Author Archives: Miriam Hurdle

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #22 – Happiness Is…

Ann-Christine gave us a thought provoking prompt this week – Happiness Is… We can ask if we are happy at this point of our life. If we’re happy, what makes us happy? If we’re not, what makes us unhappy?

I’m thankful to be where I am. I’m thankful for loving relationships with family and friends. I’m thankful that I could be helpful to people with my time and energy. It’s being with people and seeing people happy that makes me happy.

Seeing Mercy, Will and Autumn is always a priceless joy.
We’re blessed with Autumn, a happy, healthy and intelligent girl.
My husband and I are thankful for good health, happy to be at home or traveling.
A great pleasure to celebrate young people’s happiness in the bridal or baby shower.
What a happiness to gather and share food, stories and laughter with long-time friends.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #22 – Happiness Is…

I have a lot of smile this past week and this post shows great reasons for my smile and happiness.

Trent’s Weekly Smile November 26, 2018

“The Wild Hunt,” A Nonet Poem

Writing poetry is so much fun with Colleen’s Poetry Challenge. Come on to learn a new poem form. You’ll also have a surprised new poem form coming soon!

Colleen Chesebro ~ The Faery Whisperer

This week, I’m adding another poetry format to Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge that is similar to the Etheree, except there are nine lines instead of ten. Everyone loves the Etheree, and I just couldn’t wait till the beginning of the new year to add a similar form. ❤ Many thanks to Jane Dougherty for the suggestion.

You can find the instructions on how to write the Nonet poem under the menu item: Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Challenge Guidelines.(P.S. I need to update this page)

For this week’s challenge, I used the word algid for cold, and purest for safe.

How to write a Nonet Poem:

A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject. 

line 1 – 9 syllables
line 2 – 8…

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Exposing your work, on #LisaBurtonRadio

You don’t want to miss this post. A wonderful conversation among the super bloggers who devote their time and energy to help and support the authors.

Entertaining Stories

Lisa Burton

Hi, all, and welcome to another edition of Lisa Burton Radio. This week is a special edition, because it’s geared to all you authors out there. It might give some good ideas to bloggers who want to host guests too.

Today, I’ve collected a group of power bloggers who host authors on their sites. This gives an author a way to reach a larger audience than they might if they were simply posting about date-night or something. This means when you have a new book to promote, or maybe to give an older title a secondary push.

We’re going to start by addressing the three-hundred-pound gorilla in the room, and I mean that literally. Chris The Storyreading Ape, hosts one of the largest author blogs around. “Did you get my fruit basket, Chris?”

“Yes I did thanks, Lisa – very thoughtful of you to use edible leaves to weave the…

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Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Cold & Safe

The prompt words for Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge are Cold and Safe, #SynonymsOnly 

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The

Seasons

In nature

Paint the wordless

Story pictures of

Modern and ancient time

Chilling and moaning moments

Sunny and cherry occasions

They caress our hearts and whispering

Sunset at night brings sunrise in morning

Martin Hurkens – Holland Got Talent 2010

I am learning how to use the new editor. In my Lens-Artists Photo Challenge post, I tried to upload a video, even though it looked fine in the editing but didn’t play when I published it. The following video is from YouTube. I just wanted to see if it works to post YouTube video and chose this touching story about Martin Hurkens.

Martin Hurkens always had a dream of being an opera singer, but he did not have the money to stay in music school. Instead, became a baker to make a living and for 32 years he baked, and his singing was mostly reserved for when he was home with his family.

When he lost his job, the Dutch baker’s daughters wanted to help him realize his lifelong dream and entered him in the reality TV talent show “Holland Got Talent” back in 2010. The 58-year-old “Pavarotti” won legions of fans and the competition!

In the video below, Martin takes to the streets of Holland like a simple busker would, places down his hat, and sings “You Raise Me Up”. Soon a crowd gathers round to listen to the humble baker with the incredible voice!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: #21 Splash!

My husband and I went to Spain in the summer of 2016 to celebrate 20th anniversary. The tour covered Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona. We were in Barcelona on the day of anniversary. Most of the restaurants were open for dinner late in the evening but we preferred early dinner. After walking on the street for half an hour, we found a restaurant serving pizza. We had a bottle of wine and a large pizza.

The tour guide took us to a water show at night and we watched a spectacular show with beautiful splashes.

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Celebrate & Number

The prompt for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge this week is Celebrate and Number

We had a double celebration on Thanksgiving Day. My sister-in-law’s birthday is on November 21, mine is November 22. Every so many years, my birthday falls on Thanksgiving Day. Kriss and I had a joint birthday party on that day with thirty-two members with several members who couldn’t join us. What a blast!

We

Gather

Together

Once, twice a year

For family folks

Live in further distance

Keeping in touch with latest

Cheering youngest and soon coming

Strong bonding warms the hearts and builds strength

Assures support in a lonely world


Colleen's Poetry Challenge - Celebrate & Number

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