Memoir- Eat, Pray Love

Recently, I read the end of this book by Elizabeth Gilbert … So this is a partial review! I was particularly interested in the third part that is set in Bali, Indonesia. After last years shocking earthquake in neighbouring Lombok, I was curious to know of the fate of the locals. The volcano there has started to smoke and reading about their eco-tourism, I began to appreciate the diligence and grace of the people. While the latter part of the book is somewhat narcissistic New Age it explained some of the belief systems that helped the protagonist find balance in her life, after she had a difficult time with relationships.

I suppose the memoir was about building herself up again, in a highly flamboyant way. Most of us couldn’t afford this lap of luxury but I get the concept of learning to love yourself before you can love another. Also, taking on the mantra of those who smile through pain and hardship after natural disasters is interesting. Elizabeth explored Hindu spirituality and meditation in her journey. I agree that the concept of belonging is important. Finding an identity helps prepare for redemption, humility and patience to bear with one another in love.

For me, it is the Christian faith that teaches those solid foundations offering us a purpose.

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A Hope-Filled New Year!

Wishing you all a peaceful and hope-filled New Year!

Here’s to new beginnings. I’m waiting for my first book review from Australia where they are having an almighty heat wave.

Thinking of the lonely, sad or uncomfortable and trusting for a better 2019!

Keep reading. A book can be a best friend.

Love Polly

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It’s not just me Raising Awareness of Sexual Expolitation

The historic exploitation and grooming of girls is being uncovered and dealt with in modern literature.

See the author and journalist called Sofka Zinovieff who has joined me writing about grooming in her latest novel, ‘Putney.’

https://amzn.to/2Nace66

Beware! It’s quite shocking. Together, we can tip girls off.

Short Stories are back!

Short stories are back in fashion. What a relief! That’s where I cut my teeth.

There’s tell of a revival, so says last Saturday’s Times newspaper in the UK. Thanks Matthew Moore their Media Correspondent, I’m happy.

As students have their reading week and a new Semester dawns, it makes me wonder how many get chance to read beyond the wonderfully accessible short to extend their commitment to a novella or novel. The whole curling up with a good book idea is not too much of an indulgence. It just needs the clocks to stop, the phones to break and social media to go away…

Snow is on the horizon, so prayers might be answered.

If you haven’t taken a peek at my empowering novel check it out here.viewBook.at/Ebook

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Post Christmas Blues!

When the continued climb seems difficult and beyond our own strength…There’s nothing like reading to encourage us to write. At present, I am reading poetry by TS Elliot. What with the snow and cabin fever setting in and all!

That may sound heavy but it fits in with this time of year, really! See or hear ‘The  Journey of the Magi’ on Google, to join me. I think it infers that to see beyond we need to keep looking upwards.

When I think I have it not so easy, this poetry is levelling. It works for me.20180114_114115

Also, getting by is easier with a friend up front. So let us hold on tight!

Good News! My Novel gets a plug

Huge thanks go to Denise Powell, Founding Editor of the Voices Project. It is a website featuring women: ‘Front line experts on combating global poverty agree
that when you empower a woman
you empower a family,
a community,
a nation…’

Here she has published the first page of ‘What If I Go’ novel, in an attempt help me to raise awareness of exploitation and how to spot the signs of controlling men. 

On her site the novel extract sits amongst amazing poetry and prose written from the heart. She has a passion for promoting human rights through storytelling, which I admire greatly. Check it out here-

http://www.thevoicesproject.org/poetry-library.html

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It’s not #Wordless Wednesday after all!

Empowerment Through Self-Expression

Coming soon! There’s a month to wait but… You maybe interested to know that an extract from the beginning of my novel, ‘What If I Go?’ outlining the dangers from gangs of sexual abuse for students, is to be published online at ‘The Voices Project’ on 10th October. Please go to their wonderful site here-

http://www.thevoicesproject.org/

The Voices Project is a non-judgemental venue for women, and also men, to express their personal stories and observations through poetry/prose to promote social change. The hope is to bring the voices of these individuals forward, providing a creative pathway leading to growth and empowerment, and in turn affecting everything within their lives. Although our main focus is on women’s literature, we do publish (and celebrate!) the voices of men, as it’s important we are all a part of the conversation and mission.

 

If you could direct traffic that way then abuse survivors could gain from the empathy found there. Thank-you!