Haiku Hub Floating Challenge #1 – Heritage – A Round Up!

There are some excellent bloggers participating in this.

But I Smile Anyway...

Well hello all you Haiku enthusiasts (and those who aren’t, but read all my posts anyway)!

It has been a week already since I hosted the first of a monthly event sparked by TJ and hisHaiku Hub idea.

Haiku Hub Badge copyright TJ Paris 2016

I posted a photo…(taken in Shorne Woods Country Park)

20160807_151437And gave you a word prompt too –


Then asked you to do your best with either/both of the prompts for haiku that you were inspired to write.

Can I just say thanks to all who submitted an entry, it was fantastic to see the response, seeing as this was the first time I ever hosted a challenge like this!

So, here is a list of all those Hubbers who entered!

First in, Judy with her take, based on family momentos

The Lady Lee Manilla with a beautiful take based around her son’s wedding, and an inherited gift

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Tosha Michelle Talks About “Everything I Never Told You”

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In my series of interviews with bloggers and writers, I invited Tosha Michelle of the WordPress blog “Everything I Never Told You” to be interviewed and she accepted. It is great to have one of the literary greats of the 21st Century and to discuss diverse subject matters.


Tosha Michelle is the author of “Confessions of a Reformed Southern Belle: A Poet’s Collection of Love, Loss, and Renewal” and  “Self Help to Self Harm : The Dubious Guide To Life, Love, and Relationships”. We are now going to get started.


Tosha: I hope everything is well with you. Everything is great especially since I wanted to interview you about your blog. Here are the ten questions which you can answer within a week at your own time.

1. What is the purpose of “Everything I Never Told You“?


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A Book You Should Read

A review of “I Don’t Want To Talk About It by Terrance Real, from Angry 1541 who writes about mental illness from a male perspective


I have been reading the book I Don’t Want To Talk About It by Terrance Real, which is about depression as experienced by men.   So far, about half way through, it’s an excellent book that proves to be very thought provoking.  As someone that suffers from depression, who has been in therapy for a while and done a lot of reading about it, this book still offered insights I had not had before.

Real writes in a easy, non-technical manner and overall it’s a quick read.  He peppers the book with real examples (although of course they are modified to protect real people).  These examples help the reader gain deeper insight into how we, as men, experience depression differently than the current ‘classical’ image of depression and from women.  Many of the examples have resulted in having ‘ah-ha’ moments and have brought to the surface things/topics I now want to discuss…

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My Dad

A powerful post about child abuse.


To the man who beat me with a strap, came home drunk most every night, has never remembered my birthday, has told me time and time again that I am an idiot, held a gun to my head, abused my mom and my older brother, made sure I knew that I wouldn’t amount to anything, that I made stupid decisions. To the man who pulled me aside the day before we buried my brother and best friend who had just been murdered to tell me that it would have been easier if it had been me. To that man, my father, who in rare moments of playing “daddy” and being sober taught me to fish, to change a tire, to plant vegetables, what you’ve done in my past has made today pure torture. I hate you but I love you.

I have spent every Father’s Day trying to find that…

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