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October 2009
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Things You Knew When You Were A Baby But May Have Forgotten
Filed under: General
Posted by: Jen @ 10:53 am

1.  Everybody should have a favorite blanket.
2.  Fingers and toes are works of art.
3.  Sometimes you should scream just because you can.
4.  Sometimes you just need to roll around on the floor and look at the ceiling.
5.  Never take your next meal for granted.
6.  Every person you meet deserves to be treated with your smile.
7.  It doesn’t matter what your hair looks like, or even if you don’t have any, you’re still cute.
8.  Music is essential to your well being.
9.  Naps work wonders.
10. Days are better if they’re filled with things that sparkle.

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Thursday’s Child Collective Poem #1 | Theme: walking backward
Filed under: Collective Poetry
Posted by: Jen @ 9:01 am

Sidewalk cracks butt heels

heading home




Come make a little poetry with me.  Submit your line today.








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Thursday’s Child
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Posted by: Jen @ 5:37 pm

I’ve got a birthday coming up, and those birthdays, they always get me thinking kinda wonky.  So, in my effort to get back in the swing of things and become a full-fledged member of the 21st century, this odd little idea dawned on me — collective poetry. 

Not something that comes to mind for most folks, but when I started “tweeting” and “facebooking”, it felt a bit pointless to me.  Why is all this garbage circulating and why are so many people interested in it?  I felt a need to make something more out of this coming together of different people — something other than the usual “blah, blah, blah.”

It got me thinking about the very first chapter in the book from my ART101 class at Iowa State University oh those many years ago.  I can’t believe I don’t have the book.  I keep everything.  At any rate, the first chapter was on “happenings.”  “Happenings” were a kind of 60s thing when a bunch of people got together to create some kind of art/art event simply by doing it.

What I propose is a happening for this day and age.  I don’t know if people today are much interested in art and poetry or not, but I see the poetry in the way we live.  It’s as beautiful and compelling as it ever was.  Thus, ”Thursday’s Child.”  I was born on a Thursday, and I still have “far to go.”

Come Friday, I will provide the theme and the first line of the poem we will collectively write.  After that, you can submit one line via my blog, email, twitter, facebook, whatever way you have to communicate to  me.  I will update our poem as your lines are submitted.  I have complete discretion over what I use and what I don’t.  Absolutely, do not use any copyrighted materials unless you hold the copyright.  You will be credited with your line and whatever contact information you provide.

On Thursdays, our poet child will come to be.

Come make a little poetry with me.




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Support Central Iowa Artists
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Posted by: Jen @ 6:00 pm

If you’ve not yet been in to the new Central Iowa Artist Coop Gallery in Merle Hay Mall, be sure to make a point to stop by soon.  This is a new venture that several area artists have come together to make happen — with two very hard working artists as gallery directors — Monika Agic and Dana Barrer.

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Coming Soon! The new
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Posted by: Jen @ 9:17 am

Just in case you’ve been thinking that Spring is eternal at and that bunnies are my primary subject matter, the long awaited update to is soon to come.  Hopefully you’ll find it a fun site to visit and easy to use.

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