Writing 101

Writing 101 – Magic


Las Vegas, whose magic cast a spell, enchanted me to stay.
Eat, drink, play, explore, she beckoned.

The magic of her strip of dreams, fulfilled and dashed, of winners and losers.

Her bridges filled with homeless and beggars can’t spoil her brightness.

She’s like Circe, the Goddess of Magic, to whom Odysseus didn’t succumb, but remained for the feast and wine.


Writing 101 – Las Vegas series of 5 poems


Since I am visiting Las Vegas during my Writing 101 course, I decided to put assignments 1 to 5 in a Las Vegas theme.

The prompts are:
1. magic
2. reflections
3. sleep
4. seconds
5. freedom

I will post each separately and hope to be finished catching up by Monday.

Portfolio – Writing 101

Hi, dear readers of Jillypopmusic! I am back from my trip and catching up on the online course I am taking called Writing 101.

I have posted the writing assignments for my class on my other blog Portfolio. I hope you’ll check it out, perhaps leave a comment or subscribe.


Walking through Forest Hills Gardens


Yesterday was a sunny, windy, blue-skied Spring day and my boyfriend Paul and I decided to walk through Forest Hills Gardens, an uberposh private community near where we live in Queens, NY.

Forest Hills Gardens, founded in 1909, is the first planned garden community in the United States. Designed a century ago by Grosvenor Atterbury and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., Forest Hills Gardens is an oasis in the very heart of Queens. The Real Estate prices of houses for sale there are $1 million or more.

First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Forest Hills Gardens has a very unique architecture. I wish I knew more about it and may have to go back and visit the Church to ask about the gorgeous building.


I found this document from 1911, written about Forest Hills Gardens. It’s interesting to read the perspective of it from the time it was created.


I hope to explore more of Forest Hills Gardens with Paul, as we both really love it. I appreciate that we can have nice outings as a couple. I was single for a long long time. Sometimes I forget that I’m not single and in a culture that is designed for couples and families, it’s nice to sort of fit in. It’s also nice to be able to walk around holding hands, steal kisses on a bench, and for the moment, feel that everything is actually good.