Friday, February 16, 2018

Tomorrow is the only thing between me and "Black Panther."

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Marking it on the calendar

Jan 31st.

The moon and I have a date.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

An alert on my phone

"Elton John" was all I could see and my heart freaked out because I thought he'd died. Pulled the tab down to see part of the story.

He's just going to stop touring.  That is not BREAKING NEWS.

If and when he does die, though, I'm going to cry forever.

By 11, I had been abused every way a person can be abused.  By 16, I had lost all hope.   I planned my suicide and spent what I thought would be the last day of my life calling my friends and listening to my favorite records and albums which were mostly Elton John because I loved him so.  "Someone Saved My Life" played but I was not looking for anyone to save me. Still I knew I loved that moment when I heard a new Elton John/Bernie Taupin work on the radio.

I decided that that feeling--that excitement--was enough to keep living for.  Well, that, the taste of strawberries and the sound of rain.

I will cry when the BREAKING NEWS story comes about his death.  I'll be glad that he existed.  There are some moments in those decades in between my sixteenth year and now that I'm so glad I experienced.  I'm glad he saved my life.

Monday, January 01, 2018

The 1st day is always easy

Up and doing those things I said I was gonna do.  The trick is to continue and make it a habit, which ultimately becomes one's life.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

I have less than 3 hours


Lose weight

Write a book

Revise that stack of stories

Pay off my credit cards

Cut all the bear material I have


Maybe I'll just roll those things into 2018 and actually DO them

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

So excited for 2018!

It's gonna be way better than this current one.


Because I plan to work and make it that way.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I am an infrequent viewer of The Voice

but when I do watch a season of it, I am always disappointed with who wonπŸ˜’

Friday, December 08, 2017

A few weeks more

I will be so happy for 2018.

This was a challenging year.  I finally learned the lesson holding me back in some areas of my life. Curious for the instance where I show Life I do get it. I hope I graduate from the sandbox to the playground.

Thursday, November 30, 2017


was a very good day.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Lucky Duck

Went to Arizona last weekend to help my youngest son get out of there.  He's headed to NYC.

Yep, I'm gonna find reason to visit A LOT.

November is writing and sewing

A novel and lots of teddy bears.

Racism is everywhere.

I love talent competitions

Love this from The Voice.  Best Cover I've heard so far.

Monday, October 23, 2017


2018 will not get here without me getting some things done.

I am going to finish my aquatic-themed bathroom.  Need a storage cabinet, a table, a betta for the tank, and one or two other fish for the small aquarium.  Would love to have a fern in there but they hate me.

I will get all that bear material cut. Have done a lot of sewing, but will probably not get all the bears sewn. That's okay.  Has to be.

I have some weight to lose so I need to get running. Hate that I've waited till it's getting cold!

National Novel Writing Month. Gonna do it this year; my life is such that there is the time and little distractions.

Two months and some days. Gonna use that time wisely.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

This is the part of the year where I make a mad dash to finish stuff before a new year.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017


I've been staying up till 4 sewing bears.  On the nights, I'm not, like tonight (this morning, whatever) I can't fall asleep 'cause my sleep pattern's all messed up. (Insert sad face here).

Binge watching Hulu till my head hits the pillow.
I was turning the knob on the car radio, trying to find something good.  I couldn't get past the rock station, which I never listened to unless The Eagles were playing, because of the beat and the guitar in the song playing.

I'd caught the tail end of the record and, unfortunately, the dj hadn't mentioned the artist.

I pulled into the parking lot of Circle K, parked, and ran to the pay phone.  I called information for the station phone number and then called it.

What was the name of that song you just played, I asked.  To help him, I said the one word I'd repeated to myself to help me identify the song--breakdown.

It's called Breakdown, he said. (Ha!)

That began my love affair with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Damn the Torpedos was one of only two 8-tracks I would own in my life and I played it relentlessly and religiously in my car until the machine ate the ribbon up.  No matter.  Bought 45s.

I'll have to pull them out and throw them on the turntable.  Be very sad that he's gone but very glad he left something meaningful in the world.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Someone needs to tell Adrian Peterson he needs to take a seat right there next to Ray Rice.

I love this guy

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Got a new calendar

Cannot believe this year is almost over.  Starting making plans for next year; things I want to do, like traveling.  Reading the books I have before I buy more (ha!) 

I seriously cannot believe how quickly times flies.  Just yesterday I was saying goodbye to 1999!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

There should be a remedial Civics class for adults

I cannot believe how many people think the First Amendment gives them the right to say anything, and without consequence.

The educational system in this country is so failing.

News Flash:  The First Amendment says the government cannot keep you from saying what you want. 

And say what you will, but it may cost you something.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

White People!!

Not all, just some--

I try to be nonviolent but sometimes I wish I could reach through the computer and slap some commenter upside the head.

Keep your racist opinions for your next KKK meeting, why don't cha?


My blood pressure.  YES!

Years of trying different medications and combinations and giving up salt (I LOVED SALT- would put it on ice cubes and suck them) and giving up bacon (except for bits in salads)/(I LOVED BACON-once ate 14 pieces at a breakfast buffet 'cause I could).

One time my blood pressure was 228/145.  Stroke territory. "I'm not sure I'm letting you go back to work," the doctor had said when I'd went in on my lunch break.

Until I got well, I hadn't known just how bad I was.  So much better now.

116/75. I like that number.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The world is so crazy.

What is happening to us?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy Tabula Rasa

A new slate.  Let the newness begin.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Challenges and other stuff

I have made some bad decisions-- well, really, counting chickens before they hatched.   And when they failed to hatch, some things went downhill.  Blah!

My sweet kitten died from a blood disease:(

I got a dog that I'd owned previously back into my life; she's old but I'm so glad she's here:)


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Three weeks for spring break. Yay!

So I teach only on Fridays.  Long day but I get to be lazy Monday through Thursday afternoon when I start preparing for class.  But spring break is next week and then we're off for Good Friday (although it's called Spring Holiday) and then another week until I go back.

I plan to read. 


And read some more.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Changing my life up

Have given notice that I will not be back for another semester of teaching.

Was afraid.  Like the security of a /the job, ha ha, and the money's good but there's something else I want to do and I'm going to pursue that.  A little fearful but I'm excited for the change and the challenge.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

If Donald Trump becomes president,

Orange really will be the new Black.

Sunday, February 14, 2016


Then: Obama doesn't follow the Constitution!

Now: Obama, don't follow the Constitution!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I'm no Beyonce fan

but really some white folks are getting a little crazy about that video/Superbowl performance.  Asking for police accountability does not equal hating the police.  Despite some racist encounters I've had with the police, I still recognize that 1 bad apple does not represent the bushel.  Anyway, it was entertainment.

Personally, I think she's an opportunist-- Black Lives Matter has been around for a minute, no? But really, stop shooting us.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Black History Month

She posed as a man to serve the country


That is all.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Black History Month--Octavia Butler knew the power of affirmative words

This is why it's important for children to know how to use words. They have tremendous power. 

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Black History Month--Do You Know Who Diane Nash Is?

Had the honor of meeting her in Nashville.  Amazing woman.  Had not heard of her until I visited the Civil Rights Room in the city library.  Disappointed to learn that many did not know who she was.
Learn yourself something today

Monday, February 01, 2016

This is the cover of my chapbook upcoming from Winged City Chapbooks/Argus House.


Black History Month


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This man outside the grocery store was looking for handouts.

Usually I'm good for the change in my pocket but he was wearing a cap with a confederate flag so I just walked on.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Visiting, are you, Gwen?

I need to get to this blog more often.

That moon last night!

So beautiful.

Unfortunately, cameras missing batteries or not charged.

Someone showed me some pictures he took with his camera.  Beautiful.

Unfortunately, my camera on the phone is crap.  Sad face. Sad face. Sad face.

Monday, August 10, 2015

I will never learn

Yeah, it's a week before a new semester starts and I have yet to begin my syllabi:-/

Thursday, June 18, 2015

You are here

In Vermont and loving it.

Has rained for several days and all I want to do is lay around and read.  But I'm here to write.

Trying hard not to get on my I-want-to-live-in-the Northeast-kick again.
Trees making it hard for me.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

I've been playing "bingo"


Wasting my time (i.e. my life) on games I had on the phone, and the tablet and the computer.

Have (kind of) shook that addiction.  Just collecting the credits and freebies at this point. Promised myself a marathon of bingo, but later in the year.  Much later.

There are stories to write and pictures to take and bears to sew.

Welcome back to your life, Gwendolyn.

I'm going to bawl like a baby!

News reports saying that B.B. King is under hospice care:(

Was hoping to see him perform again.  Still, I have the memory of hearing him and meeting him in Nashville when he played at the Ryman.

That thrill will never be gone.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Quote for Feb 23

Freedom has never been free.

Medgar Evers

Black History Month-- This one's celebrating non-Negros

I recently met Paul Salzman who (I found when I did a little research) is pretty famous as a director and photographer.  I went to see a film he did and listen to his talk because he'd been a part of Freedom Summer  and I wanted to make contact with him because I want to write something about that.

Anyway, he was one of the many Whites who put their lives on the line for change.  Their presence kept media attention on the Civil Rights battle and the atrocities that accompanied it.  Some blacks were bitter (understandably) that a different value was placed on a White life as opposed to a Black one (sadly, that has not changed), still, those White people and the abolitionists before did the right thing.

They helped change Black History and so here's a shout out for Mr. Salzman and all those who know it truly is about our character and not our color.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Riley B.

The absolute BEST:


You know a lot about Oprah.  There are two things I find amazing and anyone can change his or her life by doing what Oprah did:

1) She learned to read at 3 and has made this a lifetime passion.

 The ability to read.  It's a life-changer.

2) When her grandmother was teaching her how to do white people's laundry, she decided that that was not going to be her life.

The power of the mind to change things.  Embrace it, harness it and you can change most everything.

sniffle, sniffle, cough cough

Been sick.  Ugh.
Where were we?

Oh, yeah, Negroes you should know.