Where poets, writers & artists won’t let chronic illness stand in the way of creativity 

**Seasonal Changes**

Welcome to Poet’s Corner (& Artists too) ~ Issue #37


From Our Editor:

Our special guest this month is Stephanie Wood. Stevi as she prefers to be called, was our very first entrant and we are going to be featuring her spectacular photography.

I had the pleasure of spending a week with Stevi last April, as she drove to North Dakota to spend the week with me. We had a wonderful time sightseeing. You can actually do quite a bit in five days. Upon her arrival, we exchanged gifts. She even brought a bandanna with maple leaves for Trevor, as Stevi lives in Canada. It was wonderful being with someone who understands all too well what it is like to live with a chronic illness. We shared a lot of laughter and even some tears.

That has been the whole essence of this publication, to showcase your talents, and not let chronic illnesses, stop you from letting creativity shine.

This will be my last issue as editor. It has been a pleasure putting these issues together, for the past three years. I want to personally thank CreakyJoints for this wonderful opportunity.

I also want to thank each and every one who has participated. I have made some wonderful connections and friends, along this journey.

This was not an easy decision to make, but it is time for me to spread my wings. This experience has certainly helped immensely, with being able to do so.

I have a special book with all of the past issues. I will treasure that for years to come.

So this will be a change of season for me. I hope whatever you do in life always remember that you are much stronger than your disease.

One thing that I said at the end of my local TV interview with NBC ND News was: “A person who lives with a chronic illness must remember, to concentrate on the things they can do, and not on the things they can’t.”

I want to leave you with a quote that was given to me and means a great deal: “What lies behind us & what lies before us are small matters to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Blessings to all, no matter how you choose to celebrate the season.

Fondest Farewell,



CJ Poetry Editor


In this issue:

A Little Frosting (Photography by Stephanie Wood)

Family of Geese (Photography by Stephanie Wood)

A Farewell Tale (Story by Brenda Kleinsasser and photography by Stephanie Wood)



Editor’s Note: Stephanie Wood

Stephanie Wood is an amateur photographer who tries not to let poor health get in the way of her creativity. She spends her warmer months at one of the many lakes in the Whiteshell Provincial Park (in Manitoba, Canada) where nature abounds.  There she finds a never ending supply of subjects to satisfy her photographs bug.  More of her work can be found here: SteviDW_Photography.

This was our very first entry that was sent to Poet’s Corner (& Artist too). I thought it was most fitting to include it, with my last issue as editor. Here it is:


A Little Frosting (1)

A Little Frosting by Stephanie Wood


Stephanie shares another photograph with us and describes in her own words, the essence of it, along with a special message:

This year we had many geese families at our lake.  This is part of one of the larger broods while they still looked like goslings.  It wasn’t long before they lost the baby look and grew into their adult feathers.

It has been wonderful to be a part of Poet’s Corner.   I have really enjoyed being able to share and see what other talents creaky folks have to offer.  It is important that people know we are more than our illnesses and have something special to share.  Thanks for hosting and putting each issue together.


Family of Geese

Family of Geese by Stephanie Wood


Editor Brenda on “Trevor’s Golden Corner” 

For those of you who are not familiar with Trevor, he is a Golden Retriever who helps Brenda out with spreading Tales of Awareness.

Trevor’s Golden Corner:  A Farewell Tale



This will be my last tale with Trevor’s Golden Corner. It is hard to believe that I have been involved helping Brenda with this, for two years. First with my Barks of Gold and then my tales. I hope you have enjoyed these little stories. Brenda has enjoyed working with this publication, so doggone much these past three years.

She remembers when she was asked if she would like to be an editor? She did not hesitate, as it was time to start something new and exciting. She had no idea what this would all entail, but she has learned much from this wonderful experience.

We thought we would leave you with a photo that Stevi took of us, while she was here in ND. I am even wearing my bandanna with the maple leaves. How thoughtful of her to think of good old Trevor.

So before I say farewell, I would like to leave a little bone with you or a blessing, so to speak: “Always be kind, it costs nothing and you may never realize, what that kindness means to another.”

I wish all of you good health, happiness and if you ever come to ND, be sure and look us up. I am always glad to meet people. BOL

If you want to keep in touch with us, feel free to follow our blog:  Brenda’s Brainstorm & Trevor

I share most of the tales, but it is all about awareness and hope. There is always hope, folks!



Brenda & Trevor

Brenda & Trevor by Stephanie Wood

CreakyJoints would like to thank Brenda Kleinsasser for not only serving as Editor but for creating Poet’s Corner (& Artists Too), the only online publication featuring the creative work of those who live chronic illness. It is Brenda’s vision, heart and soul that made this publication possible. We wish Brenda the best and look forward to her next chapter in life (and of course in our hearts it will always be Trevor forever:)