An Artist’s Literary Journey #FridayFunReads #Reblogs #Inspiration

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Here’s an oldie but goodie from last year. I’ve always enjoyed reading Lynda McKinney Lambert’s work. This collection of essays and poems deserves a second look. Happy reading!

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I met Lynda several years ago when she joined Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled writers, to which I belong. I’ve read her other books, including Walking by Inner Vision and Star Signs. Songs for the Pilgrimage didn’t disappoint me.

 

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WyoPoets June Monthly Reading #WednesdayWords #Events #Inspiration

Again, I’ll be participating in my state poetry society’s monthly virtual reading. This will take place Sunday, June 12th, at 5 p.m. Mountain Time. You’re invited, even if you just want to listen to poetry. All the details are below. I hope to see you there.

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WyoPoets is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

This event is open to anyone who wants to share or listen to poetry. You don’t have to be a member of WyoPoets, you don’t even have to be in Wyoming to participate. So, feel free to invite your friends! Please sign up to read and receive a Zoom invitation using this Google Form:  https://forms.gle/oodX1nLQSD49sw8fA

The first 20 poets to sign up will get to read, additional poets will be allowed based on time. Each poet gets 5 minutes to read.

 

Topic: Virtual Poetry Night

Time: Jun 12, 2022 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

 

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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SPRING/SUMMER 2022 EDITION OF MAGNETS AND LADDERS #SocialMediaMonday #magazines #Inspiration

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Magnets and Ladders is an online magazine produced twice a year by Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which I belong. I’m pleased to announce that a memoir, book review, and short story of mine have been published in this issue. You may find work by other authors you recognize. So, snuggle into your preferred reading area with your favorite beverage and enjoy some great fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and more.

 

SPRING/SUMMER 2022 EDITION OF MAGNETS AND LADDERS

THE WRITER’S GRAPEVINE FALLING INTO SPRING MARCH APRIL EDITION #WordPressWednesday #Magazines #Inspiration

 

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Thanks to fellow author Patty Fletcher for publishing a book review and short story of mine plus an ad for my new book here. Cuddle up with your favorite beverage and enjoy some wonderful fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more.

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Hello everyone, happy holidays, and welcome to another incredible edition of the Writer’s Grapevine.

How do I know it’s incredible? Because it’s filled with “incredible” contributors. But the proof is, as they say, “in the pudding.” Or, in this case, on the page. So grab your favorite drink, snuggle down into your most comfortable reading nest, and ready yourself for some great discoveries.

 

THE WRITER’S GRAPEVINE FALLING INTO SPRING MARCH APRIL EDITION 04/23/2022

 

Seeing the World with Wonder #FridayFunReads #Poetry #Inspiration

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Today, I’m offering a two-for-one special on book reviews. These two poetry collections have three things in common. First of all, the authors’ first names start with the same letter. Second, their poetry helps us look at nature and other topics with a sense of wonder. Last but not least, I met both authors through Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which I belong, and I have enjoyed reading their work over the years.

 

One Goes to the Sea

by Joan Myles

Copyright 2021

 

What Smashwords Says

 

What is it about poetry that so readily connects readers with their Spiritual selves? And is it possible to focus these expanded faculties of perception beyond the page–intentionally, inward?

One Goes to the Sea is a collection of the poet’s waking and sleeping flights of fancy, her dream journal sketched poetically and visually illustrated by her daughter.

 

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My Thoughts

 

I like the vivid imagery and word play in Joan’s poetry. This collection has a nice mix of rhyming and non-rhyming poetry. The title, One Goes to the Sea, is referenced in her poem, “The Journey,” and it’s easy to see the connection. According to Joan’s bio at the end of the book, she “has always been a child of Wonder as well as a spiritual seeker.” This comes through in her poetry, which I highly recommend, even if you’re not into spirituality.

 

Dancing with the Seasons: A Year in Simple Verse

by Jo Elizabeth Pinto

Copyright 2022.

 

What Amazon Says

 

The fifty-two short poems in Dancing with the Seasons: A Year in Simple Verse are easy to understand, yet rich with emotional and sensory details. Celebrate the vivid, ever-changing beauty of nature in rhythm and rhyme.

 

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My Thoughts

 

Dancing with the Seasons is a perfect title for this collection. The vivid images in these poems appear to dance across the page. Many of these works reminded me of those in Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses, which I read often in my younger years.

Although these poems reflect many aspects of the four seasons, they’re not in chronological order from spring through winter, as the subtitle, A Year in Simple Verse, might signify. There’s a nice mix of rhyming and non-rhyming poems.

I could relate to such poems as “The Merciless Heat of July,” and “A Fire on the Mountains,” which took me right back to brutally hot summers when forest fires raged around us. I like how such outdoor phenomenon as the movement and songs of birds and floating leaves are portrayed here. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys nature poetry that’s light and airy and full of wonder.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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