Julie has been a music teacher at a public school in Arizona since 1987. She enjoys writing, reading, walking, swimming, and spending time with family.
57 Trips Around the Sun
My birthday is October 14. By the time you’re reading this, I will have turned 57. Therefore, I have compiled 57 words of wisdom for your consideration. Some include relevant quotes; some are life lessons I’ve learned the hard way. It’s less painful learning from others’ mistakes than from your own (see #39).
Have a Slice
This poem was inspired by a prompt by Teisha LeShea of the Vocal support group Vocal Creators Saloon. Here’s to my very favorite fruit
When you sneeze, do people around you say, “bless you?” Or do you hear, “Gesundheit?” Even with German ancestry, I prefer the former. “Bless you” is a way of sending a positive message without being “preachy.”
My Heart isn't in It
We were once hot and heavy Steamy, Lustful, All over each other, Bodies entwined At every opportunity. * The newness is gone.
“Run faster! We’ve got to make it back to the beach.” Graham shouted. His wife, Jill, panted and shouted, “Go on ahead to alert the captain. I’ll be right behind you.”
Hold Your Breath
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the water. It doesn’t matter if I’m on it, in it, or under it. Swimming, boating, water skiing, SCUBA diving – I’ve done it all.
In the Dark
This perfect storm of frightening events led to the most harrowing experience of my life. My name is Dominic. Since I’m a poor 19-year-old, I don’t have a car. I work the night shift at a retirement home. Usually, it’s a cakewalk. Occasionally, residents will sleepwalk or absentmindedly leave their rooms. It’s easy enough to get them sorted.
7 Days - Conclusion
The alarm clock wakes me suddenly with the blaring of electro music. I reach over to silence it while trying to make sense of my surroundings. I’m the only one in a double bed. Who am I?