Category Archives: Life through my Windows

No Regrets

the colors of springtime the scent of autumn’s falling leaves non, je ne regrette rien © Elizabeth W. Bennefeld, 2018-05-31. Written in response to Mara Eastern’s (maraeastern[dot]com) post on that date on the discontinuation of WP’s weekly Photo Challenge (among … Continue reading

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Eventide

the wind rests quiet on the land faint sunlight shrinks behind tree branches and blue clouds pasted on a blue-grey sky birds sing summonings then nestle into nests for warmth throughout a night with which the cold returns too soon … Continue reading

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Day 14, Open Air Dining | #NaPoWriMo2018

I decided to go back to yesterday’s poetry prompts list and write a poem to go with my favorite grasshopper photograph. Brewer: “For today’s prompt, pick an insect (any insect), make it the title of your poem, and then, write … Continue reading

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Day 26, Life-long learning | #NaPoWriMo2018

nahaiwrimo:April 26 LEARN Real life-long learning doesn’t have to be profound or deep or even long-lasting. Doing so keeps us young! While in Boston this last weekend, I learned that I love lobster rolls. I also learned that I love … Continue reading

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Day 30, A Closing Poem | #NaPoWriMo2018

Brewer: For today’s prompt, write a closing time poem. Or another way of coming at this prompt is to write a poem in which something is coming to an end–like this month’s poetry challenge. Could be the end of a … Continue reading

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Day 24: Growing Up | #NaPoWriMo2018

Prompt for the day, Cayahoga library: List all the jobs you have had, including volunteer work and other unpaid jobs. Turn the list into a list poem by rearranging, repeating or just titling it. /Or/ write a poem about one … Continue reading

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Day 29: Whatever it takes | #NaPoWriMo

Brewer: “For today’s prompt, write a response poem. Respond to whatever helps you get your poem written…” dry leaves dance above— leaping higher than treetops stripped by April winds green shoots kissed by dirt and rain pledge autumn one more … Continue reading

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Backyard Visitation, April 28 | #NaPoWriMo2018

Cuyahoga Library prompt: Cleveland poet Russell Atkins describes a backyard that “has hold/ of the throats/ of trees.” Write a poem that personifies your backyard, or the backyard of someone you know, during a particular season of the year. like … Continue reading

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Day 22: As Far as the East Is | NaPoWriMo2018

For April 22, I selected this prompt from naprowrimo: And now for our daily prompt (optional as always). I’ve found this one rather useful in trying to ‘surprise’ myself into writing something I wouldn’t have come up with otherwise. Today, … Continue reading

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Day 16: fish | #NaPoWriMo2018

I love to dance balancing vertically strong horizontal sweeps of the tail fin below… gill covers and filaments vibrating, my head up looking at the bright waves of sunlight as the lights flow on above me the water moves and … Continue reading

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Day 15 – If I were a garden | #NaPoWriMo2018

Prompt- Cayahoga library: Katerina Stoykova-Klemer has written, “Often I Wish I Were// a potato.// Eyes opened/ in all directions.” Begin a poem with “Often I wish I were” and complete the  stanza with…” and  see where that takes your poem. … Continue reading

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Day 12 Prompt: Natural Landscape | NaPoWriMo2018

NaPoWriMo Prompt: Today, we’d like to challenge you specifically to write a haibun that takes in the natural landscape of the place you live. It may be the high sierra, dusty plains, lush rainforest, or a suburbia of tiny, identical … Continue reading

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Day 9: Who We Were | #NaPoWriMo2018

I decided to go back to April 9, to the Pilgrimage prompt, and wander a bit through the family tree. My mother was a genealogist, among other things, and we kids got to do research, each in our turn. Who … Continue reading

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Day 10: Simultaneity | #NaPoWriMo2018

NaPoWriMo Prompt: “Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of simultaneity, in which multiple things are happening at once.” geese cry overhead the dogs sit up and listen leaves remain silent I would fly like those wild … Continue reading

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Day 8: Late Snowfall | #NaPoWriMo2018

tulips pushing through loam to newly fallen snow wait in line for spring our rabbits, lacking new grass, nibble tender tulip shoots Copyright © 2018-04-08, by Elizabeth Bennefeld. We have a lot of rabbits in our yard and the surrounding … Continue reading

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Day 6: uneven lines | NaPoWriMo2018

Prompt from NaPoWriMo: “Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that stretches your comfort zone with line breaks. That could be a poem with very long lines, or very short lines. Or a poem that blends the … Continue reading

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Distant Silence | WP Weekly Photo Challenge

  like a vapor trail barely visible against the sky…too far away to hear a sound as life begins and ends Copyright © 2018-01-18, by Lizl Bennefeld. WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence.

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Late night thoughts

Reading about the excess profit taking on generic drugs by companies centered on fast money rather than service to society, I find myself becoming convinced that for me to purchase and use such products would not be something I could … Continue reading

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Late at Night

the ticking clock restless sounds of puppy dreams… one unread chapter curtains closed against the dark stars above adorn the night Copyright © 2017-12-18, by Lizl Bennefeld. All rights reserved.  

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Being real

what’s real being real isn’t hard if you don’t expect today’s real to be the same as yesterday’s or tomorrow’s version reality changes as the hours and days journey through near and distant lands inner and outer space and down … Continue reading

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Back in the Day (30 November 2017)

Brewer: For today’s prompt, write a “back in the day” poem. You might also call this a “good old days” poem or a “bad old days” poem. To me, back in the day is synonymous with history–but a kind of … Continue reading

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Response Poem (29 November 2017)

Brewer: For today’s prompt, write a response poem. The poem can be a response to anything–a piece of news, some art, a famous (or not so famous) quotation, or whatever. However, I thought it might be a cool opportunity to … Continue reading

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The Marsh’s Edge (27 November 2017)

marsh’s edge red-winged blackbirds celebrate new-hatched chicks   clinging to his reedy stalk, feathers fluffed, the father sings Copyright © by Elizabeth Bennefeld, 2017-11-27

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Shine (26 November 2017)

sunshine through leaves kissed by frost…changing color golden light Copyright © 2017-11-26, by Lizl Bennefeld. Prompt: Brewer: shine  

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Raindrops (25 November 2017)

PoetryPotion: Rain, rain, rain! raindrops on the roof raindrops on the window pane raindrops all about rain came down, this week, in sheets that can’t be used for sails      —Elizabeth Bennefeld, 2017-11-25

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Remember Me (24 November 2017)

My husband and I have been talking about this writing prompt, how we feel about being remembered after we die. As a writer, I thought at first that I would want my poetry to be remembered (and I would be … Continue reading

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Neglected Chores (24 November 2017)

stacks of clothes worn and freshly laundered gather dust the outside world fades away when words are singing in my mind Copyright © 2017-11-24, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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Outside the Window (23 November 2017)

songs of birds outside a window too often closed— their songs muted cats cannot fly away…but birds cannot escape the cold Copyright © 2017-11-23, by Lizl Bennefeld. Prompt 172. Write a poem using the following image: a cat sitting on … Continue reading

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Spring Blizzard (22 November 2017)

brisk arctic windsspring clouds from the southwind sculpted ice icicle teeth hang from branchesthreatening spring tulips Copyright © 2017-11-22, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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Season Transformation April 2013

Photographs from an earlier, very “weathery” year brisk arctic winds spring clouds from the south wind sculpted ice see-through teeth hang from branches threatening spring tulips Copyright © 2017-11-22, by Lizl Bennefeld. WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Transformation

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Ragged Sunlight (20 November 2017)

  sharp north winds broken cloud cover ragged sunlight winter…refuge from the heat cold seeps into these old bones Copyright © 2017-11-20, by Elizabeth (Lizl) Bennefeld.

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Memories (15 November 2017)

banked camp fire glowing embers toast the last s’mores laughter and hot cocoa childhood memories of love Copyright © by Elizabeth “Lizl” Bennefeld, 2017-11-15  

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Harvesting Fog (14 November 2017)

Nahaiwrimo: droplet harvest mountain fog catch droplets on nets—water to green the desert — Elizabeth Bennefeld, 2017-11-14

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Partly Cloudy (13 November 2017)

This is a poem that I wrote for the “Ronovan Writes Haiku” weekly poetry writing challenge, for which two words are provided as prompts and synonyms are allowed. Haiku are, for purposes of the challenge, defined as 5-7-5 format…or writer’s … Continue reading

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Cold Winds (9 November 2017)

  geese and frigid winds flow south…ragged array their loud cries — Elizabeth W. Bennefeld Copyright © 2017-11-09 NaHaiWriMo prompt for this day: “flow”.

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Water Puddle (8 November 2017)

after rain water puddle mirror sky underfoot Copyright © 2017-11-08, by Elizabeth Bennefeld. Writing a poem a day during November 2017. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

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Sleepy Ocean (November 7, 2017)

ripples slide onshore whispering along the sand— night songs in moonlight as the restless ocean sighs… falls more deeply into sleep Copyright © 2017-11-07, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld. NaHaiWriMo prompt for 7 Nov. 2017: sigh  

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Breath of Morning (November 6, 2017)

the breath of morning tints eastern skies … as night’s hand tucks away its stars Copyright © 2017-11-06, by Lizl Bennefeld. I went through a number of variations on this. Still not sure which one I like the best. This, … Continue reading

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Swoop Down (5 November 2017) | #NaHaiWriMo

peregrine’s swoop grasping talons…beating wings flickertail feathers Copyright © 2017-11-05, by Elizabeth W. (Lizl) Bennefeld. Prompt: #NaHaiWriMo : Swoop  

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New Snow (4 November 2017)

  blanket of new snow puffy clouds hold in earth’s warmth rabbit tracks melt first Copyright © November 4, 2017, by Elizabeth W. (Lizl) Bennefeld.

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One feather (1 November 2017)

white feather— cradled by blades of grass— free of dew one feather fell to earth together the rest still fly Copyright © 2017-11-01, by Lizl Bennefeld. Not a novelist, I intend to write (at least) one poem a day during … Continue reading

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One-upmanship

crows caw overhead landing on high branches taking off again the loudest bird will settle only for the highest perch Copyright © 2017-10-07, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld.

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Startled amusement

old photographs a poppy for remembrance— so long ago his proposal accepted his startled silence Copyright © 2017-10-05, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld.   The waning days of the Japanese Poetry workshop. Far too short!

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Pedestrian – Photo Challenge

I like this one a lot, and so decided to put it here, also. This is the last week of “Introduction to Japanese Poetry”, and I’m really enjoying it. cross-branch travel Asian lady beetle on foot a common sight air … Continue reading

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Graveside memories

Remembering my parents’ graveside military services as the months progress toward first anniversaries. A year ago, plus a few weeks, my mother entered the hospital, and then into hospice care for two months before her death. Father followed her perhaps … Continue reading

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In its own shadow

The tanka practice in week three of the workshop continues. This is one of the practice poems that I think I will not submit to the workshop leader; it feels like just an extended haiku. I like the flower, though. … Continue reading

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It is morning . . .

It is morning, and I worry about the honeybees and the farmers who grow weeds no longer bothered by herbicides Copyright © 2017-09-14, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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Everyday Inspiration: Poetry Workshop

Beginning on Monday, 11 September, and continuing for four weeks, I am taking part in an online poetry workshop: Introduction to Japanese Poetry. It is a “hands-on”, writing workshop, which I expect to enjoy immensely. I’ve a book by the … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 20: Wrap It Up

  What I enjoyed (and did not) I enjoyed the prompts. They were not earthshaking, but they served their purpose. The subjects were predictable, but the techniques/methods for addressing the prompts were varied. I was able to bypass the techniques … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 19: Roundup of Great Reads

Perhaps not so much great “reads” in every case. I do enjoy looking at photographs of the out-of-doors and the creatures that live there. Belinda Grover Photography: Belinda Grover has a particularly nice photograph of a hoverfly on a plant … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 18: A series of anecdotes

Not likely…Instead, a few pictures with comments. These photos are from my personal album. My parents took a lot photographs throughout their lifetimes. As we left home for college, we each received a large photo album with a copy of … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 17: A Map as Your Muse

For this day of “Finding Everyday Inspiration”, I am once again “mining my own material”. “Right-of-Ways” was written in response to a Poetry 101 Rehab prompt (March 2015). The Google Map encompasses various places I traveled to, whether by train, … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 16: Mine Your Own Material

Favorite Recipes and a Short Story, from previous years of blogging Eggs and Orange Juice, September 2014 I like starting out the day with an omelette, a couple times a week. Sometimes they’re simple, and sometimes they’re more involved. This … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 15: Take a c(l)ue

Rather than poll my readers (hi, Mara!), I turned to the alternatives listed for Day 15 on the Resource Page and selected three related suggestions: Tell us about a book that opened your eyes when you were young. Describe a … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 14: Making My Day

This morning, 7 September 2017, I awoke after eight hours of sleep (or more). I’d practically fallen into bed, last night, before the sun had set. Exhausted, I think. I had fallen asleep towards the end of the afternoon, was … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 13: Play with Word Count

  Mostly, I write short verse. What SFPA refers to as “Dwarf” poetry (10 lines or fewer). Writing a longer poem than usual would qualify, I think, as playing with the word count. On a whim, I also upended habit … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 12: Critique a Piece of Work

Today, express your opinion on a topic or a piece of artwork. This is your opportunity to comment on something you’re passionate about, or review a piece of entertainment that you love or despise. | You can approach this assignment … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 10: Let the Scene Write Itself

I quietly observe the world around me through the eye of the camera, more often than not. So far, we’ve found inspiration from our own experiences, images, words, and more. Today, let’s quietly observe the world around us and write … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 9: Writing and Not Writing

What do you do when you’re not writing? How do you reset and return to the dashboard, refreshed? What do you need in your day-to-day life to maintain balance: Running? Yoga? Gardening? Painting? Cooking? Today, tell us. A lot of … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 8: Reinvent the Letter Format (or not)

Some might say a post in the form of a letter is trite and overdone. But with the right approach and tone, a letter can tell a great story and get your message across (and it doesn’t have to be … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 6: The Space to Write

I usually like to be in the midst of things as I write. That means, here, being in the front room, where I’m just steps from whatever I need. Our dogs keep me company, and taking them outside every hour … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 5: Begin with a Quotation

One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere. — William I, Prince of Orange (1533–1584) I don’t recall when I first came across this quotation attributed to William I, Prince of Orange, but it’s … Continue reading

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Everyday Inspiration, Day Three: One-word inspiration

Select one word from this list as your post inspiration. Have you always wanted to write about the decision that changed your life? Are you a long-term traveler looking for a place to settle?… Or, one can look at the … Continue reading

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Everyday Inspiration, Day Two: Write a List

This is an interesting exercise for me, because I enjoy writing lists. My favorite, “O Hidden Drawer“, was written in February 2015 for Writing 201: Poetry (WordPress, Blogging U). More recently, on this blog, I wrote “Survival” for day 25 … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration: I write because . . .

Why do I write? At its most basic, I write to find out what I think, or, what I am thinking about. I write prose to discover, to remember, and to understand. I write poetry/prose poetry to discover how I feel … Continue reading

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Too short, mourning

  only photographs– still, silent in their stark frames– wait for tears to fall 12 months, too short for mourning … too soon, the memories fade   too short, mourning. Copyright 2017-08-18, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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July 26: A pair of poems

“i did not want to trouble her” i would not trouble her with present reality the look behind her eyes, knowing that she did not know, worrying what she’d once again forgotten that should always have been remembered i’d said … Continue reading

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To Turn Back the Tide

“To Turn Back the Tide” …and when the tide had turned, when waking from long sleep, I found that all was swept away or reconfigured beyond memories Who am I in this new world? If there are paths I cannot … Continue reading

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Getting It Right

“Getting it Right” I write the story of my life one day at a time, taking care to leaf through previous pages, editing events, adjusting back stories, tidying errors and casual mistakes that I would not have made, had I … Continue reading

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Daily Post Photo Challenge: Friend

Constant companions… Daily Post Photo Challenge, 2017-05-31

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NaPoWriMo, Day 30 – “Tulips at Springtime”, “The Future”

Prompt: Something that happens again and again. “Tulips at Springtime” One year soon after I was married, my mother ordered tulip bulbs to be planted in the fall, sent all the way from Holland, from the farm on which they … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 28 – Lake in Winter

  the lake in winter whispering silence gentle touch of winter’s cold water’s smooth surface the quiet of falling snow the chime as each flake fractures Copyright © 27 April 2017, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld. Source: “The Sound of Snowflakes”, … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo – update

I’ve gotten a bit behind in putting my daily poems onto the net. As I may have mentioned, (maybe not here; maybe just elsewhere), my husband is building a workshop in the back yard (18’x24′ — lifelong ambition), and I … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 13 – [untitled]

  failing light along the dark path fireflies at star rise fish dance in the light of moonbeams night sounds call my head nods over my teacup [untitled]. Copyright © 2017-04-13, by E.W. Bennefeld. I have tried to do the … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 10 – Frost

I wrote this poem while thinking of the photos that I have taken of frost that often decorates my windows when the temperature and humidity cooperate. Much less in recent years as the winters are warmer and the most recent … Continue reading

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SFF Net and grief

Among the losses that I am mourning is the closure of SFF Net, of which I had been a member since 1997, I think. Believe I didn’t get a newsgroup until the next year.  Yesterday I had my first in-person … Continue reading

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Outside, again

The temperature is high enough, again, to sit outside in the gazebo (out of the sun) and read the news, watch the dogs play and listen to my husband’s latest wood-working project in progress. I don’t often use this small … Continue reading

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WeekendCoffeeShare | 26 March ’17

Monday is so far in the past, I hardly remember it, now. Welcome! Thank you for dropping by for coffee, this week. There is Toddy coffee, hot or cold, made with water, milk, or both. Many kinds of cheese for … Continue reading

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Starting Out

This year…these past six months have been among the most difficult of my life, taking into account life changes. Both of my parents died, ages 94 and 100. The family home is being sold, although to one of my brothers, … Continue reading

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