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My five latest posts are at the end of this newsletter, latest first.

I only managed to squeeze out one poem this week, perhaps because I have been trying to participate in a casual way in the effort to write a novel in November. See #nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month.) I've only two days of writing so far out of a five day week, but maybe I'll catch up over the weekend. Im at about 6ooo words so far.

I've also been enjoying the Author's Guild's free business of writing seminars over the past few weeks. So many great bits of advice. If you're interested in writing as a career, look them up! They also have options for memberships.

The poem I wrote is called Benediction. If you have read my blog at all, you will know that I have a soft spot for mothers of young children, having been through that stage with four kids myself. This poem blesses moms for all they do, at every stage of motherhood.

I imagine it's going to get harder to keep this going as the holdiays roll around, but I hope you will continue to visit and comment or share, whenever you are moved to do so. I really enjoy the feedback!

Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather as much as I am. To see a number in the fifties on a thermometer in Florida is a rare thing indeed, and I always look forward to it.

Hope all is well with you, and many thanks for your continued readership and support.

Have a great week!


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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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