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Do you love history? What about Cookies?
Do History and Cookies seriously go together?
Well, if you’re author Jo Elizabeth Pinto, they do indeed.
Head on over to the Recovering the Self blog and do a little learning while grabbing a fantastic Saturday afternoon cookie baking recipe.
Treasuring Poetry – Meet fantasy author and poet, Diana Peach and read my review of Sunwielder: An Epic Time Travel Adventure
Welcome to the first Treasury Poetry post of 2021.
Today, I am delighted to welcome fantasy author and poet, Diana Peach, who is sharing one of her own poems and discussing poetry.
Which of your own poems is your favourite?
Thanks so much for the invitation to participate in your Treasuring Poetry series, Robbie. I’m honored. I think of myself as a writer of prose and a dabbler otherwise, but I love poetry and believe no creative effort is ever wasted.
This is a super hard question! I have poems that I think are well-crafted, poems that evoke personal feelings or memories, and poems that reflect a particular time in my life. Since “I don’t know” isn’t an acceptable answer, I’ll go with this one:
Flight of faith
When I was a child, I could fly
you and I hopped in dirt-road afternoons
and the dust-wind flung us over…
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|Everything is Relative|
|Fully experiencing our own hurt is the gateway to compassion toward other human beings.
Every day we hear stories of personal suffering and loss that far exceed our own. When we compare our situations to those of people living in war-torn countries or those who have lost their homes and livelihoods to natural disasters, it is tempting to minimize our own experiences of suffering. We may feel that we don’t have a right to be upset about the breakup of a relationship, for example, because at least we have food to eat and a roof over our heads.
While awareness of the pain of others in the world can be a valuable way to keep our own struggles in perspective, it is not a legitimate reason to disregard our own pain. Disparaging your feelings as being less important than other people’s emotions leads to denial and repression. Over time, an unwillingness to experience your own feelings leads to numbness. It is as if our internal systems become clogged with our unexpressed emotions. This in no way helps other people who are suffering in the world. In fact, it may do just the opposite because when we devalue our own sorrow, we become impervious to the sorrow in others.
Fully experiencing our own hurt is the gateway to compassion toward other human beings. Feelings of loss, abandonment, loneliness, and fear are universal, and, in that sense, all feelings are created equal. Regardless of what leads us to feel the way we do, our comprehension of what it means to be human is deepened by our own experiences. Our personal lives provide us with the material we need to become fully conscious. If we reject our emotions because we think our experiences are not dramatic or important enough, we are missing out on our own humanity. We honor and value the human condition when we fully inhabit our bodies so we can experience and feel life fully. Accepting our emotions and allowing ourselves to feel them connects us to all human beings. Then, when we hear the stories of other people’s suffering, our hearts can resonate with understanding and compassion — for all of us.
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Just last evening, I purchased this book. I can’t wait to read it.
As Abbie states, even if you don’t have a guide dog, this is a book you will enjoy.
Adding to that, let me say, that I feel especially if you don’t have a guide dog, it’s a book you should read.
Because you will learn tons about guide dogs you didn’t know, while being thoroughly entertained.
Head on over and pick up this magnificent book today!
by DeAnna Quietwater Noriega
What Smashwords Says
The author’s nine guide dogs are described in loving detail: their appearance, personalities, and why each had to retire. Noriega describes her family, her life as a blind college student, and her work experience. While she accentuates the positive, she does not shy away from letting us know that there have also been more than a few negatives in her life. But touches of humor lighten every chapter.
I met DeAnna Quietwater Noriega years ago through Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled authors to which I belong. Before that, she worked with my late husband, Bill, on the Colorado Council of the Blind. I’ve enjoyed reading her poems and stories, most of which were about her guide dogs and Native American heritage. :
Fifty Years of Walking with Friends didn’t disappoint…
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Love Abbie’s play on words.
Head on over and see what she’s up to today!
My younger brother Andy loved marbles as a kid, growing up in the 1970’s. I don’t remember how he played with them, but I do know he enjoyed collecting them in different sizes and colors. At the time, our father sold and serviced coin-operated jukeboxes, games, and vending machines. One day, he gave Andy an old pin ball, larger than the average marble but still as smooth and the same shape. It was Andy’s favorite, and he called it a steely. Now, he’s lost all his marbles, but his family and teaching job keep him occupied.
Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring this post with her six-sentence story prompt for this week. The idea is to write a story or poem of no more and no less than six sentences, using the prompt word “marble,” at least once. If you’d like to participate in Girlie on the…
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What an appropriate addition to this Wonderful #WordPressWednesday afternoon!
*from One With Willows by Joan Myles copyright 2019*
the world is new
when you come back from the dead
apples are honey on your tongue
and breadcrumbs in your pocket
like the air you breathe
the world is holy again
in dawning light
whispering with hummingbirds
only faintly echoing
the shofar’s blast
the world is new
I wrote the following just a few days after the election.
I share it now, as a new leadership takes office.
Hello to All.
Today, I’d like to speak about something weighing heavily on my mind.
I’d like to speak with You about the lack of Unity in these, Our Great "United States."
I’d like to Urge All to Stop quarreling and Work Together to Find Common ground on which to Stand.
At this point, it no longer matters who You voted for, and really it no longer matters who won.
At this point, what We should All be Focusing on is trying to Heal a Broken World.
If You believe the commandment of "Love Your Neighbor as Yourselves" then I call upon You to behave so.
We Must find ways in which We can Work Together. We Must find ways to each out to those who aren’t Quite like us. Those who might be walking a different path than You or I might take.
What makes this country Great is Freedom to Choose.
If You do indeed believe in Prayer, then Pray for the Highest Good to be done for not only Our Great "United States" but for the entire World. But, when doing so don’t forget that what You Perceive as being the Highest Good, might not be what the Creator has in mind.
If You truly do have Faith, then Practice that now.
Stop insisting to have things All one way and start asking the Creator to Guide Our Way.
I Invite you to Pray with me now…
"Thank You for the sun.
Thank You now day’s begun, All Our Needs, Wants, and Desires they’re met.
Thank You for what We have and have not yet.
Thank You when day is through, We will still be We and You will still be You.
Light Our Path.
Guide Our Way.
Give Us that which to Do and Say.
So Mote It Be. Blessid Be.
Patty L. Fletcher
Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant
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Take time today to appreciate beauty –
natural beauty, art, people.
Slow down, breathe deeply, smile.
It’s a beautiful world. ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Blessed be my little witch. To those who came before and those who will come after, know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed. ~GrannyMoon
Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
Light A Candle Today!
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles…
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