RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Challenge #33 Fame&War

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Thanks to Ron of Ronovan Writes for hosting this wonderful haiku event every week.

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(Image Credit: Anne Frank)

A reputation –

wrought by a child’s written script,

a life killed by war.

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Thanks for popping in for a visit.  I always look forward to seeing you!

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The Clinic-Photo Rehab 21

Lucile De Godoy’s Photo Rehab is the perfect place for me to share my photos of my creative room garden.  The violets and Christmas/Easter Cactus burst forth this morning in glorious bloom after several days of dark and cold here in Pensacola, Florida.

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The colors are vibrant and intense and are surely foretelling the future of spring, right around the corner.

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Happy Friday Friends!  Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to.  I can’t wait to see you all again!

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Mindful Monday–Self Compassion

Mindful Monday

For me, being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to.  This week I want to talk about my path towards mindful compassion.

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Last week, many of us celebrated the idea behind compassion by participating in an event called, 1000 Voices for Compassion.  That got me to thinking about self compassion and how that figures into the mindful equation.

I am a student of mindfulness.  I do not have all the answers for me, or anyone else.  Rather, I learn as I go, much like the rest of us in this world.  However, I strive towards improvement.  I want to be a mindful person, so that requires me to broach the subject with myself daily.

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I try to be an observer of my own actions.  Trying to be non-judgmental of other people is a lesson learned all on its own.  No matter how hard I try, there is always something in my past, or a past experience that can color my attitude and cause me to be judgmental.  I had to recognize this aspect of my behavior and come to grips with it.  Realization is a powerful tool in the changing of behaviors.  It took a long time for me to learn to live, and let live.

That is the whole idea about mindfulness.  I try to be authentic and speak from my heart. I embrace new experiences and try to learn what I can from them.  I try to think before I speak – I try to, but sometimes I put my foot in my mouth and swallow half of my leg.  Which then, requires me to accept my behavior, learn from it and move on.

I did well last week by practicing my mindful eating habits.  It led to weight loss because I acted with mindful intention and did not eat unconsciously.  Ahhhhh,  another lesson learned.

Be Positive

How are you progressing with your mindful goals this week?

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.

Peace and Joy to everyone this week,

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Mindful Monday–Self Compassion

Mindful Monday

For me, being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to.  This week I want to talk about my path towards mindful compassion.

miracles

Image credit: healthy spirituality.org

Last week, many of us celebrated the idea behind compassion by participating in an event called, 1000 Voices for Compassion.  That got me to thinking about self compassion and how that figures into the mindful equation.

I am a student of mindfulness.  I do not have all the answers for me, or anyone else.  Rather, I learn as I go, much like the rest of us in this world.  However, I strive towards improvement.  I want to be a mindful person, so that requires me to broach the subject with myself daily.

Mindful living 101

Image credit: Watersedge

I try to be an observer of my own actions.  Trying to be non-judgmental of other people is a lesson learned all on its own.  No matter how hard I try, there is always something in my past, or a past experience that can color my attitude and cause me to be judgmental.  I had to recognize this aspect of my behavior and come to grips with it.  Realization is a powerful tool in the changing of behaviors.  It took a long time for me to learn to live, and let live.

That is the whole idea about mindfulness.  I try to be authentic and speak from my heart. I embrace new experiences and try to learn what I can from them.  I try to think before I speak – I try to, but sometimes I put my foot in my mouth and swallow half of my leg.  Which then, requires me to accept my behavior, learn from it and move on.

I did well last week by practicing my mindful eating habits.  It led to weight loss because I acted with mindful intention and did not eat unconsciously.  Ahhhhh,  another lesson learned.

Be Positive

How are you progressing with your mindful goals this week?

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.

Peace and Joy to everyone this week,

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Word Snap Weekly

For my Word Snap Weekly challenge this week, sponsored by Amanda of Unique Art Chic, I would like to add a Tanka poem to celebrate warmer temperatures (for today only) and the return to fog and rainy mornings here in Pensacola, Florida.

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What is a Tanka, you ask?  Here is what The Poem Workshop says:

  • A tanka must be EXACTLY 5 lines.
  • The lines must follow the 5-7-5-7-7 format.
    • The 1st & 3rd lines contain 5 syllables.
    • All remaining lines contain 7 syllables.
  • A tanka usually expresses a mood, thought, or feeling.
  • A tanka does not have to rhyme.

Have a fabulous Sunday everyone.  I will see you all again,

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“If Only” Welcome Norma Budden

I would like to introduce you to Norma Budden, the author of the exciting new book called, “If Only.”  I recently had the pleasure of reading her new book and reviewing it.

BOOK REVIEW BY @COLLEENCHESEBRO OF “IF ONLY” @NORMABUDDEN

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Title: “If Only”

Author: Norma Budden

ASIN: B00S4GV7OU

Website: http://normasbooks.com

Published: February 14th 2015 by Smashwords Edition

Pages: 204 pages

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review, which follows.

Demi and David first meet in high school, where they fell in love at a young age. In no time, Demi is pregnant and decides to hide the truth from David about their child, because she does not want to influence his decision to go to college to become a private investigator. Instead, Demi takes it upon herself to have the child and give her up for adoption. This decision comes at a price to Demi’s psyche. Years later, she begins to have visions of her daughter, and feels an unexplainable need to find her child now, at any cost.

Compromising matters further, Demi is married to another man and has two children with him. Searching for her daughter has brought no leads from the current investigators, so Demi turns to the only man she knows will help her find their daughter – David, her lost love from long ago, who is now a successful private investigator.

Demi finally tells David about their daughter. David is also married to someone else with two children of his own. Breaking the news to their spouses creates a story of intrigue and suspense with more twists and turns along the way.

Sharing in the story, is the child herself, Renee who feels she cannot connect with her parents, and never has. Always the outsider, Renee wonders as an only child, if she was adopted. Before long, Renee starts having dreams and experiences an uncontrollable urge to meet a strange man – her father, David.

As events unravel, Demi and David tumble through a maze of second chances, reconciliations, and realize many losses along the way. Eventually they find the love of a real family.

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Image credit: Norma Budden

I felt great empathy for Demi and David, as they longed for the child they never knew. It was important that each character felt the pull of Renee, the missing link to their family unit, and the author was able to convey that message to the reader. I was drawn to the paranormal aspect of the dreams that Demi, David and Renee shared. I felt like there was an unforeseen force willing them all to find each other to complete their family.

“If Only,” tugs at your heart, and I found myself rooting for them all to find each other and become the family they were meant to be. Even though some of the events were predictable, and much time was spent inside the heads of the characters; I found myself caught up in the over powering human desire of ‘belonging’ that the author conveyed in her telling of the story.

This was an uplifting story of change and growth between two adults who felt the need to atone for decisions made as young adults. Our past always follows us, and Norma Budden leads her readers on a journey of love and acceptance one will not soon forget.

RATINGS
Realistic Characterization: 4/5
Made Me Think: 3/5
Overall enjoyment: 4/5
Readability: 3/5
Recommended: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.0

Buy it at: Amazon
Format & Pricing:
Paperback: $9.99 US
Kindle: $2.99 US

Goodreads

This excerpt is from Norma’s Amazon author page where you can learn more about her and other books she has written:

“Norma Budden currently makes her home in Arctic Canada where she has lived for more than two decades. Administration Manager by day and writer/mother/grandmother by night, Norma knows what it’s like to be busy and appreciates moments of solitude, perhaps, more than the average person.

Though Norma’s first serious attempts at writing involved poetry and song, she later went on to write non-fiction titles. However, over recent years, her truest passion seems to be in writing stories to appeal to readers’ emotions, with a touch of mystery and romance built into the stories.

Some of Norma’s greatest passions in life are reading, writing, traveling and taking photos. She enjoys spending time with friends and spending time in the great outdoors.

You can learn more about what is happening in her world by visiting http://www.normasbooks.com.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I was happy to share Norma’s wonderful book with all of you,

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“If Only” Welcome Norma Budden

I would like to introduce you to Norma Budden, the author of the exciting new book called, “If Only.”  I recently had the pleasure of reading her new book and reviewing it.

BOOK REVIEW BY @COLLEENCHESEBRO OF “IF ONLY” @NORMABUDDEN

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Title: “If Only”

Author: Norma Budden

ASIN: B00S4GV7OU

Website: http://normasbooks.com

Published: February 14th 2015 by Smashwords Edition

Pages: 204 pages

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review, which follows.

Demi and David first meet in high school, where they fell in love at a young age. In no time, Demi is pregnant and decides to hide the truth from David about their child, because she does not want to influence his decision to go to college to become a private investigator. Instead, Demi takes it upon herself to have the child and give her up for adoption. This decision comes at a price to Demi’s psyche. Years later, she begins to have visions of her daughter, and feels an unexplainable need to find her child now, at any cost.

Compromising matters further, Demi is married to another man and has two children with him. Searching for her daughter has brought no leads from the current investigators, so Demi turns to the only man she knows will help her find their daughter – David, her lost love from long ago, who is now a successful private investigator.

Demi finally tells David about their daughter. David is also married to someone else with two children of his own. Breaking the news to their spouses creates a story of intrigue and suspense with more twists and turns along the way.

Sharing in the story, is the child herself, Renee who feels she cannot connect with her parents, and never has. Always the outsider, Renee wonders as an only child, if she was adopted. Before long, Renee starts having dreams and experiences an uncontrollable urge to meet a strange man – her father, David.

As events unravel, Demi and David tumble through a maze of second chances, reconciliations, and realize many losses along the way. Eventually they find the love of a real family.

clip_image004

Image credit: Norma Budden

I felt great empathy for Demi and David, as they longed for the child they never knew. It was important that each character felt the pull of Renee, the missing link to their family unit, and the author was able to convey that message to the reader. I was drawn to the paranormal aspect of the dreams that Demi, David and Renee shared. I felt like there was an unforeseen force willing them all to find each other to complete their family.

“If Only,” tugs at your heart, and I found myself rooting for them all to find each other and become the family they were meant to be. Even though some of the events were predictable, and much time was spent inside the heads of the characters; I found myself caught up in the over powering human desire of ‘belonging’ that the author conveyed in her telling of the story.

This was an uplifting story of change and growth between two adults who felt the need to atone for decisions made as young adults. Our past always follows us, and Norma Budden leads her readers on a journey of love and acceptance one will not soon forget.

RATINGS
Realistic Characterization: 4/5
Made Me Think: 3/5
Overall enjoyment: 4/5
Readability: 3/5
Recommended: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.0

Buy it at: Amazon
Format & Pricing:
Paperback: $9.99 US
Kindle: $2.99 US

Goodreads

This excerpt is from Norma’s Amazon author page where you can learn more about her and other books she has written:

“Norma Budden currently makes her home in Arctic Canada where she has lived for more than two decades. Administration Manager by day and writer/mother/grandmother by night, Norma knows what it’s like to be busy and appreciates moments of solitude, perhaps, more than the average person.

Though Norma’s first serious attempts at writing involved poetry and song, she later went on to write non-fiction titles. However, over recent years, her truest passion seems to be in writing stories to appeal to readers’ emotions, with a touch of mystery and romance built into the stories.

Some of Norma’s greatest passions in life are reading, writing, traveling and taking photos. She enjoys spending time with friends and spending time in the great outdoors.

You can learn more about what is happening in her world by visiting http://www.normasbooks.com.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I was happy to share Norma’s wonderful book with all of you,

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Writing 201: Poetry–Through a Fog of Tears

Day Five: Fog, Elegy, Metaphor

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I knew when you were gone it would be hard to see you again –

ever in that same way.

I cried when you made the choice to leave.

I let you go like silken strands slipping from my waiting arms

blowing in a heavy breeze.

I felt your presence leave as my heart tried so hard to cleave.

I knew our time was past, our days were gone.  We were through.

I sighed and let the memories of you flow like a gentle rain

through a fog of tears and forever pain.

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I am not sure that I understand the elegiac couplets, so this is my humble offering instead.

Thank you all for your encouragement and inspiration!

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Writing 201: Poetry–Through a Fog of Tears

Day Five: Fog, Elegy, Metaphor

fog in am

I knew when you were gone it would be hard to see you again –

ever in that same way.

I cried when you made the choice to leave.

I let you go like silken strands slipping from my waiting arms

blowing in a heavy breeze.

I felt your presence leave as my heart tried so hard to cleave.

I knew our time was past, our days were gone.  We were through.

I sighed and let the memories of you flow like a gentle rain

through a fog of tears and forever pain.

2015 © Copyright-All rights reserved www.silverthreading.com

I am not sure that I understand the elegiac couplets, so this is my humble offering instead.

Thank you all for your encouragement and inspiration!

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