Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Writing~Art~Life


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I’ll Be Seeing You

As you can see this is not a blog buddy Friday post. I just want everyone to know that there are some changes happening in my life at the moment and I won’t be around for a while. I don’t know how long this hiatus will be. I’ll miss you guys and if possible I may come on from time to time and repost something from the archives or some art. Now you kiddos be good. No fighting. Here’s another piece of art before I go. (sorry for the horrible photo) Bye for now. :) <3

Autumn Stream

Autumn Stream – Oil on canvas

 


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Blog Buddy Friday: Gary Maxwell

Gary MaxwellI’d like to introduce everyone to poet/songwriter Gary Maxwell over at Fool’s Blog. Gary is probably one of the most charming and talented wordsmiths I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. He can turn a simple line of poetry into a complete story simply by choosing the right words and by manipulating the way the words are used. It’s amazing.

His poetry never fails to delight and entertain. He has an awesome sense of the ridiculous and never fails to give me a good laugh or two or three. If I need to feel a little more cheerful all I have to do is visit Gary for a while and he never fails to add a dose of humor to my day. But he’s not all about humor. Some of his work is very serious and thought provoking.

There’s one more thing you need to know about Gary. He just happens to be a darn nice guy. Go visit Gary and have some fun with words and while you’re there read Massachusetts, one of his serious pieces and one of my favorites.  https://yeoldefoole.wordpress.com

Photo is not mine. All rights belong to Gary Maxwell.


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More Art


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Blog Buddy Friday: Geralyn

geralynGood morning everyone. I’d like you to meet Geralyn over at Where My Feet Are. Geralyn is a newer blog buddy of mine and the title of her blog pretty much says it all. It’s about her journey through life both physically and emotionally.

When I was thinking about Geralyn this morning several words came to mind, beautiful, vibrant, warm, witty, strong, and seeker. She is all these things, but I believe seeker is the one I relate most to her. She always looks for the adventure in life whether it be a normal day or a true adventure off in some exotic locale.

She says it best: ” I’m often dreaming of “what’s next” and “what else can I be passionate about” while also trying to remind myself to stay in the day, in the moment, where my feet are.”…Geralyn

At present Geralyn is training for a marathon. Can you imagine? Well I guess you can imagine if you happen to be a long distance runner. I can see hiking all day, but running? Ha! Not likely. But yes, Geralyn is a runner and puts as much passion into this pursuit as she does in every other aspect of life. Her thought provoking posts will entertain and charm you. She also has fabulous photos. Take some time and visit with Geralyn at https://wheremyfeetare.wordpress.com. You’re going to love her! :)

Photo is not mine. All rights belong to Geralyn


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Get Your Drawers ON!

I search for free book promotions for my Kindle on a pretty regular basis and the other day I found a historic, romantic suspense novel. This happens to be a genre I like quite a bit so I began reading it right away, even though I was already reading Flatland and Cider House Rules. But then, I always read more than one book at a time and I really enjoy these novels when I’m riding my stationary bike. I was about two thirds of the way into it, pedaling my little legs off and having a grand old time when I came to a scene that just happens to be my favorite pet peeve in both books and movies.

Old-Photo-Romantic-Couple-GraphicsFairyYou know that scene, the one where they’ve been catching a few winks and the hero wakes the heroine and tells her they have to get moving because the killer is only minutes from catching up to them. So they’re rushing around in preparation for leaving and suddenly they have to have “the talk”. I’m sorry I did this or didn’t do that-where is our relationship going-blah-blah-blah? Yeah, okay, but ummm…the bad guys are coming. Get moving kiddos.

And if that weren’t bad enough, just when you think they’ve come to their senses and are going to start making tracks, no— lust takes control of them and they must have sex. Not quicky sex, but full blown hour and a half long love making. Come on, get your drawers on and get moving already! Nope, not going to happen. After all that expended energy, they fall into a coma and wake up when the killers are breaking the door down. :roll:

Okay so it usually ends well with them taking out the bad guys and living happily ever after, but in real life they’d be toast. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the book (minus that part) and I also enjoy a lot of movies with these kinds of scenes. But I have a real problem not getting annoyed about them. If I were in that kind of situation, I wouldn’t care how hot the guy is or how badly I might be lusting after him–he’d keep those drawers on until we were safe. Period!

What’s your movie or book pet peeves?

Photo credit Graphics Fairy


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Blog Buddy Friday: Takami Ibara

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Takami lives in Tokyo and has a photo blog at https://tibaraphoto.wordpress.com. You’ll find some of the most amazing nature photos there. If you love the large cats such as lions and tigers, you’ll love Takami’s beautiful shots of these magnificent animals.

I love photo blogs, nature, and cats so how could I not love Takami’s beautiful blog? Add to all this the fact that she’s a lovely, charming person and you definitely have a winner. Take the time to visit Takami and browse her extraordinary photos. You’ll love them. :)

Photo is not mine. All rights belong to Takami Ibara


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Blog Buddy Friday: Know-All

Today it’s my great pleasure to introduce you to one of my favorite blog buddies, Mr. Know-All over at http://knowallsbox.com. Don’t let the name fool you, it in no way means he’s a know it all type person. It’s taken from the protagonist of a short story by Somerset Maugham, a person who has an opinion about everything. Know-All resides in Calcutta and his blog is filled with the places he travels and the beautiful photographs he captures on these journeys.

Mr. Know-All was absent from his blog for quite some time due to the business of life and has recently returned with more of his lovely posts. I missed him and was very happy at his return. How long he’ll remain is anyone’s guess, as it is for most of us. He’s a delightfully charming young man and also like us, he has a life to live. While he’s around and posting, I intend to enjoy his blog to the fullest.

When you take a trip at his blog, you’ll get a true feel for the region and the people who reside there. You’ll be learning the history of a place while being vastly entertained and without feeling as though you’ve sat through a long and tedious lecture. He has a true gift for this, which is why I’ve always enjoyed my visits to Know-All’s Box. When you have a chance, go on over and take a trip with Know-All. You will have a wonderful time. BTW, I do know his true name, but I’m not telling. :) Have fun!

Photo is not mine. All rights belong to Know-All.


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Blog Buddy Friday: Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

maniparnaMy blog buddy Friday posts continue today as we visit with Maniparna Sengupta Majumder at Scattered Thoughts. Maniparna resides in Kolkata, India and her blog is similar to mine in that she writes and posts on a large variety of topics. You’ll find lovely photos, poems, short stories, book reviews, product reviews, childhood memories, and just random thoughts.

Maniparna is a strong personality, intelligent, beautiful and charming. Her blog reflects this in every way. In her own words she says, “What I feel, I write”. I’ve found this to be very true as I’ve visited her over the months. Maniparna has strong opinions on different issues and isn’t afraid to voice them. She’s also a delightful lady and it’s been a great pleasure getting to know her better.

Take a little time, drop in at Scattered Thoughts and say hello to Maniparna. You’ll love her and her blog. I know I do. :)

Photo is not mine. It is the property of Maniparna.

 


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Spring for a Day

Last week we had over 14 inches of snow on the ground. Then it rained and melted about half of it. But it was a short lived reprieve. It then sleeted, turned to snow and dumped another 12 inches. And to think I used to love winter and the white stuff that comes with it. Three days ago it rained and rained, melting all the white stuff. Yesterday it was a lovely 56 degrees. Today it’s in the 60’s. I had to go tramping along the creek to blow away the winter cobwebs. During my walk, I saw something glorious. Purple, purple everywhere-crocus blossoms turning the dead field to a carpet of beauty. I snapped a few really bad photos with my phone and even stopped to pick a small bouquet to remind me that, if even only for a day, spring has sprung. I’m happy. :)

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Blog Buddy Friday: Ste J

SteveToday I’d like you to meet a very special blogger who probably needs no introduction as many of you are well acquainted with Ste J over at Book To The Future. Ste J is from the UK and his blog is all about the books he reads, his thoughts and musings. His reviews have reminded me of old favorites I’d forgotten about and introduced me to books I’d never have considered. He even managed to convince me to read Flatland which is on my Kindle, but I’d put off reading forever. Of course I don’t like all the books Ste reads, but then neither does he. ;) He even did a fabulous post once on what he gets from these less than favorable books. A very positive outlook on the subject. I loved it.

Although his blog is, for the most part, about books, reading, writers, and so forth, he also takes you along on his travels and can make even a trip to a local pub interesting and fun. Although Ste is very humble about his own writing, he has a beautifully eloquent and often humorous way with words. He grabs your attention and makes you want to read more. On very rare occasions he’s even been known to post a poem. If you’re fortunate enough to stumble onto one of these rare gems, count yourself fortunate. It doesn’t happen often, but so worth the wait. There’s also posts on music, movies and TV.  Ste is not only an interesting and entertaining blogger, he’s one of the loveliest, most supportive people I’ve ever met and I’m proud and honored to call him friend.

From Ste J: “Here you will find provided, an eclectic mix of stuff for your reading pleasure, when it comes to books, I intentionally do not reveal much plot, if you fancy reading it, you don’t want me coming along and telling you the butler did it or such like. Not that I’m saying he did do it, but he could have. As a public service I also read the rubbish books so you don’t have too, as well as delighting in finding the obscure to amuse you. I am also looking to review more authors who are self publishing and attempting to vary the content more and grow this into something interesting. Feel free to look around and make yourself at home, there’s tea in the pot.”…Ste J

When you have a little free time, drop in on Ste J over at Book To The Future and browse his many fascinating posts.

Photo is not mine. It is the property of Ste J.

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