I was a Vulture #TuesdayTidbit #Poetry #Inspiration

I Was a Vulture

by Abbie Johnson Taylor

©2022

 

Doc lived in the nursing home where I worked,

loved to read but couldn’t because of failing eyesight.

 

I got him a cassette player from the state’s services for the visually impaired,

arranged for him to receive books on tape from the regional talking book library.

For at least a year, he enjoyed listening to those books.

We often talked about them.

 

When he suddenly passed,

I hurried to his room

to retrieve the talking book player before it could be lost.

Although he’d just been taken away,

the equipment belonged to the state,

needed to be returned.

I felt like a vulture

but did the deed, anyway.

 

Back Story

 

I wrote the above poem recently during a meeting of my local Third Thursday Poets group. We read a poem about vultures and were prompted to write one. I did, inspired by my experience working as a registered music therapist with nursing home residents. This poem appears in the holiday extravaganza issue of The Writer’s Grapevine, which can be read here. You can click below to hear me read it.

 

I Was a Vulture

 

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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.Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

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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The Writer’s Grapevine Holiday Extravaganza #SaturdaySurprise #Magazines #Inspiration

I’m pleased to announce that a couple of my works and an advertisement for my latest book have been published in the current issue of The Writer’s Grapevine, put out quarterly by author and marketing assistant Patty Fletcher. This time around, I had the opportunity to not only contribute to this publication but to edit work that other writers submitted. Seeing a preview of coming attractions was fun.

Now, you can click one of the links below to read this magazine in pdf or docx format and enjoy poems, stories, and essays. Many authors, myself included, have advertisements for latest books. So, if you’re looking for something good to read, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy!

 

Writer’s Grapevine Holiday Extravaganza December January 2023 Edition

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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.

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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.Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

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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An Invitation to Join The Writer’s Grapevine #WednesdayWords #Magazines #Inspiration

I’m proud to be a contributor and one of the editors of The Writer’s Grapevine, a quarterly online publication featuring poetry, short stories, and more. But The Writer’s Grapevine isn’t just a magazine. It’s a community, where you can learn more about our contributors. The next issue will be out at the end of December or beginning of January. So, now’s the time to join the email list and/or Facebook group in order to receive the magazine and stay up to date. Here’s Patty Fletcher, owner and operator of TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD Marketing, who produces this awesome journal, to tell you more.

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The Writer’s Grapevine is a quarterly news and literary magazine featuring writers, small businesses, and nonprofits.

In each issue, you’ll find a variety of articles, essays, short stories, and poems for your enjoyment and education.

Along with the magazine comes a community to which you’re invited.

This group is an extension of The Writer’s Grapevine and is a place where authors, bloggers, and business owners, as well as nonprofits, come to share tidbits about their personal and working lives Etc.

Joining this group will allow you to…

  • Receive quarterly editions of the magazine and all things related.
  • Be in direct contact with magazine contributors. And…
  • Have conversations about what you read in the magazine and more.

There are only a few group rules, and they are…

  • No flaming or racist comments and absolutely no bullying.

We will be respectful and kind to all who subscribe.

Just so you know how to correctly participate in the group, here’s some information you’ll need to know when you join and begin to post…

 

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To join us via email, send a blank message to:  writersGV+subscribe@groups.io

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May harmony find you.

Blessid be.

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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.

 

 

 

If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to my email list to receive my twice-yearly newsletter and other announcements. This is a one-way announcements list, meaning the only messages you’ll receive will come from me. So, you can rest assured that this list is low-traffic. Send a blank email to:  newsfrommycorner+subscribe@groups.io  You’ll receive a confirmation email. Reply to that with another blank message, and you should be good to go.

 

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.Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

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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Join The Writer’s Grapevine #WednesdayWords #Magazines #Inspiration

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.

 

I recently became part of the editorial team of The Writer’s Grapevine, a magazine to which I’ve contributed for years. This publication includes stories, poems, articles, and more. The next issue will go out in December or January. Now’s the time to think about subscribing to this free periodical.

Below, you’ll find more information about the magazine and its Facebook and email groups from Patty Fletcher, owner and operator of TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD Marketing, who produces it. You can learn more about Patty and her work here. Don’t delay. Subscribe today!

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The Writer’s Grapevine is a monthly news and literary magazine featuring writers, small businesses and nonprofits.

In each issue, you’ll find a variety of articles, essays, short stories, and poems for your enjoyment and education.

Along with the magazine comes a community to which you’re invited.

This group is an extension of The Writer’s Grapevine magazine and is a place where authors, bloggers, and business owners as well as nonprofits come to share tidbits about their personal and working lives etc.

Joining this group will allow you to…

                          • Receive monthly editions of the magazine and all things related.
                          • Be in direct contact with magazine contributors. And…
                          • Have conversations about what you read in the magazine and more.

There are only a few group rules, and they are…

                          • No flaming or racist comments and absolutely no bullying.

We will be respectful and kind to all who subscribe.

Just so you know how to correctly participate in the group, here’s some information you’ll need to know when you join and begin to post…

Group Topics…

*NOTE*

Hashtags are like little foghorns blasting us out into the world. So, when you post into the Facebook group, make sure to include the correct Hashtag for your post.

If you’re on the email group, these Hashtags will go into the subject line.

 

You should also note how these are written. When you create a Hashtag the words you want tagged must be written together after the number sign. So please, screen reader users, use your reading keys to see how these are created.

*Begin Topic List*

 

#What’sUp

#NewsNuggets

#Tips

#BusinessCorner

#Author’sCorner

#ReadingWithTheAuthor

#PoetryPlace

#HealthWorld

#FavoriteLink

 

To join us via email, send a blank message to:  writersGV+subscribe@groups.io

If email is not your thing, you may join us at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/434175414555004

 

Thanks for joining us.

May harmony find you.

Blessid be.

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If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to my email list to receive my twice-yearly newsletter and other announcements. This is a one-way announcements list, meaning the only messages you’ll receive will come from me. So, you can rest assured that this list is low-traffic. Send a blank email to:  newsfrommycorner+subscribe@groups.io  You’ll receive a confirmation email. Reply to that with another blank message, and you should be good to go.

***

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.

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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Even Now #TuesdayTidbit #Poetry #Inspiration

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

 

 

Even Now

by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Copyright 2022.

 

 

Ten years after his death,

I remember his soft, gentle voice,

tall physique, gray hair, sunglasses,

the blue jeans and t-shirts he wore,

his cologne’s musky scent.

 

I long to see him, smell him, hear him,

my husband of seven years.

The idea that he’s in a better place comforts me.

After suffering two paralyzing strokes,

he can now walk and see better than before.

Maybe someday, we’ll be together and happy forever.

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The above poem appears in the current issue of The Writer’s Grapevine, which can be downloaded here. My years of caring for my totally blind late husband, paralyzed by two strokes soon after we were married, inspired me to write it. You can click below to hear me read it.

 

Even Now

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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.

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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