Poem: Approval, Love & Validation

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I remember a time when I looked for approval,

for love and validation

and those days seem a distant memory now,

the self-love I feel even in the hard moments is deep,

a fire that just can’t be put out,

I believe in myself

and I pass over the negativity people push my way,

it means nothing,

therefore it is nothing,

I wish that for others,

wish that isolating feeling would leave them,

let them live this beautiful peace in their minds

that I have been lucky enough to find,

when you love yourself you always have love,

when you approve yourself you always have approval,

when you validate yourself you always have validation,

it might feel like that is not enough

but it is more than enough,

it is the most beautiful love,

approval and validation you can find.


Poem: Your Hand In Mine

My father Brian passed away 14 years ago today. This poem is in tribute to him. R.I.P Dad. We will love and miss you forever.

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I feel you holding my hand,

it feels so real,

I look to you,

I hug and I kiss you,

I hold your hand again,

everything feels so real and beautiful,

I feel the tightness of your hand in mine,

true or my strong love for you I’m not sure,

I tell you I love you and I miss you,

ask you if you are proud of me and of us,

I feel movement in my hand,

give you hugs and kisses,

sniff your hair like I used to when we’d hug,

tell you we all love you and miss you,

ask if you will come visit them too sometime,

I am unsure of your response

but I guess that’s your private moment with them,

Dad I love you,

thank you for coming,

love from your loving son Mitch.

10 Gratitude Affirmations

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  1. I am grateful that I am alive. Every moment of my life is precious to me.
  2. I am grateful that I am me and I look forward to the excellent future in front of me.
  3. I am grateful for my loved ones who enrich my life with love and respect.
  4. I am grateful for all the little moments throughout the day.
  5. I am grateful for all my amazing qualities and skills. I am grateful that I am pretty amazing.
  6. I am grateful for my self-love. I will always be loved and I am grateful for that.
  7. I am grateful that I am strong and brave. I am grateful that I am confident and capable. I am grateful that these qualities will help me through.
  8. I am grateful for nature and the beauty in the world around me.
  9. I am grateful for each breath. I am grateful for my health.
  10. I am grateful for the challenges I face and for what I can learn from those challenges.

Poem: The Character Of The Town

Recently a little dog who everyone in the town knew well passed away and this poem is a tribute to him. Elvis, rest in peace.

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He was a character of the town,

guarding his street,

keeping all his people safe,

he was a cutie,

a charmer with other dogs,

hanging with his love and bestie,

always seen together,

she is now alone searching for him,

he was adventurous

and everyone knew him,

a popular dog

with a rounded personality

leaving many memories,

R.I.P darling,

you will always be remembered,

my thoughts and condolences are with all your loved ones

at this very sad time,

angel rest in peace,

your light and spirit will always shine on.

5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Hi everybody! 🙂

Here are my latest five video suggestions.

Social Issues

First up we have episode 48 in Crash Course’s Black American History series with Clint Smith. In this episode Clint speaks about the life and career of Toni Morrison. Very intriguing.


Next is Tina Turner’s amazing performance of We Don’t Need Another Hero from 2009. Everything is so amazing here. Tina’s excellent vocal, the band, the dancing, the costumes. Such a show.

Next up is Niamh Kavanagh’s performance of In Your Eyes from EuroStarz in concert 2021. Such a great vocal.


Next up is Bob Baker’s affirmations video with Louise Hay affirmations. Really great advice and very soothing and relaxing.


Finally here is episode 14 of No Gorge with Violet Chachki and Gottmik. In this episode they talk about their trip to Miami. Really fun and entertaining as always.

Sail By James Patterson & Howard Roughan Review!

Sail (2008) by James Patterson and Howard Roughan is a really great read.

In the book Katherine Dunne goes on a boat trip with her children Mark, Carrie and Ernie and their uncle Jake. She is trying to regain her relationships with her children since her husband’s and their father Stuart’s death. She has not spent as much time with them as her career as a heart surgeon has took centre stage. Stuart was Jake’s brother. There was a bit of romance between Katherine and Jake behind Stuart’s back and there is still chemistry between them but Katherine has remarried lawyer Peter Carlyle. But this being a thriller, soon things take a turn for the worse when the boat is blown up and those on board are left to fight for their survival.

The book is really engrossing and hard to put down. It deals with important issues like suicidal feelings and a suicide attempt through Carrie’s depression and the struggle of Katherine to juggle her career with family life. These social issues are told through side stories alongside the main thriller plot. The thriller plot line itself unfolds more and more as the book continues. At different parts you find out different parts of what is going on and it works very well. Some of it I think was quite obvious and maybe it was better the reader is let in on that earlier but the twist at the end was great and I didn’t see that coming. The way Katherine’s relationship with her children is written is really strong and the storyline with Katherine and Jake really makes you root for them to get together. I liked all the main characters but my favourite was Jake. He seemed quite down-to-earth and resourceful. He was quite non-conformist and I could relate a lot to him. It is a book with a lot of people who live a very rich, affluent lifestyle which I couldn’t relate to as much but with Jake, even though he was rich, I could relate because he was very down-to-earth. The contrast was very interesting to read.

I really enjoyed the book. You always find yourself wanting to know what happens next so that is a very good sign for a mystery. It was a really enjoyable read. Very entertaining.

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