November Newsletter – Facets Exhibit Coming up,k

 Nov. 4 to Dec. 24 – Monet’s Table, Tolland, CT.

My first art exhibit for my Facets brand is fast approaching. Next week I will be setting up several black and white framed prints at Monet’s Table, in Tolland, CT. Monet’s is a wonderful place to have lunch, and they have partnered with Arts of Tolland to bring local artists’ work to the restaurant. I will have several framed prints available to purchase. Some of the art from the book include “Queen Anne’s Lace,” “Statue of Mary at the Mission Church” and “Morning On The White Pine Path.” My book, Facets: Homespun Poetry and Photography of New England, will also be available to purchase.


The menu at Monet’s is a delight for the palate. Their vegan choices include a delectable Roasted Tomato and Eggplant casserole, and seasonal choices such as Summer Squash, Wild Mushroom and Dill Lasagna during the month of July and August. They are open Wednesday through Saturday. Their hours are Wednesday through Friday for lunch from 11:30 to 2:30, and Saturday for brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They also do catering and have special teas and events at other times. Check them out if you would like to have a different sort of fare from our normal Dunkin Donuts or TGIF’s. Here are the directions to Monet’s Table.

Directions to Monet’s Table

Monet’s Table is located at: 167 Tolland Stage Road • Tolland, CT 06084 • (860) 875-7244

From Hartford, CT

Take I84 East to exit 67. At the end of the ramp take a left. At the stoplight take a right onto Route 30. Approximately 2/3 of a mile up on your left is a car wash. At this marker take a left onto Sand Hill Road, which comes to an end quickly. Take a right onto Route 74 and Monet’s Table is ¼ mile up on your left. The restaurant is a cream colored colonial farmhouse and parking is in the back of the establishment.

From Boston, MA

Take I84 West to Exit 67. At the end of the ramp take a right. At the 2nd stoplight take a right onto Route 30. Approximately 2/3 of a mile up on your left is Mr. Sparkle Car Wash. At this marker take a left onto Sand Hill Road, which comes to and end quickly. Take a right onto Route 74 and Monet’s Table is a ¼ mile up on your left. The restaurant is a cream colored colonial farmhouse and parking is in the back of the establishment.

From UConn at Storrs, CT

Take Route 195 North to the center of Tolland. (Go past the exit 68 entrance to I84) In the historical district of Tolland you will come to a stop sign in the center of the green. Bear left onto route 74 west towards Rockville and Monet’s Table is approximately 2.5 miles down on the right. (After you cross over Route 30 bear toward the right of the fork at Rockville Equipment and Monet’s Table is a ½ mile down on your right.) The restaurant is a creamed colored colonial farmhouse and parking is in the back of the establishment.

From Somers/Enfield CT Area

From route 190 take 83 south toward Ellington. Follow 83 thru Ellington to Rockville and at the intersection of route 74, take a left onto route 74 up thru Rockville past Rockville Hospital. Continue on Route 74 into Tolland and from Rockville Hospital we are approximately 2 miles up on your left. The restaurant is a creamed colored colonial farmhouse and parking is in the back of the establishment.

Where is the book?

Facets is finally finding some distribution through several websites. You can order the book through Amazon at the following link: Facets at Amazon

You may also purchase the book through Barnes and Noble. There is not a physical copy available at the Manchester store, but if you really hate to do online shopping you can purchase it as a special order at the bookstore. For online purchase, here is the link: Facets at Barnes and Noble

Future Plans

I am working on several avenues for marketing my Facets brand. I have drafted and sent out letters to all the local libraries for a lecture and poetry reading. I am also contacting senior centers as well as art organizations. I have an open invitation for a presentation at the Olli Cafe. I am still working out details with them, but as I hear back from my various inquiries, I will keep my friends and fans informed.

Have a safe and happy holiday. Hope to see some folks on Dec. 10


Facets: Homespun Poetry and Photography of New England

Final bookcover.

ISBN: 978-0-692-47537-9

Book subject: Poetry and Photography

Publication Date: September 18, 2015

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Poetry has been a part of my life from the time my mother knew of my impending birth. She read poems to me at night while I rested comfortably in the dark, warm chambers of that secret place called the womb. Her favorite poet was Longfellow.
My father enjoyed Robert Burns and read his poetry in his best Scottish brogue. His favorite style of poetry, though, was the Limerick. He made them up seemingly out of the air. His fondness for the Limerick added a fantastic humor to our daily lives and encouraged my brother, sister and I to create our own rhymes.
People paid my father to come up with Limericks on the spot at bars and restaurants. The Limerick he wrote and won a contest for went like this:

There was a young lady named Perkins.
She had a great fondness for gherkins.
She went to a tea
And ate 23
And pickled her internal workins.
Richard Pride Sundgren

Poetry is part of the fabric of my family and we found numerous ways to incorporate it into our daily activities. Singing the blues with rhyme and heart as we swung on the swings in our yard was one of our favorite poetic expression. Another was an incessant variety of knock knock jokes that kept us laughing and lighthearted. Next to Burns and Longfellow was the Good Book, which is full of the best poetry ever written. The sturdy, practical love of being a Connecticut Yankee and a deeply Christian family got us through many trials during the 60’s and 70’s.
My first published poem was “Autumn Nocturne.” It appeared in a 1986 state anthology, Connecticut The Beautiful, and I include it in this collection. It appeared in a national anthology through the American Poetry Society in 1987. That ignited a flame that has never gone out. Several more poems and essays appeared in college and Christian publications.
When my daughter was in my womb, I read Longfellow and Burns to her, as well as many of the best British classic poets such as Blake and Tennyson. That began her lifelong love for the genre, and she has her own collection of published works that have appeared in various college publications.
Facets is a concept collection I have termed homespun poetry because it gathers the warmth of family, history, and generational presence in New England. It is a concept because it is written in sections that reflect some facets of the chosen “chapter.” The work is interconnected and flows through a natural passage of life experiences. All the poems come from the New England landscape, but especially that of Connecticut. Several use our hometown of Tolland, Connecticut as a backdrop for place and perspective. The topography of Tolland is filled with rolling hills. There are marshes, rivers and lakes and forested trails and parks. It is also a place of farms, some that have been in the town since it was settled in 1715.
I am a collector of local lore and history and the mysteries our stonewalls and shaded forests guard. Several of the pieces I include in this book explore those mysteries and puzzlements of our region. Poems such as “The Weeds” and “Evening Song of the Leatherman” are two in particular that call upon facts and use creative imagination to convey the story. They both touch upon love and friendship as well as a personal relationship with God, honor, and glory. Facets is primarily about love, though; not the kind of romantic love that most people think of, but the many facets that love encompasses. There is the love of nature; love of family; love of childhood; love of pets; love of friendship, and responsible love as our parent’s age and we become the parent to them.
Camera’s and photography were another passion of our family. My father loved taking pictures until his old bellows camera stopped working. That did not matter to me. I was drawn to that dead camera with a natural curiosity. I constantly had it with me, pretending to take photos. From the age of 2, I rarely was found without that camera in my hand or up against my eye as I composed through the screen. A beautiful blending occurs between the art of poetry and the art of photography.
The black and white photos I have paired the poems with are my choices to convey a visual embodiment of the poetry. Often the image stands alone as a poem, without any need for words. A philosophy comes out on occasion with the short prose style quotes I have combined with some of the photos. I shot many of the photos around my hometown of Tolland, CT.
I hope you enjoy the labor of love I present in this book. Poetry comes from the heart. We will write and speak it as long as there are people who love, who go through hard times, or who just need to know that they are not alone with their joys and their agonies. Love is the truth of who we are in all its goodness, its passions, its losses; its facets.
The facets of our lives, of course,
All differ from each others.
A million storms and rainbows
Formed our fathers and mothers.

The photographs contained herein
Are portions of the poems
That race apace the light of day
To consecrate our homes.

And everyone we’ve known and loved
And all we’ve done and seen
Are met among the images of
People we have been.

These facets are my own, I know,
But some of them are yours.
So take a look, enjoy the book
For all that art endures!

-Julyn S. Pride

About the Author:

Julyn S. Pride

Julyn S. Pride is a pseudonym for Connecticut writer/photographer June L. Mita. June is proud of her New England heritage and created her name to honor those roots. The Prides are a very old family from Maine, and were some of the earliest settlers of Windham County. Many of her family still remains there.
Her first published poem, “Autumn Nocturne,” appeared in an anthology entitled Connecticut The Beautiful. It also appeared in American Poetry Anthology edited by John Frost.
Her essays,” Lesson of the Beetle” and “The Power of Imaging in Prayer and Healing appeared in Puck. A publication through Cardiff University in Wales, it introduced the international community to her philosophy called natruism.
As June Mita, she wrote as a freelance journalist/photojournalist for several Connecticut newspapers, including the Journal Inquirer, based in Manchester, CT.
Her photography has won numerous awards and prizes at local art shows and fairs. She also participated in a Connecticut photography project called Market Roots, through the Coventry Regional Farmers Market. She received her photography training through the New York Institute of Photography.
She makes her home in Tolland County. Connecticut with her husband, Michael, her daughter Kathleen, and her cat Coal.