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I love seeing blog posts that are a little more personal, that shows a little peek into the life of the person behind the blog. 

Photos of flowers, plants, sunset, animals, or people they Burger and Synderlove.

I’ve been taking photos every time I go walking, but I get sidetracked and I don’t always post them.  That’s going to change.  Starting today, I will post them daily.

Want to join in on the fun?  Go ahead and leave your link in the comments below.  I will come visit!  You, in turn can visit and discover other blogs and enjoy their photos, as well. 

FernsYou can participate daily or weekly or randomly when you have some photos that you want to share.

I hope you join the Daily Walk!

Soul Ripping Romance Tag!

TAG: Soul Ripping Romance

 

Many thanks to Jay at This is My Truth Now for this awesome new tag.  Jay is an amazing all round guy whose site always has great discussions and a ton of reviews.  Pop by his blog,(if you haven’t already!) and check it out!

The Guide:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author (me).
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)

 

 

Rose and Jack 

I bawled my eyes out watching the Titanic!  I loved these two together.  Jack, a penniless artist, saved Rose’s life when she attempted suicide to get out of an arranged marriage.  The two fall in love but are doomed when the ship hits an iceberg.  Jack dies in the freezing cold water of hypothermia and Rose was rescued.

Sandy and Danny

Sandy and Danny from Grease.  Two kids who meet and fall in love, thinking it’s only a summer fling and their lives would go back to normal in September.  They end up going to the same high school.  Sandy is the same, but Danny reveals his true self as a leather-wearing, greaser T-bird.  They both meet in the middle when Sandy comes out dressed to kill.  You’re the One that I Want!  You-hoo -hoo! Honey!

Daenerys Targaryen and Kahl Drogo

How hot were these two together on the Game of Thrones?   It broke my heart when Drogo died, he was such a powerful character.  But, that’s the Game of Thrones, anyone is fair game to be killed off!

Jaimie and Clair

I’ve read and loved all the Outlander books.  I was so excited when it came out as a TV series.  The only problem was, I couldn’t watch it with my sons around, just a wee bit too riske!  So, needless to say, I’m way behind, but it will make for a great binge watching session when I’m home alone!

Jim and PamGotta love these two from the Office!  One of my favourite shows.  I binge watched this just waiting for this cute couple to get together!

 

I tag:

If you haven’t been tagged, feel free to participate and keep this chain going. Have a great day thinking about romance.

Blueberries, Ducklings and Waterlilies: Daily Walk June 19

Dog Swimming

The day is starting out warm, with a soft, rustling breeze.  A perfect morning for the dog park.   There’s not a soul around.  Just Burger and myself.  Perfect for walking and thinking.  I have a smile on my face.

Dog Park
Love this dog park!

As we make our way through the woods, we find tons of blueberry bushes covered with flowers.  They should be ready to pick by late July or early August.

They are wild blueberries, smaller than the large highbush style you would find in a grocery store.  They are small but delicious!

Blueberry flowers
Blueberry bushes

This is the best picture I could get of this little family of ducks.  A mother with nine ducklings. So cute!

Mother duck and her ducklings

Last but not least, the waterlilies are starting to blossom!  So pretty.  I love the reflections of the sky and the trees on the water.  I think I should do a painting of this!

waterlilies

I’ve visited a lot of bookish sites and I do enjoy reading the posts.  There are tons of amazing book review sites and writer sites.

Sometimes, I’ve noticed that there is a lot of the same thing, repeats of the same books from blog to blog, maybe slightly different reviews.

What I find refreshing is when I see a glimpse into the life of the writer/reviewer!  I love seeing their pets, or their garden, or the new kitchen they’ve renovated!

Especially if its from another part of the world that is wonderfully foreign. What might seem to be ‘same old, same old’ for one person is totally exotic and exciting for another!

So, I was thinking…(dangerous for me, really!) but I’d love to start a meme!  I’ll post my Daily Walk early, and anybody who wished to can link to it.  From there, I will visit all the sites who leave their link.

No commitment to post everyday.  La La in the Library wants to do a weekly post, for example.

What do you think?  Is this something you would be interested in participating in?  If so, how often?  Daily?  Weekly?  Randomly?

Sunday Post

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful Dads out there!  

I’m excited to be picking my husband up at the airport today!  He’s just getting back from a couple of days of training in Baltimore.  My sons will be happy to have him back.  They’ve had to put up with my cooking for almost a whole week!

Of course, we’re going to have hubby’s favourite meal, fried chicken.  It’s something we don’t have very often, so it will be a treat.  And my own mom and dad will be coming over, too, so should be fun!

What about you?  Any plans for Father’s Day?


Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

 

It was an amazing week here at Inspiration Pie! I more than doubled my followers here and I want to thank each and everyone of you!  I do a little happy dance when someone is interested enough to follow my posts 🙂 Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

This Week On The Blog

Tags and Awards:

I love getting tags and awards and I’m highlighting them here not to brag or anything like that, or show how popular I am.  That’s just not me lol.  But I do feel honoured that these blogs thought enough of me to tag me to participate and that makes me happy!

I’d love it if you’d check out some of the blogs that I’ve tagged, and those that have tagged me because they’re awesome, entertaining and have wonderful things to contribute.

Here they are, go ahead and check them out!  Click on the links to see the list of blogs that I tagged for the award.

I only did one Daily Walk post this week.  Have a peek at some of the photos here.

Book Beginnings and the Friday 56  was fun.  I featured the Seventh Crow by Sherry D. Ramsey.

I reposted a blog post from Mind Elate called Six Simple Steps to Help Find Your Passion.  She has excellent posts on psychology, the human mind, the soul and connecting with people on a deeper level. I hope you will take the time to check out her blog.

What I’ve Been Reading

I’ve been slowly reading Stephen King’s On Writing.  I’m really enjoying it…I love King’s style of writing.  His writing  is so easy, so natural, as thought he’s just having a conversation with you.  That takes true writing talent.

I’ve just received a new ARC from Hal Archer that will be released on June 27 called Forced Vengeance.  The Jake Mudd series is a well written, entertaining and fun sci-fi series and I’m excited to start 🙂

Off the Blog

I saw WonderWoman…what an incredible movie! I don’t want to say too  much, I hate when all the hype raises your expectations and then when you finally see the movie you are disappointed.

I loved Wonder Woman as a kid.  Who didn’t try to spin aroundand turn into a superhero?!  Great memories!

Writing

I spent a fair bit of time polishing off a short story that I’ve been working on, mostly revising it.  I’m hoping this week to have some beta readers have a look at it and get thoughts as to whether its any good or not.  Let me know if you are interested.

WordPress

For some reason, and I suspect its something I’ve done  and not actually WordPress itself, but I’m having another issue with people not getting my posts.  I’m self hosted so I was having conflicts with the community based WordPress.com.  Some features that are used there don’t work on the self-hosted sites.

Some were saying my posts were showing up in e-mails but not in the Reader.  Others don’t see my posts at all and have to go looking for them.  I’m curious to know how you came here to read this…was it in your email or on your reader?

Okay, all!  Thanks for stopping by and reading and I hope you have a great week!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet and Greet 6/17/17

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IT’S THE MEET AND GREET WEEKEND EVERYONE!!  STRAP ON YOUR PARTY SHOES AND JOIN THE FUN!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times!  It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want.  It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

See ya on Monday!!

 

Six Simple Steps To Help Find Your Passion

Six Simple Steps To Help Find Your Passion

I reposted this article from Mind Elate   

“Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures”.

– Joseph Cambell

To have a passion, is to live life to the fullest. With the energy and the zeal to fully enjoy each day. To wake up and do what you love and what motivates you.

But sometimes we can feel like we’re stuck in a phase where we can’t seem to figure out what it is that gets our heart pumping.  We don’t know where we’re going and where we want to be.

Here are 5 steps to help you find your passion:

1. Look back at your life up and till now. What have you enjoyed doing. What hobbies did you have and still have? What gave you a sense of joy and excitement?

2. Write it all down and then see if you notice a pattern. Are there things which you’ve written which are the same, or are similar? You might realise you’ve been doing certain things again and again at different stages of your life without realising.

3. Experiment. Do some soul searching. Join classes, try new things, learn new skills. Increase your knowledge in different areas and subjects. Enriching your mind with vast knowledge will undoubtedly reveal something that enthralls you. The more you increase in new skills and hone on your existing skills, the better the chance of you discovering your passion. Remember that ‘knowledge is power’. And knowledge demonstrated through action is the greatest form of this power. 


4. Look for inspiration. If you have a role model, then observe their life from their early days. What was their journey and how did they become who they are? What kind of obstacles did they face and what kept them going? Also, why are they your role model in the first place? The very fact that there are reasons as to why you admire them, might in itself be the clue needed to take you a step closer to discovering yourself. For example: if your role model is a successful business person, you may admire them for their success and their highly influential presence. This may be because you are in fact entrepreneurial, and deep down you’ve always wanted to start your own business.

5. Give yourself ten minutes to visualise what your ideal life would be like. Make it as realistic as possible and take in everything that you see whilst you imagine it. Your surroundings, your feelings and thoughts. Once the ten minutes are up, think about what you imagined and why. Why was this an envisage of your perfect life? What was within it that you want but don’t have now. What do you need to do to get there?

6. Write all of this down too and place this somewhere where you will see it all the time. This will be your daily reminder, as well as your daily motivation.

After following these steps, things should start to feel clearer and less confusing as to what your mind and heart feels passionate about. You will slowly start picturing and planning a goal to work towards which makes you feel driven and inspired.

The Entertainer Blogger Award!

Many thanks to Jay at thisismytruthnow  for tagging and nominating me for the Entertainer Blogger Award. Jay and I have been blogging friends almost since I started  Inspiration Pie in May.  He is a prolific blogger and entertaining, no question about that!  He’s also a super nice guy.  Go visit him now.

 

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

 

WHY DID YOU START A BLOG IN THE FIRST PLACE?

I’m a wanna-be writer!  I also love books and I wanted to be able to incorporate  writing and reading.  Maybe throw a little bit of my art in there!  I’ve met so many great people by blogging, and I love that, too.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?

Just one?!  That’s tough, but I think I will go with a Harlan Coben.  Fool Me Once.  I picked this up in Walmart last year, knowing nothing about the author, or even what I wanted to read.  I hadn’t read a book in forever and I needed something to take my mind off things.  This book fit the bill.  It was full of unexpected twists and turns and was just what I needed at the time.   It started me reading the rest of the Harlan Coben books available at the library.

 

WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE THE MOST?

Arrogance.  People who think they are better than others.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD AT THE MALL?

I love this Japanese outlet that makes this chicken, rice, bean sprouts and teriyaki sauce dish.  It’s so good, and healthy, too 🙂  After that I go right for the coffee and a doughnut 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PAST TIME?

Reading, writing, painting, hiking, camping, swimming.

I Nominate:

Freda’s Voice

Out and About

Flying Through Water

Penny Lane’s Thoughts

Didi Oviatt

YA and Wine

SunSunny Blog

The Mask Writer

But I Smile Anyway

Diary of a Weird Teen Boy

Jessica Bakkers

 

 

 

The Seventh Crow: Book Beginnings and Friday 56

Can you believe it’s Friday already?  Where has the week gone?!

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

The Seventh Crow by Sherry D. Ramsey

The Seventh Crow is a middle grade novel written by my friend and author, Sherry Ramsey.

Sherry is not only a fantastic writer, she is an amazing person and is continually promoting writing in our community.  She runs our bi-monthly writers group and teaches writing in the schools.

The book’s main character Rosinda grows wonderfully through the story as she learns her past and recovers her memory.

She is accompanied on her journey by a crow, a boy, a cat and a wolf.  What’s not to love about this charming story?

Book Beginning:

Rosinda trudged home with her head down, her backpack weighted with the homework Mr. Andrews had assigned for the night.  Skeletal leaves crunched under her feet along the side of the road.

A low croak made her look up, and she saw the crows.  They stood scattered in a loose line in the grassy swath beside the road, their glossy black feathers reflecting the late-afternoon sun, each just a wingspan from the next.  Every one had its bright black eyes fixed on her.  Rosinda stopped.

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s a blurb from page 56.

“What flag is that?” she asked Filara.

The cat glanced up at it. “The Horstribes have a new god, or possibly a goddess,” she said with distaste.

Rosinda shivered, not from the cool air. “I don’t like her flag,” she said.  The colours and symbols had a stark, angry feel.

Filara sniffed. “Looks like a war goddess to me.  They like to instill a little fear in those who follow them–and a lot of fear in those who don’t.”

Rosinda didn’t want to pass through the gate, under the scrutiny of the guards and the presence of a war deity’s flay.

Fortunately, she didn’t have to.  A squawk sounded from  the roof of a low building nearby, and Rosinda looked up to see a large black crow perched there.  It looked straight at her and bobbed its head a couple of times.  A wave of relief washed over her.  Traveller.

Here is the blurb from Amazon:

When you can’t remember most of your life, you’d better be prepared for anything. The day a talking crow meets her on the way home from school, fourteen-year-old Rosinda is plunged into a forgotten world filled with startling revelations: magic ability flows in her veins, she’s most comfortable with a sword in her hand, and the responsibility for finding a missing prince rests solely with her.

While dark forces hover in the background and four forgotten war gods from Earth’s past plot to reclaim long-lost power, Rosinda struggles with waves of slowly-returning memories as she searches for clues about her past and the true identity of her family; a search that takes her back and forth between two worlds. In a race against time to recover her memory, find the prince, and rescue her loved ones, Rosinda has only her friend Jerrell and an unusual trio of animals as companions. And as the gods prepare to bring her world to war, Rosinda is unaware that the shadow of betrayal lurks within one whom she trusts the most…

Sunshine, Dogs and Lilacs: Daily Walk June 15, 2017

It’s so peaceful and quiet as we walk the woodsy trail on the edge of the dog park.  The sun shone through the leaves and hit the water with a sparkle of reflections.

I took this with my iphone.  Not perfect photography but you still get the idea of how pretty it is in here.

Waterlilies
Light sparkling on the water.

Burger found a fried to play with.

Dog park
Burger and Synder racing around and playing puppy games

I took this after we came home from our walk.  These lilacs bushes are in my garden and they smell divine!

Lilacs
Lilacs

The Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag!

Thanks to Patty at Moohnshinescorner for tagging me!  I love Patty’s blog, she has tons of fun book reviews and little snippets into her daily life.  Stop by her blog and check it out!

Such an exciting thing to do discussing the middle of the year in our book challenges.

1 – THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

Really?  That is a tough one!  They were all good!  I’m going to take the easy way out and say all the books below except #5.  There.

 

2 – YOUR FAVORITE SEQUEL THIS YEAR

This is certainly not a new series, but its ‘new to me’.

I had read all the Harlan Coben books in the library and was looking for a good murder mystery.   I mentioned this to a friend of mine at the library and she suggested I try Henning Menkell’s Kurt Wallander series.

It’s a refreshing take on crime solving.  Kurt Wallander is a detective inspector in southern Sweden.  He has great instincts, but he is also real person, with real faults, he ages, he gets sick.  I find his character so refreshing because of this.  There’s a reflection of society in the books and I also enjoy reading about daily life in these Scandinavian and East European countries.

3 – A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ BUT REALLY WANT TO

I’ve noticed the reviews on this one haven’t been the greatest.  That doesn’t stop me.  I have to read it for myself!

I LOVED the Girl on the Train and I’m hoping Paula Hawking doesn’t let me down 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 – MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Yes.  Dan Brown.  I loved the Davinci Code in spite of some of the negativity surrounding his writing and plot, blah, blah,blah.  I. Can’t. Wait. for this book to come out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 – YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

I should explain that Harlan Coben gives a clear warning and an apology at the beginning of this book.  He wrote it when he was in his twenties and admits its not his best work.  I’ll forgive him for that!

So, although it is far fetched and just not very believable, I did enjoy the book and took it with a grain of salt based on Mr. Coben’s fair warning.

 

 

 

6 – BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR

What an amazing book! A friend recommended this to me, and I really wasn’t sure about it…it just didn’t seem to be my thing.

But wow, I was blown away!

Sarah Nickerson is an over achieving, affluent mom and wife who finds her world turned upside down after a car accident.

A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah relinquishes control to those around her, including her formerly absent mother.

Now, as she wills herself to regain her independence and heal, Sarah must learn that her real destiny—her new, true life—may in fact lie far from the world of conference calls and spreadsheets. And that a happiness and peace greater than all the success in the world is close within reach, if only she slows down long enough to notice.

7 – FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR

I picked up one of Coben’s books one day and wanted more.  A steady stream of his books made their way from the library to my house.  I’ve read just about all of them.  Except maybe Home. That’s on my TBR list 🙂

 

 

 

8 – YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH

When I was reading the series, I discovered that BBC also created a series of TV shows based on the books!  Kenneth Branagh played Wallander and did an amazing job.

 10 – A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

The Book Thief is set in Germany during World War 2.  It’s about a girl, Liesel and it is narrated by Death.

Beautifully written and poignant.  And yes, I cried.

 11 – A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

This book is a middle grade novel by my friend and author Sherry Ramsey!  Sherry is not only a fantastic writer, she is an amazing person and is continually promoting writing in our community.  She runs our bi-monthly writers group and teaches writing in the schools.

The book’s main character Rosinda grows wonderfully through the story as she learns her past and recovers her memory.

She is accompanied on her journey by a crow, a boy, a cat and a wolf.  What’s not to love about this?

 12 – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION THAT YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

Yes.  King Arthur.  Legend of the Sword.  Awesome movie.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you should.

The movie took quite a bit of artistic license with the legend, but its okay.  Because it was that good.

13 – FAVORITE BOOK POST YOU’VE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR

You can check it out my post here:

The Mists of Avalon

 

14 – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU HAVE BOUGHT/RECEIVED THIS YEAR

Most of the books I’ve read this year have been either library books or on my Kindle so, although its not from this year, I’ll show one of my favourite books from my library.  I pinched these pics from the web, but I have the same book 🙂

It’s illustrated!  With actual pictures from all the sites that Robert Langdon visited!  Love this book.

 

 

 

 

Look at the photos! Aren’t they gorgeous?!

 15 – WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS THAT YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

   

There are so many more…seriously!

I TAG:

Book Dilettante

Off Color Literature

Read and Repeat

Maureens Books

Alternative-read.com

 

And anyone else who’d like to participate…

 

Have fun with it guys!

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