I’ve really enjoyed seeing some of you share the hobbies and interests you’ve taken up in retirement. BoBraxton discussed his poetry and has even shared a few lines! Iggy mentioned a novel he is writing and expressed his desire to leverage the knowledge of former English professors. scpearse shared images of his craftsmanship, as well as his plans for future building projects.
I’m sure there are many more of you who are pursuing your passions. Use this space to share your interests and creations! We’d love to see samples of your work or to be a sounding board for your ideas.
219 Middlemarch (George Eliot)
from art most
shut out from
you can: best
is much grander
231 Ensō (円相)
work than find
the care he
in a plan
hoped to win
‘chocolate Neuse River’
soft landings for
© 2014 RobertJulianBraxton
From another blog (is this Ok?):
life of the hand / life of the mind
This (music) brings tears to my 69-year-old eyes:
A Moral: Going to Work in Tall Buildings (j. hartford) | life of the hand / life of the mind
Spouse is lifelong wargamer. Has recently shifted away from Warhammer 40,000 to WWII and fantasy figure reenactment; e.g., actual armies of figures, not just a single model avatar and boardgame.
We're both avid readers - actual books and e-books. He's going to buy me a Kindle Paperwhite for my BD, not because I'm in desperate need of one but because that way he can use my original v2 Kindle [smile].
Unlike many who like to diss TV, we watch quite a lot of it. We're fantasy/sci-fi fans, and right now there's a fair number of decent shows we enjoy watching. We're also fans of the Discovery/History Channel and its various offshoots, as well as the Travel Channel - Andrew Zimmern is a kick to watch! Let's hear it for short, chubby, balding TV stars, LOL. We have zero interest in comedies, reality TV, and 90% of all drama shows, however.
Personally: I garden - flowers, shrubs, and Meyer lemons on 15 garden beds totaling 2100 sq. ft. Hand weeding, lots of pruning, raking, and watering take a whole lot of time, year round. In CA your garden can look good 365 days/yr.; all it takes is work!
I'm also on my PC more hours than I should be, because I love being able to use the Net for my own enjoyment instead of just for business. I still keep my NYTimes and WSJournal subscriptions, and read them every day. I've always enjoyed the in-depth articles on business, politics, history, science, health, and food, which are so much more comprehensive and educational than the 10-second newsbytes on TV. I'm also a writer of fanfiction, and occasionally post to one of the sites on the Web. Doing so is a rather time-consuming procedure, however, and seems more trouble than it's really worth. I write for my own enjoyment, not for anyone else's approval, so I don't care if my work is seen by anybody.
Being retired, we take trips around our area on average once a month except for the summer, which is tourist season and crowded here. We were in Las Vegas NV in January, Napa CA in February, Sonoma CA in March, and Monterey CA in April. May is back to Sonoma; it's our favorite place to visit and the French food is almost as good as in Monterey. I love to cook, and I love to dine out even more, so our trips center around food. There are literally thousands of restaurants within 50 miles of us in the San Francisco Bay Area; we will never be able to try more than a minute percentage of them. The variety and breadth of restaurants here is phenomenal, and we take great enjoyment in trying new places. Our favorite cuisines are French, Indian, Chinese, and Italian; but tomorrow we're going to a Mexican seafood restaurant where the menu is entirely in Spanish and they make fabulous ceviche. The day after will probably be Afghani - we love pumpkin bolani and mantoo (meat dumplings) in yoghurt sauce. Yum!
glad you like to cook
[ A. R. Ammons - for me ] finally there.
POETRY 2011 MAY POEMSSTEPHEN YENSER120arithmetic,checkers tacticstaught her grandson2hoarded guiltsmake bright quiltscounterpanes121still watersof words heapup a cairn_2_seed in fruitolive seedin the stones122sun reignsrain shinessometimes2her prom dressbowl doublepeonies3street lightand mothmarried123reducingthought to abouillon cube‘JOSH WILD’124see what youwant: look in-to any2something withbroken heelmake my point
At the pre-writing stage, collecting has its value,as propounded by A.R. Ammons (we graduated the same college) from Wake Forest“…. and on up through the spheres of diminishing airpast the … to bear on a willow-slip andyou cannot unwind a pebblefrom its constellations … unbundled themfrom the piles of rags and …” [ a cairn and a cairngorm ]
Well, at age 71 I have a few "irons in the fire."
I have created a website: www.free-online-art-classes.com where I have over 100 pages of art lessons and art resources--all free to any viewer.
I am a YouTube partner and frequently make art demonstration videos as well as cooking demos from my cook book "Pop It In The Toaster Oven" for my Palate and Palette YouTube channels.
I am a certified lighting specialist and work part time at the Home Depot in Lighting/Electrical.
I have a Masters Degree in Fine Art, teach art classes in my studio and show my paintings in a local gallery.
I love sharing what I have learned with others and engaging in dialogues of mutual interest and inspirational ideas.
It would take a lot for me to catch up in about one year. In the following list, it is only the end / last one that dropped off in 2009 July 1. I still have my body, my name, my person and family (not to mention pension, social security and benefits).
Each day I write very short "poems" with "found" poetry from Letters to the Editor and on Saturday add others from FREE for ALL (both from Washington Post newspaper). Are others on Twitter? Anyone interested can "Follow" @BobzGone
My local art league had its annual show recently. I really worked hard but it was fun and paid off with two ribbons:
Rise & Shine, 2nd place (Palette knife application, 18x24)
Baytown Bridge II, 3rd Place (From my photo taken earlier,
suspension bridge over the Houston Ship Channel, 12x16)
Rise & Shine, 2nd Place (This was painted over two previous
attempts that just didn't work, but I used up a lot of paint!)
wow! very exciting and most impressive. That is super!
‘what happens when you have no value’
jobs names bodies
‘body of work truth table’
no job no pay
no job yes pay
yes job no pay
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long: the light
for me one is
always room for
rule of zero
by a moon
what I think
shall know take
it as he
once more there
Lowick Gate house
vacant she hoped
to think always
the right clothes on
was not one
at that time
to superficial observers his chin had too vanishing an aspect, looking as if it were
And it did indeed cause him some difficulty about the fit of his satin stocks
all the while
went on with
his large white
hands to much
a bear and
by the birds
through watchful blue
eyes a shaping
which gets melted
on the dogs
her hair her
freed her from
When my lifework is ended, and I cross the swelling tide. Author: Fanny Crosby (1894)
I cross the swell-
-ing tide my life-
-work is ended
11 That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. 12 For it isthe Jubilee; it shall be holy to you
A14 2014.05.10 Sat
‘Karen K Garza’
focus is on
@BethRev @PostLetters @EyeWillNotCry
focus is on / improving the / compensation
achievement / gap budget / challenges
limbs his tongue cut
out died after
forced to stand
amputated / limbs his tongue cut / out died after
for someone / else being / forced to stand
do not / invite / clergy
city / council / meeting
life in / prison / appears
less when these things
@BethRev @PostLetters @EyeWillNotCry
surprising is / less when these things / are included
perhaps / extend / recess
dinner / homework / bedtime
outcome / she en- -visions
affording / more playtime / after school
Sun-(Mothers)-day sad and happy: July 1988 us eight children stood at Moore’s Chapel Baptist Church, Saxapahaw, NC, and sang at my father’s funeral (he died at 72, tomorrow would turn age 98) a favorite of his “Will There Be any Stars in my Crown” (when at evening the day goeth down). Our son was sixteen at the time and played the piano. “The family” went out to the transport — I am first born — someone said “Where’s …?” and when I went back inside, he was still playing the piano, tears streaming. Four years earlier he had already lost his other (much older) grandfather. Both grandmothers were still living — one still is.
Spouse (retired) just returned from the garden(er's) shop. She explained the two contraptions she brought (looks like a cross between a lattice and a platform tennis paddle) are intended to keep peony flowers from flopping (stake or cage them early in the season). Many times recently I have overheard the voice on the television cautioning that after a certain number of hours one should "talk to your doctor." Maybe these will not last that long and I won't have to.
not what you have
it's what you do
with what you have
We called him Uncle Buddy. Horatio Seymour Blair Thompson was born 1868 February 29. Before I was four years old, I went to his birthday celebration 1948 February 29. He did not have many, even though he was eighty years when I saw him then. The materials from his former house had been taken by the time I could walk across my grandfather’s 200 acres mostly wooded to the home place (Uncle Buddy was the brother of my great-grandfather on mother’s side). What I am getting to is the picking. His home place had many, many strawberries that were very sweet and by 21st Century standards very, very small. I could pick many, many strawberries to fill up a cereal (or soup) bowl or a cup. Blackberries had nothing over them in terms of size. Those were by far the sweetest (and probably fragile – but probably handled very well the less than one-hour walk back home on a Sunday afternoon “through the woods” to the house my father also built in 1948 or so.
man safe from
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