My Poetic Path

my journey…shared in poems, prose and photos


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Taaa…daaa…Mr. Cheddar’s Meowsings! :-)

Mr. Cheddar is now a published feline!

It was a puuuurect way to start the week. 🙂

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

Mr. Cheddar is now a published feline! 😉

Mr. Cheddar’s Meowsings!

Mr. Cheddar and I are very happy to announce the publication of his first ebook:

Mr. Cheddar’s Meowsings!

Kibbles of Wisdom from a Wise and Witty Feline

Here’s the description of what this furrrry new ebook is all about, from the Amazon site:

Mr. Cheddar serves up his own unique and flavorful blend of feline tummy-tickling humor and puuuurfound kibbles of wisdom throughout the pages of: 
                                                                                                                   
Mr. Cheddar’s Meowsings! Kibbles of Wisdom from a Wise and Witty Feline
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10 Under $20: Holiday Gift Suggestion List 2015 :-)

A holiday poem AND my 2015 gift suggestion list! 🙂

How the time is flying…

Happy Shopping and Holidays 🙂

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

The
first of
December
brought thoughts
of Christmas magic.
The Day, so soon to arrive.
Our expectations ran high.
Through snow days and blizzards.
Making a list and checking it twice.
Santa’s letter printed and ready to mail.
Christmas baking: heady, wonderful aromas.
Pageants at school, with costumes of many colors.
The tall lush evergreen, centerpiece of the season.
We decorated so carefully; each bough lovingly adorned.
With some old, some new, every one used and none forgotten.
The long days of dark December. Finally, homework complete.
Sitting in the darkened living room; time alone to drift away.
Marvelling at the masterpiece of lights and shining ornaments.
Gazing far beyond to the bliss to follow. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
Christmas eve: midnight mass and carolling.Treats aplenty!
Then the long awaited, special treasures.
The secrets of shining boxes and ribbons.
Finally revealed and always worth the wait.
Off to sleep…

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Book Review: A Body at Bunco (Myrtle Clover cozy mystery series)

A BODY AT BUNCO BY ELIZABETH SPANN CRAIG

This story was a real treat and also brought some happy memories to mind for me.

Many years ago, my dear mom hosted bunco parties. I can still remember sneaking out of bed to see what was going on, with all these ladies moving around our living room; laughing, eating and throwing dice! 😉

If you like cozy mysteries with memorable main characters and lots of twists and turns, check out my latest review.

Happy Reading and 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: 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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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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Woohoo…My 1000 Review at Amazon.com and it’s a 5 star! :-)

My 1000 review posted at Amazon:

Murder & Moonflowers by Leslie Leigh

What a fun story this was to read! 🙂

I’m a fan of cozy mysteries AND a long-time believer in holistic and herbal medicine, so when I happen to see this book on a Top 100 list recently, downloading it was a no-brainer.

This has a rather unique twist on the usual types of kindle cozy mysteries, with the main character’s occupation being a herbalist and baker.

The story moved along at a good pace, characters were believable and I liked the author’s engaging writing style as well.

The suspense kept up right to the end of the story when all was satisfyingly revealed; along with a teaser for the next book in the series that made me want to download book 2 too (which I have!).

If you like cozy mysteries and have an interest in natural and herbal medicines like I do, this is a book and also a series to check out. I’m hoping book 2 will be just as good.

Happy Reading and Weekend! 🙂