Archive for Sharing..the work of guest artists

A Basket for Turning Fifty

Today I am publishing a whimsical poem, written by someone to her good friend who was turning fifty. She presented this poem to the birthday girl along with a gift basket. I know you will enjoy the content as much as the rhythm of this piece….   

turning 50 basket

A Basket for turning 50


In this basket you will find

 Things to make being 50 

 A bit more kind

Foot cream and soft socks

To comfort your feet

Because when you’re 50

They can’t take the heat

Bengay and body lotion

To slather all over

‘Cuz ‘ya  know… turning 50

Is no roll in the clover

An energy candle to hasten your step

Because when you turn 50

You run out of pep

A handy massager to soothe every muscle

Because when you’re 50

It’s harder to hustle

And last but not least

A bottle of wine

‘Cuz when you are 50

Feelin’  mellow’s sublime! 

by Cathy Strackbein 








The Garden Shed..

The Garden Shed

The Garden Shed

I am proud to present the photo and essay, The Old Shed, submitted by Bonnie Craig Gogolski…my sister and friend…as my very first offering in this category. Enjoy!

The Old Shed

 by Bonnie Craig Gogolski

The old shed in my back yard brings back many memories. It’s more than just a shed, it’s a landmark on the property. It’s where my late husband, Cy’s gardening tools are stored…never to be used by him again. It’s where once a riding lawn mower was parked, now replaced by a self-propelled, push type, since I was afraid to use the rider. There’s also a heavy-duty weed whacker which is so heavy that I can hardly lift it and a gardening tiller…all tools of a man who loved to work the land and make things with his hands.

The shed was built by Cy and our two sons when they were young teens. Cy needed a new shed and he took this opportunity to teach the boys “how to build a house from the ground up”, as he put it. He felt it would prepare them for the future when they’d be husbands with homes and responsibilities…and it has.

They did a great job. It’s still standing and useful today although it could use a new coat of paint!