About Me

Paul F. LenziRetired insurance company executive. New Jersey born and bred, I’m the son of Italian immigrants. I’ve commuted to a hectic professional career in Manhattan, I’ve traveled the world, and now enjoy the lush forested mountains and blissful tranquility of quaint New Hampshire. I married my dear bride forty-eight years ago, and we are blessed with three children and eleven grandchildren.

I hold to traditional values of family, faith and country. I’m an old school, conservative, flag waving, spirited patriot. I’m a student of philosophy and politics. I build model clipper ships, collect stamps, shoot guns, and explore New England’s country lanes. I enjoy a good game of chess, poker, or pool. I am a voracious reader and, now that time permits, an aspiring writer.

I am drawn to people with character, conviction, compassion and integrity. I’m repelled by farceurs, incompetence and the self-absorbed.

There is no unifying theme to this blog. My poetry is eclectic, possibly even quirky. My polemics are judgmental and unapologetic. My prose is thoughtful and, hopefully, cogent.

All of my writing is unschooled but heartfelt. Some of it is for fun, allowing me to experiment with words and ideas. Some of it vents my emotion and is therein therapeutic. All of it has the quality of subjective truth and authentically conveys who and what I am. Simply put, my writing reflects my imagination and life experience. Disabling disease shadows much of that experience.

Feel free to leave comments on any post. And please check out “My Books” page at https://poesypluspolemics.com/books/.

916 comments on “About Me

  1. Paul, thank you for stopping by my blog and ‘liking’ my poem ‘Strange Feeling’. It is a short inspired remembrance of my father. His name was David Lindsay (Lindsey) which I believe is pronounced much like yours. I’m sure my family came by the name differently. We are also New Englanders with my parents settling in Boston where I was born. Thanks again & cheers!

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  2. Paul —

    Thank you for your visits to my blog; I have found them very encouraging. Your life has brought you to writing in a most interesting way — and isn’t it great to have writing in these later years?

    I found the images and feelings in “Covenant” a fascinating commentary on the concept itself. Also very likely a deeply inward autobiography.

    Maureen O’Hern

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  3. As I know you have published many of your books (Bravo!), I have a question re CreateSpace. Do you know if it’s possible to pay for self-publishing with an Amazon credit card, since it’s an Amazon Company? I’m just in the “dreaming stage” of my project, and without registering on their site, I was unable to find an answer. Thank you in advance for your time and attention.

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  4. Hullo! I have absolutely no idea how you could find a blog (Sketches and Vignettes from la Dordogne) written from the depth of South-Western countryside France,that is usually rambling and meandering, part diary, part book reviews (critics) but whose owner (I) decided on a whim, last Sunday, to open its blank posts to her friends from Facebook and her various blog platforms… This is kind of you to have stopped by. But as far as Federica Galetto is concerned, she is not mere reader turned blogger but a true blogger, pot and artist. Thank you to have put a “star” by her post: she is more important than my usual garble! 🙂

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  5. O but I truly enjoyed your About. Quote, “I am drawn to people with character, conviction, compassion and integrity. I’m repelled by farceurs, incompetence and the self-absorbed.” I smiled reading that paragraph–my exact sentiments. Much to tell in that respect. Even so? The whole About? Reminded me of my own values. What an honor is your visit. Hope to see you again. 🙂

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  6. Hi Paul! I do love how you constructed your ‘About Me’ page. I must say it’s creatively honest…your words might be creatively woven but we can sense so much honesty in it! I can really relate to what you have written there! Keep it up! By the way, thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post “Master of Procrastination”. 😊

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  7. Hello! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking “A Deep Longing”, I appreciate the support. Oh! and I really like your blog, love your poems. I’m officially a follower 🙂

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  8. Hold to traditional values of family, and old school values yes ! I am interested in philosophy too and a voracious reader from childhood. Used to collect stamps not now. Value integrity and extremely compassionate. I have dedicated my life for service and, sharing my journey, how I recovered from 15 years of long term depression, for the benefit of others. Thank you for liking my little poem. Many Blessings of Love and Light 🙂 ❤

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  9. Thank you for visiting my blog! I am new to the world of blogging and writing; something that I have always wanted to do but never got around to until recently. I have read some of your poetry and there are beautifully written and thought-provoking; I am looking forward to reading more soon 🙂 Keep up the brilliant work.

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  10. Paul —

    Thank you for your seal of approval on my post yesterday (about my three little neighbors). I had to chuckle when I saw you there because I thought of your photo of “La Famiglia” and how you most certainly would be one who would know about those active, lively little legs.

    Maureen O’Hern

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  11. Thank you for liking my poems. Your likes are very encouraging. Frankly, I am honoured that a renowned poet like you finds the time to read and like my poems.I am currently going through your poetry and I am loving it.

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  12. Thank you so much Paul for taking time to stop by my blog and liking my poem “Colour of You” ! Means a lot for a beginner like me who has just got into blogging. From being an introvert to an extremely reluctant writer who has now plunged into public forum with her poetry creations….I am nervous yet excited !

    Your work is amazing and I am in love with your poetry….I eagerly look forward to reading more of your writings. Hope you would keep sparing time to read my poems and I would very much appreciate your feedback on them.

    Thanks again and my very best to you for all your endevours !!

    Cheers !!
    Chhaya 🙂

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  13. Paul, for years I have been writing poetry, and for years you have been nice enough to read it and like some of it. I know when I write a good poem, and that’s when you like it. You’re my barometer when it comes to me knowing if I’m doing well. Thanks. C.S. Grit

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  14. Paul, I have a question for you. I ask it not because I see that I could be great, but because I see how I struggle, so I ask this question very humbly. I write, I love to write, in my opinion, it is what I do best. I do not get social media, nor marketing, nor do I envision myself making a lot of money doing what I love to do. My question to you is this: what is a writer, a poet to do, when what they do best is write, but find that their words are not read as much as they’d like. Is it enough to create/to write/to produce what you’re lucky enough to make, or is there more? And by more, I do not mean money, but a further spread of that artist’s words. Thanks – CSG

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    • You ask important questions, but they are difficult to answer because those answers really depend on you. As for me, I write primarily for myself and I self-publish primarily for my family and friends. This is more than satisfying for me. However, I find this WordPress platform is an excellent place to attract a wider readership. It is populated by an extraordinary number of fellow writers and poets and poetry readers. I consider myself fortunate to have attracted about 14,000 followers to my blog. It was slow going during the first year or two, but it eventually picked up and I continue to see new readers signing on every day. I don’t do marketing either, and I’ve long since ceased to submit poem after poem to traditional publishing sources. My best recommendation is to read, read, read. By reading other WordPress authors and commenting, you will naturally attract their curiosity about your own site. I am also a member of several poetry societies that provide useful networks. As to my books, I’m now working on my 21st. I don’t sell a great number. They are essentially a legacy for my grandchildren. But I do donate copies to municipal and school libraries that I’ve been connected to in my life.

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    • C.S, I do not reply to your comment – question – you put to Paul, but if I may comment. If what you write is good, or appeals to others, a readership will follow. Remember though – I speak now of poetry only – many of the finest poems ever written are the ones lived and never penned. Keep doing what you love to do. WRITE!

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  15. Inspiring, profound and better still, so beautifully simple! Thank you, Paul, for your comments/likes on my meagre little ‘wordpress’ site!!! I’ll make an effort to Learn how to upload. Mille Grazie!

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      • That will be great. The pleasure too is mine, exploring your site!I have so many more poems and many travel pieces with photos….taken from Ireland…Uganda…Ethiopia…India…New Zealand, to upload. However, I am a slow learner so need a ‘little help from my friends’… 🙂

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