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Secret Santa (A Poem)

Retold by Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Based on a true story that apparently happened somewhere in New York many years ago.] I heard a family struggled one Christmas season           in the wintry heart of the Great Depression        even to place enough food on the table          much less manage a big celebration TheyContinue reading “Secret Santa (A Poem)”


Tree Library (A Haiku)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: The other day, I learned of an 110-year-old cottonwood tree that had been converted into a miniature library by a librarian and bookbinder for her community. Now the community has another wonderful place to enjoy. Here is the article: A small library made to fill a sturdy tree— literaryContinue reading “Tree Library (A Haiku)”

Artistic Archives (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: It’s great when you share your work with a wonderful writing community.] I used to feel                                            cut off     confined by circumstances to perform       written melodies in a quiet corner           and create characters only able               to mingle with shadows                    on the bedroom wall Until…       byContinue reading “Artistic Archives (A Poem)”

Mountain Tales (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Mountains surround the place where I live, filled with interesting folktales and historical notes from the past.] Folks have talked about the trails        which weave like unraveled yarn   through the mountains yonder         …. just folks from around these parts                          like those grizzly old men who                              Continue reading “Mountain Tales (A Poem)”

Freewriting (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Based on a powerful lesson learned during community college. Freewriting has been a great way to get the creative juices flowing since then, and it basically just involves writing anything that comes to mind for a certain amount of time. It’s surprisingly effective.] I remember a technique that frightened studentsContinue reading “Freewriting (A Poem)”

Journal Entry #11

Goodness, it’s been a busy week. The water heater in my parents’ home has been making a racket in the walls for quite a while, and we finally got a plumber to come out and take a look at it. Apparently, it was long overdue to be replaced and more than 30 years old. EvenContinue reading “Journal Entry #11”

A Spotlight on National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Website: Any organization that seeks to encourage creativity and spread literacy throughout the world deserves as much praise and recognition as possible, and National Novel Writing Month fits that description perfectly. What started in 1999 as something of an online community challenge for all participants to write 50,000 words of a novel within theContinue reading “A Spotlight on National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)”