More kindness and respect.

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Photo by Glomad Marketing on Unsplash

We’ve waited a long time to come together.

Let's not screw it up.

We need to respect and show kindness to each other.

It’s our time for more of both.

Your Turn!

Theme: More

Inspired by Harper Thorpe “Wanting More”, and prompt, “More”. Thanks also to our hosts, Kathy Jacobs and Harper Thorpe, and the rest of the talented Chalkboard team!


How fun and fast food arrived back in the forties.

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Photo taken by authors mum’s friend

My mother had finished the 11th grade in 1937 and because her family, like a lot of others, needed help financially, she never went to grade 12. The only job she was able to get was as a nanny/housekeeper.

Her dream had been to be a nurse but that meant getting her high school diploma. Times were tough and it just wasn’t possible then.

The war broke out in 1939 and they needed welders to make smoke bombs. She volunteered and was sent by train across the country to learn to be a welder. She left Calgary, Alberta, and went to a small town outside of Toronto, Ontario. …


We are not all laughing

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Photo by Bekir Dönmez on Unsplash

We start by showing up

We think about our choices

This isn’t a party … yet

We make the effort once again

Four years later.

Time to make the right choice

Your Turn

Theme: Skeletal Fun

Inspired by Kathy Jacobs’ “Skeleton Fun”, and prompt, “skeleton.”. Thanks also to our hosts, Kathy Jacobs and Harper Thorpe, and the rest of the talented Chalkboard team!


Finding your happiness in the time of COVID.

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Photo by Denise Jones on Unsplash

Our experiences during this pandemic should not be wasted. After getting over the fact that we need to change our lives, hopefully, we would realize that the opportunity for this change may not occur at any other time.

Hard to imagine that COVID could be considered an opportunity for good. Are we out of danger? Of course not. But this has been a time of learning about ourselves and those we love and care for.

I have learned that we need time alone and COVID has provided that. I also learned that after being on my own to write and try to create things, I need to interact with others. …


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Photo by Daniel J. Schwarz on Unsplash

It has taken some time

I know.

It seems I take longer than

A lot of others.

But I love where I am now.

With you.

Thanks for waiting.

Your Turn

Theme: Bloom

Inspired by Cie Turvey’s poem and prompt, “Bloom”. Thanks also to our hosts, Kathy Jacobs and Harper Thorpe, and the rest of the talented Chalkboard team!


Finding your happiness in the time of COVID.

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Photo by Denise Jones on Unsplash

Our experience(s) during this pandemic should not be wasted. After getting

over the fact that we need to change our lives, hopefully, we would realize

the opportunity for this change may not occur at any other time.

Hard to imagine that COVID could be considered an opportunity for good.

Are we out of danger? Of course not. But this has been a time of learning

about ourselves and those we love and care for.

I have learned that we need time alone and COVID has provided that. I also

learned that after being on my own to write and try to create things, I need…


It is if you want to know yourself … at any age.

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Photo by Hello I'm Nik 🎞 on Unsplash

I am late to the game of journaling. As a matter of fact, I started on July 8th, 2019. I had been told this would be helpful for organizing my thoughts and for understanding where I wanted to go while entering my retirement.

Since that time I have written my morning notes as soon as I get up, only once missing the day. We woke up late and had to leave as soon as possible. We were getting in the car when I remembered and raced back to get the exercise book and my pen. …


Echo’s are like math

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Photo by Asso Myron on Unsplash

Math is like an echo.

Fibonacci knew this.

When you know one thing,

It leads to another.

It’ll always lead to a known place.

Echos are reliable.

Just like math.

In response to Richard L. Boyer ‘Echo’ prompt

The Magnificent Jesse Boy

As always, thanks to our hosts, Kathy Jacobs and Harper Thorpe, and the rest of the talented Chalkboard team!


Remember, Beauty is truth, truth beauty.

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picture of author (sitting far left) and friends from SPH nursing class of 1973

When old age shall this generation waste,

Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe

Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say’st,

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty” — that is all

Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

John Keats, “Ode to a Grecian Urn”

I remember reading Keats’s famous poem ‘Ode to a Grecian Urn’. Somehow it seemed to speak to me of beauty when I was 17 years old. Now at 68, it seems to say something else.

Signs of aging happens to the best of us. Some accept it and carry on not giving it another thought. …


A one line poem

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Picture by author with friends from nursing class of 1973

We’ve all changed, but what if they don’t recognize me.

I’m rounder and greyer.

Could these old lady shoes be mine?

I hear the laughter and, yeah, I’m back.

Inspired by Chris Coolsma’s retrospective poem and prompt, “Reunion”. Thanks also to our hosts, Kathy Jacobs and Harper Thorpe, and the rest of the talented Chalkboard team!

About

Lee-Anne Hancock

Recently retired Poison Control Specialist. Now writing a murder mystery and blogging about the fun and freedom for those retired and those about to retire.

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