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I am 45 years old, I have been married twice, and have five adult kids, and several beautiful grand babies. I have a wonderful boyfriend now for almost five years. I started writing poetry since 1988. I began publishing at poetry sites and in poetry books around 1993. All my poetry was on poetry.com. I began writing poems which inspired me to write short stories and later books. I published three novels which can be found on amazon.com or search engine my name. Who's There Miss Ira and the Creepy Eye, Who's There Miss Ira's Back and Haunted Dock The Fisherman's Son. Published three songs at Tin Pan Alley. Started oil painting in 2000 and have some of my artwork on Artistsites.org, Facebook and Myspace. Poetry has always been my most prized art. It doesn't matter if it is child-like, advanced, or poorly written. It is the expression of emotions within all of our souls. People will reject it or accept it, we all have our own systems of creations. God gave us all the gifts and talents to succeed in our goals and dreams. But we are sharing and caring and supporting each others arts, in any form it is still poetry art. So don't get discouraged with crits and reviews of disappointments. We all are still learning because life is all about a learning process of wisdom and knowledge, no matter how good or bad, life is of light and darkness. Without Light there would be just darkness. Don't never give up, because God hasn't given up on us.