Autumn Delights from The Weekly Avocet #WednesdayWords #Poetry #Inspiration

The following haiku and poem of mine were published last year in the November 14th issue of The Weekly Avocet. This issue features work by members of Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which I belong. We recently produced a recording of this issue, which you can download here along with the issue in pdf format. Some of us read our own poems in this recording while other work was narrated by volunteer readers. If you enjoy my haiku and poem pasted below, please click the above link to read and or listen to more wonderful work from this issue.

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after Thanksgiving

freezing rain covers hard ground

ice skater’s delight

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Sunday Afternoon

 

 

I see blue sky above my silent back yard.

In the distance, dogs bark.

A saw whines, followed by other construction noises.

A plane flies overhead.

Far away, a train whistles.

Caressed by a cool, autumnal breeze,

I reflect on my life, at peace.

 

Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

Photo Courtesy of Tess Anderson Photography

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Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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SPRING/SUMMER 2022 EDITION OF MAGNETS AND LADDERS #SocialMediaMonday #magazines #Inspiration

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

Magnets and Ladders is an online magazine produced twice a year by Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which I belong. I’m pleased to announce that a memoir, book review, and short story of mine have been published in this issue. You may find work by other authors you recognize. So, snuggle into your preferred reading area with your favorite beverage and enjoy some great fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and more.

 

SPRING/SUMMER 2022 EDITION OF MAGNETS AND LADDERS

A Book Launch and a Poetry Reading #TuesdayTidbit #Events #Inspiration

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.

 

 

 

Today, I have two exciting announcements to make. First of all, last Thursday, Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which I belong, sponsored an event to promote my new book Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me. Carol Farnsworth, author of Leaf Memories, a poetry collection I reviewed here, did an excellent job interviewing me in front of a live virtual audience. This was followed by plenty of questions from participants and  lively discussion. You can click the link below to hear a recording of the program.

 

My BOE Book Launch

 

Also, I’ll again be participating in the WyoPoets monthly virtual poetry reading, which will take place this coming Sunday, February 13th, at 5 p.m. mountain time. You’re all invited, even if you just want to listen to poetry. Please see below for details. I hope you can come.

 

WyoPoets is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

This event is open to anyone who wants to share or listen to poetry. You don’t have to be a member of WyoPoets, you don’t even have to be in Wyoming to participate. So, feel free to invite your friends!

 

Please sign up to read using this Google Form:

https://forms.gle/6wFzZfJwVtpMpBHj9

The first 20 poets to sign up will get to read, additional poets will be allowed based on time.

 

Topic: Virtual Poetry Night

Time: Feb 13, 2022 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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A Podcast Interview and a Book Launch #WednesdayWords #Events #Inspiration

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.

 

 

 

Today, I have two exciting announcements. First of all, last Friday, I had the privilege of being interviewed on the In Perspective podcast. This was recorded live in front of a virtual audience. The conversation, centered mostly on my books, was lively and engaging, thanks to hosts Bob Branco and Peter Altschul and audience members who asked questions. You can click below to hear this particular episode.

 

In Perspective, 242, With Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author of Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

 

Last but not least, Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled writers to which I belong, is sponsoring an event to promote my new book. Called a BOE book launch, this is a service we recently started offering our members, allowing them to promote newly published books. My event will take place on Zoom, hosted by fellow author Ann Chiappetta, tomorrow at 8 p.m. eastern time. During the program, fellow author Carol Farnsworth will interview me, and there will be time for audience members to ask questions. Please see below for details. I hope you can come.

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Ann Chiappetta is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Book launch with Abbie Johnson Taylor

Ann Chiappetta’s Zoom Meeting

Time: Feb 3, 2022 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82631561610?pwd=czlzK05YWGphNVl1TktHczgyeTkvdz09

 

Meeting ID: 826 3156 1610

Passcode: 773634

One tap mobile

+19292056099,,82631561610#,,,,*773634# US (New York)

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Dial by your location

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

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+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 826 3156 1610

Passcode: 773634

Find your local number:  https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kLMtDj4pF

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Books

My Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Website

 

 

Sunday Afternoon #TuesdayTidbit #Poetry #Inspiration

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.

Sunday Afternoon

by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Copyright 2021

I see blue sky above my silent back yard.
In the distance, dogs bark.
A saw whines, followed by other construction noises.
A plane flies overhead.
Far away, a train whistles.
Caressed by a cool, autumnal breeze,
I reflect on my life, at peace.

***

The above poem appears in the November 14th issue of The Weekly Avocet, a journal that publishes nature poetry. This week’s issue features work by members of Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled writers to which I belong. You can click the link below to hear me read the poem.

 

Sunday afternoon

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

***

Books

My Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Website