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Friday, December 30, 2005

Reflection: Noteworthy Accomplishments of 2005

There's so much I want to accomplish in this life that my schedule is always overbooked, which at times results in feeling overwhelmed, a sense of frustration, a bit of self castigation and most of the time--self doubt.

One of my goals for this past year was to trust God more and live in the present. Looking at my improved sense of self-worth and mental stability, I believe I accomplished that goal.

So with nary a "shoulda, coulda, woulda" thought (in no particular order) I pridefully yet humbly present my noteworthy accomplishments for 2005!
  • A new mini bio:

    D.S. White Her motto: I am who I am by the grace of God A strong black woman, Dee has realized forgiveness is essential to achieve the peace she has sought all her life. She has come to terms with the angst of her birth and realizes even her name has purpose in God's eyes. She's real enough to admit that some of her limitations in life were self-induced. She's not ashamed to admit she's not perfect, and at times may need to be lovingly reminded that "it's not about you!" But she prays she will always surround herself with people who will hold her accountable to the need to have and show compassion.
  • Participation in NaNoWriMo in November 2005. Although I did not win (complete 50,000 words), I got almost halfway there with a total of 23,000 words which is approximately 77 pages! This from a woman who in November of 2004 could not conceive of participating.
  • Blogging - More of a discovery than an accomplishment, but listed here because it facilitated my confidence to participate in NaNoWriMo. It also served as a tool to make new friends all over the world. With it I was able to reconnect with friends here in the US of A and my family in Trinidad. Its semi-anonymous feel, aided my quest to be a voice in bringing a few key issues to the forefront and last but not least an open platform to share my testimony.
  • At the request of a homie I met on BP (see, it does have redemptive qualities…LOL). I realized another gift I didn’t even know I had--songwriting! In an awesome marriage of two of my gifts, (writing and singing), I penned my very first lyrics “Believe in Me”. Now those of you, who know my story, will realize that these lyrics are directed at myself as much as to anyone else who has ever doubted the validity of God’s Love or their worth as a person.

    Curious? *Click here to listen to a rough version (and I mean rough, because it was recorded at the tail end of an all-nighter in the studio).
  • Publication of one of my short stories/articles, “Choices: To Do or Not to Do…The Ex” in the relationship section on SisterDivas Magazine Website.
  • Obtaining an awesome Christian Editor, who resides in Canada, but with the aid of the internet and USPS we make it work! Don’t you just love technology!
  • Official start of planned monthly mother/daughter activities for my daughter and I. To think, at twenty, she still wants to hang out with her moms! I must have done something right!
  • Creation and successful maintenance of six individual blogs and one compilation of all my blogs.

P.S. I’ll probably add more as I think of them, but these are those that have come to mind, thus far.

*NOTE: For safety purposes, this preview link will be removed shortly, so get your listen on ASAP.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Endings and New Beginnings

I attended two funerals this year, (one of which you can read about here) and was privy to three others, but not close enough to attend. Although logically I know it's a path of life, to begin and then to end. My emotional side says that it was five funerals too many.

Funerals signal an end to one phase of our lives and the beginning of another, much like the approaching yearend. As you assess the past year and plan your goals for the New Year, it’s a good time to examine the choices or decisions, if you will, that have held sway in your life. Ask yourself:

  • Did I make good decisions?
  • What motivated those decisions?
  • When held up against God's standards, do those decisions still apply now?
  • If they do, how am I going to improve on them or move to the next level?
  • If not, have I the courage to admit that they’re passé or the will to choose differently?
In my case, my carefully hoarded litany of hurts which fueled my unforgiving spirit (when it comes to men) took a big hit earlier this year. God’s sense of humor reared its head once again when I was called to do a sermon on…you guessed it! Forgiveness!

After a full scale “but-I-don’t-wanna!” tantrum, I finally settled down to do the assignment as given by my Pastor. (All the while mumbling to myself, why God always gotta give me assignments I’m not ready for? First it was “Father into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit” and I got nothing good to say about fathers. What frame of reference did I have? Now it’s forgiveness? Open a vein, why don’t You? Bible School is not all it’s cracked up to be! What with stuff like obedience, humility and compassion? What’s a drama-filled sister to do? When--light bulb! Why, I could use those very same tools to bring the Word to life…that’s what!)

After successfully working through my reluctance and being still (and repentant) before God, the Message, “A God Who Forgives” emerged. I was blessed, freed (if I chose to be) and was the conduit of freedom for a few women in the congregation. That being said, I’ll share an excerpt of that sermon with you:

“…Unforgiveness hinders our communication with God? It most surely does. To remain unforgiving, you have to nurse the hurt, recall it quite frequently, harden your heart. In essence you slowly poison yourself with bitterness. The bitterness acts as a wall between you and God.

Why do we need to forgive?

Two reasons:

  1. Matthew 6:14: which states “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you;”


  2. Romans 6:23 states that “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Which means that no matter how big or small the disobedience, the punishment is death.

    Right about here, we get comfortable, because we’re confident in the fact that we love God, haven’t murdered, raped, committed adultery, blasphemed against the Holy Spirit, robbed a bank, embezzled funds or run over anyone with our car. Which is all good, but don’t get too comfortable just yet.

    If you’ve never told a lie, been envious, run a red light, stolen a quarter from your parents, jaywalked, listened to gossip, failed to return a library book, cheated, or disobeyed God in any way; if you’ve done everything you were ever supposed to do every single time…then you have no need to forgive. But for the rest of us, the following are some practical steps towards the process of forgiveness:

  • Choice -- Decide you are going to forgive - it’s the best gift you can give yourself.

  • Love –Allow love to continue flowing – don’t shut down or close yourself off.

  • Faith -- Realize that we forgive by faith, not by feeling: Utilizing faith allows us to act as if a thing is so, in order that it may become so. In other words…you may start out faking it, but your genuine desire to act on your faith will connect you to God’s store of faith for you.

  • Obedience--We must forgive others if we don’t want to disobey God and break our fellowship with Him. As Christ forgave us without being asked we may need to forgive others who have not nor will ever ask our forgiveness. The forgiveness may be undeserved, but the reward of healing and reconciliation makes it worthwhile.

  • Forget --You must be willing to forget past hurts. Forget about it. Stop willfully calling it to mind. Or if it does come to mind consciously replace it with a good memory or find something positive you learned out of the bad memory. You may even want to print out some scriptures dealing with forgiveness like Matt. 6:14 or Romans 6:23 on an index card and carry it around with you, to whip out when needed.

  • Prayer – Pray for the offender, a biggie, I know.

  • Turnover -- Give the hurt to God. Resolve to let it go.

I think the hardest thing for me to get about forgiveness is that it isn’t about me, it’s about obedience to God and in my obedience I reap the reward of being released from the yoke of my hurt. I had to realize that accepting grace means I have to be responsible enough to show grace myself. I had to remind myself of how I felt when I discovered that no matter what I had done previously, God still loves me. Or if you can’t relate, I reminded myself that no matter what a screw-up I was or still am at times, my family loves me.

Forgiveness is about passing on that kind of revelation, to others who have no concept of it themselves."

            Just a few thoughts to ponder as you approach 2006.

            Peace, love and prosperity in the New Year!

            Dee.

            Wednesday, December 28, 2005

            Rentals in Review

            Join me in welcoming this week's tenant Dawn of Reflections in the Mirror! whose rental will roll over into the New Year, so she will have the distinction of being my first tenant of 2006.

            When BlogExplosion instituted its Rent My Blog advertising program I wasn't quite sure how it was going to work out. I mean, would anyone want to rent my blogs or would anyone rent me a space on their blog?

            New to the idea of blogging it all was precious, startlingly new and maybe even a little scary for me. But nothing ventured, nothing gained.

            I've since relaxed and take things less seriously, but I do want to acknowledge my renters past and present in order of appearance:

            Mike of Ramblings and Rhetoric started me off with a bang. He was followed two days later by Jeremy Shipp of Haunted House Dressing, then by sizlintune who in his own words is a husband - DJ - computer geek. A repeat rental by Jeremy Shipp's Haunted House Dressing and I was in the hizzouse!

            LittleDarkRaven's Sin's Fate, rubydiamond80's Ho Hum What?, chatteress' Meeting people online, Vicki9170's A Little of This, A Little of That,republico's the republico journal, oheresy's Ripper Hollow, Nameless' Free to Ramble and most recently websavvy of WeddingsInABox - Visual planning blog!

            So there you have it...my renters of 2005. Please take a moment to visit them and don't forget to tell them that Dee sent you!

            Tuesday, December 27, 2005

            Carnival Day Is Here Again

            A West Indian by birth, the word Carnival brings to mind three days of non-stop calypso music, steel pan competitions, bright skimpy costumes, gyrating bodies and sleepless nights.

            However, in this instance, although you will encounter colorful thoughts, rhymthic prose and lyrical descriptions, the urge to shout, "Get a room already!" Will be markedly absent.

            Why?

            Because this carnival displays the beauty of excellence in writing as told by women of beauty--Christian women.

            • Women who have a testimony.
            • Women who have overcome some trials and tribulations and as such their work is imbued with power and authority.

            I believe of all the pieces I've written in the year 2005, Compassion: God's Introduction exemplifies most highly the beauty of excellence in writing.

            Not because it's pretty, not because there's a happy ending, not because it's mine...lol, but because there's a certain beauty to be found in the naked truth.

            Ugly as it may be, it cuts through all pretension to get to the heart of the matter--LOVE. Without it, we might as well pack up our things and leave now because everything we do, is a waste of time.

            Please visit the carnival to read works excellent in their beauty by fellow bloggers.

            Peace,
            Dee

            Sunday, December 25, 2005

            It's All About Love

            This picture is from the office Christmas party eight years ago. I was on the climb up the corporate ladder, my prepubescent daughter was crossing all her t's and dotting all her i's at school. My mother's health was stable and she had a home attendant to assist her with household duties, I was the Youth Choir Director at church and sang on the Adult choir, in a long term relationship, I was twenty-five pounds lighter and I was a miserable mess.

            Why?

            Because my priorities were skewed. Instead of God, myself and my family, my priorities were work, my fiance, myself, my family, my church, God.

            See anything wrong with that? Yes...God is at the bottom of the pile and whenever you deprioritize God, it's a recipe for heartache. In my attempts to "have" somebody, I lost touch with my family, my spiritual walk, myself and my sanity. We still lived in the same house, but I was mentally and emotionally absent.

            Seeking, craving, desiring something...just out of my reach.

            At the back of my mind, the rational part, or maybe the God-breathed part...whispered warnings

            But they went unheeded, because I knew if I just held on a little longer...
            It was just a temporary absence...
            I was doing it for them (my mom and daughter), wasn't I? They'd understand...
            Worked a few hours longer...

            It wasn't until I tried to join the Army reserves just to get away from it all...that I got a clue that I'd created a disaster.

            I had placed my ex-fiance firmly in God's spot as the ultimate provider, comforter, confident and support. A position that no man or woman can handle, the pressure is just too great!

            Why am I telling you this on Christmas day?
            What could this possibly have to do with Jesus' birth?

            Nothing...really...unless you fast forward eight years:

            I'm at the bottom of the corporate ladder, my daughter is in her Junior year at an Ivy League college, my mother's health is shaky and the home attendant she has, the funds come out of my pocket, my siblings pocket and Area Agency for the Aging's budget. I am the music director of a choir of three, my longterm relationship has ended for the most part (but that's another story), I'm in Bible School and oh yeah, twenty-five pounds heavier...but despite all of that...I'm more at peace than I have been all my life.

            Why? Because one day I finally got it! I was in my thinking room (bathroom) when God showed me a glimpse of my mother's pain as a battered spouse, something I couldn't understand until I was down and out and all my abilities couldn't locate a job, my gifts couldn't maintain or sustain me. I was helpless and hopeless...a state I'm sure my mother understood well.

            Although every door that promised "success" seemed closed to me, I was open in a way I'd never been before. Scales began dropping from my eyes and I began to think clearer than I had in years. God's voice was more distinct.

            He had sent me the comforter a/k/a the Holys Spirit, which enabled me to wrap my brain around God's love as the ultimate parent. He sent us His son, Emmanuel, which literally means, with us is God...a message that early Christians didn't seem to get. But I now get. I get, that He loves me.

            I get that as a parent, the heartache He bore of sacrificing one child Emmanuel (With us is God) , Jesus to save another Diane (Divine). And that because of me, He allowed His child to take on human flesh, knowing that child would be mocked, beaten, chased, denied, lonely, tempted and finally killed in the most humiliating and painful way devised at that time period.

            But had He not allowed the birth...I would not be here rejoicing, celebrating, glorifying in the fact that a Savior is born today!

            A savior who by His very name let's me know that even though it may look bleak, even though my priorities may be skewed, eventhough I'm not worthy...correction...I perceive myself as unworthy, before the foundation of the earth, He knew me and loved me and at the appointed time, He made Himself known to me...

            And because of that...no matter how far out I went...He was with me, guarding me, protecting me, always loving me

            That's what Christmas is about...the Love.

            So love someone today. And I dare you to do it...without money

            Spend some time with the ones you love. The gifts will fade away, but the time spent...is an investment for life!

            Saturday, December 24, 2005

            My Way of Saying Thanks!

            Springboarding off of Guppyman’s idea to give a Christmas sale for the rental of space on his blog, I've come up with my own way of saying thanks to my all my renters of 2005 and especially my TOP six renters!

            Thanks to BE’s wonderful stats. I can tell who's rented my blog and how often. I'm going to tally up the stats of the six blogs I have listed at BE and the top six renters will be featured in my sidebar as "Blog of the Month" right above the "Blog of the Week" spot from BE for the month of January, 2006.

            I will post and notify the owners of the top six blogs. I will also rank my blogs in order of performance from most traffic/unique hits/clicks to least traffic/unique hits/clicks so that the top ranking blog will go to the top renter and the second ranking blog to the second frequent renter and so forth.

            And to all other renters you will each be mentioned in my recap of the year post due out by 12/31/05.

            Thanks again, it was wonderful having you all as tenants!

            My Blogs

            Here are my blogs in alphabetical order:

            Dear Abbyliqua
            Advice blog: A former novice, presents:- Dear Abbyliqua: My version of "Dear Abby" for the novice online dater. Answers, tips, articles, dating site reviews, and success stories. To subscribe to Dear Abbyliqua, click here.





            Dee411
            Musings, issues, ideas and resources, including but not limited to: abstinence, abuse, mental health, child support, elder care, family, ministry, music, relationships, singing, single parenthood, teens, writing and worship. To subscribe to Dee411, click here.



            Divine Perspective
            Church Newsletter and informational resource that deals frankly with issues like: abstinence, abuse, elder care, mental health and family structure. To subscribe to Divine Perspective, click here.




            Age is Just a Number: Adventures in Online Dating!
            Coming of Age--Again: After fourteen years I'm single and trying to mingle. "Dating while Christian"--If you will. It was so ridiculous at times, it spawned a serial memoir and I've became an online dating guru of sorts. (See Dear Abbyliqua above). To subscribe to Age is Just a Number: Adventures in Online Dating! Click here.


            Passion
            Handling my passion, or, the Trials, tribulations and triumphs of a minister in training (MIT). To subscribe to Passion, click here.





            Read Zone
            Thoughts about the books I love and sale of left over inventory from previously owned online bookstore as well as books from my personal collection. Items categorized as new, used or in-between (brand new, but seen some shelving wear and tear). To subscribe to Read Zone, click here.

            Wednesday, December 21, 2005

            Carnival of Beauty

            Great News!

            My post "There's No Sexy in Christmas!" has been accepted as part of the Carnival of Beauty hosted by Sallie of Two Talent Living.

            The theme for this week is "The Beauty of Tradition".

            In Sallie's own words:

            For the first few weeks, I will host the Carnival. That will give me time to work out the bugs and it will not put a burden on other ladies during the holidays. It is my hope that after the first of the year other ladies will also want to host the Carnival. More on volunteering to host will be announced in the next few weeks.

            What is the purpose of the Carnival of Beauty?
            The two main purposes of the Carnival of Beauty are:
            1. Encourage women by reflecting the beauty of Christ in our writing.
            2. Meet women online who cherish the beauty of Christ that we might not have met otherwise.


            For more on the rules and participation information, hop on over to twotalentliving.com. And while you're there, take a moment to read some or all of the inspiring and heartwarming contributions by my fellow Christian women bloggers.

            I promise you, you'll be blessed if you do.

            Merry Christmas!
            Dee.

            Monday, December 19, 2005

            There's No Sexy in Christmas!

            I like to think of myself as a bit avant garde, not as a stodgy forty-year-old. As for traditional, I’ve run far and fast from that word ever since I realized that it has become an excuse for some Christians to operate under law instead of grace.

            As part of our music ministry, our motto has been. "God is doing a new thing!" We therefore encourage our youth to create or learn raps or contemporary Christian songs that uplift the Savior. I take pride in the fact that I am able to hang with teens without embarrassing myself or them--so I was caught a bit off guard at what I discovered about myself yesterday.

            I spent the day at home yesterday--a strange occurrence for me on a Sunday, I’ll admit. I'd received a massage courtesy of one of my bosses--a gift she provides for the HR Department every year. I'd partaken last year and walked on air for days afterward.

            Primed by my previous experience, I tripped happily into my seat and after figuring out the logistics of placement for the bountiful gifts of God I carry before me daily, we were off!

            The masseuse had instrumental Christmas songs playing to which I hummed happily. She was even impressed that I knew the lyrics to "When A Child is Born."


            As she rubbed and kneaded, I all but purred until she got to a certain spot in my back, to which my yelp, required verification of "Did that hurt?" and my response,

            "Uhhh...yeah!"

            "Well we don't want to put too much pressure on it, but we need to work it out. (We who?) Do you have back problems?" she asked.

            "No, not really,” I replied, then I corrected myself by adding, "Only once a month, but not there...there." I said as I reached back to pinpoint my waist area.

            "Hmmm...okay." She said and proceeded to do her thing.

            ***

            "Alrighty, all done!” she said as her voice jarred me out of my dazed euphoria. “Don't be surprised if you feel a twinge or two, because a proper massage achieves the effect of exercise."

            "Oh...okay, " I said blithely and floated back to my desk, a bit disgruntled that I couldn't curl up and take a nap, but had to continue work. (By then it's 2:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon).

            By 5:00 p.m. as I climb into my co-worker's car for the short ride to the mall where I catch the bus home, I began to notice the beginning of the “few twinges”.

            Let me tell you…

            On Saturday morning a sister spent the day running from the computer, to the bathroom, to the kitchen to the bed. I was dopey, sleepy and sneezy dwarfs all rolled into one.

            I knew I'd had a rough week, pulling two late nights at work and just generally tense from the workload...but this was ridiculous!

            I went to bed on Saturday thinking; well this should ease up tomorrow. NOT!

            I woke up Sunday and bounded out of bed as I usually do, only to stop short, make an about face and carefully replace myself in my bed. The aches and pains had spread to every part of my body. Yes--even my feet and she hadn't even touched those!

            Half an hour later, I carefully hobbled to the computer to do the church bulletins, after having advised my pastor that I wasn't making the long ride to New York from Pennsylvania for church that day.

            Tired of the quiet in my room, I logged onto my computer and began playing Pop Launch via Yahoo.

            How shall I put this gently? I can't! I have never heard such terrible renditions of Christmas songs or hymns in my life!

            Song after song: Breathy, out of tune, uninspiring, and just trying so hard to be different, they made a mess of them.

            As I listened further, I began to see a trend forming

            Were they? Nah...
            Could they be? Impossible!
            I think they are--trying to infuse Christmas songs with sex!
            I mean, I understand that sex sells everything from cars to toothpaste, but Christmas songs!?!?

            I was dismayed. The closest example I could liken it to would be Tom Hanks’ coach character in “A League of Their Own” when he vociferously declared:

            "There's no crying in baseball!"

            To which I say,

            "There's no sexy in Christmas!"

            Christ Child--yes.
            Holy---yes.
            Reverence--yes.
            Inspiration--yes.
            Salvation--yes.
            Three Wise Men--yes.
            Messiah--yes.
            Awesome--yes.
            Shepherds--yes.

            ...but NO sexy!

            I guess, I must be a bit more traditional than I thought...and in light of the context, that's not such a bad thing.

            Friday, December 16, 2005

            Full House!

            A little happy, happy, joy, joy moment.

            I have six blogs on BlogExplosion and all six of them are rented out!
            I feel so special and I have even had repeat rentals!

            No I’m not greedy…my rental rates are quite reasonable.

            (Ok...well...six blogs…maybe a little). It's just that I have become a blog-create-a-holic.

            It started out as a test the different platforms to see which best suited my creative bent. So far...all of them have...LOL.

            I can be found all over the blogosphere, and as such, I'll begin a section on my blogging finds for newbies, in-betweenies and proies on this or one of my other blogs.

            Another thing of note is that I have moved to hosting my blogs as subdomains on my own marketing website atwc1.com it has been a scary and exciting prospect, but I had my buddy Eph2810 to hold my hand as we tried it together.

            Please change your favorites accordingly:

            Dear Abbyliqua
            Dee411
            Divine Perspective
            I'm not getting older, I'm getting better...honest!
            Passion

            Read Zone

            I've also joined the fray of Christmas vs. Holiday which you can read as follows:

            Holiday or Christmas?
            What is in a Name?


            And last but not least, please don't forget to greet my tenant for this week. Show her how we do here at Dee411.

            Peace,
            Dee


            Wednesday, December 14, 2005

            So Much To Share

            There’s Just So Much Going On!

            My Editor, Rachel Thomson. Yes, some of these posts are edited, I want to make the best impression, I can with you, so that instead of critiquing my grammar or punctuation, you can focus on the content, which you’ve assured me is quite good.

            Anyway, I digress. Like I was saying, my Editor (I just like repeating that), just released her first book, Lord Teach Us To Pray, through her brand new publishing company Little Dozen Press. It is entitled, and available for sale, on her blog, at lulu or through me.

            I’m purchasing a copy tonight. Having read her work, I know it will be good, because she is a gifted child of God. I chuckle to myself now when I see the word child, because, when we first sized each other up to work together as author and editor, respectively, I thought to myself, what’s a twenty-two year-old going to do for me?

            Alas, the ageism of my youth, still remains with me at times. But unlike the older generation from my land of birth (Trinidad), I was open enough to give the relationship a try. And I can say with authority, that we’ve both grown from the relationship.

            So if you’d like to experience a slice of God’s wonder through prose, purchase your copy today.

            Peace,
            Dee

            Monday, December 12, 2005

            Farewell to Richard : 1940 - 2005

            Funny man Richard Pryor died of a heart attack on Saturday past. He died shortly before 8 a.m. after being taken from his home to a nearby hospital. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the nervous system, he found a way to bring it to the forefront in his comedic routines.

            While not always comfortable with his profanity, Richard Pryor holds a special place in my heart for his roles in “Stir Crazy” and “See No Evil, Hear No Evil”. My opinion, notwithstanding, his place in history as a pioneer in combining the art of comedy and politics is guaranteed. He was edgy, at times scandalous, honest and unashamed to get personal onstage about his battles with drug and alcohol addiction.

            He is credited with being the role model for Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Chris Rock and David Letterman. He was also the first black performer to have enough of a following in order to make his own deals in Hollywood, which earned him a spot as one of the highest paid stars in the 70’s and 80’s.

            Richard Pryor, one of a kind and a hard act to follow. My sympathy goes out to his family.

            Sunday, December 04, 2005

            Change is a Coming

            Good Morning Folks,

            Hope this post finds you well. Just a quick announcement to advise that I’ve changed subscription service from Bloglet to Feedblitz.

            Why, you ask? A few reasons:

            Not only does Feedblitz poll more than once a day, (which gets your updates to you on a more timely fashion), but it also retains most of the formatting so that your feed doesn’t appear as one huge paragraph, (which I personally find off-putting).

            It also doesn’t pull my drafts and send them out before I’ve completed my thoughts and edited my post (as it did to me on Friday past…arghhh).

            Another difference is that Feedblitz’s email arrives with an attachment. (Not necessarily a good thing for the attachment-deletion-happy-crew) but in order to avoid that, here's a sample of what your email headline would like like:

            From: Subject Line:

            [FeedBlitz] (paper clip image here): There are 2 new posts in "Dee411"

            If you have any problems receiving your updates, please do advise and have a blessed day!

            Peace,
            Dee

            Friday, December 02, 2005

            Guess What?

            Would you believe it! I’m a reviewer! And it’s all your fault! Yes, you…your fault. It all began when you made your first comment, then the next. Then I made a response. I wasn’t sure if that was appropriate or where to make it, but I tried it anyway and to make sure you would find it, I put it on both our blogs...

            Then you replied again, and I did too.

            Next day, I checked out your blog, and you checked out mine as well. Then I checked out your blogroll, and it seemed you checked out mine as well, and before you know it. We were communicating!

            You understood and responded when I was sad or glad
            And you told me it was alright to be mad
            Now I’m sure it’s not a fad,
            And I realize the power to be had
            By speaking from the heart
            Whether I feel sad, mad, or glad

            You read about my dad
            Who was a total cad
            You read about my ex
            you pitied the lad
            and told me not to be sad
            record my thoughts
            with pen and pad
            An look now I am rad
            An exclusive reviewer
            That’s not too bad!

            Is it?

            Pardon my impromptu rhyme, but it came upon a dime and unfortunately it takes time, to eradicated from my mind.

            However, notwithstanding same, I’ll introduce Blog for Books by Mind and Media. The program is geared to mesh those who love to read with those who need to be read and garners publicity for the authors, as well as FREE books for the reviewers (as long as the review is done in a timely fashion). For more information on how to become a reviewer click here:

            Thanks for your encouragement, I couldn’t have done it without you!