Today I am psyched to help promote a new book co-written by John Howell and Gwen Plano. They are both wonderful people and writers, and their new novel is definitely on topic for the time we live in. Read on for more about ... The CONTRACT between heaven and earth By John W. Howell &… Continue reading A Dynamic Duo of Authors: The Contract by John W. Howell & Gwen M. Plano is now available!
Circumstances of Childhood. A new novel by John W. Howell!
Shipping on October 1st. Priced at $0.99 for the introduction. This is a different story for John. It is in the Family Life genre and tells the story of brotherly love, riches to rags, and redemption with a little paranormal thrown in. Normally John writes thrillers but this time he has stepped into a different… Continue reading Circumstances of Childhood. A new novel by John W. Howell!
Scars: A Portrait of Life
Here is a powerful essay by an extraordinary woman. For any woman who lives with a scarred body, this essay is a must-read.
I’ve been revisiting my issues around my own scars, what they mean to me, what they say about me, how can I see them as beautiful since I have no choice but to live with them because they will never fade away. After reading Dana’s essay, I think I can now embrace them.
The first question on the intake questionnaire was, “Why have you decided to have boudoir portraits taken now?” My first thought was, Why has it taken me so long? After everything my body has been through, it is long overdue. I’m not getting any younger, after all. I’ve already begun to list the organs I have left that I am able to live without.
During my senior year in high school, I performed in a play of one-act monologues: Talking With, by Jane Martin. My monologue was called “Marks”. A woman, unmarked by life, is cut by a suitor in a parking lot. Surprisingly, her scar would bring confidence. So she began to wear her life upon her skin, tattoos for those who touched her. Little did I comprehend the prophetic nature of those words as I spoke them.
I want to celebrate the body I have today, battered and…
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A Confession and a Book Review: Kin Types by Luanne Castle #bookreview #poetry
First, the confession: I've been away in body as well as in mind. For two years my husband had been planning this road trip. For one year, it's been almost an obsession with him and then with me. And, into the mix, as if it weren't enough to be planning and obsessing over a road… Continue reading A Confession and a Book Review: Kin Types by Luanne Castle #bookreview #poetry
Living in the Moment: Frida Kahlo and Life #MondayBlogs #FridaKahlo
Some time ago my husband and I went south to visit my 93-year-old mother who is spending the winter with my 72-year-old sister. I note their ages because in their presence I often feel like a 12-year-old, not the 59-year-old I really am. Believe me, the 59-year-old struggles to be free! To be honest, we… Continue reading Living in the Moment: Frida Kahlo and Life #MondayBlogs #FridaKahlo
You’ve Got A Friend #CaroleKing #ShaniaTwain #CelineDion #GloriaEstefan
A classmate in my online course, Literature and Mental Health (FutureLearn) shared this YouTube video with me. I love, love, love Carole King and love, love, love this song. Just have to share it with all my friends. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaVcN5ecCCE
I can think of no one who inspires me more to embrace life, to find joy when I'm at my lowest, to know that when I can't change the circumstance, I can still change my perspective. Through her example, she has taught me that even though I've gone through some rough times, I've gained more… Continue reading Reblog: Hope
MEMOIRS OF A DILETTANTE VOLUME TWO – COVER REVEAL!
My favorite dilettante has a new volume of "memoirs" coming soon. Who cares if her stories are fact or fiction? They are always decisively entertaining. Cover art by Hastywords COMING SPRING 2015 -- official date TBA Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume Two is the second collection of reminiscences, following Helena Hann-Basquiat, a self-proclaimed dilettante who… Continue reading MEMOIRS OF A DILETTANTE VOLUME TWO – COVER REVEAL!
I Interrupt My Hiatus to Forward This Important Message
I am back from vacation (and already having problems with WordPress but that's another post). And I'm still on hiatus from blogging as I (grudgingly) resume the daily grind. But when I saw this post from Cate Russell-Cole, I had to break my silence. It chills me that we might have lost Cate this summer. … Continue reading I Interrupt My Hiatus to Forward This Important Message
I Really Should Be Writing, But …
"But a good writing day ought to be simply any day you worked. ... The hell with all that anxiety about what may or may not come when you do work. Quit expecting it to dance for you. It's not about you, finally. It's about itself." Richard Bausch, The Writer's Chronicle, March/April 2014, p. 20… Continue reading I Really Should Be Writing, But …