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Thoughts on Poetry, Books, and Life

Primal Leadership by Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee, copyright 2013

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Everyone knows smiles and yawns are contagious, but the authors of Primal Leadership contend emotions are, too; therefore, effective leaders are those who manage their own emotions — and the emotions of those they lead — in positive ways. Reflect on your personal experiences in the work place. Could your boss’s bad mood bring down […]

Poetry Friday and a Morro Bay tanka

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Hurray, it’s Poetry Friday!  Catherine at Reading to the Core is hosting today — thanks, Catherine! On Thursday I was feeling a wee bit homesick for California, so I decided to accept the Ditty of the Month Club challenge and mentally travel to Morro Bay.   At the water’s edge gulls screech at my invasion, […]

Poetry Friday & Learning New Skills

It’s Poetry Friday! Robyn Campbell is hosting for the first time — thank you, Robyn! It’s not as scary as it may seem! Thursday was another free day off work because of weather. Yesterday it was in the 70s. Today it won’t reach freezing, and ice battered our windows this morning like tiny gravel bits. […]

Wildwood, written by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis copyright 2012

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Last summer when I was in Portland, I fell under the spell of a recommendation at Powell‘s. The book: Wildwood, Book I in a trilogy called the Wildwood Chronicles, written by Colin Meloy and illustrated by his wife Carson Ellis. Book 2 launched in 2013, and Book 3 was just released in Feb. 2015. (For […]

Poetry Friday and a Letter Poem

It’s Poetry Friday! Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe is hosting the round-up today.  It’s been a very exciting week here in Mississippi! This is not an unusual sight for many of my PF friends, but it’s Very Unusual for us! Of course I had to write a poem for Michelle’s challenge.   Dear Snow, […]

PTQ: Magnolia Challenge — The Deadline

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Greetings from the Magnolia State! Last Saturday was the deadline for the Possum Town Quilters‘ Guild Challenge. This year’s assignment was to use a magnolia in some form and include a challenge fabric.  The goal is to send 8 finalists to the national guild challenge and have our guild’s quilts win a spot in the […]

Poetry Friday & Today’s Math Problem

  It’s Poetry Friday! Paul at These 4 Corners is hosting. I’ve been thinking about this poem all week, inspired by friends who have been working for two years to adopt a teenaged Ukrainian orphan, Julia. They were very close to finishing the process when the recent conflict between Russia and the Ukraine began. Then […]