July 2011 Blog Posts (569)

The History of Picture Brides in Hawaii

n the early 1900s many immigrant men were recruited to work on the sugar cane plantations in Hawaii on temporary visas. Rather than intermarry, a match making organization sent pictures of these men home to recruit willing women to be their wives, and to help on the plantations. These were…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika on July 31, 2011 at 8:12pm — No Comments

153 Days

153 Days

 

153 days

Tangled in the sheets

Eyes locked, hearts pounding

Loving in a thousand beats

 

153 days

Walking hand in hand

Laughing, sharing

Sharinging a lifetime of plans

 

153 days

That’s how long it’s been

Vanished in an instant

Left here with my…

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Added by Bridget Straub on July 31, 2011 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Cajun Festival Zydeco Experience





The "Swamp Romp" a Cajun-Zydeco festival at the Fraze Pavilion was an exciting new musical experience. I love festivals.…

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Added by Colleen Green on July 31, 2011 at 2:03pm — 2 Comments

Practical Advice Blog # 2: Beware of Power Pirates

It is of great importance to beware of “power pirates” in your life. Power pirates move about in the general public, often without notice, and can crop up anywhere or anytime. The havoc they create can be slow and steady, or it can spread quickly with might…like a wildfire that is almost…

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Added by Kathryne Arnold on July 31, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Out now - Soho By Spotlight by Chrissie Bentley

OUT NOW!

SOHO BY SPOTLIGHT by CHRISSIE BENTLEY 

In London in the 1960s, pornography was a man’s world.

Stag movies and blue films were viewed by men, written by men, directed by men and filmed by men. If they hadn’t needed actresses to play a part on camera, they would probably have been made by men as well.



And then a woman came along, and changed that world completely.

This is her story.

The mid-1960s were the golden age of truly underground erotic…

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Added by Chrissie Bentley on July 31, 2011 at 1:04pm — 2 Comments

The Office

Stapling and taping

Stapling and taping

Try to connect the pieces

Which left in alone would stay separated.



Dialing and holding

Dialing an holding

Reaching out, only to wait

Until your message has no consequence.



Driving and stopping

Driving and stopping

Our destination is reached

Once we have been halted on our way.



Understanding life

Understanding work

Barring the arduousness of the repetition

We… Continue

Added by Samantha Blackwell on July 31, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Office

Stapling and taping

Stapling and taping

Try to connect the pieces

Which left in alone would stay separated.



Dialing and holding

Dialing an holding

Reaching out, only to wait

Until your message has no consequence.



Driving and stopping

Driving and stopping

Our destination is reached

Once we have been halted on our way.



Understanding life

Understanding work

Barring the arduousness of the repetition

We… Continue

Added by Samantha Blackwell on July 31, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Strange Courtship

This story will be published in Scissors and Spackle in October 2011.  It was a challenge finding outlets willing to accept stories which had previously appeared online, so grateful to the magazine and the far-sighted editorial team.

Added by Carla Sarett on July 31, 2011 at 8:21am — 1 Comment

Book Review Witches Incorporated by K E Mills

Every now and then I find myself reading a book that I can't wait to finish so that I can read something a little 'meatier'Witches Incorporated is one of these books. On the surface it is a spy novel involving wizards and and a secret agency, but there is also a second story involving a detective agency run by a… Continue

Added by jackie edwards on July 31, 2011 at 8:16am — No Comments

Georgia On My Mind

When I was eight years old, I walked into a rest stop bathroom somewhere between Florida and Georgia. In that bathroom, my entire future was colored.

My parents had made it a policy that where there were public restrooms involved, there were also pairs. My mother, Bren,  would watch out for my younger sister, Vered; my father, Scott, would go with my brother, Lior; and my elder sister, Jessie, and I would go together. However, I had what my parents liked to call an iron bladder in…

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Added by Chaya Zulle on July 31, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Thought for the Day

Today's quote is from psycho-oncologist Rachel Naomi Remen:

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2011/07/thought-for-day_31.html

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 31, 2011 at 7:16am — No Comments

Done. Sorta...

After recently finishing my 2nd draft (of possibly twenty), I am pretty exhausted by the novel I wrote. Best therapy of my lifetime and worth every sleepless night and pound I packed on. It may never go any further than the friends I sent it to, but I hope it does....



Unlike the full marathon I haven't run, the weight I haven't lost, the fourth child I'll never have and the stack of "to go through" boxes in my garage - I'm proud to have finished something I set out to, to have finished… Continue

Added by Marit Hsich on July 31, 2011 at 7:15am — 1 Comment

Introducing...

My name is Chaya, and these are my tales.

They are random, they are sporadic, but they are mine, and they are true. These tales are of my growing up, first nomadic, then collective, then alone, always fearful. Of becoming who I am for myself, and in spite of myself. Of being me.

All names have been changed to protect privacies.

Enjoy the ride.

Added by Chaya Zulle on July 31, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Hurry Up and Wait

My life seems to be comprised of a series of "hurry up and wait" moments.



Get up before the birds, hurry to make kids breakfast, wait for clean up.

Hurry up for school to start, or camp, or gym or dryer to ding then hurry up and fold or put away and .... wait for next load.



Hurry up and finish writing, finish running, finish reading and then.... wait for it to sink it that it sucks, or hurts or that it really wasn't worth the hours of effort because, for this moment, it… Continue

Added by Marit Hsich on July 31, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

You Make Me Feel Less Alone

It takes one person to save another's life. Listen. Pick up the phone. Show them that they are loved.

 

You Make Me Feel Less Alone

 

His hands are smooth,  

uncalloused,

as they touch my skin.

At the beginning of each

of my phalanges

lay thick calluses.

My thumbs,

and sometimes index fingers,

are torn up

and bleed from picking.

I can’t stop.

I’ve tried so many…

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Added by Nicole Easterwood on July 30, 2011 at 11:24pm — 2 Comments

Inspired by the muse

“The English word 'music' comes from the Latin 'musica' and the Greek 'mousike', meaning an art presided over by the Muses. The Muses are nine sister Goddesses in Greek mythology directing song and poetry and the arts and sciences.” – Grace Notes Music Studio

 

Music has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. With three much older brothers, I listened to artists like Sarah McLachlan, The Police, Enya, The Doors, Lou Reed, and Cindi Lauper well…

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Added by Kristen on July 30, 2011 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Interview: Ella Johnson, Founder of Memorable Children Books & Gifts

I first met Ella through the mom bloggers club.  Her willingness to help provide free books to young readers touched me hugely.  I was so impressed with her good samaritan ways I wanted to find out as much as possible about her.  My intent is to help Ella  get some exposure so parents can find out about  what services she makes available.  I proudly present to you today, Ella Johnson.

Can you tell the readers about yourself?

I was born in England. I…

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Added by Nicole Weaver on July 30, 2011 at 9:11pm — No Comments

Read a Comic Book, Seriously, It Might Change How You Write

Have you ever heard anyone say, “I hate novels! I’d never read one.” Probably not because the term “novel” is an umbrella term, clumping together Agatha Christie mysteries with Ender’s Game science fiction with Jodi Picoult “chick lit.” But I’ve bet you’ve heard this phrase before, “I hate comic books! I’d never read one.”

 

Marvel superhero comic books, Vertigo Fable tales based on myth and fairy tale, and Japanese manga romance are all comic books. Doesn’t this…

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Added by Angie Spoto on July 30, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Seasonal Haiku

Seasonal Haiku

Winter winds go forth

As it chases away those

Caught up in its'path

 

Spring flowers appear

Filling the air with perfume

Inspiring artists

 

Summer heat scorches

Earths fragile inhabitants

All seeking relief

 

Fall colors…

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Added by Frances Anna Ayers on July 30, 2011 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Blog Hop: Treasures in Your Life

The treasure we call family isn’t all that different from pirate booty, if you think about it; we’ve got mostly priceless, sparkling gems, but there are also a few pieces of precious silver tarnished almost beyond recognition, and a handful of fake coins thrown in the mix as well. But…

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Added by Shelley Workinger on July 30, 2011 at 10:49am — No Comments

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