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Open Book Blog Hop – March 18th   1 comment

Stevie Turner

This week the topic is:

‘If your childhood had a smell, what would it be?’

There’s more than one smell that takes me straight back to my childhood.  Two aromas are still with me today in the shape of my father’s binocular case and his leather wallet.  I kept hold of both of them; the binoculars are at the van and the wallet is in my desk.  I sometimes open the binocular case and wallet and just inhale the scent of Dad, which is still there even though he died 42 years’ ago.  His wallet still bears the old ten shilling note symbol, and there’s a little note inside in his handwriting, which says he’s just gone to the library and won’t be long.

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Another scent is the smell of cigar smoke.  Dad would always smoke cigars at Christmas.  Every time I smell a cigar I can still see my…

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Posted March 18, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

#Writephoto – Tranquility (a poem)   Leave a comment

Roberta Writes

Tranquility

a state of calm

or peacefulness

that can be achieved,

I understand,

by reaching a state

of quietness

and serenity.

It has become

a pleasant thought

unbeknownst to me

for many a year.

I spend my life

yoyoing between

chaotic panic and

lessor anxiety

but I never reach

placidity or restfulness.

Is it my fault?

you are right to ask

Maybe,

I chose my career

quite ignorant of how

it would all unfold.

Can I change it?

Possibly,

I could perhaps go back

and restart

but twenty years down the line

it’s quite a challenge.

Would it work anyway?

I don’t believe so

extreme anxiety is now

so completely embedded

in my work ethos

it has become

a way of life

living on the edge

and diving off

just like a lemming,

destined,

to drown in adrenaline.

To much time has passed

it’s too ingrained

to be easily changed.

I…

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Posted March 15, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

#OpenBook: Half-Charged and Ready to Go!   Leave a comment

Lyndell Williams

giphy-downsized-large#OpenBook How do you recharge?

I’ve spent most of the past twenty years of my life running on fumes. I became a mom to my beautiful daughter in 1998—and never slept again!

Well, I slept, but not much because her brother was born the following year. AND the babies kept coming. By the time my oldest was five, I had my fourth baby and forgot what having a good night sleep or a relaxing day was.

If that wasn’t enough, my dumb…self decides to go to college and finish a few degree programs—work—engage in community organizing, and have two more babies. Throw freelance writing and authorship (writing, publishing, promoting, etc.), and relaxing is truly an alien thing for me.

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Posted March 4, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Open Book Blog Hop – 4th March   Leave a comment

Stevie Turner

This week the topic is:

How do you recharge?

There’s a few ways I de-stress.  The first one of course is escaping across The  Solent to the Isle of  Wight and my lovely holiday home which Sam and I come to as often as we can during the year.

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If I’m at home in  Suffolk, I walk around our village and listen to the birds, or trek along country footpaths.  I also like reading, and am halfway to achieving my Goodreads reading challenge this  year of 12 books.  Since I’ve been writing, I don’t read as much as I used to, but I’m trying to rectify that.

To recharge, I need silence – silence in which to walk, sit under the parasol on my decking, or read.  As long as I have silence, I’m quite happy.  The older I get, the more I hate noise.

How do other blog-hoppers recharge? …

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Posted March 4, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

OpenBook-Grand Delusions of Global Change   Leave a comment

Lyndell Williams

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#OpenBook

What have you done to make the world a better place?

Nothing. Seriously. I’ve done nothing to make the world a better place, and neither has anybody else.

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This planet is vast with numerous societies and cultures. No one person can make everything better for everyone. We can positively influence our social spheres and may even have some impact on others, but never in totality.

That’s not life or the world works.

That being said, there are things I’ve done to try and affect positive shifts in cultural mindsets in ways that increase the potential for positive change.

I’m committed to combatting systems of racism and gender oppression inside Muslim communities and the broader society.  I’ve created a space affording Muslim women to engage in learning about their faith outside of the typical androcentric environments offered by Muslim institutions.

They are the focus on their instructor in a series…

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Posted February 26, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Open Book Blog Hop – February 25th   1 comment

Stevie Turner

This week the topic is:

‘What have you done to make the world a better place?’

Hmm…I had to think about this one.  I think I’ve helped in a small way by doing the 10 things that I’ve listed below:

  1. Raising two sons to adulthood to be productive members of society.
  2. Never chopping down trees just because it’s  Christmas (such a stupid idea to bring what was a live tree into your living room and decorate it with gaudy trash!).
  3. Filling up 4 bird feeders in our garden with peanuts on a regular basis.  Flocks of birdies have found them.  It’s a place for them to hang out.  Okay, the grass is full of shit, but hey…
  4. Never embarrassing myself or my family by being drunk in a public place (or at home either).
  5. Writing novels to entertain readers.
  6. Helping patients whilst working as a medical secretary in a hospital…

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Posted February 25, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Public Schools Are A Lot Like Prison   Leave a comment

aurorawatcherak

Image result for image of school as a prisonThe other day, Kiernan and some friends of his were talking about being bullied in school. For Kiernan, this was a while ago. He made it stop by breaking the law. The kid was actually bullying Kiernan’s friend because he is an Eskimo. Kiernan and Tim walked off campus, let the bully follow them and then Kiernan socked the kid in the nose. He knew we’d have his back, union legal insurance all greased up, if necessary. The parents of the kid he socked didn’t call the cops, so I guess the kid learned his lesson … as did the bully I hit in the head with my metal lunchbox back in the third grade … only in that case the cop took one look at how little I was compared to how big the boy (who was picking on the littler kids I’d been asked to walk home) was…

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Posted February 19, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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