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ANNOUNCEMENT! “Fog” by Wil Michael Wrenn is available via Kindle ebooks for .99 NOW through May 12!

We are excited to offer this fantastic book of poetry for a BOOK RELEASE SPECIAL! Of course, you will want that paperback version, for sure. And – of course – Kindle Unlimited members can even read this book at no cost. AMAZON

We hope you will also leave a review, regardless of which source you choose.

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ANNOUNCEMENT! Hoods of Motherhood by Lindsay Soberano Wilson is now Available!


How do we reconcile the outdated notions of being a selfless matriarch with a modern-day understanding that being a mom is about learning to give back to yourself in order to give to others?

How do we learn to accept what it is we wish to hold from our matriarchs and yet also release to become empowered mothers with our own wants, needs, and values?

In Hoods of Motherhood: A Collection of Poems, Lindsay Soberano Wilson, a first-generation Jewish Canadian granddaughter of Romanian Holocaust survivors and Spanish Moroccan immigrants, compiles a bittersweet portrayal of becoming a mother. From the highs and lows of recurrent miscarriages to contending with c-section shame, to larger issues such as intergenerational trauma, and everyday issues like breastfeeding, Soberano Wilson’s first full book of poetry, is relatable, lyrical, and confessional with evocative imagery, allusions, wordplay, rhyme, and rhythm.

What Others Say

The at once soft and brash reality of motherhood is paired with the beauty and nostalgia
of mothering in Hoods of Motherhood by Lindsay Soberano Wilson. The poet’s truthful treatise on both the resilience and challenges and joy and humor of motherhood will be familiar to anyone who has been a mother or had a mother. Soberano Wilson masterfully captures the dance we mothers create as we find balance between being mothers and self-flourishing. While the poems are rooted in the experience of motherhood, fierce and tender, they catalyze the ancestral healing of past, present, and future generations.
Hoods of Motherhood earns a permanent place on my bookshelf. 

Aimee Brown Gramblin, Writer and Poet


This lyrical collection buzzes with energy, beautiful imagery and memorable ruminations on everything from parenthood to art to our natural world. Soberano-Wilson is definitely a
poet to watch.

David Silverberg, founder and former artistic director of Toronto Poetry Slam,
author of As Close to the Edge Without Going Over (ChiZine Books)


Lindsay Soberano Wilson’s “Hoods of Motherhood” is a collection of deeply personal and introspective poems that offer a lyrical and evocative exploration of the themes related to the experience of motherhood, including personal history and self-care. In her poetry, Wilson contemplates the challenges of raising a child while reflecting on the impact of her family’s history and trauma, including the Holocaust and the experiences of its survivors. Through her writing, Wilson engages in a healing ritual, using poetry to cleanse herself of these experiences and find solace and understanding. Her evocative language and poignant imagery invite readers to immerse themselves in the emotional landscape of motherhood, where the mundane details of daily life blend with the weight of historical memory, creating a rich and textured tapestry of human experience.

Michal Mahgerefteh, Managing Editor, Poetica Publishing


This is a powerful collection about the challenges of motherhood. Readers will be drawn
equally to the relatability of the themes and the impressive wordplay. Fuelled by a passion, each poem deftly explores the polarizing nature of parenthood with a jaunty writing style that is as explosive as poignant. Whether the stereotype challenging “Down With Cool Girl” or the lyrical “Our Sanctuary”, this collection is consistently engaging and enlightening.

Scott Carter author of Blind Luck and Barrett Fuller’s Secret

About The Author

Soberano-Wilson graduated from Concordia University’s Creative Writing program and went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Canadian League of Poets. Her poetry has been published in Fine Lines Literary Journal, FreshVoices, The Embrace of Dawn, PoetryPause, Quills Erotic Canadian Poetry Magazine, Canadian Woman Studies
Journal, Poetica Magazine,
and various anthologies, and online literary magazines and blogs.

Her debut chapbook, Casa de mi Corazón: A Travel Journal of Poetry and Memoir (Poetica Publishing), is a hybrid journal of poetry and memoir about how her sense of community, identity, and home was shaped by her past travels.

She has demonstrated that her brazen, yet gentle voice, speaks to an audience as reflected by her growing following across social media platforms, such as Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Medium.

Where to Find

Hoods of Motherhood: A Collection of Poems is available on several platforms and can be accessed via the following:


Barnes & Noble




and Other Online Retailers


Virtual Book Launch

Live Book Launch

Hoods of Motherhood will be featured at a live book launch where you can meet the author. This will be held at Flying Books・784 College St.・Toronto, ON More June 22, 6:30-8 p.m. EST

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Ten Things of Thankful – April 22 2023

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It’s TTOT time and here we go!

Reasons to be grateful

doors that are welcome to be knocked on

health protected by tests and precautions

people who hold hands instead of arms

time devoted to getting to know true persons

parents who, despite their own struggles, taught us better

friends who become family and family who become friends

a community where I can find unjudgmental support

passion about the worth of persons

those who take stands, leaving their positive mark

the ability to write about what I want

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ANNOUNCEMENT! The Good Dog by Laura Stamps is Available!

It is so exciting to announce the release of The Good Dog by Laura Stamps. Let’s check out what this fun and touching novella is about:


Ashley is not a dog person. She’s not. Just ask her. Yet for some reason she’s obsessed with Chihuahuas. And she’s not happy about it. No, not at all. Not when she has other issues to deal with. Like chronic anxiety. And panic attacks. And a crazy ex-husband who can’t stop stalking her. Yeah, the last thing Ashley needs is a dog. Or so she thinks. Until a stranger at PetSmart tells her a dog is better than a husband. Could this be true? Ready or not, Ashley is about to find out. Endearing, empowering, entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny. THE GOOD DOG is all of that and more!

Excerpt from the Book


Don’t know how it happened. Have no idea. But I’m obsessed with dogs. It’s a new thing for me. This obsession. Relatively new. Just in the last month. Okay, maybe two months. Possibly three. Okay, four. Whatever. And not all dogs. Just small dogs. The smallest. Chihuahuas. I’m obsessed with Chihuahuas. And I have no idea why. Makes no sense. Absolutely none. The last thing I need is a dog. Dogs are too needy. Everyone knows that. Needy. Not what I want. Not what I need. Even from a dog. And yet, and yet. I seem to be obsessed. With these little Chihuahuas.


But here’s the thing. I know nothing about dogs. Don’t even like dogs. Never wanted a dog. Never owned a dog. Well, not technically. Not me personally. Okay, we had a dog when I was in high school. A big dog. But it wasn’t my dog. It was my brother’s dog. Dogs were his thing. He was the one who wanted a dog. Not me. He was the one who promised to take care of it. Pleaded, begged, pestered our parents for a dog. Relentless, he was. Then one night dad took too many pills (he called them his “mood elevators”), ended up in the pet department at Richway (we still don’t know how that happened), and bought a puppy. Pill poppers, my parents. Both of them. Mom was just as bad. Worse, even. Filled her prescription every month at the local pharmacy. One hundred pills at a time (what was her doctor thinking?). Those green and black capsules. Everywhere. All over the house. I’ll never forget them. High anxiety. That’s what she said she had. Too bad those pills never worked. On the anxiety. As for the high? Oh, yeah. Worked like a charm.


We only had a dog for a year. Ran away the first chance it got. The quest for greener pastures, I suppose. Or maybe it just wanted to be fed. Dogs need to eat. And drink. It’s important. But my brother wasn’t so good at that. Or brushing or walking or playing with a dog. He was lousy at that too. It was probably the weed. Quite the doper, my brother. A year later we were dogless again. And my brother never mentioned dogs again. And dad. He never went to Richway again. But then he never remembered how he got there the first time. He was good at that. Never remembering. But that was dad.


My best friend thinks my obsession with Chihuahuas is a guilt thing. Like I feel bad about the way my family treated that dog. Like I could make up for it by adopting a dog and taking good care of it. Like this would fix all the bad things that happened back then. To the dog. To me. To my brother. Like that would make everything right. But would it really? No. Not even close.


And if you think I like being obsessed with Chihuahuas, think again. Just because I joined a national group for Chihuahua rescue on Facebook. Just because I comment with little hearts on all the posts for homeless and abused Chihuahuas. Just because I cruise my local Petco every week to look at dog sweaters. Just because I know the color, size, weight, age, and sex of the Chihuahua I would want if I wanted one (which I don’t). If I ever adopted one (which I won’t). None of that means anything. Nothing. Not a thing. Nada. Do you hear me? 


However, speaking of that Facebook group, you should have seen yesterday’s post. The one about the tiny Chihuahua, the tan one (the color I want), four pounds (the weight I want), about three years old (the age I want), female (the sex I want) in a precious pink sweater. Such a tiny little thing. Tiny, tiny. And then there’s this. This! She only has one eye. Can you imagine? Poor abused, neglected dog. Poor little Polly. That’s her name. Fully vetted. Available for adoption. And she’s in Dallas. Thirty minutes from where I live. How amazing is that? I hope a good person adopts her. She deserves it. A good person with a loving home. Someone who knows what it’s like to be abused. To escape. To finally get away from the people who hurt you. Someone like me. But not me. Someone to spoil her. To give her more love than she can imagine. That. That’s what Polly deserves. Someone who likes dogs. Someone who wants a dog. A dog person. But not me. No. Not me.


And yet, and yet. She’s so adorable. In that little pink sweater. I do love those tiny dog sweaters. Too cute. Too bad I’m not interested. And I’m not. Well, maybe. One day. I don’t know. Dallas is only thirty minutes away. Maybe I could go. Just to look. Nothing more. A good, loving person. Like me. But not me. A dog person. That’s what Polly needs. Someone to love her. Like she deserves to be loved. Someone she can love. Like me. But not me. What do you think? Should I go? Maybe. I don’t know. Okay. Just to look.  


To order a signed copy from the author, email:

About the Author

Laura Stamps loves to play with words and create experimental forms for her fiction and prose poetry. She is the author of 50 novels, novellas, short story collections, and poetry books. Most recently: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RIDE: CAT MANIA (2021, Alien Buddha Press), DOG DAZED: A NOVELLA (2022, Kittyfeather Press), and ADDICTED TO DOG MAGAZINES: A NOVELLA (Impspired, 2023). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in over 2000 magazines, anthologies, broadsides, and literary journals worldwide. Laura has won numerous awards, including the Muses Prize. She is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize nomination and 7 Pushcart Prize nominations. You can find her every day on Facebook (Laura Stamps). Website:  

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Book Launch! Homecoming by Rebecca N. Herz

We are happy to announce that we will have a Book Launch for Rebecca N. Herz and her debut poetry chapbook “Homecoming and other poems.” The event will be held on Sunday, January 22 at 2 p.m. EST and will include guests Zaneta Varnado Johns and Jill Sharon Kimmelman, both published poets with international recognition.

You can find links to Rebecca’s book by going to this link: Rebecca N. Herz-Homecoming

We are having a .99 ebook special on (accesssible by abovementioned link). This runs until Saturday, January 21.

You can register for the Book Launch on Event Brite:

Rebecca N. Herz was recently featured on The World Inkers Network.

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Social Justice Inks – The Turn of the Year into the Forever of Justice

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Each year, we create an anthology and this year we are so proud of the passionate and absolutely honest “Social Justice Inks-Anthology of Poetry.”

It all started with a panel through Living Social. This included C. Miller, Chyrel J. Jackson, Lyris D. Wallace, and LaVan Robinson.

After this meetup an open mic was held and from then on it was all systems go to produce this anthology. After the open mic, it became obvious that the next step would be to publish the anthology. With a call for submissions and tremendous response, we worked together to make it happen. We are grateful for all the support, including that of ShugaShuga Publishing LLC, SistersRoc’nRhyme, Garden of Neuro Institute, and Living Poetry.

We offer the utmost gratitude to Zaneta Varnado Johns, who served with dedication as the co-editor. What an honor to have the help of someone so in tune to what needs to be heard. And if anybody has an editor’s eye, it’s Zan.

Contributing authors to Social Justice Inks were:

Bartholomew Barker, Binod Diwadi, C. Miller, Chanah Wizenberg, Christopher D. Sims, Chyrel J. Jackson,

Dan Brook, Doug Stuber, Elliot m rubin, Howard Moon, Indy Samra, Ivor Steven, Jaya Avendel,

Jia-Li Yang, Jill Sharon Kimmelman, Joan McNerney, Joni Caggiano, K. Ann Pennington, Karuna Mistry,

LaVan Robinson, Lisa Bolin, Lyris D. Wallace, Marisela Brazfield, Marjorie Maddox, Nanci Arvizu,

Norbert Gora, Nayanjyoti Baruah, Pratibha Savani, Rebecca Herz, Reena Nag, Richa Dinesh Sharma,

 Richard Fireman, Richard O. Ogunmodede, Robin Klammer, Robin Oakman, Rupa Rao, Sarfraz Ahmed,

Steve Anc, Susan Brearley, Susan Hering, Susi Bocks, Timo Schmitz, Yumica P. Thompson,

Zaneta Varnado Johns, Lisa Tomey=Zonneveld, and cover artist Kay Payne.

We are indeed grateful for the heartfelt contributions to this anthology, a true work of art.

Following the publication of Social Justice Inks we held an open mic for the contributors and guests. Today is the first day it has been shown, saving this until the turn of the years.

May 2023 bring us all a year of hope and action to make certain that we use the powers we hold to make a change for justice.

Blessings and Peace to You All.

Lisa Tomey-Zonneveld, Manager, Prolific Pulse Publishing LLC

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Constellations by Richard Fireman is available & We Are Celebrating

Richard is looking forward to sharing his first book of poetry with the world and invites everyone to attend his book launch.

The Book Launch for “Constellations” will be held virtually on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 4 p.m. EST

Free Tickets are available on EventBrite, link below.

You can learn more about Richard and his debut poetry book by going to Prolific Pulse and by watching these interviews:

Ready to purchase your copy of “Constellations?”

Available on Barnes & Noble Books A Million ABE Books Strand Book Store

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The Talk – The Walk – Every time you leave home words to live by

The Talk – The Walk – Every time you leave home words to live by

Last night, I watched the first episode of the Emmett Till Documentary for the second time. It’s the true story as told by people who knew this young man. Emmett Till was born in 1941. At this time in 2022 he would be celebrating 81 years of life. Instead, at the young age of 14 her was lynched in what Martin Luther King stated that it “might be considered one of the most brutal and inhuman crimes of the twentieth century.”

This incident resulted in a short-lived life because of prejudice. I believe that if a white child had whistled, it would have been laughed off as cute. In 2022 it would have been plastered all over social media as funny.

Therein lies one of many differences. The very most a white child would have gotten was a reprimand, or a talking to, but never a lynching. Never have his life taken.

So, let’s do that fast forward to today. I was talking with a black mother of two yesterday. One is an adult son and the other is an eleven-year-old daughter. I was telling her about The Talk project we are working on in the Garden of Neuro. She thought it was a great idea and offered more input. She informed me that this is about more than a talk but a whole life, day-by-day, when your child is reminded about how to hold up their character in society. When her children walk out the door, they have rules to live by. The rules that black children follow are not the same rules that white people tell their children. I know. I am a white parent.

The white parent says, look people in the eye to show confidence. The black parent says, be cautious about looking white people in the eye as they may say you are threatening to them.

The white parent says, offer your hand to shake a man’s hand. The black parent says, don’t be the one to offer a handshake, but shake the hand if it is offered.

The white parent says, stop by the store on the way to school and pick up a treat. The black parent says, stop by the store on the way to school, get your treat quickly and take it to the register. And be sure to keep your hands where they can be seen.

Emmett Till went into a store and whistled. It cost him his life. It was not his fault.

Flash forward to Trayvon Martin, who is 2012 lost his life at the age of 17. He was walking down the street, an innocent young man— shot because he was walking while black.

What is the difference between these two young men? One death was 77 years ago and the other was ten years ago. Another has and will continue to happen until things change.

Did you know that Emmett Till had “The Talk” given to him? Yes, he did. His own cousin spoke about it in the documentary. That’s the point. The talk about how to conduct oneself when walking out the door, and add social media indoors today— It is, as my friend stated yesterday, more than a talk, but a life you have to live and breathe each day.

Some may wonder why this white woman wants to hear about a talk that BIPOC have with their family members and friends. Anyone who truly knows me knows that my life has never been about black and white. It has always been about people. It has always been about my study of people and concern that people learn to get along. It is important – and I will speak from my own sociologist experience – that we understand what is going on in others’ lives, so we can be more compassionate, so we can make this a better place to live, so that we can be a part of the warm, love-filled environment that was meant to be. And if I appear to wear rose-colored glasses, so be it. Give me ones with purple frames.

I want to read these stories that I cannot tell. I want to know what people of color are dealing with day by day. I want to be inclusive in this life. And this is why I want to read these stories.

Do you have a story to tell? Please send it to the Call for Submissions for The Talk. This is open to BIPOC and their families and friends who have experienced the talk, the way of life, the rules for living. We want to hear them.

By the way, my friend also said something that I have been saying for a long time. The young people these days are going to change the world, and it will be a better place where we will get along. Let’s start with the talk and let’s be a part of that change.

Click here to go to Garden of Neuro Call for Submissions for The Talk

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If These Walls Could Talk

If These Walls Could Talk

If these walls could talk
they’d tell mom’s stories
of her younger years
and the adventures of
family and friends
throughout our lives

They’d tell of wonders
how that first date would go
while sister curled my hair
and put makeup on
my 12 year old face
while I perspired in her dress

They’d offer witness of each brother
who came home on military leave
to celebrate accomplishments
and share family life
and visits to old buddies

They’d tell of phone calls
from far away, from old friends
who never forgot relationships
were more important than things

These walls would tell of tears
laughter, hugs, kisses goodnight
and all the life held in between
these floral papers, these quiet walls
if only, they could talk

Lisa Tomey-Zonneveld (c)

Memories of happy times in our lives are such blessings. I wish there had been a record of all the stories my mother alone would tell. As I am working on recording these, to the best of my memory, tears come and my heart warms. Later in his life, I recorded stories of daddy and his telling of his World War II service. I treasure that tape and the document created.

As I was working on Caring for Souls, what helped me is to look at old photographs of growing up. This has brought up so many memories that I am continuing to work in this process for another book.

Sometimes, we end up being the one who has been involved with caring for others or having others care for us. Mom did not care for having to be cared for, but it happened just the same. It was the love that was shared between and outside the walls that built these kind of relationships.

Are you caring for someone now? Please share in the comments. I want to hear about it, if you are comfortable.

May all your walls be covered with memories via photos, art, and more.

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Caring for Souls – Exciting News!

It is so exciting to announce that Caring for Souls is now available at many online retailers. If you go to this link you will be able to see the stores which have this collection, thus far. CARING FOR SOULS

Guess what?! We are having a BOOK LAUNCH for this book of poetry, prose, essays, art projects, activities, and more. You can register on Meetup

Hope you can attend and share in the fun! Questions: email

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he hung on the end of a branch, held by a strong, thick limb, the trunk made no comment

just stood tall, innocent, years of rings within— to count them, means you’d have to

cut down the tree, but why would you want to do that, this tree is innocent

rains bucketed the skies and woosh, he fell from the branch, flowing to freedom

a forgone conclusion that this innocent tree and simple autumn leaf have a purpose

the strong, thick limb— innocent, men who were hung- they were not guilty at all


This is my 6 line poem in response to this challenge: Girlie on the Edge

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The Operation

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She found the most plump, well-rounded, orangest subject

As she studied the lines between the prominent ridges

She looked for just the right place to make an incision

Careful not to lose focus and distort her vision for perfection

She drew perfect marks for the removal of the cap

As the pumpkin sat still on the firmest of structure


This is my Six Sentence Story for this week. It will be linked to the reader board later this week. Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for the keyword STRUCTURE


Ten Things of Thankful-October 14 2022

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It’s TTOT time and although I am two days late and missed last week, I am back today, so let’s hop to it.

  1. Free photos to share. I love the one above. Doesn’t it look like donuts? Now, I bet you want some donuts!
  2. Tax season part two has today and tomorrow and then it is over with for a little while. Well…
  3. My new office space. I rearranged my whole living room so that my office space is now separated from living space. It has helped me feel better and I am closer to the window, so I can watch the birds and enjoy the trees. This may help me with screen health as it diverts my eyes whenever a bird comes to visit.
  4. A community that comes together. I am sure you have heard about the shootings in Raleigh, such a horrible tragedy. People who care swoooped in and started doing such heartfelt things for the community affected.
  5. The handshake. It still exists and may be coming back since the pandemic has somewhat been lifted.
  6. Along with handshakes are hugs. I am not a huge hugger, but I won’t turn one down.
  7. The hard copy proof of Caring for Souls should be here soon. It is supposed to ship on Monday.
  8. Daughter was able to go on a road trip with her friend and enjoy the hot air balloon festival in Statesville. She chose not to go up in a balloon, but her friend went up.
  9. As I look out the window, I see the most beautful red leaves among the green. I love it!
  10. YOU

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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

cover art by Kay Payne

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.”

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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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Ten Things of Thankful-May 19 2023

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Happy Friyay! It’s TTOT time. So, let’s get started!

  1. Shout out for Mother’s Day and the week that was! As many of you know, I am an adoptive mother and I am fortunate to have this sunshine in my life. She’s all of 47 now and still keeps me hopping.
  2. Is your mother on the other side of the veil, like mine? My mother has been gone for several year, but she’s not missing. She’s always in my heart. I do miss her presence, but I often feel her spirit.
  3. One thing that I missed while growing up is a close relationahip with grandmothers. I remember every occassion when we saw each other, but with military and long distances, it was difficult to connect. I actually learned more about my paternal grandmother through my cousin. In the last years of grandma’s list I was able to spend time with her, but she was not always aware of who I was. It was still special to spend time with her. It was such a blessing to get to go to her sister’s and cousins and get to know some things with them. Here’s a photo of Grandma Tomey with her sisters. She is second from the left. Sorry it is ao tiny, but technology…
  4. Grandma Hall, mom’s mom, I have a couple of times I met her and she was quiet, but I can sure see some resemblance between her and mom, who I also favor.
  5. Other friend’s mothers. My BFF since junior high, Barbara’s mother was like a second mom to me. I am so grateful for her caring ways and how she took me in as if I were her own.
  6. When you lose your mother, sometimes you seek someone who has her qualities. It’s not always conscious, but I found myself drawn to people who were mom like. Of course, nobody could replace her, but it has been comforting through my life to borrow other people’s mothers.
  7. Have you ever found a mom in a movie or TV show who reminds you of your own? Or have you found mothers different than your own, who you also have been drawn to admire? I can often find the essence of my mother in others. What a blessing.
  8. Happy Mother’s Day Week!
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Ten Things of Thankful-May 5 2023

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  1. Great numbers from my checkup with the doctor yesterday!
  2. Lots of finished projects and progress with other projects.
  3. Tax season has calmed.
  4. Good news on a friend’s health progress.
  5. Tulips shared by a friend.
  6. Good golly is it pretty outside.
  7. Volunteers.
  8. Hope for prayerful asks.
  9. Health
  10. You