When Caregiver Becomes the Patient

June 9, 2019

Those of you who know me well know that the last two years have been a medical nightmare for me.  The good news is there is light at the end of that tunnel.  A surgery in my future.

Since caregiving has become a big part of my life again, although in a reverse roll, the book I wrote in 2014 has reclaimed my attention.  Being a semi-invalid has caused me to relish activities that were once at the bottom of my TO DO list.

I am delighted to show you my new and improved website.  One I can actually be proud of. Take a look.  Click on the link below. I ask you to hold my hand, but don’t rub it . . .

Hold My Hand . . .

 

but remember not to rub it . . .

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I Love It When They Love My Poetry!

August 30, 2016

Thank you Claralee, Carl, Tamara, Ginger, Lainie, Melanie, Betty, Rita, Elena, Edgar, Craig, Becca, Cathy, Cindy, Louise, Michelle, Allen, Peggy, Betsy, Carol, Beth, M.J., Mary, Felipe, Bertha, R. L., Jane, Greg, Gayle, Tatyana, Franklin, Pat, Sheila for making my day!

Dale open mic 2016

Hummingbird Flies At Dog Eared Pages

June 27, 2016

I’ll be reading from Jarring a Tiny Bird this Thursday at Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore 16428 N. 32nd St., Phoenix AZ 85032. It’s a cozy little back room open mic where you can enjoy fresh local art and lyrics. Come get out of the heat at 5 PM June 30, 2016. And of course there will be copies of my poetry book for sale.

Arizona Poets Needed

June 2, 2016

If you are a poet with an Arizona connection, “Unstrung” is looking for you.  You have only until July 1 to submit your poems to “Unstrung” the poetry publication project of the Arizona Consortium for the Arts.  It’s easy to submit.  Just email your work with  Attn. Unstrung–Poetry Submission in the subject line to:

Rebeca Dyer at rebeccadyer@theblueguitarmagazine.org

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If you also write prose, check out submission guidelines to “The Blue Guitar.”

The Blue Guitar Magazine

Unstrung

 

Poems of a Lifetime

May 19, 2016

It was that time again. My two year renewal for my website at GoDaddy. Am I the only one who hates their software? It’s not user friendly. It takes forever to accomplish the simplest of changes. But I have prevailed. I have updated my website and renewed for another two years. Wow. And it only took the better part of two days of my life. I got off easy.

So here it is–my new and improved website. Yes, it is not great, but it is a lot better than it was two years ago when I started it. And yes, I do want to know about errors, omissions and things that don’t make sense. I would not be offended but actually grateful to hear about them.

You know I would really rather be writing . .

 

Ms. Dale’s Website

 

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April Celebration

April 5, 2016

You knew it was coming. April is National Poetry Month. Here is my contribution to the glory of expressing life through words:

If February celebrates lasting love, April can lament love slipping away. . . drop by drop.

DRUNK IN THE AFTERNOON

the hole in my heart

like cork pulled from a bottle

a glass tunnel to wine once within

sides so smooth

never together to knit

 never to meet

everything

once inside

gone

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How Many Poems Make a Lifetime?

March 30, 2016

When my first poem was published years ago I embarked on the dream of compiling a weighty tome of poetry by the time I approached senility.  I planned to submit my little lyric masterpieces one by one to eager editors who would scatter my bylines hither and yon in their magazines, newspapers and anthologies.  Only after hundreds had been published individually this way would I gather them all up into a collection of my life’s work, a legacy that I could be proud of.

Life happens, of course.  Submitting one poem at a time became tedious, labor-intensive.  The competition was tough.  The  monetary reward non-existent.  I moved on to prose projects.  Poetry became my secret joy, for my eyes only. When life beat me up, I wrote sharp daggers to fight back.  When bliss came I let some of it spill over onto a page. I love these pieces.  They are my children.  I made them and they comfort me now in my maturing years.

My poetry collection is all but ready for publication. I have sloshed through the formatting. I have the cover. I’m getting final input from a favorite friend here and there. I can boast on my list of acknowledgements that eight of them have already been in print elsewhere. So how many poems make a lifetime?  Let’s say I have about 40 to share.

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Caregiver Retreat A Life-Saver

March 22, 2016

Duet Arizona sponsored a day retreat for caregivers on Friday March 20.  It was a refreshing success for 25 attendees who enjoyed massages, food and life-changing information.  Read the details  here

Caring for the Caregiver

 

 

Read Me a Caregiver Love Story

March 21, 2016

Tell me, overworked, stressed-out caregivers, would you like to listen to a caregiver love story with end of chapter helpful hints while you rest your eyes?  Listening to my book on-the-go, I’ve been told, would be perfect. So I am considering ACX the Audiobook Creation Exchange. They make it sound easy. What do you think?

Dental Patient Celebrity

Poetry In the Night

January 21, 2016

Want to hear me read poetry? Next Thursday Jan 28th at Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore is Open Mic Night.  I’m taking two poetry collections written by Hawaiian poets. Porcelain by Cinthia I Albers and Equitude by Maui Muses which includes three of my poems.

Starts at 5 PM at 16428 N 32nd, Suite 111, Phoenix. Be there.