Aroused by Arête, provoking poems and ideas




unheeded greed rapes all of us!



what entertains you?

Allergies reblogged

sharing parallax's powerful post


nurture yourself and others ...

A Pause

back late December ..

visceral reality

abject poverty ..


our world is lurching ..


addressing imbalances ...

A Small Kindness

Ann’s post about her daughter’s softball game is a huge lesson for us all … it’s a great story with an even better moral …

Muddling Through My Middle Age

ScanWatching my kids play team sports as they were growing up didn’t always bring out the best in me.  I liked watching them develop their athletic skills and learn the value of teamwork, and I enjoyed sitting on the sidelines during their games, chatting with the other parents.  But I also took it to heart when I thought a coach or umpire wasn’t being fair, and was just a little too quick to listen to the gossip and drama that are an inevitable part of youth sports.  Which explains, but doesn’t at all excuse, why I was so surprised one night when I was watching a softball game and saw a player on the opposing team performing a simple act of kindness for one of the players on my daughter’s team.

For years, I had heard that this particular team was the arch-rival of my daughter’s team, and that they…

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Disastrous Impunity

cop kills lady calling for help ...

Building Your Writer’s Brand

Just found this post thanks to Simon .. it has great information crucial to some of my readers who have or are about to publish … you can’t afford to miss it ..

E. Denise Billups, Writer

Indie authors are jack-of-all-trades. Not only are they writers, but also promoters and marketers of their finished product. This for most writers is difficult and for some an afterthought. Before you finish your book, you should have a well-defined marketing plan established and the first step is to create a mission statement.

In simple terms, a mission statement is short, concise sentence or paragraph describing your business and purpose (who you are, what you do, and your purpose or goals). This single statement is your marketing message, disseminating your brand, and the writer’s guide to reaching his/her ultimate goals.

Most people believe a mission statement is for major corporations or nonprofit organizations but for anyone building a brand whether you’re a painter, architect or writer, a mission statement is a crucial piece to crafting your image. For indie or traditionally published authors, a mission statement conveys your passion, your expertise, and…

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Faith Crisis

an observation .. what do you think?

T. H. I. N. K.

Sue shares insightful posts but today’s is one of my favourites, her use of the THINK = Truth Help Inspire Needed Kindness acronym is priceless 🙂

Jibber Jabber with Sue

How many times have we found ourselves in situations wherein we wish we could take something back?  A few choice words, a scornful look, an awkward handshake, a wrong name, a bad lane change, a premature text, a distasteful joke and the list goes on.  What’s interesting, of course, is how we all choose to deal with it once it ‘comes out’, so to speak?  Do we Scamper, make excuses, own it, hide, turn red-faced, apologize or simply ignore/disregard that it even happened?  We did a lot of ignoring in my family and not a lot of apologies were ever given that I remember, anyway.  Not surprisingly then, the same pattern of ‘ignorance is bliss’ would follow me into young adulthood.  Also, not surprisingly, it turns out that ‘sweeping things under the carpet’ does NOT work well.  Especially in relationships.  And so, I have worked hard over the past…

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World Order

multinationals, markets, health, war, IT, media, politics ... dissatisfaction is increasing

Britain’s Grief

once again we are catapulted into horror ...

Notorious Villains

a dichotomy that we all love a villain ..


what could you share ...

Reflecting on Mother

motherhood from another angle

Better Blogging

questions and comments about how to blog better

Surprise Me

old photos with a message


we are on the brink - what solutions can we offer?

Passport Pivilege

don't ever take them for granted

Survival Against All Odds!

This poignant statue is commemorative of the abuse suffered by children as a result of Govt and Church. Read about the layers if you are brave?

Calling ALL Parents!

Difficulties dealing with your own sexuality? Educating the kids can be a bigger challenge ...

Teen Porn and Pregnancy

The challenges of educating youngsters when parents and the 'system' are in denial!

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