Keep Moving

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Sweat waters my brow

Working a growing garden

Letting it happen


Nature’s bending exercise

My personal weight loss program

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Photos: Ruth and Dwight Roth

I am not a big fan of exercise, but I do love working in my garden. It is something I have done for many years. Although my garden is getting smaller as I get older, I still love getting my hands in the dirt and seeing the plants grow and produce. This is the kind of exercise I can get into.

I am posting this for Michele’s “What Moves You” challenge. We are to post a photo and a written response to show how we keep moving and stay healthy. You can read more about it at her Word Press site My Inspired Life.

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Who Comes to a Funeral?

Flowers in a Vase

This week we buried my sister. It was a beautiful blue-sky day as we gathered to honor her memory. As I looked across the gathering, I was impressed with the large number of people who made the effort to come to her funeral.

During her lifetime she and her husband had many varied experiences, from teaching English in the Congo and in the West Bank of Israel in the 1960’s to teaching ESL classes in Lancaster County Pennsylvania for many years. During that time, she made many lifelong friends, many of whom attended this occasion.

She had a way of making heart connections that drew others to her. She showed interest in their interests and encouraged them in their pursuits. Meaningful connections are what create bonds that last a lifetime and bring friends and family together to say goodbye. The bond of Love is stronger than life or death and will always be remembered.

Connections draw us

Building lifelong bonds of love

Sad blue-sky farewell


Traveling from far and near

We remember shared mem’ries


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Goodbye Dear Sister

Dwight Priscilla

Today I received word that my sister Priscilla passed away. It is a very sad day for her family and for all of us. She was five years older than me and always looked out for me when I was young. She enjoyed reading her favorite books to me. Some were the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew Mysteries, and Sherlock Holmes. She was smart, energetic, and full of life. I always looked up to her. She had a very engaging personality and loved interacting with people, especially children who loved the attention she showed them. She will be greatly missed.

You always looked out

for me, making impressions.

Epitaphs on my soul

Free from sickness, free from pain

May your spirit find peaceful rest…

Play or Playing

Today at d’Verse Poets Pub, Lisa asked us to write a poem about play.  As many of you know, I love being creative. I enjoy trying new things such as building guitars out of old drill cases. Play for me is when I am in my garage working on these instruments and the radio is playing music in the background. What is even sweeter than that is when I can have my family come to visit and each one plays a different homemade instrument with me.

Play in making

Creating guitars from scratch

Musical magic

Family and friends play a tune

Satisfaction at its best

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth and Chris Roth

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Creating Pearls

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Creating Pearls



Friction rubbed just the right way

Lights a fire


No match lights without friction

Unchallenged, the mind goes blank



Confrontation of life’s pain

Inspiration’s fuel


Words stream waiting to be heard

Verbal screams inked on a page



Lights a painful fire

When rubbed the right way


Creating a lovely flame

No true pleasure without pain


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

When I read Bartholomew Barker’s post “Last Match” it immediately triggered my thoughts of a spinoff that describes how we create great poetry. I decided to use a chain of Tankas.

Check out his post at:

Fraiku: Last Match | Bartholomew Barker, Poet (

Painting the Canadian Rockies

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Painting memories

Family trips to the mountains

Parents gone / children grown


Camping together in tents

Watching trains wind through canyons

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Maligne Lake – Alberta Canada

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Painting and Photos: Dwight L. Roth

This painting is on a recycled canvas from the Habitat Restore where I volunteer. I cut the canvas off the frame and turned it over to get a smooth canvas to work on. I staple it back on and soak it to shrink it tight.

This will probably be the last very large canvas I will paint. It takes a lot of work and a lot of standing to get it done. It is hard on my muscles and joints.

Dreaming Warm

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Temperatures dip low

Bitter windchill seeps through cracks

Dreaming of warm isles

Palm trees swaying in the breeze

Sunset paints ocean rainbows

Record low temperatures and windchill recorded this week in the Northeast US.  For us in the Carolinas, the cold won’t stay long. Warm weather is on the way next week.  Dipping our toes in warm tropical waters would feel really good about now!

Painting: Dwight L. Roth