I THINK I may have finally found a new book-boyfriend… EEEEKKKKK!!!

Didi has a great sense of personal style that is fresh, smart, and current and a has a great sense of humor and perfect timing for comedy….just innocently adorable. She always does great reviews that are true to the book she has read. I love her writing! at https://didioviatt.wordpress.com




Didi Oviatt

Is it weird that sometimes I feel like book characters are actual real live people?  I know I’m not the only person with this problem, but I think sometimes it actually IS a problem.  You see, I’ve been kind of down in the dumps lately, and I’ve had a hard time putting a finger on why.  Today I pinpointed the problem… It was actually a bitter sweet moment for me, and it all roots back to the “connection”  I have with the books I read.  I KNOW FOR A FACT that several of you will completely relate!!

Here is why I’ve been down:

Every book I’ve read since NOVEMBER has left me high and dry on the whole ‘find a new book-boyfriend’ aspect. Don’t get me wrong I’ve came across some pretty amazing characters, and if my last book boyfriend wouldn’t have been so stellar then they might have stolen my…

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The Medicine wheel.

As John Coyote writes, “I believe we are one people. Peace will come when we learn to work together.” I believe that John Coyote’s Medicine Wheel is beautiful and true, it is essential if we want to save ourselves and the planet. This is a wonderful post. A must read.


The Medicine wheel

A Poem by Coyote Poetry


Old Native American wisdom. We need to gather as one people to save earth and all people.


Wisdom of the Medicine wheel.

(I have been lucky. Many kind Native American took me under their wing and taught me how to find peace.)

At the Mall I went to the so-call Native American store.
A Middle East man tried to sell me a China’s made items.
I touched a Medicine Wheel.

I told the man.
“A proper Medicine Wheel has the power of the four winds.”
I touched a  Dream Catcher.
“A real one would protect your spirit and keep bad dreams away.”

He grins at me.
He didn’t understand a word that I spoke.
He told me.
“Does the same things.”
I leave the store with nothing.

Sitting with my Apache Friend outside the gate of Fort Hood, Texas.
I sat…

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Poets on Poetry







Poetry, I surmise, came into being with the first words of rhythm, by some primative human, banging on a drum of sorts, and I suppose after a time, it became the method to express complex emotions of the lovelorn, the limerick, and the soul searchers.  Here are a few thoughts from several great poets and thoughts on what poetry is and the elements that allow it to be called poetry. Of course what I have listed here is only a sample version of the complexities involved in understanding and writing great poetry.

‘Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.’  William Wordsworth

‘A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times; ….and then…he is a great [poet].’  Randall Jarrell

In simple terms, ‘Poetry is a type of literature, or artistic writing, that attempts to stir a reader’s imagination or emotions. The poet does this by carefully choosing and arranging language for its meaning, sound, and rhythm. Some poems, such as nursery rhymes, are simple and humorous.’ www.britannica.com

‘In the case of free verse, the rhythm of lines is often organized into looser units of cadence. Poetry in English and other modern European languages often uses rhyme. Rhyme at the end of lines is the basis of a …. common poetic forms, such as ballads, sonnets and rhyming couplets.’ www.poetry.org

‘Some elements of poetry are rhyme scheme, meter …. and word sounds like alliteration. These are sometimes collectively called sound play because they take advantage of the performative, spoken nature of poetry. Rhyme is the repetition of similar sounds.’ www.learn.lexiconic.net

The following is one of my rhyming poems (sort of)


In a golden wood

Beneath a painted sky,

A paper house is standing

Beneath a satin moon,

And in the garden growing,

 Pastel flowers flourish,

And never lose their bloom,

Winter, summer, spring or fall,

As lovely as they are,

They never see a raindrop fall.

And Tiger lilies, made of silk,

Slink around a lily pond,

Of which they are, you know,

Quite fond,

As gilded Goldfish swim

Amidst the frilly lilies,

They gaze upon the heavens

Reflecting all they see,

In nature’s perfect harmony,

 All this of course,

 Is nothing more

Than pure imagery,

Yet, none the less,

 it interests me!

Copyright Karen Dowdall 2005


Putting a Smile on your Dog’s face and maybe yours too.

Is my dog depressed? The warning signs and solutions.via Putting a smile on your dog’s face! — Learning from Dovia Putting a smile on your dog’s face! — Learning from Dogs  http://www.learning from dogs.com  Reblogged this post. This is the most wonderful post as it is so important to understanding feelings, emotions that cause a sense of loss, grief, and loneliness. It is often the cause of depression in humans and dogs, especially. K.D. Dowdall 🙂 Please visit Paul’s blog to learn the why’s and wherefore’s.  Very informative and suprising.