Amazing New Book

Rarely these days do I offer Blog Space to others but today I’m delighted to make an exception. Allow me to introduce a fine, talented and accomplished author who has a new book out. This is one you won’t want to miss. Please welcome Harmony Kent into your lives with her new work ‘Sorrowful Soul’. This is poignant poetry at it’s absolute best. It covers all fields of loss from Death of a Loved One to Romantic Break Up’s. Harmony is kindness itself and has become a firm friend, maybe you’ll be lucky too.

About the Book:
If we’re lucky, we meet twilight at the front door and old age creeps in on the night
breeze.
Even if we make it to our twilight years, the more we age, the more loss we must endure as
part of the cycle of life. Many of these poems lament death, but they also relate to broken
relationships, severed friendships, and the loss of youth. This book of grief poetry is as much
about saying goodbye and working through loss as it is about death and love split asunder.
This heartfelt collection provides company and compassion through the devastating journey
of loss and shows us we do not travel this lonely road alone. Within these pages we share
shock, numbness and denial, catapult into anger, bargaining, depression, loneliness, and
guilt, and—eventually—make the seismic shift into testing the possibility of a new normal
and finding acceptance.

Universal Sales Link:
https://mybook.to/SorrowfulSoul

SOME OTHER BOOOKS BY THS VERY TALENTED LADY.

Harmony suffered a devastating accident when younger which she’s always been open about. It was a truly traumatic time in her life. You may glean a little of this i poems like ‘Plastic Surgeon’. Here is a sample of her poetry.

I’m not the prettiest flower in the field
But neither am I a weed
Take the time to watch me bloom
Don’t cut my stem and moan when I fade too soon
Far better that you leave me be
Dancing in the breeze, wild and free

AUTHOR BIO:

Harmony Kent spent 13 years in a Zen Buddhist monastery, where she faced her demons and overcame devastating low self-esteem and found freedom. After a life-changing injury, Harmony returned to the world at the tender age of 40, and her life as a writer began.

Harmony is an award winning multi-genre author, and her publications include:

The Battle for Brisingamen (Fantasy Fiction) AIA approved

The Glade (Mystery/Thriller) AIA Approved/BRAG Medallion Honouree/New Apple Literary Awards Official Selection Honours 2015

Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors (Writing/Editing) New Apple Literary Awards Top Medallist Honours 2015

Finding Katie (Women’s Fiction)

Slices of Soul (Soul Poetry Series: Book 1)

Life and Soul (Soul Poetry Series: Book 2)

Sorrowful Soul (Soul Poetry Series: Book 3)

Interludes (Erotic Short Stories)

Interludes 2 (Erotic Short Stories)

Moments (Short Stories and Poetry)

Jewel in the Mud (Zen Musings)

Polish Your Prose (How to Self-Edit)

Creative Solutions (Creative Writing Inspiration)

Backstage (Erotic Romance and Thriller)

FALLOUT (Post-Apocalyptic Dystopia) BRAG Medallion Honouree

The Vanished Boy (Psychological Thriller)

As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers reviews and supports her fellow authors. Harmony is always on the lookout for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes.

Harmony’s Website

twitter: @harmony_kent

Goodreads: Harmony Kent

BookBub: Harmony Kent

Story Empire (co-authored blog): Harmony Kent

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page: author.to/HarmonysBooks

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And : Amazon US – Follow Harmony:Goodreads – Website:Harmony Kent – Twitter: @Harmony_Kent

Hi, David.

Thanks so much for hosting me today.

It’s always wonderful to visit with you.

Here’s a little bit I’d love to share about my latest book of poetry, Sorrowful Soul.  Full of freestyle poems, which provide company and compassion through the devastating journey of grief and loss and onward, this heartfelt collection shows us we do not travel this lonely road alone.

Since Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s excellent book on the stages of grief, we now have an established set of seven stages to the grieving process. Although these stages are non-linear and can be revisited at any time, it’s helpful to have a rough idea of what we might expect during this difficult period of transition. The sixth stage is commonly known as Working Through or Testing.

Here’s an extract from the opening lines to a poem about testing …

From Part 6: Working Through

(Extract From Sirens)

It’s bad luck, they say

To whistle on a boat

In case the sirens call

In response

And drag you down

To their watery lair

Never again

To see the light

Of day

It might

Be worth taking

A trip to see

If a touch

Of risky whistling

Brings the wantons aboard

Have you had to work your way through grieving to testing a new reality after an unexpected change or loss? Chat with me in the comments. I hope you enjoyed this poetic excerpt and would love to know what you think. Thanks for reading 😊

BUY NOW: https://mybook.to/SorrowfulSoul

I have still not managed to get any help to re-open my Comments section so you will be unable to interact with Harmony on here but no doubt she’d be happy to hear from you on her website listed above, David 5.12.2022

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Musical Monday.

It’s been a long time since I did a music post so it’s time I did. It’s a bit Random and chosen for no other reason than I like them.

SNIFF N’ THE TEARS ‘DRIVER’S SEAT’

Fleetwood Mac ‘Go your own way’.

Malcolm Mclaren ‘Madame Butterfly.

Blue Mink ‘Melting Pot’

Wilson Phillips ‘Good Vibrations’

Four Tops ‘If I were a Carpenter’

FRANK WILSON ‘Do I love you- deed I do’

Womack and Womack ‘TEARDROPS’

I hope you all find something you enjoy that might put a smile on your face as you start a new week.

Hugs to you all, remember to share them.

Christmas is coming……….

Here we go again, it seems like about a month since the last one. But the shops are full of Christmas items and people are bustling around with determination on their faces.. We all want Christmas to be special for our families and our friends. Good, that’s how it’s meant to be.

But, let’s extend the range of our friends to encompass all those currently at war, who aren’t at war against us. All those who have lost their homes and their possessions and some, almost their lives. For a moment though let’s start closer to home. Almost every Supermarket these days has a basket for donations to food banks. These are not handouts to the bone idle but possibly the only food source for the homeless or those who have no work through no fault of their own, Being homeless is not a choice most people make, especially when they have a family to care for. For the cost of perhaps four cans of beer you could provide a family with a nice Christmas meal and you don’t really need the beer do you.

You could also check your children’s old toys and see if there’s a hospital, a Hospice or a local children’s home that could use any of the less played with ones. Maybe you even have the skills to repaint and refresh what you find. Maybe your children would be happy to help.

Maybe you’re in a position to offer a bed to someone for a few days over Christmas and let them feel some Christmas cheer and restore their faith in humanity. You might benefit from it yourself.

Back to the world at large. Yemen, The Congo and Haiti are suffering badly from the effect of war and Natural disasters. A donation to Medicins sans Frontiers msf.org/together could make the difference between life an death for some people., and believe me a blood bag doesn’t cost much. You can buy two for just four pounds.

Please, just to shut me up. try giving some thought to how you can make this time of year a little more special for someone else who really needs the help.

I helped fill the food bank basket this morning and sent my donation to MSF yet even now my conscience is not clear, there’s more I can and will do. Can you say the same? Put yourself in the place of someone in need and what would you hope for? A chance to get out of Ukraine, a chance to make your family safe and happy with the chance of a good meal?

Good to someone else.

Hugs to you all.

Ceramic Fan Heaters

I’m sure many of you are worried about the rising domestic fuel bills and how you’re going to be able to pay them. Here in the UK we’ve been lucky to receive grants from the Government to help offset some of these high bills, but many of us who go online will have been bombarded with adverts for new miracle heaters designed and created by boy geniuses or by engineers in one or another industry, from heating to airplane design.

Please note, I’m not saying these heaters don’t work, nor that these very bright people don’t exist. But they are expensive despite the mention of special offers like £100 if you buy two or £130 if you buy 3.What I’m suggesting is that when they arrive in boxes that carry no brand name with very generic packaging and no instructions, you look very closely at who you paid. There is no return address on the envelopes and no indication who sent them at all. Just a note on the box ‘Made in China’.

In my case the heaters arrived at my home despite my having supplied a delivery address of my daughter who was to make use of these in keeping her family warm when it gets cold in a house that leaks warmth through various cracks in the walls. So far the reports are good, but it could be a long , cold Winter to test them. Please be more careful than me and keep a full record of who you pay in case there are problems. I hope there aren’t and that the heaters exceed your hopes and bring tour bills down even more until the gas, oil and electric suppliers stop pretending to be like the Robber Barons of old and paralyse our communities with their greed. The Government need to legislate against his and impose windfall taxes on their vast profits.

Go safe, be happy and Hug often, even that helps you keep warm.

Hugs

Something To Think About

Filosofa's Word

Yesterday I came across this OpEd in The Hill by William S. Becker, a U.S. Army combat correspondent in the Vietnam War who is currently executive director of the Presidential Climate Action Project, a nonpartisan think tank that develops recommendations on federal energy and climate policies.  Talk of a new civil war breaking out is the ‘in’ thing these days, and I find it a) disgusting, and b) irresponsible.  Mr. Becker examines the threat and what feeds it.


When civil war becomes all the rage

BY William S. Becker, Opinion Contributor – 10/07/22

There was a time when Americans had values. It seems those values have disappeared, and many things that used to be unacceptable, even unthinkable, became common.

When did it become acceptable to lie? Or to spread fake conspiracies? Or to govern with fear rather than ideas? When did it become okay to deny and reject what the…

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Single Gentlemen Beware,

There are any number of scams around on a daily basis. In Nigeria they’re almost on a production line basis. Now there’s a new one targetting men. I received an email with the following message,

How are you doing?. I hope it is great. I know this message may come to you as a surprise. I am Caragh McCarthy. From the USA, Portland. I got your email contact through Christian writing-to-senior-pen-pals. I really picked up interest after going through your profile. I am a born again Christian Searching for Christian friendship. I would be happy to communicate with you to grow in faith.

And also I have something very important to share with you that’s my reason for contacting you. Kindly get back to me. Have a nice day and stay Blessed.

My antennae started twitching the moment I got this as I never join Religious groups online and do not refer to myself as a Christian. I am a Buthidar and proud of it. However the ‘Something Important she wished to discuss with me did Pique my interest a bit though I had an idea where this was going. It took another email or two before we reached the crux of the matter,

Dear, I have $2.7 Million US dollars that I want to invest with your assistance after my retirement. I need a partnership with you. It is oil business money we did with Angola Citizens worth 42 million US dollars, but the $2.7 million us dollars stated is my share of the business and it’s legal. I have successfully moved the funds out of the battle line as a family valuable item with the help of the Diplomatic Company, I have trusted you as a friend in Christ Jesus and I believe so much in you, so I must tell you everything now even if I doubt you. I have no other option because my life is at stake now and I need your greatest help and favor ever.

The most important thing is Can I Trust You? Once the funds get to you, Dear i will compensate you with 40% out of the totaled amount and you we keep my own 60%. waiting for my arrival for the investment plan, I will submit a letter of retirement after moving the funds to you as soon as I am retired. I will come to meet with you for discussions on investment plans, but I have more interest in Real-Estate business or any other profitable investment. I will furnish you with more details in my next mail.

But the whole process is simple and we must keep a low profile at all times. I look forward to your reply and cooperation, and I thank you in advance as I anticipate your cooperation waiting for your urgent response. Furthermore, I want every one of my Dealings with you to be carried out genuinely and transparently. Looking forward to hearing from you and to establishing a joint cooperation with a long term credible relationship with you that will lead to more. waiting for your urgent reply. Have a wonderful day and stay blessed in Christ Jesus.

Emails come and go and romance continues to grow if a little one sided until we reach the inevitable stumbling block. That would be money,,,,,Yours, so pay attention.a diplomatic Delivery Service will contact you to say there is a problem with the delivery and asking you to expedite it.

PREMIUM DIPLOMATIC DELIVERY SERVICE COMPANY LTD.

Rua Lukoki Ginga, 281,

40º Andar, Edifício Endiama – De Beers

Luanda – República de Angola.

Email: diplomata.paulfrancis@gmail.com

Dated;____________ 07/10/2022.

Attn; Mr David M F Prosser.

This is the Premium Diplomatic Delivery Security Service of República de Angola Headquarter.

This is to inform you that I arrived in Senegal-Dakar, this morning with your Consignment, there is a little problem at the AirPort of Senegal-Dakar, Customs has stopped your Consignment. Due to VIP Special Cargo Delivery they demanded clearance and port of entry charges.

Actually Sgt Caragh McCarthy paid the Shipment fee at Angola, but we are finding out that she did not pay VIP SPECIAL CARGO DELIVERY CLEARANCE and PORT OF ENTRY FEES because CLEARANCE and PORT OF ENTRY FEES are normally been paid together with the flight and VIP Special Cargo Delivery charges to enable us to deliver Consignment without any problem at the AirPort to avoid scanned and extra customs charges in any stoppage point,otherwise the Consignment we be stopped by Customs. So we urge you to cooperate with the CLEARANCE and Port of Entry FEES. which total the sum of 480 Euro.  before your Consignment will be realized to me by the Customs, so I can proceed to the UK, on Monday for final delivery to you as it was deposited by Sgt Caragh McCarthy.

Notes; That you only need to pay these charges it will cover the Consignment charges in every stoppage point at all Air Port including in the UK, there will be know other charges in the UK, AirPort. Anymore until the Consignment has been delivered to your House address given to us.

Moreover; you have to send the required fees directly to Customs Mr Jaxon Hall. for the CLEARANCE and PORT of ENTRY FEES OF YOUR CONSIGNMENT, the receipt we are insured to me and be attached to your Consignment, Send the required fees through; RIA Money Transfer or MoneyGram. with the information below.

Receiver Name…………. 
Jaxon Hall.Address……………… Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) (Airport in Dakar). 

City…………………………… Dakar
Country…………………….. Senegal.
Amount……………………… 480 Euro
Identity Card No,………… 4 0206 3378021 9
  
As soon as the above required fees are paid today, your consignment will be  released. I will proceed to the UK on Monday. and arrive on Tuesday morning for the delivery of your Consignment. Before departure from Senegal, I will update you so make sure your cell phone is available and check your Email regularly for easy communication.

You have to make the payment faster. This needs serious urgent attention. After sending the money forward to me the RIA Money Transfer or MoneyGram Money Transfer, transaction slip copy for the confirmation of the money.

Thanks for Shipping with us.

Thanks, 
Mr Paul Francis, (Diplomatic Agent).
Premium Diplomatic Delivery Service.
Email:  diplomata.paulfrancis
@lorddavidprosser

At this point you might be persuaded that your future rests on your next move and you should immediately pay the 480 Euros asked, after all the return is much greater than that in love alone. But pay at your own risk. You will never see Sgt McCarty except on a photograph designed to hook you. The Diplomatic delivery company will probably not exist or they will never have heard of Mr Francis-Diplomata. And your Euros will have melted away like spring snow.

Please don’t be taken in by scams like these and don’ part with money to online sob stories unless they can be verified. There are site out there that specialise in warning you of the latest Scams and how not to get caught. Refer to them to see what they have.

STAY SAFE

On Saturday I ventured over to my One Stop Shop for some sweets. On my way I noticed a short trail of Copper pennies close to the kerb. Since I save coins of low value in a jar for my grandchildren I decided I’d pick them up on my way back. I don’t know why I prevaricated whilst serendipity was smiling on me. But coming out of the shop, having forgotten to buy the winning lottery ticket, I could only find one of the pennies, the rest having been collected by someone else, who probably remembered to buy their winning ticket. Anyway, I stretched out my arm with the crutch attached so my hand would reach low enough to pick up the coin and there I was flat on my face on the floor. A kind passer-by helped me up and I dusted myself down, finding I had the penny clutched in my hand. I shuffled off home as quickly as I could with my prize.

I had been thinking of going to my daughter’s for a sleepover but the fall put me off. I hate to give anyone a laugh, especially at my expense. Instead I planned my evenings viewing using my TV guide.I had one problem. There was a film I thought I’d enjoy i’d enjoy that finished at 9.00 pm but an unseen Star Wars story of Luke Skywalker which started at 8.45 pm. I just needed to keep an eye on the clock. I did keep an eye as the time to turn over approached, at 8.40 I went into the kitchen to make sure I had a drink ready for the start. As I came back through I noticed the first film ‘ Bridge of Spies’ with Tom Hanks drawing to a close and yet the clock still said 8.40 pm. A glance at my watch told e it was just gone 8.45 pm so I turned over, only just in time to see the last of the ‘story so far’ disappear from my screen. I enjoyed the film and the appearance of Luke Skywalker at the very end ready for the next one in the series next Saturday. I’ll see then if Han Solo is really dead. I puta new battery in the clock this morning. It was still showing 8.40pm though in fact it wasn’t even 7.00 am at the time.

I don’t think I’m cut out for Good Luck and will try to avoid it in future unless it’s the lottery. That I can cope with.

Hugs and Best Wishes for a good new week to you all. If you see any pennies on the floor please save them for me and my jar.

The NUTTER MAGNET

At one time I could not get on a bus without my Nutter magnet working, no matter how empty the vehicle was someone would sit next to me and start espousing their latest Conspiracy theory. I swear that was the reason I stopped going out and became uncomfortable in the company of others. That’s my conspiracy theory.

This week it seems my positive end is back to working full force, albeit on a park bench or in a queue at the corner shop. Along they come to sit or stand next to me. Those poor 5 start Generals driven mad in a subterranean war-room in the Pentagon, after a long day sending their phantom ICBM’s to attack the enemy of the day have made the effort to seek me out to share their End of Days scenarios. Or maybe some Mad monk from a long abandoned Order where the chatter of their Gods has finally go too much.

Either way the story runs along similar lines, We sinners are about to be incinerated by the very fires of hell when our enemies unleash all their atomic weapons at us or G*d (whatever you perceive him/Her to be) throws in His/Her hand (leprosy?)and calls us to answer for our sins.

Please don’t think I have no sympathy for these people or their mental instability. After all, Been there, Done That, Got the Lousy Teeshirt, but why must they pick on me? What can I do about the problems that beset us after I’ve cast my vote for the Politicians and given them control of the Armed Forces and access to the media? I suggest we all try and remember that whatever our colour and Country of Origin we are all Human and deserving of Respect for that reason and that we should learn to Live and Let Live and help each other where we can. Maybe one of the Powers will change their mind about our annihilation. Very soon after that I shall start my campaign to become Benevolent Leader Of the World, where all borders will be wiped out but local customs can prevail to preserve culture.(Except ones like forcing young girls into marriage with older men and FGM) All food and medicines will be shared.all economies will be levelled out and there will be very severe penalties for corruption in power. Vote for Me.

Choices and Damage

On Monday this week I Received a parcel from Amazon containing something labelled as Suspenders. For my English speaking friends  The Irish writer George Bernard Shaw once said: ‘England and America are two countries divided by a common language’ Never has a truer word been spoken. I am not as some may believe the type to wear a belt worn by women to keep their nylons in place. What I actually received was a pair of braces. I wear these most of the time now as the shape of my stomach does not allow for the easy positioning of a belt around where I once had a waist.

Most of my braces are by choice, patterned. I have a fine pair covered by pheasants. Pleas note, American friends, my title does not preclude me from using the H in that word.

And so on Tuesday I wore my new braces with strong clips, on a clean pair of trousers. I took a trip on the bus where the moment I sat down in my seat I felt the strong ‘Ping’ of the back clip give way. It rose slowly up my back until the co-efficient of drag was trying to pull my neck down to meet my knees. By the time the one and a half hour journey was over I almost didn’t notice it. I did hear the term pop-eyed used by someone who chose to sit behind me rather than next to me though.

When I arrived at my destination I stood up to leave the bus and had to grab at my non-existent waist quickly as I felt my trousers start to descend. They didn’t go far though, so that the waistline wasn’t far from my knee line. A trip to the public loo meant I spend 15 minutes sorting the clip out and re-attaching it. The first attempt fell by the wayside as I attached it through my legs without removing the trousers. Lesson learned. This led to my next problem though as I stopped for coffee and removing my jacket sat at a table.

The clip ‘Pinged’ again as I sat and this time flew over my head and hit me in my glasses which because they are really toughened plastic protected my eyes and didn’t break. The strap once again returned to the back of my neck. The waiter almost dropped my coffee and had I been able to see him I may just have chosen that moment to see if I really am a pacifist or not. But my ‘plastics’ were scratched from the clip and I could see very little. He suggested I ease the adjustable straps a bit which I did and then he , like cocking a bow, kindly pushed the clip down my back to the spot I could re-attach it.A few movements and the problem appeared to be solved but I donned my jacket and waited for my daughter and grandchildren to appear. Once the children were in School Yvonne and I shopped until The ‘pIng’ happened for a third, and I vowed last time. I visited the disabled loo in our store then removed my trousers. Then fixing the clip in place I stamped on it hoping it would help the grip and eased off the straps a little more . No more problems.

I returned home this morning and prayed the whole journey that all would be OK, not lest because I was also wearing a backpack which would make things difficult. But all was fine until I set foot inside my front door. Then it was ‘Ping’ and down my trousers came before I could catch them and before I could remove my backpack I swear I heard Joey laughing as I shuffled to the bedroom and changed into jogging bottoms. I do have a pair of broad strap braces with super strong clips which I’ll use for a while to build up my confidence. I also have a spare pair of glasses luckily.

Storm Clouds on the Horizon

In November, a scant 16 weeks away there are elections. Judging by what I’ve been reading the streets may well be running red with blood. The Republicans are suggesting that there may well be a new civil war if by that time Ex President Trump has been charged with anything to do with the insurrection of Jan 6th. or should it be called a guided tour of Congress, as has been claimed by some? As most of the weaponry of the United States is in the hands of the Southerners and most of the states are Republican (but not most of the population) they think there will be little to stop them imposing their will on the People who vote Democrat, and no doubt replacing President Biden at the top. Whether the GOP will then place Ex President Trump back in the White House or perhaps a slightly more acceptable face, i.e. Ron DeSantis, remains to be seen.

In the meantime of course various secret papers which had been removed from The White House and the Oval Office have been recovered from Trump’s home at Mar a Largo. On Monday U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon (A Trump appointee) ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice must halt it’s review of those materials recovered. She says that Trump faces unquantifiable potential harm by way of improper disclosure of sensitive information to the public. I’m not sure why it’s unquantifiable or wehat the harm could be but no doubt the Trump lawyers who hand picked Cannon to hear the case have an idea. Cannon has ruled that a Special Master should be appointed to review the materials and the Federal Government should be temporarily enjoined from further examination of the documents. The Justice Department has until September 9th to produce a list of Special Master Candidates. It’s not yet known if the current administration would appeal Cannon’s ruling. One of Trump’s closest advisors these days Lindsey Graham was one of those who warned there would be bloodshed if Trump is charged over taking documents illegally.He also warned that if Trump doesn’t change, his personaliity he’ll lose the 2024 election. That’s if the GOP have him as their candidate by that date or if he hasn’t eaten himself to death by McDonalds.

Meanwhile at home we seem to be heading in aomewhat the same direction as America with the news that Liz Truss hags been appointed the New Prime Minister.Not a popular choice for me who used to be a lifelong Conservative voter, she is commonly known as Thatcher VERSION 2 and I often find copies worse. She was once in the Liberal Democrats and spoke in favour of abolishing the Monarchy. Orf with her head!