Ha! Ha! Silly me!

A limerick, a humorous poem consisting of 5 lines. 

In writing the chapters about teaching with a sense of humor, I rediscovered the limerick. The rhyming is specific but always with a bit of humor. 

Then, in the middle of the night, when my brain is not so quiet, limericks appeared. Enjoy the limericks, where there is no rhyme or reason for their composition. 

Enjoy, with a chuckle, "My Just Because Limericks".

The Professor

There is a Professor from Keiser

Whose poems not worth a fiver

Reciting the words

Laughter is heard

Spurting from mouths like a geyser

Story Book

The Golfer

There once was a man named Phil

Who thought golf was such a thrill

Until a ball hit him

Where he does sittin'

He yelped with a scream and a shrill!

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In my heart, I did know, write, edit, marinate, go slow,

publication December 2021. Another project all  done. 

My chapter title a play on words, is

"The Private Road to Public Health", well-deserved!

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Reimagine Conference Experience Presenter

2022 Toastmasters District 47 Reimagine Springs Conference 

Reimagine. Reconnect. Remind. Review. Rewards. 
Ready to go to the District 47 Virtual Spring Conference? 

My presentation, "First Impressions Reimagined" will be given on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 12 pm noon. 

Reimagine having a great, lasting first impression every single time? Possible with an amazing 1-3-5-7-9 method!

One presenter, one first impression, first 3-5 words, in the first 7 seconds, then pause for fewer than 9 seconds. The hook is set. The audience is interested... Go forth!

Sharing My Smile

A smile. What is a smile? Why smile? A smile is a visible sign of happiness and joy. A smile is not only for the audience but for the person with a smile. 

A smile will show even through a maks, with the contour of the face and the sparkle in the eyes. A smile is relaxing, telling the world, everything is fine. 

A smile is recognition of the good, the peaceful, the positive intent at that moment in time. A smile can be followed by laughter. People laugh about 18 times a day. Most of the time we laugh in groups. Laughter is contagious, a good contagion. 

As I posed with this Buddha at Morikami Museum, I smiled, reflecting the Buddha's smile. My mood was elevated. I giggled when I saw him. I still smile looking at this photo. 

Need to be uplifted? Smile and keep smiling! 


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        Wit and Wisdom

Tropical Storm

Hurricane Season

Which TV channel boasts the byline “America’s most trusted TV news network”? Anyone know? The Weather channel! I did not see the Hippy Dippy weatherman, portrayed by comedian George Carlin, last century, on this channel.  

Grey Beach Shores

Cadillac Mountain

Vacation time and Maine was our destination. What should we do in Maine this August?   We googled this question and consulted our friends. The number one answer - Watch the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain!

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George Bernard Shaw was a playwright, author and won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1926.  He understood the importance of written and spoken language.

He is quoted as saying “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”


Thank you, Buddha, for the smile at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida


As a Spoken Word Poet, I shared my American

Black Bear story and poem with friends and family at

The Meridian Senior Living, April 19th, 2022 at 4 PM

Everyone laughed and had a great time. 


Great reviews from staff and audience. "Thank you!" 

from the Executive Director of The Meridian of Boca Raton.

Next Spoken Word Poetry & Storytelling is May 9, 2022, at 3:30 pm, "Chocolate & Apples"

My pandemic adventure and project started in August 2020.  My husband, Gordon, and I decided to rent a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Georgia. Our friends owned the cabin and had summer weekly rentals. 

This was the perfect road trip for us during the pre-vaccine stages of the Covid Pandemic. The country, the mountains, nature, isolation without being isolated. We were determined to turn the challenges of the times into opportunities. Opportunities to grow, enjoy, and reconnect with nature and our inner beings. Th

Glad to say we accomplished these goals and more. Along the way, we learned and laughed.  I was reunited with poetry and photography during this trip. This pandemic trip gave birth to my poetry book, "Serenity View: Poems & Images of the Blue Ridge Mountains".

I have expanded the rhyming lines into the spoken word by combining my often funny vignettes with the matching poem. 

Listen and you shall hear about the American Black Bear that gave us a scare!

American Black Bear

Where is the American Black Bear

with fur so very dark?

Gone into the woodlands,

clawing on tree bark

Where is the American Black Bear

with a keen sense of smell?

Searching for some food

to keep healthy and well...

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Marlene with Smoky The Bear cut-out at the Amicalola Falls State Park Museum located in Dawsonville Georgia. 

Peaceful Poems from Personal Photos


Hey, tomato, friend of mine

Growing on this plant so fine

Sorry to say, not a vegetable today

For your seeds are inside, at bay

Still delicious to my taste

Hey, tomato, I love you best.


A walk in the park. A stroll on the street.

What do I hear, rumbling by my feet? 

Not in the sky but a plane nearby?

A plane on the ground, soon to fly.

Planes on the streets are quite unique

This fly-in community tickles me pink

Eyes opened wide, with big vrooms

Then up in the sky, planes go zoom. 


All around earth, I see

Pushed, pulled, still dirt to me

Dig a hole in the ground

Soon a swimming pool is found

The trees, birds, and flowers do say,

Leave earth alone, go far away! 

All around earth, I see

Let the dirt be free. Let the dirt be free!


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The National League of 
American Pen Women, Inc
Boca Raton Branch
October 2021


 as an associate member in letters...

Celebrating your creativity and expertise.

We are happy to publish your acrostic poem entry titled


The TLC Chronicle
published by
Keiser University 
Teaching and Learning
Winter 2022

We have accepted for 

publication your article titled

"Superhero Walker"

and your poem titled

"The Yesteryear of 2021"

Thank you.

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"Serenity View: Poems & Images of the Blue Ridge Mountains"
Book Review
June 2021

A simple favorite, perhaps bringing out the Harley in me "Hugging a Tree"...vivid reminder of my last solo Harley trip through the Smoky Mountains up to Gatlinburg this past September 

Keyboard and Mouse

I am curious about...

Tomatoes are
a fruit!

Tomatoes are a fruit as the seeds are on the inside! Our crop of cherry and heirloom tomatoes make great soup. With fresh basil, the taste is elevated to spectacular.  

My Limerick dedicated to Snakes

There once was a snake named Kelly
Who slithered all day on her belly
Gave me a fright
This weird sight
Her belly stuck in  gooey jelly! 

The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra is the present exhibit at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. 
What is this and why is it central to Buddhism?  
The mantra explained.

Tumeric tea
Tumeric is from the ginger family. There is tumeric tea, with the main active ingredient of curcumin.  It has a yellow color and can stain the inside of your tea cup.  

Wonder Words & Beyond

Thank You

 "Thank you"

April 2015…the month and year I retired from clinical medicine

The folder was overflowing with notes and letters. Thank you. I will miss you. Thanks. On and on…Letters and those words, thank you, from patients and families were from my patients of many years. These notes were given to me upon my retirement after over 30 years in family medicine These words are magical. They say that all of these studies and training have been worthwhile. This is my WHY- why I specialized and thrived in Family Practice.

Three Horses

Horses for Anna

In honor of National Poetry Month, I have written a poem for my friend, Anna.

Anna loves horses,

horses galore.

All the breeds of horses

she does adore.


Anna rides horses,

prancing in time.

With each step,

she feels divine.


Anna feeds horses

in the pasture below.

Oats, barley, and corn

are eaten so slow.


Anna loves horses

for this I know.

In the horse stable

Anna is all aglow.

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FAU Business
Mentor Program

Are you a mentor? Have you ever been a mentee or labeled as a protege? 

The answer is yes to all of these questions. We are students, educators, and participants. 

I have the honor of being a mentor in the Florida Atlantic University Business Mentor Program. I listen and discuss the mentee's educational and personal goals. I also ask the mentee about my business projects. I have received excellent feedback and improved my presentations. 

The rewards of being a mentor and mentee are priceless.