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Taj Mahal . . .

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So, it goes like this . . .

 

Yes, there it sits, and here I sit. 

Goddammit. That’s on my friggin’ list of things to do before I die. AND, it’s on the 7 Wonders of the World . . . and, here I sit.

Crap.

I have a very close Indian friend. She is from India. Not the “Woo-woo/How” kind of Indian. The kind that you get transferred to when you’re calling any 1-800# anymore.

Well, she is absolutely a divine friend of mine. I have known her for the past 17 years.

She knows my dream of wanting to visit the “Taj.” It’s called, “The Tajjjjjj,” by the way. If you say, “Mahal,” well, then you are just “out.” 

So, yes, she knows that I want to go visit “The Tajjjjjjjjjjjjj-Dahhling (I draw it out a little more “j” and throw in a “Dahhling” just to be extra affected!)

She says that even though I am VERY travelled, that I should go with a tour. 

Bodies croaking and bloating so much on the streets. Extreme heat, poverty and illness.

Wow, doesn’t that sound like fun?

Frankly, it sounds like Downtown Los Angeles.

Hmmm. Maybe I need to re-think this whole “Tajjjjjj” thing. God knows that I don’t even want to drive into the city, much less pay thousands of dollars and 20 hours on the plane (each way) to get somewhere that’s just like . . . well, like home.

I think I’ll just tap my Ruby Slippers . . .  and say, “there’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” 

And, here I sit . . . and there it sits . . .  safely at home.

Be well,

Belle

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All I Need . . . Poet A B C’s

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So, it goes like this . . .

 

All I need is here in this

Boy’s smile. He

Cures me and quiets the 

Devil that resides within me.

Evening itself inside me. Resolving the tension, though the string is taut and fragile.

Friend or foe, he

Guides me. For

He knows me, and loves me rightly. Little does he know the weight of that affection.

It lies inside him. Throbbing with pain or hope, he cannot define it. Nor does he want to.

Jaded, my light shines upon him.

Kind his eyes are, though

Lowly they look. Shy and tentative.

Mindful, he feels he

Needs to soothe me. To move me. Though I am already moved.

Overwhelmed by his honesty.

Pitiful I lie there. A

Queen is how he sees me. A somewhat inaccurate reality.

Restful he finds me, though I am fitfull in my 

Sleep. He dreams of better 

Times, while I just lie there and dream. Happiness runs round the room, and we corner it as if by chance.  

Under the wake of our history of life and

Vows,

Will love be enough to

Xist in this kind of life? With my kind of battle marks?

Yet, he waits for me to catch up to him.

Zany love is all that I can give him. 

          Will it be enough for a life of time? 

                    For a real kind in all ways?

—–

Be well,

Belle

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I’ll be there . . .

I just told my daughter that I would always be there for her. Be there to help her make a deformed incision…

She just looked at me.

Unfortunately, it IS what I said.

She knew what I meant.

I think.

—–

So, y’all come back, now. Ya’ hear?

Be well Dahhhhlings,

Belle

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Widow Rings

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So, it goes like this . . .

 

When I became a widow five years ago, I too, was very confused.  After a long while, I decided to wear my ring around my neck on a thin black ribbon.  The ribbon was from a present that my kids gave me from a packaged candle “to help me light the way.” 

Poetic.

Then after another long while, I took the ring off entirely.  When that time came, it sort of released me.  And at that time it felt good. Someday it will feel good for you, too.

Breathe out.  Breathe In. Take one step. Then, another.

Be well,

Belle

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Sweep me off my feet, please . . .

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I feel for you friends that are out there.

You wish that someone great would come along and sweep you off your feet, right?

Well, some days there is just no feet-sweeping. I hate to tell you, but some days are just full of stinky feet.

Men and women alike, I think ultimately, want to find that special someone regardless of whether they have been single most of their life or married. I wish I had good news to report but I don’t. Sometimes you think that you’ll meet some special someone, and then you don’t hear from them and you don’t know why. You didn’t hear from him yesterday, no phone call, no future plans.

Do you want to give up on the fairytale?

Heck no, kids! Persistence, man. You have got to be relentless.

Meeting someone is about as tiring as a full-time job. It’s a numbers game. You may be tempted to compare the people that you met with someone in your past.

Is it right, or fair? To the other person? To you? Would you really want to do the same thing over when you have this second, third, fourth, fifth, seventieth chance? Aren’t there some things that you ultimately want to change? I know it may have seemed perfect in the past, but maybe it was just perfect because it sits in the past. We have a way of idolizing things that we can’t touch anymore.

I understand this, because I am a widow.

I can’t touch my past. They are times when I look at it and I wonder, I really wonder, if it was as perfect as my memory paints it.

And, I have to tell you, that the past was full of wonderful times, but the past was also full of dirty socks, occasional bad breath, and moments when you just wish that you were somewhere else.

So, when you go on the next coffee date with a potential Mr./Ms. Wonderful, give fate a chance.

Let your toes dance on an unknown path of love.

Try someone new, something new, and maybe it won’t be the same as before, but singing in harmony with someone can be awfully pleasing.

Keep shooting for the goal . . . but in the meantime, just enjoy the game.

Keep those cards and letters coming!

Be well,

Belle

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Taboo – A Memory from the Dominican Republic

I saw her looking out from the doorway.

She’s young. Yes, very young. Too young for her job, for sure.

The little kids — brothers and sisters — run in the front yard. Pounding the dry dirt into their souls. The kicking the blue ball, and then hitting it with a broken stick. Someday they will be working, too. But, they don’t know it. Not yet.

She is barely older than they are, yet she has work to do. Her parents prepare her. She is, after all, the breadwinner for the family.
Her 13-year-old face is made to look twenty. The only money the family had was invested in her makeup, bought from the local farmacia. They apply a carefully, not to waste it. She has to work tomorrow, you know.

She’s leaning against the door jam. Eyes, bright only with the blue shadow on her lids. Otherwise, lifeless.

No mascara, though. Mascara is a luxury. Too expensive. Maybe next week with the money she makes. Rouge. Yes, rouge to make her cheeks look becoming.

But, most importantly her lipstick. So red. Her lips lay limp upon her face.

Her eyes looked down, as her ride drives up. Yes, it is time to work another night. Time to work another night of this so-called love.

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BEA New York City 2009 – Installment 2

Hello again Dahhhhlings!

When here’s another entry on the BEA that happened in New York City just a couple weeks ago. I just wanted to give you a rundown of the conference schedule everything began at 8:30 AM like I told you novelist Karin Slaughter gave a beautiful keynote address.

That was followed by our first breakout session that started at 9:30 AM. These panels included:

1. The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass — he spoke about learning techniques to master exceptional impact for your novel writing. These things included how to build captivating heroes, action scenes and the use of micro-tension. He spoke about having passion on every single page. He is releasing his new book by the same name as the panel name above.

2. Putting Flesh on the Bones: How to Write Great Gharacters by N. M. Kelby — this was a panel that was handled by the famous author that has just recently written the Constant Art of Being a Writer due out in September 2009. This panel was created so that you will be able to write memorable characters that your potential editors will love and your readers devour.

3. Get Known Before the Book Deal: a platform primer by Christina Katz. Becoming visible is almost a necessity when landing a book deal anymore, agents and editors expect this in every expertise of the publishing industry her book, known by the same name, issue insight on how to create a successful platform.

4. DIY Publishing: how to publish yourself for greater exposure and success by Jane Friedman. Online community publishing models are free and easy to use, she says, and can help your career began easier than ever. She spoke about popular websites and tools and how to use them in real time.

5. Ask the Editors Panel: several authors brought their questions about writing and publishing to the table for these experts to express their views on. Panelists included Chuck Sambuchino, editor of Guide to Literary Agents;, Alice Pope, editor of Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market; and Jessica Strawser, editor of Writer’s Digest magazine.

That’s it for now, Darlings! Sorry that you missed such a wonderful event, but I thought that this might just give you an idea as to what happened during that time.

Maybe we’ll see each other there next year!

Keep those cards and letters coming!

Be well,

Belle

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