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Peter Notehelfer
Camano Island, WA

Bio: I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!

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34 Responses to About

  1. I share your efforts to avoid senility through my poetry

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    • Thanks, Paul, for your visits to my site . . . I’m very new at this blogging stuff though I have been writing poetry daily for many years. I enjoy meandering through your site and am amazed at how prolific your work is, how keen your eye sees, and how concise your poetry spins . . . You are a very gifted man for a thoroughly conservative polemicist . . . That’s ‘tongue in cheek’ . . . I hope to hear from you again . . . Any comments you’d like to make to my poems would be welcome . . .
      Blessings.
      Peter

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  2. robert okaji says:

    The world’s answers are found in the little details!
    I wish I could write a poem a day, but make do with a few lines…

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  3. Robert . . . I have been doing this for too many years to remember . . . First I picked up one stone, then another and another, and only after a long long time did I figure out the potential of stringing them together on a thread . . . Keep writing down a few lines at a time . . . In time you will write a beautiful book!
    Blessings . . .
    Peter

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  4. Mirada says:

    I fully agree–the benefits of writing poetry are many; and the best addiction to compliment my Faith. I’m in the N Seattle area, so we’re sorta neighbors. Have a great weekend. (Fine chickens, eh?)

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  5. Rhona says:

    Hi Peter

    thanks for the comment…..love your poems as well….
    Im in sunny Johannesburg

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    • I’ve been to Johannesburg . . . Took a helicopter ride around Robbin Island in 2001 . . . Spent 4 weeks in Petermaritzburg working with a relief agency . . . Good memories . . . Although I must say pacific northwest salomon is far better than that caught between you and australia . . . Keep on writing poetry! It will keep you, as Bob Dylan says, ‘forever young’ . . .
      Blessings . . .
      Peter

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  6. SalvaVenia says:

    A great power you use wisely. Never stop!

    Kindest regards from the heartland of Europe! :D

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  7. grimbeau says:

    Smoking salmon on an Island! Great stuff.

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  8. Morgan says:

    I was recently asked to participate in a blog tour and thought you might enjoy participating as well. (it’s about the writing process and current projects). There are only four questions, which you will find on my blog post, if you would like to take part. :)

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    • I’d love to . . .

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      • Morgan says:

        YAY :) I do believe all you need to is pingback to me somewhere in your post. Hope you find it as insightful and interesting I did :) Enjoy!

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      • Do I just ‘lift’ the questions from your response and then follow them with my answer? Do I then just post the answers on my about face with an introduction as you gave, giving credit to the originators of the Tour concept? ‘Do I then suggest the names of other poets inviting them to participate? I’d appreciate any help you could offer l l l Blessings, Peter

        On Sat, Jun 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM, Gathering Stones Strung on Threads wrote:

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      • Morgan says:

        I would begin with some info about the blog tour, what it is and why you are joining in. Then the questions, I just retyped mine into my post and answered them. Then yes, the persons you’d like to encourage to participate. Once you post, be sure to leave a comment for the people you’ve selected on their blog somewhere to invite them as well, like I did with you :)

        I hope this helps :) I cant wait to read more about what inspires you ;)

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  9. :) We are bread bakers and salmon smokers as well…and for the sanity? I knew there were common denominators :)

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    • Is there anything quite like the aroma of fresh baking bread? Or the cherry`wood smoke off a slowly smoking slab of fish? I don’t think so . . .

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      • Yes, the taste of it ;) We bake every bread of every style. Our neighbor salmon fishes in Canada, so we are fortunate to get some “white” ones from time to time. But we will also do lox when we have to pauper it (but with fresh bread, of course)

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    • lox is good . . . on a nice black rye bread . . . I make gravlox out of fresh sockeye . . . But I prefer steelhead out of the smoker . . . King salmon is too expensive for me and we don’t get many around here any more . . . I’ve had white Chinook salmon in Alaska . . .mmmmmmmmmmm . . . And their halibut is out of this world! But again too expensive to buy in the market . . .

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  10. cheryl622014 says:

    Just been introduced to your blog via Paul F Lenzi, I really enjoy the language and sounds and peaceful tone, well with the ones I have managed to read so far. Used to have chickens, but times change, still bake bread and cakes! Thank you

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    • Cheryl, Nice to see you following some of my verses. I too am a big fan of Paul Lenzi and always find a challenge in his writing which encourages me delve into words . . . If you’ve raised your own chickens you know how much better a fresh egg from lovingly tended hens tastes than those little white things they sell in the market! Hope you’ll visit Gathering Stones often and always find poetry that challenges you to look deeper into the ordinary events of life. Blessings . . .

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  11. Sam Rappaz says:

    I too like Cheryl found my way to your blog via Paul Lenzi. Your poetry is serene and beautiful. The most powerful emotions need not be shouted out I suppose. I am very happy that I’ll get to read more from you every day. Thank you.

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  12. Tom Nichols says:

    Gathering Stones, retired, senility?
    Far from it.
    He’s casting for sea bass in the pounding surf
    Flinging a frisbee for nickels and dimes
    A black VW Bug and a red 4X4
    going all out with the four barrel kicked in
    A smiling face offering a ride to school
    in a yellow 56 chevy pickup
    painted as bright as the sun peaking over Soda Mountain
    Lakers in the finals
    Choose faith. Don’t drink it now! Prime the pump
    Shooting doves and swearing when he missed
    A six pack, a dead snake in a lunch sack
    Banana pancakes
    Cutting calves and cattle drives
    Nope. He’s still young in my mind

    Thanks, and all the best to you and Ellen

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    • Thanks, Tom, for the surprise! And yes, we have such memories of our years in Ashland. I’ve got your email address and will send you a personal note. Thanks for your clever comments on my blog . . . Blessings!

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  13. Tom Nichols says:

    Thoughts of making a life change and images of you consoling three boys in a young pastor’s tiny office, most of a lifetime ago, led me to Googling your name. I was surprised to see you’ve become such a poet. I’ll have to begin following you. I’m a poetry in small doses kind of guy -although I have written some posted at cowboypoetry.com.

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  14. Morgan says:

    Hi Peter You may choose to participate or not, and either way its fine, but I’ve nominated you for the Five for Five challenge: find more info here on Tuesday when I post this: http://wp.me/p3C4k1-3dD

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  15. You have very quickly become one of my favourite poets – marvellous! The added quotes are a wonderful addition. :)

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    • Welcome to my random ramblings on the curious facets of our inner and outer life. And thank you for taking the time to comment which always makes a poet’s day – be they comments of celebration or correction . . .

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  16. rivrvlogr says:

    This is just a short note to let you know that my entry for Day #2 of the Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge (https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/day-two-of-the-three-days-three-quotes-challenge/) does not include your name as a nominee for the challenge, contrary to the specific rule to nominate three bloggers. ;-)
    Instead, I’ve pointed readers in the direction of three of my favorite poets here at WordPress. Needless to say, you are one of them.

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  17. Peter!

    My blogger friend, Gospel Isosceles, recommended your blog to me, telling me that I would resonate with you! Little did she know you and I are from the same place! I grew up in Stanwood and lived on Camano for a few years! Now, I am in Woodinville! Small world. And guess what else? I am a new beekeeper so your poem titled “Hive” brought such a smile to my face as I envisioned my honey-pies! I enjoy my afternoon coffee with them every single day! Looking forward to exploring more of you blog and relishing in your poetic talent!
    Blessings,

    Karyn (Koster) Schneider

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    • Hello Karyn, nice to have you ‘following’ this blog . . . Isosceles is a regular commentator, and I appreciate her passing the word on to you . . . I love the bees I see regularly in my garden and in my fruit trees, and am glad you know them . . . I’m just an old poet who can’t resist the whisperings of mother nature . . . Hope you’ll comment regularly . . . Blessings!

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  18. HemmingPlay says:

    I’ve been a writer most of my life, and even made a living at it in newspapers and in PR, but now retired and writing poetry regularly for the first time. It is definitely a pleasure and a challenge, and now it feels like I’ve merely moved to the career I always wanted to have. I’m enjoying your work.

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    • What a kind word from a fellow traveler . . . We write about little things that have vast implications. I have enjoyed reading your posts on the Poets’ Corner and look forward to reading many many more . . . Blessings on your Way . . .

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