March 7, 2018


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I have always liked to learn new artistic and crafty projects. I seldom stick with one long enough to become really good at them, but I like to dabble in a variety of things. When I found out the library branch I go to had craft lessons and was doing one I had not tried, I went to it. This was my first coiled basket. The pattern has a lot of mistakes but I think it is pretty good considering this was my first try at it. What I like best about classes like this at the library and the ones I have been in at our senior center is that there is no charge for them and they provide the material as well. So, if you are retired or unemployed and want a fun way to spend some time and meet new people, see what your senior center or library, or both have to offer. You will be amazed at what you can do.



March 2, 2018

Popularity Prejudice

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Today, I read a story from my life that I wrote for the GeNarrations program Goodman Theater began with senior centers. A writing coach meets with us and helps us come up with stories from our lives which fit the theme of the play they are showing. We then perform them, first for our immediate groups, (two meet at Goodman during weekdays under the direction of Julie Ganey). From them, we vote on one to represent our group in a citywide reading, at which all of the centers around the city who have this program take part. When Goodman began this program, it was tried only at Renaissance Court and we all read.

As the program expanded into more centers, we were voting on two people to represent each group. But now, it has grown so much they can only take one from each group. It is really interesting to hear all of the stories. We learn many things about each other that we  may never have gotten to know in simply having conversations with them. These are things one usually only tells closest friends and it takes many years to develop that kind of friendship. At our age, we may not have enough time left to make those kinds of intimate friends anymore. This speeds up the process.

The theme for this session was about enemies and prejudices we experienced in our lives. I shared how I used to avoid popular, successful people, so I never learned how to benefit from “networking.” It is almost impossible to advance in a career or job without having that skill. As they say, “It is not what you know, but who you know.” That is still true today. I have attached a picture of me reading at what I think was my first GeNarrations program.Me Reading my story at The Best Years of Our Lives Peogram on Dec. 4, 2010



February 19, 2018


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This the idea behind this blog expressed in a poem I wrote.

It’s better late than never
To fulfill your childhood dreams.
Which appear to take forever,
But are not the way they seem.
It’s better late than never,
To show that you are clever.
Wisdom comes in stages
That last throughout the ages.
It’s better late than never
To pull another lever,
In the lifelong game of chance.
Quit living in a trance.

February 15, 2018

Come Dance With Me

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Here is the link to the song lyrics I just had published.

February 12, 2018


Filed under: Uncategorized — ccassello @ 11:24 am

A song lyric I submitted to Scene & Heard Journal was just accepted. It is called Come Dance With Me and when they send me the link after it is published, I will share it.

February 7, 2018

Writing and Submitting Again

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It has been a very long time since I wrote anything in this blog. I was not doing much writing and pretty discouraged over getting nothing but rejections for what I was submitting. I have since then started a new blog on Blogger called How to Enjoy Retirement on a Limited Income. It is designed for Senior Citizens and is not just about saving money but having the right mindset, staying healthy and other ways to stay happy.

I am writing more regularly again. Deborah Owen, founder of Creative Writing Institute started a 500 club encouraging writers to write 500 words a day for the month of January. I did all but one day of journal writing and she said we were allowed to skip one.

This month, her challenge is to research writing markets and we will write something to submit to at least one. I have submitted some poetry already to a few markets. I was turned down by the Cricket family again, but I believe one day I will send them something they will accept.

For the past two days, from 11 am to 4 pm, I have been listening to webinars in the Best Sellers Summit, there is another day left but I will not be on that one live because I need to get out after being indoors several days in a row. I will listen to their replay though. It has been very informative and inspirational and the presenters all have online courses and programs which they were promoting of course. I can’t afford to get into the ones that charge in the hundreds of dollars, but would if I could. I sign up for any free ones they give, which are teasers meant to attract you into wanting more. But even the free material gives me something to work on.

I’m in the GenNarrations writing group again too, but I have not written my story yet. I host a writing Meetup group two Saturdays a month, which people have not been coming to very often but I have found that I can write pretty well at the library if no one shows up. On the other Saturdays, I meet with at least one other person. We are working on creating a play from an idea I came up with at the other writing group before it’s original organizer left.

I am also working on a newsletter for our church starting this year, so I have a lot of writing to do and I feel better when I am writing. I plan on keeping myself busy writing this year and I should be able to get something, besides these blog posts, published. I have a renewed confidence and the mindset is what makes all the difference between keeping at it and staying hopeful or giving up in discouragement.




September 28, 2017


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I just saw an online copy of Halcyon Days with a poem of mine called Autumn. The printed version will be available Sept. 30. The poems are shown in beautiful color photographs of the season and reflect the words of the poem.

August 19, 2017

Change of Focus

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I am not going to post the hobby articles on this blog any longer and am going back to what I originally set it up to do and just keep people informed about my writing progress or lack thereof. The rest of the hobby articles will post on my new blog How to Enjoy Retirement on a Limited Income. It is at When I decided to do a blog for senior citizens, those articles seemed to be a good fit because I want to tell seniors what they can do with their extra time and how to keep their minds healthy.

August 16, 2017

Obscure Hobbies

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Obscure Hobbies

Everyone has something they enjoy doing in their free time. Some hobbies are more common, like crafts, playing games, or yoga. Others, not many people have heard of. Below is a list of hobbies found from all over the world that aren’t typically hobbies people start with.

1. Tree Shaping – This hobby requires people to make odd shapes out of trees. You can train live trees and other plants of a wood makeup to grow into artistic shapes and useful sculptures. To do this requires a lot of patience and creativity.

2. Beetle Fighting – For this hobby people choose different beetles to fight each other. Sometimes, people who are really into this hobby will specifically breed beetles just for fighting.

3. Rock Skipping – Did you know that a very dedicated person with this hobby set a record at 51 rock skips? For this hobby, all you have to do is throw a flat rock onto the surface of water and try to make it bounce as many times as you can. It’s a very simple, yet relaxing hobby that people enjoy.

4. Geocaching – This hobby consists of you finding treasures in plastic containers called geocaches which hold special items inside. To find the containers you use either your phone or GPS. People find enjoyment out of this hobby because it gives them the opportunity to explore the world around them.

5. Element Collecting – This hobby entails people collecting elements off the periodic table. People typically do this in their own way and of different purities. It’s highly recommended that you do not collect any of the elements that are poisonous, radioactive or a heavy element.

6. Taxidermy – It is said that the “art” of taxidermy is having a comeback from the 1800s when it was most popular. People who take part in this hobby are trying to persuade people that it is not cruel to animals. They see it as though they are saving these animals from being road kill. These people do this type of work out of respect for the animals, not out of cruelty.

7. Soap Carving – This hobby is viewed very highly in Thailand. People with this hobby carve unique shapes into soaps and then sell the soaps to people as souvenirs.

8. Competitive Dog Grooming – In China, competitions are held for the people with this hobby. People will groom the dog’s fur into different shapes, making the dogs appear as different animals. Some of the animals have had fur shaped as dinosaurs, turtles, and dragons. If you’re successful, you can win as much as $30,000 from a single event.

9. Collecting Antique Milk Bottles – People who take part in this hobby often collect the milk bottles because it brings back memories from when they were younger and milk was delivered to their home. They do this hobby for enjoyment and for the memories.

People find enjoyment out of doing different things. Some hobbies just aren’t heard of as much as others might be. Whatever your hobby is, though, the only thing that matters is that you get enjoyment out of the things you do in your free time.

August 15, 2017

Outdoor Hobbies

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Outdoor Hobbies

With such a beautiful world surrounding us, why not try out some hobbies that are based in the outdoors? Hopefully some of these hobbies listed below will inspire you to want to go outside, look at the beautiful world surrounding us, breathe in the fresh air, and try something new.

1. Gardening – Not everyone may have a green thumb but it’s good to give gardening a try. It’s very pleasing to see all the fruits and vegetables you’ve grown on your own. Not to mention, you get fresh fruits and vegetables right out of your own home-grown garden! Another great thing you can plant is flowers. Flowers brighten up your yard, making you feel a sense of peace.

2. Astronomy – Looking above into the unknown brings calmness to some people. The peace and quiet of the night provides you the opportunity to be alone with your thoughts and de-stress from the day’s activities.

3. Bird Watching – Many people have the same wish: for life to slow down. Watching the birds fly above us, seemingly having not a care in the world, brings people a sense of peace, curiosity, and anticipation for the upcoming events.

4. Cloud Watching – Looking at the clouds above us stimulates our imagination. It’s always so much fun trying to decide if a cloud looks like a dog, pig, or a penguin riding a bicycle. There’s no age limit to this hobby; children and adults can both equally enjoy this activity.

5. Butterfly Watching – Like bird watching, watching all the different colored butterflies fly around, not seeming to care, brings upon a sense of curiosity about bigger and greater things in life.

6. Bonsai Trees – This hobby allows you to grow trees in small pots in such a way that they look artistic, old, and interesting. This outdoor activity allows you to be creative and imaginative. This hobby is believed to have originated in China, but is now practiced all over the world.

7. Camping – When some people think of camping they think of peaceful rivers, the quiet of a forest, and crackling campfires. For those people, camping brings upon a sense of peace and calmness. However, others who are asked to think about camping think of mud, bugs, and fears of animals attacking you. For those people, camping is not as fun and not nearly as relaxing. Before deciding to go on a camping trip, know whether or not you’d enjoy sleeping in the woods for a couple nights.

8. Travel – Traveling to places you’ve never been can provide you with many lessons about yourself as a human and about the different cultures surrounding that specific place. Traveling to new places is stimulating to many people, making it one of the most popular outdoor hobbies today.

Not everyone enjoys the outdoors, but for people who do, some of these hobbies may be a great thing to add into your everyday life.

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