Cynthia Reyes's Blog

December 10, 2018

Thank goodness for Christmas plates.  They’re not all to my taste, but they seem to be the most colourful thing anyone uses at the dinner table these days.  It’s a white-out, I tell you.  Even here in my own household, we tend to use plain white cups, saucers and plates, saving “the good stuff” for… Continue reading White-Out
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Published on December 10, 2018 08:33

December 6, 2018

I’m seeing turtles everywhere these days! Myrtle’s Game, book 2 in the Myrtle the Purple Turtle series, is complete and now the Kindle version has just been released on Amazon. In Canada, it hit the #1 spot in its category on the first day. The US ebook is available here, with more links and updates to… Continue reading Turtles Rule!
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Published on December 06, 2018 10:13

December 1, 2018

Ever lost a blogger friend? Someone you never met in person but whose posts touched your heart and mind? Or perhaps that person’s writing made you sit up and say: “Wow. I wish I could write like that!” Such a  person was Cynthia Jobin.  Her unique voice came through in her marvellous poetry and her… Continue reading The One and Only Cynthia Jobin
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Published on December 01, 2018 11:06 • 1 view

November 26, 2018

The thing below is NOT a poem. I’ve decided to call it a ‘pourem’.  Words that poured from my heart and onto the page, without invitation.   What Remains The colours have come and gone You know the ones Revered in poems and short stories In blog posts and books The reds, the golds, the crimsons… Continue reading A “Pourem”
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Published on November 26, 2018 11:30

November 19, 2018

My good man doesn’t understand why I like my sister’s old clothes. She shows up with a bagful of clothing and I rummage through them like a kid with a treasure box. The look on his face says: “At your age, you really should not be wearing your sister’s hand-me-downs.”  I could tell him they’re… Continue reading Pride or The Lack Thereof
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Published on November 19, 2018 08:32 • 3 views

November 15, 2018

I am dealing with a big disappointment on a project. I have felt let down and hurt. I should be used to disappointment, right?  For years after the car accident, every visit to doctors and therapists was full of hope, followed by the crushing realization that my hopes were unrealistic. Some injuries don’t heal that… Continue reading Let Down, Looking Up
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Published on November 15, 2018 07:57

November 12, 2018

No child wants to be different. To be taunted for something you can’t change. I know. I wanted dark hair, like everyone else. Instead, during childhood, I had flaming reddish hair. “Reds” was the kindest of my nicknames. I loved playing — boisterously — with my sisters and friends. Suddenly, I was struck with childhood… Continue reading What Makes You Different….
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Published on November 12, 2018 13:22

November 8, 2018

A team member, working on a project with me years ago, had seen me give feedback to others.  She noticed that I always pointed out ‘the positives’ before getting to what needed improvement, and especially so if the critique took place in a group-setting. One day, she told me: “If you ever have to give… Continue reading How to Give ‘Feedback’ to Anyone
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Published on November 08, 2018 05:28

November 3, 2018

Jeanne Balsam is an illustrator, writer and one of my favourite bloggers.  Now she’s launched a new line of Christmas and holiday cards, and a special journal she’s created. If you’re looking for interesting Christmas and holiday cards or a gift, may I suggest you check out her site on Etsy? Jeanne’s love of drawing… Continue reading Check out Jeanne Balsam’s Creations
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Published on November 03, 2018 06:10 • 1 view

October 29, 2018

Early in October, I wished aloud for the leaves to stay on the trees ‘for a couple weeks longer this autumn’, and this morning I realized my wish.  It’s a grey day but you wouldn’t know it. Not when the trees themselves seem to glow with their own sunshine.  No matter which window we look… Continue reading Golden Woods
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Published on October 29, 2018 10:47 • 1 view