Poetry: The Most Perfect Act


poetry The Most Perfect Act

The most perfect act of love is sacrifice.

Proving to yourself

To the world

Your love is strong enough to put

Their contentment before your own.

If our time never does meet true reality

Then it wasn’t destined to be.

I will love you forever.

Our undeniable bond will always exist

A seed of hope reminding me greatness does exist in this world

I saw greatness in you

Loving you I saw greatness in myself

If life leads us down a road where our paths divide

If what you want is for me to let you go

Then I will.

I will love you forever

All I wish for

All I hope for

Is for you

To be happy

If this day comes

Where the dream of you and me meets an end

I will be humble and graceful

Pay our love honour by letting you go

No matter how much it hurts my heart

I will bury my feelings and be a good friend.

I will love you forever

Time may change our bond

Truth will always remain

For better or for worse

Burning fiercely just below the surface

Deep in the recesses of my heart

I will love you forever

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Book Review: Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E.Smith


ReviewHello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E.Smith

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Published: September 1st 2015

SYNOPSIS

The night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

Review

Aw, this book made me cry. That doesn’t happen very often. The last book I shed an ugly amount of tears over was the gorgeous, A Winter’s Tale. Jennifer E.Smith has successfully created her own subcategory of YA contemporary. Her stories are just so real, with genuine, flawed and beautiful characters. This book, as mentioned tugged at my heart. Authentically exploring the beauty and pain that sum up the experience of first love and what it feels like to close a significant chapter in your life. When everything you have ever known is changing, and time is going by much too fast.

 Absolutely perfectly, given that the storyline takes places over the course of one night. All the feelings of rushed goodbyes, in this story they are in fact rushed and very real. We feel like we have infinite time, that we will always have a tomorrow to be the same ‘kid’ with our friends, to do the same things we always do and then one day, life has happened and there isn’t that tomorrow. Friends move away. Friendships fall apart. Relationships end. It’s growing up, and it sucks.

The nature of Claire and Aidan’s breakup is very real, and I can gurantee first loves across the world have separated for these same reasons. With that being said, the end of summer release date is actually perfect. Readers will be able to relate exactly to these characters because they are personally navigating through their own experiences of life, post first love.

It’s cruel isn’t it? That we are so content and carefree in our bubble of bliss and it has to be taken from us. That life has to push forward and everything has to change. All these emotions that we ALL have experienced this book perfectly captures.

E.Smith really pulled me into this one. It really spoke to me. I identified so much with Claire, it was nice to finally find a story where I could see a glimpse of myself in the protagonist.

It is not just the end of a relationship that is mourned. It is the end of an era. Of a comfortable life where everything is familiar to us. The timeline of one night feels very right. It does feel like the changes slam us overnight. We go to sleep peaceful and calm, and overnight our world has changed and nothing is familiar.

Reading Aidan and Claire’s experiences made me think of some of my own. The friends I’ve had. The people I’ve loved. The ‘big’ moments that once seemed to matter so much, and no longer do. It was a nice journey to the past.

It also taught a great lesson. One I’ve been struggling to learn, and this summer I’ve finally opened my eyes to this great truth. Just because something ends, doesn’t mean it takes away from the value of what was. Not everything is meant to have a happy ending, but there is always elements of happiness to take away from endings–whether it be the possibility of a new journey, or the memories of something that was once great.

One of her best books thus far.

Thank you, NetGalley for the review copy.

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What To Consider Before Posting Your Diagnosis Online


This is a fantastic article, I had to share. Yes, it can be great to connect through Social Media and other online outlets whilst battling disease–but there are dangers, great read.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2015/08/07/what-to-consider-before-posting-your-diagnosis-online

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–The missing pieces


Originally posted on johncoyote:

The missing pieces

A Poem by Coyote Poetry

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Fragrance of what we were do appear. I looked into the mirror. The once warrior had become the house plant. This is sad.

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                                Missing pieces
On paper with black ink and thoughts. I try to replay the days of drunken bliss and delight.
Today like a worn-out cushion. I wait for no-one.
When age was my wealth. I wouldn’t ransom for soul for a few dollars and safety in old age.
Today I’m barren in hope and dreams. I try to re-kindle hope and the energy of my youth.
I can’t find the pieces of what I was.
When I was young. I didn’t want to get old. 39 years and leave the tire body was my goal.
Today 55 years had led me to…

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Melanoma Awareness: Reduce Risk For Melanoma


MelanomaTips to Reduce Your Risk for Melanoma

ResizedImage300273-MRA-Tanning-Bed-Graphic Wear Sunscreen.

Make sunscreen a daily habit.

UV radiation can still damage skin even in the winter and on cloudy days.

Use broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB rays) with SPF of at least 30.
Wear Protective Clothing.

Protect your body with sun-protective clothing, hat, and sunglasses.

Avoid Peak Rays.

Seek shade during the mid-day sun, when the sun’s rays are most intense.

Don’t Use Tanning Beds. Indoor tanning has been shown to increase the risk of melanoma by up to 75%. Melanoma is the number one new cancer diagnosed in young adults (ages 25-29), and scientists attribute this trend to the use of tanning beds among this age group, particularly young women.

Protect Children.

Just one bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence doubles your child’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.

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Melanoma Awareness: Detection–What Can YOU Do?


MelanomaEarly Melanoma Detection: What You Can Do

Early detection is the best way to treat melanoma.

Here are some steps you can take to help identify early warning signs:Melanoma ABCDE

Know Your Skin and Examine it Regularly. Recognizing changes in the skin is the best way to detect melanoma early. Add monthly skin checks to your routine.

Look for the ABCDEs of Melanoma. Pay attention to moles or growths that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, exhibit changes in color, have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser, or have evolved in size or thickness. If you notice one or more of these signs, see your healthcare provider.

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Those at higher risk for skin cancer (fair skin, red or blonde hair and light eyes, history of sunburn/excessive UV radiation exposure, having many or unusual moles, family or personal history of melanoma, weakened immune system) should consider discussing the benefits of regular skin examinations with their dermatologist or healthcare provider.

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Poetry: Untitled


poetry***Years ago, as many girls do unfortunately. I struggled with an eating disorder. In a creative writing class, I wrote this piece whilst taking the steps to be happy with myself and finding the true meaning of ‘healthy’***

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Every thought is controlled

Everything consumed is calculated

No matter the truth

In my eyes

It is always excess

Food is the enemy

What is ingested in public

Will leave in private

The feeling of forcing the contents of your stomach out

The remnants of nutrition

Mirror the shattered pieces of your life

The hatred you feel for it

The burning pain of acid means success

Pain is good

It is good to feel something

A reminder of life

Food cannot be a friend

When self-confidence is your greatest enemy

The emptiness you feel in your stomach

Feels right

You deserve to feel empty inside

Hollow

Broken

It is only right you inflict this emptiness

On

Something that you can fill

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