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Poems From the Porch 15 ~ Christmas 2019

Updated on November 5, 2020
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John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

Christmas on the Porch
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Christmas is Here

Welcome to the porch. It is Christmas Eve here in Australia and I am happy that I have managed to get this published just in time because all the poems have a Christmas theme. I have been so busy that I had almost given up finishing this collection before the New Year. But, I did it!

I hope you enjoy this Christmas edition of Poems From the Porch.


Rosina S Khan

"I loved your poems from porch 13. I would like to make a new request for the New Year. The title would be: "How to find the silver lining behind every cloud".

Thank you for the request, Rosina. I hope you can use this to inspire you in the coming New Year.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— -Rabindranath Tagore

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

Every cloud has a silver lining

That's how the saying goes,

So don't waste your whole life whining,

Bend down and smell each rose.

When things in life don't go your way

Just shrug and say "So what?"

This isn't just a one-act play,

Each scene's a brand new shot.

There's no such thing as "can't be done,"

Just give it your best try.

Leap each hurdle on the run,

Have the motto "Do or die!"

Storm Clouds, Image by FelixMittermeier from Pixabay
Storm Clouds, Image by FelixMittermeier from Pixabay | Source

Storms sometimes make us cower in fear,

Lightning strikes and thunder roars

But those dark clouds will always clear,

And soon a rainbow forms.

Try to find that rainbow's end,

Search for the pot of gold,

For even if it is a myth

At least you had a goal.

So, don't give up, be bold and true,

Though impossible it seems.

See all the hard times you've been through

As pathways to your dreams.

Clouds and aircraft
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Lora Hollings

"I would like to make a suggestion for a poem about visiting a nursing home during the winter season. I'm sure many of these residents don't get many visitors due to the inclement weather and they probably have to spend most of their time confined indoors. Maybe a poem about lifting the spirits of those who may feel quite lonely during this time."

Yes, winter/Christmas must be a very lonely time for some Nursing Home residents, Lora. Especially if they have no family or who just don't bother visiting. It is my pleasure to write a poem about the subject.

We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

— George Bernard Shaw

The Christmas Visit

It was winter in the nursing home,

Snow fell throughout the night.

The residents were safe and warm,

But that didn't ease their plight.

Some roads were cut by snow and ice

So visitors were few,

But it happened every winter

So this was nothing new.

It was lonely at the best of times

But winter was the worst.

People didn't venture out,

They put their comfort first.

So, I decided I would visit

And brave the winter bleak and cold

To try and bring some comfort

To these poor lonely souls.

I'm no saviour or a hero,

I'm just your average joe,

But loneliness is crippling.

That's something that I know.

I bought small gifts to hand around

And spread some Christmas cheer,

For everyone should celebrate

This special time of year.

Well, they greeted me with open arms,

And they shared the gifts I bought.

While the old folks told me stories

And the lessons life had taught.

We played games and sang carols

And discussed the Christ child's birth.

For the nursing home's dear residents

This was a time of fun and mirth.

They asked me to come back again

When I could spare the time.

I hugged them all and said I would.

And I did time after time.

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Photo by Matthias Zomer from Pexels | Source

Bill Holland

"New topic.....mistletoe!"

Believe it or not, Bill, I had a little trouble with this one. I thought it would be a piece of cake because "mistletoe" is mentioned in lots of songs and especially at Christmas. Anyway, I decided to write a limerick about it, just for something a little different.

It's supposed to be jolly, with mistletoe and holly... and other things ending in olly.

— Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Mistletoe Limerick

A pretty young girl and her beau

Stood under the mistletoe.

Someone said if they kissed

They would have wedded bliss.

Where he went, she will never know.

Mistletoe berries
Mistletoe berries | Source

Fun Facts About Mistletoe

  • Mistletoe or in old English mistiltan: derived from the Anglo-Saxon words mistel, meaning "dung," and tan, meaning "twig." So, it literally means "poop-on-a-stick." The sticky seeds are spread by bird droppings deposited on the branches or limbs of trees.
  • Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows on a range of trees including willow, apple, pine, and oak trees., and even, surprisingly, cacti.
  • The tradition of hanging mistletoe in the house started the ancient Druids. It is supposed to possess mystical powers which bring good luck and wards off evil spirits. It was also used as a sign of love and friendship in Norse mythology and that's where the custom of kissing under Mistletoe comes from.
  • When the first Christians came to Western Europe, some tried to ban the use of Mistletoe as a decoration in Churches, but many still continued to use it! York Minster Church in England used to hold a special Mistletoe Service in the winter, where wrongdoers in the city of York could come and be pardoned.
  • Although all parts of the mistletoe are poisonous to humans they provide a popular food for certain species of birds and are a particular favourite of butterflies.

Christmas Nativity
Christmas Nativity | Source

Seasons Greetings

I'd like to thank everyone who has followed this series throughout the year, as well as a special thank you to everyone who gave me ideas and requested poems. Without you, this series would never have gotten off the ground.

I hope to see you all back on the porch when the series commences again in the New Year, but for now, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, and wishing you all a wonderful New Year.

© 2019 John Hansen


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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Lawrence, it is never too late. Glad “The Visit” poem brought back fond memories of tat 100 year old lady. I hope she is continuing to wreak havoc in that nursing home.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      16 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      JIt may be the new year, but I'm still enjoying the poems here, especially 'The visit'

      It reminded me of an elderly lady who was a regular on my bus, but I haven't seen for about a year.

      This lady was a hundred years old and more sprightly than most teenagers!

      A few months ago I was talking with one of my other regulars who works in a retirement village and was telling me about a new resident they had who was a hundred years old and was causing some amusing situations.

      AS he was telling me I stopped him and asked: "It isn't XXXXX is it?"

      He was stunned that I knew her, but apparently she was causing havoc in a very amusing way at the village in that she refused to use the walking frame they'd given her (She probably walked faster than most of the nurses!)

      She eventually relented, but can't slow down and used to bowl people out of the way (Hey, a hundred years going at 90 miles an hour!) so guess who gave way in the end? Not her!

      Great poem, and thank you for the reminder.


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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much, Liz. Hope you had a great Christmas and now a wonderful New Year ahead.

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      Liz Westwood 

      18 months ago from UK

      Another great and thoughtful poetic collection. A real selection box of poetry for Christmas.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Genna, great to see you. Thank you for the generous comment and glad you enjoyed reading these poems. Nope, life is certainly no one-act play.

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      Genna East 

      18 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a great collection of poems, John. Such a pleasure to read.

      "This isn't just a one-act play.." I love that line. (Lol.)

      Wishing you all the best gifts this holiday season offers...and for a Happy New Year!

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Audrey, I am happy that you enjoyed these poems, especially the limerick. I love composing them and making them as funny as possible. Thank you for your generous comment.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      18 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Your Mistletoe Limerick is clever, and amusing. I don't know how you managed to come up with this, but it's wonderful! I enjoyed each of these poems. My gosh, you are poetic genius!

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      18 months ago from london

      Haha, Good to know I'm not alone, Bro. Peace.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello manatita. I have found myself doing a similar thing at times. We may but something in a different place at home by i keep going to its original place to look for it for quite some time, or a store any change location but i find myself automatically driving to the old address until I realise it moved weeks ago. Thank you for reading and appreciating these poems.

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      18 months ago from london

      Thank you, John. Some very interesting and even appropriate subjects too. I didn't know that the mistletoe could be so toxic. Wonder why we use it indeed!

      Here's a thought. I go to a Café which has recently been refurbished. The till is now in a different place, but I find myself going to the same old place until I realise people are going to the position of the new till.

      I mentioned this one day and the Barista said that he read somewhere that folks take about 3 months to adjust.

      I immediately remembered the Yogic word 'samskara.' This means 'habit', or 'impressions' and they say that meditation, loosely speaking, is a stripping away of life-long habits which has taken root, like the mistletoe habit, I suppose. Very difficult! 'Nuff said.

      I am fond of Rosina's and Lora's for obvious reasons. Higher blessings.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Lorna. The limerick was just for fun. He weather has cooled slightly and, although we have had no rain here, over parts of the country have. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a great New Year.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Devika, glad you like the decoration. Yes, a wonderful time was had with family, and too much good food eaten. I hope your Christmas was enjoyable.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      18 months ago

      A wonderful combination John and the 'Limerick' added a lovely touch of Christmas fun. Have a wonderful New Year and I hope Australia has a cooler one.

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      Devika Primić 

      18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful decorations and his time of year is joyous and enjoyable with good friend, family and lots of meals.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Alicia, I appreciate you continuing to follow the series.

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      Linda Crampton 

      18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I hope you're enjoying Christmas and have a very happy start to 2020, John. I'm glad you're going to continue this series next year. It's always interesting to read.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Jason. Sorry your granddad had to go into a nursing home 99 years of age it was probably necessary. It is always a big decision to choose the right home but I am sure he will be fine and have other guests stitches. I a glad that at the family will visiting him and the nursing home for Christmas. Thank you for the kind and humbling compliment too. You are always welcome on the porch.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      18 months ago from AZ

      John, I loved these poems, amazing job. My grandfather of 99 years old just went into a nursing home last week. It's sad he had to go, but he needs around the clock care at this point. The man is amazing, and he's always cracking jokes still. The nursing home seemed well-staffed and nice. I hope he's doing well there. My family and I are heading over to visit him today for Christmas. So your poem I just read really hits home. You're a brilliant writer John, it's an honored to read and comment on your poems. Thanks. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading Peggy. The cloudy sky looks promising (fingers crossed) but so far the rain has missed us. Hopefully our turn is not far off. Seasons greetings to you.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello my brother Sean. Your comments are always uplifting and most welcome. I am still waiting for the only present I really care about rain. Fortunately some areas experiencing fires have been dowsed though, so thank God for that. Much love and Christmas blessings to you.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello MsDora. I pulled out all stops to get this published by Christmas and I try to make each poem unique. I hope you are enjoying the festive season. Thank you for reading.

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      Peggy Woods 

      18 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Wishing you all the many joys of the season, and hope you get that much-needed rain you need. I liked each of these poems and the humorous limerick as well. The birds are very busy in these parts spreading mistletoe in many of our trees.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      18 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      What can I say, my dear brother, John? You have Christmas in your Heart, so, you are always the Light of the Star for us! I am grateful for the beauty you create! I wish you the best Christmas until now and rain for Australia.

      Much Love from your family here in Greece!


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      Dora Weithers 

      18 months ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful seasonal edition! I plan to revisit this series of poem from time to time for various reasons. You did an expert job making each poem a special selection. Great work!

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Eric, you humble me. Your friendship means a lot.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John it is a great pleasure to know you as a friend. I will note your gifts of your writing as a treasure under my tree.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Chitrangada. I tried to choose the poems that would suit the festive season well. I am pleased that you enjoyed them. Wishing you and your family a wonderful time over Christmas and the New Year.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      18 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful and creative poems, from your porch. Great suggestions of the topics and you did full justice to each one of them.

      The whole atmosphere is festive these days and your poems are adding to the spirit.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family John. Wish you an enjoyable week and a wonderful New Year.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello MizB, glad to hear everything is getting back on track for you. Yes, we all need to appreciate our elders. Thank you for reading this and I hope you have a wonderful Xmas and New Year.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      18 months ago from Beautiful South

      Finally getting back into the groove and are enjoying your porch poems. Neat poem about the cloud with the silver lining, and I think my favorite was the old folks. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for old folks, and now that I "are" one, I still care. I got to spend Christmas dinner with my niece and her 90-something grandmother and family (on the other side of the family) this year and enjoyed every minute. See, even we senior citizens should look out for our elders!

      Enjoyed the mistletoe limerick and facts. I remember hunting mistletoe to decorate our high school one Christmas season many years ago.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, John!

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Lora, I am so glad that you enjoyed The Christmas Visit. It made me feel good to write it, and yes, our elders do deserve our time and respect. So, it was my pleasure. Have a very Merry Christmas and great New Year.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Flourish, I am sure your grandmother was delighted to see you for Christmas. Thank you for continuing to follow this series.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Donna, it is great to see you visit the porch for the first time, and I am so happy you enjoyed your stay and that it felt inviting. Thank you for the lovely comment and many blessings back to you this Christmas.

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      Lora Hollings 

      18 months ago

      The Christmas Visit that you wrote in response to my request is such a beautiful and touching portrayal of these poor lonely people who are in such desperate need to feel loved and remembered, especially around the holidays. Sometimes, family members get so busy with their own routines that they forget what is most important in their lives. It’s not shopping or decorating. It is our loved ones and people who have played such an important role in our lives that should take priority over everything else. Christmas is all about love and giving of ourselves. We should all take time to remember these folks and to make them feel like their lives count. You did an extraordinary job on this poem, John, with your vivid imagery and a call to our hearts to share just a little time and something with them that will make such a difference in their lives! A heartfelt thank you. I also loved the Silver Lining poem too. A very Merry Christmas to you!

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      18 months ago from USA

      I especially liked the one about old folks. I visited my grandmother today and it’s true that they do not get many visitors. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Donna Rayne 

      18 months ago from Greenwood, Indiana

      Oh, I loved them all! My first stop ever to your porch and I loved every minute of it and I felt like I was home and very safe. The love of this family gathering refreshed my spirit and brought me happiness when I was sad in heart and now I don't feel so alone.

      Thank you and many blessings to all your loved ones on porch 15~

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Pamela, glad you liked the Silver Lining poem and you learnt more about Mistletoe. Merry Christmas.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      18 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I loved each poem as usual. The silver lining was probably my favorite but I thought the nursing home poem was so true. I imagine the nursing homes can be a lonely place in places where the weather is bad. I did not know all those mistletoe facts. They were quite interesting.

      I hope you and your family have a blessed and very Merry Christmas!

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Clive. I appreciate you following this series.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Linda, thank you for reading and enjoying. My wife made that Christmas wreath for the door, so I am quite proud of the job she did. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

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      Clive Williams 

      18 months ago from Jamaica

      As usual, very nice reads.

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      Linda Lum 

      18 months ago from Washington State, USA

      John, I loved them all, but the poem about visiting the elderly in the nursing home was especially touching. I did not know the facts you shared about mistletoe.

      By the way, your door decoration is stunning!

      Merry Christmas to you. I pray you stay safe and that those much needed rains come your way.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for continuing to follow this series and me in particular, Shauna. I am glad you can relate to “Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining” and enjoyed “The Christmas Visit.” Yes, I have visited a nursing home once or twice, you guessed it. All i really want for Christmas (like most Australians) is rain so I hope those wise men do their job. Merry Christmas.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      18 months ago from Central Florida

      John, you're sending the season out with a bang. I love every one of these poems. "Silver Lining" is one I can relate to. I try to see the good in everything and believe things will all work out if you keep a positive attitude.

      "The Christmas Visit" is very touching. I sense that you have made an effort to visit lonely souls and brighten their day in real life. You have, haven't you?

      "Mistletoe" got a chuckle out of me too, so don't feel bad, Bill! I found the information you provided about mistletoe interesting and pretty gross at the same time. LOL

      Merry Christmas, John! Enjoy your holiday. I hope The Wise Men will bring rain to Australia. You need it desperately.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Bill, if a limerick doesn’t make you laugh, or at least grin, then it failed. Glad I got these poems written in time for Christmas. Best wishes to you and Bev.

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      Bill Holland 

      18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I probably shouldn't have laughed, but the limerick was funny. Sorry she lost the guy. Thanks so much for fitting me in this week. I hope you and your family have a fabulous, Merry Christmas, my friend.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I am so happy that you loved your poem, Rosina, and that you can take a positive message away from it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      merry Christmas Ruby. thank you for reading and glad you enjoyed the nursing home poem especially.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, it seems the whole country is burning. There has been some rain around Brisbane but none here yet, or where most of the fires are located. No, love is one thing that we can always rely on. Thank you for being the first to read this. Merry Christmas.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      18 months ago

      I loved my requested poem, "Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining". I had something special to take away from the poem. I will be bold and true through storms and thunder and look for rainbow's end after dark clouds clear away and reach for the pot of gold. I would do it because at least I had a goal. Beautiful, beautiful I must say, John. Merry Christmas and New Year blessings.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Merry Christmas John. I loved all the poems, esp. the nursing home. And it's true, Christmas is a lonely time for older people. I have worked in nursing homes, so saw it up close.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful to read my friend. I understand things are not going good around here. Someone told me that. Perhaps they did not read my mail handwritten. Love just does not take a vacation.You do not and good on you.


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