It’s a lovely day in Colorado.  Warm and sunny with lots of people playing and enjoying the outdoors.  As I get closer to finishing the poems for the 10th Anniversary Tribute to 9-11, I realize how so many of the poems describing the tragic events of that day nearly a decade ago mirror each person’s life.  When I re-read the poems they can apply to each one of us at various times in our lives.  The events of that day were horrific and impacted us all, but the day to day pain and sadness that we experience is no less important and at times devastating emotionally.  Why do some people seem to bounce back from tragedy and others take years or even a lifetime?  If we had the formula to help those people in sadness, so many who need healing deep in their hearts could finally move forward and live a more positive life.  That’s why I write poetry.  Somehow I hope to help heal those saddened hearts and uplift human spirit making the world a better place.

Exciting news!  I just received the draft of Speaking Your Truth Volume 2 and had an opportunity to review my chapter “Finding My Gift” one last time.  I’m thrilled to be a part of this book and if it is as good as Volume 1, look forward to some of the most inspirational stories by extraordinary women.  The book will be launched in early August 2011 and I’ll keep you updated on the exact date.  It will be available on Amazon.com.

Nearly have finished preparation on the poetry workshop I will be presenting.  I’m targeting either late July or early August for my 1st workship.  It’s coming together extremely well and I’m confident it will benefit both individuals who have never written a poem and those with more experience.  The process includes 5 steps that can help anyone write a poem.  For those in the Denver Metro Area, I’ll keep you updated as to where and when the workshop will take place.

Well, since I’ll be in Seattle next weekend and I’ll be returning on Independence Day, I’d like to share with you a poem I wrote last July 4th.  I hope you enjoy it and it awakens memories of years past or excites you about the coming weekend.

Until next time, have a glorious time!

Fourth of July

Fourth of July
Fireworks galore
Sight magnificent
Igniting a roar

Brilliant colorful lights
Fill the entire sky
Never have seen
Anything of this kind

Awestruck by beauty
Power of the night
Uplifting experience
Thrilled with delight

Glad to be here
Under the stars
Creating memories
For all my years

Fourth of July
Fireworks galore
Sight magnificent
Igniting a roar

July 4, 2010
© 2010 Carol Calkins, PhD
All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transition Time

Filed under: 9-11, Poetry, Poetry, Poetry Writing Workshops, September 11th | Tags: | June 20th, 2011

Each year in the fall I attend a women’s retreat called CampExperience.  This is my 6th year and each year great and wonderful things happen for me.  It has truly been life changing and I have met some of my best friends in the world as a result of CampE as we lovingly call it.  Well, I have been a sponsor for the past 5 years with the emphasis being on my health and wellness business Xpress Health.  Although I still have customers and work with them routinely, I am transitioning to my other business, which I have an even greater passion for: Carol Calkins, PhD – Author-Speaker-Poet.  I’m thrilled about this transition because at this time in my life, this really feels like who I am.  I will be doing a workshop at CampE that is for those who want to experience writing their own poetry.  CampE is almost sold out already and this is the earliest we’ve ever had so few spots open.  It has become more and more popular each year and truly amazing women attend and thoroughly enjoy this two and a half day adventure.

I continue to be working on the following books of poetry – the 10th Anniversary Tribute to 9-11, the poetry book for children, and Bring Poetry to Spirit.  My goal is to have all 3 published by the end of 2011 or early 2012.  The 10th Anniversary Tribute has taken center stage since that is the only one that has a true deadline; since it needs to be completed by September 11, 2011.  It’s definitely progressing well and I need to start focusing more on getting some photographs to include in the book.  I will diligently begin that effort today by contacting a few people who may be able to help me.  I’m excited about being able to participate in this process.

On a personal note, it has been glorious having my daughter and granddaughter back in the USA.  Watching your daughter as a mother is extraordinary and my daughter, whose birthday is today, is an extraordinary mother and person.  I’m truly blessed.  My granddaughter is so much fun and such a good and happy baby, not to mention so beautiful.  What an awesome experience lies ahead.  My son-in-law returns to the USA today and I’m thrilled they will be all together today to celebrate my daughter’s birthday.

Finally, I head out in a few weeks to celebrate my Aunt’s 90th Birthday.  Wow, 90 years of touching the hearts of others and making them smile.  Because that’s just how she is. I can’t wait to see many of my relatives who I haven’t seen in years.  My sister from Northern California will meet me there and I expect it will be a fabulous time.

Until next time, have a Glorious Time!

Lots Happening!

Filed under: 9-11, Poetry, Poetry, September 11th | Tags: 9-11, September 11th | June 13th, 2011

Been awhile and didn’t plan to be out of touch.  Daughter and granddaughter arrived from South Africa and life has been busy.  However, during the past 4 weeks, I decided to write a poetry book as a Tribute to the 10th Anniversary of 9-11.  I’ve been researching on it and have spoken to 2 people recently who were involved either losing a family member or nearby when it happened.  There are people who are still dealing with this tragedy and may never be the same as a result. An event that clearly changed all of us forever.  I’m also researching copyright information on some of the photos I’d like to use.  If anyone has information on this, the process, etc.  Please pass it my way.  At this point I have more than 40 poems and I hope to have close to double that by the end of June.  I’m attaching the first poem I wrote.  It’s amazing how much the U.S. culture has changed as a result of September 11, 2001.  As is the case with all tragedies of this magnitude, those of us who were around at the time, know and remember exactly where we were and what we were doing at the time.  It’s funny how that happens.  I continue to work on Bring Poetry to Kids and Bring Poetry to Spirit and I’m hopeful both will launch during 2011 or early 2012 at the latest.

World Changed Forever

World Changed Forever
That ill fated day
Pain and the horror
Pierced deep to our core

Attitudes and perceptions
Never would be the same
Moved us to high alert
Initially focused on blame

Made an effort to comprehend
Why and how this could happen
Difficult to understand
The magnitude of the loss

Many heroes emerged
From the rubble and destruction
Giving their lives and hearts
To aid so many others

A country in mourning
Feelings  beyond measure
Joined together in strength
Raise our heads high in glory

May 12, 2011
Bring Poetry to Freedom
© 2011 Carol Calkins, PhD
All Rights Reserved

My Horizons are Expanding

Filed under: Book Signing, Poetry Writing Workshops | Tags: , Poetry Writing Workshop, Speaking Your Truth | May 11th, 2011

Book signing went well and I saw some old friends and met some new ones.  I’ve received wonderful feedback from several people who I signed books for.  What a thrill and I highly recommend book signings for anyone who is planning to launch a book.  I wanted to  let you know that I’m expanding my horizons in some new areas and I’m extremely excited.  First, I am a contributing author for Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories From Inspiring Women Volume 2, which is launching August 9, 2011. Lisa Shultz and Andrea Costantine have done a fabulous job once again compiling heartfelt stories from dozens of women for Volume 2.  For more information go to www.speakingyourtruthbook.com. My chapter is called Finding My Gift and it is the process and ultimate discovery of my gift of poetry.  Second, I am finalizing a workshop called Five Hearts to Writing Poetry.  It provides 5 simple steps to writing poetry and is intended for people who have never written poetry as well as those who have been writing for years. I anticipate I will be scheduling my first workshop this summer.  Third, my other books are progressing and I continue to write poetry almost daily.  Finally, my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter will be back in Colorado in the next few months.  We’ve started our baby proofing lists since they will staying with us for at least a few months.  Any recommendations on books or resources for baby proofing a house are greatly appreciated.  So as you can see my horizons are expanding.  Here’s a poem I was inspired to write about Spring; however, here in Colorado there are days like today that seem wintery still.


Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air
Flowers blossoming everywhere
Colors on display
Magnificent array

New creations all around
Nature flourishes and abounds
Gaze at the beauty of the sky
Touch and feel growth of life

Awaken to exquisite sights
Vibrant visions do delight
Energize each special being
Knowledge of a brand new season

Longing for warmer days
More time to go outside and play
Excitement to finally be here
Enjoy and be without a care

Spring is in the Air
Surrounded by splendor everywhere
Happy to be alive
Watching nature grow and thrive

May 8, 2011
Bring Poetry to Nature
© 2011 Carol Calkins, PhD
All Rights Reserved

I’m thrilled to say I have a Book Signing for my new book Bring Poetry into Your Life scheduled on Wendesday, May 4th from Noon – 1 p.m. at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Bookstore.  This is going to be a great event and many people have already told me they are stopping by to pick up a book for themselves or in some cases their Mother for Mother’s Day.   At the same time, I’m working on two more books that I plan to launch in 2011. Today I finished an outline  for a poetry writing workshop – Five Hearts to Writing Poetry.  My goal is to schedule my first workshop this summer and I’m looking forward to working with others who would either like to expand their poetry or write poetry for the first time.
At the same time, we are in preparation for our daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter to return to Colorado from South Africa.  We can’t wait to see them  and since they will be staying with us at least initially, we will need to do some baby proofing.  If anyone has a good book or reference for baby proofing a house, let me know. As we begin May and springtime, it always makes me think about the most delightful things in life.  For me that’s being outdoors, colorful flowers and buds blooming on trees, clear skies, new life and family and friends.  So on May 1st I wrote the following poem.  Hope you enjoy it!
One Year in Life
Brings growth and perspective
Challenges may happen
Love and joy certainly can
One month in life
Special occasions take place
Events filled with friends
A season may end
One week in life
Moves rather quickly
Time flashes by
So much to do
One day in life
Twenty four hours
From dawn to dusk
Everything’s a must
One moment in life
Value each instant
Pause and take pleasure
Be in the present
May 1, 2011
© 2011 Carol Calkins, PhD
All Rights Reserved

Today is the Book Launch for my 2nd Book Bring Poetry into Your Life!  I’m so excited and hope you will enjoy and feel enriched by what you read.

To me this book delves deeper into the personal aspects of our lives and what each of us face and deal with everyday.  We face challenges, make an effort to search for who we truly are and what we want out of life,  and go through a process of discovery and realization finding our true gifts.  Problems arise and we do our best to handle and resolve them and each time this occurs we strive to be better and enhance ourselves.

Here’s what a few people are saying about the poetry in this book.

“Again Carol Calkins brings forth  heartfelt emotions and captures them in her amazing poetry.  What a gift to the world and a great gift to share with your favorite family and friends.”
- Betsy Wiersma, World Renown Motivational Speaker, Author, and Founder of CampExperience™

“Carol’s poetry has the ultimate simplicity, yet her message is poignant and provides something to which we can all relate.  I feel more hopeful after reading her poems.”
- Ann Brown, Co-Owner of New Vista Image

“What I love about Carol’s books is I can take the small amount of time that I might have for reflection in a day and make it more meaningful.  I can read her words and take a small journey.   I can lose myself in the verse and feel as if I have had a conversation with a great friend.  She has really captured the essence of the human experience through her poems.”
- Christy Kopp – Kids Mobility Network, Inc.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 is the Launch for Bring Poetry into Your Life so get your copy from Amazon.com.  Remember if you purchase two or more copies, the shipping is free. Just click on the book cover to take you to the Amazon.com website.

May poetry enrich your life, uplift your spirit, and bring joy and peace to you everyday.  Once you’ve had a chance to read some of my poems, let me know if any ones in particular speak to you in a special way.

Let poetry be a part of you life.  April is National Poetry Month and it is a great time to get started reading poetry.  Enjoy the Experience!

 

South Africa was Amazing!

Filed under: Book Release, Poetry | Tags: Poetry Book Launch | April 3rd, 2011

We just returned from South Africa and it was fabulous. Highlights included seeing our daughter, son-in-law and meeting our new granddaughter. She is bright, beautiful, and so much fun. South Africa is amazing and there was so much to see as we traveled from Joburg to Cape Town and then along the Garden Route. It is awesome to one day walk on the beach on the Atlantic Ocean on the south edge of South Africa and the next day still be in South Africa and on the Indian Ocean. The people we met throughout our travels were wonderful, so kind and generous. We saw so much wild life at the Game Park including elephants, giraffe, rhinos, hippos, monkeys, etc. Then we had a somewhat rare and special encounter. We saw a leopard sitting on a rock on the side of a hill. We watched for about an hour. As we were watching something came out of the brush; it was a leopard cub that began interacting with its mother. About 15 minutes later another cub appeared and the three of them began to play. Even our Ranger who was guiding us on the drive was awestruck by it all. Apparently, this is not an everyday occurrence and she later shared it with the other Rangers who were quite envious.

While I was in South Africa, poetry continued to flow. Below is a poem I wrote inspired by a walk on the beach – Sand was Blue.
Great News!! April is National Poetry Month and Wednesday, April 13, 2011 is the Launch Date for Bring Poetry into Your Life so get ready to get your copy from Amazon.com. Remember if you purchase two or more copies, the shipping is free.

For those of you who can’t wait, the book is already available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Poetry-into-Your-Life/dp/1460931009/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1300134270&sr=8-5
Also, it would be great to have those who have already reviewed Bring Poetry into Your Life to do a Book Review on Amazon.com and those who have not read it yet to follow up and do so once you’ve had a chance to read my second book. I am so happy to be able to share my gift of poetry with all of you and the world. Enjoy Bring Poetry into Your Life and let me know if any specific poem really speaks to you.

Sand was Blue

Came upon a glistening light
Moved a little closer
Found a beach at earth’s end
Sand was blue and bright

Gazed awhile amazing scene
Fixed on many grains of sands
Mosaic of past and present
Sensed eternal sea and land

Touched by power of the ocean
As the waves roll in and out
With each contact change the shore
Creates beauty to explore

Quite remarkable on the shoreline
At the far edge of the world
Fills the heart feel the awe
Magnificence truly so sublime

Came upon a glistening light
Mesmerized by the view
Focused on hypnotic sight
Sand was Blue a pure delight

Bring Poetry to Nature
March 15, 2011
© 2011 Carol Calkins, PhD
All Rights Reserved

Featured on a New Author’s Blog

Filed under: Poetry | Tags: Author's Blog, Valentine's Day Gift | February 2nd, 2011

I’m so excited to say that I’ll be featured on a new Author’s Blog and I can’t wait to see it when it’s posted on Friday, February 4, 2011. 

Here’s the link: http://selfpublishingexperts.com/2011/02/04/friday-author-series-author-interview-carol-calkins/ 

I have recently gotten such amazing feedback on both my first book Bring Poetry to Life and more recently have received endorsements for my second book Bring Poetry into Your Life, which is scheduled to be published and available on Amazon.com in April 2011.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to share a few of these wonderful endorsements with you.

“It is inspiring to see people turn their passion into a gift of legacy. Carol’s personal poetry helped her on her journey and the way she has put the poems together in a book can help others find the magic of poetry within themselves… to heal, to help and to honor life’s passages.” 
- Holly Stiel, Author, The Art and Science of the Hotel Concierge

“Carol Calkins has gracefully found her way through life’s challenges by pouring her heart onto the page.  Thoughts and feelings to which we can all relate, her poems are like meditations on life.  Be prepared to be inspired and comforted.” 
- Deborah Sandella is an award-winning author of Releasing the Inner Magician, and originator of the RIM Method

“Carol Calkins has done it again!  She has brought more heartfelt and inspiring poems together in Bring Poetry into Your Life.  What a delight to read and enjoy more of her work in this beautiful creation! Thanks Carol for bringing your lovely poems to us once again.”
- Lisa Shultz, Co-creator of Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women
  http://www.speakingyourtruthbook.com/

I encourage everyone to check out the new Author’s Blog and to pick up my book Bring Poetry to Life and renew an appreciation for poetry or acquire it through the experience of reading poetry and sharing it with others.  Keep in mind that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what a wonderful way to convey your caring and affection to another than to give them the heartfelt gift of poetry.  Here’s a link if you’d like to purchase some copies of Bring Poetry to Life:
www.bringpoetrytolife.com

Mandela

Filed under: Poetry | Tags: Mandela, South Africa | January 30th, 2011

Sometimes in your life you find a person of inspiration who is so compelling and has had such an extraordinary impact on others that you find yourself awestruck.  For me one of those people is Nelson Mandela.  When I heard he was in the hospital this past week, I realized once again how much he has done for South Africa and the World.  At 92, most people would say he has lived a long life, but I realize he means so much to the people of South Africa and the World and has overcome a great deal in his life that my hope is that he is able overcome this too.  I have the good fortune to be flying to South Africa in a few weeks to see my daughter and son-in-law and meet my new granddaughter who is now a month old.  As I’m about to embark on this journey across the world, I pray for all of South Africa and the health of their beloved Nelson Mandela.  I have written a poem about him and encourage you to share it with others.

Mandela

Brilliant man
Loving man
Lived part of life
In turmoil and strife
 
Changed the world
As we know it
Transformed his country
Freedom to all

Brought together
People diverse
Encouraged they receive
All they truly deserve

Always will be known
As a leader for the ages
A legacy so compelling
Will never fade away

Brilliant man
Loving man
Lived his life
In peaceful insight

Bring Poetry to the World
January 30, 2011
© 2011 Carol Calkins, PhD
All Rights Reserved

It’s Been a Year

Filed under: Poetry | Tags: | January 23rd, 2011

In just a few days it will be one year since the passing of my dear friend Linda.  Two days after her death, I began writing poetry and I’ve always felt that this was Linda’s gift to me.  One thing that this has made me realize is that there are people around us all the time who are wanting to give us support, love and caring.  Sometimes if we are open to the opportunities available we will even receive a gift. There is a degree of trust in all of this.  Instead of feeling a sense of lack or not knowing how something will happen.  We need to trust and release stress and tension over the situation at hand.  I have found unexpected people show up just when I need them in some unusual places.  One extraordinary example was the cover artist for my second book Bring Poetry into Your Life.  I went to Tulum, Mexico for my nephew’s wedding and met the amazing artist whose cover image will be on the front of my second book.  There is no way I could have anticipated or planned for this to happen.  But trusting and knowing what was needed attracted her into my life and everything has come easily and effortlessly making this all happen.  I wanted to take an opportunity to thank my dear friend Linda for the gift she has bestowed upon me and the sense within me that anything and everything is possible when you find your gift and most importantly share it with others.   I also want to thank all of you who have given me wonderful feedback on my poetry and for encouraging me to keep writing and launching books.  I’ll let you all know more soon on the launch date for Bring Poetry into Your Life in early April 2011.