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Jeanne Voelker

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in Tacoma, WA, The United States
October 17

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December 2008


I sent a note to Goodreads friend, Angus Miranda of the Philippines, to ask if he is okay and to ask how we might best help in recovery efforts after the devastating typhoon. I will send a donation to the Red Cross and I urge that other Goodreads friends might consider doing the same. Even modest donations will add up if many people participate.

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Manx Adventure (Literature & Fiction)
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My Dog 'M' (Humor)
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Description: double-pun poem
One Summer Afternoon (Poetry)
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Description: Realistic poem, based on experience
Teaching (Poetry)
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Description: poem, 2001
Folding Clothes, 9/11/2001 (Poetry)
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Description: I wrote 'Folding Clothes' on the morning of 9/11/2001. The poem illustrates my immediate reaction to the horror of 9/11. The television stations were all showing repeated footage of the plane crashing into the tower. As I was folding the clothes, I realized that this mundane chore was providing me a tiny bit of normalcy and comfort. When I finished folding the laundry, I wrote the poem. The poem looks better 'centered' -- it then looks like a tower. I published this under the name 'Seattle friend' and learned some time later that it was read on a radio program in another city.
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“I edit my own stories to death. They eventually run and hide from me.”
Jeanne Voelker

“First you jump in, then you swim.”
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“It's wonderful to look back at our old writing and cringe. It simply means we have grown and can write better now. And you found some parts you can be proud of, so when you throw the old writing on the floor and stomp on it, remember to celebrate those seeds of genius and be glad that you're still writing.”
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“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
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I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
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We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
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God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
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To you and me, so take the lively air,
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This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
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message 23: by Jeanne

Jeanne Hi Tina,

You could still learn to play the harp. Most harpists learn this instrument as adults. As for singing, I hope you won't let a bad school experience take away forever your joy in singing. Maybe you could sing in a choir or a community chorus. Don't worry about your voice -- it will improve with use. Did you know that our voices get better anyway as we mature? Your voice will be better at age thirty than it was in high school, and better at forty than thirty.

message 22: by Tina (last edited Sep 08, 2012 12:56AM)

Tina Jeanne wrote: "Hi Tina,

I took piano lessons when I was a kid and played flute in school. I'm an amateur player, but I've been around music a lot while raising my daughters. I took the older girls to see musi..."

sadly no. I played when required during middle school and that was the end of my experience. I had been extremely involved in chorus and was in it ll the way till high school. Sadly an event which left me feeling betrayed forever more by the school system sucked away all joy from chorus. I never really sang again. Now if I tried it would prob be horrid as it has been so long.

It might sound odd....but I have always wanted to learn to play the harp!

message 21: by Jeanne

Jeanne Hi Tina,

I took piano lessons when I was a kid and played flute in school. I'm an amateur player, but I've been around music a lot while raising my daughters. I took the older girls to see musicals and the youngest to opera seasons. I attended my youngest daughter's violin and piano lessons for many years, so I heard a lot of music. She's a musician in Boston. How about you, Tina? Do you play?

message 20: by Tina

Tina Jeanne do you play an instrument or are you just an avid listener? I am only asking from the recent book selections and comments in the piano discussion have made me curious!

message 19: by Irma

Irma Fritz Jeanne,
Sorry for not getting in touch sooner. We had cousins in town for Aunt Helen's memorial. How are you? How's your leg? I truly hoped to get out to see your farm. We do go to Shoreline every Sunday where my father-in-law lives, but with church and family gatherings there isn't much time in between. I've just started writing again after almost 6 mos of care-giving and grieving. This is a novel on predatory lending ala Countrywide or WaMu. Thx for recommending Lulu. I published Irretrievably Broken with Amazon Kindle in 2008, and then last year in paper via their Createspace. It turned out fine. I also just published the novel on Smashwords as I'd like to get wider distribution, especially Apple's new iPad. How's Menage doing? And your new short? I hope I can overcome this months-long funk and make progress on my new work. Wish me luck! Keep in touch! BTW, love your quote from Picasso. They always say write what you know, but I say write what you want to know so you can learn something new!

message 18: by James

James Hi Jeanne, thanks for the add. I'm a freelance translator, so i work at home too. I havent written anything publishable, but am trying to write some poetry and fiction between my translation jobs.
Can't wait to hear more about what you read and write :)

message 17: by J.D.

J.D. Holiday Hello Jeanne,
Thanks for the friendship!

message 16: by Rita

Rita Webb Hi Jeanne, thx for adding me as a friend on goodreads!

message 15: by Jeannie

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Jeanne, thanks for adding me....we girls with the same name gotta stick together. LOL!

message 14: by Rosanne

Rosanne Catalano Hi Jeanne,

Thanks for being a friend on Goodreads. I'm looking forward to your book review of "Gotham Writers' Workshop Writing Fiction" when you're done reading the book! I get Gotham Writers' newsletter in my inbox and I so enjoy reading it that I'm curious how their book is...

message 13: by Lisette

Lisette Brodey Hi Jeanne:

Thank you so much for including me in your GR friend space!

Happy Reading!


Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* Hey Jeanne! Thanks for the add. :) Yes, I have the first chapter of Soul Stealer posted on Goodreads. (


message 11: by Andrea

Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend.

message 10: by Jessie

Jessie Happy Saturday to you Jeanne!

Bradley Hello Jeanne, I hope you are having a good day! =)

Dreamsbane of Tamalor by Bradley James Simpson

Jeanne Hi Daniel,

Oh thank you! (Kam Sa Ha'em ni da!) I will try to remember this when I go to a shop in my neighborhood. As for 'Daram-je', you gave me good advice and it is easy to follow. The 'D' sound is no problem for English speakers, I just heard it wrong.

Daniel Lee 감사합니다. Kam Sa Ha'em (?) ni da. This means thank you very much

힘내세요! Him nae sae yo. This means cheer up! You might want to add

화이팅! Hua e (just e) ting. It definetly helps.

Well, good luck!

Daniel Lee Jeanne, you got pretty close. It's common for most people who uses english as a first language to pronounce it that way.
The actual pronounciation is Daram-je. I do emphasize the D. Just a slight pressure on it can change it's sound. Of course, it maybe hard for you to pronounce like it's hard for novice english speakers like my mom to pronounce certain consonants :-). However, working on this will make you sound like a native.
Here are some other words that you can look in your free time. Some of them you might have seen before or heard from your students.

Jeanne An-nyo'ng ha-se-yo, Daniel,

Yes, I am still tutoring and I love my work. I will tell you about an exercise that I gave some of my students this week. I told them it was a contest. I challenged them to make a long grammatically correct English sentence. The rules for this game are: 1. No run-on sentences are permitted. 2. No more than 3 adjectives before a noun 3. No word can be used more than once. (Even 'the', 'a', 'I', 'is', etc.) If you want to try it, let me know if you understand these rules, okay?

So far, the longest sentences (written by two different students) have contained 27 and 28 words.

By the way, I learned to say 'Hello' in Korean from my students, but I don't know if I spelled it right. I learned only one other Korean word because it was my job to teach the student, not theirs to teach me. However, my classroom looks out on my garden where I grow flowers and blueberries. Some squirrels were running through the garden one day when I was teaching, and the student taught me the word for 'squirrel'. I don't know how to spell it, but it sounds something like 'taram-je'. Can you help me with the spelling, please?

Daniel Lee Are you still tutoring? Is it something you enjoy?

Jeanne Hi Daniel,

I am a tutor. I teach students one-at-a-time in a classroom in my home. This way, we can focus on exactly what that student needs. Yes, I have taught 40 or 50 Korean students. My very first students, 23 years ago, were Korean. Now my earliest students have finished their University years and are working at jobs that they love.

Daniel Lee Jeanne? Are you a teacher, then? How much koreand students did you teach?

message 1: by Ilyn

Ilyn Ross Hello Jeanne,

How are you? Thank you for accepting my friend-request and for joining Happy & Brainy. Have a Healthy, Happy, and Prosperous 2009!

Please visit the To the Glory of Man and Reason Reigns groups when you have a chance. Have a marvelous weekend. Warmest regards.

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