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Words Whisper to Me

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Draw My Pen

I draw my pen to write,
These words to you tonight
By candlelight,
You guide each twist & turn,
For your soul I thee yearn,
To teach me by your pen
Of inspirational love
Of words

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Poetry is emotions. When I write, I become one with the screen and my emotions that I am wanting to paint. It’s my time to release a small chunk of my soul to the world that I will never receive back. With each passing poem, a tender sweet part of me is given within the words and is built within your soul. Poetry is so full of emotions one cannot help but miss the chance to recognize the souls of the poets. To me, as a poet of words and never knowing you nor your words. And as you lift your pen to carve the love to the world; it may only be a mellow of reality of an endless world of inspiration that you have given me to do what I so love to do.

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Book Review: Todd Erick Pedersen Sophia: The Heart of Holy Wisdom

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Blurb:

As with the subtle starlight of the soul, Sophia: The Heart of Holy Wisdom is above all an uncovering of the sacred wisdom of the divine, as it is pervasively present everywhere within our world. Thus, here in this collection of original poetry in prose are themes such as the sublimity of nature, along with the weaving together of this world and the otherworld, and so the convergence of a genuine spirituality with our daily living, as an evocation of what it means to discover at last a home beneath the stars.

My Review: 4 ****

Todd’s words are full of wisdom, evocative and a true connection to the spiritual side. I found his writing to be very poetic with use of metaphors and similes that help bring imagery and focus back to the emotions behind the poems and prose. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a lighthearted read with a strong poetic touch.

Author Bio:

Todd Erick Pedersen is a poet-essayist whose writings strive to evoke the cross-section between our dreams and the spirit, with a natural sense of wonder and the turning seasons of the Earth. As such his poems and his essays are an invitation to any reader, to explore this timeless terrain for oneself. After several years spent living in various areas of the mountain west, particularly in Montana and Idaho, his current home is in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley, in Stevensville, Montana.

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Book Review: Sanjeev Kumar The Power of Present Moment

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A true presence is beyond thoughts, words, and actions. Accept this moment fully and look inside. There is stillness that speaks within at the center of being, where you are beyond all experiences. There is no good or bad, positive or negative, but you are just as you really are. Everything is dissolved, and you become one with everything.
In Practicing the Power of Present Moment, Sanjeev Kumar explores and understands how we can witness and observe our thoughts in order to look within and find a deep connection with the Universe. Through Mindfulness Practice, we embrace the Power of Now which can free us from anger, fear, and stress. It brings divine peace, inner joy, and happiness which can help us to build a positive relationship, prosperity, and well-being.

My Review: 5 *****

As a strong believer of meditation and being present in the moment, this book was a must read for anyone wanting to learn more about the practice. Sanjeev depicts his words carefully and uses them at the right moment to teach just how important it is to be in the moment, to react less, and to have peace, gratitude and happiness in your life.

Author Bio:

SANJEEV KUMAR is a Mystic and Mindfulness Practitioner. He believes that if you are honest, truthful, and create a huge trust within yourself, then existence takes care of you no matter what happens. Existence is ready to bring abundance and possibilities into our life but we are trapped by our ego, which holds us back. His journey from near-death experience and nervous breakdown to immense joy and celebration of each moment transformed his life.

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Book Review: Analie Shepherd Mending the Shattered Mirror

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A hauntingly beautiful memoir! A shocking true account of horrific abuse within therapy! Although these two statements don’t seem congruent, this book, although telling a tragic story, does so in a poetic, life-affirming way.
Analie Shepherd, the author, found herself in need of the support of a therapist after a tragedy in her life. Within the confines of this relationship, Analie suffered extreme abuse: verbal, physical and emotional. As Ananlie says of herself during the abuse, “I had no voice and no reality.”
Finally able to leave the abusive therapist, Analie reached out to TELL, an online support group, whose goal is to help victims in the struggle to regain their lives after abuse by a health care practitioner.
Through TELL, Analie connected with responder Laurie, a retired Psychiatrist who was herself sexually abused in therapy for ten years. Contained within the book, is a four-year email exchange between Analie and Laurie, in which both of their stories are told–the tragedy and the triumph. Laurie, wise and compassionate, speaks truth to Analie and stands by her side on her journey to reclaim her heart, her reality and her voice. The relationship between the two women is a beautiful picture of growing friendship, and the story of this relationship is a lovely part of the book.
Analie’s story is complicated by the fact that she is diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, also known as Multiple Personalities. Much of the abuse within her therapy, was perpetrated on her eight alter personalities, and their voices and stories are included in the book, as well as some of their original artwork and poetry. Analie presents the existence and reality of The Others in a gentle, innocent way which helps the reader understand her experience of living an internally split life. Analie also includes narratives of her early life, to give context and understanding of what caused her to be vulnerable to the abuse she suffered in therapy.
From the very first page, this story will enthrall you … the conclusion of the book is amazingly beautiful and deeply satisfying.

My Review:  5 *****

I was reluctant to start reading this book, it sat beside my bed for a long time. But I am glad I finally took the time to read this story about the journey through therapeutic abuse. When we think of trusting someone, like a counselor, with our upmost private thoughts and demons, we expect them to be there to help us through and see us achieve. However, this journey was nothing like this until she received the help and guidance through email then a friendship of trust was created. This story will rip your heart out and mend it all back together before you even finish the story. Kudos to Analie for sharing her amazing journey. I just hope this story will bring hope to others.

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Loving wife, mother and Nana … Author, Artist, Actress, Choir and Play Director. I love to dance, sing and laugh … with friends, or alone! I look for the “wine moments” of life and live them to the fullest.

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Book Review: Gene Scott Jellybeaners

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Jellybeaners is a contemporary novel set in the heart of Appalachia, revealing the money ties, political corruption, wasted lives, and overall cash-churning nature of the prescription pill culture from perspectives spanning both sides of the law.

My Review: 4****

What drew me in on this story was my own past of seeing my family struggle through their own addiction to drugs and alcohol. Gene’s book depicts today’s society in the Appalachia’s and their story of addiction to opioids. His descriptive words draws the image clear that we are in an epidemic of addiction to prescription drugs. The way he formats this book helps the reader to better understand the content he has written and one that anyone can enjoy. The pace of the story is good with highlights that will stay with you long after you read.

Author Bio:

Gene Scott, a retired English and reading teacher, was born and raised on the prairie of Western Illinois, and has lived in Johnson City, Tennessee for thirty years with his much better half, Lana.