Grateful for the Day

Filed under: Book Release, Poetry | Tags: | November 26th, 2011

Thanksgiving was wonderful this year surrounded by family and friends.  I was honored when my brother-in-law asked me to write a poem for the gathering.  Once the food is set out, we always begin by connecting hands in a circle and have a prayer.  Last year I shared a poem and being asked to do it again made me realize we had a new tradition.  How nice to share Grateful for the Day, which is included at the bottom of this posting.  I can’t believe that in another month my granddaughter will be one.  She is so precious and smart and beautiful.  What an absolute delight in our lives.  She experienced her first Thanksgiving and was dressed as the cutest turkey you’ve ever seen.  Everyone loved it and loved her of course. During the holiday season I always think about those who have had the greatest impact on my life.  Those who are no longer with us and those who I encounter everyday.  I am so appreciative of the people who have made my life so special and so spectacular.  My husband is amazing and truly the love of my life.  I am so grateful to have him by my side supporting me and our relationship.  Of course, there are my sisters and brother.  They are truly gifts in my life; I probably don’t say that often enough to them. Then there is my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter who are each extraordinary people independently, and together as a family they are amazing.  Then there is my extended family and I include my friends in that category.  I feel so blessed to have them as part of my life. I know to count my blessings everyday and be grateful for the wonderful life I live.

I’m happy to announce that Bring Poetry to Spirit is done and will be available soon on Amazon.com. The launch date is Monday, December 12th.  It is a more in depth look at how each of us connects with our spirit and the oneness of the universe.  The book focuses on various levels of spiritual growth and development: Struggle, Insight, Awakening, and Enlightenment. I look forward to comments from my readers about whether their are particular poems that speak to them. My hope is that this book deeply touches your heart, your soul and your spirit.

Until next time, be open to see and count your blessings.  They are all around you every day and every moment.

Grateful for the Day

Grateful for the Day
Blessings that astound
Loved ones all around
Happiness abounds

Think of those faraway
They are still a part
Of this glorious day
Deeply within our hearts

Stand quietly and feel the bond
Silence, peace, and soft energy
Connection between everyone
Power is so profound

Gladly accept what life gives
As we all fully live
Appreciate every moment in time
Know how precious and truly fine

Grateful for the Day
Thanksgiving we celebrate
Pray for all those who are dear
Today and throughout the year

Bring Poetry to Heart
November 9, 2011
© 2011 Carol Calkins, PhD
All Rights Reserved

Bring Poetry to Spirit

Filed under: Book Release, Poetry | Tags: | November 7th, 2011

Bring Poetry to Spirit is in the final stages of editing and I’m targeting a Launch Day of Monday. December 12, 2011. When I began my journey of writing poetry nearly 2 years ago, I would have an occasional poem come through, which was more spiritual in nature. Periodically, there would be waves of poems that felt more spiritually based.  Each time this occurred, I’d put them into a special notebook.  The result became my soon to be published 4th book, Bring Poetry to Spirit. When I put the book together and re-read all the poems to determine the section titles, I found myself feeling amazed by what I read.  I’ve always known there was a deep connection between everyone and everything in the universe, and found these poems were my way to express the true sense of that spiritual essence, the oneness we are all a part of.  The book examines various circumstances: what keeps us going even during the most emotionally painful of times; what happens when we have a glimpse of something new and different that may enhance our lives and the lives of those around us; what occurs when we take action that opens up a whole new realm of possibilities; and how in the quiet and core of our being, moments of complete peace and knowingness can manifest.  In looking at these aspects, the four major sections of the book evolved: Struggle, Insight, Awakening, and Enlightenment.   Interestingly, this book also ties some of my family past and present together in an interesting way.  The book is dedicated to my daughter who is the brightest and most beautiful soul I know and the best daughter, wife, mother and friend anyone could ever have.  Some of her photographs from when she traveled abroad are included in the book and capture the essence of people throughout the world.  The cover art was created by my ex-husband and definitely conveys the spirituality and oneness that Bring Poetry to Spirit is intended to capture.  My hope is that when you get an opportunity to read my 4th book, you will take the time to let me know if any of the poems had a special meaning for you.  Until next time, enjoy life!

 

Time Flies

Filed under: Book Release, Poetry | Tags: | October 22nd, 2011
Time flies when you’re having fun.  Actually, time flies regardless.  It seems like the past few months have been filled with many losses for people around me.  The loss of mothers has hit really hard.  A friend lost there very young grandson; only 4 months old.  Another a 30 year old son.  I think it’s time to have less loss and more joy as we approach Halloween and then the Holiday Season. Next week I’m going to my granddaughter’s music class and the kids will all be in costume.  Can’t wait; it should be absolutely fantastic, not to mention adorable.
My 4th book is being edited and will be launched just before Christmas.  It’s called Bring Poetry to Spirit.  Many of the poems were actually written prior to my last book, which was a tribute to the 10th anniversary of 9-11. The poems in “…Spirit” speak to a deeper part of each of us.  I feel blessed everytime I reread one of the poems.  When something creative flows in your life it is a miraculous gift to be cherished and cultivated. This makes me realize that I know so many people who have put their gifts temporarily on the shelf until they have more time.  Or some say, I’ll get back to it when I retire.  Even though my gift came late in life, at 60, all I can say, is if you have a gift, enjoy it, play it, draw it, write it, sing it, make it and never get too far away from it.  Because these gifts bring the greatest happiness to you and those around you.  Yes, time flies so don’t let it pass you by and wake up one day unable to experience your gift or find it’s too late to do it.  Although from my perspective, it’s never too late to begin something new or pick up on something that has been sitting dormant for awhile.  I guess what I’m really trying to say is let all your miraculous gifts shine through.  Experience them, enjoy them, share them.  What a blessing they are to you, your loved ones, and the world.
Where ever  you are right now in your life, no matter how difficult things might seem, take a moment and be grateful for what you have and the life you are living.  There are always those who are facing challenges far greater than each of us.  To rise above and embrace the beauty of your spirit and essence is the greatest joy in the world.  The poem below is a reminder of the Oneness we are all a part of.
Spirit of Oneness

Spirit of Oneness
Universal Power
Brings us together
Special beings unite
Hearts shining bright
Convey brilliant lights
Accepting and caring
In service and sharing
Discover every moment
Each blessed soul
Open your essence
Give the world hope
Community so radiant
Connected in faith
Helping each other
To find a sense of peace
Realize the magnificence
Living in the splendor
Spirit of the Oneness
Our glorious existence
Bring Poetry to Spirit
October 16, 2011
© 2011 Carol Calkins, PhD
All Rights Reserved

What a Remarkable Month!

Filed under: 9-11, Book Celebration, Poetry, September 11th | Tags: | September 28th, 2011
Well, September 2011 has truly been a remarkable month.  Not only was there the launch of my 3rd book, Bring Poetry to Freedom, 10th Anniversary Tribute to 9-11 and the big celebration as a contributing author of the book Speaking Your Truth Volume 2, the 6th Annual CampExperience took place this past weekend in beautiful Copper Mountain, Colorado.  This event is the most powerful thing I do for myself each year, and it continues to be miraculous and life changing for me and so many other women who come together for 2 1/2 days to renew, recharge, relax, refresh, recognize, and respond.  This year’s event raised over $30,000 for our Charity Partners.  All this while 240 women had beautiful weather, world renown speakers, adventures (i.e. biking, fly fishing, hiking), personal services (i.e. massage), arts and crafts and lots of learning, connecting and fun!  I made some new amazing friends that I know will be in my life forever.  It was magical and extraordinary. I continue to get wonderful comments about my books and feel so blessed to be able to continue my path of creating poetry.  At CampExperience I met some extraordinary young women who are singers/songwriters/guitar players, the Songbirds, and I’m now inspired to turn some of my poems into songs. I was thrilled to have been one of three women to have something they wrote be put to music by one of the Songbirds.  Gabrielle Louise took a poem I submitted, Voices of Humanity, and turned it into a song. It was so beautiful. On top of all that I was honored by receiving one of the Women Who Rock awards.  What a surprise!  It pretty much blew my mind.  The entire weekend was enchanting and the month of September has been filled with so much love, joy, and fullfillment.  Below is my version of Voices of Humanity before Gabrielle Louise turned it into a remarkable song.
Until next time, enjoy every moment and every person in your life!
Voices of Humanity

One voice in silence
In sorrow or ease
One voice softly speaking
Brings happiness and peace
Two voices sharing
Special feelings express
Sense of true caring
We’ll never forget
Voices in concert
Create wonderful things
Bring forth such beauty
Collectively they sing
Voices in unison
Believe in the power
Making things happen
Produces the perfect hour
Many voices together
Powerful messages resound
Voices of humanity
Change the world and astounds
February 12, 2011
© 2011 Carol Calkins, PhD
All Rights Reserved

Wow!!  The feedback from so many of you has been terrific on Bring Poetry to Freedom, 10th Anniversary Tribute to  9-11.  Those who have read all or part of it are sharing with me wonderful feelings and thoughts about the poetry and how meaningful it is in honoring those most intensely impacted by that very sad day.  One thought that comes to mind for me is that in the blink of an eye, life can change radically.  September 11, 2001 was the extreme example of this – World Changed Forever.  The book is also a gentle reminder to appreciate those you love each and every day and to never take them for granted.  If you haven’t had a chance to get your copy, it is available on Amazon; just click on the cover below and then on the Amazon link at the bottom of the page.

Tuesday, September 13 is a Celebration for Speaking Your Truth Volume 2. I was a contributing author to this best selling book.  I am a sponsor of the event and will have copies of my books at the party.  Details are available at www.speakingyourtruthbook.com Click on Launch Party at the top. Please join us for a fun-filled evening.

On this holiday, I want to wish everyone a joyous day and to have more hope and happiness in everything you do in life. Blessings to All!

 

I’m thrilled to let you know that Launch Day for Bring Poetry to Freedom, 10th Anniversary Tribute to 9-11 is Today! This book was an endeavor of love and healing that came from the feelings that I heard about, read about, and imagined that so many people impacted by 9-11 must have experienced and unfortunately some are still experiencing today.  My hope is that by telling this story in poetry that there are many who will be helped to heal a bit more from what they experienced during the tragic events of that day. Our nation and the world has moved forward since that day and the book is intended to reflect the growth and sense of striving achieved to uplift all people and to overcome the devastation and destruction that occurred. Please share this with everyone you know and care about who might benefit from this book.  Once you’ve read the book, I would really appreciate it if you feel moved to write a review on Amazon. If you’d like to let me know personally your feelings about the book, please contact me.

Thanks so much for your support!

 

Grab your copy Today by clicking here: Bring Poetry to Freedom on Amazon

Wow! Book Launch Day is upon us – Thursday, September 1, 2011 (just 4 days to go).  Bring Poetry to Freedom, 10th Anniversary Tribute to 9-11 has been a gift of love and healing for me and I hope for all those who have an opportunity to read it.  I was recently told that there are a lot of children who don’t even know what happened on September 11, 2001 and that few books describe what occurred in a manner they can understand.  My hope is that by putting the story in the form of poetry that not only children, but many others can better understand the feelings that so many people feel as a result of the tragic events of that day.  My ultimate intention is to help those who were devastated by the loss of a loved one or the events themselves will experience some sense of hope and healing by reading Bring Poetry to Freedom. You can purchase a copy from Amazon.com by just clicking on the Bookcover. If you purchase 2 or more copies the shipping is free. I’ve been working to get the word out about what I consider to be my best work so far.  This has truly been a learning experience since creating poetry seems to come easily, while marketing and promotion of what others have indicated to me is a powerful book, is a bit more challenging.  For those of you who would like to get the word out about this 10th Anniversary Tribute to 9-11, I am very grateful.  If you have any suggestions, please send me a quick email at carol@carolcalkins.com. On Tuesday, September 13th from 6-9 pm I am a sponsor for the Launch Party for Speaking Your Truth, Volume 2.  I am proud to say I am a contributor to this best selling book and look forward to being around all the other contributors who wrote inspiring stories that have touched my heart.  Also, can’t wait to meet all the guests who come to celebrate with us.  I’m pleased to announce that I will have copies of my new book at this party and hope you decide to pick one up for yourself or someone who needs to move further in the healing process because of their painful experience with 9-11.  Here is the link for the Launch Party: http://speakingyourtruthbook.com/launch-party/. Can’t wait to see you there. Finally, I’d like to share with you a poem American People from Bring Poetry to Freedom.
American people
Extraordinary people
Even in tragedy
Exhibit their best
Some might give up
When times get tough
An essence to strive
A drive to overcome
On that fate filled day
Attempts to destroy
Only made us stronger
Determination last longer
Individuals came forward
Risked their own lives
In the hope of saving others
Their heroism forever survived
Despite the terror
Experienced that day
Broke and strengthened the heart
Of this glorious nation
Bring Poetry to Freedom
© 2011 Carol Calkins, PhD
All Rights Reserved

Until next time, feel grateful for all you have in your life and those you love and who love you.

Amazing Few Weeks!

Filed under: 9-11, Book Release, Poetry, September 11th | Tags: | August 14th, 2011

It  has truly been an amazing few weeks.  I’ve been working with Andrea Costantine to finalize the book.  Working with Melissa Levad to finalize the cover.  And I’m happy to say we are very close to having Bring Poetry to Freedom, 10th Anniversary Tribute to 9-11 nearly complete.  So September 1, 2011 is a definite launch date for the book. I was truly blessed when I spoke with Sandy Dahl, the wife of Captain Jason Dahl the Pilot of United Flight 93 that went down in Pennsylvania, and she asked how she could help.  I sent her the draft of the book and she wrote the most wonderful endorsement that touched my heart and indicated to me that I had accomplished what I set out to do with this book.

Another wonderful thing took place.  I am now a contributing author to a best-selling book, Speaking Your Truth, Volume 2. This was especially rewarding because the chapter I wrote was entitled “Finding My Gift”, which I found after 60 years of searching for it – Poetry.  So I guess I’m able to write prose too and be successful. There will be a book launch party in Denver on September 13th and not only will I be there as a contributing author of the book, but I’ll have copies of my books including Bring Poetry to Freedom available for purchase.

I’ve been so busy working and finishing Bring Poetry to Freedom that I forgot to mention that I spent most of yesterday watching over my wonderful granddaughter Alexxa.  She is a blessing in all of our lives and at 7 1/2 months every day there’s something new that she does.  This is a special time while my daughter and son-in-law get settled in and are staying with us for awhile.  My husband, Mike and I are having so much fun with are sweet granddaughter.

Finally, I’ve been wanting an electronic keyboard for a year or more, but kept putting it off due to other priorities.  When this week I picked my granddaughter up at the house of a friend of my daughter’s where they were gathering items, mostly for babies and children, for a big sale the next day at Arapahoe County Fair Grounds.  Well, as I was walking to find my daughter and granddaughter, a woman was carrying a keyboard to her car to transport to the fair grounds.  I found out it belonged to the husband of one of women there helping and that it have not been used much at all.  So at a great discount, I finally got my keyboard.  Had I arrived a little later or a little earlier I probably wouldn’t have seen the keyboard at all.  I found all my music books today and I’m extremely excited about getting started.  I still need a stand for the keyboard, but anticipate that I’ll find one in the next few weeks.

My workshop is almost finished and has been temporarily on the back burner while I promote and get the word out about Bring Poetry to Freedom, 10th Anniversary Tribute to 9-11. Can’t wait until it’s available and I can share it with all of you.

Blessings until next time!

 

 

Well, what have I been doing all month?  Spent time with family both in town and out of town.  I’ve been busy at work and this past weekend I finished the first full draft of my new book, Bring Poetry to Freedom – 10th Anniversary Tribute to 9-11, which will be launched on Thursday, September 1, 2011 and available on Amazon.com.  This work of poetry is by far my best and conveys all the emotions and pain that so many people experienced.  It also refocuses  our attention on rebuilding and renewal of life.  There are  individuals who continue to suffer as a result of the tragedy that had befallen on this country and the world.  The poems in the last two sections of the book are intended to help with the process of uplifting the minds and hearts of those who were so profoundly affected by the events of September 11, 2001.  My hope is that by reading Bring Poetry to Freedom that it will give hope and help to heal those who were physically and/or emotionally harmed.

This past week was filled with another tragedy.  The killing of so many innocent young people in Norway.  I wrote a poem to honor these loving beings who are no longer with us as well as the survivors who experienced such a horrible trauma.  So many people are praying for those who were so profoundly impacted by these events.  Every day hoping for a more sane world filled with joy and peace.  Senseless acts such as this need to become a thing of the past as we move forward into a better world.

Sadness Overflows

Sadness Overflows
Innocence lost forever
What could have been
We’ll never know

A deranged mind
Took senseless action
Against aspiring beings
With open, loving hearts

Join together grow and thrive
Learning life’s lessons
Meeting friends in delight
Unfortunately many did not survive

Pierces through to the depth
Of all that’s valued
Experiencing a tragedy
Of this magnitude

Think of each person
Memories of their beauty
Cherish every moment
Sadness forever flows

July 28, 2011
Bring Poetry to Goodbye
© 2011 Carol Calkins, PhD
All Rights Reserved

Being 90!

Filed under: 9-11, Poetry, Poetry Writing Workshops, September 11th | Tags: | July 7th, 2011
I just spent the Fourth of July weekend in Seattle with my Aunt who turned 90 years old.  I saw cousins and other family, most who I haven’t seen in 10 years.  Plus lots of kids including several I had never met.  It’s funny how being around people who you’re related to and don’t frequently see can change your perspective.  There’s a history with family that sometimes in your day to day life you forget about.  At one point, we played a trivia game of questions about my Aunt’s life and growing up and living in Chicago.  Then we got into other things including questions about my parents.  It’s strange how the dates of when things happened fade when the people aren’t with you anymore.  Besides the thrill of catching up on lots of details of each others lives, it was so cool to see the hundreds of old photos that my Aunt had collected through the years, as well as her old photo albums.  Talk about memory lane.  It was simply wonderful.  It was a great way to spend this holiday weekend and my hope is that we all get together again a lot more frequently.  Below is the poem I wrote to honor my Aunt’s Birthday.
Still diligently working on the poetry book that is a 10th Anniversary Tribute to 9-11.  Poems seem to come daily and in the next few weeks I should be ready for the editing process and having it formatted into the book layout.  I’ve had others read some of the poems and they are finding them quite moving and powerful.  My hope is that others will find something in this book that will help with the healing process from the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001.  I’m finding people who are still dealing with this tragedy on a very deep and painful level.  An end of August/early September launch date is in the works; when I have the exact date, I’ll post it for everyone.
Three other books seem to be forming, but temporarily are waiting for my attention to shift back to them: one for kids, one for family, and Bring Poetry to Spirit.  On the workshop front I am making progress and plan to have it ready to go by the end of this month.  I’m delighted with the progress of everything I’m doing and know their time is upon us and that they will come to fruition soon.
Hope all is well for you.  Until next time, have a wonderful and joyous time!

Have Walked the Earth

Have Walked the Earth
For 90 Years
Shared lots of joy
And some tears

Touched the lives
Of so many
Family and Friends
Aplenty

Radiant smile
Shines on others
Brings on a grin
From deep within

Gentle wisdom
Guiding light
Even darkness
Becomes bright

Cherish all
You’ve given us
Precious feelings
Forever love
June 6, 2011
© 2011 Carol Calkins, PhD
All Rights Reserved