a madness silenced:Persephone’s Daughters Lit Mag Contribution

I am so honored that my piece “a madness silenced” was chosen for issue 5 of Persephone’s Daughters, a lit magazine dedicated to empowering women who have experienced various forms of abuse and degradation.

As I was creating “a madness silenced”, I was consumed with how often we allow others to dictate our voice. How through times of abuse, degradation and even your own personal turmoil we create a madness inside of us and we silence our voice from speaking up instead of silencing the madness that is filling our soul.

We have to learn that if we silence the madness inside of us, then we have the freedom for our voices to be heard allowing us to heal, or grow depending on the situation, or maybe both.

We don’t have to let the madness drown us, we can rise above together.

a madness silenced

silent screams but no one


paired with icy fingers no one


while fear squeezes my lungs of


and momentarily pauses of breath


to lingering minutes on the


causing a burning need for survival


leaving my mind faultless of


from the madness overtaking my life’s


until trembling limbs descend into


and the indifference to my suffering is


#litmag #poetry #empoweringwomen #persephonesdaughters #abuse #degradation #womenempowerment

Hello, It’s Me Again!

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Hello, it’s me again.
Sorry, I have been away, but sometimes you just have to take a sabbatical from yourself.
I know, I know that sounds like the most ludicrous thing ever, buts it’s true.
I have spent the past several months on a social media sabbatical, and even a sabbatical from my own writing to the world. During this time I have still been writing but just not sharing with everyone. I needed some time to write out my thoughts and feelings to find my direction again.
It’s been good the past 6 months. It’s helped me focus on what my next steps are and write some incredible poetry, some that I will share that has been published, and just find me again.
But it’s time to engage with the world again and I look forward to all it brings.

Victorian Valentine Blog Hop Giveaway

I must admit, I am a hopeless romantic. I am also a lover of British Literature. Blame Austen and Bronte I guess but all I know is Victorian Literature is a passion of mine.

We can thank the Victorian Era for making Valentine’s Day a thing, and to celebrate I have joined a group of amazing bloggers for the Victorian Valentine Blog Hop Giveaway.

Of course my giveaway prize has to fit the Victorian Era so I will be giving away a pair of Romantic Hurdy-Gurdies from Victorian Trading Co.

Romantic Hurdy-Gurdies are miniature musical crank-boxes that will serenade to the tune of Swan Lake and Greensleeves. Dear imagery obtained from our century-old paper archives graces this pair of music boxes.

So I hope you will join with us and enter the blog giveaways linked below.

The event runs from Feb. 6 – 20, 2018.

Good luck!

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Top 12 Super Bowl Sunday Appetizers and Snacks

I must admit, I’m not really a football fan unless it’s the Arkansas Razorbacks!

In fact, watching football gives me severe anxiety.  I am so nervous watching those big ole boys tackle each other.

I think it defeats all the lessons in grade school when we were told play fair and no fighting.

But regardless of how I feel about the game, I sure do enjoy hosting Superbowl Sunday Parties!

I just happened to have found 12, YES 12, amazing Superbowl Sunday Appetizer and Snack recipes.

No more spending endless hours searching through pages and pages of recipes on Pinterest,  I have all the bases covered!

So whether you are cheering for the teams, watching for half-time commercials, or just waiting for the amazing food, I hope you have an Awesome Superbowl Sunday!

1) Oreo Cookie Ball Gameday Cupcakes from Love Bakes Good Cakes

2) Beer Cheese Dip from Gator Mommy Recipes

3) Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites from Thrifty Jinxy

4) Mini Taco Bites from Mind Over Batter

5)  Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball from The Thrifty Couple

6) Dill Pickle Bites from The Kitchen Is My Playground

7) Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Mushrooms from Food Done Light 

8) Pull Apart Garlic Cheese Bread from Vegetarian Gourmet

9) Creamy Bacon Guacamole Dip from The Kitchen Is My Playground

10) Loaded Sweet Potato Fries from Food Done Light

11) SNICKERS® STADIUM, SNICKERS® DIP, AND DIPPERS! from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

12) Crispy Chicken Snack Wraps by Love Bakes Good Cakes

*originally posted on my blog GraceandGravy with permission from the bloggers who participated.

Charity Auctions Today: Art for the Children

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Charity and Mission work is close to my heart.

I am part of a Mission Team that travels to Guatemala yearly for medical mission work and to serve at a local orphanage. My heart is full of compassion for this type of work and I love to be able to serve those who are so accepting of any love that humanity is willing to show.

Because of this type of missions that I am involved in, I am always looking for opportunities to help organizations and non-profits, whether it is physically or monetary, and this is how I came across Charity Auctions Today, online auctions made easy.

When I first stumbled upon Charity Auctions Today site, I was pleasantly surprised at how this mobile fundraising auction was organized.

CAT features:

CAT is the only charity auction platform that will let you try out every feature they offer before you commit to using. That’s how confident they are in the platforms they offer.

But I think that what I love the most is that you can run your auction through your Facebook Page. Great way for added exposure. Your Facebook fans can do all their bidding from inside Facebook.

And because of the great layout, I was able to locate rather quickly the auction organization that I would like to be involved in by bidding on items up for auction.


The Children of the Arts Gala, which is part of Medical Missions Fundations, has been raising support for Medical Missions Foundation for over 20 years. By browsing and bidding on our unique selection of art, items brought back from our missions, and fun experiences, you will be supporting the critical work of Medical Missions Foundation.

Wow, this definitely hits close to home for me. Medical Mission, children, and art all put into one category was a total no-brainer for supporting this amazing organization.

Thank you, Charity Auctions Today for creating such an easy to navigate auction site that works wonders for non-profit and charities.


Ice Ice Baby and Starbucks Giveaway

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Yesterday I woke up to a surprise…

Old Man Winter had come for a visit and left me a gift of snow and ice. In the south, it is a rarity and not appreciated at all. I still had to get to the church which is 25 miles away from where I live. As I was headed for the interstate, I received a message that said bad wrecks and interstate was at a standstill, so a little detour and I take the old highway.

I have been gone about 15 minutes, (by this time I normally would be just a few miles away) when I received another message this time from my church letting me know that services where canceled. At this time, on a Sunday morning, most of everyone is still tucked snuggly in their beds but because we have to be at church so early to help prepare for services, I wasn’t in my bed snuggling, I was on ice and snow.


My daughter had spent the weekend at her grandfather’s house so there was no turning around and heading home for me, so “ice ice baby” it was until we finally arrived to pick her up and head the 25 miles back home.


But we did make it home safe and spent the rest of the day indoors, on the couch with a cup of hot coffee, while a steaming crock pot of chicken and vegetables smelled the house up till dinnertime.

I can’t be too upset though, I think it was in perfect timing for MamatheFox’s “Ice Ice Baby” Giveaway Hop. And what better way than to warm than with a cup of Starbuck’s!

So make sure that you sign up for my $10.00 Starbuck’s E-Card Giveaway, then head over and sign up for all the amazing giveaways from the “Ice Ice Baby” Giveaway Hop!


Good Luck!

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Cuddle Clones Giveaway

Everyone who knows me knows how obsessed with my Shih Tzu Cashy I am. I had been looking into Cuddle Clones because I want me to make sure I always have my Cashy close to me. Then I ran across MamatheFox hosting this amazing giveaway and I knew right away I had to share this amazing opportunity with my readers!

Cuddle Clones are the perfect gift for any pet lover. Do you, or someone you know, love their pet so deeply that they cannot imagine life without them?

With Cuddle Clones, you can have a stuffed animal clone of your pet created. Using their amazing technology, time and love Cuddle Clones can use images which will provide and create for you a stuffed clone of your pet.


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