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Great poems not only express the heart and mind but evoke emotions in creative ways that allow us to see and feel another's thoughts. When Robert Frost speaks of "Miles to go before I sleep" we can see the snowy woods, the darkest night, and understand the promises we make...



Books

 

When Shall the Butterfly Rest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Shall the Butterfly Rest is a collection of beautifully written poetry that explores the many facets of life. The emotions of a lifetime are captured in short, distinct poems filled with imagination and imagery.

The poems flowed at times as if from an unknown hand, while at others had to be hammered and chiseled out to find their form. The poems form a puzzle to fit together, enjoy, and ponder. Thought provoking, funny, or maybe just romantic.

The book is a composite of 95+ poems from Creating an Extraordinary Life: the Poet’s Heart plus many new poems. The poems have been organized into chapters for the reader to enjoy and ponder. Thought provoking, funny, or maybe just romantic, read on and explore When Shall the Butterfly Rest… For more detail

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Recent Releases

 

Mary, Mother of Christ, II

Lessons from women in the Scriptures

Many are the unique experiences and qualities of Mary that extend beyond the obvious, i.e., the mother of the Messiah. Most notably, she was the only eyewitness of the Savior throughout his mortal life. In so doing, she obtained a testimony of the Lord’s divinity as well as his mortal mission on a very personal level…      ... Continue Reading

 

Poem of the Week

 

Poetry Verses

The Wolf Within

If you should find a wolf inside
howling with madness in the wind
remember that his twin,
also resides within
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Women in the Scriptures

 

Mary, the Mother of Christ

Lessons from Women in the Scriptures

Mary, the mother of Christ is unique among all women in her divine role in giving birth to the Messiah. Her story is fascinating, regardless of whether we are Catholic, Muslim, or Latter Day Saint. And yet, for the countless pages that have been written about her, we still know so little about Mary, the person, & Mary, the Mother of God.      ... Continue Reading

 

 

Videos of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary and the Birth of the Savior in Videos

Few things give greater insight into the Savior, & who he was, than his relationship with others, especially women and children. With Christmas approaching, we are focusing on Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Here are 4 videos that provide insight into this great woman and the birth of the Savior      ... Read More

 


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Finding Happiness

 

Self-Esteem

When a Poor Self-Esteem Becomes a Vicious Cycle

A newborn does not enter the world with a poor self-esteem, but develops a self-image in intimate interaction with care givers and others. As the child develops the brain learns to interpret its environment, e.g., crying gets attention, those wet areas around the bottom aren’t very comfortable      ... Read More

 

 

Investing Mistakes to Avoid

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Ideas for the Investor

If your intend to invest, mistakes will occur! The slide share presentation below covers some of the more common, including failing to appreciate diversity to not having a plan and knowing where you want to go.

     Avoiding investment mistakes

 

 

 

 

Finding Happiness in the Holiday Season - Part One

Christmas Noel

Especially for the Single

Ever wonder if the Grinch stole Christmas? You're not alone -- the Holidays can be a tough time for singles (and others).

There can be many causes for unhappiness around holidays from SAD (basically a lack of sunlight) to man over board (trying to create the perfect Christmas).

One of the Grinch's master elves is social isolation that can creep in at Christmas. For example, many single activities are often canceled from Christmas Day until New Year's Eve and leave a vacuum for some. Others may be facing the "it's the 'X's year" leaving ...another vacuum. And the multitude of pre-Christmas family activities may remind you of your 'singleness'. And it can be tough.

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     Slide share presentation of Finding Happiness...      YouTube Version

 

 


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Hiking and Travel

 

 

Orson Smith Trail & Park

hiking trails

Hiking Orson Smith Trail

The Orson Smith Trail (and Park) is an easy hike — a little over a mile each way. The trail and park is fairly well maintained and includes benches, tables, trailhead, adequate parking, etc. The trail itself is decorated (by nature) with wild flowers, birds, and ...      Read More

 

 

Hiking in Salt Lake City and the Surrounding Area

Donut Falls

Utah has some of the most scenic hiking spots in the world. Among these are a number around Salt Lake City where the family can escape for an afternoon or day of hiking adventure. Big Cottonwood Canyon as well as Little Cottonwood Canyon provide easy access to SKC residents and visitors... read more

 

 

Isla Mujeres: Punta Sur

Punta Sur on Isla Mujeres The Video clip is a short presentation of images from Punta Sur on Isla Mujeres. The island is a favorite scuba dive destination as well as a scenic and fun spot! 0:49

 

 

 

 



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