Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

morning libation
honey embalms the moment
for waking dreamers
caught in eternal amber
time yet drinks the wine of life

The sun rises over sea and field, winter and summer, seen and unseen behind the veil of clouds, turning all it touches to gold. I think of Midas, the king whose desire for riches caused him to kill the thing he loved most with his golden gift. When they found his tomb, there were traces of honey-wine in his feasting cups… even his drink was made of gold, but his legendary power could neither give life nor ward him from death.

The sun too can bring bounty or destruction, but here it brings only life and light. I drink in the morning, tasting sunlight and dew on my lips. That moment outside of time, poised between day and night, I live forever.

For Colleen’s poetry challenge

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Read any good books lately?

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

I have been invited to Guest Post TODAY!
hosted by blogger Debby Gies [author D.G.Kaye]

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Reblog with Intro from theExecutive Functioning Series

Deb’s Website HERE

Although she is in Toronto, Canada and I am “down south” in Cincinnati, Ohio, the miracle that is the blogging community has allowed us to develop a warm and wonderful virtual friendship.

For those who don’t already know her, Debby is a generous, popular and prolific blogger who is well-known for her memoirs filled with both heartfelt and humorous reflections on her own journey through life.

Uplifting and encouraging, each is written to offer positive support to anyone struggling with anything similar to the topics she tackles.

She is currently readying her next book for publication.

She asked me to give her a bit of time to focus on polishing the upcoming gem I’m sure it…

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This delightful 2013 publication by Sue Vincent deserves much more space and time than I can allot to it. To simplify matters, I will follow the outline a fellow blogger offered.

How I came to read it: I have been following Sue Vincent’s blog since I began reading blogs almost two years ago.  She mentioned her book, Notes from a Small Dog, in one of her posts, and I knew I had to purchase it.

Synopsis: It is basically a collection of Ani’s posts(a beautiful black dog, winking at the reader in a photograph on the title page) and Sue Vincent’s posts about Annie.

First Thoughts: I was immediately captivated by the posts and stories told both by Sue and by Ani, barely wanting to leave the pages that were so poignantly and cleverly written. For example, Sue does some philosophizing on her musings on faith in God, other people, and the unconditional love from dogs. Ani writes so cleverly, calling Sue’s sons her (Ani’s) “boys” even though they are grown men, and refers to them as Sue’s “pups.”

Writing Style: In a word, dee-light–ful!

Final Thoughts: I am so glad I purchased this book. It brought me many happy reading moments and contemplative moments as well. It is a FANTASTIC book and a FANTASTIC read.

Rating: 5 out of 5

THE ADDRESS by Fiona Davis: A Review


I finished this book nearly a month ago, but summer school and its fast pace prevented me from reviewing it until now.  I wanted to do it justice because the author is a friend, and she has written a really fine novel.

When one hears the address, The Dakota (an apartment building, now a building of condos) in New York, one’s mind automatically goes to John Lennon’s murder, but the story goes back much further than that, to the 1800’s to another infamous murder at that address. Davis has thoroughly done her research on the building (Her novels are set in buildings in New York), and discovered that the architect was stabbed to death, supposedly by a crazy woman of that day. She has envisioned how it could have been and written a very plausible story explaining her vision.

A blurb on the book describes it as “…about the thin…

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Why you should be more specific with your husband!!!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

My thanks to the Vermont Varmint

for the following words of wisdom:

After 10 years, the wife starts to think their kid looks kind of strange so she decides to do a DNA test.

She finds out that the kid is actually from completely different parents.

Wife: Honey, I have something very serious to tell you.

Husband: What’s up?

Wife: According to DNA test results, this is not our kid..

Husband: Well you do remember, don’t you?

When we were leaving the hospital, you noticed that our baby had pooped.

Then you said:

Please go change the baby, I’ll wait for you here.

So I went inside, got a clean one and left the dirty one there…

License to use obtained – Copyright : Alexandr Aleabiev on 123RF Stock Photo

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Our incredible world!

Learning from Dogs

What to see in the night sky in August

You all understand that this blog, while predominantly about our special doggie friends, never hesitates to wander away from matters canine if I think it will be enjoyed by all you good people.

You will also all appreciate that August is the month where in the USA, on August 21st, there will be a total eclipse of the sun.

The reasons why I didn’t hesitate to republish a recent post that was presented on Mother Nature Network.


What to see in the night sky in August

While the total solar eclipse is the highlight, there are other celestial fireworks to look forward to this month.

Michael d’Estries   August 1, 2017.

Michael d’Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Celestial events for August 2017 include a total solar eclipse, Perseid…

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Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

There is a little private car parking area outside my son’s home through which I pass every day. Today I was weeding his driveway and, casting a glance around me, realised that the parking area is once again becoming carpeted with plant. It is not long ago that it was cleared, but weeds have reclaimed the gravelled area and painted it green.

At first glance, in an area of neat gardens and lace curtains, it just looks a bit of a mess. Unkempt and uncared for …almost derelict… in spite of the best efforts of the neighbour who has chosen to undertake its upkeep.

It takes a second glance to realise what you are really seeing; the unstoppable force that is Nature, exuberant with all the energy of summer, expressing itself in miniature.

These are not ‘just weeds’… they are wildflowers and garden escapees that have gone feral. Untamed Nature …

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Wiping Out Illiteracy

Notes from An Alien

Last year I wrote about a major reading initiative in the post, Promoting Literacy by Putting It in World-Crisis-Solving PerspectiveProject Literacy

I recommend all readers, writers, and publishers absorb that post for one important reason:

“Illiteracy affects over 757 million people worldwide and has an impact on global development. Although it is a largely invisible issue, the repercussions of this can be seen in everyday struggles such as poverty, gender inequality, and access to basic civil rights.”

BTW, 757 million people is about 1 in 10 folks who can’t read…


Four days ago, Project Literacy sent me an email—it was to alert me about their Annual Report.

Two basic facts about Project Literacy:

It’s a global campaign founded and convened by the learning company Pearson.

And, if you go to their About Page and scroll to the bottom you’ll see image-links to their 55 collaborating partners…


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