Poetry: Requiem for the American Worker

 

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Requiem for the American Worker

I hear America crying

across the flatlands, hill and dale.

Embittered tears of weary souls

the beaten down, the proud.

 

American workers holding on

with a cry in their voice.

Fighting hard to not be counted

among the growing poor.

 

The waitress at night with a babe upon her breast,

The coal miner tired of his long rest.

The automobile worker doing her best,

The bakery is closing, the baker is next.

 

The bus driver without a human load,

The young black man never given a chance.

The hospital worker called off, worries how to pay the rent.

Telephone workers marching, out in the cold.

 

Voices, hands, and hearts

traded for those across the seas.

The small, American farmer

still fighting hard to believe.

 

I hear America crying,

as those “who have”,

with no remorse, no guilt,

build empires upon the workers backs.

Americans trying, trying, and trying.

I hear America crying.

 

 

(Printed with one time American rights, Labor News, Indianapolis, In. Feb 2006.

This Author: tch maintains rights).

Reprinted @ Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons c. 2018.

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Stretch & 5 Tips to Reach Your Goals

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Have you noticed that some things that you want to get done are harder, even though you are excited about them, but actually more excited for when they will be  done? Procrastination can be our downfall or at least a big hinderance. Today is another chance to have another go at it! You know best how you like to work and get into your rhythm.

Just a few tips to help you get those things done, so you reach your goals is to:

  • Start with the hardest project first, while you are at your freshest. (At the end of the week, if this is your biggest thing done, you will most likely still feel really good about your accomplishment, especially if it has been on your “have to do” list for a while).
  • If you need uninterrupted time, it can help to schedule it in your calendar. If you need multiple days, but with shorter time blocks, schedule these in also and try to stick to it as much as possible. Be flexible though, as unpredictable priorities do tend to pop up.
  • Make your daily to do list shorter. What things can be moved to another day?
  • Close your door if needed, if your situation allows.
  • Take breaks as needed to help rejuvenate and pep back up. Often just a five minute walk can help.

When you have reached your goal, Congratulate yourself, You have done it! Everything else you do is just icing on the cake! Now STRETCHHH, You can do it!

Have a great week and Thank you for visiting Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons! Hope you return often. If you found this post helpful, please feel free to share.

 

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Poetry: Seasons

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                                                                  Seasons

Many seasons have passed

since we met.

Tiny wrinkles and creases

have sneaked in

to mark tiny paths.

Yet, when I look at you

I see you as you are now,

but I also see within you

the young lover when we met,

that time tries to hide.

But I still see and smile,

Many seasons have passed.

tch   c. 2018:  Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

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Is It Mine?

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When you are told something, do you feel you need to help make it right somehow? Are you a constant fixer? Does the person want you to just listen or to fix? In the workplace, is it something that someone else wants you to do that maybe isn’t really yours to own? Is it the same people in your life that you are frequently called to help? Granted there are those who truly need our help, but you also really know who those are, such as children, the sick, and the elderly. But what about those you know can or should be able to figure something out for themselves? Would you feel guilty if you said no?

If you are a fixer and helper, often the first inclination is to jump right in and do something about it, to fix it or to help them fix it. While that is often admirable in someone, when is it too much?  It is not uncommon to start to feel resentful or you just don’t have time, which is often true. You might start feeling burnt out. Do you stop and take care of things brought to you so often that you find yourself getting behind in your own responsibilities or cramming in long hours of a day or week to get everything done? While it is a good thing to be able to help, ask yourself first, is this mine to own? Why do I feel this is mine? Will it get done otherwise if I don’t do it? Do I have to be the person to do it? Again, is it really mine to own?

Wow, so many questions above, but the real one  — Is it Mine to Own? 

 

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Nature: Moth or Butterfly?

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“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.” – Saul Bellow

Moth or Butterfly, which is it? What are the differences? Butterflies tend to fly during the day, while moths are more creatures of the night. Butterflies also have slender antennas usually with knobs on the ends. So why am I confused, besides that I couldn’t find it in my trusty Field Guide to Butterflies? Well, butterflies also tend to have more slender bodies, while this one clearly is thick. It was on the lavender during the day. I appears to have butterfly antennas. Stumped by lovely nature again! So butterfly or moth?

 

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Poetry – “Freedom’s Price”

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Freedom’s Price 

In the beginning of our nation’s birth,

Freedom to live in harmony

according to one’s beliefs

and in happiness’ pursuit

guaranteed at birth.

So, so many paid the ultimate price.

Sleep in peace, our comrades, Sleep.

Let us not take for granted

our freedoms hard won at home

and for others on foreign shores;

their sacrifices made,

lives unselfishly given.

Oh sleep our hero’s,

Sleep in peace.

American Revolution (1775 – 1783)                          25,000

War of 1812 (1812 – 1815)                                            20,000

Civil War (1861 – 1865)                                            ~ 625,000

WW1 (1917 – 1918)                                                       116,516

WW11 (1941 – 1945)                                                     405,399

Korean (1950 – 1953)                                                      36,516

Vietnam (1955 – 1975)                                                    58,209

Persian Gulf War (1990 – 1991)                                            258

Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)                   2,356

(2001 – 2014)    

Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003 – 2012)                           4,489

 

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*Statistics Source – MilitaryFactory.com

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Opportunities & Choices

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Graduations especially, cause me to reflect on the many opportunities and choices that are available to those who seek, even to those who don’t think they have any opportunities. Deciding on what your next step is, is a choice, your choice. Seeking out resources and even beating the bushes to find them is a choice. A choice you make saying that you will not give up or quit, but to move forward the best that you can. You are starting a new beginning! Maybe that is starting a new job, an apprenticeship to learn a skill or craft, college or university, trade school, or going on a journey to learn about other parts of the world and cultures. This is all part of learning. Making choices is often making your own opportunities! Once you locate resources, it is up to you to use them wisely so that you reach your end goal and hopefully without tons of debt. You have lots of choices, all leading to a new beginning. Choices upon choices —that is what life is about! Choose wisely.

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Love Quilts in the Home

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Do you love quilts in your home? Do you love the feelings that come with either receiving or gifting a quilt?  I call quilting my cheap hobby as either I sew too slow or I buy fabric too fast. I haven’t decided. Either way, it takes me a while to complete my projects.

I  attribute my love of quilts to my grandmother who also loved quilts. When I was a girl, my grandmother would tell me the story that went with each quilt as we would relax and lay on the bed talking late on a summer night. Most of her quilts were made from scraps into log cabins, colorful butterflies, Sunbonnet Sue’s or Sam’s by her Kentucky lady friends or from her mother (my great-grandmother) who saved and used scraps from everything. “Waste not, want not.” My great-grandmother would ask me if I was saving the buttons from my discarded clothes for sewing or ask me “are you going to throw away money?”. She was the original recycler. She made quilts primarily for her family to stay warm she said, not necessarily to look pretty. She used wool from grandpa’s suits, old cotton dresses, coats and other household textile items. But she made them into crazy quilts and used colorful embroidered threads to connect the pieces and tied them with yarn, which made them useful but pretty and  decorative.

However; while I like most all quilts, scrap quilts, especially those with bright colors are my very favorite.  I feel almost like I am getting a free quilt from my left overs! The above photo is one made entirely from left over scraps sewn onto tear-a-way papers (10″ Paper Piecing Squares) that I bought in a stack from Missouri Star Quilt Company (missouriquiltco.com), very inexpensively on one of the online Daily Deals. I have been experimenting with combining old and modern, which is fun! This certainly is not one of my more traditional patterns that I usually prefer. But it worked up fast and I have made a good dent in my scrap bag. I will machine quilt it with a quick pattern and tada will have a quilt that I will be comfortable with for everyday utilitarian use (being dragged around anywhere), maybe a concert in the park or a picnic.

My grandmothers would be proud to know they had influenced me with what they would call common sense and not wasting! Plus, it just adds another quilt to my stash to either gift or keep. It’s a Win Win!

I plan to add a quilt page and also a photography gallery with my next Blog redesign. In the meantime, quilt lovers please feel free to share a photo of one of your creations or showing a favorite pattern. Happy quilting and thank you for visiting! I hope all of my visitors enjoy Terre’s Blog – Women for All Seasons where I try to show a variety of topics from the spice of life. Thank you and please visit often!  

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Photography – Summer Promise

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I am not the best at gardening, but this is my kind of plant! Just plant under the big blue sky, try to keep weeded, and let it be joyous and do it’s own thing! If I forget to water, no big deal. It makes me appear like a great gardener to the untrained in plants. But to those who know the difference, the true gardeners, they know that I have been gifted!

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