Advice From A Tree

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I often read this poem, savoring each line like a bite of luscious chocolate silk pie, whenever my resilience wanes. For it gently nudges me from my wearisome daily existence and self imposed tensions, asking that I remember, as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin so poignantly stated, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Below is the poem in it’s entirety, written by the gifted Ilan Shamir, author, artist, storyteller, environmentalist, and avid nature lover. In short, my kind of guy. Enjoy!nature-2871653_1920


Advice From a Tree

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

                               -Ilan Shamir

May you feel peace on this day,



Free Printable Social Media Trackers

Free Social Media Tracker

I like to keep track of my stats, and can never get my passwords in one place. As I couldn’t find anything I really liked online, (and I enjoy making pretty pictures,) I went ahead and made my own.

If you like them, please feel free to download them for yourself.  As a disclosure, I must tell you that I tried a million and one ways to save these docs so they would print the very bottom of the page where my name is, and can’t get it to work. So if you don’t mind the bottom 1/2″ missing, carry on with your bad self.

Social Media Content (1)

Download link – Social Media Weekly Tracker


Social Media Content

Download link – Social Media Stats


Social Media Content (2)

Download link – Password List

Happy tracking!


Writing and Business Goals for September 2017

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August was not quite as productive as past months because I’d taken nearly two weeks off from writing and the business of it; a break I occasionally need with my full time job. Having said that, I’m going to go easy on myself and choose to be pleased with what I did get accomplished. I think we all need to do that a little more. Yeah. Total trend setter here. 😉

August Goals:

  1. Draft a Skyler Sullivan short story – Not done, but I did start a mind map to generate scene ideas
  2. Update and organize my Skyler Sullivan mythology notes – Not done. 
  3. Write the first two chapters of Book Two – I completed chapter one in full, but only finished about half of chapter two. 
  4. Gain a better understanding of Google+ – Done. 
  5. Read Six Figure Author: Using Data to Sell Books by Chris Fox – Done.  Though I’m not quite far along enough to implement all of his suggestions, I still found them valuable and something I can revisit in the future. 4 stars.  
  6. Read 2,000 to 10,000: How to Write Faster, Write Better, and Write More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron Done. 4 stars.

I’ll be moving the items I did not complete to my September goals list below, and vow to get more writing done. I will, damn it!

September Goals:

  1. Draft a Skyler Sullivan short story
  2. Edit and complete the short story mentioned above
  3. Learn to use Mailchimp
  4. Update and organize my Skyler Sullivan mythology notes
  5. Write chapter two and three of Book Two
  6. Participate in the Instagram September Confessions Game
  7. Read BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge: How to energize your book sales in a month

If you set writing goals, I’d love to know what they are. Have a great September!


Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day


Henri, keeper of my heart

In honor of National Black Cat Appreciation Day, I want to introduce my favorite black cat in the world, Le Monsieur Henri, aka Mr. Fuzzy Face, who is also my muse for Skyler Sullivan’s black cat/familiar, Mordecai, in my book, Have Spirit Will Travel .


Chillin’ in the afternoon

In 2009, Hubby Extraordinaire found this precious little love abandoned at a job site and brought him home to join our family. He was a blessings from the start.


My new momma already loves me

He grew to have the soul of a warrior. We live in the country and one time when Henri, along with our pittie mix, Lilly, were both outside, they saw an armadillo sniffing around the yard. Henri and Lilly went at it from different angles, scared the poor thing to death, (did you know armadillos can jump 3 – 4 feet high? No shit!) and chased it out of the yard.



My boy is extremely warm hearted. Three years ago a tiny kitten showed up at our house and was hiding underneath an old building. Henri coaxed it out, and over to our porch. Not bad for a Tom cat, huh?


Hide and seek

And of course, he always enjoys hanging out with his buddy, Buster, the other half of the yin yang duo


It always pays to have friends


Does this shirt make my butt look big?

It pains me to know there are still people holding on to superstitions dating back to the 16th century when it comes to black cats. And because of that bias, these beautiful creatures are usually the last to be adopted in the shelters.

Please help spread awareness of how special these amazing felines are, and if you have room in your home, consider visiting your local shelter. You may just find you’ve been looking for a black cat all your life. The universe is funny that way.

Wishing many blessings come your way.