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About gleefulee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making passionate, lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. Now totally retired and looking for my summers to be full of fun as well! Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still very much a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content contributor for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist for our local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness.

Pumpkin Tease

We get stuck in unexplainable ruts sometimes, but marketers have it figured out. It is not unusual to see Christmas in July sales, and Starbucks has us all craving pumpkin lattes in August, way ahead of the seasons and holidays … Continue reading

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Falling back on rhyme

It’s a strange day; I have nothing to say At least out loud in print. Continue to doodle or check with google, Or clear the brain with peppermint?   The day is rare when I don’t share Thoughts swirling in … Continue reading

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Pet Parents

I want to point out a disturbing example of profiling. Can you believe that I have read that dog owners generally have more advanced social skills than >>gasp<< owners of cats? Superficial evidence might support that premise. No, I don’t … Continue reading

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Some high school knuckleheads in my past could command an entire cafeteria or study hall without word or force; they simply looked up. As their circle of influence expanded, sounds subsided, until their guffaws took over, that is. (Must admit … Continue reading

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Dog Days

Sittin’ on the porch, sippin’ iced tea Watchin’ the squirrels and the butterflies, Seems the perfect place for sleepy me; Even the cat is sharing his sighs. For a while we planned lots of activity, But loosening now are those … Continue reading

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When I was plopped down in Ripley County in the middle of nowhere as a not-quite-16 year old, I vowed I would never be a country convert in ANY way, but particularly not in my music choices. Remaining a separatist … Continue reading

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My folks had a fan and they knew how to use it. Many times Dad put the box fan in a window, lowered the sill to brace it, raised or lowerd other windows to fist width, and instantly cooled the … Continue reading

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