Since Lenette entered my life, I’ve written many Poems on a variety of subjects over the last 70-plus years. I am not going to stop now. So, let me share what I have in mind.
I will write poetry about the more meaningful phases of my life. Examples abound: Purple Sage, Camp Shasta, The Children’s Campus, Children Villages, The Youth Hotel, Lake Tahoe Tennis Club, and various research projects and papers on historic and innovative programs for youth.
This represents 27 years of work followed by 40 years as a teacher, student, and workshop leader. I know there are many stories I’ve already told, but I have a few more still to tell. Using a poetic format, I look forward to the effort.
As of now, I envision the entire poetry book broken into sections: Lenette, work, and theory sections. As for the Lenette section, I may have written as many as a few hundred poems. So, I plan to ask the people who, for the last two years, helped her live and die to pick a poem from the past they would like to see in the book.
This process may take some time as there are many to read, but this is one way to honor my loving friends who have earned this. Without them, we were helpless.
So, here I am, planning a creative project that may take a year or maybe more. Regardless, I operate day to day, and what will come will come.
The future offers me a platform where I will continue to be creative, loving to my friends, and always grateful to my Lenette. And when the present ends? So be it!
I write about people and how they live their lives.
I will write about how we make things better and how we thrive.
I will write about how to be your own voice.
I will write about how to make your own choice.
To be yourself in whatever you do.
To be yourself and always true.
The book will show each of us how to be our own person.
To be confident in what we do and to be certain.