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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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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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Ten Things of Thankful – March 5 2021

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It’s already March! No way! Well, let’s hop to it before all of a sudden it’s April!

  1. Grocery specials-LOVE even more when it is coffee!
  2. Enthusiastic People-LOVE when I ask someone to help me and they don’t hesitate to say YES
  3. Pleasant Surprises-Daughter gave me some pretty decorative papers I can use for projects. She received them from a friend who had more than she needed.
  4. Sketchbook Revival is coming this month and daughter and I will participate in the program like we did last time. Click on the name up there and check it out and it is FREE!
  5. It is both Woman’s Month and Reading Month and what a lovely combo! I am looking forward to National Poetry Month, as well. So, I am thankful for these moments to celebrate!
  6. We had a package arrive and it took us a good while to order it because of all the specific details, and when we got it – it was all wrong, so wrong that it would cost us more money to resolve the issue, so we called customer service and returned it in the blink of an eye. I am grateful there was no drama.
  7. Health goals are being met.
  8. Writing goals are being met.
  9. Connecting with people who share a spiritual belief, simply for the assurance that hope is real
  10. YOU! What are you thankfuls? Come share… Rusty wants to know… In fact, he’s all ears!
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Ten Things of Thankful – September 25 2020

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Good Friday Morning! It’s time for TTOT!! Let’s do this!

  1. It is raining. I am happy for it. Fall is here. I am happy for that. Yay Rain, Yay Fall! I read, while editing that in the UK “Fall” is called “Autumn” and in the U.S. it is called “Fall.” Who knew? I will still be variable in what call it, depending on what I am writing. With haiku, I can see how it would be beneficial to use either, depending on syllables. Let’s see… Autumn rains falling – Fall has arrived shaking leaves – Soon to mulch gardens
  2. Oil change and state inspection went well, no issues. Yay for that! I was not worried, but you just never know when Silvia the Silver Civic might feel needy.
  3. Playing pool – in our newly renovated clubhouse they added a pool table. Since there are no people around, we played pool. We do enjoy playing pool and it’s nice it was available in a socially distanced environment. We go to the clubhouse on the weekend and get a beverage, watch HGTV and now play pool. The fact that we can do this without people around is a plus. Otherwise, we would not do this.
  4. The poem I wrote last week for TTOT, I worked on it and submitted it, and it was accepted for publication. Here is the published piece: Seasons of Renewal
  5. Tomorrow is the Poet’s Connection Poetry Reading and I am grateful to have a platform where I can present for a free trial.
  6. I read, this morning, about the property manager’s daughter’s memorial which is tomorrow. They have a Facebook page. It is a way to do acts of kindness in the memory of this young lady. You might want to check it out. Here is the link: Love From Paisley 2020
  7. I may have mentioned this before, but I am still thankful for Shut Up and Write which I participate in all over the country, including meeting people from other countries. Each group is a little different. We did have a local group but I don’t see them on there anymore. Maybe they decided to take a break. Here is the link for Shut Up & Write
  8. Steps are increasing. Each week we do step challenges and each week we exceed the prior week. This week is finishing out strong.
  9. Sunday is a non-committed day. We try to keep one day open where we can rest. It’s been working well for us. That is likely the day when special breakfast shows up or not, depending on the cook’s energy.
  10. And I a thankful for YOU! Would you like to join us for TTOT? Just click on the link and add your post. If you aren’t ready for this, just reply with what you are thankful for. And have a beautiful week.

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Ten Things of Thankful – September 11 2020

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It’s Friday and TTOT day! Let’s do it!

  1. Freedom and the ability to help others. For those of us who have it, we can help those who do not.
  2. Imagination – where would we be without it? It is often my way of coping, to seek hope when I sometimes feel overwhelmed. And imagine what life would be if we looked outside ourselves. Even though, if we choose to give, we do it for compassion and, frankly, because it feels good to do good.

3. Ability to go to the beach and clear my head. The perfect overcast day with bonus of natural social distancing (talking sparse after Labor Day).

Topsail Beach NC
I have not read this book, but must since I go to Topsail as “my” beach.

4. Getting Steps In! We are doing a steps challenge and getting more than our steps in each day and it is showing up on the scales. I feel miserable from COVID weight and hope to get back to the pre-COVID weight ASAP. I have very few taste buds working (no, it’s not COVID-it’s been this way for a good year) and instead of using that for an excuse not to eat as much, I actually seek something to satisfy what buds I have. The good news is that I had a reboot to at least a 50% upgrade on my buds this week and I don’t know why, but it was pleasant. What I understand about getting older is that this could happen. I just want to be healthy.

My step team!

5. Virtual Meetings – I love these meetings! Even if it were not for the pandemic, I would have loved to see this a long time ago. I don’t usually like going out in the dark. It’s a vision thing. And I normally am in bed by 9. With the virtual meetings, they may sometimes run later, but I am at home, so there’s that. Keep on zoooooming, as far as I am concerned. I could list at least 10 reasons to do meetings this way. How about you?

6. Daughter bought her sewing machine and a sewing table. It fits well in her room and today we got some baskets to put on the shelves. She already has masks cut out and other projects in mind. It warms my heart to see her take on sewing, like this.

This is the one she bought and it looks just as pretty!

7. All the people working on the fires out West. Prayers going up for all in need.

8. Checking things off my long check list and setting aside time for me to do this.

9. Bargain prices on food. Don’t you just love it when something you like becomes affordable?

10. You! What’s on your week’s thankful list? Let’s hear about it. Join the party. Want to “ZOOM”?

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