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Thoughts on Poetry, Books, and Life

Poetry Friday Serendipity & My New Favorite Poetry Book

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This week’s Poetry Friday festivities are happening at Check it Out, hosted by Jone. The serendipity is the photo I just took: Jone is my next-door-neighbor in the “About the Poets” section of The Best of Today’s Little Ditty 2014-2015, compiled by our beloved fellow poet and ditty maven, Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. It’s my new […]

Moo by Sharon Creech, copyright 2016

via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Moo-Novel-Sharon-Creech/dp/0062415247

Cows (and friends) make everything better. So Reena discovers when her family decides to leave their big city life and pursue adventure in Maine – in spite of repeated warnings that it’s COLD THERE. (Hi Donna in Maine!! Stay warm!) Sharon Creech’s love letter to her new home state paints an idyllic scene of welcoming […]

Poetry Friday: Thoughts on the Mississippi Book Festival

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It’s time to celebrate Poetry Friday! Heidi is hosting at My Juicy Little Universe. Today at Keri Recommends, I recommend connecting with poets and lovers of poetry. This past Saturday, I attended the 2nd Annual Mississippi Book Festival at the Capitol in Jackson. Billed as a literary lawn party, the festival organizers brought a wide […]

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Each year for my job, I set a goal to read one book per quarter on a particular topic. This year’s topic is creativity, and so far I’ve read Big Magic & A Curious Mind. This quarter I read Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, copyright 1997. Here is a […]

Poetry Friday & Poem Swap Treasures from Mary Lee

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It’s Poetry Friday! Dori welcomes us with deep breaths and deep thoughts at Dori Reads. This week I am sharing another OLW-inspired poem, this time from Mary Lee Hahn. Isn’t it marvelous? Isn’t SHE marvelous? The photo matches perfectly, and I love seeing scenery so different from our Deep South landscape. Thanks to Mary Lee […]

Be Wise Small: A Lifetime of Distilled Wisdom by Dee Bowman, 2016

I work on a university campus, and students are trickling into town. In our circle of friends across the country, some teachers have started back, while others are still enjoying summer vacation. I’m having fun seeing all of the “first day of school” photos on Facebook. My younger nephew had freshman orientation yesterday — my […]