An arduous journey

The quotes of Rumi have helped me through some very difficult times, in the past…this post, here, is excellent.
Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend, all.

Random act of kindness

With all of the worldly woes, it is refreshing to read about random acts of kindness such as these.

“So shines a good deed in a weary world…” ~ Willy Wonka

“How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” ~ William Shakespeare

The Journey of My Left Foot (whilst remembering my son)

Thursday 20th October

Today I have been rendered absolutely speechless, lost for words, taken aback, by the unbelievable kindness of a friend of mine.

Having met a couple days ago in our local coffee shop, where she admired an agate necklace I was wearing, we chatted about her hobby of beading; she said she loved to make her own jewellery, including more intricate designs of beadwork

Today we met again, and as I approached the table in the coffee shop, I saw that she had laid out numerous beautiful necklaces. Made of semi-precious stones, they looked exquisite: agate, opal, turquoise, quartz, amethyst, tourmaline…….a veritable treasure trove.

I was under the impression that I was going to admire them, pick one out for myself, and pay half her ticket price. (The tickets detailed the stones used and the cost a shop or gallery would be expected to pay, followed by their…

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Happy Friday, everyone, and enjoy this collage – I love it.

Sheldon Kleeman

spaceman invade ny

This one is a very old collage

I don’t show it much

Because it happens to

Be one of my favorite

So enjoy

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Peregrine Precision~

Falcons are incredible birds – fascinating, phenomenal, and beautiful!
Thank you for sharing these photos, Cindy!

Peregrines dive as if in a dream,
snatching birds in mid-flight,

landing to administer the coup de grace.
Mantling prey on the ground for seconds,


they soon return to rule the skies!

Cheers to you from the lightening-fast-Falcons~

Note: Peregrine Falcons are the fastest-moving creatures on earth and have been clocked diving at up to 242 mph!

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Purdue Librarian Jamilla R. Gabriel Starts Call Number, a Subscription Service for Black Literature

This is excellent – good news for authors like myself!


Jamillah R. Gabriel (photo via Purdue University) Librarian Jamillah R. Gabriel (photo via Purdue University)

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Jamillah R. Gabriel, librarian at Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center, has launched a new start-up subscription box venture that each month will send a newly released book written by a Black author to subscribers of the service. Subscribers also will receive four or five book-themed items with their new book that mirror prominent themes in the featured book as well as catalog cards and spine labels. The Call Number service, scheduled to debut in November, will start at $35 per month. Gabriel told JBHE that “I have selected the first book but I’m keeping that under wraps at the moment.”

Gabriel states that “These days there is a subscription box service for just about anything: fitness products, beauty products, even razors. However, after reviewing many literary subscription box sites I realized there were no book subscription boxes…

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Satisfying Arrangements and Aesthetics

I love these…fantastic!



Visual artist Adam Hillman is completely obsessed with arrangements and aesthetics. He spends hours putting items in the perfect positions so he can take incredible photographs of mundane things. His ideas are simple, but they’re also extremely satisfying.

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Stokkoya Cabin

I love this little cabin…it looks so cozy! Very nice.


Set along the Norwegian Sea and built as a small home for a local chef, Stokkoya Cabin is both simple and elegant. The house is laid out such that every room has a view of the water, including the combination entryway, dining area, kitchen, and living area, the latter home to a wood-burning fireplace.

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