Winter’s Mystery: Time to Go Within by Patricia R. Blumhagen

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This is definitely the most powerful, inspiring and amazing poetry book I have ever read.

 
In Winter’s Mystery: Time To Go Within, the author, Patricia Blumhagen writes in a very powerful yet open way. I loved the title, since, loving nature myself I could immediately connect to the fact that in winter everything is exposed in its raw detail. Gone are the flowers which distract, the leaves which hide, in winter there is only what is…

 
The author has a lovely way of exploring the frailties and strengths of humanity. Her poetry is simply beautiful, looking at the myriad of emotions which make us who we are, our hopes, fears, dreams etc., opening them up for us in an amazing way and exposing the nucleus for us to consider.
That she is an Interfaith Minister is not really surprising, she has a wonderful way with words and I loved the strength of belief which is shown in the poem ‘Calling.’

 
There are many inspirational poems and one, which I loved was The Vessel which tells of being broken, yet still there lies the possibility of healing.

 
In this busy world there are many people who will criticise you, but sometimes you can be your strongest critic and this can cause a lot of emotional pain, and lead to self-destruction; the poem the ‘Inner Critic’ inspires you to let go of these thoughts.

 
‘I Let Go’ is a short, yet very powerful poem about coming to terms with loss which is just simply beautiful.

 
However, I have to say that my favourite is Open the Door’ which is about facing your demons and gaining inner peace, something, many people lack the strength to do.

 
Simply, this book is a joy to read and to own, I know that I shall pick it up many times from now on, whether to gain inspiration, search for answers, or just to enjoy the wonderful words within.

 

About the Author: Patricia is an Interfaith Minister, Registered Nurse, and Certified Nutritional Consultant, as well as a grower of organic herbs. As an Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Coach, her concern is finding the best approach to assist clients in connecting with their souls and in birthing their hidden potentials.She works with healing the trauma of loss. Many have been touched and healed by reading her book. She also offers transforming rituals for celebrating personal growth. For twenty-one years she lived and serviced as a nun in a Catholic Community, out growing the conditioning she found herself outside of the religious organization, and, began her search to release the old and reclaim her authentic self.

Winter’s Mystery-Time To Go Within:Spiritual Journeying is her poetic memoir. Here, she tells
her story from loss to freedom, and finding purpose and meaning in writing. In her poetic memoir
she shows how the emotional pain was the medicine for her healing towards wholeness.
Her book is the spiritual journey within for honoring the darkness and moving towards new beginnings.

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0578072491?keywords=winter’s%20mystery%3A%20time%20to%20go%20within&qid=1450786982&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1

 

Strawberries in November by Mike Hanmer Walker

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I am so pleased to discover that this talented author and poet has released another book. I love the way his poetry brings alive everyday life, and the people, and things he observes .

The signature poem for this book ‘Strawberries in November’ is lovely and indeed is a life lesson for us all. One of my favourites is ‘A Toast’ which really is a celebration to us all, whoever or whatever we are!

Throughout the book it is obvious that the poetry the author has written has been inspired by events in his life, and the people who help and are important to him. The poem ‘A Beautiful Evening’ is a thank you to his sister and a personal family tribute to his wonderful mum, to which this book was dedicated.

A lovely book of beautiful poetry, and I for one, can’t wait until the next one is published.

 

About the Author: I was born in North London, but I was raised in Hackney, or Shoreditch, as it was known back in the day. I had a comprehensive education, and I left school without any qualifications in 1968. My first job was as a trainee motor mechanic, but that only lasted a few weeks as the governor at the time seemed to take objection to me turning up late nearly every morning. After one or two garages later, it soon become apparent that motor mechanics was not for me. Well, okay work of any kind was a general interruption to my day at the time, but I persevered and I thought I would give screen printing a trial. I started with this small firm and was doing okay, and I was sent to the London College of printing for a term, but in my return, I was sacked and the firm went under a week or so later. Then I saw a “Boy Wanted for Bake House” poster in the local pie and mash shop (pie and mash is a traditional cockney dish), so I thought, well, that may see me over for a few weeks. I was there for eleven years. I finished in the shop selling rather than making it. The shop closed in 1980. I spent the rest of my working life as a salesman and an accounts rep for the local electricity supplier. I always kept involved in local community issues, chairing the local residents committee for a while. In 2010 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and after the initial coming to terms with the disease, I felt there were many things I could not do anymore so I concentrated more on those that I could and discovered new challenges. I have always tried to be a half-glass-full type of guy, and this first book is my new first challenge.

About the Book: Like my first two books, “The Orange Crystal-like Doorknob” and “The Ol’ Dog and Duck,” this one has fun, food for thought, and emotional feelings that I hope readers can relate to. But this one, although not exclusively so, has a theme running through many of the poems, and that theme is about getting older or maybe denying the fact and the general consequences. Some are thought-provoking, but I still like to have fun with the poems, so many of them I hope you find funny and enjoyable.

 

Available in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Strawberries-November-Mike-Hanmer-Walker/dp/1503549178/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Strawberries-November-Mike-Hanmer-Walker-ebook/dp/B00UMK20HY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

The Ol’ Dog and Duck by Mike Hanmer Walker

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This author and poets has a wonderful way of conveying through his poetry his observations on people and events that have happened in his life, to those around him, and of course at The Ol’ Dog and Duck.

He jumps in straight away with a great poem anyone with a sibling can relate to – ‘What My Sister Did.’ I loved ‘Health and safety Ideas,’ as anyone of our generation would, it just puts into perspective the strange molly coddling attitude these days. However I have to say, I think my favourite is the humorous ‘Not Too Honest,’ which had me laughing out loud!

Whatever your mood, I am confident you would find a poem to suit it in this lovely collection.

 

About the Author: i was born in north london, but i was raised in hackney, or shoreditch as it was known back in the day, i had a comprehensive education, and i left school without any qualifications in 1968 my first job was has a trainee motor mechanic, but that only lasted a few weeks as the governor at the time seemed to take objection to me turning up late nearly every morning, after one or two garages later, it soon become apparent that motor mechanics was not for me, well ok work of any kind was a general interruption to my day at the time, but i persevered and i thought i would give screen printing a trial. i started with this small firm and was doing ok and i was sent to the london college of printing for a term but n my return i was saccked and the firm went under a week or so later, then i saw a “BOY WANTED FOR BAKEHOUSE” poster in the local pie and mash shop (pie and mash is a traditional cockney dish) so i thought well that may see me over for a few weeks. . . . I was there for 11 years i finished in the shop selling rather than making it. the shop closed in 1980 i spent the rest of my working life as a salesman and an accounts rep for the local electricity supplier i always kept involved in local community issues, chairing the local residents committee for a while, in 2010 i was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and after the initial coming to terms with the disease, i felt there were many things i could not do anymore so i concentrated more on those that i could and discovered new challenges. I have always tried to be a “half glass full” type of guy, and this first book is my new first challenge.

 

About the Book: This is the 2nd part of Michael Walker’s first poetry book “THE ORANGE CRYSTAL-LIKE DOORKNOB”. A Poetry book but it doesn’t have the one category for all poems, there are poems about experience, life , memories, feeling , and of course just a lot of fun.

Available from Amazon in paperback http://www.amazon.com/Dog-Duck-Mike-Hanmer-Walker/dp/1499028741/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1442580910&sr=1-2

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The Orange Crystal-like Doornob by Mike Hanmer Walker

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Sometimes, seemingly terrible life altering things can happen, however, when this happened to Mike Hanmer Walker he used it as an opportunity to rekindle his love of poetry and became an author.

This is the first book of his poems I have read and I just love them! They are a great assortment of observations on life. Some are inspirational like ‘Happy New Year,’ some thought-provoking ‘What Would You say’ and some are humorous like ‘Uncle Eric.’

Whatever mood you are in there will be something to suit you in this wonderful potpourri. That the author is a people watcher, and a generally a great observer of life is obvious because these poems capture ‘life’ so brilliantly.

It would be difficult to pick a favourite, but if I had to, I think it would be between, ‘The Middle Road,’ which I really loved, and ‘I Did This…’ because, well because I am a mum.

I can’t wait to read more from this talented author and poet.

About the Book: “about this book
now how do i begin to describe this book, it a poetry book but it doesnt have the one category for all poems, there are poems about experience, life , memories, feeling , and of course just a lot of fun,
there are the ones i wrote for friends to celebrate or commerate events in their lives too , and in particular theres the one MUM FOR YOU was written when my mother went into a care home in october , and her health was failing her,
and when she did pass away on 28 nov 2013 i penned STILL MISSING YOU i hope a few people can relate to the sentiments of the words.
but as i mentioned there are fun poems to with fictional characters and situations, but even some of those may give rise to debate,
finally one of the fun ones is actually based on true events , the title DAVE THE RAVE, i hope you enjoy”

 

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Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards by E. Michael Lunsford

Sometimes_SHADOW_3Brilliantly entertaining Poetry.

 

This is undoubtedly the best poetry book I have ever read. Right from the first one, which incidentally is the title of the book, ‘Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards,’ this collection of thoroughly entertaining poems takes a look at life in a humorous way through the eyes of a child.

As a parent and grandparent I loved the way the author has captured their innocence. Covering all sorts of topics, they are all so entertaining, imaginative, original and so very funny. The icing on the cake is that they are delightfully illustrated with line and ink drawings which perfectly capture their essence.

Did I have a favourite, honestly, I loved too many to put a finger on one, however, if I had to choose, it would be out of these… I really loved ‘I’ve Glued My Brother’ and ‘Father’s Moustache’, however very close behind came ‘Omelet City’ and, for me, the poem whose title could have been an alternative title for this book “Life is Real Magic.’

Whether you are an avid fan of poetry, a parent who fancies a laugh, or someone looking to buy their first poetry book, I cannot recommend this one highly enough, and I for one am looking forward to reading more from this talented poet.

 

 

About the Author:  E. Michael Lunsford is a published author, poet and playwright. He is also a lyricist, composer, pianist, guitarist, non-fiction and children’s book writer, inventor, entrepreneur, UI designer and mobile app developer. Although he holds 27 patents and has written 14 books on computer technology, his current passion is plays, musicals and children’s books.

His book of wacky kid’s poems, Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards, was published in 2014 and his Halloween play, Scary, Scary Night, was published as a comedy in 2014 and as a musical in 2015. The comedy was subsequently selected as a finalist by the Shawnee Original Playwright Series in January, 2015 and as a semi-finalist in the annual Playwrights First contest in New York in March, 2015. The musical was also selected as a semi-finalist in Caryl Crane Youth Theatre’s 2015 Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival in March, 2015.

He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the South Bay Writers Club, the NYC Playwrights Group and other creative arts organizations. With his wife and love of his life, Merlyn, he lives and works happily in San Carlos, California.

About the Book: Life is real magic, if you know what I mean
‘Cause I can make movies by thinking a scene;
And I can pretend I’m a blue submarine
(Or maybe I’ll even pretend that I’m green)
Or I can imagine a big tangerine,
Or thousands of monkeys up on the screen,
Or an elephant in a designer blue jean—

Grab your ticket to the wonderful world of the whimsically weird. In this charming collection of wacky kid’s poems, you’ll find out why we’re throwing the pumpkin away, how we’re selling father’s mustache, when little sister got elephant ears, where little brother got glued, and what’s important about knee joints. Meet Cantankerous Sam, the Garbage Man; Harrie Carrie the Bearded Lady; The Wizard who looked like a Lizard; and the Grumbly Grump of Nottingham Dump.

E. Michael Lunsford’s delightful collection of illustrated poems is surprising, inventive, kooky and—most of all—hilarious.

 

Available from Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Sometimes-Get-My-Shoes-Backwards-ebook/dp/B00OKZIJCM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424466361&sr=8-1&keywords=sometimes+I+get+my+shoes+on+backwards

 

BECOMING The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet by Nadia Janice Brown

An inspiring potpourri of observations.

Becoming: The Life & Musings Of A Girl Poet by Nadia Brown

 

In this lovely poetry book, the author offers the reader an opportunity to take a walk through life, sharing her potpourri of observations.

As I turned the pages, they appeared to be full of little messages reminders and perhaps visions of the future.

It would be hard to pick a favourite but I did love ‘Tomorrow’ with its message of new beginnings and ‘Genesis’.

A bonus for me, were the Articles at the back of the book, which I loved, especially ‘LIVE YOUR DREAM’, which I feel personally, is so important.

A thoroughly enjoyable book!

Available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/BECOMING-Life-Musings-Girl-ebook/dp/B005HFKG3E/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358757109&sr=1-1&keywords=becoming+by+nadia+janice+brown

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Unscrambled Eggs – A poetry book

Todays review is of a poetry book – Unscrambled Eggs by Nadia Brown

This is a lovely collection of poetry.

I reviewed the Kindle version.

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Unscrambled-Eggs-ebook/dp/B005JTY7I8/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

Available in paperback and Kindle format

Covering a wide variety of subjects, I found these poems reflective, thought provoking and refreshing.

My personal favourites were ‘Silent Walk’ and ‘Before I knew Better’ but there’s a poem within this collection for everyone to enjoy.