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Thoughts on Poetry, Books, and Life

Poetry Friday: #MoreforAKR

Many people learned of Amy Krouse Rosenthal just recently, because of her viral article in The New York Times titled “You May Want to Marry My Husband.” Sadly, she wrote it as the end of her life neared. Who was Amy Krouse Rosenthal? A popular question, one she spent her life exploring, and one that […]

My Life Monday: Align quote & an act of hope

Over the weekend, my daughter-in-law said, “Mrs. Keri, I’ve noticed a big change in you over the past couple years. You’re so much more chill.” (Insert maniacal laugh here. ME? CHILL?!?) I responded, “I’ve just stopped fighting.” If there is one thing I’ve learned in the course of life, it’s that my usual strategy of […]

Poetry Friday: The Math of Tragedy

In my work for the MSU Extension Service, I’m connected with communicators all over the U.S. A friend shared this editorial about the response to the terrible wildfires that recently devastated four Western states. For background, consider the NY Times piece here. I personally know one family in Texas that has worked to collect local […]

My Life Monday: Align quote from Amanda Slavin + bonus inspiration from Rumi

“It’s important to align yourself with people and situations that support your visions, dreams and values, and vice versa, and to prioritize where your energy is being expended and to whom.” ~Amanda Slavin, from a blog post titled “Curating Your Own Life” Later in the blog, this also struck me: “You are entitled to curate […]

Poetry Friday: Making Friends with Billy Wong, by Augusta Scattergood, copyright 2016

Last August, I went to the Mississippi Book Festival. I happened to sit next to a lovely lady who, like me, had arrived early to hear Kate Di Camillo speak. “May we join you?” is how I met award-winning author and Mississippi native Augusta Scattergood, author of Glory Be, How to Stay in Destiny, and […]

My Life Monday: Align quote from Bono

My One Little Word for 2017 is ALIGN. Here is a spiritually themed quote with a source that initially surprised me. When you align yourself with God’s purpose as described in the Scriptures, something special happens to your life. ~ Bono “Bono.” BrainyQuote.com. Xplore Inc, 2017. 11 January 2017. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/bono569610.html

If You Were the Moon by Laura Purdie Salas

I have a confession to make: I really, really struggle with science. I’m the student who needed to have a visual model for everything so I could understand what was happening. You start getting into math that uses letters and processes that can’t actually be seen and I’m cross-eyed with confusion. (Hmmmm, maybe that’s why […]