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Poems for Mothers Day

I always have a lot to celebrate on Mother’s Day. My mother, 88 and still funny and sharp, is a woman I’d consider myself lucky to even know, much less to claim as mother. I’ve got four older sisters who mothered me each in their own way, a wonderful mother-in-law, and an aunt-in-law I love as […]

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Poems last longer than chocolates

Time for the Third Annual Valentine’s Day Poem Elfing.  (If you’re looking for more love poems, you can check out previous Valentine’s Day posts in 2013 and 2012.)     Coincidentally, just as I was sitting down to work on this post, I got a Valentine in the mail.  I can’t think of the last […]

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Love love love, with or without a lover

I was just at the post office mailing my Valentine’s Day cards, and there I met the friendliest woman on the planet.  In five minutes’ conversation we covered the Pope’s resignation, all the Charlie Brown characters we could remember, her favorite candies, recent films we’ve seen, and who she’s sending Valentine cards to.  After a […]

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Now and later: best wishes from Poem Elf

My nephew got married a few weeks ago in a joyful rumpus of a wedding followed by a mellower brunch the next day. I waited till the last minute to poem-elf the couple, and then I was disappointed I couldn’t get in their locked car to hide poems.  But it worked out.  In the absence […]

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Here comes the bride and a few poems too

My niece and goddaughter got married last weekend in Maryland.  It was a great occasion to celebrate with my family (70 and counting), and a great occasion for poem elfing.     There’s no poem hidden in this picture but I do think I captured one in her expression. Look how she grips her father […]

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Enlightened tea

  Poem by Thomas McGrath   How could I have come so far? (And always on such dark trails?) I must have traveled by the light Shining from the faces of all those I have loved.     If I were skilled in the art of micrographia, I would copy this poem on vellum in […]

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Bingeing on Valentine’s Day

Yesterday I listened to an anti-Valentine’s Day show on the radio.  Then I read an anti-anti-Valentine’s Day advice column.  What’s with all the hating on my second favorite holiday of the year?   Valentine’s Day is about love.  That’s all there is to it.  Yeah, love!  It doesn’t have to be romantic love or hot […]

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