Found Poetry Hidden Within Mailed Books

April 14 2020 a;lsdkfj;lasdkjf

It was a great day to mail books! Thank goodness for these drive through postal drops. And …. thank you to those who are buying books and sharing about books.

May 6 2020

Creating more Found Poetry to hide within Words of Alchemy. Preparing to mail a book to a lovely winner in Massachusetts. Some of these still need a word or two trimmed. Found within books that were destined for the trash.

May 9 2020

Ready to be hidden within outgoing books.

Untamed – Putting Words to Our Wild

May 8 2020

A couple of weeks ago, I won this book. It just arrived!!! I’m SO EXCITED to read this one! Gorgeous cover too. Thank you, Christy!!!

I marked one page. Attaching a photo of it.

I am not a religious person, yet, this Walt Whitman quote has always been a powerful one for me. I grew up in the Deep South (of the U.S.), and have had to unlearn much that insults my soul and knowing. There’s much that permeates the culture due to beliefs, discounting the knowing of our hearts. On the flip side, there’s much I love about the culture, having grown up there, with my ancestors being from there.

I love this book, for being about the truth of having lost our spark, being numb to life, for standing up for not discounting what we feel from our knowing, for putting words to our wild, for declaring, “I am a goddamn cheetah!”

Star Crossed – Lovely Book

May 3 2020

Started reading this last night. Read for most of today until I’d read all 277 pages. Felt good to lounge and read a full book in nearly one sitting, reading most of it outside on the deck. It’s been a beautiful day.

Lovely book, too! There’s nothing like a story you don’t want to stop reading. This is one I bought to read before passing to Lillian and Thomas. It wasn’t in the library’s digital collection for checking out. First time I’ve bought a brand new book in a really long time, and also first time in many years I’ve been able to buy a brand new book.

Words of Alchemy – A Celebration of Family and Adaption

April 22 2020:

“Words of Alchemy is warm and personal, like being invited to sit on the author’s couch and listen to her talk to family and friends. Intimate and loving, these poems are a celebration of family, of friends, of life, of nature, and of adaptation.”  – Amazon Customer

Throwback Post: Parent’s Perspective With No Lunch

**THROWBACK POST**

May 30 2013:

Just finished speaking to Manal’s class of undergrad med students. Sharing a parent’s perspective regarding advocacy and inclusion. Loved it. Thanks tons for asking me Manal!!

May 30 2013:

Thank you to Frank C. Romano Jr of the The Romano Duo for saving the day this morning. I got halfway to driving Thomas and Lillian to school this morning and realized I forgot Lillian’s lunch and Thomas’ snack. Oops! I was headed to speak to Manal’s UNR class straight from T & L’s school. My fabulous step-daddy went to my house, got the lunch and snack and took up to the school for them! YAY! I’m so blessed to have The Romano Duo! Here’s some throwback pictures …. One on the top is from about 1993. One below that is about 1996 or 1997 and bottom one is 1998.

Movie Night: The Little Mermaid Live!

May 2 2020

Team TLC Movie Night – Lillian’s choice: “The Little Mermaid Live!”

Lillian says, “Good, musical, and my two favorite characters are the two Ariels (Auli’i Cravalho and Jodi Benson).”

I say, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this. I’ll be okay if it doesn’t happen again. I did like two of the songs, ‘Under the Sea’ and ‘Les Poissons’.”

Thomas sat this one out.

Vegan Eats: Giant Salad With Sunflower Seed Butter Cups

April 28 2020

Giant salad for dinner. Good grief. That was good!

I had fun making it. Made my own butter garlic croutons. It had garbanzo beans, white beans, cauliflower, spanish and kalamato olives, artichoke hearts, arugula and romaine lettuce, cashews, raisins, shredded coconut, Daiya cheese shreds, sweet and hot jalapeno, and a kale, cashew, basil pesto.

May 2 2020

With the coffee this morning.

As a child and teen my absolute favorite candy was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I stopped eating food with artificial ingredients over 12 years ago and it was such a delight to come across these. They are decadent!!

Warm Electrifying Beauty Makes Me Feel Like Dancing

April 27 2020

Afternoon walk for me, bike ride for Thomas. Getting too warm for afternoon walks. Time to switch to morning or early evening.

April 29 2020

New to me walk this afternoon – Scripts Wildlife Preserve –

The beauty is electrifying. I keep wanting to use the word, giddy. So, there you go. I’ve now used it. Every time I get home from one of these walks, I feel like dancing. I put on music and dance while making dinner.

The Decision to Feel – Camilla on Syllables for Swathi

April 8 2020:

Thank you to Priya of Syllables for Swathi for having me on her beautiful “all things books” blog … “To Feel or Not to Feel” …

I had a decision to make. I could continue to be stuck in a place of self pity, of feeling like I’m not one of the chosen who gets to have a peaceful, abundant, and joyful life. By no means was this an easy decision to make. I struggled on and off for more than 20 years with a core belief that people like me do not get to have an easy, peaceful life.

A charmed and privileged life of knowing what one wants, how one wants to contribute to society, and for this to effortlessly flow into one’s experience. No, as much as I tried to affirm …. Follow the link to read the full post …

https://syllablesofswathi.com/2020/04/08/guest-camille-downs-on-the-decision-to-feel/