Today is National Hug Day: 21st January 2021


Sadly in today’s current tiered system and social distancing, HUGS are not really on the menu. Shame really as the feel good factor is off the charts, and we all need a bit of human contact sometimes.

There is nothing to stop you hugging somebody by proxy, or participating in a Zoom group and doing this:

Stand the necessary 2 meters (and more if you wish) from the To-be-Hugged.
Wrap your arms around yourself (as in picture below), rub your hands up and down your back as far as you can reach and rock from side to side.
So, Happy Hug Day everyone.
Keep safe.

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Warm Vanilla Cookies Can Fuel Your Inspiration on Frigid Winter Nights – Daily Quote

Jo Hawk


The problem with beautiful falling snow is the need to shovel it from sidewalks, driveways, and car windshields. It is one winter task I relish, especially when I can complete the work in nighttime silence. I tried, stayed up late in hopeful anticipation, but when I fell asleep in the morning’s small hours, it was still snowing.

The alarm slowly penetrated my hazy dreams. With reluctance, I let them slip from my mind to meet the cold, bright morning. Frigid might be a better word since my thermometer read a whopping sixteen degrees as I pulled on a hat, jacket, gloves, and sunglasses to start my day. A little voice told me to dig out my time-tested Icelandic wool coat, and I paid for my laziness with bone-cracking chills for the duration of the required work hours.

All was not lost. A steamy hot pot of Good Hope Vanilla tea…

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Thursday Photo Prompt- Return # WritePhoto

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Sue Vincent is the host of Thursday Photo Prompt

This week’s prompt ~ Return

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a solitary figure on a rocky ledge, holding a staff and silhouetted against a pale sky.


“I am back”,

he said with a beaming smile as he surveyed the valley below. The sky was just lightning up as the sun was rising. The flowers were waking up with the dewdrop acting like an elixir to jolt them from their dreams.

What a wonderful feeling it was to come back. The home was what he had been missing when he roamed the world in search of his truths. But now he realized that the biggest truth lied here, in his heart. He had to face the realities of his self to find himself.




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#MLMM ~ Photo Challenge #350

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

Lovers by Harry Hollard, 1982

I brought this sketchy black and white print at a boot sale.
Hung it on my bedroom wall.
Hoping I would find a partner soon.
Be careful what you wish for
For I got more than I bargained for
Each night he would come, turning my nights
into a wild dance of love
Try as I might, I could not hold on to him until morning.
The space beside me remains empty…

© Anita Dawes 2021


Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry


Happy New Year of poetry writing! I’ve missed you all! I can’t wait to write poetry again. How about you? We’re still unpacking and trying to get our bearings in this strange unknown land called Michigan. The snow is gently falling and the temperatures are much cooler than Arizona. Our new house will need some work, but we’re thrilled to be here!

Since it’s the first poetry challenge of the new year, Word Crafters, choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you!


Are you looking for inspiration for your syllabic poetry? Find an image on or experiment with “found poetry” to find some inspiration. Another option is to try some magnetic poetry. You still have to count syllables, but it’s like putting together a puzzle! Use this opportunity to try a new form!

The Poet’s…

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Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge…


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was late.
the night dark.
Starlit moonbeams
Dance between the leaves
They held each other tight.
Whispering their words of love
The changing light tore them apart.
They ran for home, hot breath following.
Their night of forbidden love marked their backs…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Empty haunted city


Somewhere in the ether

There is something missing

Empty is the city

Of great buildings now covered in vegetation

There’s now a river flowing where streets once were

Where once kids played with glee

But now all that there is to see

Is the haunted abandoned moss grown city

There’s an unnatural silence

That resonates around these streets

No more sounds of laughter

Bouncing off the walls

Just empty, haunted memories

As if no one ever existed there at all.

Image courtesy of Pinterest

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Just Jot It January–City


For most of my adult life, I have had a pressure cooker. It went on the stove and cooked my meals nearly as fast as my microwave and far tastier result. Today I received my new one that is considered an instapot. I can hardly wait to try one using electricity! <–See what I did there?

Apparently, I can operate it from my cell phone! Now that is big city! I’ll let you know after I play with it a while what I think. It was a good price, so I hope that it turns out to be a good purchase.

Here are the JusJoJan Rules:

1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it…

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Wednesday Writing — Cover Reveal Journey 2

Teagan's Books

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Moonlit Landscape with a Gothic Ruin Sebastian_Pether_1810-1844 WikipediaSebastian Pether, Moonlit Landscape with a Gothic Ruin, 1810-1844 Wikipedia

Welcome to my sanctuary. A place where all are safe from the anxiety tied to religion, politics, and other things that get in the way of friendship.  Lest I seem insensitive, my only remark to that, is that I’m writing this post in advance, and I’m terrified of what might happen on the 20th (Inauguration Day in the USA).  Now all political remarks are done.  Come on in and we’ll bask in one another’s positive “light” and spirits.

Cover Reveal

This may not be much of a cover reveal, since I’ve already shared it with a few of the people who hosted the launch of Dead of Winter.  With the first Journey, Emlyn had her back to us, facing the unknown.  With Journey 2, Penllyn, she turns to face us. 

Dead of Winter: Journey 2, Penllyn. Cover by Teagan R. GenevieneDead of Winter: Journey 2…

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