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Friday, December 21, 2012

Keep Joy in Your Heart This Season!


I wish all of my friends a joyous season.  May you be with loved ones, and if you are journeying may you be safe.

Enjoy this special time of year and don't forget to keep joy in your heart and share it!

Blessings (And here's and Irish one!)

Wishing you always...
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire

Monday, November 12, 2012




Well, here we are again, trying to maintain a slow and steady pace to the end of the year.  Meanwhile the magnetic draw of the coming holidays is is starting to tug on my heart strings.

I absolutely love the holidays!  Thanksgiving is such a warm, family centered time, with such marvelous comfort food.  I get "fat" bumps just thinking about it!

After the big gobble-gobble, the tilt-a-whirl keeps tilting and spinning, moving us faster and faster towards the end of the year.  I adore Christmas, it's promise, and it's loving attitudes.  I just wish that folks would try to act that way when driving, waiting in line, and shopping for that perfect gift.

Personally, I am already shopping.  I don't give big gifts; I prefer the small inexpensive ones.  I like to give friends and co-workers something every year. So, I go to stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx,Ulta,  and Ross and look for collections of soaps, bath products, candles, etc.  I'll even buy items during the year if I find a deal and squirrel them away.

I assemble these collections in bags from the dollar store or cellophane bread bags, with or without tissue paper tie a ribbon and add a tag and voila!   I can even get old fashioned and bake some small loaves of bread and give them away.  I started to do this, again, last year and promise myself I will this year, too.  I have to, I found some wrappers for the small loaves on sale at one of my favorite stores!

I guess the "moral" of the story is: don't try to eat the elephant in one bite, just keep nibbling at it.  If we try to take things slowly, a step at a time, we can do this--without getting too crazed!

Have a lovely week!  Do something special for yourself, and smile at everyone--all will feel the joy!

Blessings to all!

An Old Irish Blessing

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons

bring the best to you and yours!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Catharsis of Fall

North Carolina Fall 2012

I don't know what wakes me up this time of year.  Maybe the trip to North Carolina and being jump started by the vivid colors of fall leaves.  Perhaps the October winds bring an exciting edge to living--that blast of cool air amid swirling leaves.  At any rate, I am definitely perked up and alive; my antennas  are up and responsive!

Color has long affected my moods.  Just as cool blues and earthy greens calm one's senses, vivid color awakens us.  I have used color to start the creative process;  although, I am better at distracting myself than finding that "sweet spot" when creation starts.

At any rate, there is something about a change of season that brings new beginnings and expectations.  I believe that this is a normal phenomenon that we tend to overlook with the busyness of day to day life.

Let us start this day with reviewing our many blessings and kindnesses that we have received this year.  I know my list is long, starting as always with loved ones, family, and friends--there is nothing more precious to us.

So, embrace this and the coming Winter season.  Look forward to loving each day that comes, and loving yourself.  Remember, if you don't put yourself first, no one will!

Please enjoy this poem from my latest effort, Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader, which  speaks to women regarding their inner awakenings!



 Eau de Women

Trying to make things happen with sheer will
Is a little like trying to jump-start an engine with a feather
Never-the-less, I am trying just that

Progress is slow; however there is progress
Even if that “change” is internal
And is recognized by myself and no-one else

Perhaps this is the secret revealed
Discovering a difference, an awakening within
A seed unfolding that I, myself, planted

From this seed, a flower grows
It is delicate, yet strong; gentle, yet bold
I feel this flower unfurling within me
Filling the body cavity with beauty, and purpose
I breathe deeply and inhale its heady perfume

Women-- find your heart’s seed and nurture it
Keep it safe until you are ready to blossom
Feed it hope, cradle it with love,
And let the light of your heart’s desire awaken it
Let your joy happen

Saturday, August 25, 2012


Good Morning!  Hope this finds you all well.  I have been doing enough "whining" lately.  So I am getting back to my role as your mid-life cheerleader, I thought that I would share some of my poetry from my eBook, Stranger in a Strange Skin.  

Have a wonderful and a blessed day!  Don't forget to "root" for yourself!



A Woman for All Ages

Here is a shock for you
Not all of us are moms who have led a full live
And done it all, or executives
Who have crashed the glass ceiling,
Left, and found their “true calling”

Some of us have just been
Trying to make a living as worker bees
Who buried any creative or other need
For self-expression under a load
Of work and life

It happens and time passes
I swallowed the work ethic myth hook, line and sinker
I was the “perfect” employee—hard working
Taking a personal interest in my job
My Mary Poppins’ era; But, it left nothing for me

50 opened up my eyes
I still work hard, but now I work for me
First and foremost, I take care of myself
And my responsibilities to family
Then I take a little time for me

As time passes, we need to deal with
And understand what lessons each decade teaches us
Hopefully we learn and embrace the wisdom
From our experiences, in turn
These life lessons flesh out who
We are becoming and who we grow to be

We are unfinished works of art
The book not yet completed
The half-carved sculpture
To be unveiled by the universe
And not at a time of our choosing

So let the journey unfold
And may your story be told

Friday, July 20, 2012

Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader!


Hello readers!  Yes, I am finally writing my blog and it's about time.  The occasion is the launch of my latest book, Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader.  I am so excited!

 I had epiphany at 50, realizing that it was not the end of the world—but I could see it from there.  This smack on the head by the menopause fairy motivated me to write Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader (EYIC) and a previous book on the same eye-opening midlife topic ,Water Running Downhill! Words of Empowerment for Women in Midlife

Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader reveals the feelings of change and empowerment that accompany entering that 40-60 something rite of passage for women.  EYIC contains poetry as “messages” written with a delightful sense of humor.  Some of the themes that this book speaks to include: discovering your creativity, exploring who we really are, the strength of women, quality of life, growing up—again!, gratitude, and dealing with the physical part of aging.  These messages strive to engage the reader, encouraging the emergence of their own “inner” cheerleaders!  You go girls! 
Here is a poem from the new book:

A Ms- sed Opportunity

Time to grab on to
The time that you
Have left
Reach for your treasure
With heart and soul
Your quest!

Life may have left you
Lonely and hurt
Get tough!
No one to blame for
Lost horizons

Recover your self
Tempus fugit
Be whole!
Live in the now
Your soul!

Time’s missed moments
Are meaningless
Move on!
Your stars shine brightly
Go on, capture
Your crown!

The universe offers us
Abundant gifts
Begin with love
Never be
The same!

Blessings to you!

Here are some links for the book:

Congratulations Elyssa and Brian!


Congratulations to my lovely niece and her outstanding husband on their marriage, today!  Please enjoy this poem in tribute to their love!


She: Euro-american worldly/shy, brilliant crepe suzette
He: Midwestern quiet, self-assured, intelligent  American apple pie

They meet and over time observe each other--trying one another on for size
Questions flickering in their eyes

Something sparked, tiny yet surprisingly piquant
Then, necessity/graduation separates them
And shifts them into different worlds

Over phone lines, via satellite the spark glows becoming brighter
Hours and days transpire love kindles becoming viral, blazing, scintillating

Home at last reunited on American soil
Fingers brush, lips touch, souls meld
Love is now concrete, tangible
Communication one on one without the
Invisibility of bits and bytes
They are simpatico
 Today promises will be pledged
Lives will be woven together
As a chorus of joy resounds emanating
From their souls and filling the chapel

Bonding family and friends
As vows are spoken/sung
And all are lifted up with this outpouring
From Elyssa Joy and Brian Jeffrey
And through the grace of GOD
They are wed;
Please welcome Mr and Mrs. Brian Hamm
July 21, 2012
Joan Ellen Gage