Poem: Grouse Goneby

Where once a greater sage grouse grew

Now a gaggle grow

Why would a gander wander

With a group of goslings in tow

 

 

 

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About the poem:

This weekend in the mountains in Foxton, I saw something I’ve never seen in over 40 years of visiting. Geese in the field. We usually geese in the city parks, not in the mountains. Never before.

Climate change, my brother and I agreed.

I only remember seeing the sage grouse up and close once. It was a magnificent display.

In researching the Greater Sage Grouse, a footnote on the Sage Grouse Initiative website says:

Conservation: Numbers are declining largely due to habitat loss

Meanwhile the population of the Canada Goose population has nearly doubled since 2007

Like the rest of Colorado’s population. Canada Goose population is booming.

Colorado’s human population is expected to double by 2050, but we don’t have the water to support them. The human population in Colorado hasn’t increased as much as the geese’ since 2006 but it’s still pretty incredible.

It’s outrageous to me that we are dropping humongobombs on other countries and not dealing with basic issues right in front of us. These are complicated problems that we could solve if we worked on communication skills, science and community building.

Unfortunately, there seems to be little of that going around these days.

The showmanship like that of the sage grouse though, yeah, that’s alive and well.

 

 

 

 

 

From Stressed-Out to Rejuvenated in 3 Days: $100 Off! Info Session on April 14

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Daily life can be stressful and overwhelming, and can distract you from your purpose! Find out how to take 3 days to go from stress-out to rejuvenated. Go from scattered to focused.

Joan Gregerson & Phyllis Guy present a free one-hour information session about the Nourish! Retreat

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Get Your Questions Answered about the Nourish! Retreat
– Meet your guides: Joan & Phyllis
– Find out how the lodge and location will help you chillax and recharge
– Learn how meditation, hiking, art and mindful eating can change your life!
– Explore the agenda to see how structure and free time are balanced, just right for fun and personal transformation!
– Find out what practices you’ll learn to keep you on track when you return home
– Join by computer or phone
– Ask your questions and get answers during the session

 

Poem: Let It Snow NaPoWriMo #03

Bracing for a blizzard

But where did it go

Just a rainy drizzle

Lordy, let it snow

Blue sky and  sunshine again?

“Beautiful day?”

So you say.

Pillow over my head

I’m going back to bed

I have nowhere to go

I’m just waiting.

Lordy, let it snow

 

 

 

About the poem:

We didn’t get winter this year in Denver. Time and time again,r the forecasters called for a blizzard or at least a decent snow. But as it did yesterday morning, instead of snow, there was just a slight drizzle. And by 10 am the sky was blue and the sun was out.

My dad never cussed, but he did say “Lordy”. (Well, just once when he was under the car and something fell and bonked him on the head, he said “Damn!”. That was my dad.)

At the Climate Reality Project training, we heard from the Colorado Homeland Security director. He said that for the first time ever, Colorado had “red flag warnings” (fire danger due to high temperatures and dry conditions) in some parts of the state, while there were blizzard warnings in other parts. In fact, the fire season in Colorado has doubled from what it was in the 1970’s.

 

About the Poet:

Joan Gregerson is a Wellness Coach & Eco-Nut, and creator of the program Food Freedom Naturally. She is also a trained Climate Reality Leader (Denver, 2017.) She’s on a mission to get people to care for and protect the very planet that sustains us. We can’t be too busy for that.

 

 

Split Estate – the documentary

Recently I have come to the full realization that every American must completely re-educate themselves independently and thoroughly. The important problems of our times are not being solved. We can solve them, but we must diligently educate ourselves.

On Netflix there are many documentaries worth watching. This one was extremely interesting because it is based in Colorado. If you want to know what fracking is doing two communities in Colorado, in their own words, watch this movie.

http://www.splitestate.com/

PRESS RELEASE: Longmont, Colorado author Joan Gregerson writes 400 poems in 365 days, for upcoming collection “Love Goes On”

Press Release:

April 1, 2014 – for immediate release

Information:  Joan Gregerson 720 224 7020
Facebook.com/JoanGregerson
Twitter @JoanGregerson
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blog http://blog.positiveenergyworks.com

 

Longmont, Colorado author Joan Gregerson writes 400 poems in 365 days for upcoming book, “Love Goes On”

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Longmont Author, Joan Gregerson

Joan Gregerson performing poetry at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse Open Mic Poetry in Boulder, Colorado (March 31, 2014)

Joan Gregerson performing poetry at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse Open Mic Poetry in Boulder, Colorado (March 31, 2014)

What began as a competition in a month-long contest turned into a year of poetry writing for Colorado writer, Joan Gregerson.

“In early April 2013, I heard for the first time about something called National Poetry Month and the challenge to write a poem a day. I was living in Korea so the “National” part didn’t exactly fit, and I had already missed a couple days, but I decided to try it. I got in the habit of writing and posting a poem or two to my blog most days. When April ended, I found that I couldn’t stop writing poetry. It’s one of my better addictions, so far.”

Her first poem of the year-long period was a short poem, entitled “Not Right Now” (below). In the last week, Joan had added a dozen new poems. Some are short Haikus (5-7-5 syllables), while others are long and designed for spoken word performances. On her blog (blog.positiveenergyworks.com), Joan often gives some background on the poem, for those who are interested.

“I have no idea why I write poetry or what it means to others,” says Joan. “I know that I am a conduit of something wonderful. That’s all I know. And that’s enough. I love the whole process of getting an inspiration, putting it together in words and getting it out there.

I’m often surprised at how a poem impacts people. Something I think is pretty specific and small, ends up sometimes being very meaningful and helpful. I just go with the flow.”

And these past 365 days, the flow has been unstoppable. Visit Joan’s blog to read some of the poems and see Joan’s photographs that accompany many of the poems. Since the poetry began when she was in South Korea, the photos and poems provide a journey from springtime in Korea to summer in Denver, then fall in Niwot, and winter in Longmont, Colorado.

Joan has performed poetry at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse in Boulder, La Vita Bella in Longmont, and Café Radio in Busan, South Korea, with more performances around Colorado to follow.

Joan will be compiling the poems in various collections, including the complete 400 poems in a book “Love Goes On: A Year in Poetry”. The book will be written to offer daily wisdom through poetry. Joan writes about love, addiction, recovery, meditation, loss, parenting, nutrition and compassion on her blog and in her other books available on Amazon and Kindle.

 

Not Right Now

I love you, I said
I love you too, he said
Just not right now

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Floppy shaggy ears
Such a sweetie, all those years
Sopping up our tears

 

Love Goes On

I was afraid
That my broken heart would never heal
That when he left me
I was destined to limp through the rest of my life, wounded
But it didn’t happen that way
Love goes on
His love taught me about being lovable
The love I’d felt helped me grow strong

I was afraid
That when I left him
That he would never forgive me
That he would hate me
That he would just want to forget me
But it didn’t happen that way
Love goes on
The love we felt did not die
The love we knew helped us through
It allowed us to be kind
We made it through weakness
We made it through the unimaginable
We made it apart
And by doing so, love held us together
We came out strong
Love goes on

When I had no friend
When I was alone in a country
Where I could not speak the language
With no one to talk to
Exhausted and
Struggling at work
With no money
I was lower than low
But at some point
There’s no lower that you can go
And even there
Even alone
There is a love there

What love is this?
Whose love is this?
Is this the love of my great great grandmother
That imagined that one day I would exist
Is this the love that lingers on my forehead
From my father’s blessing kiss?
Even alone
At the lowest low
Some love will seep in
Look will seek you out
Love will find you
Love won’t give up on you
Love goes on

When a child moves out
Or becomes wiser than the parent
Or thinks that is so
When there is no understanding
Of how you could possibly be related
When the parent is frustrated and sad
When the kid is indignant and mad
Beneath it all
There is love
No matter what has been said
No matter what has been done
Though shoulders have been cold
And arrows have been slung
Love won’t get wounded
Love won’t die
You think you can kill it
Just try but
Love goes on

When brothers fall out
Threats are made
Promises are sealed
Upon your grave
But nothing can outlive love
Love can’t end
Love goes on

A passionate crush
And steamy sex
Becomes cold silence
Trangression
Indiscretion
Your mistress
Your affair
Becomes another ex
You assume that indifference or hate comes next
But hate is not real
Indifference is not strong
Try as you might
You can’t hate for long
When you are no longer lovers
You will continue to love
Love won’t fizzle out
Love goes on

And when someone double-crosses you
You want to cross them off too
But you can’t
Someone has wronged you
But you can’t hate for long
Any moment you let down your guard
Love will open the gate
Love will slip in
It will seep in
It will sneak in
Whether you want it or not
Love has more endurance than hate
Love goes on

Move away from your best friend
Ignore his call
Don’t send a letter
Try to forget it all
But you never will
The simple love you shared
Can’t be extinguished
Can’t be put out
Love does not need you to want it
Love can just hang out
Love goes on

Murder and war
Corruption and rape
Who has done this?
Who can I hate?

Hate is an impulse
But it can’t be sustained
Hate is a thunder cloud
That grows quickly, menacing
But in an instant of rage
It loses all its power
And becomes nothing again

Skinny as a toothpick
Big as a bull
Love is in love with you

A baby’s first breath
Love welcomes you
Your last dying gasp
Love escorts you

You can try to stop love
But you never will
Life or death
Wrong or right
Try as you might
Stop trying to fight
Love will win

What is there to lose
What is there to fear
You can’t stop love
The love that you felt is here
Love will always be near
Love goes on

Your ideas wanted! 100 Ways to Celebrate Earth Week in Longmont (around Apr 22)

Do you have ideas for how to celebrate this lovely place we call home?

Earth Day is April 22, 2014

My new group, Sustainable Revolution Longmont, is working to develop a list of “100 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Longmont”

What would you suggest? Books, movies, activities, anything!

Poem: 8 Degrees (F) …another chilly morning in Longmont, Colorado

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Well, now that I know
It’s just 8 degrees
That walk that I thought
I think not
Because
My snot would freeze
Instead I’ll do yoga
On DVD
With Rodney Yee
In Hawai’i
And bask in the sun
That glints
Off the snow
And the tree

Poem: A Ready Embrace

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A ready embrace
100 mile smile
Sighs to me
Run, and Be Free


About the poem:
That’s what it feels like living here, where the front range rests upon the plains. Ready with big open arms, with a relaxed, expansive feeling that anything is possible.

Tasty Year is ready! Poetry reading holiday event: Dec 14 in Boulder!

Dec 14 Invite

 

BaoBao Library Project, BeadforLife and Tasty Year- A Food Anthology are getting together to offer you a lovely holiday event: Books and Beads – poetry readings, book signings, Ugandan jewelry and soaps, Ghana beads, jewelry, and gifts! Stop by for complimentary tea and treats while your browse. This is your chance to get your own copy of Tasty Year- A Food Anthology signed while supporting some great causes! Please come and invite your friends!

More info:
– BaoBao Library Project: The walls are up on the library that we are building in Ghana! Help us raise the roof!
– BeadforLife: Boulder-based non-profit eradicating poverty one bead at a time in Uganda
– Tasty Year- A Food Anthology (new release Dec 2013): Benefiting Art from Ashes. Featuring poems, memoirs and recipes by eight authors: Michael Thomas, Gerry Magnie, Sean Paul Mahoney, Carol Mahoney, Gail Gregerson, Molly Gregerson, Joan Gregerson

Directions:

Boulder Creek Meeting Room, Boulder Main Library, 1001 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO
Parking is available for free in the Arapahoe lot. Enter and turn right, past the DVDs. As you walk toward the bridge, the Boulder Creek Meeting Room is on your right.

Oh, we certainly hope to see you there!

 

Poem: Extr’ordinary …Haiku

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Ordinary day
Filled with errands, work and play
Extr’ordinary


About the poem:

I spent my day getting my car fixed, going to an eye doctor appointment, and getting a few things done. Seems common and nothing to notice, but because we didn’t have an inkling of concern about possible flooding today, the day was incredibly rich.

Again, reminds us that ordinary days are what our lives are mostly made of. And that to dismiss them as somehow not good enough is ungrateful, and a sure way for each of us to miss out on our surely extraordinary lives!

How is your day, my friend?

Poem: I Can’t Trust You …talking to the clouds #Coloradoflood

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This is a photo of the sky today in Denver.

Just last week
You were puffy and light
Spunky and white
Decorations on
A blue background
Like a kindergartner
On her first day

A week later
Now you are grey
Dark grey and darker
Heavy streaks of gloomy
Heavy layers looming

And now
I can’t trust you
I cock my head and squint
But you give no hint
Will it be light rain
Or utter destruction?

I study you
But I can’t trust you

Grey sky
Go away
Find that blue and white dress
Let’s play
And let me trust you again

About the poem:
Beginning on Thursday, floods hit Colorado, flooding one city after another, day after day. It was strange because it moved around, sometimes hitting as constant rain that wouldn’t stop, other times it appeared as flash flooding for an hour of hail. So, we’re about ready for it all to be over.  But as I said before, it’s been remarkable how a natural disaster brings out the best in people. And so even though the damage is shocking, the kindness and generosity is overwhelming, more powerful than any disaster.

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On September 6, I took this photo in Longmont, Colorado, the city that is now recovering from last week’s 500-year flood. And we didn’t suspect a thing.

Poem: A Wave Frozen In Time

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From the north, south and east
Fields and roads stretch
And hurl themselves into the west
Where they reach and curl
A wave frozen in time

About the poem:
These past few days, I’ve been driving in Boulder County and on up to Fort Collins. I am simply stunned by the magnificence of the plains and mountains and how they meet abruptly, for miles as the Rocky Mountains crashes through Colorado.

In Korea, people often told me, “The U.S. is so big. I envy you.” After living on that small, densely populated peninsula, I too am thinking, “Wow, the U.S. is big!” I’m almost in shock, adjust to the size difference.

The geography does give you a different feeling about life, your possibilities, your options. That then makes me question, how much of what we believe is simply due to our surroundings and what we’ve been exposed to? How much of that is true? And what might we believe to be true if we were raised elsewhere? So, I take cultural beliefs with a grain of salt. Cute, but not necessarily true!

Meanwhile, I a enjoying the sheer size of the view that stretches from north to south, as far as I can see.

 

 

Poem: Alone in the Arms of All

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Alone as a newborn baby,
In the arms,
In the welcoming, expansive, loving arms,
Alone as a newborn baby
Alone in the arms of All

About the poem:
This morning, as I drove home from the airport just after sunrise, I felt both totally alone and totally one with everything. Completely welcome, supported and loved. Good morning, indeed!

This photo was taken near Erie, Colorado of the incredible Rocky Mountains. I just want to make a big sign that says, Holy Toledo! Do you realize that these mountains stretch as far north and south as we can see! Omigosh! It’s amazing!

Poem: Nature Time …a Haiku

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Teach me to tell time
Not with minutes and hours
But with clouds and rocks

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About the poem:

This morning while walking at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Golden, Colorado, I was moved by seeing and being in nature. Time in nature seems to transcend what I know about time. I use my phone as an alarm, or a calendar to set appointments. But seeing rocks that represent thousands of years, contrasted with clouds that form and disappear before my eyes, the combination of permanence and fleeting existence …I have no concepts to summarize this….nature time. I am unable to understand it, but I can feel the healing power, be thankful and be in awe.

About the author:
Joan Gregerson writes about how to tune in to inner peace and enjoy life! Understanding that nature is a healer, and seeking it out is a subject in her books, available on Amazon and Kindle.

Poem: Step Together

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True, it is me, and me alone,
That must take the next step
But still
I don’t have to go alone
We can take that step together
My step will be surer
And I might feel better
If we step together

About the poem:

Today, I went to Red Rocks Amphitheater to enjoy the view and the fresh air, and exercise with my family. I’m amazed by the things they know. I always learn something when I am with them, such as a tip for improving my form or for getting motivated. I tried a few new exercises for getting up the amphitheater steps: some were pretty easy and for others I felt quite awkward.

Later in the morning, I contacted a mentor of mine. I said I might need some coaching sessions to get going with radio interviews. His advice, Just do it. It will be awkward at first, but you’ll get better at it.

So, my lesson of the day seems to be that you don’t need to feel stuck. You don’t need to always go it alone, or be perfect on your first try. Just step together!

And on top of all that,  Bruno Mars played at Red Rocks the previous two nights, so we felt his inspirational presence too! Together!