Why the ocean scene?

If I’m living in the desert–and I am, why is there a beautiful ocean scene on the top of my webpage? When the designer from Cedar Fort asked me, “Is there any item or location that would typify you as a person?” (or something like that). I was quick to respond with, “I love the Oregon Coast and especially the rocky areas.” I’m not sure this particular picture is of the Oregon Coast, but I like it anyway.

I grew up in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon, about an hour’s drive from the Pacific Coast and some of my fondest memories are of spending an afternoon on the beaches there. My siblings and I played in the tide pools and splashed in the cold waves until our legs were numb. The Oregon Coast is very different from the California beaches. Forget the umbrellas and the tanning. Instead bring a jacket and see what the Pacific Ocean has offered up for the day.

My husband and I still love to vacation on the Oregon Coast and have done so for the last several years. We usually rent a house right on the beach (rocks?) and spend a week there–just refreshing my “salt water soul.” Coming from the desert, I love the rain and storms as well as the sunny days when we can fly kites and walk on the sand.

So this week I have posted my poem titled “Oregon Coast,” that won second place (and money) in the Chaparral Poetry Contest in March of 2014. I also posted a second short story, titled “Lunch at Romano’s Grill.”

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About Lorraine Jeffery

Lorraine Jeffery earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her MLIS in library science, and managed public libraries in Texas, Ohio and Utah for over twenty years. She has won poetry prizes in state and national contests and has published over thirty poems in various publications, including Clockhouse, Kindred, Calliope, Ibbetson Street,and Rockhurst Review. She has published short stories in War Cry, The Standard and Segullah. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family, Mature Years, and Utah’s Senior Review, as well as other publications.. She is the mother of ten children (eight adopted) and currently lives with her husband in Orem, Utah.

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