Friday, August 28, 2015

My Poet Friends Poems for August 2015

Poems I love by my Friends

Update on poems from my Poet friends for August 2015.  I had intended on having a post once a month featuring poems from my friends, with the move and illness, I got behind. So here are the poems for the month of August 2015.
I started this Poem page on my blog. You can read all about each poet at this link.

From Marilyn I Lott
Marilyn Lott's Poems/Notes at this link.


While traveling all over the world
There’s so much that you can see
Across the expanse of ocean
So different traditionally.
The art work and the cultures
Are as diverse as night and day
Everyone casts a flavor
They all have something to say.
Food can be the same everywhere
But in such a different style
If only you can take the time
And stay for a little awhile.
We learn that people are much the same
Although in a different way
With hopes and dreams to yet fulfill 
And regrets of yesterday.
You can look into the faces
No matter where people are
And know what they’re feeling
Whether they live near or far.
So where ever you go in travel
Learn as much as you can
Cultures are so fascinating
As the generations span!
© Marilyn Lott


finding the solution

August 17, 2015 ©by poetlou

The wars rage on – the search for the solutions are all gone

Hunger, poverty, slavery, and hate

Seems to be humanity's fate.

There are three things that can save this world


If we honor GOD before it’s too late.

He is the salvation that we seek , if we become humble and meek.

How much does it take to bend your knee and to pray

To a higher power during these dark and lonely hours.

He gave us life and a mind to choose, and everything

We’ve done has led us to lose.

So let us follow what his son had said

And follow the path that the apostles had tread.

Let him be our guiding light, and lead us on the path that’s right.

© L . RAMS 08.16.2015
You can find all of Louis Rams poems at this link.
Just scroll down to the bottom of the page to Archives for the list.


From Cat's Poems [<-link] [Cathy Hodgson] 

Winding Trail

Lilac blossoms have faded
My heart dreams of fragrant blooms
Soon leaves leave mother behind
While fragment fly with northern wind
But a penny shines on the street
A beggar asks for food to eat
Prisons watch flying sports
And offer a bed to lie
Where is a dream to whisper?
Beyond in a meadow field
Yesterday played into tomorrow
And today isn’t finished yet

© cat



From Melvina Germain August 15, 2015
Her notes and poems at this link.

This is not a poem, but a note of great importance. 

Silent Killer (This is brief, there is so much more to talk about)

Some time ago, I wrote a piece on "The Silent Killer" and shared my views.  That was approximately 2006 or 2007.  Since then I've learned a lot more through experience and reading as well but seeing is believing.  A very beautiful lady whom I admired, she always looked so nice, well groomed, great personality, had an amazing relationship with her family. 

We had a lovely conversation one day and the next time I saw her she didn't know who I was.  As a mater of fact I didn't recognize her as her features had changed, she become old in a very short space of time.  I was in shock to say the least.  She apparently wasn't feeling well and took a fall, ended up in the hospital where she was diagnosed with a stroke.  Her brain was damaged and everything about this woman changed.  I found out later that this woman  had never had her Blood Pressure checked, well it's called, the silent killer.  You fall and that could be the end, what's the big deal, you go to the doctor for a physical.  If the doctor doesn't automatically check you, request it, a moment can save your life.

One of her children became her caregiver and had to make many changes in her life in order to care for her mother.  Now a young woman had to place her life on hold, I witnessed that and was so sad for her.  I know several who have suffered a stroke, a couple ended up in wheelchairs, two died, the one woman mentioned here still does not know any of her friends and a few are doing well.

Strokes effect both men and women but are you aware that women die from strokes more than men.  In 1973 there were 8,523 female deaths from stroke, compared to 7,702 male deaths, a 10% gap.  In 2004 in Canada there was a 45% difference.  

A couple of my friends have had blood clots and were treated for a time with a blood thinner, Coumadin, Warfarin, which are the same actually.  A blood clot blocks the blood flow to the brain known as "Ischemic", one type of stroke. A second type is called "Hemorrhagic" which many refer to as a brain hemorrhage and that is when a blood vessel bursts in the brain.

If we pay close attention to the risk factors below and think about ourselves realizing that awareness is key.  Perhaps we'll also realize that early diagnosis can not only save our lives but also save our families years of heartache and pain.  

Risk factors, now this first one strikes me hard and that is (HBP) High Blood Pressure and then comes smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol, these are some.  Here's the kicker for women, migraines are more common to women and doubles the risk of stroke and we women suffer in greater numbers than men.

You may have heard that some women during pregnancy will be diagnosed with High Blood Pressure or diabetes.  HBP increases the risk of stroke by about 60%.  The question may arise...if a pregnant woman has both diabetes and HBP, how much higher then is the risk of stroke.  Ladies talk to your doctor about all aspects.  Did you know that hormone replacement therapy which treats symptoms of menopause also increase the risk of stroke by approx. 40%. 

Are you aware that oral contraceptives slightly increase the risk of blood clots and stroke, with the addition of smoking that increases and if you also suffer from migraines, it increases again.  Still the question is why do more women die from stokes than men.   I don't know of any studies that have been conducted to give the answer to that.  If you have any information in that regard, please share here with us, much appreciated.

My conclusion...Keep stress at bay, learn everything there is to know about heart disease, exercise, stay hydrated, eat healthy, have your regular check-ups,  stay out of the dark, light up your world, try not to be isolated from people, laugh more, know that even you can get sick.  It' s your body and doctor's do not have a lot of time to spend with you...Be Aware of You...Melvina.....

Remember, early diagnosis is crucial...Melvina   
© Melvina Germain         


From Olivia "Livvi"  Kent
Livvi poems are posted at this link.

The young woman of summer dreams.
Dark glasses, a sun hat and bright stripey shorts.
Sits under the trees, with her offspring.
The three of them together.
They're watching the colourful boats as bobbing down the stream.
The race to the sea began.
No crew to guide them. 
No compass to follow, onwards they flow.
Riding little ripples.
Their hulls tickled by minnows
The children giggled as their creations flowed away.
They chuckled as they waved goodbye.
Far away from the 'hood, found something really good.
Enjoyed their day at play.
Maybe they'll make the sea, maybe they won't.
Daddy came to take them all home.
Mummy and daddy, children holding hands.
A united band, a family , cruelly missing in todays society.


From David Harris a poem written with Cat [Cathy Hodgson] 
David Harris Notes at this link.


Our Fragrant Roses (Written with Cathy Hodgson)

Our Fragrant Roses

Some roses don't grow on bushes, 
But grow within our heart 
Those are ones most fragrant
To cherish and never part 
Please God; nourish with your loving touch 
Softly let them flourish 
The ones we love so much
Each morning when it’s thirsty 
Kiss it with morning dew 
Ensure just like honey 
To mend a heart that blue
As the sun arises 
In the afternoon 
Kiss each bud with sunlight rays 
To assure an evening bloom
Ensure our fragrant roses never wither 
As each day passes through
Feed them when they are thirsty 
And nourish them with loving touches
When the cool breezes blow 
Make sure they feel the warmth 
Of love that grows and grows so in the evening 
When the moon rises they forever glow.

© David Harris and Cathy Hodgson

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Cause of #Rockyfire determined

Cal Fire: Faulty Water Heater Caused Rocky Fire In Lake County

CAL FIRE Law Enforcement officers have determined that the cause of one of the two fires, which grew together to become known as the Rocky Fire, was the result of the failure of a gas water heater in an outbuilding that contained flammable liquids.
The fire went on to burn almost 70,000 acres, destroying 43 homes, before it was fully contained last week. The outbuilding fire caught nearby vegetation on fire, and the flames quickly spread to the surrounding area, according to CAL FIRE’s news release.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection investigators determined that the fire originated from a faulty water heater in a property’s outbuilding on Morgan Valley Road. And the cause of the second fire remains under investigation.
The Rocky fire started July 29 west of Lower Lake.
Firefighters had the almost 2-week-old Jerusalem fire in Lake County 97 percent contained on Friday and continued to work on fire lines and fire suppression within the perimeter, officials said. As of Tuesday, the Jerusalem Fire is 95 percent contain but has burned more than 25,000 acres and destroyed 9 homes.
California’s extreme four-year drought continues to be a threat, leading to fire prone conditions, Cal Fire reminds residents, and urges them to take all precautions to avoid sparking a wildfire.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Friday August 21 was the smokiest since 1980 Mt St Helens eruption

Smoke from fires in Washington State

Friday August 21 was the smokiest since 1980 Mt St Helens eruption according to The Spokesman Review in the August 22, 2015 article.
Using the specks from the website.  Little relief is expected in the foreseeable future.
The forecast calls for continued unhealthy air today and Sunday.   

Loop for Saturday August 22,2015 USA Click on the AQI Loop tab for this loop

from current readings at Current

We are using those blue paper masks when we go out. I will see how that goes for me.  Thankfully it is not as bad as it was Friday! 

Praying for all who have lost so much including the families whose members have perished.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Crafts from FaceBook and Jaquo that I like this month - August 2015

Crafts, Fun and Music - from FaceBook and my Fellow writers at Jaquo that I like this month!

Each Month I am going to add links to some of my favorite blogs, stories, and crafts that I find on FaceBook, and the internet. I am featuring my fellow writers from The Writer's Door and Jacquo as well.

From: Link:
Confessions Of Crafty Witches

CD Mandalas: These look like an easy project for all ages, from child to experienced. 

I can't wait to make some of these for gifts!
Transform old or blank CDs into beautiful Mandalas
to hang into windows or from trees , Great kid craft project

Video Tutorial-->

Did you see how her cat was in the video??? Cute!

Text tutorial-->

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From Sharon Shelly at Facebook

Spray canning lids orange, tie together, insert some cinnamon sticks and instant pumpkin 
decoration that smells good, too!

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about Merry's Spinach cookbook.
 Book at Amazon The Spinach Collection: Easy Healthy Versatile      Delicious Kindle Edition   ASIN: B013MIF7VI  by Merry Citarella 

Merry Citarella [click on her name for her website] has written a great Spinach Cookbook. .
This cookbook is available at  I downloaded this cookbook and it has soe great recipes in it.  

Merry has stories at and this is her link below.

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How about these darling Spider Cupcakes 

by Cheryl Mikesell  Jaquo Writer Cheryl has these great stories with her favorite Country and Western Music at

So easy and cute for your Munchkins or anyone!

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Nancy's Pumpkin Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Don't these look yummy??  Nancy is a prolific writer and blogger: Here is a link to many of her stories at Jaquo:  Nancy Hardin

Full recipe from Nancy here:  Pumpkin Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

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There are so many great writers and bloggers at here is the link to all of them: 

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Ruth Cox has a great blog about her dog Tidbit and her new dog Valentino.

Ruth Cox's dog Valentino

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From  Corrnina in Canada:

We find this great recipe for "Ice Cream" made from just Bananas and Coconut milk, added M&M's to look like Despicable Me Minions!

Full instructions and recipie at:

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Marsha Cooper has a great blog with a plethora of Craft ideas that she has been working on and has made

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Richard from the UK has everything you wanted to know and more about Music Facts and ongoing commentary about the songs that have peaked at Number 2 on the UK music chart since 1960...
Here is the link to his website:

Another Blog Seventied Music with videos and music you can hear that Richard has is here:
He has another blog, too:

My favorite from Harry Nilsson: "It was all change at the summit of the UK music chart this week in March 1972, as Harry Nilsson's debut British Top 20 hit, "Without You", climbed two places to Number 1"

Link to the Video of Harry Nilsson song "Without You"

Washington State fires - Smoke and Dust Aug 21, 2015

Loss of Firefighters, Smoke and Dust in Washington State

From the blog that reports smoke from fires in Washington State:


Smoke forecast through Monday 24 August

We are deeply saddened by the loss of local firefighters, homes, property and 
wild spaces in our region. Stay safe and look out for each other.

Link: Firefighters killed near Twisp: ‘three big heroes protecting small towns’

Three firefighters who died in a firestorm near Twisp Wednesday:
 Richard Wheeler, Tom Zbyszewski, and Andrew Zajac. 
(Photos courtesy of the families)

Air quality has improved across much of eastern Washington in the last 
12 hours as the dry cold front pushed through, increasing the intensity of 
northwest winds. Most areas are reporting Good air quality now. 
But alas, reports of rapid fire growth are steadily streaming in. 
The Red Flag Warning remains in place until at least 11:00 pm PDT 
with high wind gusts in many areas (up to 50 mph in the Okanogan Valley). 
There is also a strong possibility of windblown dust in the Columbia Basin today.

Things calm down on Saturday morning and surface winds turn east to 
northeast in much of the state (north winds in the Okanogan and 
Columbia River Valleys) through about Sunday afternoon. 
The smoke we exported to Idaho and Montana will return to us along with 
smoke from Idahoan fires. Smoke is very likely to make its way into 
Western Washington as well. However plumes that are able to get 
high enough will likely get caught in westerly flow aloft and keep
 heading eastbound.

Keep a close eye on the monitors and local forecasts as expected levels 
of pollution will depend on today’s fire growth. Expect pollution to begin to
 build regionally over the weekend. Valley winds will be mostly terrain driven,
 so expect poor air quality at night. Overnight temperature inversions are
 likely to be strong, so smoke wont clear out all that quickly after sunrise. 

Areas close to fires and the far eastern parts of the state are likely to 
see air quality varying from Moderate to Hazardous.

Columbia Basin and Cascade Foothills communities, including communities 
close to the Columbia River Gorge will likely see air quality varying from
 Good to Unhealthy. 

Western Washington including the Puget Sound region is likely to see periods of Moderate or USG air.

National Weather Service has also issued Air Quality Alerts for much
 of eastern Washington due to wildfire smoke, through noon on Monday. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Washington Fire Season 2015 - Evac in remote town of Conconully

August 19, 2015 -  Conconully Evacuation Notice

The remote town of  Conconully has been given notice to be evacuated.  Fires threaten this small town in North-Eastern Washington in Okanogan County, Washington.  

‪#‎OkanoganCountyFires‬ An immediate evacuation has been issued for the town of Conconully and surrounding area for a advancing fire. The fire is coming off Funk Mountain and Sugarloaf area moving south towards the town of Conconully. Persons need to be aware of their surroundings and evacuate immediately. Law enforcement and fire crew are in the area to assist leaving the area on Conconully highway. Do not wait for door to door notification, leave immediately. Listen to local radio stations for up dates.

Photo interactive map link:

Smoke from the #Wolverinefire continues to cause Unhealthy Alert for Eastern Washington 

The unhealthy alert is still in affect for my area of Spokane.  
I want to go out, but it would be very difficult for me.  We pray for rain for relief for all those affected in all the fires in the Western USA. 


See what the Wolverine Fire up Lake Chelan put out in smoke this morning August 1, 2015 from a Satellite view. Received from US National Weather Service Spokane.

More information is available concerning air quality at the following websites:

This image is as of 8am Aug 19,2015 today and shows the concentration of smoke and how it is drifting.
Image August 17, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Smoky Air - Unhealthy Alert for my area

Unhealthy Alert for my area - Smoky Air from fires

Since I have moved to the Spokane area of Washington state the middle of July we have had many days with unhealthy air.   We are all praying for the safety of the firefighters and volunteers to battle these blazes.  Alerts we can see from this link:

Photo of the area of fires in the Pacific North West

 The red dots mean unhealthy air from the fires.  In Spokane where I now live it has been unhealthy for at least a week.  I wanted to go out shopping Friday, but it was too smokey.  I have COPD so this is a warning I cannot ignore.

My daughter says that the Spokane area is like a bowl and the smoke collects in this bowl from the funnel created by the surrounding hills and low mountains.

We are all praying for rain to help with these fires.  If you go to that link you can zoom in on the map areas and there are other links there that will show you a recent satellite map from space of the smoke.
The link above is for the Incident Information -- Northwest Large Fire Information Summary.
General Info Rutter Canyon 
Incident Name Rutter Canyon (WA)
Incident Number WA-NES-001115
Location 2 miles north of Spokane
Acres 155
Start Date 2015-08-11
Cause Under Investigation
Percent Contained 70
Estimated Containment Date 0000-00-00
Residences Threatened
One of the largest fires that has been going since June 29 is the Wenatchee fire:

General Info Wolverine 
Incident Name Wolverine (WA)
Incident Number WA-OWF-000287
Location 3 miles NW of Lucerne, WA
Acres 39,989
Start Date 2015-06-29
Cause Lightning
Percent Contained 30
Estimated Containment Date 0000-00-00
Residences Threatened 150 single residences; 1 destroyed
Other Structure Threatened 80 Mixed Commercial/Residential; 12 non-residential commercial properties; 60 minor structures
Fuel/Terrain Timber, brush
Lead Agency USDA Forest Service

There is a fire very close to us called the Rutter Canyon fire. Although it is not a large fire it is causing the smoke for us locally in Spokane.