Author Archives: Miriam Hurdle

Indie Book Review: Songs of Heartstrings

H.R.R. Gorman has a fabulous review of Songs of Heartstrings. Thank you, Gorman!

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Miriam Hurdle let me know about her recent publication, Songs of Heartstrings.  I purchased this, my first book of poetry, so I could proudly present a review.  I’m not sure I can astutely review poetry, but here goes an attempt!

The Book

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Published in 2018
Published through Kindle
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This was an enjoyable book.  I envision Miriam Hurdle as a modern psalmist, one who may not be a shepherd of sheep but still has a deep connection with creation and her creator.  This book of songs and tales has incredible richness and something for everyone.  Whether you’re in need for uplifting messages, comfort in times of trouble, or celebration of life, Hurdle has you covered.

Overall Review

As I read through many of these poems, I had a feeling like I was reading the book of Psalms.  Miriam is a fitting Psalmist, I’d…

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Come and be interviewed for my new 2019 Author Interview Series

Author Don Massenzio

2019It’s a new year and time for a new series of author interviews.

One of the features of my blog that I have enjoyed the most is my author interview series.

Over the past few years, I have posted over 200 interviews. We have learned about many authors, both traditionally and independently published. We have learned what makes them tick and what techniques have worked for them in creating and promoting their work.

whats your storyFor 2019, I’m looking to post weekly author interviews based on responses to 10 questions. To change it up a bit this year, I’m giving authors 20 questions from which they can choose 10. This will make each interview somewhat unique. These 20 questions are brand new to my blog interviews. This means, if I’ve already interviewed you, you are welcome to participate as we will learn even more about you.

If you participate in my interview…

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review of 2018

Ann-Christine has a wonderful theme last Saturday to do a 2018 Photographic Review. It’s a perfect opportunity to review all the wonderful things happened last year.

January – I started off the New Year by attending a Women’s retreat to reflect and refocus.

February – Spending Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year with Mercy, Will and Autumn in Portland, Oregon, we went hiking in Silver Falls.

March – March flowers in my garden.

April – Lynton and I took a local trip to The Huntington – Library, Art Collection and Botanical Garden.

May – Celebrating Mother’s Day in Portland with Mercy, we went to Rhododendron Garden.  

May – Lynton and I took a trip to Alaska and toured Denali Park.

June – Baby Hummingbird was born in my backyard

July – Visited Autumn and her mommy and daddy, had a nice outing at Battle Ground Park.

August – A bridal shower for a friend’s daughter-in-law to be.

September –Autumn’s one-year birthday on September 28th.

September – A weekend getaway in Las Vegas.

October – My book was published in October.

November – Family gathering for Thanksgiving.

December – My annual Messiah performance.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 26 Photographic Review of 2018

Beautiful Tiny Baby written by Miriam Hurdle at Spillwords.com

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Spillwords.com presents: Christmas at Spillwords – Beautiful Tiny Baby by Miriam Hurdle, a multi-genre writer of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories.

BEAUTIFUL TINY BABY

Beautiful Tiny Baby written by Miriam Hurdle at Spillwords.com

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Beautiful Tiny Baby

written by: Miriam Hurdle

@mhurdle112

Seven months of being pregnant,

     driving from California to Oregon

     for a Christmas family gathering.

     “Take breaks more often,” Doctor said.


Still, it was 1,000 miles in distance.

     When we arrived, I started the contractions,

     went to the hospital in Salem.

     “We have no equipment to care for

     premature babies.” Doctor said.


An ambulance took me,

     traveled one hour to Portland.

     I was holding my baby tight,

     praying, telling her, “I love you,”

     all the way.


We arrived at the hospital safe and sound,

     the contractions seemed to quiet down.

     I had a belt on my belly strapped around

     to monitor the frequency of contraction.


Not long after I had dinner,

     the monitor beeped a warning sound.

     Yes, my daughter wanted to come around.

     A cesarean section was in order.


“An experimental drug could be

     injected into your spinal cord

     to mature the baby’s lungs, so

     she could breathe on her own;

     the effect on you is unknown.” Doctor said.


Without hesitation, I wanted the injection.

     It turned out to be a sound decision.

     Baby Mercy only needed twelve hours of

     respiratory help.


She was tiny and beautiful.

     I had her in my arms.

     Her eyes followed mine.

     My baby had the angel’s guide.


Her birth was years ago,

     the vivid memory never gets old.

     She started with her tiny feet,

     her steps have been directed by

     the heavenly Father’s lead.


NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

This poem is about the unexpected birth of my seven-month premature baby Mercy who was born safe and sound on the day after Christmas and my joy and gratefulness for the beautiful baby. 

Note: Mercy is married with a beautiful family.

Miriam Hurdle Miriam Hurdle

Miriam Hurdle is a multi-genre writer. She writes poetry, flash fiction, and short stories.

Music has rooted in her life. Being a soloist as a teenager led her to taking voice lessons and to have ongoing singing engagements. She continues to sing soprano in choral groups. Lyrics have a major influence in the natural flow of her melodic writing. She writes memoir in the form of poetry.

Along with her brother, she took photos when the films were black and white. Photography is still her enjoyable hobby. Drawing and painting were also fun activities as a child. Her favorite was to draw a Japanese girl with big eyes, long hair, small lips and chin. She resumed drawing and watercolor painting several years ago. In her poetry collection, Songs of Heartstrings, photos and paintings are included to illustrate the poems.

She earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California.

Source: Beautiful Tiny Baby written by Miriam Hurdle at Spillwords.com

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: #25 Reflections

This week the theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Reflection, from Patti Moed.

The photos I selected for this post are reflections of water I admired during different trips near and far.

This is Puente de Alcántara Bridge over the calm river, Toledo Spain.

I took a photo of the yacht during our whale watching trip at Newport Harbor California.

On the same day of the whale watching, we had dinner at the beach and watched the sunset.

Our family went to China and visited Guilin. This is Reed Flute Cave with different color lights revealing the rock formation and the reflections from the underground water.

I have been living in southern California for 40 years. Last week was the first time my husband and I went on a cruise to see the Holiday Lights. All the homes, their yachts, cruise boats and restaurants by the water were decorated with Christmas lights. It was a treat from my daughter!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #25 – Reflections

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