Sunday, May 27, 2012


Water is natures daughter – a poem

This is about mother nature's daughter, who is called Sweetwater.

She can treat you to a windy cold chill or provide you with a steamy hot thrill..

she can also be very still in deep.. She sent the

Titanic ship to death sleep

she is a mother of us as well because in our body she does dwell.

In our body her blood does flow until it is time for us to go.

We abuse her and do not realize her bea publish uty, and we will lose her.

Civilizations never calculated her cost until they were lost.

Lloyd Bradbury

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Jersey City, a town without pity

A new smoker

When living in Jersey City

a place with no pity

children played in the street

cigarettes covered their feet

thought they knew it all

so they were bound to fall

so I saw a cigarette laying in the street

it was also at my feet

so I took the stubs and smoked them

and I was not even 10

but I was just five

smoking in front of a tavern dive

so one man came along

he saw my habit was strong

so he gave me a fresh cigarette from his pack

how kind of man was he

this actually happened to me. We lived in Jersey City. What I remember was a town with no pity. We played in the street. We lived on the corner of Jackson and Washington Boulevard. It was a very dirty and corrupted city. Mayor Hague was then Mayor. The year was 1945. It was a time when people stood on corners on afraid of a shooter that would drive by. These people were usually on the corner to smoke and escape the heat of the night. The children also were playing in the street there were fewer cars driving through the streets. It was before television and the source of entertainment was those 78 RPM records and radio. Sometimes the songs from these devices would be heard loudly in the streets. As a boy, a very young boy I was influenced by the street dwellers. This tale shows you how I first started to smoke. I thought the big boys did it and so I had permission to do this as well. I joined the group. Later in life I gave up smoking. I found that I enjoyed it in a social setting. When I started drinking I increase my smoking. Were an addiction that almost ruined my health. I now think that parents should have more wisdom than to let their children hang out on corners and let the street thugs influence their children's life.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


A new perspective

This is a start of my new perspective. I awoke and found myself as a senior citizen. All along I have accepted what I am. Who am I?
In last few years many illnesses have plagued me. My body mind and soul has been affected by my journey through this life.

Many of us wake up to this fact when a certain lightning bolt strikes you. Especially when you're given a caregiver and a medic alert.
I guess we all fool ourselves to the fact that we make need help from others. It is hard for me to accept this.
I have just recently written a book called Blind Art. I also have pain in many paintings. Over 500 paintings are floating about out there. My friends on the blog every question paintings and At the time I couldn't even respond. My friend ebb tide and also forever art is an inspiration to me I regret that I have lost her e-mail and others as well.

I have adjusted by their hope many of you have. I will tell you my story because maybe it'll help somebody else that is stressed out with the aging condition.

I will not give up the battle! So what have I done I've got a new computer with Dragon speak and Zoom text. I have gotten a role later that has wheels a basket to carry stuff and deceit to sit on one about their amongst the jungle people. The next step was to find transportation. I have just about exhausted my friends. But I've learned that you must alternate them and by volunteering and becoming involved in church and other organizations that you make many friends that are willing to help you. Also I've got point-to-point transportation by the CTA. I have found a good taxi number in case of emergency. I have investigated all department of aging benefits that I can get. I'm a veteran and thank God for that. The Heinz Junior VA Hospital in Chicago is one of the best for rehabilitation. Most veterans can get a lot of rehabilitation for free plus meds. Or they have to pay a small amount for them. I wonder when someone will create a co-op for seniors so they can buy bulk medicines. If one is careful with finances you can get aid from most states with Medicaid. This reduces your medical bill. Also when you see your doctor and ask for free meds if he has any. Usually he will respond. Don't take a no answer always try.
Also their food pantries that can help you if you're in need. Sometimes with such organizations as Meals on Wheels you can maintain your your nutrition.

I still have to investigate how to get free dental care since the Veterans Administration hospital only pulls teeth. I already have among this dental bills and hold medical bills in other hospitals. I'm also suffering from a $900 bill by an eminent service. My credit is very bad but I don't worry about at the moment my only worry is I can survive. As a disabled blind senior citizen I can only live each day at a time. I am very thankful that I have all the assets that is provided to me by the blind rehabilitation center of the Heinz hospital. Anyone that is a service that can should apply for benefits. I have talked to many seniors and a lot men and women are afraid to accept benefits at the veterans Hospital due to prior experiences in their service career. I can insure them that the hospital I go to is one of the best. Picture, ^, if not the very best.

So I'm rambling on. My next objective is to tell you how I survive my depression, pain and isolation from the community. One way is to explore your talents that lay dormant within you. Mine is painting. Maybe you want to write poetry and right. And also there is music and other arts and crafts. Just don't get in the mold of claimant but explore it in depth. If you than the paint join and I gallery club in your community I have joined Lagrange Illinois and ursine and Oak Park heart leads. They usually offer art classes to members and even outsiders. There were also other clubs for the hobbies and arts and crafts.

So now I have a better perspective I am thrilled that I have still opportunities to achieve. No longer will I doubt myself as a tossed away senior. I must regain my self-respect. This can only be done by getting off my butt and getting out there and doing my thing. Whenever you're thing is get out there and do it. Even if it's just a blog on the Internet.

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