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LIFESTYLE News and Views

Help Your Neighbors

As we go through this crisis we have to help each other. Check in on the elderly in your neighborhood or in your building. They are the vulnerable population and some are scared to go out. Volunteer to go grocery shopping. Ensure they have all the basic supplies they need. Help reassure them that together we will get through this. If there was ever a time that we need each other it is now.

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Books Writing

Vocabulary Corner

Today we will look at two more words that sounds the same but is slightly different in meaning . They are COMPLACENT and COMPLAISANT 

COMPLACENT: means showing smugness or uncritical satisfaction about one’s self. Self-satisfied or conceited.

COMPLAISANT: means the willingness to please others. Being obliging or agreeable

Everyday try to build your vocabulary. Good luck and happy writing.

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LIFESTYLE News and Views

A New Reality

We are facing a new reality. It is not business as usual for the greater majority of the world’s population. In every corner of the world lives are impacted by coronavirus. We are at war with a virus that as yet we know little about. The thought on everyone’s mind should be survival…making it out alive.

This is a time when we have to make sacrifices. Follow the rules set down. Treat every surface you touch as if it was contagious. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid crowds. Stay home if you do not have to go out. Let us do our part to stop the spread of the virus. Keep safe.

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LIFESTYLE News and Views

Stay Calm

In the midst of this coronavirus crisis we need to stay calm. The unknown is often scary and one will feel afraid. However we should not allow fear to hold us prisoners. This too shall pass!

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Books Writing

Vocabulary Corner

As a writer vocabulary is  important. You need  to have a grasp on words, their meanings and how to use them to convey the message you want. Today words on vocabulary corner sound the same but have different meanings. They are COMPLIMENT and COMPLEMENT.

A Compliment is an expression of praise or admiration. For example: Susan your hair looks beautiful today.

Complement on the other hand means a thing that completes another. It enhances it or improves it. For example: The red jacket complements her dress.

Good luck and happy writing.

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LIFESTYLE poetry

I’ll be Here

A lesson on Friendship

I cannot ease your aching heart
Nor take your pain away.
But let me stay and take your hand
and walk with you today.
I’ll listen when you need to talk,
I’ll wipe away your tears.
I’ll share your worries when they come
I’ll help you face your fears.
I’m here and I will stand by you
on each hill you have to climb.
So take my hand, let’s face the world
and live just one more day at a time
You’re not alone for I’m still here
I’ll go the extra mile
And when your grief is easier
I’ll help you learn to smile.

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LIFESTYLE News and Views

Staying Safe as we Fight Coronavirus

Everyone wants to know what the can do to keep safe in light of the present coronavirus outbreak. The main emphasis is on hand washing which everyone must do frequently. However in addition to hand washing I would suggest if you have to venture out into the public, on returning home you should wash your face as well and use a rag to clean your nostrils. This may sound a little extreme but remember the portal of entry for the virus is through the eyes, nose and mouth so it would make sense to pay attention to those areas too. Keep safe everyone.

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Books

Coronavirus Pandemic

As the threat of Coronavirus become more evident people are engaging in panic buying stocking on commodities from food to household cleaning items.

Uncertainty is part of the reason for this increased shopping. I can understand people wanting to make sure they have enough food supply in case they have to quarantine. What I cannot understand is the unnecessary shopping for toilet paper. What is the link between toilet paper and the virus. I saw one incident where one individual whi had a trolley full of cases of toilet paying engaged in a fight with anothet individual who just wanted one case. Can toilet paper cure the virus? This is so confusing. The bottom line is we all need to think of each other.

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poetry Relationships

Goodbyes are Never Easy

I wrote the poem a while back. I came across it just now and thought I would share with you.

Goodbye

 

Image result for a lonely girl on a beach

The cool crisp air was as salty as her tears
The waves came in, washing away the sand
from under her feet, and taking with it her dreams.
Deep shadows formed as the sun whispered goodbye.
The tears dried up slowly, yet her eyes would not smile
Deep pools of darkness equates the sadness in her eyes
It is over the night wind whispered
It is over the sea gulls cried
It is over the waves echoed
It is time to say goodbye.

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Books Writing

A Tip for New Writers

As a writer it is important to value your craft and take pride in your work. Along with proper grammar and punctuation, correct formatting is also important to make your book readable. I once had a fellow writer who was promoting her book on Face Book. I went on Amazon to check it out and realized it had no proper formatting. Sentences ran into each other with no separation or paragraphs. It was unreadable. I reached out to the person via private message relaying what I had discovered and was shocked when the individual acknowledged that she was aware of it. I found it mind-boggling that someone would promote a book knowing it was next to impossible to read. Weeks later when I checked back it remained the same.

There is no point in publishing a book if no one can read it. Do not make that mistake. Good luck and happy writing.