By now many of you have had a chance to read One Mountain Away. If you haven’t, an important element of the novel involves Charlotte Hale, the principal character, who is looking back at her life. Charlotte isolates three things she did in the past that she wishes she could change, then she sets about…

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Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. I was inspired by the poem, “One Today,” written and read by the young poet Richard Blanco at President Obama’s Inauguration on Monday. For me it captures the essence of who and what…

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Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. Sometimes the most romantic times come from simple, loving gestures, such as this one in the poem, “Leaning In” by Sue Ellen Thompson. What is a time when you felt that sense of…

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Read any good books lately?  This may be a cliched  conversation starter, but I thought it might be fun to start that very conversation right here. Now that I’ve moved to a new community and I’m meeting new people, I’m usually asked what kind of books I write. I find myself stumbling over an answer.…

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I’ve promised frequent updates on the renovation of our Victorian era cottage in Chautauqua, New York, and judging from the response to my last newsletter, you’re interested. Unfortunately there hasn’t been much to tell. Our contractor has been hard at work on another house, but there’s been a much more interesting delay. Chautauqua County has…

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The New Year is a time for resolutions. I bet you made some, right?  Mine were pretty simple. Spend more time exploring my new homes and less time staring at computer screens. Do you think that means less writing? Nah. It just means that I’m going to fill my personal well more frequently, which should…

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Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. Happy New Year friends!  Perhaps you’ve already made your New Year’s resolutions, but after reading this poem, New Year Resolve by May Sarton, you may want to add an addendum. And then ask…

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I’m delighted to begin 2013 by announcing a  contest winner.  Wanda, also known as commenter #14 on my Sunday Poetry blogs, just won an autographed copy of Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins, an ongoing contest for the read-poetry-along-with-Emilie crowd. Wanda’s comment: “Emilie I love this weeks poem. It says play! Have fun and…

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