My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.


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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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Are You Over 50 and Looking For A (COOL) Job? ;-)

If you are, you might want to check out this inspiring article from TIME.COM about some cool jobs landed by a number of older workers.

Apparently there is a definite upswing and change for the better, in terms of a lot of employers re-thinking their hiring practices, when it comes to considering older adults for a position.

IMO, this is definitely a positive and long-overdue shift in attitude! 😉

Happy Reading, Weekend and Week Ahead! 😉

PS: And speaking of reading, what’s on your kindle/book list right now?
I just got a copy of  the new: X by Sue Grafton and I’m really enjoying it so far. More about the book when I finish it. 


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An Inspiring Quote for the Weekend :-)

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The mind-body connection is so powerful. 🙂

And sadly, that power is often forgotten when it is needed most.

I always try to dwell on good thoughts these days; focusing on what’s positive, throughout each day.

I also strive to let go of the petty annoyances that come up; in the big picture, they really mean little or nothing at all. 

That kind of positive energy and thought pattern can also have a profound effect on how we are feeling and on our overall health. I know personally just how well this works.

I’ve “been there” when it comes to talking about and dwelling on every little ache and pain and my larger health concerns too, over the years. I know now without any doubt, that dwelling on health and wellness at all times DOES impact reality in significant ways, if we stick with it. 

If you haven’t already, try it! You will be amazed by the power of your subconscious mind if you let it work its wonders.

The body/mind connection. It works for or against us, every day. The choice is ours.

Have a Happy and Healthy Weekend! 🙂


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Book Review: Never Too Late to Go Vegan

A very interesting and informative vegan guide! 🙂

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

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Never Too Late to Go Vegan by Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman and Virginia Messina

My review from Amazon.com:

I have been a vegetarian, avid vegetarian cook and cookbook author for over 20 years. But to date, I have not taken “the plunge” to become a total vegan, YET! But it IS a topic of interest to me, and often on my mind.

Vegans come in all shapes, sizes and age groups, but it’s still often thought of as something only the “under 30” crowd would embrace willingly and gain from.

In: Never Too Late to Go Vegan, authors Adams, Breitman and Messina prove without a doubt that this definitely is not just a good choice, only for the younger crowd.

This truly is (as the cover states) “the over 50 guide to adopting and thriving on a plant-based diet”.

And how I loved to see the word…

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A Rainy Weekend Is On The Way

After several days of glorious sunshine and warm weather, here in Interior BC, it looks like rain for the rest of today and maybe all weekend.

That’s OK with me though, we need it, to keep the dust down and get things growing too!

I also have lots to do inside so the weather won’t be distracting me to go outdoors tooooo much. 😉

The photo above is one of my all-time fav rainy-day scenes.This is on the lake shore here. It always makes me feel calm and serene. I hope you enjoy it too! 🙂

Speaking of keeping the dust down, you might find my newest post at Veggies…interesting, all about the dangers of dust and steps to take when vacuuming, to safeguard your health. You can read it here.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are. What’s your weather like?

 


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Cookbook Countdown! ;-)

I’m typing up a storm here (make that a cookbook)! 😉

Happy Cooking and Weekend. 🙂

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I’m type, type, typing…. away!!!

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I’ve made the end of February, my deadline for finishing my newest cookbook (print and Kindle/eBook versions):

The Groovy Green Kitchen II: Simply, Super, Supper Soups

I think I can still reach my time goal; I am on the home stretch. 😉

I don’t know why this particular book project has taken me sooooo long to complete.

But right now, I’m just focused on the fact that it ISalmost complete and that’s a good thing! 🙂

In the meantime, I am having a free Kindle promo this weekend for my other GGK cookbook:

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The Groovy Green Kitchen I: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

It will be available as a free Kindle/eBook download,all this weekend (Feb. 20-22) at:

Amazon.com, .ca, UK….

Here’s a sample soup recipe from the GGK II:

Southern Nights Slow Cooker Veggie and Sausage Gumbo…

….to get your taste-buds ready for the…

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Your Techie Assistance Please!!! ;-)

 

 

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I’d like to make a meditation/visualization CD to use after my yoga practice but don’t know how to do this.

I have the background music I want to use (on another CD) and want to do a voice-over of a meditation/visualization that I’ve created myself as part of my new CD.

If you can suggest an easy way to do this, I’d be very grateful. 🙂

I have yet to hear a meditation/visualization CD that I really like so I decided to try to create one of my own. 

Have a wonderful week and again, thanks if you can help. 

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