My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.


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 🙂


first of
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: 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? 


Book Review: Street Magic by William Hammett

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Street Magic by William Hammett 

From the Amazon product page:

The people of Pace, Indiana, are jolted from their routine small-town lives when a street magician, Lark the Magnificent, begins staging one incredible show after another. There is seemingly nothing this man in an electric-blue suit can’t do, from levitating above the sidewalk to making it snow on a sunny day.

But Joe Bailey, meek bachelor and town archivist, notices that things in Pace aren’t quite right. People are going missing, stores are closing, and someone—or some thing—is living in a row of abandoned homes on River Road.

In this homage to Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, William Hammett has written a chilling novel in lyrical prose about the evil locked behind the doors of small-town America, an evil that Joe Bailey will have to combat with his own brand of street magic.

My review:

This book is quite a ways from my usual “genre comfort zone” with shades of Stephen King, in this tale of small town life and the dark secrets that are often kept for many years, behind closed doors.

I choose this one entirely based on my admiration for Hammett’s other books that I had read and not for the kind of story that I expected, based on the description. But as usual, Mr. Hammett did not disappoint.

Main character Joe Bailey is a quiet, reclusive man who has lived in Pace, Indiana for all of his 45 years. He spends most of his time alone, either at work as the town’s archivist or at home.

But Joe’s world is about to become a lot more complicated and exciting with the appearance of a strange new character in town: Lark the Magnificent. Able to perform tricks and illusions that go far beyond the usual realm of mere mortal magic, Lark begins by dazzling and delighting the town folk with his amazing feats, in the local town square. But soon, that magical power will go in a very different direction and will also take Joe Bailey and several of his boyhood friends on a bizarre and surreal journey they will never forget.

I’m not usually a fan of stories like this as mentioned already but I was soon drawn into the plot and found myself putting off other things I planned to do, wanting to find out what would happen next in the story. The characters truly come alive in the pages of this book. The plot moves along at a fast pace and there are plenty of surprises, twists and turns… along the way.

What really sets this novel apart from similar ones in this genre is the redemptive tone that is also there, along with the dark and sinister events of the story. That I really appreciated, especially the satisfying, albeit also sad ending, that wrapped up all the red herrings completely.

Street Magic is one of the best novels I have read in a long time. Original and engaging from start to finish. 🙂

And right now, it’s only $1 at Amazon, so a great time to download a copy of this (full-length) novel.


PS: Billy Hammett is a long-time blog pal of mine, although that does NOT make me biased in terms of his work. When it comes to reviews of any kind, I tell it like I see it or I don’t tell it at all! 😉

He has many books to his credit, penned under his own name and also as a ghost writer.

Billy is currently reissuing a number of his previous novels and short stories in Kindle format at Amazon, so stay tuned for more enjoyable reads from this talented and prolific author.


Book Review: Believe (PS: A great little eBook if you need a quick pick-me-up!) ;-)

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Believe by Louise

This is a short but helpful eBook that I usually re-read a few times each week, via my Kindle Fire.

It is filled with inspiring quotes, lovely photos and with a beautiful presentation throughout.

I’m so glad I downloaded this eBook, it definitely does give me a pick-me-up and boost of optimism, every time I read through it. 🙂

Here’s my review from Amazon:

I happened to see this eBook on the Top 100 Self Help list at Amazon l am so glad that I downloaded it. Gorgeous photos and very inspiring and many original motivational quotes to refer to again and again. I plan to keep this on my kindle carousel as a pick me up choice when I need a smile or boost throughout the day. Just lovely.

Have a Happy Day! 


Book Review: Getting to Mr. Right by Carol Balawyder

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I am so excited for my blog pal: Carol Balawyder who has now published her third book:

Getting to Mr. Right. 

Congrats Carol and well done! 🙂

And as I said in my 5 star review over at Amazon, Getting to Mr. Right is definitely RIGHT ON!

Here’s my review from Amazon:

Getting to Mr. Right is Definitely RIGHT ON!!! 

I had previously read: Missi’s Dating Adventures by Carol Balawyder and thoroughly enjoyed it. She did not disappoint with her newest book: Getting to Mr. Right.

This is another great story from start to finish, albeit with a more serious tone overall this time. Her writing style has also evolved and matured providing a story that flows quite seamlessly throughout.

The characters in this book are well developed, the plot has just enough twists and turns to keep things interesting and the ending is satisfying and spot on.

If you have ever struggled to find Mr.Right, have dipped into the sometimes perilous waters of online and particularly over 40 dating, this is a must read.

Highly recommended!


If you are looking for a fun, entertaining and at times, enlightening book to curl up with this weekend, you might want to check this one out. I’m sure glad I did. 😉

Happy Weekend and Reading. 

PS: Another book/eBook you might enjoy and that will be available as a free Kindle download for today and Saturday is:

Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well by…. ME! 😉

You can read all the details about the free promo here. 


Are You a Grisham Fan? Check Out this New Contest! :-)




I oh so want to win one of the prizes in this new John Grisham contest!

You can read all the details, enter and share here.

Easy peasy to enter too, gotta love that. 😉

Happy Reading and Good Luck! 

PS: Open to Canadians too obviously and that does NOT happen often enough. 😉

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Book Review: Life On Foot, A Walk Across America by Nate Damm

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This was such an inspiring and entertaining story; I read it in a couple of days wanting to see what would happen next on Nate’s walking journey across the US.

You can read my full review here.

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.