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Grandma's Orchard
A Harvest of Poetry
June E. Summers
ISBN: 9780917849374
Book (Paperback)
Park Point Press
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
96 pages
February 15, 2015


Welcome to My Orchard. For many years this eighty-some-year-old lady has found it easier to share her life interactions with words in written form, either prose or poetry. For years they have only been like seeds planted in the soil of book clubs, cafes, and public readings plus some that were recognized and published mainly on the Internet, but the bulk has now grown into trees and their fruits wait to be enjoyed. If fruits that have ripened are not collected and shared, they will fall to the ground. But if they are collected and cared for quickly, they can still be savored. Once they have lain on the ground without receiving any attention, everyone loses...the fruit never has a chance to fulfill its purpose. So I am offering a variety of poetic trees from which to select an assortment of life-flavored fruits . . . you just have to find and enjoy those that you relate to or have a taste for. There is no hurry. Take your time and savor some from all the different orchards. The first orchard I titled “Seedlings” because, as Phineas P. Quimby stated, “Thought like the seed germinates and comes forth, like the tree, in the form of an idea. It then waits like the fruit to be eaten.” There are a few more orchards beyond the “Seedlings” and I hope you visit them all often . . . enjoy their special fruits and share them with my blessings!

June Elizabeth Trowbridge was born August 20, 1931, at her family home in Austin, Minnesota. It was the early years of the Great Depression, when money and jobs were hard to come by. But from her perspective, June had all she needed, and family and neighborly love were abundant. Until age sixteen, June was raised by her two faith-centered parents as an only child. It was then that her sister, Grace, was born. Although June and Grace were many years apart in age--and seemingly polar opposites--their souls have always connected as one. In 1952, twenty-one-year-old June married her childhood sweetheart, Ken Summers. As a military wife she traveled the world and beheld incredible sights. June raised three incredible and unique children: two sons, Doug and Jamie, and a daughter, Kristi. They have blessed her with four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren . . . her "orchard" continues to grow. June's family is a constant reminder of how truly blessed her life has been. The love and adoration they continually give her warm her heart and inspire her being. June has been through many life changes. She suffered the loss of her daddy, who was her Oak, and then her mother soon after. She buried her husband, Ken, who was a recovering alcoholic, after forty-two years of marriage. She struggles now with COPD. Yet June senses an inner strength and purpose, and that her time on this earthly plane is not done. She feels her life is a gift that she continues to unwrap until her New Chapter begins. At eighty-three, June believes her poetic expression of life's experiences may be her greatest legacy. Her hope for readers is that they cherish the family ties that bind us all . . . through them our "orchards" grow. As you amble through Grandma's Orchard, pick a flower or two to call your own and gather a bushel of love and hope for each new day!
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