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Published on: February 25, 2013

So, I took a long-needed, nearly 10-day “staycation” this past week! I mostly lounged around the house, watching TV and resting. I also spent quite a bit of time going through old folders of papers and photos looking for stuff for the website. I found some gems, and have added them to the main Generations-Poetry site.

When Grandmother passed away about 9 years ago, a lot of her papers went to my Aunt; her daughter. My Aunt recently found a folder of Grandmother’s writing, and passed it on to me so I could add it to the website if I wanted to. I wanted to!

Here is a summary of what’s new on Generations-Poetry.com!

  • In 9th Grade English, I was asked to interview someone from another generation. I chose Grandmother. I found that paper in a folder of some of my writing, and added it to the front page of the site. It gives a great deal of insight into my Grandmother’s beliefs.
  • I added quite a few poems to the site; both my own and Grandmother’s. Look for new poetry on the following pages: Christmas, Grandpa’s Page, Potpourri, and StoryQuest.
  • I found a short story Grandmother had written about my Father’s pet ducks, Booble-a-binga and Beeble-a-binga (yes, that’s what my Father named his ducks!). It’s on the Fables & Tales page.
  • I found a snippet of a poem I started 30-some years ago in church. When inspiration struck, I had to write my thoughts down. I wrote the first verse of a poem on the retirement club insert of the church program. 30 years later I finished the poem and added it to StoryQuest. It is called God’s Hand.
  • One of the biggest treasures of all was a stack of handwritten pages containing the original first-drafts of some of Grandmother’s poetry! I added a Lightbox effect to the site and linked to those original copies after the poems on the site. I also added a few news articles about us on their respective pages.

Well, have fun storming the site, kids! I’ve still got a stack of papers right next to my keyboard on my desk, so watch for more to come later! I may have to take another vacation to get it all done, though!

 

 

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Andy Goes on a Trip

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Published on: May 21, 2009

Andy Goes on a Trip

by Diane Graebner

Once upon a time, there was a little car named Andy. Andy was a beautiful little car. He was bright orange, with a pretty blue racing stripe down his side. Inside, Andy had all sorts of dials that lit up with a beautiful blue glow, and bells that dinged and chimed. Andy liked to travel. He loved to take long drives to see what he could see. He enjoyed driving fast on the highway, feeling the wind blow across his windshield. He loved driving slowly in the country, smelling the country air and watching the scenery go by.

One day, Andy decided to take a long trip. He put on his best tires, filled up his tank with gas, and loaded up his engine with plenty of oil. Then, he drove off to see what he could see.

The first thing Andy saw on his trip was a field filled with cows and horses. They were running through the field, stopping every so often to eat the green grass.

“I wonder if they’ll talk to me,” Andy thought to himself.

“Honk, honk!” said Andy.

The cow answered, “MOO!”

Since Andy wasn’t sure what “moo” meant, he flashed his headlights at the cow to say goodbye and drove off down the road.

A few miles more, and Andy came across a big tractor working in a corn field. The tractor was huffing and puffing as it dug up big piles of dirt.

“I wonder if he’ll talk to me,” Andy thought to himself.

“Honk, honk!” said Andy.

The tractor answered, “VROOM!”

Since Andy wasn’t sure what “vroom” meant, he flashed his headlights at the tractor to say goodbye and drove off down the road.

Soon, Andy came to a set of train tracks. A giant steam engine was sitting on the tracks, puffing smoke out of his smokestack.

“I wonder if he’ll talk to me,” Andy thought to himself.

“Honk, honk!” said Andy.

The train engine answered, “CHOO, CHOO!”

Since Andy wasn’t sure what “choo, choo” meant, he flashed his headlights at the train to say goodbye and drove off down the road.

After driving for a bit, Andy came to a small, white boat in a pond. She was quietly blowing bubbles in the water for the ducks to chase.

“I wonder if she’ll talk to me,” Andy thought to himself.

“Honk, honk!” said Andy.

The boat answered, “GLUB, GLUB!”

Since Andy wasn’t sure what “glub, glub” meant, he flashed his headlights at the boat to say goodbye and drove off down the road.

Next, Andy came to a place where a house was being built. A huge crane was busy lifting pieces of metal onto the roof of the house.

“I wonder if he’ll talk to me,” Andy thought to himself.

“Honk, honk!” said Andy.

The crane answered, “CRONK!” Since Andy wasn’t sure what “cronk” meant, he flashed his headlights at the crane to say goodbye and drove off down the road.

Finally, Andy came to a big parking lot. Lots of cars were sitting around, waiting for their people to come back. There were blue cars, and red cars, and silver cars, and green cars, and white cars, and black cars. There were big cars, and little cars, and trucks, and SUVs.

“I wonder if they will talk to me,” Andy thought to himself.

“Honk, honk!” said Andy.

All of the other cars answered, “HONK, HONK!”

Andy smiled as he drove into the parking lot. He couldn’t wait to share the stories of all the things he had seen on his drive. He was sure the other cars would have wonderful stories to tell to him too. He was tired from his long trip, but he was very happy!

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