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Winner of the Winter Tales Contest


Held a contest recently over at WritersCafe called Winter Tales.  The 1st place prize was having their writing produced into a short video.  Fran Marie was the winner, and here is her poem called “White Magic.”  Enjoy!


Even After All These Years (a day of remembrance)

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Even after 22 years, today’s date still affects me.

The day my first husband died.

Even though I’ve gone on with my life…

with a family of my own…

You are still with me.

In memory.

And in spirit.

Even after all these years

I’m still filled with regrets and pain

mainly for the way I acted, and treated you.

There are days when I still wished I could go back

and change those things

even just to say I’m sorry


here I am still in mourning and missing you

and regretting how I’ve treated you

and wishing I could take it all back.

Even today, after all these years.

The Power Of One’s Imagination

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I’ve met countless writers and creatives from various artistic backgrounds who hailed how one’s imagination and dreams have enabled them to heal from painful and traumatic experiences.

Can a mind be that powerful?

Personally, my answer to this is Yes!

With the number of violent incidents increasing in our nation, I believe that having art of all kinds (music, drama, writing, etc.) included in all schools and colleges.  To go one step further, we should also have Art Therapy in schools.

With everything being so structured these day (structured play-if any, structured classes, structured lunchtimes, video games are also structured, and on and on), for a kid to utilize his own imagination to create play, a new game, an imaginary place or person, is becoming a lost and untapped ability.  An ability that will become crucial at various events of one’s life.  The ability to transfer oneself out of a stressful circumstance and into a place of magic, safety and love.  Even if only for the briefest of moment this will allow one to reset the mind (and emotions) and be better equipped to deal with the current situation.

Meditation. Strumming on a guitar. Singing.  Journaling.  Doodling or sketching.

Children and adults who’ve been abused, or had a traumatic experience tend to heal better through Art Therapy. There’s also Poetry Therapy.  Music Therapy. Journal Therapy.  The list could go on. These types of therapy enable one to express the pain and abuse in other ways where words may have failed.

For me, journaling and writing poetry have been cathartic and healing as I worked through the various losses I’ve experienced.  Without them, I don’t think I’d feel as emotionally and mentally whole as I do today.

What about you?  Have any of these above helped you through a challenging time?



#Poetry “Life: Just Tears In the Rain”

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I’ve compiled many of my poetry that I’ve written over the years (several have been published) in one small book called Life: Just Tears In the Rain.  It’s on Wattpad currently; but in time, I hope to format it as an ebook and perhaps even print.

Here’s the Preface:

I didn’t start writing poetry until 2008. At thirty-seven years old, I felt like I lived separate lives and at this time, I didn’t recognized myself in the mirror.
Who was I? Really, who was that woman staring back at me?
I’d experienced so many different kinds of losses. Some in rapid, short successions.
A cousin, and best friend, died due to complications of Muscular Dystrophy. We weren’t fourteen yet.
The Retinitis Pigmentosa diagnosis at age 21.
The loss of my first husband in a car accident four years later.
In one year (2003), nearly lost my second husband to Pericarditis, had complications during the delivery of our son, and was laid off from work all within a five-month period. A short time later diagnosed with Post-Partum Depression.
A miscarriage in 2008 sent me spiraling downward to a very dark place.
Both the anxiety and depression came in to my life; plus I had a husband who suffered from PTSD due to traumatic military experiences.
I was on emotional overload. Something had to give but with trying to be there, emotionally, for my husband while taking care of our young son, I began to write haiku; and discovered a way to voice my pain and fears I hadn’t been able to do before.
Through writing poetry, healing slowly filled my life with light and joy I hadn’t experienced, not truly, until now.
“Medicines and surgery may cure, but only reading and writing poetry can heal.” – J. Arroyo, author

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Has This World Gone Mad?

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Yesterday was Valentine Day.

Hubby gave me not one beautiful necklace, but four!  My teen-age son was in on it as well.  It pays to be the only girl in the household 😉

Then, I heard about the shooting in Florida.

A Valentine Day massacre.

So this morning, I took an extra few moments with my son to let him know how much I loved him.  As I watched him go out the door to meet the bus, I couldn’t help but to feel anxious for this day to be over with already so I’d have him back home.


I’m sure this was the case with parents all across the country.

I know we’re not promised tomorrow,  but gosh darn, these were children.

In a school.

Once again, the words “mental illness” are being tossed around all across the news and social media.  And “gun control.”  In my mind, there is no ONE culprit behind these mass shootings.  In my mind, there are too much hate and violence all across this country.  And throwing around “mental illness” will only hurt more people (innocent ones) rather than help them.

I suffer from anxiety and depression.  My husband, brother-in-law, and mother, PTSD.  My sister, Bipolar.  We’re all law-abiding citizens who may or may not have guns.  We’re shouldn’t be penalized or punished from not being able to own a gun just because we suffer from a mental illness.

That leaves “gun control.”

Owning a gun should remain a subjective decision, and a protected right for all citizens.

Banning guns altogether, in my mind, won’t stop certain people bent on committing mass murders.  They will find other ways.  Look at China for an example.  There have been instances where ax-wielding individuals have entered schools and killed.  With an ax.

Others used bombs made from ordinary house hold items.

There are no easy answers.

Which means as parents, this makes it all the more difficult to try and understand these sordid acts as we worry and pray for our children’s safety in a world that seemingly have gone mad.

Thus ends my rambling for today.

Have an input or thought on the matter?  Do so with kindness please.  🙂

#WritersLife My “Secret” Creative Outlet


I believe that every writer has a secret or not-so-secret creative endeavor they work on when not writing.   Mine is taking pictures of trees.


I have this fetish for trees.  Trees in all settings and life cycles; but especially when they’re in dormant or are dying.   There’s something sad about a tree who has lived its life-span, or has been ravaged by a violent storm.


I also enjoy taking pictures about my natural surroundings.



These all have taken by my tablet, and then edited on a photo software on my computer.  For being legally blind, these pictures have turned out okay.  I’m thinking about buying an actual digital camera.  Not an expensive one; but something I can play with to my heart’s content.

What about you?  Do you have any creative things you like to partake in when not writing?