Monday, August 20, 2018

Milliron Monday: Posterity 8 20 18

Happy Milliron Monday! A look into… Milliron: Dr. Abbott “Pete” Smith D.V.M. The Biography (Monday Creek Publishing 2017).

At an early age, Pete was introduced to the arts; Pete’s Mother, Betty, and his Grandmother, Ruth, were seasoned artists. Today, their art hangs proudly on family walls. Betty and Ruth, known for their seascapes, cottages, and fauna, were self-taught artists. Paintings of a time and place gradually changed by weather and wear were captured in watercolors and acrylics many years ago. 

Pete treasured the creations of his Mother and Grandmother. Now, Betty and Ruth’s art is a part of Pete’s legacy to future generations. 

The painting of the seagulls (above) was painted by Betty while living in Maine. Here is a sampling of Betty and Ruth's art...

We remember the legacy of Dr. Pete Smith and his contribution to living. He was a fast arrow from a strong bow. Read more about Pete in his biography, available from AmazonBarnes & Noble, or locally at Little Professor Book Center, Athens, Ohio. If you have a copy, write a review. Books do not have to be purchased online to write a review.

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If you have a story to tell about Dr. Smith, please send to to be included in Tails of a Country Vet Volume II !

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Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave to us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled and pioneer veterinarian

Sunday, August 19, 2018

An Ode to the Mountains by MNS

An Ode to the Mountains

As she gazes at the mountains - she is frozen by the sight she sees. A power from within suddenly awakens - as she gets drawn closer by the grip of the surrounding breeze

 Mesmerized by the tranquility of the scene - she is at a loss for words. Yet the silence seem to echo a sound in the background more beautiful than the song of the birds

 Each step closer to the summit brings into focus the magnitude of the mountains height. Yet One day these sturdy fixtures of nature shall crumble -- think then about the power of the Divine's might
Never will she forget her journey to the wonders of the mountains that day. Her soul’s journey has only begun as she closes her eyes and begins to pray!

~MNS ~ ©

What Crisis Will be Tomorrow? by Yevgen Marchenko

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By Yevgen Marchenko
B.kosa, Ukraine

Do you feel secure in today's world? Your habitual life can collapse overnight. Crisis, depression, recession... It has many names. The consequence of the economic crisis is a reduction in production, massive bankruptcy and unemployment, a decline in the standard of living of the people. This has already been and this will be again! I will answer some questions that worry many people. You will get very important information from this book. Be prepared! Protect your savings and your lifestyle!

Read more here...

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Follow World Poet Briella!

Follow World Poet Briella!

Follow Briella on Insta! Here is a sampling of her poetry...

I am a mosaic of memory embodying this intricate entity.
A girlfriend, a daughter, a friend and a frenemy, just trying to juggle these gifts that were sent to me.
Art and authenticity, chaos and simplicity,
A rebel by nature,
A runner,
A chaser, an inked-up eraser,
A lover,
A hater.
Messy and clean, a mystical machine, the truth and some fantasy, posh and obscene, nice but sometimes a little too mean.
A walking contradiction wrapped at the seams of both fact and fiction, calming and friction, lazy yet still proactive about my mission.
I am both wild and holy.
Salt and honey, taking things fast yet craving things slowly.
An anomaly.
Sweet and shocking, very vanilla with fun little toppings. Conservative yet so so liberal.
Loyal to a fault yet so so civil.
Large and little, mostly spiritual but sometimes just a little too superficial.
A fusion of earth and space, a muse for rebellion and grace.
A seeker of truth, obsessed with my wisdom yet basking in my youth, breaking the ceiling and proving my proof, chasing my healing yet seeming aloof.
I am both lost and found, heavy but light, a silenced sound, chill and uptight.
I love and I love and I love then I fight, surviving in the dark but thriving in the light.

I know my baby
is waiting for me,
below this chaos and conspiracy.
He waits for me, patiently,
his heart stays closed,
no vacancy
because he belongs to me.
My last one left me
bent and battered
but he opened me up
to what really matters,
a true love, above the flatter,
a genuine soul,
who handles my scatter
and all my
mental chatter.
He'll hold me till
I fall asleep
and disregard the dark I seek
and laugh when I tell him
that I am weak
because all he'll see
is his queen of mystique.
He'll kiss my scars
one by one,
internally and externally,
until he's all done,
like it’s an amusement park.
Exploring me, entirely,
so fiery and with every touch
I'll feel his spark.
A soul satisfaction,
he'll makes his mark.
He's a gentle man,
with perhaps
a rough
a confident man,
he never feels inferior.
He'll say, "How can I make this any clearer? You are everything and nothing that you see in the mirror."
He'll love me for me
and the words that I write
and happily he'll put up a fight
and keep me on my toes
just right.
He's affectionate
and attentive
to my needs he'll wash away
my fear of his leave
cause never could he ever
leaving his queen,
the prettiest little thing
he has ever seen.
And every time we go out,
me and my king,
we make memories.
And it feels like
I've known him
for centuries.
Perhaps, he's tall
and handsome,
a kidnapping,
no ransom,
but always faithful.
He takes life by the handful.
He's light like a candle
keeping us on track,
gently running his fingers
up and down my back
as we lay
and we play
and we snack,
he says baby?
Tell me,
do you love me back?

Blowing free in the breeze, amongst millions of scattered nothing's, I was something.
Deeply intricate, with rebellious petals and an artistic soul. Fighting against conventionality, I blew to wherever corner my wind took me.
Seeds of passion scattered into stumbled ideas forming pretty little groups of extremities.
I basked in the sunlight, smiled in the rain, and knew who I was from the very beginning, a wildflower.
And whenever I found myself trapped in a garden of nothing...
I would remind myself that I?
I was something. 

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Elisabeth A.R. Davis, Children's Literature Illustrator

Ohio Illustrator Elisabeth A.R. Davis

Illustrating Myra and Elmyra:
An Interview with Ohio Illustrator, Elisabeth A.R. Davis

On May 4th of this year, Lower Salem, Ohio, illustrator, Elisabeth A.R. Davis, launched her first children’s literature - Myra and Elmyra: The Tale of Two Sisters (written by Tonya L. Davis, Monday Creek Publishing LLC). Elisabeth’s illustrations are soft and pleasant with a folklore spin. I met with Elisabeth yesterday and we talked about her current and future endeavors…

Welcome Elisabeth!

GM: Congratulations on the success of your first children's literature Myra and Elmyra: The Tale of Two Sisters! A beautifully illustrated children's folklore! Your illustrations show a lot of detail and emotion. What inspired your creativity for Myra and Elmyra?

ED: Thank you! It was a lot of fun, as well as a lot of work! Well, a lot of things, I've always been interested in art, and I've had lots of beautifully illustrated books. One of my favorite children's book author is Elsa Beskow who was from Sweden. Also Tasha Tudor, who my mother has always liked. I used both of them as kind of a model.

GM: What has been the best outcome of becoming a published illustrator?

ED: Seeing my work in print has made me realize a lot of things that I need to work on, but also gives a great sense of accomplishment.

GM: Myra and Elmyra is comprised of soft watercolors and vivid details. What mediums do you use?

ED: Watercolor is nice, and I like charcoal. I haven't used oils any, or ink. Learning to use charcoal helped me with drawing and making things more realistic, by realizing how lights and shadows work.

GM: Describe your art space/studio and your art/work environment...

ED: My easel is very old, given to me by an older artist, so it's special because of him, even though the shelf is falling apart. It still works! I have it in my room by the window. I like looking outside, while I draw, and having the natural light. My cat likes to come in and watch birds while I paint, or else bump my hand as I put in the fine details!

GM: You are currently working on (or finished) new children's literature. Can you tell us about the new book and give us a sneak peek into the illustrations and design?

ED: The new book is a Christmas story, so it's neat to add in the details of holiday time and try to express the joy of the season. I use a lot of things that we have around as models, and in this book, I have the memories of our Christmases to think back on. Also, I try to remember what I really enjoyed about Christmas when I was little; things like hanging stockings, lighting candles, baking, and having a fire.

GM: Besides children's literature illustrations, what other art endeavors do you pursue?

ED: Fiber crafts, knitting, spinning, and sewing, which I also include in my illustrations. I did spend awhile learning pottery, and loved it, but I don't have the materials for it right now. It is very expensive! I am enthralled with gardens, and although it's not usually thought of as an art, it is does take skill and dedication.

GM: With a lifetime ahead for creativity and design, where do you see
 yourself (art-wise) in the future?

ED: I'm not really sure, I do want to continue painting. I would love it if other authors wanted me to do some illustrating for them, but I guess I'll see what God has in store for me! And I would like to do a calendar, and some other things.

GM: Living in the country with a menagerie of pets, gardening, etc. sounds like an easy-going lifestyle. What do you like best about living in the country and how does it inspire your creativity?

ED: I certainly get lots of inspiration from nature, and surroundings!  Some of the animals in the book are ones that we have had. I love the country, and wouldn't ever want to leave it. I'm not sure if I'd call it "easy going" though. It can be tough, like when we had a weasel kill five chickens, but very rewarding and fun too, like having lambs! It's kind of one of those things you love or hate. I love it! The quiet and seclusion are probably the best part, and the beauty.

GM: Do you have advice for novice artists and those looking to find an outlet for their creativity?

ED: I still feel like a novice myself! I guess what has helped me and been most important is just doing what I like, working to get better, and not trying to be perfect. Don't compare yourself to other artists, only yourself. Look at your own work to see what you like, what you don't, and how you have improved. And try something! One of my problems is over thinking things, so just starting something and working it as I go is helpful. And enjoy it!!

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Tree of Life by Julie Dascoli

The Tree of Life

          The tree,
          Majestic and ancient.
          Symbolizing life itself.
          Roots stretching, deep into mother earth, extracting nourishment.
          Branches, reaching tall into the sky, absorbing air, water and sun.
          But more than that…
          A home for so many.
          Inside the ground,
          Micro beasts.
          Tunnels and burrows.
          Moving between underground and the trunk,
          Some never seeing the light of day.
          The swaying branches and leaves home to furry creatures.
          Some cuddly, some not so much.
          So, there it stands,
          Tall and proud.
          The tree of life.
                                                                                ~ Julie Dascoli

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

ZOO VIEW by J.R. Poulter


Which side of the bars are you,
Person barred and looking through?
Person with your watching watch,
You count things you cannot eat
But carry close through cold and heat,
Like your second skin and funny feet,
Measuring your moments, beat on beat.

Person with your haggard stare,
Don’t you wish that you were here?
Tiny hands dictate your way
Every moment of the day,
They hold a chain around your neck
That has you at their constant beck.
They say just where you sleep and when
And then they wake you up again.

Person with your watching watch
Watching me and feeling sorry,
Fool! It’s me that has no worry!
Which side of the bars are YOU,
Person barred and looking through!

                                      -  J.R.Poulter

Connect with J.R. Poulter…

·  Panelist - Poetry's importance to children and in education, QPF 2017
·  Panelist - Publishers' Panel, Story Arts Festival of Children's Literature, 2017

Major Awards: 
  • Children's Choice, New Zealand
  • in Top Ten Children's Books & YA Books, New Zealand,
  • "Mending Lucille" won Crichton, CBCA Award
  • Premier's Recommended Reading List, NSW, Australia
  • Poetry - Premier's Open Literature Award [Warana]
  • Simone Wood Award, USA - children's book on dance 
  • LiFE Award, Literature for Environment [for 3 books]
·  Award-Winning Finalist, International Book Awards
·  Winner, Purple Dragonfly Award - Picture Books, 5 years and younger
·  "Getting Home" Winner, Purple Dragonfly Award - Best Illustrations
·  Readers' Favorite International Book Award Winner

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