Rest your weary soul…

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This year came along with challenges beyond what we expected from a new year… I hear the same refrain from people from all walks of life.  Challenges both emotionally and spiritually, seems to be the theme for 2018. Shaking our foundations and leaving us gasping for breath and balance whilst trying to just make it through another day.

I took a few days from life in general and found peace, quiet, energy and synergy nestled in a small town called McGregor at the Temenos Retreat.  Settling into my cottage, trying to adjust my hurry time to Temenos time, I wandered through the garden, sitting quietly next to bubbling waters, listening to the bird life and just breathing and breathing to still my mind and let go and be at peace.

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My first visitors came soon after to welcome me and check whether I was settled in and maybe had something to share.

Loved the callling of the peacocks throughout the day…watching mom and her little ones scratching around and the males doing what males do, strutting their stuff and showing off in splendid colours.

Temenos is built around a garden…a garden like no other garden, small pleasures and hidden treasures and beloved faces surprising you around every bend and corner.  Wandering through the flowers and scrubs and trees and deities you sense a symmetry, a inner road leading to your soul and heart, forcing you to breath and be.

Walking the labyrinth….listening to the peacocks and birds…visiting all the little shrines and sanctuaries…learning to be still and open and just being flooded with the loving, peaceful and healing energy that is Temenos leads to discovering the basic truth of life…we are soul, we are love, we are energy and we do not need to get caught up in the dramas and hype of living the means of surviving.  Just be, see the bigger picture and remember to not get attached to the small stuff.

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Learn to love the journey and forget about the racing through life and experiences.  Take time to laugh, breath and be.  Take time to be present and take time to be kind to yourself. Venture into unknown worlds, both spiritually and physically. Wake up and smell the flowers, the wind and listen to the birds.  Be patient, be loving and be kind.

Be brave, step out of your comfort zone and discover your inner voice and calm again.

If you want your dream to grow, day by day go slowly

Small beginnings, greater ends, heartfelt work is holy’

Go on, be brave, take a break from hectic life, find your own Temenos and breath again and remember that we came here to learn, to love, to laugh, to share and to be kind.  Find your roots and values again and most of all, find your mind opening up to the multitude of miracles surrounding us everywhere.

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 Go on, be that brave soul, spend time alone and discover a whole new inner world…

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Sense of Touch – A Review

Sense of Touch – Rozsa Gaston

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Enter the bewitching and bewildering world of High Court in the 1490’s.  A world where duty comes before your heart, your desires and your future.  A world where the wrong look and following your desires can cost you your future.

Nicole serves in the court of Anne of Brittany, Queen of France.  The Court is a sheltered world that revolves around the Queen and King, the intrigues of the ladies in waiting and discovering womanhood and love.  Nicole meets Philippe de Bois and their love for horses and healing pulls them closer and closer together.  Duty separates them until a chance presents itself to prove that love and duty can be the same person.

An exquisite read with characters that are as real as the feelings, pain and laughter that they share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heaven is a place….

 

I love coffee shops…the background humming of interaction and communication….the smell of great coffee and the interwoven sound of soothing music.

A little gem is The Daily Coffee Café in Vredenburg.  An oasis  of unique flavours, smells, tastes and smiles sitting in the middle of the local mall.

Try one of their coffees, or tea if so inclined, they are delicious.  For me, the favourite part of the eclectic menu is the “Egg Benedict”.  An absolute delight and only surpassed by the Egg Benedict prepared by a friend.

The perfect spot to fill your soul and senses.  Notebook on the side, writing little snippets that spring to mind, sipping your coffee, returning a warm smile, savouring the taste of your food, letting the murmur of words and conversation flow like water over the pebbles of your mind, soothing and relaxing.  Leaving will all your senses invigorated.

Enjoy!

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The Door Keeper

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About The Door Keeper:

 Adventure. Love. Destiny.

Single mom Eden Saunders has learned that tragedy is simply a part of life. Her mother died during childbirth, and her husband was killed just three years after they married. On a journey to discover where she comes from, Eden inherits the key to unlocking new worlds from her deceased mother—including the world that should have been her home. The only thing stopping her from exploring them is the fear of leaving her daughter behind. Caught up in the circle of legacy, Eden discovers the mother-daughter bond that even death cannot break.

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My review:

Enter a world within a world within a world.  Eden is thrown into an unknown alternate world on her quest to find her roots and family.  A chance encounter with a friend of her mother leaves her in possession of an old key and she ends up as Door Keeper, explaining not only her origins but her knowledge of many things never seen by normal mortal eyes. 

Caught between her life, art and devotion to her young daughter and the ever expanding involvement in exploring the alternate realities through the door, Eden is forced to embrace who she is and who she wants to be moving forward. 

An entertaining read that will pull you right into the different worlds and peoples.  Eden, different from a young age without realizing why, James, who is pulling doors closed after the death of her husband open and Gabby, her precious daughter and bright soul carrying the remnants of Eden’s heritage.

Pre-order information:

Click here to pre-order your copy on Amazon today!

OR

Click here to pre-order your copy on Smashwords!

Also, don’t forget to check it out on Goodreads. Paperback available February 20, 2017.

Release date: February 20, 2017.

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 About the Author: Steen Jones

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Steen was born and raised in Woodstock, Georgia. While she has only recently discovered her passion for writing, she has always been an artist and a storyteller. A couple of years ago, a story idea gripped her and wouldn’t let go until she wrote it all down. The Door Keeper is her debut novel and she can’t wait to pursue all of the other stories that have built up in her over the last three and a half decades.

When she isn’t writing, reading, painting, or baking, Steen enjoys spending time Netflixing with her husband and playing in the pool with her two children at their North Georgia home. To read more about Steen, you can visit her on her website.

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Giveaway:

We are going to have two giveaways in celebration of the release of,  The Door Keeper by Steen Jones. One hosted by Royal James Publishing and one by the author Steen Jones.

The first giveaway, hosted by Royal James Publishing, will run from now until the release of the novel.

Click here  or visit Royal James Publishing’s Facebook page to enter to win a signed copy of, The Door Keeper by Steen Jones and a $20 Amazon gift card.

The second giveaway will start on the release date, more details about this giveaway to be released soon.

 

To be a bully…

We are bombarded with articles on bullying: from “How to spot a bully” to “How to treat a Bully”.  The subject is age old and the bullying as damaging today as it was 10, 20, 30, 40 years ago.  Many of us bear the scars of bullying in our homes, school and workplace.  The power that bullying generates will always produces the next line of bullies.  That is life…or is it?

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What is a bully or more correctly, who is a bully?  Is it the angry boy or girl at school that takes their powerlessness out on smaller, younger and more vulnerable kids?  Is it the overly ambitious or desperate to please co-worker that puts you on the spot or in a bad light each and every time management is around?  Is it the drunkard father that finds himself unable to cope, not only with life, but especially the daily responsibilities of raising a family, of being aware every day of his failings as the anchor, the protector and the provider for those that he is supposed to love and protect?

I’ll tell you what a bully really looks like.  A bully is a father that molested his child in his care and shrugs it off.  A bully is that same father that ignores his child because his wife had the guts to leave him and get away.  A bully is that same father that breaks into his child’s house where she sits unprotected with a crying 8 year old, busy breastfeeding a 5 day old baby.  A bully is that same father that serves an eviction notice on his child and her children because she dared expose him for the bully he is.  A bully is that same father that sues her for sullying his good name because she grew tired of being bullied.

A bully is that same father that was given a second chance to be a father and who is busy creating a bully to get away from the bullying at home.  A bully is that same father who bullies his grandchildren because he can.

This is a bully.  No reason for being a bully, no sad childhood to fall back on and blame for being a bully.  Just a mean man who was supposed to love and protect and decided bullying is much more fun. No rewiring to be done, no therapy needed, his choice, his way of life, he is the bully because that is his power.

 

Online Research: Confusion in a World Full of Studies and Experiments

Great article on Niume…..by Lovelli Ariesti…

https://niume.com/post/214755

The relationship between writers and online research is one that requires maintaining a delicate balance between good time management skills, the will to keep moving forward, and grit. Of the last one, I won’t say much right now. We go the World Wide Web for many apparent and not so apparent reasons. To make friends, to check out a job posting, to respond to a job invite, to read an interesting article, to post comments, to write an email, to browse for seminars and schedule a trip… to conduct online research. Those not so apparent reasons, other than planning our travels, include maintaining our social media presence and building our personal brand. Of course, not only writers do online research. And online research (blog post) is not the only thing that writers do. Nothing comes between a writer and her researchWords could not express the confusion I felt about staying connected prior to taking up online learning. Online research? Is that a new type of research or is that just another fancy word for “Googling”? Wait, Googling is not research? What about all these bugs/features I have found incidentally? Did I not just research them?  [The Wold and the Crane]When people say “do your homework” or “do your research”, and people they do say that, they’re not suggesting that you come up with a publish-ready academic essay, although it would be so awesome if you did. All the Googling, checking out online publications based on keywords related to the topics, and then reading them closely to determine whether they are a) interesting, or b) far from interesting, are merely efforts to study a subject or a situation. The aim of this is usually to prepare for something. For example, a job interview or a movie date. Or a photo shoot and a movie date, Zombie Apocalypse, Food Street upcoming event, the possibilities are endless! [Un po’ Ghezzi (la prima volta al cinema era 3D) by @flaviab is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]For people in the academic sector—students, librarians, teachers, mentors, provost—searching the World Wide Web for sources is just one part of the research project. Remember, the web is only 27 years old this year, while research comes from a very, very old Middle French word “recherche” that was already in use in 1577. It’s ancient!Instead of questioning what the World Wide Web is (hint: it is not the Internet*) and what it means to us, understanding online research is what we should be doing. I’ve come up with some of the best places to start:Lifewire Student Guidehttps://www.lifewire.comIf you’re looking for a guide to doing online research, this is a good place to start. Lifewire has a section called Internet & Network, in which you can read all about the Internet, including how to use it for research. In “How *Real* Online Research Works” and “What is ‘Hard’ Versus ‘Soft’ Internet Research?” we are introduced to the legitimate practices in researching online, with suggestions on how to set our priorities right. The articles are light and warm, fairly easy for everyone to understand. Even if you’re not a student, the articles are going to provide you with enough details to warm you up. The Internet: Ideas, Activities, and Resourceshttp://fcit.usf.edu/internetA comprehensive but not overwhelming chapter to learn more about doing research on the Internet, broken down into activities. Originally written for students, this online publication is a product of the Florida Department of Education and the Office of Instructional Technology. It has 6 chapters dedicated to the topic, with chapters 4 and 5 dedicat

Source: Online Research: Confusion in a World Full of Studies and Experiments