2020

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I started with hope

And that was soon gone

Then I said ok I can adjust

With no end in sight still

But that was soon gone

Just do this and all will be good

Soon I will be free

It is the new normal

Well 2020

You better start showing positivity

Because so far this year sucks

And my patience

Will never subside

Why

Because we have yet

To vote for a president

Also

Winter is coming

And

As soon as hurricane season is done

And the holidays occur

I know something you might not remember

It will be 2021

And a fresh start will begin again

So build hope

Savor flexibility

And most of all

Make your new normal

Better than normal

Because why clean house

If you leave something undone

You got the time

And it is your house anyway

Make it more than tolerable

Only livable

Inclusive

And satisfying

– Jennie Nawrocki

Post Office

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I have been known to write a few emails in my time but one tradition I still keep is the letter. Writing has never hindered only enhanced. What do most people say, it is not finalized until you have it written down. That is why most living beings I hear don’t leave paper trails. Personally I don’t like that because history needs to be reread. How many mistakes have been responded to with “if I had known I wouldn’t have done that.” Notice the cultures that have lived and survived the longest all were steeped in oral and written history. When Ken Burns made his first directorial debut his documentary was filled with letters. They didn’t tell just what happened but the emotional side of it too. As you were watching you felt you were living that moment with them. However when archeologists just find a shard of pottery all they can say is this must have held food. We want mysteries solved to learn from our forefathers to succeed in ways they couldn’t. We need their stories both oral and written.

My family has always been strong story tellers, every family gathering has at least a few. Like the time my sister tried to change the oil in our family Pinto and it ruined the engine or how she became the first person to make her own teriyaki sauce without a recipe. Now how do other family members get the recipe it is written down and passed down generation to generation. She could send via email of course but eventually someone prints out that recipe or rewrites in on a index card. Preservation starts with writing events down.

Preserving history is one thing though in today’s world to write a letter means a lot and to receive a letter it means the world. Most lives are enhanced by reading a letter but most often it is the signature that really brings it home. This was even made famous in the movie Say Anything directed by Cameron Crowe. It is how she signed the letter that tells you how she is really feeling. So whether you hand write your letter on fancy paper or type it on regular white paper. People look forward to that item that someone took to mail.

It breaks the monopoly of screen time but most important someone is saying you mean the world to me just as Lloyd Dobbler wrote. Our country was founded on getting messages to people without technological glitches. Through hail, sleet, rain or snow the United States mail always delivers as long as you answer those questions at the window first.

Therefore I am asking you save our postal service, save our mail for it is a federal crime to tamper with the United States Postal Service. For even my cat acts like Johnny Carson predicting what is in the envelope.

“The answer is tuna they always forget to add the tuna.”

Take care much love,

Yours Always Jennie Nawrocki

Starting Now

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My purpose

Never changed

I wanted

To better

The world

In any way

I knew how

I wanted

Give people

With disabilities

A voice

A chance

That was

The same as ours

I wanted

To see everyone

Have opportunity

To be successful

Regardless of where

They came from

I wanted to stop

Seeing suffering

And start seeing

Satisfaction

I wanted

Our planet

To breathe

As though

It just finished

A summer rain

I wanted

What you wanted

To live

Without worry

Starting now

-Jennie Nawrocki

Chance

Knowing Some

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Always stationery

Relationships stagnant

Nothing changed

We were the same

Years ago

Or weren’t we

Who knows

I haven’t seen you

You haven’t seen me

Only small talk in between

Through wires

Seen and unseen

Even if we don’t

Know each other

We certainly know

The stories

So do we develop healthy

Or stay the same

-Jennie Nawrocki

Where?

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It is there

Where?

Over there

Where?

Can’t you read

Where?

It is so obvious

Where?

See right here

Where?

Unbelievably easy

Where?

I can’t help you out now

Where?

You need to know

Where?

You are late

Where?

Too late

Where?

Ugh!!!!!!!!

Ugh!!!!!!!!

-Jennie Nawrocki

Transitions

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Transitions

Can be awkward

Exciting

Unexpected

Uncomfortable

Smooth surprises

Difficult

Easy

Horrible disasters

Without doubt

Well planned

Unorganized

Blessings

But without them

They slow progress

Boredom develops

Growth stumps

Stagnant cess pools

Build mountains of work

So prepared

or not

Life changes

Are you going to roll with it?

Only if I stand with why.

-Jennie Nawrocki

Be Healthy

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We used to be

A melting pot

Now some call us

A mixed salad

Where each ingredient

Stands out

But nothing was equal

White privilege

Or lettuce dominated

To be true

And honor

All cultures respectfully

We need a new term

Simply put

In a day

Several meals

Could occur

Mixing balances of ingredients

So we are not one

Jumbled dish

But a balanced diet

Where to be healthy

Eat in moderation

Value the rainbow

Of colors

If you must cook

Process as little as possible

For food is best savored

In its natural state

– Jennie Nawrocki

In other words be yourself.

Who?

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Who?

I want to do?

I want to go?

But why?

For yourself?

For someone else?

Who does it help?

How many people does it support?

Just people or environment too?

Maybe even animals benefit?

Could it be tweaked?

Or is it just for family?

Remembering the butterfly effect?

We are not alone?

So I ask who?

-Jennie Nawrocki