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Retiring Expectations by
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Prompted By Retirement

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I’m a planner.  Like to have all  Potentialities acknowledged, Surveyed, and appropriate Responses in hand and heart.   So growing up I  Knew I was a teacher. The evolution of  Who I was teaching all  Neatly corralled in the Pen of possibility I  Keep stocked with vigilance   My storybook love With a soul mate,…
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Anne by
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Anne She was a quiet girl, soft of face soft of movement, and her long brown hair often curtained her eyes so as to be soft of broadcasting feelings. Both of us were novitiates to the  buzzing tech-worshipping work world where we met. We hit it off, mostly  because at age 18,   we knew…
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A Moving Poem by
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Prompted By Get Organized

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So I am thinking… I need to look at everything in this house that holds 31 years of marriage and two grown children’s archives, and ask this 51 year old almost single self what do you need? Which books of 5 full book cases do you have to have near you? Which wall hanging/photos are…
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General Store by
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Prompted By Shopping Local

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General Store Sears and Roebuck The original Amazon The circles of  time-periscoping Evolution Of the landmarks of our Consumerist commitment— Beacons that guided Our travels Before GPS   White Front  To Gemco To Target   Rexall To Longs To CVS To Cannabis dispensary   Mr. Jordan’s corner tobacco/liquor  To 7-11 To million dollar condos  …
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I-pad Magnet or My prayer for Millennials by
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My small screen Is a black hole That sucks me into The miasmic plasma Of hidden light, That both connects And separates me To and from others I sense the forever Yearning The existential hole Where we plug in Hoping to feel  An integrity  That constantly falls Apart, on its way To wholeness My tether…
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Mother by
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Prompted By Earth Day

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Mother Once a Native American man told me that if you lie face down  with head pointed north and feet pointed south the earth mother would accept any grief  in your heart                       cleansing you, freeing                   …
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Releasing Roots by
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Prompted By Women We Admire

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Releasing Roots I pull out Mama’s earrings From the tangle of jewelry In the re-used coconut butter jar, Gently pressing them  Into the ears that  She pierced with an icy potato And a thin-pained needle When I was 11 years old.  They were her favorites And though she taught me That earrings don’t have to…
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My Mama by
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Prompted By Women We Admire

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For my mama on her 67th Birthday My Mama taught me When I was 5 weeks old, my father was killed in a car accident, my mama tried not to be sad when she nursed me, so I would not be sad, my mama taught me: Today is the day- to laugh, to learn, to…
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Freedom with a Roof by
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Prompted By My First Apartment

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Freedom with a Roof At age 18 in January of our Senior year in high school my boyfriend Mike and I were chomping at the bit to get out on our own. We both grew up in Santa Clara Valley as the orchards were starting to disappear. We both had jobs in the tech industry…
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Strange Fall by
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Prompted By New Beginnings

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  Strange Fall Other years Autumn  Means  First the poison oak leaves flame a brilliant red,  while the mountain maple blazes yellow. Usually the thrumming cricket chorus thins to a few hardy soloists when the morning and evening’s chill  signals winter’s shadow  hiding around the slipping sunshine. This year the talk of drought and global…
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