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Did you know that at the book launch for Steve Anc’s latest book includes book giveaways?

Attendees who celebrate by attending the Book Launch of “I am fine: don’t read this poem” will have a chance to win an epublication of this prolific work of art. There will be 10 total EPublications given away. You may be the one to get a copy of this book.

Have you signed up to attend this event to be held on Saturday, September 10 at 1 p.m. EST? Here’s the registration link:

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Poetry Course-Featuring Sita Gaia

Prolific Poet Sita Gaia is presenting a poetry course for poets who don’t even know it and poets who are working on it and poets who know it and want to explore more of it.

Can we really poem enough?

YES, I am partial. Sita is one of my favorite poets. Well, true confession…My press published her chap book Knocking on The Body’s Door:

The cost is $80 for the total class, but Sita will work with you on this fee. It starts September 7 and continues three more Wednesdays.

Interested? Contact Sita


Ten Things of Thankful – July 29 2022

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Happy Friday and TTOT day! Yes, I am back again. I posted earler this week, but I took it down for reasons…don’t ask, please. This one sticks! The above photo is not mine but it kinda reflects my current state, a contrast between warm and mellow. And on the way to something taller.

  1. Happy One Month Wedding Anniversary to my beloved. I am grateful you are in my life.
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2. I am gradually feeling better. Yesterday was my big test for running errands much of the day and looking at a condo (no, did not buy). I got through it and was ready for bed early. Grateful I got through the day.

3. I got through and maybe still going through TBH this difficult matter with a person who does not see eye to eye…I consider it a gratitude that I am starting this new day with a fresh perspective.

4. Celebration of the book launch for Elizabeth last weekend and looking for to this weekend’s event with Sarfraz.

5. Having time off for healing gave me plenty of time to read and I am always grateful to read.

6. The Sealey Challenge is coming up in August. I have a whole stack of books to read and re-read. I am grateful.

7. Daughter is rocking her cane and has blinged it up on a regular basis.

8. The “Dear Heart” Call for Submissions is picking up speed.

9. I have a special treat lined up for #8.

10. YOU

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Dear Heart – Call for Submissions

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Years ago, before computers, we wrote letters. My mother’s letters were like little novellas. They sometimes were several pages long. She wrote her family members and friends and they loved to get her “books.” How I wish I had saved my letters from mom. As a witness to her letter writing, I would watch as her pen moved passionately across the pages, sometimes witnessing her eyes well up. Letters were her release. They were her way of expressing herself in ways she could not voice. Sometimes she would write letters to people out of anger and then tear them up. To my knowledge, she never sent one of those angry letters. It could have been politicians, relatives, and those are the ones I knew about. She would express her heart’s desire, open up her soul, and pour out her thoughts.

As a letter writer, I did not have the beautiful penmanship of my mother, but I learned that the pen was my power. I also wrote letters and tore them up. I even wrote one about the need for a doctor in our little town and it was published in the newspaper. I wrote letters to family, friends, old friends found from a long time lost, family who I wanted to see but knew my letters would reach them long before I ever would.

Now, I am a writer and a poet. I write as if my words are letters to the world, at times. Other times, I write to express my desires of the heart. And other times I write to write.

I firmly believe that when we do express our desires within our heart that this has a way of stirring up thoughts and even action plans to make things happen. Sometimes those things that happen are acceptances of things that can’t be changed, but sometimes they are steps to taking up the courage to make something happen in our lives.

What is the desire in your heart? This is my challenge to you. I would like to read about the desires in your heart in the “Dear Heart” anthology of letters, poetry, art, photography, and whatever ways helps you express your passion.

There’s a caveat to this. These are all to be sent to me via good old fashioned snail mail. I will sort through these and select which submissions to publish.

Please drop me an email to for the specific call for submissions.

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Social Justice Inks – Anthology of Poetry is LIVE

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We are beyond excited to announce that Social Justice Inks – Anthology of Poetry is available on Amazon and many other online stores, there is also an ePub available via Lulu. Here are the Links:


Lulu ePub

On June 20 at 7 p.m. EST there will be a Book Launch to celebrate with the participating poets. We hope you will join us.

This all started from this session:

You see, I was planning to do another anthology for 2022, following the Heart Beats anthology of 2021. It seemed most appropriate to go to these most important topics. And, before we knew it, it became real.

A special shout out to Zaneta Varnado Johns for her dedication as Co-Editor for this anthology. It made a huge difference to have this assistance.

We hope to see you on June 20, the dedicated date to recognize Juneteenth.

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The Talk – Not the TV Show – the Real Talk About Living Cautiously

I was reading this article on NPR It’s about the talk that black mothers have with their sons. It came to me while I was working on an announcement – or a fresh announcement about The Talk – which is the name for the anthology of poetry and essays by mothers of color & possibly fathers, too.

As a white woman, I have had talks with my now adult child, but nothing compared to what people of color have to have, MUST have with their children. None of us wants to have our children’s names or adult children’s names associated with a hashtag. What do you think the chances are for this to happen with a person of color vs a white person?

Even with The Talk, there’s still a chance that something could happen, but we are not, as parents, going to let our children into society without caution. The Talk and many other measures has to happen.

What is the talk as a white parent? What is the talk as a parent of color? Just think about that and let it sit for a few moments.

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This picture depicts the happiness I want to see for people of color. And I want to hear about The Talk that is had. It keeps those of us who don’t have this experience, mindful. And it keeps us heart-full. How I wish that in this world, we did not have the adversity, the hatred, the assumptions… And I don’t want to hear about how that’s just the way it is. That is not good enough, nor acceptable to me and I hope it is not acceptable to others, but I know. I don’t have blinders on, but I also don’t have dark skin which causes people to scowl, distrust, look the other way, accuse me, to make my name a hashtag.

Are you a person of color? Would you feel comfortable sharing the talk you have had to have with your children? There’s a Call for Submissions for your story, your essays, your poetry… Would you consider sharing Your Talk with others?

Here is the link if your answer is “yes” or if you want more information:

The Talk Call for Submissions.

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She Did It! Have a look & listen to the video – this was so much fun!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of Two Time-International Best-Selling Author Zaneta Varnado Johns latest book of poetry “After the Rainbow: Golden Poems.” A celebration was held on Sunday, February 27 at 4 p.m. EST

If you would like an autographed copy you can purchase on ZanExpressions

Also, for sale on many online stores. Barnes & Noble Amazon

Prolific Pulse Zan Johns Page

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Book Launch – LaVan Robinson’s – January 2022 Debut “Hard Pressed”

Come to the Book Launch and Open Mic event on January 23 at 6 p.m. EST

Bring your poetry and share in this event. It’s going to be fun!

LaVan will be reading from his books to date and hopes to hear your fine works.

Available on Prolific Pulse .com

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Call for Submissions

Prolific Pulse Press LLC is conducting a call for submissions. Details are as follows:

Prolific Pulse Press LLC needs 3 essays and 3 poems about what it is like to be a caregiver of a family member or close friend who has become ill.

We also needs 3 essays and 3 poems about what it is like to be given care by a family member or close friend.

All entries must be speaking from their own firsthand experiences.

Essays should be no longer than 5000 words. Poems should not be longer than 600 words.

Previously published essays and/or poems will be accepted for consideration with the exception of already being published in anthologies or other books.

The 12 winning essays and poems will receive an award of $20 each.

All entries must be in 12 point Times New Roman or Book Antiqua font.

Send entries as attachments to your email.

Deadline: March 31, 2022

A 50 word Bio will be needed with the entries, not after the fact.

What will happen to these?

These are to go into a book by Lisa Tomey and it will be published in August 2022

Releases will be requested for the essay and poem writers to enable publication.

No royalties will be paid, but your names and bios will be included in the book.

There will be an optional open mic for this book event for which any winning entries will be invited to attend and read.

Send entries to

Put Caregiver in the subject line

Questions? email

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Book Release! You Are the Poem by Jill Sharon Kimmelman

I am happy to report that You Are the Poem has been released as of TODAY!

What is You Are the Poem?

From the Author, Jill Sharon Kimmelman: Welcome to You Are the Poem, a three-themed collection of poetry, Timeless Love, An Eclectic Mix & Looking Back: inspiration wisdom gained from my poetic journey.

gift of my heart, poems of celebration, joy, hope, bonds of precious friendship & sisterhood, bridges built with our love language, a treasure for passionate foodies & photographers!

What are others saying?

Kind Words:

Jill Sharon Kimmelman is an outstanding poet & writer. I respect her writing skills so much.

Her poetry style has motivated me to give more than my best to my reading audience.
On the other hand, Jill & Tim are a blessing as members of our extended family over the seas in Africa, Nigeria.
The world & poetry communities are about to welcome a gift from the heart of this noble poet.

Richard O. Ogunmodede, Author of Dual Existence & Poet

Poetries are powerful spoken words, often sound like enchantment, they have the power to bring people closer together.

I’m proud to be a noble poet. It is the bond that connected me to my dear mentor, Jill Sharon Kimmelman. Her wealth of experience has enriched my poetry. Age, color, distance is never a consideration in our unique relationship.

Elizabeth O. Ogunmodede, Nigerian teen author of two books & poet.

To you, the reader of You Are the Poem:

May you find inspiration, joy, love, laughter, & words that resonate with the soul. For Jill Sharon Kimmelman writes from a place in which even the deepest abyss can feel. Touching on subjects that enlighten, strengthen, & embrace the core being within… Her words always bring sincere smiles to the heart. I am honored to know her not only as a poet sister, but as my friend.

Lynn Long
Internationally Award-Winning Poet & Photographer, Founder of Poetic Musings Ezine

To the author: Jill, in my humble opinion, you can sit beside Amanda Gorman & the other greats—same height & stature without a doubt! Your expressions are second to none.

The literary world is in for a treat with Jill Sharon Kimmelman’s You Are the Poem. Jill’s authentic voice had me at Hello! The first time I heard Jill recite one of her poems, I was moved to tears. Jill Sharon Kimmelman opens her soul & takes you on a three-dimensional journey.
Every delightful poem is a story that you willingly embrace. Whether happy or sad, every expression is uplifting in its own way. Your senses will rejoice when you experience the voice of Jill Sharon Kimmelman & see her beautiful pictures serve as perfect complements. In my humble opinion, You Are the Poem is a masterpiece.
Zaneta Varnado Johns
Zaneta Varnado Johns is a 2-time bestselling author & poet with her publications, Poetic Forecast & Voices of the 21st Century; Her poems appear in international anthologies & poetry publications.

When Jill Sharon Kimmelman writes she wields her magic pen producing some of the finest poetry I have ever had the pleasure to read. She never fails to mollify all my senses capturing in me the lover, the protector of family, the great admirer of life with her extraordinary visuals & use of language. She has a grand view of life, & it shows in her works. She is nothing short of inspiring!

To Jill: Your language is symphonic! Your visuals are elegant! I absolutely LOVE everything about this!

Tammy Hendrix, a former poetry editor for Mind’s Eye magazine & is, along with her administrators, the force behind Dreamer’s Café on Facebook. She is currently working on her first book titled: Throne of the Dead King.

How do you get a copy?


Jill Sharon Kimmelman’s Web Link

We will have a BOOK LAUNCH on November 13 at 2 p.m. ET (New York time)

Learn more about the book launch here:

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“You Are the Poem” by Jill Sharon Kimmelman – Coming Soon

It is with my great pleasure, on behalf of Prolific Pulse Press LLC, to announce the debut poetry book “You Are the Poem” with be available November 13. I interviewed Jill recently for my podcast & YouTube channel:

Would like to attend the virtual Book Launch for You Are the Poem? Register below to get your tickets. The event with be on Zoom.

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Garden of Neuro

I am pleased with what the Garden of Neuro offers for empowerment, connections, support and more.

Recently, I participated in the Garden of Neuro Anthology of Poetry and Art, called “A Safe and Brave Space.” It will be available soon. We worked as a team to bring this anthology to life. It’s been an amazing adventure. I even received a badge.

Are you feeling the need to connect with others in a Safe and Brave Space? Come check out the Garden of Neuro.


Ten Things of Thankful – September 3 2021

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It’s Friday and school is back in session and it’s TTOT time! What a way to bring in September.

Let’s get started!

  1. We got moved!
  2. We had water, plenty of water for the move and yay because it was HOT!
  3. Found muscles. Whew, because I was wondering…
  4. Office view. I can see the trees. Weeee
  5. Project Book Launches galore!
  6. Podcasts are back in session, welp, in the planning phase…
  7. I have space to do art for which I am Extremely Grateful! It makes me cranky if I don’t get my art fix.
  8. It looks like it’s all about me, but nope…it is also about others as I am most thankful for the power of prayer and a prayerful attitude, ’cause ya know that if we put thoughts into things, they can becomes possibilities and when we put energy behind possibilities, they become things accomplished, and that’s the cycle I like to call later, rinse, repeat. But – hey – don’t forget to dry, because we all need a little rest.
  9. And that #8 has been poured out in multitudes for those affected by the actual storms.
  10. YOU and YOU and especially YOU – What’s your thankful today?
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She Loves Her Trains

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She Loves Her Trains

Tracey always loved trains, from the mechanics to the power, she swelled with delight.

Reaching into the toy box for her brother’s train set, when they were out and about, she was excited.

Although she was a girl and girls didn’t play with boy’s toys, Tracey defied this as she played.

In a world where women were to have their certain roles, it did not make sense to Tracey.

Nowadays, Tracey is glad she can openly share her love for train, specifically train sets.

She has never had her own train set, but loves to visit places with trains and loves to ride the train.

There you have it! This is my Six Sentece Story told in an acrostic poem. You can do one too. Just go to THIS LINK and join us!


Ten Things of Thankful – August 27 2021

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Happy Friday and TTOT time! Let’s get started.

  1. It is getting to the end of the month already and I am grateful for air conditioning. Yup – that’s right good ole A/C Would you believe there are people who don’t have this luxury? I remember…yes, I am just that old…when we lived in Texas when Daddy was stationed at Randolph AFB in San Antonio, and we did not have A/C. The heat was, well, hot. We are talking about even this barefooted kid had to wear her flip flops because her feet would make impressions in the hot tar. Ask me how I know… Can we say, “holy hot stickers!” The A/C problem was somewhat resolved by these devices called air coolers. These were cube like devices which were like when a fan marries cold water and blows it out in soothing air. We would congregate in the living room where my parents placed their mattress on the floor and us kids who wanted to cool off would make pallets on the floor. It was like camping in the living room, only with cool air.
  2. We are moving tomorrow and have been packing. I am grateful that moving day is soon.
  3. Helpers. Daughter enlisted her church folks to help move her things since she’s not moving too well these days. My back is also appreciative of these kind people. We have movers hired, but many hands make light work. Daughter had the job of pointing people where to go with things. I think she will have fun with that.
  4. Sharpies because when you move, you need to mark those boxes.
  5. Liquor stores. These are the best places to get boxes. I like these boxes because they are clean. They have not had produce with gnats in them. They have compartments which are great for breakables.
  6. Good shoes. When you are walking around and sorting and climbing and figuring things out, those feet want to be happy. Good shoes are your friends.
  7. Water. We stocked up on water the other day. Hydration is so important and with the heat, woooo weeeee better sip up a bit.
  8. Kind people. They sure make the world a better place.
  9. Life is busy but in a good kind of way.
  10. YOU – what are your thankfuls? I think after this weekend I will be thankful for a nap.
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Ten Things of Thankful – July 30 2021

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Happy Friday and TTOT Day – Can you believe we are already at the end of July! That’s just peachy!

Let’s slice up a bowl of peachy thoughts!

  1. Daughter received injections and is gradually improving.
  2. Daughter is having fun with her art class.
  3. – 6. Air Conditioning! Ceiling Fans! Ice! Ice Cream! That is four thankfuls!
  4. My back treatment on Monday seems to have helped and I have my last one next week.
  5. The nurse for the back treatment is a sweetheart and I will miss her, but not the ouchy procedures.
  6. I have a place to sleep each night.
  7. Sisterhood of the Garden of Neuro group. I feel so much better from interactions with these lovely folks who are about the good vibes of the world. We had a lovely poetry workshop last night. I will probably share more about it later. You can check out the group Garden of Neuro
  8. Books. I know I say that a lot, but I am grateful for books. AND in August it will be time for the Sealey Challenge where you can read one poetry book per day. I did that last year and it was fun. This year, I am moving and may have to make some adjustments. I want to finish some books I have started and post reviews. If I can do that for August, I may call it a success.
  9. Building a better boat. I am not a sailor nor a shipmate in the for reals world, but I am working on an ongoing effort to make this part of my world a better place. I notice there is a stir of people who are also looking at ways to create positive change. I am grateful for the support.
  10. YOU! What kinda jam will you be making with your harvest? Let’s hear about your week!
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Poet Talk with Bingz Huang

I was so fortunate to interview the wonderful poet and gentleness ambassador Bingz Huang for the podcast. Here is the PODCAST LINK, which is the audio of this video.

I met Bingz via the Garden of Neuro and I read her book.

This book is one to read! It is about nurturing. It is about gentleness. It is about being gentle with yourself.

I am excited that tonight in the Garden of Neuro, Bingz will be presenting a workshop with one of her poems from the book. It is a workshop for women at the Garden of Neuro, a #Save and Brave Space for women.

Here is the link: Garden of Neuro Found Poetry Event


Count Them: TEN Things of Thankful July 23 2021

It’s time for the BIG TEN!! TTOT!

  1. We have one answer for what is causing health issues for daughter and a treatment is in place.
  2. We had some cooling rain this week.
  3. My niece’s birthday was the 17th. My Goddaughter’s birthday was yesterday.
  4. Coffee.
  5. The pool has reopened and we have been in every night since.
  6. Reading lots of books and being enriched.
  7. A new client contract was sent.
  8. Back treatments are scheduled.
  9. I found a movie on YouTube about Jackie Gleason from the 2002 TV movie and started watching it. So far, I am finding it very interesting. I like to know the story behind some people and his is quite complex.
  10. YOU! Tell us how your week has been. I am sure that once you start pondering that you will be counting yourself in as thankful.
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In response to the Six Sentence Story Weekly Challenge


Careful to stay on point, I choose the place to position my focus

Everything around me has faded as I center my thoughts on the focal point

Not to be sidetracked, I fight the urge to look about and mind wander

Telling myself this is for a purpose I try my best to stay on point

Eventually, I loosen up, letting go of intrusive thoughts as I gain clarity

Releasing my anxieties, focusing on the point, breathing naturally, I am centered


Ten Things of Thankful – July 16 2021

Big Sister Paula and Little Sister Lisa

Welcome to another great week to be thankful! Let’s get this started!

  1. As you can see in the photo above, this is of my sister Paula and little me. It was New Year’s Eve starting into 1956, which means I was 2 and she was 6. I know it’s always a good idea to remember people on the day they were born, but 4 years ago this month, my sister was interred. It has been an emotionally tough week for me, yet I know her spirit is close by. My dreams have been vivid. And while she wasn’t in them, that I know of, I think she was stirring things up for me as a way to get through sadness. I am grateful that people can reach us even after they have passed this world. This is not up for challenge, but an experience of my own.
  2. Celebrating my other daughter’s upcoming birthday. This is my goddaughter from another mother. She has adopted me. She calls my “Mumply” and that is a term of endearment. I am grateful to have been adopted by her and her husband.
  3. Daughter has appointments to resolve what has turned into mysteries of the body, but I am confident we will find answers. I am grateful for the resources to make this happen.
  4. While it is hot, hot, and did I mention HOT?! it is nice enough for lots of plant growth in the herb pots my daughter planted.
  5. I don’t think I mentioned that there was a fire a couple levels above us. We had a water shower in our place, but it could have been worse. We pray to recoup our losses, but it could be worse. Nobody was hurt anywhere in this incident.
  6. Someone sent me a book I wanted soooo much, but have been putting off as a financial thing. Squeeee!!!
  7. Virtual opps. The pandemic may have pushed the videos but in my world, they won’t stop. I interviewed someone last night who is from another country. How could I do THAT in person? I am grateful for international influences in my life.
  8. People who step up to the plate. I have had so many will people to help me in my business. Often, I hold virtual meetings to help other writers and I love it when I ask someone to do something and they are so willing.
  9. The pool. Yes, I will say it! I am grateful for our community pool. It has been out of use since the 4th and I think it will be back tomorrow.
  10. YOU – What are you gratefuls? Let’s hear them.
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Ten Things of Thankful – July 9 2021

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Happy Friday and TTOT Day! Let’s hop to it!

Things I am thankful for this week:

  1. Safe at home. There was a fire two stories up and we had water damages, but nobody got hurt and we are now back at home and safe.
  2. Beach time happened for a day trip.
  3. Bonus beach time resulted in fresh shrimp from the boat.
  4. Melons are pretty scrumptious about now.
  5. Daughter has gotten help with pain and hope to have more help today.
  6. We got lots of rain on Thursday and no hurricane damages here.
  7. Ability to do things.
  8. Poetry has been especially exciting as I see more people try their hand at it.
  9. My nieces new little baby girl is just adorable.
  10. YOU! What’s your week been like? How about sharing?
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Boisterous, Bowling, Being Together is a Blast

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Charlie bowled us over with his jokes.

Simone bowled so many strikes, she was declared the champion.

I was in the company of both people when Maureen brought a big bowl of popcorn.

We gathered some smaller bowls and helped ourselves to the delicious, buttery treat.

Harold could be spotted a mile away with his bowler hat, toting the sodas.

We all tried on his hat and had a fun, lighthearted time, full of snacks, fun, and togetherness.

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There you have it! My Six Sentence Story for this week. Hope it didn’t bowl you over, too much!

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Sweet Daddy

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Sweet Daddy

Daddy, I miss you and who you were

and how together we’d family surf.

You taught me to love the taste of candy

and to get chocolate stars was dandy.

A quarter at the candy store

would take me hours to spend for sure.

When days were long, and thoughts were few

that bag of candy would get me through.

Ice cream was our best shared treat

and you would buy it for the kids on our street.

They’d gather ‘round for ice cream cones

and with you as their surrogate, they felt at home.

There you have it! That is my Six Sentence Story to the prompt word “quarter.”

You can join in at Girlie on the Edge HERE


Ten Things of Thankful – June 11 2021

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Happy Friday and TTOT day! Let’ do this!

  1. Parades to celebrate freedoms
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2. Dancing without judgment

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3. Togetherness with family and friends.

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4. Humor

5. Music

6. Hope

Hope in a Box

7. Help.

the Trevor Project

8. Happiness

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9. Acceptance


10. You – What are your thankfuls?

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Poet Talk with Chyrel J. Jackson & Lyris D. Wallace – Let’s Talk about a NEW Book

I had the pleasure of interviewing these two lovely women for my podcast and YouTube and, as you can see, above is the YouTube and below is the podcast link.

Prolific Pulse Poetry Podcast – Mirrored Images

If you are interested in purchasing this lovely book you can go to this link Mirrored Images.

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Dusting, sweeping, window washing—the family readied their home for the presence of grandmother.

Oh, thought Priscilla, it’s going to be fun, I can hardly wait until she gets here. Giggling beside herself,

Priscilla picked out her finest dress and slipped on her sparkly slippers, and she even decorated Fluffy.

“You sure are excited,” Priscilla’s mother exclaimed.

Priscilla gave an impish grin; “I can’t wait to see the presents.”

This was when Priscilla had her first lesson about homonyms.


This is my response to the weekly prompt from Girlie on the Edge.

Perhaps you would like to write something.


Ten Things of Thankful – June 4 2021

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Good Morning and happy Friday and happy June!! Let’s get started.

  1. I like this sky picture because it is beautiful with the various colors and designs, just like people, we are all different, but look whatever a majestic presence we represent. I am thankful for this and that all people have a place in the grand scheme of things.
  2. I like the rain, despite it cutting into play time at the pool, it is watering the many gardens of life and while it’s coming down, we can take the time to do other things and be creative.
  3. It’s June, which – like the last couple of months – is getting a new name “Majun” I am wondering if the rest of the year will be like this. I do like cooler weather, so I won’t complain.
  4. Berries – they are sweeter and I love it!
  5. I am in this book which is from the Triangle Association of Freelancers. It’s essays and poetry about books which have made a difference in our lives. I am happy to be among those accepted for this book.

6. It is First Friday and it is usually when the artists and musicians and foodies celebrate in and outdoors in Raleigh and many of the venues for art are free to enjoy. We have gone several times and particularly enjoy the variety of art and seeing artists in their studios. If the weather is decent, you will likely see dancing in the streets by performing groups, perhaps a drum formation and whatever is ever whatever on the agenda.

7. I have been doing some videos with David Martin, Founder and Chief Editor of Fine Lines. These are fun to do and I always learn something new. Summer Camp is coming up, too. Here’s the last video we did about journaling:

8. Summer Camp is coming soon! I hope to see you there.

9. I saved the best for last: Daughter appears to be moving a little bit better. Baby steps, but I think that PT is helping. It’s a slow process, but eventually she will be back to her old, feisty self.

10. YOU! What’s up with your life? I saw some geese and their babies walking alongside the road the other day and they were adorable. How can we not smile at nature’s new offspring! Please do share your thankfuls.

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Butterfly Love

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Butterfly Love

Fluttering about fairy gardens,
vivid colors and purposeful lives,
butterflies know their calling.

Eat until they are filled and full,
build a protective crysalis,
until they emerge as butterflies.

An artist and storyteller
by the name of Eric Carle
brought a hungry caterpillar
into the homes of many families.
School teachers brought the story
into classrooms and inspired children.

That’s what happens when a seed is planted
in a book, in art, in voice—

It lasts forever in the artfulness, in the
Imaginations of humankind.

Butterflies live on when the world
keeps feeding them
with fairy gardens, simple garden paths,
massive wildflower fields,
all this by caring for the lands.

Help butterflies live
whatever length of time they can
as they are called to be,
as we are called to support.

Learn more about butterflies from this link to the Smithsonian.

Learn more about Eric Carle from this link to the dedicated website.

This posting is in response to the Sunday Prompt of the Poetry Circle from the Garden of Neuro.

poetry, six sentence story


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Powerful waves rush to the shore as I

lounge in the chaise with toes in gritty sand.

Sandy shores, crunch under weathered old soles.

Souls lost on the shores across other lands

find their place to reside and live within.

Whether or not the vessels believe this

hearts beat and lives live on because of those

who gave their lives for their own true reasons.

We are powerless to know human minds.

We are powerful to make up our own.

There you have it! This is my response to the prompt: POWERFUL for this weeks Six Sentence Story

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Ten Things of Thankful – May 28 2021

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TGIF and time to reflect on those who aren’t here to say TGIF… As we embark on Memorial Day Weekend it’s time to think about being thankful for those who gave their all. There is always a debate about remembering those who give all now but are living and those who lost their lives because of giving all for their country. I am going to focus on being mindful of this as I do this post, so let’s just see how it goes.

  1. Technology which helps save lives.
  2. Toes in the sand and mindfulness that boots have also walk these sands.
  3. Time does not stop and when it does there is a soul.
  4. Taxes to pay so that others can be of service.
  5. The taste of things that might not be possible with different circumstances.
  6. Tanks that are full.
  7. Talking freely because of the fight for the right.
  8. Thanksgiving is no longer about injustice.
  9. Last, but not least – those who gave all.
  10. YOU – let’s hear your thankfuls. Edgar wants to hear them, too.
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Ten Things of Thankful – May 21 2021

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Good Morning! Happy TTOT! Let’s hop to it!

  1. I am going to get to go to the Creative Writing Summer Camp. Perhaps you would like to go, too.

2. Tax season is over.

3. Kay Doiron, my cover artist and great niece finished the book cover art for my next personal book of poetry. This was just in time for the upcoming birth of her baby, to be determined by God’s own plan. I am so thankful when Kay does the art work. She always “gets” what I am looking for.

4. We had a nice turnout for the Book Launch party. I did not record it, but we had a great time.

That’s the book:

5. It’s been a different kind of week in that I am doing more art than usual. That is always a positive.

6. Daughter is going to PT and comes home sore, so it must be doing some good.

7. Did you know that when you ask for a blessing, you open a window and it may take a whole door to take in all the goodness. Yeah…I have to remember that. And I am grateful to have to open my door.

8. I had a first meeting with an awesome coach and now I have an idea to develop. It’s like it’s always been there and I have done some things about it, but I am gaining clarity. I started by writing something and submitting it and it was accepted. I have another writing project to work on along the same lines. #7 is the result of seek and you will find.

9. The pool is supposed to open next week and the temps are going up, so maybe, just maybe MarPril is moving on and allowing PrilAyUne to come along.

10. Welcome to the path where you can lead the way. You are never alone when you share with others. What are you thankful for? The kitty wants to know.

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Lovely New York Night – A Word Cloud

Jamie walked alone

on the Manhattan sidewalk

she made her morning trip

to the subway

last night, under the moon

where shadows allowed

lovers to steal kisses

in the distance

guitar music played

the musician was expecting

a bountiful night

strumming under a dogwood


written on a slate

what a sweet adventure last night

while working the acrylics

with a palette knife

Jamie noticed him

he watched as she

scraped paint on canvas

his voice, meek as a lamb

he offered to buy her coffee

she told him “no, thank you”

he left on his bicycle

returned with tulips

she shared her spinach, avocado wrap

while observing dancing cardinals

they chuckled, observing a drunken bee

attempt to check the flowers

in the excitement

he asked her for a date

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Ten Things of Thankful – Hey it’s MAY!!!

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Hey April! May is here ALREADY! Phew…April just flew by! It’s Already May 7th and time for TTOT!

  1. We get to see mama this weekend. It’s been tooooooo long.
  2. Silver Linings – The proof arrived and boy, oh boy am I glad I got a proof copy. I have some serious pudding to stir from this proof. “Did I do that…?” Yes, I did. If you are ever planning to publish, always get a proof copy before you send your child into the world. I am grateful it arrived sooner than I was informed and I have it all marked up to make changes today.
  3. I am going to be grateful it is raining as April was kinda light on the juice. And I am grateful my family in Alabama escaped unscatched, maybe a tree and neighbor’s fence got toppled, but people did not.
  4. that’s 2 up there
  5. people who support life’s adventures
  6. immunizations DONE
  7. Nurses – that’s this week on the 12th, but I believe the whole month is most accurate for these fine folks who put it all out there to help us.
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8. Help with pain. The treatments I had over a year ago have passed their limit and I started a new round and I am grateful that the first treatment has provided such relief.

9. Fun! I wrote this story and thought I would share. It’s fun to try a little humor out.

Ladies of the Garden

10. YOU! What are your thankfuls for the week? You can go to the link and let us know or put it in the comments. Blue wants to know!!

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Goodbye April

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Goodbye April

goodbye April days
which melt to April nights
when my muse would
tickle my toes
at 4 a.m.
psst, I have a poem
the flood would hit
wake up or not
it was a tidal wave
some days I’d ride
some days I’d sleep
most days my muse
would smile
this last day
she let me sleep
thank you, Chloe
goodbye April days
May comes with
new poems
I am sure

Prompt Source: Write Better Poetry


Ten Things of Thankful – April 30 2021

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TGIF and TTOT all on one day! Let’s hop to it!

  1. National Poetry Month daily poems ends today. I am grateful for the challenge and that this is the last day I need to find a prompt. I can guarantee that on May 1 I will still be writing a poem.
  2. I was able to keep up with #1 and brought along some others.
  3. The Garden of Neuro has been a nice group of women to get to know and I am grateful for making new friends and many of my friends have chosen to join.
  4. My book is almost ready to publish. I am working on the cover art, but want to tweak it some more.
  5. Change is something I adapt to well. I think it’s from being a military kid and then moving every so many years afterward. We have to move because the community is wanting all unimproved apartments to be improved. The good news is that we are getting to go into an improved apartment. It’s just waiting for one to open up, but we have until December for an opening to happen. I am grateful we have time.
  6. It is almost pool season. As May is sticking it’s nose over the fence, that means one more month to splish splash.
  7. We get to see Mama in a week. We have not seen her in over a year. We are pretty excited.
  8. I started a new gig. I did it last year and was approved to do it again, so I am happy about that.
  9. It has been magnificently beautiful weather.
  10. YOU – What’s your thankful? Robert wants to know… Just pop it in the link below!
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art, call for submissions

Call for Artists

We are so excited as the next volume of A Safe and Brave Space is coming out by year’s end. In fact, poetry and art submissions are still open until September 30.

Here is some newer news! We have decided to open up a cover art contest. The main focus is that the art reflects the theme of A Safe and Brave Space. This is a book by women and we want to celebrate another year of poetry and art! And, of course, being in a safe and brave space to discuss matters of this world.

Are you an artist? Would you like to submit for this contest? There will be a $25 prize awarded to the winner.

After we have confirmed the winning art, we will be opening up another contest for the book cover design, so stay tuned. It is coming soon!

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poetry, six sentence story

Love Knots

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Love Knots

Her matron of honor worked the bride’s hair into love knots, adorned with ribbons of blue.

Her mother gently rubbed knots from her daughter’s hair to allow her nightly brush.

She tied her shoes in double knots so she could run without tripped strings and skinned knees.

She felt knots in her stomach when she experienced her first kiss, from the equally knotted boy.

Clover was joined in love knots, to create a crown for her pretend wedding at aged six.

All decked out for her first infant show, she cooed as her mother adorned her hair with ribbons of blue.


This is my submission for the Six Sentence Story prompt work KNOT, thank you to Girlie on the Edge for her devotion to hosting this weekly challenge.