does not describe me fully
it is where to start

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

In This New Year

May You ... 

Have light shine away
the darkness of your valley
so you can reach home.

 Meet along the way
strangers who treat you kindly
 and with a full smile.

 Feel deep in your heart
the warmth of those beside you
 who also love you.

Monday, December 23, 2013

International Distribution of Peace on the Journey: Poems

Some international readers have asked why they cannot find my book in their country. To address that, I spent a few hours in the “Academy of International Amazon Book Distribution” and have learned a few things. I have discovered that, though Amazon is working on expanding its distribution, there are still some countries where my book is not available. Among these are Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico, and, surprisingly, Canada and Australia. Since a Canadian friend ordered the book, I assume she bought it from the US site. Perhaps this will change when the book is converted into Kindle format in January, but I am not sure. In the meantime, I’m sorry for any time some of you have spent searching for my book.

The links for the following countries are provided:

 France: Peace on the Journey: Poems

Germany: Peace on The Journey: Poems

 Italy: Peace on The Journey: Poems

 Spain: Peace on The Journey: Poems

 UK: Peace on The Journey: Poems

US: Peace on The Journey: Poems

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Peace on the Journey Has Arrived!

The book's available on Amazon! Here is the link for both the softcover and the Kindle editions. The book has been enrolled in Amazon's Matchbook program, whereby if you buy a new print edition of the book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (saving 50%).
Here is the book description appearing on the Amazon page. “The Peace on the Journey poems explore the theme of renewal in the face of adversity. Life challenges are confronted honestly while hope and joy are also embraced. In these poems, sometimes a smile lifts one past overwhelming struggle. At other times, sadness and discouragement trump easy laughter and resolve. Always, the intent is to handle life with grace, to bear low moments with dignity, and to blunt despair by remaining unbowed. Influenced by the haiku form, the collection offers a poem a day for a year, though one can easily start on any page and progress in any order. While fifty-nine of the selections honor the traditional haiku focus on nature, the remainder simply adhere to the haiku syllabic structure of 5-7-5. All are presented in groups of three linked verses. 10% of net proceeds benefit the Myelin Repair Foundation. May these poems illumine your journey.

If you purchase the book, I would appreciate your leaving an Amazon Customer Review. Thanks in advance.

Thank you also for sharing my publication journey. Your encouraging words have been invaluable.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela

"... during all my years in prison, hope never left me ... I did not doubt that I would someday be a free man."

 "The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers fear."