By God’s grace and a lot of help from others, I am now beginning my third year with this blog and WordPress. I was a classic over-achiever when growing up. I tried so hard in so many ways and landed in the hospital for my 40th birthday (1993). My 40s were mainly about getting strong again, caring for my mother, and saying good-bye to many dear relatives. The illness I had changed my energy level and required some clear choices. I am profoundly grateful every day.
I started over in new cities, new jobs, and new creative endeavors many times. But we can grow deep roots over time. Sometimes I feel like I’ve had to grow my roots an inch deeper, and sometimes a foot deeper. God does the growing.
The women who cut my hair so well now are young enough to be daughters or grand-daughters. We get involved in conversations. I don’t mind sharing if it encourages someone to slow down a little, get enough sleep–AND/OR to believe they can succeed at new things at any age! Once a teacher, always a teacher.
Blogging got me writing more again. At first, I retyped poems that had been previously published in print journals. Then new poems began arriving. When I was not completely well, I discovered haiku and tanka. The short forms were poetry I could read. They are challenging too, and no one would ever claim to master them.
One nice thing about poetry is that you can share in a way that helps others while also respecting everyone’s privacy. Authors like Luci Shaw, Madeleine L’Engle, Charles A. Waugaman, and others showed me how to do this. Others reading this can speak about poetry and other art forms far better than me.
Still learning always…
Karl’s photo of the Trumpeter Swans on Lake Michigan is a favorite. So here it is again.