Sunday, October 23, 2011

All the World Needs Now...

Seven years ago, Roger and I declared our love in our garden surrounded by our five beautiful daughters (my four and his one).  Over the past seven years, we have seen each other through near death, job loss, reinventing ourselves, adjusting to life in our fifties, children's marriages, grandchildren's births and the ups and downs of day to day life as a couple.

When all is said and done, these have been the happiest years since I raised by daughters.  Roger, my beloved, is one of the kindest, sweetest, compassionate and wise humans I know.  Each day it is a joy to wake with him; each night a joy to snuggle close as sleep slips into our beings.

How wonderful to say, I have laughed, more than I have cried; I have smiled, more than I have frowned; and I have enjoyed, more than I can say!

These are some poems that I have written for Roger.  I share them with you in celebration of the Love Roger and I share.

"All the world needs now IS Love, sweet Love!"

When One Becomes Two

quiet, peace-filled
thinking, working, meditating
one, singular, two, doubled
talking, playing, loving
resonant, soul-filled

Morning Prayer for Roger

I raise my eyes to the All.
Hear my humble prayer.
Wrap around my Beloved
At the times I am not there
Hold him softly to you
Wrap him in your love
Keep him safe from harm
Protect him from above.

He watches as she holds the coffee mug
Her small work-worn hands lifting it
She pauses
Then breathes in the scent
Like a master breathing in the bouquet
Of a rare wine
She smiles, sips and looks up into his face
Through a dark curtain of lashes

His eyes drop to the guitar
He pretends to have been concentrating on the music
She watches as his hands magically produce
Sounds that tug at her heart
She notices the ease in which he moves
How his eyes shut ever so slightly
When just the right sound comes from the wood and strings

All poems written by Linda M. Rhinehart Neas ©2008, 2009, 2010

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Inequity Hits Close to Home

MoneyImage by jollyUK via Flickr

I seldom complain, but after the last few weeks of watching the goings on in this country and the world, I feel a tirade coming on!

Last week, I went through all the rigamarole to apply for a loan consolidation.  I, after all, am working!  (Thank you, God!)  I knew it would be a tight fit, but the combined income of my four jobs made a consolidation reasonable.  Wrong!

You see, while the bank underwriters would accept my freelance writing, they would not accept the two adjunct positions I have because they weren't contractual.  Adjunct professors teach semester to semester depending on funding. So, even though, I am pretty sure I will be teaching in the spring, the bank will not risk it, even though lowering my overall debt through the consolidation would make it easier for me to keep paying my bills IF, God forbid, I don't get hired by the college and university again.

So, I ask, how is this fair?  Why can the banks, who were bailed out of collapse by the Federal government, refuse to help me when I WANT to pay them?  How can they take our money (We don't think of it this way, but the Federal money is OUR money...our taxes are what is used to cover all the bills in Washington.) not pay it back and then deny my consolidation?

Is it any wonder that people are protesting?  1% have our money to play with and we the 99% are shafted, left and right.  Arrggggghhhh!!!!!


OK, got that out of my system.  On the other hand, I am blessed beyond measure with a wonderful life partner who honors me.  We will be celebrating our 7th anniversary this coming week.  These have been the seven happiest years of my life, with the exception of raising my daughters.  

The government may take my money, but they will never take the riches I have in family and friends.  

May we all find ways to count our blessings, even in the face of inequity.


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Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Occupy Movement

Thousands protest banks on Wall StreetImage by SEIU International via Flickr

Several years ago, when the economy began its spiral downward, I predicted that there would come a tipping point when the middle class would rise up and revolt.  The past few weeks have fulfilled that prediction as a small group of protesters staged an occupation on Wall Street.  Today, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has inspired protests across the country and around the world.

Why are these protests spreading like wildfire?  Mainly, it is because 99% of the world is fed up with the 1% who are making huge sums of money, yet not paying their fair share.  Here in the states, we have a Congress made up of a huge percentage of the 1%.  In fact, there seems to be more millionaires in Congress now, than ever in history.

Unfortunately, the 1% has forgotten that history repeats itself.  They really need to take a crash course in American and World history...especially focusing on the happenings during the 1700's.  The United States had its birth when 99% of its population in the 1700's said, "Enough is enough.  No taxation without representation!" 

Today, the cry may well be the same, because there are few in Congress that have the slightest idea of how to budget each week to pay the bills AND buy groceries, put clothes on a growing families back and provide for emergencies.  I doubt there are many who have ever had to make one can of soup feed five people or who knows how to find a complete outfit for a toddler or teen on just ten dollars. 

Don't get me wrong, I know there are some in the 1% who realize that with privilege, comes responsibility.  These folks give of their time and money to help others.  From the beginning, they have supported the rest of us.  But, there are still too many in the 1% that essentially believe we all should just "eat cake."

One of my blogging buddies posted on her blog about a local figure in Canada that mouthed off on a small business owner, who is giving profits to help build wells in Africa, then had the audacity to offer the owner an investment deal!  Learn more at Karyn Climans.

While I am not attending any of the OWS protests, I am standing strong with the 99%.  I know the struggle first hand.  I work at four different jobs trying to keep my head above water.  I have seen friends struggle to keep their homes, feed their children and live the dream. (You can join the Virtual March at

Enough is Enough...We need jobs that pay good wages and provide benefits.  We need leaders who understand that the 99% are not going away, who will support us, not their own wallets and bank accounts.  We need to take care of the underprivileged, the elderly and the sick, not just push them off into a corner, but really care for them.  We need to be the change we have been looking for, because we ARE that change. 

The time has come...the time is now.  God bless us all!

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Loved Ones

Unconditional love is difficult to give.  To do so, one must overlook all the imperfections, the bumps and warts, the eccentricities of their loved ones.  This is not easy, but, some people come pretty close to loving unconditionally.  If you are very lucky, they will share the path with you.

Roger is one of the dearest, kindest and most loving men in the world. He is one of the primary people on my list of Those I know and Love. Roger is my partner in life, a cheerleader when I need encouragement, and wise counsel when I need a bit of Sophic advice.  Each morning begins with Roger greeting me with, "Good morning, beautiful!" Each evening ends with, "I am so blessed to have you in my life."  You know, it doesn't get much better than this!

My daughters are at the top of the list, too, as are my grandchildren.  Each is a gem like no other.  Each brings me such joy!

I would be remiss if I didn't add my dear, dear friend Barbara to the top of the list.  We have been friends since kindergarten.  Together we have shared life's ups and downs with humor, grace and sometimes good old fashioned kitchen table wisdom.  Barbara is my sister, my friend and my buddy.  We are kindred spirits that found each other early on in life and never lost sight of how special it is to have a friend that, no matter what, loves us.

There are many family members (You know who you are!!) that love me unconditionally, as I do them.  When we are together, we laugh so much our sides ache for days later.  Sometimes, we cry, or get angry or talk on and on about something that frustrates us, but we always end up laughing.  What a gift that is!  

Finally, I have many friends who have blessed me with their love and support over the years.  Some I have only known for a short period, others have been in my life since childhood.  Some have lost touch with me over the years, but have found me through social networking! (I just love that.)  Some I have met through cyberspace.  We have not met physically, but we share our souls regularly, affirming each other and celebrating each others achievements.

Those we know and love make life precious.  As they say back up in Maine, "It's wicked good to know ya!"

Today I’m participating in a mass blogging day! WOW! Women On Writing has gathered a group of blogging buddies to write about Special People We Know and Love. Why? We’re celebrating the release of Joanne Lewis’ and Amy Lewis Faircloth’s debut novel. Wicked Good (Telemachus Press, LLC, 2011) is about the unconditional love between a mother and her adopted, special needs son and the adventure that brings them closer together. Visit The Muffin at to read what Joanne and Amy have to share about their special people and view the list of all my blogging buddies. Then be sure to visit to learn more about the authors.

If you comment on today's post on this blog or any of the other blogs participating in Everybody's Talking About Wicked Good People, you will be entered to win a print copy of Wicked Good by Amy Lewis Faircloth and Joanne Lewis. To read about Amy and Joanne's Special People and view the list of participating blogs please visit The Muffin

About the Authors

One day two sisters decided to write a book together; what began as a blog became an award winning novel! Wicked Good is the first in the "Wicked" series.

Amy is the older sister and a full time family law attorney. She loves her 2 sons and nephew, dogs, volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society, being outdoors when it’s nice outside and indoors when it’s not.

Joanne is the younger and a full-time family mediator and Guardian Ad Litem. She loves her 3 nephews, her grey poodle Frisco, anything to do with the Italian Renaissance, and spending time with her friends and family.

Please visit them at

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