True Love ~ A Mother’s Day Poem – #MothersDay2019

To all mothers of children and and fur babies alike – Happy Mothers Day!
Enjoy Dorinda’s poem.

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

I wrote this in 2014 and have shared it the past couple of years. It has now become my traditional Mother’s Day Poem.  For all the beautiful women who bring joy and love to child’s heart, have a blessed and beautiful day!!  ❤

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A mother’s love is true

For it beautifully blossoms

Like a rose, softly unfolding,

Enveloping,

Opening the heart,

Nurturing the soul

©2014 Dorinda Duclos All Rights Reserved
Photo: Pixabay

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Why Should Earth Day Be Just One Day?

I agree with oh, so many people, that Earth Day must become everyday. We have a gorgeous planet but we won’t if we keep abusing it.
One way to honor our Earth is to enjoy nature in all its wonder. Here are just a few photos taken during my family’s numerous camping trips. Enjoy!
Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny National Forest – Thunder Rocks

Allegheny National Forest – Thunder Rocks & my son

Cooper’s Rock State Park (WV) & my son

Cooper’s Rock Overlook

Wind farm (NY)

Letchworth State Park (NY)

Letchworth State Park (NY)

Ohiopyle State Park (PA) – Cucumber Falls & my other son

Ohiopyle State Park (PA) natural waterslide

I hope these photos encourage you to get out and enjoy nature for yourself. It’s good for us to go “off the grid” once and awhile to recharge our inner batteries.

Share some of the places or activities you’ve enjoyed…

 

Have You Read This Romance Yet?

I’m currently reading A Gift for Guile (The Thief-takers) by Alissa Johnson…

A Gift for Guile - Alissa Johnson

(Book Blurb – Courtesy of Amazon.com – buy it)
Beautiful and conniving, maddening and brilliant, Esther is everything private detective Samuel Brass shouldn’t want. Esther knows she’s put herself in terrible danger, but nothing will stop her from making amends-not her family’s enemies, not old fears, and certainly not the domineering, interfering, and undeniably handsome former officer of the Scotland Yard. Yet whenever he’s near, Samuel makes her long for a life that can never be hers…and wish she were worthy of being saved.
I’m about halfway through this book and am thoroughly enjoying it. It has rich characters, humor and mystery which are things that grab me right away. To see my Top Ten Book Hooks, check out my previous post here. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Tell me, what are you reading? Have you read A Gift for Guile?

Top Ten Book Hooks That Work For Me

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday blog post.

(For info on TTT and to join in, check out That Artsy Reader Girl)

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What makes me pick up a book to read?
  1. Title – can’t resist a catchy title. For example: Chose The Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison. Love that title 🙂
  2. Cover – I’m a very visual person so I like a colorful cover. One of the best ones I’ve seen is The Azalea Assault by Alyse Carlson (the paperback version). It’s truly a work of art.
  3. Locale – I love to read about far away and exotic places so locales of dreamy islands or Asian countries will grab me (and anywhere in the Carolinas since I’m a newbie Southerner).
  4. Romance – I especially love the enemies to lovers theme with funny banter between the couple while they resist the attraction.
  5. Mystery – I don’t always enjoy books that are only romance. To me they need to include a mystery of some kind (who’s stalking the heroine, who’s stealing company secrets, who murdered the butcher, etc.)
  6. Suspense – Who doesn’t love a little nail-biting suspense? Nothing stirs up those desires better than a little danger to the hero and heroine.
  7. Characters – Of course this is a major element. If you don’t care about the characters you won’t be able to enjoy the story.
  8. Length – This is a lesser element for me except if the book is longer than 350 pages you better have a pace that keeps me turning the pages.
  9. Author – I’m always on the lookout for new authors but with the authors that I know I enjoy, I will definitely try anything they write.
  10. Time period – I enjoy Historical but mainly just in the 1800’s or else the current time period.
So what kind of book hooks grab you?

TTT: Top 10 Romantic Songs

Time for a Top Ten Tuesday…

That Artsy Reader Girl has a list of topics for Top Ten Tuesday blog posts. Check it out to participate with other book lovers.

music and romance

My Top Ten Romantic Songs: (in no particular order)

  1. Time of My Life from the movie Dirty Dancing

  2. Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh

  3. Three Times a Lady by the Commodores

  4. Hero by Enrique Iglesias

  5. The Wonder of You by Elvis Presley

  6. Kiss From a Rose by Seal

  7. Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack

  8. I Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder

  9. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

  10. I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden

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There’s tons more — what are a few of your favorites?

Books, Words & Lists – What’s Not To Love?

Have you discovered Top Ten Tuesday (TTT)? It’s a weekly blog post project at That Artsy Reader Girl that provides topics to make your own Top Ten list.

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So if you love books, words and lists (like me) you will enjoy this Top Ten Tuesday series!

Be sure to check out previous posts:

TTT – I Need Mooooore

TTT Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Okay, I’m going to go back to creating my own list now. I have lists all over my house – on scraps of paper, colorful post-it notes and whole sheets of paper.

What do you make lists about?

Do You Love Martial Arts Movies?

It’s been awhile since I posted about my love for martial arts movies. Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Maggie Cheung and Michelle Yeoh are some of my all-time favorite stars. I know everyone will recognize names such as Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan but the other three may not be well-known to non-martial-arts-movies-loving people, so here are photos:

Maggie Cheung

Maggie Cheung in Hero (2002)

Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen in Ip Man (2008)

Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Here are some newer martial arts movie stars you will definitely want to check out!

Cynthia Rothrock

Cynthia Rothrock

Cynthia Rothrock with Michelle Yeoh in Yes, Madam! (1985)

Tony Jaa

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Tony Jaa in The Thai Warrior (2003)

Jason Statham

Jason Statham

Jason Statham in Redemption (2013)

Johnny Nguyen

Johnny Nguyen martial arts

Johnny Nguyen, starred in The Protector (2005)

Not sure what movie to watch or what actor? Here are two great websites with a ton of suggestions, ratings, bios and more:

IMDb 

Martial Arts Action Moves

And here are a few of my past posts on martial arts:

Wing Chun Legend Yip Man

My 4 Favorite Male Martial Artists

My 3 Favorite Female in Martial Arts Movies

Tell me some of your favorite martial artists and movies…