Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Writing~Art~Life


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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: 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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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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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 – Resa McConaghy

ResaToday we’re flying to Canada to visit with one of my favorite bloggers, Resa at Graffit Lux and Murals or GlaM for short. Resa’s blog is all about the art–graffiti art and murals. Although she began documenting and showcasing the graffiti art from around Toronto and Winnipeg, Resa is now featuring art from other North American cities that she finds through her own travels and guest contributions. You’ll be amazed at the quality and quantity of talented artists and phenomenal art displayed over at GlaM. I began visiting Resa’s blog because of the art, but I found her to be such an open, warm, and delightful person I’d visit even if the art disappeared. I can’t see that happening though, she’s pretty passionate about it. Thank you, Resa, for highlighting so many talented artists and giving so much enjoyment to those of us who love their work. Go visit Resa and while you’re there, visit the tiger page here: http://graffitiluxandmurals.com/2014/03/01/tiger-miami-two/ It’s breathtaking and my very favorite so far.

Photo copyright: Resa McConaghy


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Blog Buddy Friday-A Tramp in the Woods

ColinThis one is for all you nature lovers out there. Today we’re taking a walk in the Forest of Dean with Colin over at A Tramp in the Woods. As most of you know there’s not much I enjoy more than a tramp along the creek or through the woods so of course when I found Colin’s blog, I was in love. Not only is his blog filled with phenomenal nature photos and videos, but there’s a wealth of educational information contained in his delightful and often humorous narration. His latest post details a way to raise butterflies to release back to the wild. When you visit be sure to take time to watch the video. It’s awesome. Colin claims to have no area of expertise, but he sure knows his nature.

Taken from Colin’s bio:   “I write about and photograph the nature around me from a little farm in The Forest of Dean. I watch plants, animals, fungi, I don’t have a field of expertise but I do have a field full of Wildflowers and Badgers.”

If you love nature like I do, go visit Colin and take A Tramp in the Woods.

Photo belongs to Colin and is not mine.


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Blog Buddy Friday: Janell Mithani

JanellMithaniI’m going to leave the world of writing for just a bit as we visit some of my favorite artists. First up is an extremely gifted artist, Janell Mithani at http://janellmithani.com. Janell grew up in a rural area of the northwestern United States, but now makes her home in Southern California. Other than art, a couple of things Janell and I have in common is our love of gardening and the outdoors. I know when  I visit her blog, I’ll leave with a smile because you simply can’t look at her work without coming away with a feeling of happiness. I believe her artist statement says it better than I ever could:

“A world of radiant enchantment merged with the lush details of nature inspires me to create.  The reflective shapes of trees, often shaped by wind and rain, bring strength and presence to my canvas. Childlike memories of magical beings float through the landscape of my mind and fill my sketchbooks.  I explore relating the feminine sketches from my journal to the landscapes that come from my brush.  Their dance calls to me; therefore, I continue to paint.”…Janell Mithani 

I have always loved fairies so of course some of my favorite paintings of Janell’s are her mystical little fairies, but I also love her colorful landscapes and flowers. Janell not only paints, but creates beautiful jewelry and is a skilled photographer. Do a Google image search of this lovely lady’s name and you’ll be amazed at what comes up.

When you have time, go visit Janell. You’ll love her work. http://janellmithani.com

Photo belongs to Janell Mithani.


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Blog Buddy-Day 1- Deb Stevens

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On this first day of the new year (for us in this part of the world) I’d like to introduce you to one of my dearest friends, Debbie Stevens from NSW Australia. I first met Deb online many years ago and we became fast friends, communicating through instant messages, email and telephone. This charming lady has been a blessing in my life and I will be forever grateful for her friendship. A talented poet/writer, she not only works a full time job, but campaigns tirelessly to bring about awareness and early detection of Ovarian Cancer. Twice nominated for the Australian of the Year Award, Deb is always number one in my book. Although she doesn’t have time to be a gung ho blogger, she does have a WordPress blog and her posts are always entertaining and informative.  https://deliberatelydebbie.wordpress.com I’ve posted one of her poems below. Now everyone go give Deb a shout out when you have the time.

Secret of the Sea

Ash on his boots
No more luster, no more shine
Her face at a window
Takes him to another time
Applause is for the wind
One big step to have it all
Notes of a melody play over in his head
He places one more call
One secret told, she kept it safe
A stranger’s heart cried out for more
She returns the favour with her lips
A greater challenge lay in store
Beyond the plank meant a last farewell
Camel coat, soft hat and case
Second thoughts as the smoke screen lifts
Not the home he will embrace

Poem and photo: Copyright Debbie A Stevens