Monday Message: Only Love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

IMAGE: The Heart, Henri Matisse

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This fun meme, hosted by MizB at the blog A Daily Rhythm is one several of my blogging friends participate in. Since I haven’t posted a Sunday (Evening) Post on PWR in some time, I thought i’d use this shortcut to update friends on my reading lately.

WHAT are you currently reading? Raising Lazarus by blogger and author Aiden Reid, whom I’ve been following for some time. His novel introduces us to a troubled young man named Lazarus; yes, that Lazarus.  It is a fascinating read from a very creative mind./ In the Shadow of Statues by Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans. This non-fiction selection is the November choice by my Third Tuesday Book Club at the Alvin Library. /Max Lucado’s (my favorite inspirational writer) Jesus,which is a compilation of many of his books I have read before, but they are arranged thematically and brings back to thought…

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TIME – a fragile thing of beauty

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I shut my eyes

and think for a while

to come to terms

with the changing landscapes of life.

The faces around you change

the memories gradually wane,

whatever is NOW withers away

and only the melancholy remains.

A fragile thing of beauty is Time

that has an essence so sublime,

like a sand that escapes our fist

Time slips away before we realize.

We try to endure

what time contains within its folds

and as life rolls before us,

a few things are remembered,

rest are lost!

We stick to our need

to have something again

which now lie in ruins.

We crib over the lost time

and cogitate upon it

appreciating the joy it brought

to us, at that time.

But hey! let’s assume for a moment

that everything stays permanent.

Would we still admire everything the way we do

when impermanence puts us into chains?

Find me…

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Halloween Special…

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Thanks to my co-conspirators for sharing these around the usual haunts  (It is Halloween)… and special thanks to hawkeye non-fiction and memoir author D.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies

Please drop in for the Halloween party here tomorrow as it a chance for you to promote your blog or books. There are over 20 guests in costume.. and some in their best party clothes.. 007 will be dropping in as will Jane Austen. I hope you have enjoyed today’s funnies and will leave with a smile on your face.. thanks Sally

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ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell: Review, guest post by Savanna Sanchez, Advanced Writing Student


As an avid reader of love stories, I knew I must read Eleanor and Park once a friend gave me the suggestion. The story alternates between the two characters as they figure out the complicated matters of their first love. Eleanor is the new girl in town and struggles with a bad home life. Park, a half-Korean comic book lover, is just figuring out his life and himself. Eleanor, her mother, her abusive step-father, and her four younger siblings live in poverty. The stepfather terrorizes the entire family. Eleanor’s mom wants to pretend everything is fine, even though Richie is violent and abusive. Park’s home life is much more welcoming than Eleanor’s; the parents have a loving relationship, and they have a comfortable lifestyle. Still, Park faces tensions at home since his dad wants him to be more masculine, and Park always feels he’s letting his dad down. When Eleanor…

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COMPULSION by Martina Boone: A Review

Compulsion, published in 2014, is the first book in the “Heirs of Watson Island”series. Three young adults, the summer before their senior year of high school, find themselves thrown together on Watson Island, representatives of their ancestors who had complex and intertwined lives.

Barrie, the main character of Book I, has the family “gift” of finding lost things, and often finds herself compelled and drawn toward loss whether it be physical loss or emotional.  The old, run-down mansion belonging to her Aunt Pru, which has been converted into a tea room, reeks with loss of both kinds. Her mother, Lula, Aunt Pru’s twin, dies, and her guardian “uncle ” Mark is diagnosed with a terminal illness, so Barrie is sent to live with her aunt.

“Eight,” son of “Seven,” a gorgeous young man, who is leaving for college in the fall to get away from Watson island, also has a family “gift.” His is the “gift” of knowing what people want, and knowing how to manipulate them with an offer to provide it to them. Their chemistry in the novel is strong and electric.

A third family, represented by Barrie’s female cousin, the third leg of the “triangle,”has inherited from her family as well. Not a “gift” but a “curse,” the Cosworth curse.

The plot keeps the reader turning pages through the twists and turns. Barrie trusts, then is betrayed, and often talked into trusting again by her peers.

As Barrie deals with the spirits of the island and draws closer to her Aunt, they discuss whether to investigate the secrets of the three families in the past: Barrie says, “Would you want an answer even if it was going to hurt you to know it”? Aunt Pru replies, “It’s not knowing that makes it impossible to move on from where you are.”

Boone’s  writing style is outstanding, often zeroing in on the best way to express emotions and reactions. Here is an example in her description of Barrie’s panic attacks: “Maybe that’s what panic attacks were, caged hearts fluttering their wings, trying to fly but unable to go anywhere.”     Lovely writing, pleasurable reading.

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – Politics to acupuncture and every pressure point inbetween!

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Because I accidentally let loose today’s laughter lines on Tuesday as a double feature…… you get an extra post this week. With some donations from friends who have spotted stuff on Facebook or images that have crossed my path during the week.

My thanks to non-fiction and memoir author D.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies and she gets the Eagle Eye award this week for spotting some excellent funnies.

and thanks to charity fundraiser Paul Smith

and to urban fantasy writer Marcia Meara

And crime writer Sue Coletta

My thanks to the contributors today.. and I hope that you have enjoyed… Keep laughing .. Sally.

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