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a favorite Christmas song…

I wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas songs with you.  This is full of whimsy and magic 🙂 Take a listen!

 

And in case you would like to read the lyrics….

December Will Be Magic Again

Written by Kate Bush

December will be magic again.
Take a husky to the ice
While Bing Crosby sings White Christmas. He makes you feel nice.
December will be magic again.
Old Saint Nicholas up the chimney,
Just a-popping up in my memory.

Ooh, dropping down in my parachute,
The white city, she is so beautiful
Upon the black-soot icicled roofs,
Ooh, and see how I fall.
See how I fall
(“Fall!”) [backwards]
Like the snow.

Come to cover the lovers.
(Cover the lovers,
But don’t you wake them up.)
Come to sparkle the dark up.
(Sparkle the dark up,
With just a touch of make-up.)
Come to cover the muck up.
(Cover the muck up,
Ooh, with a little luck.)

December will be magic again.
Light the canDLe-lights
To conjure Mr. Wilde
Into the Silent Night.
Ooh, it’s quiet inside,
Here in Oscar’s mind.

December will be magic again.
Don’t miss the brightest star.
Kiss under mistletoe.
I want to hear you laugh.
Don’t let the mystery go now.

Ooh, dropping down in my parachute,
The white city, she is so beautiful
Upon the black-soot icicled roofs,
Ooh, and see how I fall.
See how I fall
(“Fall!”) [backwards]
Like the snow.

Come to cover the lovers.
(Cover the lovers,
But don’t you wake them up.)
Come to sparkle the dark up.
(Sparkle the dark up,
With just a touch of make-up.)
Come to cover the muck up
(Cover the muck up,
Ooh, with a little luck.)

Oh, I’m coming to cover the lovers.
Ooh, and I’m coming to sparkle the dark up.

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Hello, apologies and exciting announcement!

Hello All!

 

Soooo, I know I have been M.I.A. lately…and I am sure you are all missing me horribly…

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no poetry, no comments…no visits to your lovely blogs.  I’m terribly behind on emails too. I’m sorry, but I have to admit I’ve been a bit distracted.

You see…I’m getting married….

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in 5 days!!!

Yes, 5 days!

After a very long engagement we have decided the time is now 🙂

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Brian and I are making it official on Sept 17th and then taking a little road trip vacation/honeymoon.

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{We will not be as cute as any of the above ↑ couples…

but i couldn’t resist snagging them from google images 🙂 }

 

So, my presence online will continue to be nonexistant or spotty at best until the end of the month.  Please bear with me…I’ll be back in the swing soon.  🙂

 

❤ Melanie

 

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A trip to Haslam’s!

Brian and I went to Haslam’s today 🙂  It is one of my favorite places in St. Petersburg.

 

Haslam's Book Store 2025 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

Haslam’s Book Store
2025 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

The place is huge.  It is so cool to wander around and see the diverstiy…they have old, used books as well as all the current best sellers.  They have some rare first editions and signed copies…some of these are kept in locked cases but many are one the shelves next to $2 books.  You never know what you are going to stumble across.

 

 

You really cannot see the size and scope of the place through these pictures.  But I will tell you they actually have little maps of the place so you can find your way around!

Jack Kerouac is rumored to still haunt the store, moving his books to more prominent display locations as he did in life.

 

Oh and by the way, Jack Kerouac is rumored to still haunt the store.  He supposedly still moves his books to more prominent display locations as he did in life.  It is funny becaus everytime I go in I always spot new and different things…AND I always see a couple Kerouac!

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Haslam’s was started in 1933 in the Depression by John and Mary Haslam, both avid readers, to provide other readers with used magazines and books at bargain prices.

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Haslam’s celebrated 80 years this past December. Amazing, really when so many other book stores are closing…both indepedent and big box stores.

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Today was fun AND I had to show remarkable restraint… oh I wish i was independently wealthy so i could take stacks of these home with me!!

 

~Melanie

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“Broken Bounce . . . ‘

Reblogging a poem by Rising Hawk that touched me. Please direct your likes and comments to his page 🙂

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Be you, Be now

i can’t wrap my head around you

any more than i can understand the

public posturing

of pompous politicians

who gloss over the issues

with ads about their opponents fallibility and hairline

don’t you understand that pocketing watches

does not save you time?

anymore than keeping up with the Jones(s)

or the Kardashians (as the case may be)

will ever make you Happy.

Always waiting, planning for the future

some day, one day….

as life passes you by.

Be you, be now!

What are you waiting for?

~Melanie Blackwell

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Artists 4 Peace is 1 week old! Can you believe it?!

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Hi all!

So really 1 week!  Wow, we are growing so fast 🙂

1 Week/ 91 followers/ Views in 18 countries!!  It is so exciting!

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We really are spreading love and peace throughout the world 🙂

As we are growing we are learning and tweaking so please take a look at the updated Welcome page for a more detailed description of our focus and the revised Submission Guidelines.

Remember that we do have the Monthly Topics & Deadlines and Current Schedule posted.  We also encourage and accept any other Peace related submissions that we will post throughout the month.

If you haven’t already, we ask that you please put the Artists 4 Peace logo on your blog.  It will not only show others you are part of…

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Thank you…

Please read this post from Gigi on our new venture. Other than her making ME sound like Wonder Woman, I completely agree!

Thank you all 🙂

Rethinking Life

artists4peace is up and running.  Melanie is sleep deprived and starting to think pajamas are street wear.  She’s been working so hard.  Her computer is probably longing for a rest and begging to be turned off, even for a few minutes.  I don’t know how she does it, but she keeps on going.

Being terrified of computers in general, I just give encouragement, apologize for not being able to help with the computer stuff, and generally collaborate on what we want to do.  We have started talking at the same time and I love that.  We are so excited about this project.  I love working with her.  It’s easy and fun.

What we are most excited about, however,  is YOU.  All of you have been so responsive…so willing to give…so willing to be part of  the artists4peace project, that we are touched and overwhelmed by your generosity and interest.  We…

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Submission Guidelines and Monthly Scheduled Topic

Artists4Peace

Your passion is Your Art!

 We are looking for:

  • Paintings
  • Digital Art
  • Sculptures
  • Drawings
  • Poetry
  • Music Videos or Audio
  • Lyrics
  • Essays
  • Fiction
  • Non Fiction
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Knitting
  • Calligraphy
  • Dance

Seriously, any kind of Art!


Submission Guidelines

As you know we all define things differently.  What does Peace mean to you?

The purpose of this collaborate effort is to promote Love, Peace and Understanding throughout the world. We believe that if we work together we can make a difference.

To make sure we are focusing on our purpose we ask that all submissions meet the following guidelines:

  • Positive Art for Peace!
    • Positive Thinking
    • Positive Outlook
    • Positive Attitude

    Uplifting
    Playful and Joyful
    We would love to see Happy things:

    • People laughing, holding hands, hugging, sharing.
    • People working together for Good.
    • Animals being animals!

    Offer Solutions

    • How can WE bring about positive changes?
    • How can we make the world a better place for…

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