My Poetic Path

my journey…shared in poems, prose and photos

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These Halcyon Days….


                                warmth of summer sun                                 

                                       butterfly basks in the glow                                       

 breaks free, flies alone

This photo and haiku (the haiku is one I wrote) always bring to mind “halcyon days” for me.

     I just ♥  the word: halcyon

The warmth, the calm and tranquil beauty of a butterfly, basking in the sun. 
We are currently enjoying “halcyon days” here in BC, sunny and warm fall weather; so beautiful. 
Yesterday, I was out and about in a sleeveless dress, late in the afternoon!! That’s a warm October, for here in Canada. ;-)


1. A kingfisher, especially one of the genus Halcyon.
2. A fabled bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was supposed to have had the power to calm the wind and the waves while it nested on the sea during the winter solstice.
1. Calm and peaceful; tranquil.
2. Prosperous; golden: halcyon years.
Definition courtesy of :The Free Dictionary
Butterfly photo courtesy of: Flickr


The Autumn Leaves (haiku, movie and song) :-)

I ♥ movies from the 40s and 50s!

We were watching a Joan Crawford movie last night: Humoresque (so sad but wonderful) and this haiku and archive post came to mind. 

The Autumn Leaves is a song that I often have running through my mind, especially this time of year. As I mention in this post, it was also a Nat King Cole tune, that my beloved Grandma cherished.

And the movie of the same name is also one that I have never forgotten.Quite a “racy” film for its time (1956) and definitely with some disturbing content.

But, if you are a fan of Joan Crawford and/or movies from the 40s/50s like I am, do check this one out.

It also features a young and oh, so handsome Cliff Robertson.  Also starring, Lorne Greene in a role that is far removed from his later, fatherly image at the Ponderosa Ranch in the Bonanza TV Series. ;-) He’s a real naughty boy in this one!

Have a Wonderful Autumn Day and Hope You Are Enjoying Sunshine Where You Are! :-)

It’s Still Lovely and Warm, Here In BC. 


Why I’m Back at Lumosity :-)


Lumosity, have you given it a try? ;-)

Originally posted on VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS:

A few years ago, I postedthis reviewabout Lumosity, a popular brain-training site. 

After I posted that review at My Real Life Reviews, I continued with the program for just over a year.

I found it helpful and saw a definite improvement in my brain functioning overall.

But what I didn’t enjoy at that time was the same games showing up for my training sessions, again and again and again. I wrote to Lumosity customer service about this issue a couple of times and was assured by them that they were working on several new games and that they would be available to their members in the near future.

But that didn’t happen as quickly as I hoped and after a while, I got to a point that I was so bored by the repetition of these same games and gave up my membership.

But in the past few…

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Fabulous, Festive Fall Has Arrived! :-)

It’s officially Autumn!

Don’t ya just ♥ it? I sure do.

Here in BC, it’s just glorious!

Sunny,not too hot but certainly no need for warm woolies yet. ;-)

How is your weather?

The photos below are some of my fav pics of Autumn’s magical colors, textures and shapes.

I hope you enjoy this feast of color, as “Mother Autumn” once again “struts her stuff”. ;-)

Shades of Mauve and Mossy Green

Crimson Leaves in the Rain

Geese Converging, Perhaps Discussing Flight Plans!!


Glorious Mountain Ash!


Shades of Pink and Crimson in the Late Afternoon Sun

Autumn 2010 Nelson 019

Earthy Tones with a Touch of Gold!

Happy Autumn and Have a Great Day!


Book Review: Taming The Hour of the Wolf by H. R. Warren


As I wrote about in my book:


Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well,

I’ve had (MORE THAN) my share of sleepless nights, over the years. :-(

Particularly annoying for me has been waking up in the middle of the night (around 3 AM…) which is also a time referred to as:

The Hour of the Wolf.

Tossing, turning, wide awake but tired…thinking all kinds of crazy, annoying and at times, very disturbing thoughts. Where some of them came from, I have no idea. But enough to keep me awake and to interrupt sleep in a most unpleasant way.

The sleepless night situation HAS improved in the past couple of years as I have been making a real effort to go to sleep in a calm, relaxed frame of mind and when I DO wake up, in the middle of the night now, there are a lot fewer negative thoughts that come to mind. But now, when it does happens, I replace these negative thoughts with positive ones, right away! Good things I choose and WANT to dwell on,…it’s worth the effort and it really has helped.

So back to this book review.

I “happened” to be browsing over at Amazon one day recently and did a search for “Hour of the Wolf” as I had seen the  Ingmar Bergman movie of the same name, many years ago in Toronto and wondered if it was still available.

If you aren’t familiar with the movie: Hour of the Wolf, you can read more about it here.

A strange, surreal and original story that I never completely forgot.

And the term “hour of the wolf” is one that has always stayed with me, particularly on sleepless nights when I wake up during the period between 3-5AM,  AKA “the hour of the wolf”.

When I did the search at Amazon, this Kindle book: Taming the Hour of the Wolf, also came up and I am SO glad I checked it out too. It’s a wonderful book! :-)

Written in a personable, engaging style and filled with 144 affirmations that readers can refer to, again and again, when the Hour of the Wolf strikes a discordant note.

I am a true believer in the power of positive thoughts and particularly affirmations.

The ones that author: H. R. Warren, shares in this book are divided into categories including:

Sleeplessness, Negativity & Doubt, Procrastination, Abundance… and several others.

By choosing a particular category, you are then given a list of useful and calming affirmations to help still the mind and replace negative, upsetting thoughts, particularly during the Hour of the Wolf.

I think most people at some time or other grapple with sleepless nights. It’s not fun, it’s frustrating and getting back to sleep can be so difficult at times.

By keeping this book: Taming the Hour of the Wolf, close at hand on a bedside table perhaps, there is help only a click or page turn away.

The Kindle version (which is the one I have) is nicely formatted, with full page nature photos to begin each new category.  

And at less than a $1. for the Kindle version right now, a real bargain for a reference guide that I know I will be referring to, again and again. Especially when the “hour of the wolf” takes a turn for the worse and I need some positive thoughts to help to calm my mind and get back to sleep.

If you also struggle with ongoing or even occasional sleepless nights, check this one out.

Have a great day and sweet dreams! :-)


A Tau-Ku Poem to Welcome Autumn :-)

wet crimson leaves

An autumn tau-ku poem from the archives that I hope you enjoy (for the first time or again). ;-)

My favorite season is well on the way.

You can read more about the Tau-Ku poetry form here.

I really have to get back to writing more of these types of poems, I just ♥ Tau-Ku.

Have a wonderful, magical early autumn week! :-)


Book Review: X by Sue Grafton

I’ve read most of the books in the alphabet/ (Kinsey Millhone) series by Sue Grafton.

Some I’ve loved (most actually) ;-) and a few of them, not so much. :-(

I was eagerly anticipating: X, the latest (24 book) in this series. Unfortunately, it fell short of my expectations.

When a Grafton book really “hits home” for me, I can’t put it down until I’ve finished it, usually in a day or two. When it came to X, I found myself waiting for the story to really grab my attention, page after page… but that didn’t happen.

I found the story too disjointed, too many characters and subplots and the stories themselves, not all that interesting or compelling. When I got to the last couple of chapters, I just wanted to “get it over with” and finish the book.

If I had to describe this book overall in one word, it would be FLAT.OK, but not up to the brilliance of some of the other books in this series.

Hopefully Y and Z will be better. I will certainly try again. But I could have given X a pass without missing much.

Have you read this and/or other books in this series?

What are your thoughts on X? 


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