Juleitte, Georgia, USA
January 02
Just me. An aging southern hippy chick.



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SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 7:45PM

Blue on red

Having remembered my best-kept-secret blog, I am delighted to have a place to vent. Even better that there is hardly a soul reading this. I can publish these things I've been keeping to myself and no one will be the wiser. My invisible letter to an invisible friend.

Tonight I was tearful many times as I watched the Democratic Convention.
I feel the need to say to my friends who do not believe politically as I do:
Surely you love America as I do, and you too can be moved to tears, stirred in your deepest selves about the… Read full post »
OCTOBER 18, 2010 9:22PM

I am in love with the stars

August 13, Friday.

Edwin died last night. 

Last night while Slim's suicide threats were ringing fresh in my ears; I knew it wasn't going to be a good night for sleeping. I went outside to watch the meotor showers. I lay on the bed of my pickup truck with a sleeping… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2010 9:04AM

The day I got my Goatz Journal


Months past, my marriage survived, my leg healed, our child/grandchild stayed the summer with her daddy, my son.  I became the goat herder after my husband had hand surgery.

Excerpts from my goatz journals:

Aug 10

The day I lost my temper at CC as he demanded to know what… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2010 6:02PM

My Life with Goats


Getting them nearly killed me. We traveled up two states to bring home two baby goats in the back of my husband's  perfect forester subaru.  He wanted the goats. I didn't. He'd spent years whipping our child up into a frenzy wanting them.  He and she had to have them… Read full post »

JUNE 20, 2010 10:49PM

I Love America and My Daddy


I have spent my adult life loving America, but becoming increasingly disenfranchised with industries destroying the air and water, fundamentalists dominant in ignorant intolerance and the scorn dispensed by  big businesses on Americans.  



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OCTOBER 26, 2009 11:33AM

You are a genius

You are surrounded by family and friends,

but you want to be free -

though you know it isn't the season.


You are a grandmother, mother, wife, and daughter.


Yesterday your mother decided she wanted a puppy

and you spent all day with her

moving her towards this goal.Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2009 7:16PM


Reaching out while staying in balance

requires roots of great strength.


Requires a lifetime of layering oneself 

to give strength to the arms which reach.


The roots must reach as well. 

Our inner selves grow outward 

with support of actions lived over and over. 

TheRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2009 10:02AM

Great Sadness Prevails

A woman struggling for balance

does not find it.

Cowardice cloaked as care taking 

pushes away

those who love her

and we are helpless

on the sidelines

as she fights

for her life.


Unable to bear witness.

Unable to be there for her.

I struggle with anger

and pain and… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 3:13PM

poetTess kicks Caldonia off her site


This blog is a public expulsion of Caldonia off of poetTess's site. Caldonia and poetTess emanate from the same being and pretty much live the same life, but Caldonia answers to CC, albeit grumpily and with much back talk. Conversely, poetTess is a liberated feminist and is tired o… Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2009 7:20PM

Log Truck Wishes


I feel obligated to make a wish every time I see a log truck. I don’t know the origin of this touch-something-blue-and-make-a-wish obsession; but I have been doing it for most of my life.  


Living in timber territory, I get the opportunity to make lots of wishes.

I… Read full post »

AUGUST 11, 2009 9:21AM

blogging Zona Rosa




I was primed and ready to go, nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof, and I expected nothing less than earth shattering revisions of myself before leaving on a weeklong  Zona Rosa Writing Retreat led by Rosemary Daniell..

There were thunderstorms and lightening over

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AUGUST 2, 2009 10:22PM

Warrior Women

Calling the directions:

East is the sunrise being born anew in spirt each day

South, the deep healing of summer greens

West is the Setting Sun, a place to lay down our burdens

North, an orb of white light surrounding the moment  with purity and wisdom.  


The apocalypse isRead full post »

JULY 11, 2009 4:35PM

Living in Combat Mode

Dealing with CC hurts because if I let myself be in the least bit vulnerable; I get torn to shreds. When he gets in PTSD mode, no information is transferred or accepted nicely.


Being aid, assistant and wife for a combat wounded Veteran Marine who has a brittle forty year… Read full post »

JULY 9, 2009 2:26PM

poetTess explains herself

I have tread lightly on this subject before, but I am going more fully in depth of why when I blog, I call myself poetTESS.  Using poetTess as my moniker embarrasses me. I always emphasize the Tess part of it because it seems mighty presumptuous to call myself poet. 


The… Read full post »

JULY 7, 2009 3:48PM

Smoking Wasps



On a revolution around the sun;
   She found the boy in her,
   who in turn found the girl in him.
As savages, they smoked their own white anglo saxon heritage.
They held in their hands the most reviled of creatures
     and found… Read full post »
Here we were at the VA Hospital in Atlanta the day after Michael Jackson, Farah Faucet and Ed McMahon died..  CC was totally an asshole since getting within five miles of the hospital. I wanted to jump out of the car and just say, "fuck it, I don't needRead full post »
JUNE 24, 2009 10:49AM

What to Wear?



I read online a few weeks ago about the party which takes place the last evening of the Zona Rosa retreat. This is an annual party full of those of the literary ilk. I told my Mama about it and the first thing she said was,

"What are… Read full post »

JUNE 21, 2009 10:35AM

Clara, Myself and Warrior Woman


We all have little pockets of time,
put away in stacks and boxes.
Treasure hunts reveal
   small scribbled notes 
   telling our stories in nonlinear snapshots.
Three generations of wives,
Our destinies hidden 
   under the dressers and b
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It hasn't escaped my notice that it has rained ever since Governor Perdue publicly prayed for rain sometime late last year.  I've been none too pleased with the results. Oh - I love the rain, and the thought of our aquifers filling back up, seeing our rivers flowing, having the… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2009 9:33PM

green Georgia gardens

 The gardens in our yard are yielding:


tomatoes (still green) 


The three sisters - corn, beans and squash, planted in a mound together. The beans are supposed to climb the corn and squash grows on the ground. An old Indian trick.  I'll let you know if all goes as… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2009 2:53PM

Green Georgia


Georgia is mighty green this year. Really green and beautiful.

I am transported to the Georgia of my youth before years of drought squeezed the verdant lushness out of this place summer after summer.


When I was a kid, it was semi-tropical around here. Humid was a word often… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2009 7:47PM

Will CC survive gum surgery?

CC had gum surgery at the VA Hospital today.  We go there almost every week so it hardly seems a big deal anymore.  I know we'll be in the land of long straight halls and veterans, every shape, color, size, diabiility and malady.

Surgery and CC are not things I look… Read full post »

MAY 27, 2009 5:02PM

40 Years After Rebirth


The Very Bad Pain Clinic, otherwise known as Rehab always smells of urine. And I hate walking back into its depths. I always feel like I am witnessing something too personal.

The first back room has people lying on beds with clean white sheets.  They are being r… Read full post »

APRIL 19, 2009 1:51PM

Getting to the heart of the matter



The last time I wrote about the VA, 

it was like one of those National Embarrassment Issues. 

This blog entry is here to balance the reporting a bit. 


Because I am grateful for the benefits and compensation supporting my family. 


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