Good News And A Vermont Haiku

So, the first bit of good news is that my in-laws just surprised us with a brand-new laptop! Yay! I must say, it is much easier to blog when one owns a computer… although you can manage without one.

I realize that I’ve neglected this blog terribly and I hope to start posting more consistently now.

The second bit of good news is that I am writing a memoir! I’ll be self-publishing “Baby, Don’t Leave Me” through Amazon’s Kindle Direct program. I have another blog, which is solely devoted to my new book: If you take a look, just bear with me… it is still under construction.

For those of you who are still wondering about the Social Justice Ebook Project that we began a few years ago, it didn’t die and it isn’t forgotten. Actually, writing my memoir has inspired me to dust off the Social Justice Project. There were several problems with it, one being that it just didn’t have enough content to make up a whole book. It also got shelved because of some very hard personal struggles that my family has faced over the past two years. I’m hoping reboot the idea sometime soon and add more contributors. I’ll be talking more about that on here in the days to come.

For now,  I’m working on finalizing my manuscript for “Baby, Don’t Leave Me”. I still need to take and add photographs to the story, get it proof-read and edited, and touch up the formatting a bit. The whole process has become a bit of a passion for me and I haven’t worked on much else lately.


Here’s a haiku about our lovely Vermont weather… (…hear the sarcasm, people…)


 chocolate ice skim

framed by falling fairy flakes

mud and snow combine



Thank You, Readers!

I just my 2012 blogging stats from WordPress and thought I’d share them with you. Despite the fact that I really didn’t write as often this year, y’all still stuck with me!

I hope you have a great year to come!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Bliss of Wasting Hot Water…

When asked me "What's the most wasteful thing you do each day?", I didn't even have to stop and think…

Heavy Rain Shower

Every day when I get up, I stumble into the bathroom and take a very long, hot, steamy, and contemplative shower.

It is my sacred "me time". I think, I wake up, I daydream, I compose poems in my mind or ponder the night's dreams…

And I waste an obscene amount of costly hot water. An online calculator claims that just one of my heavenly average showers probably uses 100-150 gallons of water!

Al Gore is probably going to put a price on my head after this gets published, but guess what? I really don't care!

If I miss my morning shower, the whole day feels wrong. Its like having a pebble in my shoe and not being able to clear it out.

When I was a kid, living at home, we had a woodstove hot water system. It had a 20 gallon tank. I emptied it in no time, despite the fact that we had one of those wimpy "energy efficient" shower heads. In a household with five people who needed showers, I was banished to taking my shower last… no problem for me… that meant sleeping later!

Somehow, I still haven't learned. Oh well, at least I'm the only one showering in the mornings now…

Here's to happy mornings and hot water!

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The Happy Award!

I just want to do a shout out for Chocolate High, first and foremost. She made my day by giving me this award. Check out her blog, y’all!


10 Things That Make Me happy

1. Kisses from my HunnyBunnyBoo

2. Reading (I’m a librarian and chronic book-worm)

3. Writing (Journaling… blogging… poetry… stories…)

4. Chocolate (Especially DARK chocolate)

5. Music (It’s the language of the spirit. Please don’t take that as blasphemy… I mean the human spirit.)

6. Friends (My real life friends and my internet friends)

7. God

8. A good chick-flick (Leatherheads, Ever After, or New In Town, anyone?)

9. Sugar on Snow (For those of you who don’t know, its carmelized maple syrup on clean snow.)

10. The ocean! (I was two weeks out of my mother’s womb when I felt the sea breeze for the first time.)

10 People I Want to Give This Award To (just click their names to view their blog)

1. Flavored Paper

2. Mental Meanderings

3. Passport For the Soul

4. Liana’s Paperdoll Blog

5. Paper Thin Personas

6. Shakira

7. The Book of Noha

8. Abbaddon Pyro

9. slpmartin

10. Lakia

Rules to accept the award:

1: Link to the person who gave it to you,

2. List 10 things that make you happy,

3. Pass it on to 10 happy bloggers.

4. Notify the nominees about this Happy Award.