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Autumn Night Silver light on the autumn trees Fills their leaves with ice While gentle breezes all round Blow their leaves to the sky
Smile, Say Cheese
Hey Mom! I never told you this before, but I did it. I ate all the cheese you specifically purchased to place on your charcuterie board. You know the one you special ordered straight from Italy? You waited months it seemed, just to try those seven different varieties of aged cheese, and I stole your moment of glory. I didn't intend to eat it all, I just wanted a little nibble of each, and why on earth would they send such small squares of cheese anyways? I mean honestly, if anyone is to blame, it simply must be them for sending such minute sample sizes. Those blocks of cheese, and I use the term "blocks" loosely, were the size of petit fours. I've seen much bigger squares of cheese placed on the ends of traps for house mice or rats. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not making any excuses for my moment of mischief. However, in my defense, I now understand the famous lays motto " betcha can't eat just one". I know this confession is twenty years overdue, but better late than never right? I'm getting way ahead of myself though with this confession , let me start from the beginning.
I’m Not an Impaired Extrovert, I’m an Introvert
I have just finished reading a book that resonated so very deeply, I feel totally validated and it explains to me characteristics of myself that I haven’t accepted at all. And tells me why I tend to reject these characteristics.
2/14/87 • buy flowers (daisies? she likes daisies) • buy new comb • buy chocolates (the good kind) • make Valentine’s Day card- homemade!
The Cost of Canine Diabetes
When I found out that my dog Tia had diabetes mellitus, I was ashamed at how quickly I began to worry about money. I have pet insurance, of course, but the fact that she was considered a senior pooch meant this had a 20% co-pay along with the excess payment. Thanks to her dental surgery last year, I had next to no savings and maxed-out credit cards (pro pup parent tip - most insurance plans do NOT cover dental work of any kind - start saving early, because dental work is expensive and gum disease is the single most common issue amongst elderly dogs and cats). Could I afford her care, I wondered. Not just immediately, but long term?
Dealing With Emotional Fallout When You Begin To Stop People-Pleasing
I was talking with a client recently. She had asserted a boundary with a friend as she didn’t want to talk about certain subjects and he did. When my client said that she didn’t want to discuss these subjects her friend became annoyed and started to put her down, calling her unreasonable and stupid. She stuck to her decision to not discuss the subjects and decided to reduce contact with this particular friend for the time being. It was the first time she had done this.
I Worked In Aviation - Lessons I Learnt and Now Apply As An Entrepreneur
My first job after college was in aviation. I remember my first day like it was yesterday. I had to memorise the phonetic alphabet in a day, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to communicate with anyone.
A Fool's Meal
Everyday...every damn day you ask me the same question. And every single cursed time I hand you the same answer on a silver platter. Why? Oh, Mother... you're always asking why. The missing piece to the puzzle is simple: because YOU secretly want it to ring true. And you have no idea how badly I want that answer to be real.
Electric Cars Are Not an Answer to Climate Change
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not anti-Electric Vehicles. And I’m not a climate change denier. But those thinking that EVs are going to have any significant impact on climate change are letting emotion override logic.
Route 66 still has Kicks!
Featured in the John Steinbeck classic "The Grapes of Wrath", the Dust Bowl era was a time of major migration to the west. Steinbeck dubbed Route 66 "The Mother Road" and the nickname stuck. It is a wonderful escape that takes the traveler to many times and places. For automobile buffs and history buffs, Route 66 is a must-travel, bucket list item. I bought the shirt pictured below during one of my relaxing drives across the country. The section of Route 66 between Kingman and Oatman, Arizona, known as the Arizona Sidewinder is exhilarating. Before I get farther ahead of myself along the route here, I'll backtrack to the beginning in my home state of Illinois.
It All Spirals to Broken
There weren’t always dragons in the Valley. If you trace the records back far enough, it was once a human settlement. But that was a long time ago, before the great split and our worlds fractured. Now the Valley belongs to the dragons, and humans can only be found in the remaining architecture. - Prof. Eathe, Historian
The butterfly effect is beautiful in appearance; When a butterfly is flapping, this means that it is moving its wings back and forth so quickly, that the word "flap" goes very beautifully with the word "butterfly", butterflies flapping their wings. Other things can also flutter, like sailing on a boat that's flapping in the wind, flutter can also mean moving in an uneven and erratic way which is actually the topic of this article. For example, when two people are in love, you can say that " Their hearts flutter."
i know a wonder of a woman a perfect picture of duality though plentiful in physical grace i am seduced by her mentality
Why You Should Proofread Again...and Again!
Okay, so it may seem like I am just taking this opportunity to promote my most recently published piece, as featured in the image connected to this article. That is not the case. However, if you would like to read it, you can at Goodnight, Nonna, Goodbye, One of the Main Link to My Family I would greatly appreciate it as I am still new on this platform.
Dear Taylor, It’s been eight weeks since you’ve passed. It took me eight weeks to finally write this. I’ve spent so many days pondering over whether or not this would be worth it; whether or not people would care to read this. I came to the decision today that I needed to do this for me. To release every thought that’s built up in these eight weeks. I never thought the death of someone I never met would impact me this much, but here we are.
Dude, Is That a Dragon or am I Just High?
"There weren't always dragons in the valley." “Dude, stay off the acid! That’s a lizard.” "No, Josh. It’s got wings. It was flying!”
10 Movies All About Music
Music is gateway to another world and watching movies is also. Put the two together and it’s magic. Here are some movies that have music to speak to the soul.
How to Live in a Van
It’s easier when you’re by the river. Find a spot with moving water. Wash your clothes over a rock. Skinny dip when you feel dirty. Cut your hair. Remember how much money you used to spend on shampoo. It felt like a different life then.
How To Be An Ally
Every year, LGBTQIA+ events are held in June in honour of Stonewall. As we approach June, it's important to learn how to be inclusive and welcoming during pride month - the one month of the year where the LGBTQIA+ community can be open and celebrated. Or, that's the way it's supposed to be, anyway. Even during pride, a lot of queer youth and adults feel excluded and afraid, especially living in specific communities. As a queer ally, it's important to stand up for your loved ones, and to stand up to those who make us feel threatened or scared.
Are You a "REAL" Artist?
It always amazes me how much power we give words. We see a lot of people writing an article and then saying in the article, “I just like to write, but I’m not a writer.”