The season for giving has arrived once again. These days it all seems to come so soon, a symptom of the times. Everything happens faster. One year follows another before we know it. These days everything comes with a price tag and not being as solvent as I would like to be, I have had…… Continue reading Supporting others is a form of gift giving; Meet Claudine Tinellis
Another birthday has come and gone but I’m not the least bit bothered. I am doing things and age can’t and won’t get in the way. Three years ago, I took the plunge into self-publishing and even though I haven’t hit a best seller list, and may never do so, I can’t complain because I…… Continue reading Self-publishing, validation or just idle thoughts
The last two months have been a little more exciting for me than normal. I have revised my poetry book Emotions in Eruption with a new cover and a little tightening up in the format because with self-publishing authors have that possibility. I have also been working hard to produce a poetry sibling. This is…… Continue reading Calling all poets
Continuing to live or exist in the environment where you are certain to fail takes a special kind of courage. Going into battle is brave, fighting for rights and beliefs is brave but improving on what you do and accepting that you may fail again seems more an act of crazy than heroic, masochistic…… Continue reading Evolution of Failure – falling forward
Too often the things we want turn out to be more complicated, more confusing and even overwhelming than what we imagined. Don’t you love the way poetry can let us express so many thoughts when this happens. The ideas can appear convoluted, hidden in twisted turns of the language for it is the beauty of the…… Continue reading Birthing
To accomplish anything, you need confidence. Confidence comes with self-awareness. Simple, you say? You wish, I answer. It is hard enough to be that honest with others; it’s even harder with yourself. Christopher D Connors says that a “major component of confidence is the value you place on yourself. Confidence is about the faith you…… Continue reading Accomplishment and Confidence celebrate their forever (too many years to count) anniversary.
I hated science and mathematics as a student. I was good at them but it was a battle. Those subjects just didn’t interest me. As a teacher, the ‘why do we have to do this, Miss’ question, is very familiar. I am sure most of you out there know what I mean either as that…… Continue reading Maslov as my mentor
Do you ever get fixated on something? For me there are two things, butterflies and the whole idea of paying it forward. These two items are a song in my head, a tune that haunts me, delights me and often astounds me. The music can also disappoint the hell out of me but then that’s…… Continue reading Paying it forward is not always easy