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    I am sad and lonely - Jan 3rd, 2015
    I took myself into town today for some sightseeing and struggled over how I felt about the day. I had originally planned to spend the day with a friend, but our plans were cancelled so I found myself alone. But alone isn’t always a bad thing, and I was determined to enjoy myself. And I think I did, mostly. [more...]

    Remembering Murray - Dec 20th, 2014
    Today was the funeral service for my dear friend, Murray. It was a hard day, but I am so pleased I was able to go and pay my respects to a man I had nothing but respect for. [more...]

    A flourish of hate - Oct 12th, 2014
    Today’s creative writing prompt was simple: Craft a story or a poem based on the metaphor “A flourish of hate”. Only it wasn’t actually simple at all. In fact, it was pretty harrowing. [more...]

    Just four years - Feb 15th, 2014
    Just Frances is four years old. Wow! Can you believe that I’ve been spewing this utter nonsense for that long? And if you thought I might be nearing the end of rubbish things to talk about, you’re wrong. (No apologies. If you don’t like it, you can just stop reading!) [more...]

    I believe… - Dec 9th, 2013
    I believe... (A poem by Just Frances) I believe in so many things. / I believe in so many dreams. / I believe in happily ever after / and in the healing properties of laughter. [more...]

    Falling words - Sep 27th, 2013
    I went to Snoqualmie Falls on my way home from my Olympia/Portland journey and was amused when I noticed words embedded into the steps and sidewalk around the visitors’ centre. I couldn’t find anything about them on signs, so I don’t know if they are meant to form together into a poem, or if they’re meant to spark the imaginations of others—or if they’re just meant to be random falls-related words. [more...]

    Sleep evades - Jul 22nd, 2013
    I’ve had a couple of sleepless weeks and it’s starting to show in my face. Despite the many happy things happening, there are many frustrating and stressful things that are interrupting my sleep. [more...]

    And I wait - Jul 17th, 2013
    And I wait (a poem by Just Frances) I draw in a breath, long and slow / And I wait / Desperately, hopelessly / I wait [more...]

    Garbage day - May 15th, 2013
    I have finally taken the garbage out. And—more importantly—the recycling. Though I admit that it happened too late. [more...]

    Only in my dreams - Dec 29th, 2012
    There is a man who appears in my dreams who isn’t Paul. In my dreams, we’re madly in love. And much like the widow dreams I still have, these dreams are different each time. Sometimes happy; sometimes sad. But always a dream; never a reality. [more...]

    A poetic starter - Jul 25th, 2012
    Since I turned in my dissertation draft yesterday, I’ve decided that I am going to take a week’s holiday to rest and unwind before I have to start working on edits for the final version. So, in between now and July 31, I am on holiday! Which basically just means I’m going to go and do fun things for the next week. [more...]

    Listening for the phone - Jun 29th, 2012
    When I was in high school, my sister (I think?*) wrote a poem that went something like this: [more...]

    I dreamt a dream - Jun 16th, 2012
    I wrote this poem a few weeks ago, when life was going great and my future was filled with hope: job prospects; PhD funding opportunities; and more! When I wrote it, I did so bracing myself for disappointment (hence the second part) but the hope kept coming and I actually began to think that maybe—just maybe—my dreams were starting to come true. [more...]

    A mini-reunion and a catch-up - May 15th, 2012
    Oh dear, it’s been more than a week since I last posted. Sorry about that. It’s not that I’ve been sitting at home sulking though. No, I’ve been sitting at home writing essays like a mad woman! So, let me get you up to speed! [more...]

    The Desiderata way of life - Apr 23rd, 2012
    My favourite poem is The Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. The poem was written in 1927 and has an interesting history including a misconception about the dates and a fun little bit of copyright law. Now, these are not the reasons I love the poem so much, but fun histories do make me happy! Though I digress… [more...]

    The world is filled with beautiful things - Apr 13th, 2012
    It’s a poetry day again. I don’t know if this is any good, and I may play with it a bit before calling it final, but at least this is a good start. Well, maybe it’s a good start. [Enter humble and embarrassed apology about how sorry I am for torturing you with my poetry here.] [more...]

    Ode to a St Patrick’s Day Martini - Mar 15th, 2012
    What’s that? The Martinis! Facebook page is running a poetry competition? Well, how can I resist that? [more...]

    An ode to my platelets - Mar 14th, 2012
    Once again, I’ve found myself with a lower-than-ideal platelet count. Well, it was very low last week (13!) and I had them re-tested today. Hopefully when the results come in later this week, they’ll be better. In the mean time, I have been referred to a haematologist again. Not that they can fix me, as this silly little condition seems to be sticking around. [more...]

    A Lenten poem - Feb 22nd, 2012
    I’ve written about Lent and my beliefs in the past but try as I may, this year I couldn’t come up with the words. Not because of a lack of faith, but rather because I don’t know what more I can add to the discussion. [more...]

    There is a path we follow - Nov 28th, 2011
    I don’t know what compelled me to play poet again today, but compelled I was, so you get to read my latest attempt at literary expression. I think it needs some work, but I don’t know what kind, so this is really just a draft-ish piece. Anyhow, enjoy! [more...]

    Dear Self Confidence - Nov 2nd, 2011
    It’s been nearly eight months since I last wrote a poem (horrible or otherwise) for you. Well, for me, actually. So, tonight I decided to whip one up. [more...]

    At the end of the garden - Mar 10th, 2011
    I’ve been thinking about a poem for several days now and started on a draft this evening. I’m not completely happy with what I have so far, but I’ll get there. In the mean time, here’s the first draft for you to enjoy! [more...]

    A happy thought - Feb 11th, 2011
    I don’t know that my day started off badly, but it didn’t start off happy. Stress has been preventing me from getting a proper night’s sleep for quite some time and it’s causing my days to be more apathetic than anything. [more...]

    Two-poem Thursday - Jan 28th, 2011
    When I’m feeling stressed I turn to my writing prompts. Today, that meant working on a new form poem, which led me to writing a prompt-less poem as well. [more...]

    Common cold - Jan 11th, 2011
    Oh, how I hate being sick. Even worse it when it’s just ‘the common cold’ because there isn’t anything you can do about it—other than hydrate, eat well, and rest. (Sorry, I don’t buy into the chemically-enhanced ‘cures’ on the market today.) [more...]

    Water, water, everywhere - Dec 14th, 2010
    I had a long, partly mostly tear-filled conversation with a friend today where I went on and on about many of the fears and uncertainties that I’m facing as I start looking toward my future. And he commented about how I need to stop looking at the glass as half empty and start looking at it as half full. [more...]

    Trees - Oct 27th, 2010
    Just for you, some pretty trees that I drew this evening. Yay! [more...]

    A-Z poetry (Hey! That rhymes!) - Oct 23rd, 2010
    Today’s writing lesson was an A-Z poem where the first letter of each line forms the alphabet in alphabetical order. It was a bit challenging because I often use these writing assignments to reflect on my emotions rather than just silliness, but I do love a good challenge! So, without further ado… [more...]

    A shape haiku - Oct 6th, 2010
    As I work toward my goal of publishing a book I’ve found myself spending a lot of time re-learning different forms of poetry. Added to that, I’ve found that forcing myself to put thoughts in to a predetermined form is helpful as I try to identify my emotions. And blah, blah, blah… [more...]

    My favourite things - Sep 28th, 2010
    As part of my effort to take back my lunch time, I’ve spent today’s lunch break composing a little ditty on my laptop just for my awesome readers; who are also some of my favourite things. (Yay! for awesome readers! And yay! for reclaimed lunch breaks. And yay! for whatever else you want to celebrate today!) [more...]

    I asked - Sep 28th, 2010
    I asked: A poem by Just Frances [more...]

    Hump day haikus - Sep 23rd, 2010
    The Squeen, in her most noble and wise ways, has declared that: “Wednesdays, today and forthwith and here-on-after, are haiku Wednesdays.” I’ve thought about posting random things related to haikus (including actually writing my own) in the past but haven’t actually done it. [more...]

    Lessons of a new foster mommy; Part 1 - Sep 1st, 2010
    It’s been nearly three weeks since the kid arrived and there’ve been loads of little lessons learned. [more...]

    I wish I had - Aug 24th, 2010
    I wish I had: A poem by Just Frances [more...]

    Ode to the Beach House - Jul 31st, 2010
    An Ode to the Beach House: A poem by Just Frances [more...]

    Fear is a silly thing - Jul 27th, 2010
    I posted a while back about “I AM” poems, and how I like to re-write mine from time-to-time because it helps me to reflect on my world. There are a dozen or so other poem templates that I like to use for personal reflections, too. [more...]

    Whatifs - Jul 6th, 2010
    Whatifs are terrible little things. They hold us back from doing all of the important things in life. They feed on fear and worry and self-doubt. But Whatifs are silly and inconsequential things; they are a manifestation of our insecurities from the dark depths of our imaginations. [more...]

    To be blissfully happy - May 20th, 2010
    Sometimes I need to be reminded of my ultimate goal in life: To be blissfully happy. On those days, I reflect on one of my favorite poems, Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann. His words are truly inspirational to me. I look forward to the day when joy and happiness come as easily as breathing again… [more...]

    I am - Feb 18th, 2010
    “I AM” is a poetry lesson often taught at the grade school level. It is sort of like Mad Libs, but with a slightly more serious slant. (Though I know a few teachers who have their pupils write outlandishly silly poems with the template to foster creativity and imagination.) [more...]

    Lenten obligations - Feb 17th, 2010
    Lent is a funny little ‘season’ in modern society. Each year people around the globe begin to talk about what they’ll give up for those 40-some days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. [more...]

    Music to my ears - Feb 16th, 2010
    I bought an iPod Classic in October because I was feeling down and shiny things normally cheer me up. I had it engraved with the last line from one of my favorite poems, Desiderata (by Max Ehrmann). [more...]

    It is still a beautiful world - Oct 11th, 2009
    I reflect quite often on the Desiderata these days. Mostly because I know that my Paul wants me to be happy and the words of the Desiderata seem to speak to that so very well. The world for me these days seems so bleak, so frightening, so lonely, but still, I know that there is goodness in it. I know that I will find my way through the misery and will be happy once again. I try each day to remember that there is so much good in the world, and that my life will continue and that it will be a good life. It’s difficult to do most days, but it is my duty as a wife to be the happy person my husband wants me to be. [more...]