This is Jane Christmas. Jane writes memoirs. Her newest book, Open House - A Life in Thirty-Two Moves, had a quiet yet important release yesterday (March 24, 2020). Jane lives in England with the love of her life and their dog. I met Jane over twenty-five years ago (we were five-years old...I kid. I kid.)… Continue reading Q&A WITH JANE CHRISTMAS! Author of ‘Open House – A Life in Thirty-Two Moves’
Well, we made it to three o'clock and our first day of the Shields Family School is complete. As you can see, the kids have vanished. I'm still writing away. It's been a good day. Yes, I got dressed, put on a real bra, brushed my teeth first-thing, and put on actual clothes. (Though I… Continue reading Chocolate Cake
Tomorrow I will get dressed. I will brush my teeth first thing in the morning...not sometime after dinner when I run my tongue over my teeth and they feel covered in wool sweaters. I just made 'x' marks on two March calendars to show how many days have past. Never has a month felt so… Continue reading Tomorrow
This is why reading is soooo very important - it enlightens us in ways that are necessary for our ability to remember. Last night, I started reading 'The Chilbury Ladies' Choir' by Jennifer Ryan. It's a story about the reformation of a choir in small town England during World War II. (It's much more, but… Continue reading Mass Observation – Let The 2020 Archive Begin?
A wonderful email to open on a cloudy Wednesday morning: The winner of Penable's 2 poetry competition is.... Vanessa Shields!! Victoria Abah said, 'She brought the poem to life. Love the use of the mermaid and the description of crisp cold water. I know that feeling all too well.' Congratulations Vanessa! Here is what she… Continue reading A Nice Little Win!
A blog reader sent me a link to a poetry contest he's having...deadline is on Tuesday! Because I'm hot to submit these days, I'm trying hard to say yes to entering things that show up in my life! Here's the link, if you'd like to enter too! https://penableme.wordpress.com/2020/03/05/poetry-thursday-competition/ how to submit: Submitting your great poems… Continue reading Poem for a Contest & The Contest!
While my family and I were in New York City in January, we visited Washington Square Park. It's a hot-spot for creatives, often the gathering place for buskers, musicians, wild fashion, weddings and serious games of chess. On this particular day, we had the pleasure of meeting poet Marshall James Kavanaugh aka '@DreamPoetForHire'. Marshall is… Continue reading Dream Poet for Hire Marshall James Kavanaugh
March second today. Holy balls. I woke up and immediately started to hiccup. Like, deep-lift-your-whole-diaphragm-up kinda hiccups. Not sure what that means...except that maybe I need to remember to breathe more. The hiccups lasted for about fifteen minutes. After I got dressed, tidied my mouth and face, and laid out my work for the day,… Continue reading Refine…and Enough-ness