I started blogging in April of 2011. I have met some wonderful people blogging in the world of poetry. I have enjoyed camaraderie and poetry. I write poetry and post photography and memoir. I did this at my original blog called Crows Fete at Google Blogger now closed.
This Word Press blog was initially for a newfound love of Japanese Poetry, especially haiku and haiga. I truly love all forms of Japanese poetry and have been busily studying them throughout the winter of 2012. During winter I wrote one haiku daily and often posted them at NaHaiWriMo on Facebook. I am now beginning to venture out and post my haiku elsewhere. My haiga go to Free Haiga on Facebook. I am now including haibun in my repertoire. This September I combined both blogs for ease. Now I have one blog titled “noh where.” Or, variations there of, as you might see above at any time. My 6 months or so of intense Japanese Poetry was really a spiritual exercise – like therapy I suppose. Today it is spring of 2013 and I have not written much in that genre lately.
I am retired. I spent 25 years in heath care. The most rewarding part of that time was spent working with those who had HIV/AIDS. I also opened a women’s fashion boutique upon leaving healthcare. I loved it! I love fashion, it is such fun. At 67 it is a bit of a challenge. I returned to school and finished my Masters Degree in Gerontology with an emphasis on Creative Writing receiving my degree in 2008. Since retiring I have spent my time serving of boards, working with veterans and elderly new Americans (refugees). I have had to stop volunteering (due to illness). It is something that I have always done and that I sorely miss.
As I like to say, summing myself up, I am old, crafty, stylish, a shape shifter, loyal, kind, an animal lover, I take no prisoners nor any BS, I care deeply for those who serve their country who have seen combat and I am a lifelong advocate for the LGBT community. I am related to crows and ravens. I hate acronyms – and NEVER get them right. I am a practitioner of shamanic healing and have studied many different cultural healing systems. I am in love with my best friend of 36 years to whom I have been married for 31. I am a bit of a dilettante. I am retired, down to two dogs and two cats. We live in a gated community with two gates separating the cats from the dogs; otherwise we would have no animals just flying fur rugs.
Thank you for being so kind as to read what I have written. I appreciate it and look forward to reading your work in return and getting to know you.
My absences are often due to illness … getting old can be a bitch! But I shall always be back!
I often change my icon. Should you see my icon, a drawing of two crows it is my “card” but not my drawing. It is a drawing from the Weiner Werkstatte and contains the artists name upon the card. It was created in 1902 I believe. Copyright began in 1909. The artist’s name shall appear here as soon as I find my book.
Liz, this is a nice intro. Well done.
Did you see “Commiting Poetry in Times of War?” If not you can see it on Hulu and you don’t have to subscribe to get this one.
Holding you in heart and prayer for improved health.
It’s had mixed reviews, by the way. But you might like it. I was okay with it. A bit drawn out.
Jamie, thank you for your thoughtfulness. I enjoyed it!
for you dear Raven, in celebration:
the flowers of Spring
sway to the breeze in knowing
the joys of a friend
Thank you for the lovely gift!
Hi, thank you for visiting Source of Inspiration. I wanted to let you know that for some reason, your comment ended up on the spam area. I almost missed it. You might want to check to see why this is happening. Hugs, pat
Wow Pat I did not see this. I must have looked at my spam not long ago and done something about it. Hugs back and thank you.
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Thanks for the follow. I look forward to following your posts too.
Hi Naomi … ought-oh, I think I found you in spam. Sorry, thank you.
Gated community works well for you. It’s always better when it involves animals…
Hi Lindy … in reality I would rather NOT have a gated community. I just wish the hunters were gatherers and would stop looking at my kitties as din din. 😉
Hi Liz. Probably better if I wrote you personally, but in this day and age of public broadcasting of our lives (and for that I am not much different than you), I risk this public medium. Two thoughts to share/discuss. First, would like your personal suggestion on working with Amy/Souldipper – a fascinating opportunity seems to present itself with her intuitive sessions. Second, in reading the story about learning to live with the memories and understanding of your mother, I enjoyed “listening” and found your story fascinating, but felt too my lack of response was almost like a silent person on the other end of the phone. There are times still that up close and in person still are the best way. Nodding my head in recognition, a hand on the shoulder at just the right moment, or the occasional “uh huh…” go a long way. I do not know how to present these things over the internet… yet.
Thank you so much for following me. I am now climbing aboard your craft – which can be read in several ways… so many points of contact… I’ve been a devotee of haiku since the sixties… also do spiritual healing, loved your references to Paris in the 20’s, Sylvia beach and Co, am a n animal nut – 17 dogs and one cat -not all at the same time
Valerie I read some of your feedback on Amy’s blog and said hm. Then I came over and read you and simply went wow we have much in common. Healer yes, animals yes, but also urban so not so many animals. I look forward to getting to know you. Thank you for your visit!
This is going to be fun!!!!
I do believe that you are correct! I do love learning things!
I left you an email on FB. Today it has blocked me and it appears as though you’ve dropped your account? Or maybe FB is just messing with my mind. You okay?
I just adore your soul.
And that you’re chasing that passion in you.
Or…maybe it’s chasing you, eh?
Love your write on Kelvin, kiddo. His post hit me right where I live. It hurts when humans forget every other being is a human being too. Thanks for writing to this important topic.
Hi Liz, thanks for following my poetry blog 🙂
Hi, Liz. It’s honour to be here, to see life from your perspective. I look forward to reading your posts and sharing my thoughts as I go.
I want to thank you so much for dropping by my blog and for the wonderful comment you made–which I’ll be replying to right after this.
Wish you the best.
Yes, Uzoma connecting with you was/is great!
I am so very intrigued by both your poetry and your very rich life… looking forward to learning more about you! Thank you for your kind comment on my blog today.
Thanks so much! Now I am having a hard time finding you again! But I shall.
‘We live in a gated community with two gates separating the cats from the dogs; otherwise we would have no animals just flying fur rugs.’
I chuckled at this….Thank you! Another acronym-challenged writer who’s a contemporary of yours..
Oh! So glad to be in such good company and no longer alone! 😉
Hi Liz–it was so good to read this bio of yours. Too often we read the poetry that we all write without ever seeing the person behind the work—hope you are well
Thanks Audrey. I have been taking a bit of a break with the holidays. It is good to see you. Happy New Year!.
Hi Liz (Anne),
I’m a little bit confused about then names but in any way it’s nice to meet you! I red some of your post and since I ‘m not a writer only just a handy women I can’t write so nicely especially in English. But I certainly like to read. Your bio is quite amazing. It looks like you did , do and want to do so much. I wish you good luck and lot of inspiration 🙂
HI Raven, we seem to have a lot in common. We are the same age. My wife works in health care with the elderly, most of whom have Alzheimer’s. I spend a lot of time with homeless people, many who have HIV/AIDS. We are all the same, we seek happiness and and end to suffering. ~ Dennis
OK, we have so many similarities, not the least of which is never getting acronyms right, that I became an instant fan (and follower).
I love your writing and your bio. A small slice of your bio intersects with mine, as we have each had the same last name at different points in time. You left an imprint on me framed with gratitude. Good to run into you here.