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This week I spent a lot of time working on my Halloween Edition newsletter, which you should have received by now if you subscribed before October 29th. That newsletter contains my ten spookiest poems. They are oldies but goodies and I hope you enjoy them, even if it is your second time reading them.

The only new content I have this week is my poem Apologetics, which is about a person who apologizes all the time and is quite seriously contrite, for reasons he or she is happy to explain in the course of the poem.

Below that poem are the last several episodes of the homeschooling story, Resilience. This story is best read starting at Resilience I and then continuing forward through the episodes, using the arrows just above the black comment bar.

This episodic short story was an experiment in longer fiction (over 10k words.) It was not only published, but also written episode by episode. SO I am blaming any failures in editing, plot structure, character development, or general entertainment value, on premature publication.:)

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White orchid on a kitchen table in front of calendars and a whiteboard. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem is in the form of a benediction or blessing. I imagine it recited in an Irish accent, for some reason. Something like the Serenity Prayer, I suppose. Anyway, hope you enjoy this overdue salute, to the sacrifices of all the moms out there, trying to raise kids of whatever age. Thanks for coming by to read. God bless …

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A somewhat pixelated closeup of a small bouquet of marigolds and zinnias. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem came, as I was preparing to go to the funeral of a dear relative's parent. I could not help but recall previous funerals and memorial gatherings, with the same set of people. One of these, of course, was my mother's. My mother had many virtues, but she was one of those people, to whom apologies come as second …

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Resilience VIII

A full moon ( or nearly) through a window at dusk. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This final episode in Resilience, Episode VIII, sees the boys and Mom at the end of the day, at their camp near the river. Hope you have enjoyed this series! For the rest of the series, visit Resilience I, Resilience II, Resilience III, Resilience IV, Resilience V, Resilience VI and Resilience VII. Thank you for coming by to read! Back …

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Resilience VII

A speaker throwing colored light, like an aquamarine snake skin, on a nearby sticky note. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This is Episode Seven in the story Resilience about a day in the life of a homeschool mom and her two boys. The previous episodes can be found at Resilience I, Resilience II, Resilience III, Resilience IV, Resilience V, Resilience VI. In this episode the homeschool friends Sam, Aiden and Evan sneak in a secret conversation, behind soundproof walls in …

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Resilience VI

Closeup of bright pink roses against other flowers. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This is episode six in the story Resilience, about a mother and her two boys as they homeschool. To read the other five episodes, please check out Resilience I, Resilience II, Resilience III, Resilience IV and Resilience V. It makes more sense if you read them in order, but that's up to you. You can save yourself the trouble of …

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