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Read This if You Dare - Halloween 2014 Thursday, October 30, 2014 (16:03:00)

Sometimes the north wind blows
the blankets over my head.
Smothered in shades of blackness
deaf, dumb and blind I am
beginning to roam among the living dead.

The wind howls
but no one hears it

lightning strikes
but no one sees it

hard rain falls
but no one feels it

frost forms
on frozen window panes.

It’s after midnight
cold as hell ...
snow begins to fall
on my icy lawn
where twin red headed
freckle faced witches wait
impatiently at the garden gate …

their merry mother minders
shivering and yawning
through it all.

Perhaps you are unaware …

Sometimes my black cat prowls
around the grounds at night.
Long dead bones of scavengers
overhang my winding lane.
Depart at once; we have no Snickers left!

Happy Halloween!! Razz
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My new love affair Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (21:13:57)
Worn out, tired and in need of a really nice glass of wine....some time alone behind my keyboard....

Right now.....I am so tired that random emotions just pop up and consume me. Now I play instead of write....until such time as both skills can intertwine the way lovers are supposed to..happy days.

Yes happy days.....piano and poems together they are my new love affair!
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Heartwings Love Notes 644: Boo! Monday, October 27, 2014 (00:13:00)
Heartwings says, "Fear is nothing to fear."

When I was a child I suffered from what is now known as night terrors. Something I read or heard would affect my active imagination and I would lie in bed shaking with fear, afraid of death or what seemed worse, the death of those I loved. My most powerful fear as a child was of my parents dying. If I went to tell them, they would ridicule my fears and send me back to bed. Eventually I outgrew these episodes, yet at the time they were very real and painful.

Halloween for me was about carving up a pumpkin. I lived out in the country, where trick or treating was not an option. I did not really understand what Halloween was until I grew older and became interested in mythology. Then I learned that Halloween is a kind of celebration of death and rebirth. When people were closer to nature, death was everywhere and more natural. The fear was of spirits and the harm they might do. The holiday itself was celebrated as a sacred time, a kind of New Year dedicated to change of seasons.

Many of the customs surrounding Halloween evolved from observances dedicated to fearlessness. The pumpkin faces, the scary costumes, and many of the rest of the traditions surrounding this playful holiday proceed from the idea that at this significant time the gates between this world and the next are open. It was believed that spirits of the departed were free to come and go and perhaps to appear in some way. This could be good or bad, depending on the nature of the spirits. What was important was to protect oneself.

The Halloween traditions or games that originated as ways of contacting spirits for information or of practicing divination have pretty much removed the element of fear from the day. As people took Halloween less seriously, it became more of a party holiday. The emphasis on games and costumes, candy and trick or treating has turned the feast of the dead--one of the sources of dressing up and seeking treats, to something for fun. Whatever fear remains lurks somewhere deep inside. Occasionally it might even come out and say, "Boo!"

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

If you wish to subscribe to Heartwings Love Notes, or have any comments, please let me know. To read past issues, go To read a wonderful book of short stories, buy Abracadabra Moonshine by Stephen Halpert on in either a Kindle or paperback format. Stephen's whimsical stories are also found on My poetry as well as other writings can be read on under the avatar of Pujakins.
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Oh Canada Thursday, October 23, 2014 (19:08:00)

Oh Canada

From the south I picture you
in misty fjords and running streams
your hardy people full of life
along the shore your friendly waves
ruddy cheeks and smiles of joy.

Oh Canada, strong and brave
we know your spirits won’t despair
our prayers reach north to you
cruel crimes shall pass into the mist
where great stone statues raise.

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Heartwings Love Notes 643: Making Improvements Monday, October 20, 2014 (01:14:31)
Heartwings Love Notes 643: Making Improvements

Heartwings says, "Every little bit helps make the world a better place to be."

My late son Robin greatly enjoyed gardening. He loved the earth and felt very close to nature. Wherever he was living he would plant vegetables and carefully tend them. He was proud to feed himself from his efforts. As do the Native Americans, he believed in leaving a gift at the site of any herb or vegetable that he harvested. He always gave back as much as he could. The size of the gift was not as important as the effort.

I was reminded of this as I thought about what someone recently said to me: "I believe in leaving the world a better place than I found it." The speaker went on to tell me how he had learned this when he was around ten years old and had made an effort to practice it always. Our conversation stayed with me for a time, and I considered ways I might make the world I lived in a better place.

Paying it forward is one way to make a positive difference. There are drivers who pay the toll of the person behind them, or those who pick up the tab for a stranger in a restaurant. Some businesses do a holiday practice where small gifts are given in secret. I have always enjoyed sharing little presents or passing on what I enjoy or find useful. One friend of mine liked to say a prayer when he left any seat where he sat: "May whoever sits here after me be blessed."

If I can't use a grocery coupon I leave it where it may be found. I often pay a stranger a compliment. I look around for ways to bring unexpected joy when and where I can. If I see someone who needs help I offer mine. Small efforts like these are my way of trying to add something positive. Mother Teresa said it so nicely: "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."

May you find ways to add to the benefit of where you are or with whom you are.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Seeking a present that keeps on giving? Tasha's comforting book of poetry, short essays and simple uplifting exercises, Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life, can be found on Amazon, or for a signed copy, send $18 to include postage and handling to PO Box 171, North Grafton, MA 01536. To sign up for more Heartwings, go to To read Stephen's funny stories go to Check us out on Facebook and YouTube too. Look for Stephen and Tasha Halpert
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Be BRAVE Thursday, October 16, 2014 (19:17:23)
Be brave in all things of the heart. Even if sometimes it makes you least you know you gave love the possibility! <3 Have a great weekend! Stephanie
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10-15-14 Thursday, October 16, 2014 (01:47:25)
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Goodbye Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (02:41:05)
I have posted a haiku as my final poem here in goodbye. I would like to thank all the amazing poets that I have met over the past 8 years or so...I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your wonderful work...and especially to all of you who took the time to read mine.
My last poem did offend some people here...but I am "old school" so I will not apologise for my art.
May Apollo bless each poem you write my friends.
Keep putting pen to paper.
Cheers...Harry Cool
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Heartwings Love Notes 642" Capturing the Moment Monday, October 13, 2014 (00:17:36)
Heartwings says, "The moment is the message that tells us what to see."

Stephen and I had been to a consignment shop to bring some clothing he had pruned for the fall, so we were already on the road. "Let's visit that interesting sounding shop we were told about recently," he said. We headed to South Grafton to see if we could discover where it was. Soon we walked in the door of small shop bursting with an interesting arrangement of all sorts of things. We browsed about a bit while we waited for the owner to emerge from wherever he was at the moment.

Soon a genial, bearded man came through a doorway in the back and greeted us with a big smile. I commented on the many Buddhas I noticed sprinkled here and there, some solemn, some smiling. Some were represented merely as heads, others were seated or standing serenely among the eclectic assortment of goods for sale. The proprietor told us he was a Buddhist in that he practiced mindfulness and followed the precepts, while remaining a Christian at heart.

It was a pleasure to be in his store. Although it was crowded with an array of items, it had a gentle, tranquil atmosphere. While there was no central theme to the assortment, the arrangement of the sundry bits and pieces of life on the shelves and tables reflected harmony. In a sense the shop was like a little slice of life. The collection represented the taste of the proprietor as well as his choices of what would sell. I enjoyed myself as I wandered about the small yet tidy space, picking up various things and looking at them. It seemed to me that the shop was a little slice of life.

Being there was like being in a kind of time capsule. The various things from so many different times and places could have been deposited by a wave that had brought them together from an ocean of history and deposited them upon a shore, where they could be picked up by passers by As I perused the shelves and tables I thought about all the people who had seen and handled the items here. Now they were collected in this place and in this moment of time reflecting each in its own way its existence both then and now.

May you find special moments of time to enjoy wherever you are.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

If you wish to subscribe to Heartwings Love Notes, or have any comments, please let me know. To read past issues, go To read a wonderful book of short stories, buy Abracadabra Moonshine by Stephen Halpert on in either a Kindle or paperback format. Stephen's whimsical stories are also found on My poetry as well as other writings can be read on and under the avatar of Pujakins.
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Continuing the WW1 commemorations with a classic poem. Thursday, October 09, 2014 (07:51:50)
Rupert Brooke

The Soldier

IF I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
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I am Wednesday, October 08, 2014 (13:39:04)
Finally getting some things resolved in my life.
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Heartwings Love Notes: Keeping My Eyes On the Road Monday, October 06, 2014 (02:24:54)
Heartwings says, "Distractions are a matter for better focus."

As I drive the town of Grafton's lovely streets my eyes are drawn to the brilliant changes in the foliage. The green of summer has faded As the cool nights and days transform the landscape the dusty pallor of early fall is giving way to exciting reds and yellows. I can't help ooing and ahing while I work to keep my focus on the road. I am grateful for the speed limit. It is easy to maintain it because I simply can not drive faster and also gaze at the color.

I have always loved the autumn. It is my favorite season, not only for the rich harvest that it provides but also for the crisp air and the opportunity to wear a cozy sweater and scarf. Most of all I cherish it for its bounteous palette. In some mysterious fashion each fall seems the most beautiful. Somehow each year the autumn of the last one pales in comparison to that of the present. In addition as the days grow cooler, my mind grows sharper.

This increase in mental acuity helps me to be more mindful. Being mindful is vitally important, most especially at this season because it helps keep me focused. It is all too easy to be distracted when I am driving along past colorful autumn vistas as they unfold before me. My attention could be caught and held which could be dangerous when I am driving a car. Mindfulness while driving is all important, especially if I am surrounded by beauty.

The years Stephen and I have spent meditating have had a beneficial impact on our lives, but especially on our minds. Meditation as we practice it is a way of doing exercises for the mind. The time we spend working to stay focused is like lifting weights or doing sit ups, only for mental rather than physical strength. As I drive through the autumnal glory I am grateful not only for the beauty that fills my eyes, but also for the ability I have gained to keep my eyes on the road.

May you enjoy the glorious colors as they unfold in the coming weeks.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

To read more Heartwings Love Notes or to sign up to receive them weekly, go to To see my Stephen's paper paintings, go to www. For chuckles, and to read his entertaining columns, go to . To watch us on TV go to Domestic Tranquility 1 on YouTube. If you have comments or questions, please let me know. You can also read Love notes on Face Book either on my timeline under notes or its own site, Heartwings Love Notes, also under notes.
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Creativity & Entertainment Friday, October 03, 2014 (14:38:36)
Lately either songs, or poems, random phrases and private ramblings have been my entertainment on the way to work . Laughable as creativity seems, it is all consuming!

Stephanie R Schubert
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TESTING Thursday, October 02, 2014 (19:48:29)
TESTING 1..............2....................3
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sobrity laughs at me Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (17:50:02)
pokes at me like na na na na na you'll never catch me
but one day you will see...u little f***er
i'll be SOBER and FREE
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