The Dog Made Me Do It

It's all Smidgey's fault.

She FORCED me into making another book trailer for Two Truths and a FIB Poetry Anthology.

She said barked that it had to feature HER. 

(You know, because of her propensity for LYING.)


Actually, TRUTH be told, I really enjoy making these wee videos.

And Smidgey really enjoys Smidgey.

And cheese.

And (Fibonacci) puns:

 Win-win!

And now you can see all of the wee words for wee ones videos on TikTok

And on FB @weewordsforweeones!

Happy Fib Day!

 It's 11.23, the perfect day to share my brand new book trailer for Two Truths and a FIB.

Coming 1.1.23!


Thanks for watching!

1,401,120 Minute Streak Broken

for 2 years

7 months

29 days

I was negative

 

my negative thoughts

led me to trust science

rolling up my sleeve

four separate times

 

my negative behaviors

of being aloof and distant -

hiding in plain sight

encouraging and ensuring

negativity around me

 

then after 139 weeks

on 30 October 2022

my fortuity failed me

 

turns out that three transmittable

(unbeknownst to anyone at the time)

interactions in two closed rooms

over the course of three hours

in one day

can push the odds a little too far

 

three days later

on the one test I repeatedly

aced with my negativity,

two lines shining through

the plastic stick’s window

announced my first positive result

in 973 days

 

for one week

I percolated in my positivity

my sore throat tickle soothed with hot tea

my sneezes dosed with vitamin C

my mucus mopped up during a movie

an afternoon nap to not feel woozy

 

I basically had a cold

 

then on day 7

I returned to my negative status

the clock was reset

 

for 5 days

16 hours

42 minutes

and counting…

I am negative

 

but I will forever remain positive

in my original negative thoughts…

©2022, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

 

I consider the time between 1 March 2020 and 30 October 2022 the duration of my covid-free streak.

I am now a member of the One Time Club. (Hopefully one and done!)

I am eternally grateful to science and scientists for a VERY mild bout.

 

Little Miss Smidgey blanketed herself out of harm's way:


 Happy Poetry Friday! Join the multi-talented Buffy Silverman for the round up!


 

10.10 Poetry Palooza: Meenakshi Dwivedi

 The 1st Year Anniversary celebration of the 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways comes to an end today.

 But not before today's Poetry Palooza poet Meenakshi Dwivedi captures the Halloween spirit (actually 10 of them!) with her poem, "Ten Ghosts". 


Meenakshi is a boo-tiful soul and I could not have asked for a better poem to celebrate Halloween AND the end of our Poetry Palooza Celebration.

But I must say that I am 100% feeling the last ghost's sentiment. I'm ready to go back to sleep.

Don't worry, I won't ghost you.

I'll be back with more poetry, Smidgey and wee words for wee ones publication news.

Speaking of the latter, watch for sneak peeks and pre-order information on the next wee words for wee ones Poetry Anthology, Two Truths and a FIB due out 1.1.23

I have something exciting planned for our January launch

Or do I?

And Halloween wouldn't be complete without a dog treat

(And a possible Smidgey identity crisis.)

This line is from one of my all time favorite picture books, The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz.

10.10 Poetry Palooza: Tabatha Yeatts

 The 1st Year Anniversary celebration of the 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways continues...

 Today's Poetry Palooza poet Tabatha Yeatts' limerick, "Electric" is a good reminder that our confidence can amplify when we follow our passion.


Speaking of passion, Tabatha is a passionate poet, blogger, and dog person*.

(*Smidgey approves!)

I am happy to amplify Tabatha's latest passion project, Imperfect II poems about perspective: an anthology for middle schoolers.

We ALL need perspective! 

And poetry!

Smidgey is a real live wire today...without the guitar.




10.10 Poetry Palooza: Robyn Hood Black

The 1st Year Anniversary celebration of the 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways continues...

 Today's Poetry Palooza poet Robyn Hood Black reminds us that we need to tend to ourselves in order to tend to others in her poem, "TLC".

And Robyn can tend to you too, or at least your entire holiday shopping list, with her artsyletters® literary gifts! 

Seriously, the readers, writers, poets in your life (everyone!) need Robyn's creations.

Just think, when you are done shopping at artsyletters® Etsy shop, you will have one less thing to tend to!

Connect with Robyn!

Website: robynhoodblack.com  

Website: artsyletters.com

Etsy Shop: artsyletters

Facebook: Artsyletters

Instagram: artsylettersgifts

Twitter: @artsyletters   

And: pomelobooks.com

Smidgey gives us a new definition of TLC.


 

10.10 Poetry Palooza: Eileen Spinelli

 The 1st Year Anniversary celebration of the 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways continues...

 Today's Poetry Palooza poet Eileen Spinelli allows us to look back to when we first hit double digits with her poem, "My Tenth Birthday".

Eileen does an amazing job of taking me back to my 10-year old self, a mere 😲-years ago!

And being one of kindest people on the planet, it won't surprise you to know that Eileen's latest book with Highlights is all about kindness!

Get a copy of WE'RE BETTER TOGETHER: A Kindness and Community Activity Book for the little ones in your life.

Actually, I can think of quite a few 'big ones' in the world that could use some help with kindness and community. Ahem.

Check out Eileen's website: eileenspinelli.com to fully appreciate the awesomeness that is Eileen Spinelli.

Smidgey is well into her teenage years - she is minimum 13-years old. 

(She was a rescue and the humane society didn't know how old she was, but we've had her for 13 years...) 

Recently she's realized that being of a certain age has it's advantages. (As does sleeping near the TV.)

Take advantage of the fact that it is Poetry Friday! Jone is hosting, JOIN US!

Stay tuned (and subscribe below to wee words for wee ones) because the 10.10 Poetry Palooza Party is not over! 

There are THREE more AMAZING poets that will be featured through the 31st of October. 

In case you've missed any posts, here's a recap: 

1 October: Kelly Conroy

2 October: Jennifer Raudenbush

3 October: Moe Phillips

4 October: Shanah Salter

5 October: Dave Goodale

6 October: Marilyn Garcia

7 October: Laura Shovan

8 October: Daniel J. Flore III

9 October: Christy Mihaly

10 October: ALL the 10.10 Poets!

11 October: Lisa Varchol Perron

12 October: Janet Fagel

13 October: Carol Varsalona

14 October: Irene Latham

15 October: Carmela Martino

16 October: Colleen Owen Murphy

17 October: Susan Johnston Taylor

18 October: Jay Brazeau

19 October: Rebekah Hoeft

20 October: Bridget Magee

21 October: Angela De Groot

22 October: Mary Lee Hahn

23 October: Helen Magee

24 October: Michelle Kogan

25 October: Linda Baie

26 October: Donna JT Smith

27 October: Janice Scully

10.10 Poetry Palooza: Janice Scully

The 1st Year Anniversary celebration of the 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways continues...

 Today's Poetry Palooza poet Janice Scully huddles words together to float us with her poem, "The Floating Water Strider".

Janice's waterful poem is just a sample of the awesomeness you will find on her blog SALT CITY VERSE.

And a picture book inspired by her family's restaurant? 

Yes, please!

Smidgey is prone to float...in Dad's arms.

weightless


10.10 Poetry Palooza: Donna JT Smith

 The 1st Year Anniversary celebration of the 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways continues...

 Today's Poetry Palooza poet Donna JT Smith (and birthday girl!) makes poetry (and the Trianglet poetry form) look like a breeze in her poem, "Tend Her, Breeze".

Forever the tender teacher, Donna offers a wonderful explanation for the Trianglet poetry form (which actually is a form of a decastich - a poem in 10 lines) along with a corresponding PoetsCollective.org link

Reach out and shoot the breeze while wishing Donna a happy birthday in these places:

Website: Mainely Write

Facebook: DonnaJTSmith

Email: djtsmith@gmail.com

Smidgey loves to let the breeze fluff her fur.



10.10 Poetry Palooza: Linda Baie

 The 1st Year Anniversary celebration of the 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways continues...

 

Today's Poetry Palooza poet Linda Baie reminds us that there is so much we can do with just 10 more minutes in her poem, "Extra Needed".

The world definitely needs more hope and care and Linda is a shining example of both!

And not just her poetry, but also with her work at the all volunteer bookstore

Linda's blog is one of the brightest spots on the internet. 

Check it out at TeacherDance.org

It's the somewhere for your smiles!

Speaking of smiles...Smidgey.



10.10 Poetry Palooza: Michelle Kogan

The 1st Year Anniversary celebration of the 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways continues...

 Today's Poetry Palooza poet Michelle Kogan tackles doubt without a doubt with her poem, "Tentatively Certain..."

What's not in doubt is what an amazing artist and poet Michelle is! 

See what I mean with her poems featured in the forthcoming anthology, So Many Animals! A Child's Book of Poetry with Coloring Pages. 

And with the many sites on which Michelle's work is available: 

Website: www.michellekogan.com  

Blog: www.moreart4all.wordpress.com

Instagram: @mkogancreate

Twitter: @MichelleKogan 

Shop: www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com

 

Smidgey is taking Michelle's advice to be more certain about life.



10.10 Poetry Palooza: Helen Magee

The 1st Year Anniversary celebration of the 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways continues...

 Today's Poetry Palooza poet Helen Magee gives us some breathing space with her poem, "Respite".

Respite is so important.

And the beautiful thing is that respite can be found in different locations and denominations.

Smidgey has her favorite form of respite.


10.10 Poetry Palooza: Mary Lee Hahn

 The 1st Year Anniversary celebration of the 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways continues...

 Today's Poetry Palooza poet Mary Lee Hahn uses minimal words for maximum impact with her tenacious haiku.

Do you relate to the dandelion?

Or the person who trimmed and mowed and manicured the lawn?

Or both?

Mary Lee is the master at casting her poetic line out and catching the tiniest of moments in a poem.

Check out the morsel of a poem she has in the THINGS WE EAT anthology.

Connect with Mary Lee's poetry at:

Poetrepository 

AND

A(nother) Year of Reading (where she blogs with Franki Sibberson)

Connect with Mary Lee herself on Facebook.

Tiny Smidgey contemplates big thoughts. 



10.10 Poetry Palooza: Angela De Groot + Poetry Friday Here!

The 1st Year Anniversary celebration of the 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways continues...

Today I have the honor to both introduce you to Poetry Palooza poet, Angela De Groot and her poem, "Keeping the Peace" AND host Poetry Friday

(Not sure what Poetry Friday is? Read Renée LaTulippe's explanation on her blog, No Water River.) 

First, Angela...

If there is one thing the world needs more of it is peace

And Angela's poem is the perfect primer on how to keep the peace.

Connect with Angela:

Linktree: @angeladegroot

Blog: angeladegroot8.wordpress.com

In fact, please connect with the other 10.10 Poetry Palooza Poets that have been featured thus far in October:

1 October: Kelly Conroy

2 October: Jennifer Raudenbush

3 October: Moe Phillips

4 October: Shanah Salter

5 October: Dave Goodale

6 October: Marilyn Garcia

7 October: Laura Shovan

8 October: Daniel J. Flore III

9 October: Christy Mihaly

10 October: ALL the 10.10 Poets!

11 October: Lisa Varchol Perron

12 October: Janet Fagel

13 October: Carol Varsalona

14 October: Irene Latham

15 October: Carmela Martino

16 October: Colleen Owen Murphy

17 October: Susan Johnston Taylor

18 October: Jay Brazeau

19 October: Rebekah Hoeft

20 October: Bridget Magee

 

But the Palooza is NOT over! 

I will be featuring 10.10 Poets through 31 October!

So. Many. Great. Poets. And. Poems. To. Come.

**

Regarding leaving a comment on my blog...

Unfortunately, the powers that be at Blogger have been very naughty.

"The high road..."

Comments either disappear completely or revert to "Anonymous" and it is frustrating!

"Ten, nine, eight..."

So, the comments function is off.

But you can stay connected to all the happenings at wee words for wee ones by signing up for "Posts by Email" at the bottom of this blog. Or email me direct: bridget(at)bridgetmagee(dot)com.

 

Speaking of naughty technology. *ahem* I'm looking at you, Meta.

The "Follow" button on the wee words for wee ones Facebook page seems to be MIA.

BUT, thank you to the those who found the button because now I have a personalized FB business page URL: https://www.facebook.com/weewordsforweeones!

Want to Follow, too?  

Be an explorer and find the button and follow the fun!


But there is GOOD technology in the world.

Mr. Linky is very well behaved. 😊

He is here today to help us connect with EACH OTHER for Poetry Friday.

But before he gets to work, take a look at what Smidgey looks like right before she breaths peace out

Yikes!

 Add your link and spread peace through poetry!