Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Writing~Art~Life


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My Big Brother

I lost another brother this week. This poem is for John.

My Big Brother

with a personality larger than life.

Your big booming laugh and wild stories.

Your love of practical jokes

all played in good humor, not spite.

So daring, so bold,

So generous and kind.

The big brother every girl dreams of,

A brother to cherish and hold.

So many lessons learned,

You taught me to laugh, you taught me to love.

You treated me like a princess,

Protected and adored.

So many things shared,

So many things said.

Memories galore,

but never enough

never enough

copyright

Elizabeth Melton Parsons

 

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I Carry Your Heart With Me

i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

e. e. Cummings


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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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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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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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Blog Buddy Friday: Cynthia Reyes

cynthiareyes_agoodhomeToday I continue with my blog buddy posts. Anytime you’d like to catch up on all the other blogs I highlight, just go to the category box to the right and click on other blogs.

For this Blog Buddy Friday post and I’d like you to meet a lovely, courageous lady, Cynthia Reyes at http://cynthiasreyes.com/.

Cynthia is a former journalist and executive producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her book A Good Home is on my wish list at Amazon and as soon as my book budget opens up a little it will be resting in my kindle. Cynthia’s WordPress blog is a wonderful place to visit filled with tidbits of her life, beautifully written articles, guest interviews and gorgeous photographs. I wanted to highlight Cynthia because although I’ve not known her for very long, I have always loved her blog and admired her for her brave, positive perspective on life. She’s also been very kind and supportive of me. Thank you, Cynthia. When you have a chance, go visit Cynthia, you’ll love her. While there be sure to read her About Page. She has a very impressive background.

Photograph is not mine, it belongs to Cynthia.


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Blog Buddy-Day 5 – Jill Weatherholt

Jill

Today we visit with Jill Weatherholt. Jill is a writer and won second place in Southern Writers Magazine short fiction contest for 2014. I haven’t known Jill for long, but her charming, warm, and generous spirit draws you in and makes you feel as if you’d been friends for years. Her blog is full of interesting snippets from her present life and memories of times past. She’s also highlighted many other writers and through her I’ve met many I’d not have had the opportunity to meet. Take some time to visit Jill. I promise you’ll enjoy. 🙂

 

Photo is not mine. It belongs to Jill.


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Blog Buddy-Day 4 – M. Jean Pike

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I’d like to introduce M. Jean Pike. Jean is a teacher who recently made a move from New York to Ohio. She’s also one of the most talented and gifted writers it’s ever been my pleasure to read with seven published novels and a collection of short stories. And even more important she’s a dear friend. Jean and I met years ago when we were both being published by the same publisher and I’ll always be grateful we did. Without her support and input, my last novel probably never would have been finished. Jean has a joint venture blog at About These Things. A lovely blog with photos, inspirational quotes, stories, poems, and scriptures. Hop on over and visit. Or if you’d like to know more about Jean and her books, you can visit her old blog at M. Jean Pike’s Weblog. You can also find her books here on Amazon.

Photo belongs to Jean–Once again I borrowed. 🙂


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Merry Christmas and Strange Happenings

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Eric is coming home for the holidays on Friday and I have a million things to get done before Christmas day so I won’t be around until after Christmas. Thought I’d better hop on here and wish all my buddies a very Merry Christmas. But first I’d like to tell you about a couple of strange things that happened to me recently. As I’ve stated before many times, I’m no longer actively pursuing my writing career. Shoot, I don’t even write anything on most days, although the bug still strikes at times.

When I decided to stop contacting agents and publishers and go to self publishing everyone told me I was nuts, but I never regretted that decision. I loved everything about being an indie author. Maybe I’m just a control freak, maybe not, but I loved it. And when I got the rights to a couple of my books back, I self published them too.

Regardless, I was recently contacted by a prestigious agent with an offer. I ignored it, thinking it some kind of joke. Then a couple of weeks later I was contacted by a very large and well known publisher saying they were extremely interested in my work and asking for a short summary and the first fifty pages of any new manuscript I was working on. I had to laugh. So I immediately set about checking to make sure neither of these were scams. Nope, they were both legit offers. If I’d gotten either of these offers ten years ago, I’d have been over the moon and doing back flips in the front yard. Now I could care less. Very strange. You work hard and get mediocre offers and contracts. You stop caring and you’re offered what you always wanted. I just do not understand that at all. Just goes to show anything is possible. So all you writers waiting for your big break, it could be right around the corner. Don’t give up.

Here’s wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. Big Hugs to you all. 🙂 See you soon!


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving, a day of thanks for all our blessings. Last year I wrote a list of a few things I am especially thankful for and that list still holds. I’ll be busy baking all day today and tomorrow I have guests coming so I won’t be around again until next week, but wanted to come on here and wish everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving a glorious holiday. And a very happy, peaceful day for those of you in places not celebrating Thanksgiving. Since I’m pressed for time I’m re-posting one of my old Thanksgiving poems. Love you all! ❤

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Thanksgiving at Grandma’s

Grandma’s pumpkin pies

Cinnamon, ginger, all spice…

the scents of heaven.

The old farm house…

filled with family,

filled with love.

Grandpa saying grace…

Giving thanks for family, friends…life.

The crackling of logs on the fire

bringing warmth to the chill of Autumn.

Grandma’s smile…

bringing warmth to our hearts.

Bowing my head with the others

I give thanks…

For Thanksgiving at Grandma’s.

Poem Copyright: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

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