Summer is almost here

The first day of summer is next week, so I thought it appropriate to share some summer haiku. These are all from my poetry collection No Boundaries.

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Crack of bat at plate and cheers

Baseball up and out.

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Baked feet blistering

Bubbling shimmer on black top

Where are my flip flops?

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Warm waves crash the shore

Bringing in surfers and crabs

Shells crunch underfoot.

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Seasonal bathers

Vacationing families

Where’s the hot dog stand?

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Delicious taffy

Corner of the worn boardwalk

Smooth chewy goodness.

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String breaks flashy show

Teeny weeny bikini

Jump and grab a beach towel quick.

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Crispy lawn drying

Thirsty for a summer rain

Aching blades of grass wither.

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Drone of mowers

Neighborhoods and avenues

Lazy swinging-hammock days.

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Please write your own summer haiku – remember –

5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables.

Try it!

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“No Boundaries, A Collection of Poetry” is available on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/No-Boundaries-Karen-R-Sanderson/dp/0998127604

 

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Spring has sprung!

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No real “springing” here in Minot, ND, but it is Spring according to the calendar.

I’ve been neglecting my blog.

For good reasons? I think so.

I am going to university classes full time, and I will graduate in May with a two-year AAS degree in American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies. My first ever degree. Woo hoo!

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Also, I’ve been active with politics (mostly behind the scenes). So! My blogging time has been cut short, by choice.

But I still want to keep the blog alive.

 

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Below we have some Spring Haiku. All these haiku are available in my book –

No Boundaries, A Collection of Poetry.noboundariescover-frontonly

 

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Cold snow gone, melted

Plush tree limbs spread twig fingers

Stretching for warm sun.

Bursting and popping

The leaves unfurl like jade flags

Spring has sprung alive.

Longer days warm nights

Blossoms welcomed with kind hands

Mom tends the garden.

Black spots punctuate

Ladybug fluttering red

Teensy feet teek teek.

Queen praying mantis

Regal stance on the fuchsia

Beetles grasp her cape.

Eight legged artist

Web catches crunchy munchies

Crawl in for a snack.

Shut up tweeting birds

I am trying to sleep in

Give me a break please.

Bees bumble along

Garden smorgasbord buffet

Slurping sweet nectar.

 

What does spring look like in your neck of the woods? Will you please write a haiku about it?

Remember – it’s 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. Try it!

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Reinventing the alphabet

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Are you L-G-B-T-or Q?

Are you N-A-T-I-V-E-A-M-E-R-I-C-A-or N?

Are you B-L-A-C-or K?

Are you B-R-O-W-or N?

Are you J-E-W-I-S-or H?

Are you M-U-S-L-I-or M?

Are you H-I-N-D-or U?

Are you S-I-K-or H?

Are you B-U-D-D-H-I-S-or T?

Are you D-A-C-or A?

Are you I-M-M-I-G-R-A-N-or T?

Are you W-O-M-A-or N?

Do you have a place in the U-S-A?

Yes, you

M-O-S-T C-E-R-T-A-I-N-L-Y D-O!

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Polls for fun

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Why don’t she write?

Screen Shot 2018-03-25 at 4.15.30 AMYou may be wondering why I’ve not been blogging much.

In August, I quit my full-time job at Minot State University so I could go to school full time at Minot State University/Lake Region State College. I’ll graduate in May, 2019, with an AAS in American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies.

 

And then? 

I don’t know what I’m doing after that – and I’m not worrying about it now. I do have my sub teacher’s license, so that’s a fall-back thing.

Politics

I have also been enormously involved in local and national politics for the last two years and that takes up a lot of my time as well. I’m making signs, organizing, campaigning, and demonstrating. I’m feeling a little Norma Rae!

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Eventually …

I’ll be back … eventually. I’m not letting go of the blog, but I’m giving it a rest.

So, for now …

Gone Fishing.

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Remember handwritten communication?

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We get emails and texts and messages all day long. Every day. Day after day.

But how often do you get a handwritten note in the mail? Can you even remember the last time you got a handwritten note? Do you remember how it made you feel?

Handwriting personal notes and letters is becoming a lost art, though some people (and some corporate CEOs) recognize the value.

I was raised on pen and paper; if we got a check from Aunt Peg for a birthday, we wrote a thank you note, and if we received a letter from Aunt Ginny, we wrote back.

With the advent of computers, social networking, and iPhones, we have lost the emotional connection of a handwritten note.

As soon as a machine is introduced into the equation, the personal touch is lost. We have machines that make furniture, instead of a wood-worker creating a legacy that lasts centuries. We have machines that die-cut knives, instead of a blacksmith forging a sword. We have a computer that displays words on a screen, instead of a person picking up a pen.

Arnie Fertig, for U. S. News & World Report, suggests a handwritten thank you after a job interview. I’ve done this – I got the job. Coincidence?

Regina Lewis for U. S. A. Today says that handwritten notes in business are refreshingly personal.

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Douglas Conant was the CEO for Campbell Soup for ten years and sent 30,000 handwritten notes to employees and clients. When severely injured in a car accident, he received thousands of handwritten best wishes. He and his wife both said that all these notes helped him heal.

Is there a downside to handwritten notes? Yeah…I can appreciate the flip side of this coin.

To handwrite a note, you have to buy the card (or like I do, create my own), find a good pen, find a surface to write on, write, address the envelope, and find a stamp. Oh, the misery of it!

For decades now we’ve had computers at our disposal, most people have one at work, most people have them at home. Computers are always at our fingertips. For a handful of years, most of us have had a tiny computer in a pocket, available on our person. The smart phone. It’s so easy to swipe, type, send.

Janice Kaplan, author of The Gratitude Diaries interviewed dozens of executives and many said they say thank you with a paycheck. Kaplan said “You don’t say thank you with a paycheck. You say I’m paying you with a paycheck. You say thank you with a Thank You.”

There are numerous companies that have machines that duplicate handwriting. You can order handwritten notes, made by a machine. How oxymoronic is that?

Sadly, we are reminded of birthdays and anniversaries via FB. We see important news on Snapchat or Instagram. We can “like” or “love” with a poke.

Handwritten notes have emotion, memories, and personal thought. On the NBC Nightly News, Jane Derenowski said, “The drawings, handwriting, poems, and postmarks took me back to exactly the time, place, and person they were from.” You cannot invoke those feelings and images with an email or a text.Screen Shot 2018-01-27 at 5.26.21 PM

I look at old letters and notes, and and I see that person, where they live, what we shared, the laughter, the pain, the friendship, the love.

I have seen people in offices tack up a note or card from a loved one. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone tack up an email.

The Encyclopedia Britannica claims that handwriting is determined with a great emphasis on personality and that handwriting it almost as individual as fingerprints. Your handwriting represents you as an individual.

I like creating handwritten cards. I feel good writing them, I feel good sending them – knowing that the person on the other end will be pleased when he/she rips open that envelope, flips the card open, reads the handwritten words. I have heard from people that received my cards (some send an email, some a FB message, some even send back a handwritten card!), and the comments are always positive.

Do you have an event coming up, an engagement, a graduation, a new school year? Has someone in another department done you a great favor? Did your spouse or partner cook dinner all this week because you were sick? Or would you simply like to reconnect with someone you care about?

I ask you to write a note, now – to your spouse or partner, to your son or daughter, to your mom or dad, to a respected workmate or someone in another department who recently did you a favor.

And I’d like to know what the response is.

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Have you sent a handwritten note lately? What was the response? Do you think you should re-introduce handwritten notes into your correspondence?

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These Old Boots

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I picked up new boots in Maine in ‘76

Clean leather and heavy braided laces

And we trudged all over New England and

traipsed her wilderness and her rocky coast.

Through mighty pine forests

and through trickling streams and to

wondrous waterfalls.

Then we moved back to Delaware and we

made our way along the beaches and boardwalks.

Tromped in old family coal mines and anthracite tunnels.

We labored on an immense horse farm in Pennsylvania,

through dung and fields avoiding pitchforks and clomping hooves.

Trekked through the southwest desert,

rock climbing through the grandest canyons.

When came the flood in North Dakota,

I said, “Save those boots!”

Since, they have hung around

while we walked through more snow and sleet and ice than I ever could have imagined.

And they accompany me on

visits to my grandchildren.

Now, these boots are scraped and cracked

and are losing their tread.

But these old boots have been places.

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And they are gonna take me through the March For Our Lives

event on Saturday, March 24, come snow or high water.  

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