So glad you have signed up to receive the For Random Learning Comes Newsletter! This is the fifty-third 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.

Well I missed another newsletter last weekend. Hope you weren't scouring your inboxes for the one email that wasn't there.

Summer can mess with your priorities. We have had people moving in and traveling out of the house and many other goings-on to boot. So writing has not been at the top of my list.

But I did produce one poem, Noise, which gives you an idea of how it feels to live here in this month of changes. Not the ideal place or time to be creative, but things will settle down eventually. I think.

Hope you are enjoying the sun and milder weather or protecting yourself from the unbelievably hot weather that summer brings to places like Florida.

We're in that in-between place, not quite summer, but no longer spring, where it doesn't rain nearly enough to satisfy the tropical exuberance all around. So I spend more time than I like watering, just trying to keep the plants alive.

We have a bumper crop of tomatoes, sweet and luscious, that survived relocation, and a mess of neon orange datil peppers that just keep getting plunked into a large glass jar of vinegar in the fridge. Waiting patiently for the eager slotted spoons of those who have an insatiable appetite for the slow burn.

Me, not so much.

I prefer to keep cool.


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You can also follow my Twitter account, @AndreaLedew,which posts my previously published blogposts, poems and flash fiction. This will give you an idea of just how much mischief I've been up to over the past five or six years.

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.



Bouquet of flowers on a mantelpiece near a cutting board decorated with Dutch-style blue and white porcelain tile, and a wooden plate reading in German, "the morning hour has gold in its mouth." Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem records the conflicted emotions of anyone who attempts to work at home in the midst of family and noise. By Andrea LeDew.

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A plastic bucket overflowing with white lisianthus blooms. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
A poem inspired by President Biden's speech in response to the school shooting in Uvalde TX, in which he decried the scores of child victims to mass shootings in the US.

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Porch Swing

A porch swing. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem recounts a life-long love while swinging on a porch swing.

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Lovely: A Mother's Blessing

Pastel bouquet by Madelaine LeDew surrounded by kitchen items including a plate with a sailing ship on it. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem is a mother's blessing as her child embarks upon a journey into the wider world to seek self-fulfillment, work, and happiness.

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Litmus Test

Two red tomatoes in a blue ceramic basket-weave bowl. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem questions the wisdom of allowing a single test to divide us into opposing camps of red and blue.

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