October 14 2019:
Glorious walk yesterday afternoon.
October 19 2019:
Yesterday afternoon at Rancho San Rafael park. Very cool clouds and amazing fall colors. Check out the second photo … Caught a leaf falling from the tree!
October 19 2019:
Finished researching this for the most part. Just need to circle back to creating the SDM paperwork with Lillian and paperwork for a Power of Attorney. Hope to do that in between waiting for the book proof. Then on to researching ABLE accounts.
October 19 2019:
Word art image created using the content from the web page for ‘Words of Alchemy’ … Beautiful!
In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature and Life through a free-verse poetry memoir.
During her daily strolls she is mindfully present as she delves into life in the raw and experiences her heart’s observations.
Camilla embraces what happens when she opens her heart and invites the written words to flow. The Alchemy of Love and Healing is what happens.
Advance Praise for Words of Alchemy
“Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs heartfelt new collection, lives up to its namesake in numerous ways. Downs spans the broad range of nature, healing, love, and parenting, while making sure we have a little fun along the way. And the bridge she creates from the mindfulness of how we see the world at large to the poetry of everyday life is certainly worth a stroll or two across its borders.” – Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Award-winning author of Painted Oxen
“This poetry collection offers contemplative words, soothing thoughts and peace to the reader.” – Sue Bentley, Bestselling author of Second Skin
“Camilla Downs shares truth, vulnerability and wisdom in her Words of Alchemy collection, inviting readers to be inspired, contemplate and dive into her world of self-awareness and growth.” – G. Brian Benson – Award-winning author, actor and spoken word artist
“These poems take you on a calm and loving walk through the verses of the author’s thoughts. Alchemy is a perfect word for the title as Camilla Downs understands nature; connecting with its magical, medicinal qualities and beauty which she conveys throughout her poetry.” – Ailsa Craig, Author of The Sand Between My Toes
“Words of Alchemy is a chronicle of hope. Camilla Downs poetry is an encouragement, especially when we are feeling at our lowest, to keep seeking the light that is our way forward, and focus on the real. This collection is a walk through the positive nature of life. Camilla Downs is to be commended.” – Frank Prem, Author of free-verse memoir Small Town Kid
The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love … in one beautiful book.
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Arriving on Amazon December 2019 (discount and personalized signed book not available from Amazon). Go here to learn more …
October 18 2019:
Lillian wanted to see Art of the Aloha Shirt exhibit before it ended on Sunday. So, today we made our way to the Wilbur May Center. Lillian is standing next to her favorite. Mine is the Hawaiian postcards. The photo following it is the sketch before it was made. The exhibit was pretty interesting!
August 6 2019:
Lillian is writing her own posts regarding The 2019 Chromosome 18 Conference. Here’s Part 1:
August 11 2019:
Oh my gosh! You have GOT to read this! Had me laughing out loud! And, I didn’t know she had researched the elevators!! HA! She cracks me up!
August 15 2019:
Part 3 of Lillian’s blog post about the conference. She is incredibly dedicated to writing these posts! And, they are very thorough! Hope y’all are enjoying them!
August 18 2019:
Lillian’s recap of the C18 Conference – Part 4!!
August 21 2019:
Lillian is working so hard on these y’all! Thank you to those who are following …. Much love!
September 8 2019:
Part 6 of Lillian’s play by play of the 2019 C18 Conference … Another that made me laugh out loud, more than once … Give yourself the gift of laughter today, go read it!
October 2 2019:
She’s still at it! Always lots of details. Yet, this one is heartwarming and ends HaPpY!! Many photos from the farewell dance party as part of this post! Check it out!
October 10 2019:
She’s winding down! One more after this one. This girl’s got dedication! Part 8 of Lillian’s Conference posts …
October 16 2019:
Last one! She stuck with it and wrote about every single day of the journey to and from the Chromosome 18 Conference!
October 15 2019:
Lillian and Camilla October 2019 Date Day
First: A swim. Ahhhhh …. That was refreshing!!
Second stop: Her favorite place for fries and a one eyed spooky cookie for her. A giant vegan pomegranate gum drop for me.
Third stop: Reading in the car with an amazing view at Audrey Harris Park and then a short walk at Bartley Ranch Park.
Ended the date day with shopping for a few long sleeve shirts for Lillian. Found some! Yay!
October 14 2019:
She survived getting an ID! Extreme anxiety and pissed offness having to go do this (on Lillian’s part). You can tell she was nervous in the second photo and had calmed down by the 1st photo. She does not like these new rules that come with turning 18. We were only there about an hour. Plus, she registered to vote too! Whew! It is done now. 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Next up. Getting fingerprinted for her library volunteering …. More extreme anxiety over that one!
Thank you to the lovely DMV worker who graciously overlooked that I had made the appointment for the 15th. (And did not make me get in the “no appointment” line!) Today is not the 15th! I’m losing my mind!!
October 13 2019:
Thank you to Richard for the feature on his Indie Showcase! I share a bit about the writing process in this post … I hope you check it out. It’s a pretty quick read. It would be great if you have time to “like” the post, or share it, or comment on it. Thank you! (The post has been viewed over 2,500 times since it was published last week – WOW!)
“One genre I never gave much attention was that of poetry. Much of it left me dazed and confused! I never in my wildest dreams could have known that one day in 2013, poetic words would begin to populate my mind and demand to be set free. So began a 6-year streak of writing poetry inspired by my near-daily walks, by nature and by my life experiences ….”