Poet’s Corner – April 22 , 2014Welcome to Poet’s Corner (& Artists too) ~ Issue #17

From Our Editor:

This is our Spring issue, with our featured guest Lene Andersen. Lene is no stranger to CreakyJoints, as she is a featured blogger and also the author of two books, Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain and 7 Facets: A Meditation on Pain. If you would like to find out more about these books, check out the CJ Author’s section:


Lene is also a wonderful photographer. I had the pleasure of connecting with Lene, during our involvement with several projects for Show Us Your Hands!, where she is also the Director of Community Outreach. I invite you to check out this wonderful page, as it is full of great information for those living with inflammatory arthritis:  http://www.showusyourhands.org/

I am just delighted, that Lene, is going to be sharing her photography with us. This issue is all about color and the hope that Spring, has finally arrived.

I bring you, our special issue of Spring.

CJ Poetry Editor


In this issue:

Landing Gear Down (Photography by Lene Andersen, Part 1)
Seasons (Oil Pastel by Jennifer Taft) 
Hey Goosey Goosey (Photography by Stephanie Wood)
Swan in Choppy Water (Photography by Lene Andersen, Part 2)
Trevor’s Barks of Gold (Message and photograph by Brenda Kleinsasser)


Editor’s Note: Lene Andersen, Part 1

Our featured guest has some fun facts she would like to share with you. Here is one (I will be sharing the other in Part 2):

 When I was a child, I used to ride my bike like a horse. I tied the ends of a rope to each of my handlebars and learned to steer that way.

Lene, tells of these photos being centered around nature and from downtown Toronto. Here is the first one.

Landing Gear Down

Landing Gear Down by Lene Andersen

In Lene’s own words: What is more evocative of spring than bees and flowers? Here both are reaching out to each other, illustrating the interconnected and interdependent relationship between pollen-producer and pollen-gatherer. To get the shot, I spent about half an hour chasing bumblebees around the 19th century garden next to the St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto.

Editor’s Note: Jennifer Taft

Here is Jennifer’s bio and a fun fact she shares, in her own words:
My name is Jennifer Taft. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have rediscovered my creative side! I like to think I inherited my love of art as a distraction from our crazy rushed world My grandmother and mom painted. Some artists  that inspire me are Renoir who struggled to create his body destroyed by RA, and Georgia O’Keeffe for capturing the beauty in nature

A fun fact:  I got an f in art in high School art class

Seasons by Jennifer Taft 

Editor’s Note: Stephanie Wood

Stephanie Wood is an amateur photographer, who does not let her chronic illness get in the way of her creativity. Here, she share with us, another of her great photos, with her new camera that she purchased recently.

If you would like to check out more of Stephanie’s photography:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevid/

Hey Goosey Goosey by Stephanie Wood


Editor’s Note: Lene Andersen, Part 2

Our featured guest Lene, is back with another fun fact about herself:

I like to drive my wheelchair very fast on bubblewrap.

Swan in Choppy Water
Swan in Choppy Water by Lene Andersen

In Lene’s own words: It’s been a very long winter with Lake Ontario (and the other Great Lakes) being frozen, white and unmoving. it was a joy to take a walk on a windy Spring day and see the water move again, all the colours within the water and the many kinds of waterfowl back where they belong.

Brenda on Brenda:

We are back with a special installment of Trevor’s Barks of Gold. Trevor is just as anxious for Spring to be here, as anyone. His message is all about hope and a new start to this season.

Trevor’s Barks of Gold, Spring by Brenda Kleinsasser