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Hey friends,

Molenda’s Musings, the sister blog to this one, is now a material functioning piece of cyber-space which I’ve created in order to display my old and new works of poetry and other writings. I needed to dust the cobwebs from all my hard copies and find them a home here. (They are already settling in so nicely, can’t ya tell) 🙂 I hope you’ll take a gander, and if you feel compelled, offer any comments or criticisms that you may have.

Let’s chat poetry (and all other genres within the creative writing format)!



I am so thankful and feel quite honored to be given two different awards by two different, but both excellent bloggers, whom I’d like to take a moment and give thanks to.

Thanks to Natalie from natsbooknook, I was given the Beautiful Lipstick award.

And from, Melissa M. Wolff I was given The Versatile Award

I truly thank you Natalie and Melissa for thinking of me enough to honor me in this way. It truly means a great deal when you find that your peers have come to find and appreciate your work.

Natalie– your reviews are always great to read, and your passion for reading and sharing your thoughts is infectious. Like you, I love a good horror movie. We’re on our way to being Kindred Spirits, I think. 🙂

Melissa– I feel we are very similar. I too am an aspiring writer. I studied Creative Writing in college where poetry was my main love to both read and write, though as of now I have branched beyond that particular medium and enjoying the world of both reading and writing fiction. I love to chat, visit, read, and learn from fellow writers and I look forward to reading many more of your blog posts.

With that said gang, there are a few rules that accompany these two awards. And since the rules are pretty much the same regarding both, I will just type them out once so as to save you from having to read them twice. 🙂

The Rules are:

1. Include the award logo in your post or on your blog
2. Say 7 random things about yourself that the readers don’t know yet
3.  Nominate 5 – 10 other blogs you usually follow (For the Versatile Award- nominate 15 of your fellow bloggers whom you deem as excellent)
4. Let the nominees know that they are nominated & include their blog-links
5. Link the person who nominated you

7 Random things about me:

  • I think I’d like to visit somewhere tropical…
  • I am slightly over-talkative. Not sure if it’s clinically a condition, but I’m not gonna check
  • I am a bit of a worrier
  • I like when a man wears a pink shirt.
  • I wish I could meet my Diana Barry.
  • I’m trying to grow my hair long so I can donate it to Locks of Love (as never have), though my hair is driving me crazy.
  • I think the movie “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” scarred me for days.

My 5 nominations for The Beautiful Lipstick Award:

  1. lorna’s voice
  2. Culinary Adventures In the Kitchen
  3. Unabashedly Poetic
  4. Diary of a Modern Mom
  5. adam-p-reviews

My 15 nominations for The Versatile Award:

  1. highestformofwhit
  2. Outside Air
  3. Life, Lyrics, and Lemoncake
  4. lorna’s voice
  5. Live, Nerd, Repeat
  6. Book Marks
  7. molly spring writes
  8. Prof. Ratigan Reviews
  9. Roaring Out
  10. My Literate Tongue
  11. Feed Me Films
  12. Angled Vista

Check all of these out. Definitely worth the visit…

Buttons… and not the shirt kind…

Well, look at at that. I created myself a button.

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If you have one, or plan to create one, I would like to help you promote your page by placing your button on my blog, though in return all I ask is for you to post mine on yours…
Write, Wrong, and Everything Inbetween
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Top 2 Tuesday:

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Yay… This calls for a celebration, don’t you think? I mean, look, I’ve finally returned this weekly post to it’s rightful day. No more Top 2 Tuesday posts on Wednesday folks. We’re back on track. On fire really. Smokin’. …yep, I could probably go on and on, but we have much bigger fish to fry, right?

Ok, so let’s get down to business.

This week’s Top 2 Tuesday picks will focus on current television commercials marking the air waves. Ok, so to make things clear, it is not the commercials themselves I find intriguing- or more specifically, the products in which they are selling.

With a little explanation, here’s what intrigues me about them: I am drawn to write about these commercials simply because of the music encompassing them. Ultimately, their music is what grabbed my attention. It doesn’t matter what I am doing- if either commercial is on, the music propells me to stop what I am doing and glance at it.

Take a gander and let me know your thoughts…

J’adore Commercial (featuring Charlize Theron) song: Entire song hereHeavy Cross by The Gossip

Citibank Commercial/Song: Entire song hereInto the Wild by LP

**Disclaimer-  I’m generally not a fan of television commercials. It’s a rare time in my life when one jumps out, and I look at it not through lenses of a consumer, but as someone who appreciates the art that comes from the creation of it. And for your enjoyment, if the songs/music tickle your fancy as much as mine, you can listen to the full versions linked under each of the videos.

How fascinating are Barbara Walter’s top 10 most fascinating people of 2011

So what did you think of Bab’s special last night on the list of the 10 most fascinating people of 2011.  Let’s recap, in case you missed it.

10. Modern Family’s “Eric Stonestreet” and “Jesse Tyler Ferguson”

9.  Simon Cowell

8.  The Kardashians

7.  Herman Cain

6.  Katy Perry

5.  Derek Jeter

4.  Donald Trump

3.  Amanda Knox

2. Pippa Middleton

and, the number one person on the list of the most fascinating for 2011 list is none other then the brilliant Steve Jobs.

I realistically think at least a third of the people on this said list possess the quality of egocentricism.  I say this as not a slight, but just an observation of character. I’m not sure my list would resemble that of Ms. Walters, other then for the exception of Steve Jobs. He not only deserves to be on this list, but deserves top ranking. #1 indeed.

Who is Margaret Atwood?

Likely, you’ve probably never heard of Margaret Atwood as she isn’t in the mainstream zeitgeist of our culture. Why? Because her art lives within a world where the quietness of ones mind is essential in order to produce creativity with humans most basic tool- words. Her art, POETRY. Poetry is in fact a dying art. In this incredible world of technology (radio, movies, ipod’s, internet), the art of poetry cannot compete.

So, here’s my question: before this art form becomes obsolete, what can I do to help try and rekindle its magic into our busy, modern, hectic lives. How will poetry ever compete on a Friday night with an opening Blockbuster hit that just landed into theaters? Good question. I don’t know.

All I know is, I have the ability to bring some of this non-mainstream world to you. With that, I want to share with you a speech I find both entertaining and intriguing, given by the Canadian poet Margaret Atwood while visiting the NYS Writer’s Institute in 2005. Watch, then tell me your thoughts?

Johnathan Johnson

I have had the honor of meeting this wonderfully gifted man. He truly lives up to the word inspiration. He is an artist in the work that he creates and above all, in his life. An artist, doesn’t just create great  art that is timeless and universal… They LIVE it. Looking for a good writer, a good poet to read? Pick up something by this gent. Guaranteed to move you, and touch your soul. You’ll be a better human for it. Promise.

Great Interview. Long. Though really worth the read.

Published Works Include:

  1. In the Land We Imagined Ourselves (Poetry Book)
  2. Hannah and the Mountain: Notes Toward a Wilderness Fatherhood (Nonfiction Book)
  3. Mastodon, 80% Complete (Poetry Book)