My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.


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Caturday Art with a little touch…

I think the words on the first photo in this post are SO true.

Music has the power to evoke so many emotions, thoughts and memories.

Music IS magic! 😉

 

What kind of music touches and inspires you most? Any particular song or CD? 

Have a wonderful, inspiring weekend. 🙂


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Word of the Week: Contemplate

Taking the time to contemplate. Look before you leap. Haste makes waste… 
                                  

When you are an impulsive person (like I am) contemplation doesn’t always come easy! 😉  
But contemplation can take different forms.
 

I like the second definition below: to meditate on or ponder.

 It’s all good. And so worth the time too.

Do you find it easy to contemplate life’s big decisions before you make them?

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con·tem·plate
 
1. To look at attentively and thoughtfully.
 
 
2. To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder: contemplated the problem from all sides; contemplated the mystery of God.
 
 
3. To have in mind as an intention or possibility: contemplate marriage; forced by the accident to contemplate retirement.
 
 
Definition source:The Free Dictionary

HAVE A WONDERFUL and MEANINGFUL WEEK! 🙂


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

TAMING THE HOUR OF THE WOLF

As I wrote about in my book:

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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! 🙂


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Book Review: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

The Best $1 You Will Ever Spend! 😉

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After reading about Cynthia Stafford’s amazing lottery win ($112 MILLION) and how she credited much of her success to Joseph Murphy’s work, I decided to give this kindle book a try.

The Power of the Subconscious Mind,

exceeded my expectations, and in many ways.

I’ve read a lot of LOA books, especially in the past couple of years…some good, some so-so, some just “get rich quick” schemes for the authors, or so it often seems. And when it comes to the older books on this topic, they often seem dated and not relevant for people living in today’s world.

The Power of the Subconscious Mind is a winner, in all respects.

It IS extremely relevant, for anyone who is looking to add more abundance and success to their life.

It is NOT preachy, although it’s obvious that the author did have strong religious beliefs, he doesn’t “preach” or push a particular creed or religion at any time in this book.

His message is a universal one, for everyone seeking a happier, healthier and more prosperous life. And who isn’t?? 😉

The practical advice in this book is easy to follow and powerful. Enjoyable and not a chore to follow through with and continue to do so!! A nice change from some other books on the topic I’ve read and gave up on.

I make it a point to re-read a couple of chapters, a few of times during the week, as a good reminder and pick me up. I’ve had some excellent results already, following many of the suggestions in this book.

No, I haven’t won 112 MILLION as Cynthia Stafford did, but I’ve had a lot of smaller wins so far, and not just when it comes to financial gains.

And as Murphy so wisely states in this book, money and prosperity ARE very important, but they are not the whole story when it comes to living a successful and happy life.

If you are debating about what Law of Attraction book to buy, you won’t be sorry if you choose this one!


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Any Thoughts, Suggestions…re: Windows Notepad?

Do you use or know much about: MS Notepad?

I recently wrote to KDP re: adding full-screen images to a Kindle book that Mr. Cheddar and I are currently working on. 😉

This was their reply:

Regarding the full screen images:
The images would best fit to the any screen automatically, if you can change the source code of your HTML file.
Please follow the instructions for getting full image size on Kindle.
1. Open the parent HTML in Notepad.
2. You will be able to see the HTML code. Look out for the codes related to the images which look like the following
For Example,
Edit the code like the following
Effectively, the text “width=366 height=248″ should be changed to “height=100% width=100%”.
3. Save the file.
4. Right-click a blank area on the desktop or in an open folder, point to New, and then click Compressed (zipped) Folder.
5. Type a name for the new compressed folder, and then press ENTER. Your new compressed folder is displayed as a folder icon with a zipper.
Now, move the image folder and the HTML file into the zipped folder. This zipped folder is what you will have to upload on the KDP website. You may try uploading the zipped folder on to the KDP website and check if the images appear correctly. Once uploaded, you can use the “Preview Book” button to view your uploaded content via the KDP Previewer. Here, you can view if the images appear correctly.

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Today, I gave Notepad a try and I can’t say I was impressed so far. I tried looking through the code with JUST ONE PHOTO and that was bad enough. Does not seem very user-friendly, unless you are a HTML geek/geekess, which I am certainly NOT!! 😉

If anyone has any alternate suggestions (preferably with Word, which I am comfortable using) how to add FULL-SCREEN images to a Kindle book, please let me know.

And if you have succesfully used Notepad, I’d love to hear about that too.

Happy Writing and Week! 


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Earth Day 2015: Can We Afford to Hesitate?

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Our Supreme Mother,

knows nothing of the word: hesitate.

Moving,shifting,adapting,changing- constantly.

In the eye of a vicious and relentless storm.

Not one of Her making or choosing.

She stands: resolute and alone.

Struggling to survive, to flourish.

As forces beyond Her control,

Chip away at the majesty of our fading blue planet.

She has not failed us.

She will not give up without a fight.

And in return and in reply:

Can we afford to hesitate?

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A poem that I wrote several years ago. I thought was fitting to share it once again, for Earth Day 2015. 

For me, living a greener lifestyle is just second nature. I do what I can, every day, to reduce my carbon footprint and to be mindful of the small choices throughout the day, that really do matter, in the big picture. Choices that include: reducing, recycling, re-purposing, being a vegetarian, buying organics, watching electrical consumption, walking instead of driving or taking a bus…

Are you doing anything special to celebrate Earth Day?

HAPPY EARTH DAY!! 🙂