“Glimpses Across The Barricades” #Poetry in progress. ‘In Dreams of A Perfect World’ by Suzanne Burke.

Author and poet Suzanne Burke gifts us with another poetic gem born of her life experiences, blooming in her heart, and emanating from her soul. Please, read on…

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

Welcome to ‘Glimpses Across the Barricades’ This poem was included in the epilogue of my book “Faint Echoes of Laughter”.

In A  Perfect World

by

Suzanne Burke

Dreams of aperfect world image

As I lay snugly warm and safe
Within my families womb
My heart begins a slow sad ache
For another child will cry tonight
Another child will die tonight
What was once their home
will become their tomb

Anger tears me as I read
The desperate plead of a child in need
How can we continue to ignore
The deafening cries from every land?
Can the balance be restored or
Are we so desensitized to pain
That we can’t give
Without thought of gain

If I had but one wish to make
Then that wish would surely be
That when my own sweet child has grown,
and if fate so decrees

I’ll hold her own children on my knee
And when I lay them…

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New Serial Reveal — Truths Unseen 1

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene is a gifted writer who has gifted us with a brand new serial. Please, treat yourself and read on…

Teagan's Books

Girl Truths Unseen 1Unsplash, Steinar Engeland

Last time I put it to a vote — should I do something darkly different from my other blog stories.  Almost everyone said yes.  Although the story is “there,” I’m still not sure I can write it.  The telling is difficult.

Sigh… Okay, here goes nothing!

Even though sunshine is sorely absent from this story — and the content will sometimes be raw and difficult, as a writer I’m still not given to extremes. You need not expect gore, violence, sex, or profanity in excess.  Although there likely will be some.  Those things exist in this story, even if I don’t go into explicit detail with them.

I need the sunlight. That’s why I haven’t been able to start this dank, dark, deplorable diatribe.  It’s not a fantasy, though it may bear little semblance to the worlds any of you have known.  For your sake, I certainly hope it does…

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Smorgasbord Laughter Academy – Bless little children, and the Scots, Irish, English, Welsh and French!

Sally Cronin gifts us with excellent jokes today. Please, enjoy…

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

As the children break up for the summer holidays something for the teacher!

On the last day of kindergarten, all the children brought presents for their teacher.

The florist’s son handed the teacher a gift. She held up the box and said, “I bet it’s some flowers!”

“That’s right!” shouted the little boy.

Then the candy store owner’s daughter handed the teacher a gift. She held up the box and said, “I bet it’s some chocolates!”

“That’s right!” shouted the little girl.

The next gift was from the liquor store owner’s son. The teacher held up the box and saw that it was leaking. She touched a drop with her finger and tasted it.

“Is it wine?” she asked.

“No,” the boy answered. The teacher touched another drop to her tongue.

“Is it champagne?” she asked.

“No,” the boy answered.

“What is it?” she said.

“A puppy!”

Something for mums..

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💕 THE HEART’S LULLABY 💕 It’s #BookRelease Day! #RRBC #IARTG

Canadian poet, Natalie Ducey, is celebrating the release of her new poetry collection “The Heart’s Lullaby” – Please, read on, and then join me in that incredibly long line at Amazon to get your copy!

Natalie Ducey

Today, I’m so thrilled to release my second book of poetry, The Heart’s Lullaby.

It is currently available in eBook format via Amazon, Kobo, Indigo/Chapters, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes. The paperback will be available in July. I’m pretty much in a constant state of excitement. My current excitement to nervous ratio is holding steady at 70:30.

This has been such an incredible journey. When I published my first book, The Heart’s Journey Home in 2015, I didn’t have a website, Twitter handle, Facebook page, or Google+ and Pinterest profiles. I entered the world of social media and everything changed. I connected with so many amazingly talented, incredibly supportive authors, that I’m now humbled to call dear friends. Thank you to everyone, old friends and new, for you are a part of this exquisite journey.

To my family, thank you for your love, support, and encouragement as I delve…

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5 Ways You Can Be Kinder to Your Body

Christy Birmingham provides us with some helpful tips to care for our physical well-being. Please, read on…

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There is no doubt that your body goes through a lot during your lifetime. And now that people are living longer than ever before, it is so important that you get into good habits that allow you to enjoy your health for as long as possible. Though there are a million ways that you can be kinder to your body, here are just a few that can be very beneficial.

Meditate

She is meditating outside Meditation can have significant health benefits for your body. This woman is finding out! Pexels, CC0 License.

For people who have never tried meditation before, it may seem like a passing new-age fad. But the truth is that meditation can have some serious health benefits if it is practiced on a regular basis. Just 10 to 20 minutes a day to yourself can seriously help to reduce the impact of stress on your body, which we all know can…

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2017 PTSD Awareness Post – Part I

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC provides us with an information packed article about how PTSD develops and in whom it is likely to manifest itself. Please, read on…

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

June is PTSD Awareness Month
Adding to our awareness and understanding

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Self-Health Series
Refliections Post

“Emotions are very good at activating thoughts,
but thoughts are not very good at controlling emotions.

~  Joseph LeDoux

What We’ve Learned from LeDoux: Mechanisms of Fear

Cognitive neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux is an NYU professor and a member of the Center for Neural Science and Department of Psychology at New York University.

In addition to his work focused on the neural mechanisms of emotion and memory, he is also the director of the Center for the Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety — a multi-university Research Center in Manhattan using research with rats to explore and attempt to understand the mechanisms of pathological fear and anxiety in humans (which LeDoux prefers to call “extreme emotional reactions to the threat response”)

Found Here

Essentially, when…

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Sleep Awareness and Health

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC has provided us with a valuable and informative post about the critical importance of sleep in our daily living. Be sure to view the video at the end of this post. Please, read on…

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

The importance of  Sleep
to health, cognition and longevity

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Sleep & Sleep Disorders Series

Sleep and Sleep Disorders

My Pinterest Board: Sleep, Sleep Disorders & EFD

A quick gander at June’s Awareness Calendar tells you that the  first week in June is Sleep Disorders Awareness Week.

I have already written a great deal about sleep and sleep disorders, but I couldn’t let the month pass without adding an Awareness post to that Series.

According NSART, the National Sleep Awareness Roundtable, promoting the awareness of the importance of sleep is an extremely worthwhile endeavor.

About SLEEP

NOT the passive state once believed, sleep is a highly active state essential for both physical health and BRAIN health.

Although we all do it, few of us know very much about it – and fewer still make sure we get enough of it…

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