CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE WRITER’S GRAPEVINE HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA! #SocialMediaMonday #Inspiration #Reblogs

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Now that you have perhaps read the September/October issue of The Writer’s Grapevine, which I posted here on Saturday, maybe you’d like to contribute something. This publication, produced by TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD Marketing, seeks poetry, fiction, and essays. The theme is holidays or the season where you live. The deadline is November 15th. So, open your word processor, think about holidays or seasons, and start writing. Good luck!

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Hello, it’s time to begin readying for The Writer’s Grapevine Holiday Extravaganza.

The following guidelines are new so make certain you read them carefully before submitting.

The Holiday Extravaganza will focus on the theme of the holidays you celebrate and the weather season you happen to be in.

 

Read the full guidelines on Patty’s World.

Nature Poetry for All Seasons #FridayFunReads

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Leaf Memories

by Carol Farnsworth

 

What the Author Says About Her Book on Smashwords

 

I love walking in the woods, with my husband or daughter as my sighted guide. When I became totally blind, I developed my senses of touch, hearing, smell, and taste to see the world. Visual memories complete the picture. I wrote this book of poems after I lost my sight. I found there are many ways to enjoy nature, such as using your hands to explore. My husband and I also enjoy tandem bicycling.

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My Thoughts

 

I met Carol Farnsworth a couple of years ago when she joined Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled writers to which I belong. I always enjoy reading her poetry because it’s straightforward with plenty of vivid imagery.

This chapbook is divided into four sections, representing the four seasons. Each section starts with one or two shorter poems, which are followed by several longer ones. Many of the poems were published in The Weekly Avocet, Magnets and Ladders, and other publications.

Carol has a knack for drawing readers into her subject matter. I was right there with her and her husband on their tandem bike, as they pedaled furiously to reach safety ahead of an approaching thunderstorm in “With the Wind” and as she cross-country skied down a hill to enjoy the peace of a pond in “Alone with Myself.” After reading “Beauty in the Field,” I was angered to think that people, perhaps inadvertently, destroy nature in order to enjoy it. If you like poems about the great outdoors written for each season of the year, Leaf Memories is for you.

I would also like to encourage you to visit Carol’s blog. Here, you’ll find some delightful narrative pieces that include short poems. Happy reading!

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For those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Winter Through the Senses, Poetry

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.After a mostly brown Christmas, we have a white New Year, so I decided to share the following poem of mine that appears in the current issue of The Weekly Avocet. Click on the Play button below the poem to hear me read it. Happy New Year.

Winter Through the Senses

 

In the silent snowfall,
see flakes swirl.
Amid white-covered streets, sidewalks,
feel snow crunch beneath your boots.
Hear the rumble of a distant snow blower.

Indoors, feel the warmth of slippers on your feet.
Breathe the aroma of steaming cocoa.
Savor the flavor of its frothy, chocolaty goodness,
safe, warm while snow keeps falling.

 

 

My Books

 

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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Friday Fun Poetry Challenge: Rain and Moisture

This feature was created by blogger Coleen Chesebro. For guidelines, click here.

Since this is the first week of the month, Colleen likes to encourage poets to choose their own words. The words I chose are “autumn” and “moisture.” The poem below contains synonyms and not the words themselves.

This time, I’m using a new form of poetry called an etheree. This consists of ten lines, each containing an ascending number of syllables. You can learn more about the etheree poem here. Click this link to hear me read the poem.

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AFTER FALL RAIN

 

 

Bright

Sunlight

Streams through my

Kitchen window.

After days of rain,

I rejoice in the sun.

The few songbirds that are left

Sing their joyous welcome to fall.

When I take a walk, I see blue sky.

Fallen leaves crunch beneath my feet and cane.

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Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

We Shall Overcome

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

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Saturday Song: Nat King Cole–Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer


It’s the second day of June, and summer days are upon us. Here’s a song to get us in a summer mood. Clouds may be threatening where you are, but let’s start thinking summer. Enjoy, and have a great Saturday.

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Abbie Johnson Taylor
We Shall Overcome
How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems
My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds
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