I Removed my Reblog Button

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In case you are one of my followers who kindly reblog my posts, you may notice that there is no reblog button anymore. A few weeks ago, Hugh of Hugh’s Views & News published a post about why he removed the button. Please read his post to receive the complete message. Hugh is a great supporter here on WordPress with his blogging tips.

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Mucking Out

Hi, friends. For quite a while, I have been watching the number that shows the already used GB. The distance until I reached my limit already got pretty narrow. So, I had the choice between upgrading or limiting my media library. I decided to go for the second option, although it was the one that was pretty time-consuming.

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A General Request

Hello friends. You know how much I love supporting the wonderful people in this blogosphere. That’s why I love sharing their inspiring words that come from interaction. As you may know, I don’t post any statements without the permission of the person who made them. So far, I have trusted that such permission also confirms that the words actually came from that person. In the past, bloggers have alerted me when that wasn’t the case. But this week, unfortunately, it did not work. It can get me in trouble, but also the person in question, if a quote is not properly acknowledged. From now on, I will also research every statement myself to be sure.

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Meeting a Blogger Friend

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After almost four years, it was yesterday again that I met a blogger friend of WordPress. Erika and I (this is not a mistake, we both are Erikas) have been following each other for about five years. After a while, we found out that we live almost around the corner from each other. So, yesterday we made it happen. It took me only 25 minutes to reach Erika Laufer of Lauferei.com in her beautiful Swiss village close to Lake Walen. 

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oh, liectenstein reader, who art thou?

I had to reblog this one! Can you guess who Beth’s one follower from Liechtenstein is?

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 i have exactly one blog follower

in the micro country of liectenstein

with so many interesting things about this amazing tiny place

here are just a couple of examples:

in 1886 liectenstein had an army of 80 men who fought during the austro-prussian war

they suffered no injuries or deaths

and returned with 81 men because they made a new italian friend from the opposition army.

the army was disbanded soon after and they haven’t had an army since. 

and then there was the accidental invasion which didn’t cause much of a stir:

i really love their approach to life

and i’m guessing my one reader is a pretty laid-back person

and with such a tiny country

perhaps a descendent of that new italian friend they brought back from the war?

here’s to liectenstien!

“be so good they can’t ignore you.”

-steve martin

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What The Soul Leaves Behind Will Remain

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When I was thinking about what I could write, I was distracted by a junk-email. While deleting it, my view went over the many folders of my inbox. One of those holds some very precious emails of a blogger who became a dear friend on WordPress. It was touching and deeply moving to read those emails again after 5 years.

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They Arrived…

Two of our fellow bloggers released their second books lately. And both of their first books were poetry books. Now, with their latest works, they have something else in common: Both fulfilled themselves a dream with their preferred genre.

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Marriage Unarranged #ReleaseDay #PubDay

Today is the day and the first novella of my blog sister is published. Hop over and get your copy!

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Finally, the day has come!

PUB DAY!

No, not sit in a drinking establishment and sup a gin or three all day (though that may be quite fun!) but Publication Day.

After all this time, my book baby has finally been delivered!

Yes, Marriage Unarranged is finally out there, in the world, delivered to at least fifty Kindles this morning, and the paperback is also available too.

How am I feeling?

A bag of nerves. The feedback will hopefully start to filter in soon, and I know I love my book baby, but I really want you to love it too!

Described as Chickpea Curry Lit – Chick Lit with an Indian twist! And not just for chicks, you chap(patti)s too!

Graphic made by Kate Rock ❤

‘Chick Pea Curry’ Lit, Chick Lit with an Indian twist

It all started ended with that box…

Aashi’s life was all set.

Or…

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Geoff Le Pard’s New Release: The Last Will Of Sven Anderson

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Our lovely Geoff Le Pard of TanGental is about to publish his latest strike, a sequel of his book Dead Flies which will be free in Kindle for a download between October 30th and November 3rd.

I feel honored to support his new release with a guest post. So let’s let Geoff tell us how he got to write The Last Will of Sven Anderson: Read more ›

I have been interviewed…

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… by the AuthorVoices. I feel absolutely honored to be one of their featured authors. Read more ›

#RomanticTuesday Song

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Happy Romantic Tuesday, everybody! When I was looking for a song for this Tuesday I stumbled over this beautiful duet from the musical Chess. It was originally sung by Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige which is the version I knew by now. But I found another beautiful one which touches me in many ways. Read more ›

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Visit my Zazzle Shop and get inspired by lots of daily items or gift ideas designed with my quotes!

In Love and Light

The Magic of Connection

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We are connecting with each other in various ways daily. More consciously in our jobs, with family or friends, and more unconsciously in the bus, in the supermarket,… But there is something that happens beyond a visible or physical connection. There is something we feel before the first word is said, often even before the first eye contact. It is the radiation we feel about each other. That first impression. It may not give us a clear picture – because how we perceive a person says more about ourselves than about them – but it is very important for the way that encounter continues. It is like extending invisible tentacles in order to scan the other person.

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“Love at first sight” is such a mystery! When the radiated energies are strongly matching then the tentacles of each other have already connected before we realize it. That also happens when we “feel” someone near us turn around and there they are! The more a person “shines” the more we can feel their presence without seeing them.

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First and foremost those connections are spiritual connections. Our spiritual being is unlimited and not depending on the range of our bodies. Even incarnated its senses overcome the physical limits. Soul mates recognize each other on the spiritual level immediately and feel familiar with each other without any explanation. Modern technology makes it so much easier to connect with our spiritual families or kindred spirits these days.

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That is what astounds most of us about social media and most of all about blogging. I believe that thousands of miles apart we are connecting through our hearts in the first place and the mind cannot help it but follows the heart! The law of attraction works even better on this platform where our minds are not able to judge anyone by their outer appearance due to the physical absence!

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I am here on WordPress for more than 2 1/2 years and I have experienced often from the first interaction with someone if this is going to be a friendship and closer connection. We are more open here in a place where we feel safer to share our thoughts, experiences, and feelings. That makes us transparent and the real being shines through a lot more. We feel with each other and we are accompanying each other. We inspire and encourage each other. Perhaps we are not always understood and we have different opinions but what counts much more is that we are heard and taken serious! This is what so many are missing in real life! We are there for each other when someone is not doing well and that got proved several times!

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I have never been afraid of meeting my blogger friends. I know there are some who are skeptic about that: “What if they are not who I thought they were?” I dare to say that those who are not afraid of meeting each other definitely are the way they are on their blogs. I feel blessed that I met several bloggers over time and it was like meeting old friends I just haven’t seen for a long time. It felt like a family gathering and the mind got confirmed what the heart already knew!

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Connecting by the heart and creating like-minded groups is such a wonderful thing when it is happening in the way we are experiencing it here on WordPress. And as I always say: Our community is a role model for the world out there!

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In addition to my usual Monday posts, this is my take on Connecting regarding the Blogger Bash 2017 in the UK. I have to announce that I cannot meet you wonderful people this year due to a family event on the same weekend. But I don’t want to miss at least joining in this way!

In Love and Light

 

Weekly Review

Happy Friday to all of you! I am late today but I will get it done. This week was exciting but also very busy in general for me.  But here some impressions of my blog week.

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Weekly Review

Here we are again! After skipping two reviews I am really excited to be back again with the weekly review. I won’t go back all the three weeks and hope for your understanding. Only within this week happened so much to fill this post! Happy Friday!

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It’s Still Okay Challenge

My lovely sister, Nimmi of Soulmate’s – So Near, Yet So Far

invited me for a new challenge. At least it is new to me. I know, I know, I know…. I said I won’t participate in challenges during December. Now I am doing the 24 Days Grateful challenge and yes, I also do this one. Nimmi is just too much of a sweetheart. I simply cannot reject her invitation! Read more ›

Featuring YesterdayAfter

My lovely, kind-hearted, and most creative blog sister, Carolina, started something wonderful to support bloggers. She is featuring each week one blogger and sticks their images to her page. This is an awesome idea. I was blessed to be the second featured blogger since she started it. Lately Carolina asked if someone was interested to feature her too or to do a little article about her blog. Of course I agreed immediately……… although it took me some weeks to get it done! Sorry, Carolina, but now the time has come: You are featured!

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Weekly Review

I love Fridays! But not because of the coming weekend but because of the occasion to recall wonderful moments of the past week and share them with you! Read more ›

Weekly Review

It’s Friday! After a long break do to my absence I am back with another review. This a review of 3 weeks. I hope I don’t forget anything. As you know a lot happened in my life during the past 3 weeks and I couldn’t be any happier about it. But let’s get started!

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The post with the most views is: A Two Weeks Review Of Gratitude And Blessings

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The best that happened during the past weeks for sure was my trip to and through the States in general. I already posted some times about it and I don’t want to bother it with a repetition of the whole story. If you did not see it yet, here is my review on that:  A Two Weeks Review Of Gratitude And Blessings

Marissa Bergen posted in her own special Marissa-way about the meeting of her, Carolina, Corinne and I. Please read her poem  To Find Ms. Kind. You need to know that after our meeting I drove down from above Hollywood to Newport Beach. The highways lead right through Los Angeles and it was Friday at 5 pm. The best was to take a nap right on the highway because it turns out as the world’s largest parking lot! Instead of 1 hour 15 minutes, it took me almost 3 hours to get home. Now see what Marissa made of it!!! She is amazing!

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Another highlight has been learning about the Blogger Bash in London on June 11 2016! Hey, folks! This is the chance to meet a whole lot of other bloggers you already know from WordPress or make new friends. I cannot wait to meet many of my English friends and hopefully a whole lot from other countries too! Here is the post with the first information: The BASH is BACK! The Second Annual #BloggersBash 2016 

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Joe of Joe Writes His Wrongs posted a wonderful video yesterday! He is released from prison for about two months and it is amazing how hard he is working on his future. He is highly motivated to go through all the challenges and I know that he makes it! No doubt about that. Please check out the video. It is not even 5 minutes!

Thank You

When Carolina, Marissa,  Corinne and I met Carolina gifted all of us with a uniquely created jewelery. She picked each component she used related to the person she made it for. This way each piece has its own meaning. Whenever I think of it, it moves me again deeply how much love she incorporated into each creation. Yesterday she posted about the three creations in Jewelry Designs Meanings and Friendship… turquoise-shell-necklace1a

Another big Thank you goes to Kruti for her effort to meeting me in Dallas and for her lovely gifts! Thank you for your amazing friendship, for your openness, trust, and the love you share with us. You are a gem, dear sister! I am happy and proud to have you in my life!IMG-20151028-WA0012

A huge Thank you goes to Linda and her family. Linda invited me to stay with her in Louisiana and already her excitement about our meeting and my visit touched me a lot. Her hospitality and that lovely welcome by her and each family member is a gift with no money to buy. You, your husband, your sisters, and of course your mother are some of the most loving and cordial people I have ever met in my whole life. That I may call you my friends or even family is an honor and joy I will never be able to express! Thank you!

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Sandra of A Momma’s View invited to leave links either of your own blog or posts or of those from other people in order to share them with others. Please take the chance and head over to  Time to Mingle. Thank you, Sandra. This is  such a thoughtful way of supporting and connecting!

And of course: THANK YOU STARBUCKS!!! Not only that we had a wonderful time at your place, I enjoyed your creations for 2 weeks as much as possible! 91324-I-Love-Starbucks-GifAwards

Thank you for 3 awards:

The Respect Award and the Infinity Dream Award from Amaya of Life Of An El Paso Woman

Another Respect Award from Robert Goldstein

New Blogs I Follow

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Sacha Black Sacha is the organizer and founder of the Blogger Bash! If you are interested in the gathering you better follow her to stay informed!

Just a thought

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Whatever invention and new technology was developed can be used in either way. Although often misused Social Media is a gift go me. The connections and friends from all over the world we make here on WordPress to me still is the vivid vision of how the world could look like: tolerance, respect, support, compassion, acceptance, open minds, sharing, love, peace…! There are millions of WP users. When we are connecting  in the real world we are spanning a net of awareness around the globe. We are role models in displaying and honoring everybody the way they are. We ignite the flame of awareness that together we can make this world a better place and prove that everybody in their unique appearance gives something special and important for the benefit of all, to make this world feel whole, and to make this a humanly place. Let’s prove that peace is not only a wish but an attitude, a state of mind. We are all brothers and sisters! We all want to be loved… so let’s love.
Happy Friday to all of you!
In Love and Light

A Two Weeks Review Of Gratitude And Blessings

I heard sceptic voices regarding meeting bloggers in person because of a possible disappointment. My own experience was nothing like that at all. I did not have any expectations about the wonderful people I was going to meet. They already captured my heart for months and I dare to say that we did know each other by heart. That is why it was not necessary that any ice needed to be broken. There simply was no ice. We all embraced each other with arms wide open! We laughed and joked about all the things we were posting about. It truly were meetings between old friends! I am already thinking about my next trip. I will make it an effort that at least once in my life I want to embrace the people I call my friends, brothers, and sisters! Read more ›

Beautiful Memories!

Above the clouds so high

So much time to think back

Of beautiful times with lovely people

Of places I discovered new

Of friendship and heart warming hugs

Of smiles and sunshine

Of vows and gratitude

Of inspiration and love

Is that melancholy I feel?

Yes, sure, it’s there!

It tells me, it was good

And worthwhile to be repeated

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Melrose Plantation – Natchitoches, Louisiana

Yesterday, my dear host Linda, took her mom, Phyllis of Anchors and Butterflies, and me further to the south of Louisiana where we visited the Melrose Plantation. It was another beautiful day. The weather was gorgeous and so was the company!  Read more ›

Just a quick Hello from Louisiana!

Hi friends! I have had an awesome time by now. Linda of Nutsrok and her husband are such wonderful, lovely, and caring people. It is awesome! Here are just some few photos from an excursion together with Linda’s mom ……. much more to come! Read more ›

Weekly Review

I cannot believe it is already Friday again. This week just flew by!!! There was a lot going on again this week. Most of all I was very busy preparing and scheduling posts for my absences during this and next month. But now let’s go a little back in time 😊

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Story about Cooperation – Guest Post

Wilson Agaba of Storing Hope is a kind-hearted man from Africa. He is of support for others wherever he can, and he spreads the message of love in schools of his country Uganda. He is one of those who are actively working for peace in this world. Wilson had a very tough childhood and youth. Something many of us can barely imagine. But he never locked up his heart. I offered Wilson a guest post because I am impressed by his actions and by his loving being. Wilson has an important suggestion regarding cooperation.  Please take some time and read his article and check out Wilson’s blog! Read more ›

Happy Independence Day! – Flashback

To all my American friends out there!

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Freestyle Writing Challenge

Dear Ritu from But I Smile Anyway nominated me for the Freestyle Writing Challenge. It is the second time within a week I was nominated for it. Thank you, Ritu, for thinking of me! Ritu is a woman full of life, sparkling with her shiny, positive, and always uplifting energy! It is impossible not to take Ritu to one’s heart. Please visit her blog and convince yourself.

It is a challenge every time since I don’t know what I have to write about. I am a in a creative place? Do I know something about the topic? Will my text make sense since I mustn’t go back and edit anything? But right that is the thrill… isn’t it?

These are the rules I copied from Ritu’s post:

1. Open a blank Document

2. Set a stop watch or your mobile phone timer to 5 or 10 minutes, whichever challenge you prefer.
3. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH YOUR TIMER!!!
4. Once you start writing do not stop until the alarm sounds!
5. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spelling and grammar using spell check (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write with correct spelling and grammar.)
6. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation or capitals.
7. At the end of your post write down ‘No. of words = ____” to give an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.
8. Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new topic for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nomination (at least five (5) bloggers)

Here is Ritu’s topic I am supposed to write about:

The meaning of family

What means family? Family means home, having a place to hide, and being accepted the way we are. Family is shelter and comfort. Family is a gift. I married young with 23 and wanted to have a family as soon as possible. I wanted to have 2 to 3 children. I wanted to do something meaningful, being there for a littel, miraculous creations seeing them grow, develop, and give my life meaning in taking responsility of a little human being. I wanted to be a mom since I was in my late teenage times.

I am happy that my wish came true and I was gifted with 3 children (13/16/20). They are all unique as can be. But it is not always easy to be a tolerant part of the family. Most of all I am challenged when I see that what I do is simply taken for granted. I am getting frustrated, annoyed and also sad since the kids are older and instead of cooperating thinking they are in hotel mom and don’t need to care about anything but simply can drop their stuff and leave it where they lose it, or when they see no need to clean up behind themselves.

Then I need to remember that I am blessed with 3 wonderful children. I am happy they are caring for themselves and we have become more like a group of friends. I love their intellect and humor. I love my family. I love that I am a mom and I am looking forward to the time when my kids have their own family!

Word count: 266

Time: 10 minutes

Oh well… it is what it is 😉

Now here are my nominees:

Kristina Galea

Mitch Teemley

Les Petits Pas De Juls

Anchors and Butterflies

JBurns Short Stories

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In Love and Light!

Introducing New Blogs I Follow!

This week I found some very interesting blogs again. They are all profoundly inspiring, uplifting, and insightful.

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Introducing New Blogs I Follow!

Last week I started introducing new blogs I am following. I want to make it a habit to keep that up each Friday in order to share my discoveries with my community. The number might vary of course. This week I found another eleven interesting blogs I’d like to present: Read more ›

Taking a break!

Wow, I can’t believe it! It is mid April and I am sitting outside on the patio with my laptop only wearing a bikini! The weather is gorgeous. We have temperatures in the lower 80s already! It’s a dream.

As I mentioned it recently I thought about taking a break from blogging. The next two months are getting very busy. My education is about to reach the first certificate level, I am giving 4 weekend seminars and workshops, birthdays are coming up and there are some other bigger events. But most of all I finally want to finish my book. I need to work myself through the last chapter wich is a huge one. Due to the happenings and experiences of the past 2 years and most of all the past 2 months it has to be rewritten and extended. Did I decide to stay away from WordPress? Read more ›

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