuring 
fraction by fraction.

A wee, green bug perched on a purple petal...

while a beetle with spots 
chose orange 
as the place to settle.

A green and black 
dragonfly fellow
stood out clear and bold 
against his choice of yellow,

but his brother nearby 
could barely be seen
hiding in plain sight 
against the green.

A Mourning Cloak 
with ragged wings 
lit on a plain leaf nearby

while against the glory of a lily 
lounged a common housefly.

All of them among the flowers:
 butterfly, beetle, and bee
add to the details that delight me
 and make for good company.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Diner Therapy

Diner Therapy

We come home
wearing the long day
like a heavy bag 
slung across one shoulder.
Our feet drag.
Our spirits sag.
We feel weary, defeated, older.

Everyone is hungry,
but no one wants to cook.
The refrigerator holds nothing inspiring,
no matter how many times we look.

And so it is decided,
tonight we'll be dining out.
We head to our usual spot:
the mom and pop place on our regular route.

We're greeted with friendly smiles
and shown to our favorite seat.
We open up the menu
and decide what we want to eat.

I order the gourmet chicken salad
with craisins, walnuts, and grapes.
It comes with pecan-crusted banana bread
and warm cinnamon scalloped apples
from which taste-tempting steam escapes.

We settle in and unwind
and let the day melt away.
Enjoying a little diner therapy,
we laugh and talk and find things to say.

Monday, September 22, 2014



Rainbow-chaser, dream-follower, fantasy-seeker,
the name-callers taunt me with those words.
As if looking for the good 
and focusing on the light,
is the folly of fools. 
Insanity! Stupidity! 
For the birds!

Terrorists, violence, epidemics, 
fires, and floods fill the evening news.
Threatening the children in locked-down schools
are vengeful, drugged-out teens with guns, 
wild eyes, and a short fuse. 
With so much in the world 
that is evil, ugly, scary, and sad,
why is it so wrong 
to be a champion for the glad?

I, for one, could use more softness and joy,
more laughter, more flowers, more wonder.
Bring on the colors, the glow, and the hope.
I no longer want to be below
the dark cloud that is above
 raging with blackness and thunder.

So call me a rainbow-chaser, 
it's who I am.
I freely admit it.
Bring on the balloons, the chocolate, and the confetti,
I guarantee we won't regret it.
I'll just be here taking pictures
of that bit of rainbow in the sky,
humming a tune under my breath,
smiling, and not caring 
that time is passing by.

Friday, September 12, 2014

And the Winner Is...

Congratulations to Stephen T. McCarthy! He was chosen as the winner of our Old Broad Blogfest contest. He wrote two stories about his favorite old broad, his mother, in the comments at Susan's blog. You can read his winning entries here. You can also stop by to visit Stephen's blog and congratulate him, if you would like. Stephen won a paperback copy of Old Broads Waxing Poetic.

For those who are interested in purchasing a paperback copy of Old Broads, it is on sale at Amazon at this link. For the Kindle edition, please click here. Remember all proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to Care International, so it all goes for a good cause!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Old Broad Blogfest contest. I appreciate all of your wonderful comments. Thank you, too, for sharing with others and telling your friends about our book. Christmas is not too far off. If you have any old broads on your list, I am sure they would love a copy too!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Old Broads Waxing Poetic - Book Launch

She's an Old Broad

She's an old broad. 
 I want to be just like her.

She's an old broad.
She takes no guff.
Her heart is soft,
but she's strong and tough.

She's an old broad.
I want to be just like her.

She doesn't hesitate
to speak her mind,
but when she has a choice,
she chooses to be kind.

She's an old broad.
I want to be just like her.

She loves to laugh
and do things that are silly
like wearing big sunglasses
and hats that are frilly.

She's an old broad.
I want to be just like her.

If there's a need,
she's the first to volunteer.
She'll pitch right in to lend a hand, 
a shoulder, or an ear.

She's an old broad.
I want to be just like her.

She's the first to forgive
and the last to judge.
If you're lucky,
she'll cook for you:
homemade potato soup, 
banana bread, 
and peanut butter fudge.

She's an old broad.
I want to be just like her.

She's no muss, no fuss
with comfortable shoes on her feet.
Want to stop by and see her?
You are always welcome,
as long as you don't mind
if her house isn't neat.

She's an old broad.
I want to be just like her.

She's had her share of troubles.
Bad days? More than a few.
And if you're having a bad day,
she will sympathize with you.

She's an old broad.
I want to be just like her.

Her hair is unruly.
Her eyes are twinkly.
Her chin is strong.
Her smile is crinkly.

She's an old broad.
I want to be just like her.

Over the years, she's been known 
to shed a tear or two,
but mostly she's a happy soul,
and she's saving a hug for you.

She's an old broad.
I want to be just like her.

When writing the above poem, I had several women in my mind; my grandmothers, my mother, and some friends of mine. I wrote about my favorite "old broads" because I have an announcement to make. I have some very exciting news! I was invited to join seven other women to collaborate on a book of poetry, and that book has now been released! 

We had additional help from two gentlemen: from Francesco Romoli, a photographer and artist who created the image called Forever Young that was used for the book cover, and from blogger/book cover designer, Michael Di Gesu, who designed the cover for the book around that image. Many thanks also go to Joanne Faries, who formatted the book for us and to Susan Swiderski and Julie Kemp Pickfor compiling the poems.

The title of the book is Old Broads Waxing Poetic, and it is available now in paperback form from Amazon. Click on the book title to follow the link to Amazon if you are interested in ordering it. For those who prefer the e-book format, it should also be available through Amazon in the near future. A
ll proceeds from the sales of this book will be going to CARE International.  

I have not yet read the poems contributed by the other old broads for this volume, but I know that some of the poems are amusing, some are touching, and some will strike a chord with the reader.  I do know that I am in very good company with the others who contributed to this book as they are all talented writers.

One member of our group, Susan Swiderski, generously wrote and shared the passage below for all of us old broads to use on our blogs for this Old Broad Blogfest. We are having a contest for the launch of the book which she explains below. 

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The following is from Susan:  "To celebrate its release, each old broad featured in this book is blogging about her favorite old broad today, and we invite each of you to tell us a little something about your favorite old broad in the comments. Oh, and if you're still offended by the term broad, I apologize. If you'd prefer, you can tell us about your favorite older woman... how's that? Oh yeah, and one of you who comments about your fave broad will be winning a free copy of our book. Cool, huh? (It really IS a cool book... not only is it filled with some fun poetry, but all proceeds from its sale are going to CARE International.)

Now then, let me introduce you to the other broads, so you can follow their blogs, too. (Like I said, they're ALL terrific.)

NOTE: Technically, Michael isn't a broad. He's a guy. A very nice guy who used that lovely image from Francesco Romoli to create our cover for us, so you could say, as an important member of our team, he's an honorary broad. With hairy legs.

The winner will be announced next Friday, September 12th.

Thanks for helping make this a very broad celebration!"

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So there you have it! Tell me in the comments about your favorite old broad for your chance to win a copy of Old Broads Waxing Poetic, and be sure to come back next week when the winner is announced. Please stop by and visit the other old broads in the list above too if you have the time. I'm sure you will enjoy their blogs as much as I do. If you are so inclined to tell your friends about our book or to share the Amazon link on Facebook or Twitter or on your own blog, we would be very grateful. Remember the proceeds go to a good cause.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Shining Out From Within

Shining Out From Within

Morning Glories,
bright jewels of sunrise,
delight in reaching, reaching for the Light.

Climbing higher,
desiring, following, seeking it;
escaping from the night.

Catching the rays, soaking them up;
filled to overflowing.

Stars shining out from within;
basking, illuminating, glowing.

Round and round in a spin.

Sharing the peace, trumpeting the joy,
shining the Light of the All-knowing.