So glad you have signed up to receive the For Random Learning Comes Newsletter! This is the forty-sixth edition.

Previous editions can be found on the blog's Newsletter page. I send it out weekly, so if you don't get my email on Saturday morning, please let me know! (Check your junk and spam folders too.)

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

This week I have just one poem for you. It is called Our Selves, and it talks about the phenomenon of trying to shut out the world and the senses of your body to become entirely cerebral.

Of course that is no way to live.

I hope that spring is bringing lots of good sensations as well as happy thoughts, and that you enjoy them all!

Please check out my poems on Ukraine below, Worthy and Choice. You can also find The World Police a bit earlier on the blog, if you haven't read it already.

It is awful, how this conflict drags on without resolution. I think I heard on a podcast recently, that the root cause of the Western paralysis is nuclear weapons.

But with such an interconnected world it seems strange that we can get away with parsing ourselves into NATO and non-NATO nations, as if the boundaries of ones country were not equally sacrosanct, no matter what alliance a state had achieved, or been allowed. As if we were once more those distant and distinct Allied and Axis powers, and never the twain shall meet.

What happens in Ukraine doesn't stay in Ukraine, anymore. Today, it feels as if Ukraine is right on our doorstep. I find my opinions jumping back and forth, from urging more action, to hoping the sanctions will be enough, to praying, that we (and who is included, you may ask, in that we? Good question!) get out of this alive. At long last, I realize I have no right to an opinion, nor does it particularly matter, what I think.

But I appreciate you reading, anyway!

If you haven't signed up for my newsletter yet, I hope you will consider doing so. And tell your friends! There's a blue signup form on every page.

Thanks again for your continued readership and support. It means a lot to me.

Have a great week!


The links below will take you to the five most recent posts.

The blue logo takes you to the homepage. The section on English Majors has the most recent stuff.


Our Selves

Dying roses in an arrangement on a mantelpiece. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem considers the dichotomy of mind and body and how essential each is to our connection with others.

Read more


The surface of a body of still water, with weeds in the shallows and the sun's reflection bisecting it. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem describes the all-too-human urge to leave it all behind, even when we know that what we've got is pretty special.

Read more


A bouquet in blue and white on a brick fireplace mantel. Bouquet by Madelaine LeDew. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem is about sudden changes in fortune or status, and how people react to them, in an attempt to prove themselves worthy.

Read more


A hazy view of the skyscrapers of downtown Jacksonville, from across the river. By Andrea LeDew.
A poem containing images from the reporting about the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which all feel a little too close to home.

Read more


A robotics competition with various robots in a playing area. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem muses on the future of employment.

Read more
Email Marketing Powered by MailPoet