On Outreach

Cynical Wordsmith

Is there significance
In reaching out?
Searching out readers,
Following them,
Assessing their works,
Undressing their mind,
They all seem
A bit of a game.
A tennis match of likes,
A quid pro quo following,
This for that,
Tit for tat,
Criticism and compliment
Because every opinion matters.

Is there significance
In reaching out?
Does the need for companionship,
To eliminate loneliness,
Justify
This ravenous search?
When the world is hollow
And your mind is blank,
Does the voice of reason
Appear, suddenly,
On the blog of another?

Is there significance
In reaching out?
To preach my practice,
To help others understand,
That we can do better,
So very much better,
Than the prison cells
We call home?

Is there significance
In reaching out?
Yes.
Undeniably and undoubtedly,
Yes.

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This selection of 67 poems represents a collective meander of thought and observations created over a long period of time.

What If? is anyone’s decision made and the reflection, at any given moment in time, which led to the now in life. The ‘what ifs’ are with us every day.

…What if a man was penniless?
What if each dream he earned?
I could talk to him in confidence
And be richer for the lessons learned…

Poems from the Book:

“Fat Cat Ambition”

There is a time and there is a place,
You are always there to fill a space,
Sometimes needed sometimes not,
Sometimes remembered, sometimes forgot.
The time the place on earth, the space
Where and when depends on your own pace,
Depends on the reason, the choices we make,
Depends on your conscience and those we forsake. 

Around every corner lies the unknown,
Beyond each horizon we have not yet been shown,
But do your deed well with a conscience bright
Not with a heart as black as the night. 

We all think we’re right and we all do our best
We all put others to our own test,
But cruelty and cunning sadly reign supreme,
With the ladder of ambition and self-esteem. 

Pay attention and look, for the further you climb
The rungs disappear and become a fine line.
They won’t always be there to handle your weight
And for fat cat ambition, support comes too late. 

 

“Brothers”

May your differences be small ones
May you always know how to forgive
Leave time to enjoy and live.
Don’t allow a grudge the space in your life
Reserved for tranquility.
Don’t make a burden cast upon you a liability
Know yourself and your brother
Always make time for one another.

 

“What If?” can be purchased through the Book Depository:

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in addition to Amazon and other online retailers:

This unique poetry collection can also be downloaded in e-book format from:

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Replanting Grapevines

This was written in the springtime, but I didn’t want to wait until next spring to share it.

Cynical Wordsmith

It’s that time of year
When we take stock
And evaluate the damage
Of the previous winter.
The survivors are praised,
With a gentle apathy.
The corpses are removed
And replaced.
Fifteen inches down,
Their new home awaits.
In the summer, we’ll see
How many of them stay.
The dead are random.
There’s almost no significance
Of their haphazard fates.
The work is dirty,
But well worth the effort.

As I sit here and reflect
At the work done today,
My body is tired
My clothes are filthy
And all I can think,
Is how my first line
Sounds like Nancy Wilson
Singing The Christmas Waltz.

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Book Review & Guest Post: Silence of Islands by W.M. Raebeck

Book Title:  Silence of Islands — Poems by W.M. Raebeck
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  170 pages
Genre:  Poetry
Publisher:  Hula Cat Press
Release date:   July 2020

Content Rating:  G. this book of poems is ‘grown-up’ but nothing violent, explicit, illegal, profane or hardcore.

Poetry for the summer day, poetry for the dark night. Poems that cut a walkable trail through the forest of life. Always with a nudge and a wink, “It’ll be okay.” This collection reflects a lifetime of nature, love, travel, death, joy, art, family, and the eternal questions. A potion of emotion to soothe and move you.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Silence of Islands is a book full of poetry that I enjoyed. The poems are all so different. They are about art, nature, travel, relationships, family, loss of loved ones, and more. You can feel her emotions throughout the years. These personal reflections of the author have the power to move the reader in one way or another.

Here’s a short, cute poem from May 22, 1989, when she was in Venice:

Trouble

Oooh we got trouble
size thirty Jeans
trouble at five foot eleven
trouble on that motorcycle
trouble in that kiss

Here comes trouble
with a capital T
Trouble
you’re trouble
total trouble

I love trouble

I think my favorite poem out of all of these is “Close Friends.” It’s a funny poem about friends and their interconnecting relationships.

I read Silence of Islands in one sitting, but I will keep it on hand to pick up occasionally to read a poem or two once in a while. I’m glad that the author decided to publish her poetry. It’s definitely worth a read.

Guest Post by W. M. Raebeck

“Always Wanted to do Yoga?”

      Way before my first yoga lesson in 1972, yoga always seemed ‘right’ to me. And after learning and practicing it a few decades, I wanted to go deeper. But the only avenue for more in-depth yoga—from asana variations, anatomy, and chakras to pranayama (breathing), meditation, gurus, Sanskrit, mudras (hand positions), and yogic philosophy and history—is teacher training. So, in 1997, I mustered the guts for that and never looked back.

      Later on, becoming a massage therapist, also, I always offered private yoga sessions on my business card. This led to discussions with people long interested but who’d never tried yoga. Hearing their complaints of stiffness, decreasing range of joint motion, or apprehensions about age, extra weight, and other limitations, I eventually came up with 4 key suggestions for how to start a yoga practice:

      1.  Start at the beginning.

      Bopping into a crowded 6 p.m. class at a trendy Main Street studio, you’re risking a) getting hurt, because the teacher doesn’t cater to beginners, b) being intimidated by buff 20-somethings in scant Lycra, and c) never going to another yoga class because “it’s just not for me” or “it was too hard” or “I got hurt.” Indeed, that class is NOT for you. You need either a true beginner class where you can learn the basics in a safe environment, and/or a warm, caring, old-school teacher who isn’t showing off his/her contours or sizing up potential soul-mates, but loves yoga, loves teaching it, and understands newbies. Not so complicated, but sometimes hard to find. This teacher will probably be female and over 45, but truly could be anybody.

      Seek out said instructor. Ask around for the right class. And check if a local college might offer a yoga course—schools are about education, and more likely to start from the beginning, plus might even have additional info about yoga as well as teaching the poses. If you’re over 50, a Senior Center can be a resource. I know…sounds frumpy, but they often offer ‘Senior Yoga,’ someplace you won’t get hurt, won’t get intimidated, and won’t be the only one in baggy pants. And whoever teaches Senior Yoga almost certainly teaches elsewhere, too, and will invite you to their ‘regular’ class nearby. Then you can be a normal yoga student who already knows the teacher.

      2.  Find a class near your home or workplace.

      Once you’ve broken the ice by attending a few classes—Senior Center, college, or wherever you find that safe, intro-type class—your next challenge is to continue going on a regular basis. Make that easy by finding a class nearby. If you have to drive 30 minutes to and fro, do you think you’ll always have time, always feel like it after a long day, and always be up for squeezing it in when there’s a dinner party that same night?

      3.  Start with once a week.

      Many think of ‘real’ yogis as boney, sarong-clad, deep-breathers in Himalayan caves. For weeks, without food, in full lotus. If this is your vision or your goal, you’re in the wrong hemisphere and the wrong century. Los Angeles, not India, is today’s world center for yoga. Think urban yogi, health food eater on a bike, yoga mat under arm. Forget the cave, denunciation, and turn-blue inhales. We’re not aiming for transcendence anymore (though it can be a pleasant side effect), just increased mobility, stress relief, and more peace. Practicing yoga isn’t extreme, it’s a cool 90 minutes you work into your week (once you find your sympatico teacher). The stakes aren’t that high, but the rewards can be.

      Commit to once a week. Buy the 10-class pass to save money, and Tuesday night becomes yoga night or Saturday morning is yoga morning. That’s how you develop a practice. You don’t move to Tibet or fast until your third eye is searing passers-by. A year or two from now, you may decide to go twice a week, but once a week is a legitimate, beneficial, affordable yoga practice.

      4.  You should love your yoga class.

      You should exit your class wearing a smile. Yoga is a great thing and doing it should make you feel good. If you feel grumpy, anxious, sad, hurt, or embarrassed during or after the class, find a better one. (There are a plenty of inadequate or ego-driven instructors to be avoided.) I’ve attended classes of over 100 different yoga teachers on my journey, most not wildly memorable, but some magnificent, and even magical. The best ones had plenty to offer.

      Take these tips and you’ll do FINE!

      Namaste.

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Hugo and Daddy’s Night-time Adventures

This children’s bereavement book ties in pictures with simple heartfelt words from Hugo’s daddy, Ric. Written as a poem and linked by colourful illustrations to capture moments, memories and feelings around the loss of Hugo’s mummy, it is also for the future.  It might just provide some help with a little one’s loss.

When Hugo lost his mummy ‘Jade’ straight after birth, many beautiful things were made for him, including a special ‘mummy cushion’ and a lavender scented teddy, which was created from one of her dresses. Hugo’s mummy t-shirts, which are hanging as buntin in his room, have been worn in many charity 10K and half marathon runs in memory. A personalised travel belt for clipping on Hugo and daddy’s backpacks reflects all the adventures to come.  The heart symbols lay on mummy’s resting place – red representing Daddy, green for Mummy and blue for Hugo. There is also a shooting star included for mummy and as hope for Hugo and Daddy’s future, the H symbol also represents this as a sign of hope and for the initials for Hugo Hart.

About the Author:

Ric Hart is father to Hugo Jaden Hart who lost his mummy shortly after birth in July 2018.  Ric lost his best friend, wife and soulmate. He is two years into his journey as a single parent and widower and has found huge inspiration, peace and acceptance from the loss of his wife by keeping her memory alive through the creation of his books and finding new hobbies and projects that he knows will make Jade so very proud and keep the fire inside him alight. 

For more on the life and love of Jade, see:  http://www.jadehartpupylove.co.uk

Excerpt from the book:

 “Hugo’s and Daddy’s Night-time Adventures” by Ric Hart is available in paperback from the following retailers:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/hugo-and-daddys-night-time-adventures/ric-hart/jacqueline-tee/9781839752018

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A change of expectations is one of the keys. 

A change of intentions is another.

About the Book:

Throughout your life, what you think, say and do are determined by emotional undercurrents running beneath your conscious level. Those undercurrents have evolved through earlier experience, some that enhance your life with pride and happiness, others that impact on the decisions you take each day without your recognizing it. Keys to Your Life invites you to see how, by releasing the disappointments from the past, you open to an excellence and a higher level of consciousness that you did not previously know was in your nature. If you are someone that wants to manifest the most excellent aspects of your nature, this is a book through which you will derive much inspiration.

About the Author:

Leon Norell is not a psychologist. He is a businessman. His qualifications for writing “Keys to Your Life” are his 80+ years’ life experience; in particular, his emotional early years, two years in the R.A.F, 60 years in the business world and a series of personal development seminars in the 1980s that changed his life.

Through his many years of experience, Leon came to recognise how people sabotage themselves in subtle ways and penalise others for their own unhappiness. He also saw how people are the authors of much of their own misfortune, and that by realising and releasing grievances and your mistakes of the past, they can achieve so much more.

Based on his own life experience, Leon’s intention in writing this book is to guide anyone who genuinely wants to advance from his or her current level of existence to a more fulfilled, meaningful and purposeful life.

If you are someone who wants to manifest the finest aspects of your nature, “The Keys to Your Life” is a book through which you will derive some valuable inspiration.

Excerpt from the Book:

 

Contents

                       A Word from the Author   
                       Introduction   

Chapter 1 Your Brain Decides
Chapter 2 You Decide
Chapter 3 Undercurrents that Drive You
Chapter 4 Your Beliefs and the Truth
Chapter 5 The Excellence of Your Nature
Chapter 6 The Release Process
Chapter 6 Toward Neutrality and Peace
Chapter 7 The Non-physical Dimension
Review your Consciousness

“The Keys to Your Life” by Leon Norell is available in paperback from Amazon at:

This inspirational book about personal development can also be downloaded in e-book format from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Leon Norell’s Literary Agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com