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thinking back forty eight years of Earth Day
we clean up the earth one day a year
seems like it should be every day every year
back in the days long forgotten or past history to some
people of the Great Depression were frugal ~
Use It Up, Wear It Out and Make It Do
I think the idea of what century versus which decade makes me feel old πŸ™‚ I think it was in the early 1990s that my friend Joan and I did an Earth Day Presentation with t-shirts with the
quote in the photo, if I recall right.
It was great fun working Joan and my styles together..
the Energizer Bunny (Joan) and the Tortoise (myself).
“Forget not
that the earth delights
to feel your bare feet,
and the winds long
to play with your hair.”
— Kahlil Gibran
Remember, in Joan’s honor, we can leave the earth cleaner than we found it every day of our lives.
TPOS prompt cherita form: Earth Day
free use photo


weather whether we want it or not
above the altar and wrought iron cross
stained glass window opportunity
seeing the seasons change
Mother Nature the best artist
an eagle flew by
Remembering, my friend, Joan,
is always with us in spirit no matter the season.

Joan Preble March 23, 1940 – April 13, 2018

cherita form
TPOS prompt 10/2017 Gerry Muse #77 creation

deep freeze in Maine
sunshine arrives at my door
colorful tulips
with instructions as follows
paint watercolor portrait
For my February birthday, Joan would find tulips in one of the stores, give them to me and I would do paintings of them. Tulips, with sunflowers (her favorite flower) will always bring a “remembering Joan” smile to my heart and soul.
TPOS prompt: April 6, 2014 … spring flowers
remembering Joan Preble 1940 -2018
photo: (c) February 2014 Saradunn

garden path honors shade trees
sun seldom filters thru ~ what plants would grow
chose plants to thrive ~ garden art
small space garden with beautiful path
place to pause ~ reflect walking by
meditation garden
Remembering Joan’s meditation garden …
a work of her love and creative spirit shared with those
who did their daily runs/walks along Union Street.
A place to sit, rest and reflect before going on their journey.
I love the way Joan chose carefully what to include and best home for each plant or garden art.
The struggle over the leaves had us laughing in retrospect, but a hurdle to over come.

TPOS prompt: favorite garden path
cherita form
photo: (c) August 13th, 2013 Saradunn
Prebles 50th Wedding Anniversary

the dice game
friends and family gather
home made ice cream
dice all colors shapes sizes
toddlers choice
A fond memory of my friend, Joan, at whose
house everyone gathered for holidays,
birthdays, any event that spelled party.
On New Year’s Eve, the dice were spilled
on to the table … awesome array of choices.
Any age can play … the toddlers learn their
numbers and laugh as they assist the others
play (there are HUGE dice that are safe for
toddlers and young children.)

While we played, the ice cream maker was
churning away on the back stoop. So yummy
after the game is finished.

TPOS prompt: October 21, 2017: Gerry Muse #79 play
photo: (c) Saradunn 12/31/2012

humble ways
faithful servant to her Lord
little children learned from her
parents and grandparents from them
Joan touched so many lives
every day in her humble way.
It will take Joan’s village of people to carry on
learn to carry on her work and legacy.
I feel blessed for having known Joan
Many, myself included
found themselves a better person
in the presence a someone living
by their faith without question.
TPOS prompt life changes . December 2016
photo: free use image

January 18, 2018 posted TPOS
sometimes gradually
maybe over night
roles reverse ~
today a new universe
life has new meaning
for Joan Preble / written after chemo started.
I waited a while before posting it,
the truth was too hard to bear.
The enegizer bunny had batteries to re-charge.
Hope against hope,
the caregiver became the care receiver.

TPOS prompt: July 19, 2016 …….. life changes
photo: Saradunn 8/2017

photo (c) Sigrid Saradunn June 25, 2017
whisper of a heart in the clouds
in my heart of hearts
a song remains hidden there
whispering of love

30 Days of Inspiration

Day 05- A


Dear Beth,

Thank you, Beth,

short in stature,

tall in courage.

A dwarf,

a few days younger than me,

now gone,

but not forgotten.


You taught me about loyalty

and letting people know

who you are and what you

stand for.

Your bust of JFK was

a clue the moment

I entered your home ☺.


Your sense of humor about life

and having fun and acceptance

of circumstances of your birth…

I remember you telling me,

β€œI taught kindergarten,

we were the same size…”

and laughed !


I cannot imagine still having humor

after an accident left you without

your legs and wheelchair bound,

but you continued your selfless

cheerleading those around you

to persevere by example.

Your faith in Jesus,

the Holy Spirit,


and your fellow man

never seemed to waiver.


You loved your family

more than words could say.

So proud you were of their


large and small.


Fighting for what was right when

circumstances turned against

you and someone you trusted

tried controlling your fate,

was awe inspiring.

Short in stature,

tall in inner strength.


Beth you are.

now an angel, I’m sure.

you taught me to do what it takes,

to live life to the fullest,

no matter what it takes,

no matter what anyone else



You taught me

by example,

what a woman of

courage and faith

looks like.


I miss you.

Think of you often,

Quote you endlessly.


Peace and love,



Small stones: a journey of mindfulness
April 8 Β·


she is the glue
that holds the family
and friends
it was thought she would
live forever
we’d all go go
to the great beyond before her
soon we all, her family,
and, us, the multitudes of friends,
will be learning our dear friend
is now our guiding star.
she is prepared
she knows
bitter sweet
Joan went to her Forever Home April 13, 2018