POETRY IN MOTION: Faith in my Forties

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Poetry seemed like an impossibility when I was barely thirty and raising a young family. My new year’s resolutions were the closest thing to poetry I had written for some time when my mom, an artist and author, (part poet, part prophet) gave me a book by an acquaintance of hers who had written about … Continue reading

GRACE: the Game Changer

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I’m not much of an athlete, or one for competitive sports in general. I don’t mind athletic activities or sports that are just for fun (no points) like swimming, hiking, cycling, scuba diving. When and if I exercise (you know, like on purpose) I prefer the stretching and balancing kind; think yoga, Pilates or big … Continue reading

POETRY | Saturday

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wild watermelon hard candy my favorite flavor tastes like happy to me   like sunshine clear skies and good tunes on long country drives all alone   books filling bookshelves and not checking e-mail both make me smile on the inside   saturday morning coffee with a good friend and fresh air weekends   laughter … Continue reading

Beach Day

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Bright blue beach umbrellas.  Hot sand between my toes, walking toward the welcoming water.  Dark wash jeans rolled up, wide cuff just above ankles transform into shorts just above knees; flip-flop sandals slip into each back pocket. Bent over the dancing shallow water searching for seashells. Surf boards.  Sparkling water.  Sand pipers in the shallows. I’m pulled into … Continue reading

Day Tripping

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I am writing from the oldest city in America, Saint Augustine, Florida; founded in 1565. It is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European and African-American origin in the United States. I am seated at a small table for two, although I am alone, at the Gypsy Cab. Co. Gypsy, as the locals call it, … Continue reading

Sunday Snapshots

It is Sunday and the sun is shining here in central Florida.  The past few days have been cool and dreary with overcast skies and rain; lots of rain.  But today I awoke feeling refreshed and energized.  When I went to pull back the curtains what did I find but blue skies with fat puffy … Continue reading

Saturday Morning Sunshine

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“I love the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans.  It smells like novels waiting to be written; the promise of a paragraph paused mid sentence or sip.” These are the words that fall from my lips as I

Why I Don’t Like Labels

I don’t like labels, of any variety.  I peel them off water bottles and cut them off my sweaters.  When I write, I turn my pen so I don’t see the imprinted brand; reading those words distracts me from the words I’m trying to write.  They irritate me in so many ways.  In clothing they … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Mick Mooney: Head and Heart

Head and Heart: Mick Mooney quote

“The whole world works in such a way that we are continually dragged away from our hearts to live in our heads. The problem with this is that our heads make decisions largely influenced by a mixture of fear and the pursuit of a comfortable, safe life. But our hearts are the fearless kind, our … Continue reading

POETRY | More or Less

More or Less Poem

Whether consciously or not I’m unable to say but more than vaguely and less than obviously you drew me in.   Side winding your way through my cluttered reality you covered my soul, yet without crowding me.   You withdrew without leaving me entirely alone.   Whether painlessly or not you’re unable to say, really … Continue reading

Children’s Book Week 2013

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As Children’s Book Week comes to a close for this year I thought it might be of some interest to give an overview of what we have been reading in our home.  The Canadian Children’s Book Week was observed the first week of May here in our part of the globe but the original celebration, … Continue reading

RECIPE: My Favorite Guacamole

Best Guacamole Recipe

Here is a recipe I thought I would post to the blog after receiving the following e-mail last week: Hi. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful sunshine we are having.  Feels so good just to have the warmth on your skin. When you have a chance. Can you post your recipe for your  guacamole dip? All the … Continue reading

Of Silence, The Sunshine State, Favorite Songs & Saving Stories

Seagull

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe Pick one: a. Blog identity crisis b. Writer’s block c. Hiatus d. Extended vacation e.  All of the above BTW, the answer is e.  “all of the above” and I’ll tell you more about it so just keep reading. It’s good to be back!  Did ya miss me? *grin* So where … Continue reading

Pondering the Pensees by Blaise Pascal

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Blaise Pascal was a 17th century philosopher and mathematician who lived from 1623-1662 and died at the relatively young age of 39.  As a home educator who allows her children the freedom to learn at home I was intrigued to discover that Pascal was also educated entirely at home with his father.  Some of his … Continue reading

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