Friday Quote

“If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place”

Eckhart Tolle

Barstool Cowboy

Thanks Daniels, I love your Cowboy stories. Melinda

Return of Dragons

“Should I tell her that I constantly think about the way she smells, the taste of her mouth, the feel of her skin, and the sound of her laughter?” ― Lorelei James, Cowgirl Up, and Ride

Barstool CowboyThe image in the dresser mirror stood obscured by long arching cracks, and too much tobacco smoke cemented a fine layer of dust on the glass. It didn’t matter. Most of the silver backing was flaking off, creating small black holes in the image that stared back at Jim.

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Triple Shot Thursday *70’s Favs*

Have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by, I love to spin for you. Got a request? Request line open 24/7 just leave in comment section.  M

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Do You Read My Tweets?

It’s been almost a year since I started working on Twitter with charities and organizations that are close to my heart. I feel great to have almost 5,000 followers but this means nothing if you are not reading the great resources. Subjects like Mental Health, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, Suicide and more. I only reblog tweets that have value to me and I hope for you.

The Twitter timeline is on the right side of page on http://www.survivorsbloghere and http://lookingforthelightblog.blog. Just scroll till you see.

As I look at a second year, I need know you’re reading. Please let me know you’ve read and do you see the value?

 

 

Find the Perfect Image with WordPress Free Photo Library

You’ve got thousands of options to choose from right in your WordPress app.

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Double Shot Thursday *Hallelujah*

Have a great weekend. M

 

Characters I have Loved

Thanks Daniel for sharing another great post. Take care my friend. Melinda

Return of Dragons

When I fall in love with my female character and my thoughts are overwhelmed by what I’ll have her do next, I know I’ve at least drawn my interest. But what about the reader?

Dragon Blood

I’ve met ladies like the one in the image. My time in the east was rewarded with ample time to converse with women that captured my heart and imagination. They came from all walks of life and each had one common trait; they were not afraid to look into my eyes and determine my intent. I liked that.

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Interview with Patricia Grace Blogger/Artist

Enjoy Patrica Grace’s interview and her beautiful work. Melinda

For the Love of Art

I’m thrilled to talk Mosaics today with Patricia Grace from Grace to Survive, http://www.patriciagrace@wordpress.com. The Dove is my favorite, the details are amazing. Be sure and stop by Patricia’s blog for more great art and photographs.

Can you share more information about yourself and the process leading to art.

Were you creative as a child? Staying in the lines while coloring or getting A’s in art class? 

I did receive A’s in Art! It was the one place to unfold. In grade school a sculpture made from strips of thinly planed wood hung on our living room wall.

In high-school it felt like my ‘safe’ place and I was there as much as possible. Jewelry making was especially memorable, filing the silver for a ring and figuring out the design.

In college many courses were enjoyed but my favorite was once again sculpture.

What was the catalyst for you to start working…

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Dance of Dragons

Thank you Daniel for giving us a glance into the life of Dragons. M

Return of Dragons

“If you dance with dragons, you must expect to burn.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Lee TOC a The Dance of Dragons is a tempest of the wind, water, fire, and sky. Boundless desire blows across the pleasured skin, freezes the mind, chokes the air of suffering breath, and the heart bleeds. Oh, how it bleeds in a felicity of touch to body, heart, and soul. What he did to her. “Oh, god,” she exclaimed. Repeatedly. She felt a wildness in her spirit drive her to do what she did, what she let him do. She wanted it, loved it, and loved him for doing it. Do it. Do it, oh goddamn you, do it. He did. He taught her the pleasures of forbidden love and the pain of hidden desire held in abeyance too long.

  The tempest of love fades to a fugue of sated appetite and the…

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Medical Cost Crazy

I fell last week on a heavy glass table and gashed my head. David thought stitches were needed so off we went. I received six staples and out the door in less than three hours. The bill came yesterday, $12,000, I had more than a heart attack. We went to General Doctor to have a RN remove the staples. Five minutes of effort cost $88.00. Are these people on crack?

There are many hard-working people with kids and we know they get sick, how can someone manage? I know insurance will come back and say NO it’s not $12,000 it’s $2,000. The games insurance and the approved providers play. If you go out of network you are in for a shock.

If possible always check your insurance website to see that your doctor, hospital or Doc in a Box is covered in network.  M

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Bring Change to Mind new PSA

I’m thrilled Bring Change to Mind is elevating their presence in the Mental Health field. The videos are short and easy conversations, teens will pick up on the message. Please pass on to anyone who struggles with depression and hope the lines of communication open up.  M

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Where’s Waldo? In the Reblog Button

Can anyone else reblog? I have not been able to since last night. I looks to me like a lack of communication between WordPress and WordPress where the programmers report into. When programming changes are made the Reblog button is the first to go, last time it was for a week.

If this happens on a regular basis you would think an easy fix would solve the problem. What this tells me is bloggers are not the priority, it doesn’t matter if it’s free and communication is not WordPress’ style of management.

M

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Guilty Verdict in Cosby Trail is a Victory for Survivors

Guilty Verdict in Cosby Trial is a Victory for Survivors

Following years of allegations of sexual assault, Bill Cosby has been found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault against Andrea Constand. The trial included testimony from five of Cosby’s victims, in addition to Constand. In an amicus brief filed in the case, RAINN urged the court to allow this testimony from other victims, as it would help demonstrate a pattern of predatory behavior by Cosby.

Following a hearing on RAINN’s brief and a subsequent submission by District Attorney Kevin R. Steele, Judge Steven T. O’Neill. l decided to allow the jury to hear from these additional victims. In Cosby’s first trial last year, which ended in a hung jury, only one victim was allowed to testify along with Constand. More than 60 women have joined Andrea Constand in accusing Cosby of sexual misconduct.

“This verdict is a victory for survivors. It takes a lot of courage to speak out against your perpetrator,” said Scott Berkowitz, president and founder of RAINN. “I hope this decision empowers survivors to speak up and seek the support and justice they deserve.”

“We appreciate the great work of the district attorney, and are grateful to all the victims who bravely came forward,” Berkowitz continued. “Judge O’Neill made a wise decision to allow testimony from some of Cosby’s other victims, which helped the jury understand that Cosby, like many rapists, is a serial predator.”

Hogan Lovells, LLP, provided pro bono counsel and worked with RAINN’s public policy team to prepare the amicus brief. RAINN was joined by End Violence Against Women International, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and the National Crime Victim Law Institute.

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RAINN: Effects of Trauma on Mental Health

Effects of Trauma on Mental Health

“Every survivor’s healing journey is unique and it’s crucial that we’re aware of the effects trauma can have on mental health,” said Keeli Sorensen, vice president of victim services at RAINN. “It’s time to start speaking openly about mental health concerns, and dismantle the environment of shame, fear, and silence that too often prevents individuals from seeking treatment and support.”

Many survivors of sexual violence experience depression,

PTSD, self-harm, eating disorders, and flashbacks after experiencing trauma. Recovering from sexual assault or abuse is a process, and that process looks different for everyone. There is no timetable for healing.

A good way to support survivors living with these effects of trauma is to seek out information about what they may be going through and offer compassion, empathy, and understanding. Many survivors also speak to the importance of finding a therapist who is right for them and their unique experiences.

Check out RAINN’s resources for more information related to mental health:

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a time to provide support for people living with trauma and its effects on mental health, to reduce stigma, and advocate for equal care. Millions of Americans and their families feel the effects of trauma on mental health each year, and a portion of those people are survivors of sexual violence.

The Agony of Ecstasy-Scene 2

Thank you Daniel. So glad you have the writing bug….you always have the writing bug. Hugs. M

Return of Dragons

“Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello

Agony of Ecstasy II

Alexandra Drăgana

Scene 2

It was Alexandra’s first ride in a Rolls Royce. It was her first ride ever in a luxury car of any kind. The back seat was like an expensive couch. At her fingertips were all the comforts she didn’t have in her one-room apartment over the gym back home. She felt out of place. She was a fighter, not a pampered call girl. Doubt crept into her mind.

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Beneath your coat

Thank you Candice, you’re a gem! M

TheFeatheredSleep

Losing your mind feels like

Slipping your chaffed hands into a pair of rubber gloves

Plunging them into hot washing up water

Hearing the chink of porcelain, knocking against glass

Impossibly fragile.

Soon the water grows murky

You cannot see, nor reach the bottom

From the top of your head to the ache in your feet

Standing wooden, bones imploring, knitted sweater itching corner of your cheek

Passion in contrast, hot freedom, dusty legs slightly parted, cold between

An urge as you stand beside the sink

To dive in

Silent impulse on a cold day to keep your hands deep

As long as the water stays hot

That feeling when most of you is dry and clothed, but part

Is submerged in warmth, feeling like fingers working their way up

Stockings, underwear, the electric wire beneath wool

Into the mirage of your longing to let go, absolve yourself of …

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Who Am I?

Burden

Exhausted

Not moving

Not contributing

Giving nothing to society

To sick to care

Exhausted

Can’t move

In bed

Frozen

Hopeful

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The Agony of Ecstasy-Scene 1

Thank you Daniel for giving us a new adventure to follow. M

Return of Dragons

“There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.”  ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Dacia II

Alexandra Drăgana

Scene 1

During the time before Europe fell into darkness and before the mother of Rome felt the birth pains of her children, Kinsmen of the Thracian tribes gathered in their great hall by the fire. Long faces looked down in weary silence. Their king lay in his bedchamber, his mortal wounds extinguishing his light.

One of the men broke the pall of silence, “It won’t be long now.”  The others nodded. “We should prepare for our vengeance on the enemy,” said another.

“We will wait until death has done his duty. Then we will strike like the wolves and feast on their souls according to our oath,” said the elder of the group. His gray-streaked beard was foul with…

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Triple Shot Thursday *Classic Rock Favs*

Each band influenced my early Rock & Roll experience. If I could only choose 100 LP’s, no doubt these are included. Have a great weekend. I love to spin for you.  M

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Happy Easter, Jesus Has Risen

 

I HAVE SEEN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

I HAVE SEEN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Triple Shot Thursday *Love, Love, Love*

These are classic love songs, Aretha Franklin killed it as always. I hope you enjoy this weeks pick. The 24/7 Request Line is open, longing to hear your choice or choices. I’m happy to spin your tune. Thank you for reading!  M

Please visit my blog “For the Love of Art”

Nevada Falls and Verna Falls Yosemite Nation ParK

I have started a new blog http://ForTheLoveOfArt.blog. I believe art is art if you think it’s art. Today I posted is an interview with Cindy Knoke at cindyknoke@wordpress.com. She’s a great photographer, I hope you will stop by. Please leave any comments about the site. The good, bad and ugly, your comments will help me form the site.

Melinda

Interview With Photographer/Blogger Cindy Knoke

Please stop by to check out my new site ForTheLoveOfArt.blog
Thank you reading, I appreciate every one of you! 🙂 M

For the Love of Art

Cindy Knoke has traveled the world, to the most unusual off the beaten path places you can imagine. Her photography is a window to the world. I ask Cindy a few questions to learn her photography background and how she plans for the monumental trips. Be sure to click the link at bottom to see some of my favorite photos.

At what age did you pick up your first camera? Did the world look different thru the lens?

My first camera was a silly Swinger Polaroid camera which I got at around age 6. It had a jingle associated with it which I loved and remember verbatim today, “Meet the Swinger. Polaroid Swinger. Only 19 dollars and 95! Swing it up. It says Yes! Take the shot. Rip it off.” This was the essence of my photographic knowledge!! Laughing……. Here’s the jingle starring Ali McGraw:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7k2uwJmwxo

I had family members growing up…

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Triple Shot Thursday *Songs You Can’t Forget*

I remember these songs like yesterday. There was a large poster of Shawn Cassidy on the wall next to Donny Osmond. I hope you enjoy the classics this week. Have a great weekend.  M

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Putting the Brakes on ‘Emotional Eating’

Feb. 22, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.

Putting the Brakes on ‘Emotional Eating’

By Julie Davis
HealthDay Reporter


(HEALTHDAY)


THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many of us make choices about whether to eat healthy or not-so-healthy foods based on whether we’re in a good or not-so-good mood.

When a bad mood strikes, we often tend to reach for junk food. And that can be a recipe for disaster when you’re trying to lose weight.

Here’s how to keep your emotions from ruining your diet resolve.

First, it helps to think about the future rather than just that moment. Refocus on the long-term health benefits of good nutrition, and remind yourself how much more important they are than any short-lived comfort from food.
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