A Tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, poetry, View from Below, by Joan Ellen Gage

 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

 View from Below
 

 What have you done to deserve 

this? you say, not expecting an answer. We

 have all asked this, at one time or

 another, when we are hurt, or under

 attack on some unexpected front.

We usually do not see the blow, or

brick falling on our head, until it hits us. Then

BAM it strikes us to the heart and

soul of our being, we are floored, pinned

unable to move and uncertain of what to do.

Eventually, we get up and limp along,

try to get that “stiff upper lip” thing

going on, moving through the motions

until some sense of normalcy eventually

creeps in and healing takes place.

As women, we need be strong enough to

survive these affronts. We

 HAVE to, if we want to continue to

 grow and compete in this world, and we

 WILL do it, too!

We will believe and achieve all

that we must do. We

will do this together, you and I.

Make a promise today to help your sisters

when they are down, raise them up.

Raise them up, and believe in them, and they

WILL succeed

Let’s go girls!

by,

Joan Ellen Gage 

from the book,

Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader

 

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https://www.facebook.com/yourpersonalcheerleaderJoanEllenGage/

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BOOKS:

EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKINhttp://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITIONhttp://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

 

 

 

Joan Ellen Gage to read at BodySense in Hiawassee, GA, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 5:00 PM

 

Hello friends!

Please join me as I read at BodySense spa in Hiawassee, Georgia, on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 5:00 PM. BodySense will supply wine and appetizers.

Come on out and bring a friend!

Joan

 Their link is here: https://www.bodysenseonline.com/

 You can reach them at:

706-896-6457

 

bodysense@windstream.net

 

2226 Ridge Crest Circle

 

Hiawassee, GA 30546

Rising, Poem and Photo-creation from Joan Ellen Gage, for National Poetry Month

 
Let’s do it, let’s rise together!
 
 
OTHER WEBSITE:  https://joans-zone.com/
 
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BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

 

Women weave the fabric. . .


JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

Uncurl from your Ball–digital art, by Joan Ellen Gage


JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

Pink Chapstick


PINK CHAPSTICK

Everything was

pink.
The kitchenware,even
the microwave and coffee maker,
my sister’s signature color,
pink.
Her color choice expanded to
clothes, nightgowns, jewelry,
bedding, phone, all
pink.
The dolls wore pink
exclusively, the walls were
hung with themes of
pink.
I kept Chapstick
from her estate, stashed
in all of my necessary places,
all pink-tubed.
My sister has been gone
one year, the Chapstick
dwindles; I wear her sunglasses,
pink-lenses, of course, and think of her.
Joan Ellen Gage 
JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

Patch, patch, patch!

Joan about to run off the road!


Patch, Patch, Patch!

Why is it?

Just when you think things are going to be

Rosy

Life sideswipes you, and throws you in the

Ditch!

I seem to spend

Half of my life patching things back

Together

The other half I spend worrying

About

Whether the patch will hold!

Oh, no!

Don’t tell me!

Is that another leak

I hear?

From Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader, by Joan Ellen Gage

Hi, I hope everyone is having a good day, no flat tires! May your blessings be bountiful and your cares be few.

Ciao!

Joan

JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

Unfinished Works of Art



A Woman for All Ages

Here is a shock for you

Not all of us are moms who do it all

Or are executives, who crashed the glass ceiling,

Left, and found their “true calling”

Some of us have just been trying to make a living

Worker bees, who buried creative or other needs,

Like self-expression, under a load of work and life



It happens and time passes

I swallowed the work ethic myth hook, line and sinker

I was the “perfect” employee—hard working

Taking a personal interest in my job

My Mary Poppins’ era; but, it left nothing for me



50 opened up my eyes

I still work hard, but now I work for me

First and foremost, I take care of myself

And my responsibilities to family



As time passes, we need to deal with

And understand what lessons each decade teaches us

Hopefully we learn and embrace the wisdom

From our experiences, and in turn,

These life lessons flesh out

Who we are becoming and who we grow to be



We are unfinished works of art

The book not yet completed

The half-carved sculpture

To be unveiled by the universe

And not at a time of our choosing

So let the journey unfold, and may your story be told!

From the book, A Redhead Looks at 60, by Joan Ellen Gage

 
 
I hope you enjoyed the art and the poem, dear reader. Have a wonderful one!
 
Blessings!
 
Joan

JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.


Tips for Staying "in the Now", by Joan Ellen Gage

Joan’s tips for being present:
 
As usual, I struggle with staying in the now. My go to is to get outside with my dog. Watching her keeps me present and I realize how blessed I am to have this wonderful creature as my friend. If you don’t have a pet, maybe you can “borrow” one!

The second thing I do to stay present is to watch the sunset or sunrise. If you can’t watch a real one, watch one on the net. There are a lot of youtube videos, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbaJ1SPjLnc

Namaste, y’all!

Joan 

What’s not to love!


JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.