My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.


Why I’m Back at Lumosity :-)

Lumosity, have you given it a try? 😉


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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Two Upcoming Kindle Book Promos :-)

I have two Kindle book promos coming up, both starting this Friday, January 9th:

Haiku Reflections ii front cover

On January 9, 10 and 11th:

Haiku Reflections II (The Four Seasons) 

Will be available for FREE at and also at, UK, IT, etc…


 From January 9-15:

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

Will be available as a Kindle Countdown Deal ( only) for only .99 (regular Kindle price is 2.99)


Hope you will check out both of these promos and do spread the word if you can. 

Happy Reading and Weekend! 🙂


New Updated Download Available for: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper!


  If you have a copy of my latest ebook:

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

there is now a new updated download available.

I changed the cover color (what do you think?) and did a few minor tweaks with the content too.

If you phone in to Amazon customer service (see the Help page at Amazon and choose: manage my content) they will provide a free updated download of the book.  It’s very quick and easy.

Hope you are all having a lovely summer so far.

It’s been so nice here in BC, warm with just a gentle breeze every day. Hard to stay inside much. 😉

Happy Reading and Week!


An Excerpt from: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper!

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The following are three passages from my newest book/Ebook:

Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well (click to visit Amazon product page)

Of all the books that I’ve written to date, this one truly is: “closest to my ♥ ” and in so many ways.

It’s been so gratifying to already have many people tell me how much they are enjoying this book and how it is touching them and also “ringing true” for them.  If we can do that with any written work, I call it a success. 😉

Thanks to everyone who has already written reviews over at and those of you who are planning to write one soon. All appreciated! 🙂

Here goes:

  Give up the BAD vices!

You know the ones. I’m not talking about a couple of squares of good chocolate or a glass of organic red wine. 

But DO ditch: Smoking. Excessive: drinking, gambling, or spending. Eating junk food on a regular basis, watching mindless hours of TV….

Some people think that they can “get away” with continuing to smoke (for example) because they know of a much-older person who has smoked every day, without apparent harm. But what might not have been taken into account is that person’s: strong genetics, how they were raised on better quality: food, air, water and with a lot of hard work/exercise all part of the mix. All those things DO have an impact on what a person can “get away with” and come through, relatively unscathed.

Why take that risk?

Not to mention, why keep wasting money on things like cigarettes when there are so many other things of value you could be spending that money on?

Don’t wait for the New Year to ditch your own bad habits/vices either, do it now! You’ll feel so good about yourself and you just might add a whole lot of good years of life to your future too.  

Start a Rant Journal.

Record all the thoughts you don’t want to share with anyone else but are on your mind. Write it all down, the frustration, the anger…rant, curse, cry, get it all down on paper. Don’t leave anything out that’s bothering you, today. And when you’re finished for the day, close your Rant Journal and put those thoughts and emotions behind you. Get it “off your chest” and then really LET IT GO! 

Have a Fire-Cleansing ceremony.

Write down all the hurts, slights, pain, heartaches…with the people in your life (past and present) that you haven’t been able to let go of. Write each of them on a small piece of paper.

Then, one by one, drop them slowly and mindfully into a fireplace, bonfire, or other type of fireproof (safe) container and watch each paper crumple and burn away. As each one burns, consciously release the hurt and pain you’ve held on to, up to this point. Dispel the negativity into the universe, let it go and feel your spirit lighten.

This is a simple but powerful ritual that has really helped me, several times. Repeat whenever you need to purge a lot of negativity from your life, in a tangible and powerful way. 


Ta-da!!!! My 6th Kindle Book is Now Available! :-)

laughing at the grim reaper cover

Laughing AT the Grim Reaper: Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well (click to view at Amazon)

Woohooo….hot off the press!!! 

My newest Ebook is now available at Amazon.

The print version will also be available in the next couple of days.


I’m really pleased how this book turned out. 🙂

It’s been a book that I’ve been thinking about and working on for several months.

All about aging well, embracing and celebrating whatever stage of life we are currently at.

And most of all, putting the Grim Reaper in his place.

 Letting him know, who IS calling the shots in our lives, right now. 😉

And laughing AT the Grim Reaper is always a good thing, don’t you agree?

Have a great weekend.





In Praise of Getting Older

We all gripe about getting older, at least some of the time.

But what about all the good things that come along with aging?

Letting go of the trivial things and people in life.

Forgiving our “mistakes”  and wrong turns along the way.

Standing up for our beliefs and convictions.

Being unafraid to stand alone, if need be.

Giving insecurity the shove that it deserves. Right off the radar. 😉

Finding out the difference between mere intelligence and wisdom.

Seizing each and every day!

Accepting ourselves, warts and all.

Accepting what we can change and what we can’t.


It’s my list and I’ll take it! 🙂

Please DO add your own praise for getting older in a comment!


Also written for the One Single Impression prompt: Insecure

Photo courtesy of Flickr