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More on the Captain

Captain Before the Move

As soon as I brought the frozen food in from the car and into the fridge, I settled down. I called my friend to tell her about the Captain. She said he had been there every day coming out of the woods at feeding time. She continued that he looked the same, meaning he had not lost any weight in the 4 days he’d been there. So who greeted me and ran the Captain’s usual routine? And how did he know? Ghost cat? Double? Split? I would swear it was the Captain. You make up your own mind.

He remains at my friend’s, happy to have her following his feeding schedule. He adjusted. Finally, so did I.

Now I have time to wonder why I brought so much stuff! Boxes of stuff that would go into the attic if I lived in a big, ole’ house. But I don’t. My kids sure don’t want it. They are building their own memories. I start with Mom’s pictures and keepsakes. I don’t know most of the people in those photos taken in the 20s, 30s and 40s. Out they go. Hard to do but I do it. Feeling a little guilty, especially as a writer, but I do it. I carry them in my head and in my heart. I do not need to look at them and I didn’t from year to year anyway. It is hard to do but I do it.

Next to go are the letters, boxes of them, some from 50 years ago. Some from my brother Albert who lived in Mexico and then Puerto Rico for 50 years. Out. Some from my son Kenny while he was in the Navy. Some from family members and friends who were away for one reason or another. Out. Out. I enjoyed reading the cards I kept, still kept a couple; tossed the majority. Gone. Hard. I love the cards I’ve received over the years.

Twelve boxes of books that I have no place for and really no longer need to surround me are still piled up in front of me. It will take a little longer to take them to Goodwill which is right up the street from me. They are heavy so I’ll need to take them out in small bags up the long path to my car at the end of the parking lot, for the next 4 years. Well, maybe it won’t take that long.


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Prayer for the 4th and Everyday

Divine Spirit

arlene s bice


On this day of rejoicing and celebrating the birth of our nation

Please lay you hand of love and light on the shoulders of the growing number

Of discontented men and women with minds full of hate and anger

Instigated by an evil one.

Let them see and feel the blessings of a lightened heart

Where love dwells for their neighbors, no matter how far away

Let their weight of hatred be lifted, changed to kindness and compassion

For those who are different from themselves

May you shine your love and light upon the many who lack the ability

To open their eyes to see the joy of loving and forgiving

Let them bond with those leaders who walk with truth and goodness

Divine Spirit, help our country and all who dwell on our land.

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From: What it is to be a Woman-poem by Jyoti Wind

Image by Sarah Richter from Pixabay =thank you.

To Be a Woman© Jyoti Wind 

Generations of servitude,

always others first.

Here we stand

learning boundaries,

saying No,

feeling good about

having choice,

standing in our power,

inspiring sisters

to do the same,

learning new ways

of being in the world

than what was given.

Turning to ash

the ways of our mothers,

inviting our daughters

to surpass us.

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The Tree of Woman from What it is to be a Woman

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

The Tree of Woman© Lynn Szostek    

Roots, shoots, fruits

A woman thou art these

From tiny seedling rooted deep

Grown tall and strong, a tree

With branches reaching far and wide

Stemming from her core

They find the sun and catch the rain

And sway through any storm 

Though leaves may change and some may shed

A branch may break or bend

Just when you think her time is done She blossoms once again.

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any Grant offering coming from my name is a Scam!

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Haiku April 13 2022

Lover’s Glen before it was renamed David’s Chamber, personal photo of lisa tomey

For the Wednesday poetry challenge which will also be my poem for National Poetry Month, Day 13, I am to choose a favorite place or natural place and write a Haiku. So, here goes. Thank you to Lisa Bolin of the Garden of Neuro Institute for the inspiration.

fresh waterfall view
collect in soul memories
viewed in my recall

This is one of many inspirational poetry and writing prompts which come from the Garden of Neuro Institute. This is a place for women empowering women.

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pspoetry Day 12 seasons & people

Seasons -arlene s bice

Spring and youth burst forth, full of energy

Promise, overflowing with bright ideas

Summer moseys in with a slowed pace

Tempering those ideas, soothing

Autumn refines, reflects, savors

Appreciates, satisfies what truly is

The inner person emerges, colorful

Winter finds contentment, a warm fire

Chases away doubts, fears, emptiness.   

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pspoetry Day 9 Spring

Spring lights up life

like candles on a birthday cake

birthing wishes, hopes, fresh

new, sweet dreams of promise

quick, before summer heat

saturates every little thing, slows down all progress.

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Ten Things of Thankful

Field of Daisies

TTOT 22.04.08.

  1. It’s April Poetry Month!
  2. So far I have been able to write and post a poem a day for pspoetry.
  3. I so grateful to be back to normal, whatever my normal is.
  4. Lovely weather restoring my energy.
  5. Binaural beats healing music on You Tube. Great for my lungs.
  6. No fee for You Tube music and lots of other opportunities.
  7. My newest publication of Running with the Horses memoir.
  8. My latest memoir was pure joy to write. I relived happy times while writing it.
  9. My first order of Running with the Horses sold out. Second order due on Monday.
  10. I’m bursting with thankfuls!


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pspoetry Day 8 love recipe of 3 ingredients

 Love’s Recipe

To Love is to respect

With humor reflect

Joy is yours to expect

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