Author Archives: maryannniemczura

Our Musical Adventure in Prague!

One year ago my husband and I embarked on a trip of a lifetime. The trip took us to an unexpected layover in Frankfurt, then on to Prague, Helsinki and Vienna. Singing with the Berkshire Choral International in Prague, we … Continue reading

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Summer’s Beauty

Behold our garden! Radiating warmth and peace. Vacation time now! Author’s note: Wherever you may be this summer, enjoy your vacations and take time to smell the roses. Let this haiku poem accompany you on your journey. Back in August!

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Making Lists

    Endless details for the list. Who said packing was pure bliss? Travel items – please assist! Music folders, scores, a gift. Practice singing I insist! Adapter plugs, not to miss! Have to enlist an assist! My goodness – … Continue reading

Posted in cyrch a chwta (Welsh), packing suitcases, passports, Welsh form of poetry | Tagged , , , , , | 22 Comments

In Praise and Gratitude

For eyes that see and ears that hear, For family and friends far and near, I sing praises and blow a kiss. Permit me to reminisce: For countless hours of practice, I am grateful to sing in choral groups. Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Mr. Rabbit Pays a Visit

  In the garden corner, perches on hind legs; unmoving, watchful – what a find! Husband on front porch, phone now inclined, quietly takes photo unassigned. Poised to hop at slightest noise or movement; proves it can be sly; rabbit … Continue reading

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Chuckling at My End of the Pond

My Dad subscribed to the “screwdriver method” of removing dandelions. As a retiree caring for his Kentucky blue grass lawn in Colorado, he would grab a long screwdriver, sit in the yard and patiently and painstakingly push that screwdriver parallel … Continue reading

Posted in bouquets, dandelions, Kentucky blue grass in Colorado, organic dandelion greens, retirees | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Massachusetts-born Poet: Katharine Lee Bates

Today is Flag Day so as I hung our American flag from the front porch, I started to sing America the Beautiful and began to research the back story of the beautiful piece of music. Katharine Lee Bates was head … Continue reading

Posted in America the Beautiful, Flag Day, Happy Father's Day, Katharine Lee Bates, Pikes Peak Colorado, Samuel A. Ward | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 Comments