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Beautiful Advocate – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


5 Lines – Beautiful


Photo: Getty Images. Princess Dianna sitting with amputees, victims of landmines, Angola, 1997. Dianna as many will remember ignited opposition to the use of landmines which resulted in the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty and drew attention to the work of the Halo Trust whose work is clearing mines and advocacy against mines and weapons of war. She had that inner beauty, photos of her shaking hands with lepers, sitting with HIV sufferers, visiting homeless shelters and os on. I’m not a monarchist, but her work was of a different order.

“I’d read the statistics that Angola has the highest percentage of amputees anywhere in the world … that one person in every 333 had lost a limb, most of them through land mine explosions. But that hadn’t prepared me for the reality.”  Dianna Spencer

Beautiful  Advocate

So beautiful, those legs, her …
And such a mind…

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The Quest for Creativity and Inspiration – Daily Quote

Jo Hawk


Inspiration and creativity are indelibly linked. Inspiration materializes from the ether, exploding like St. Elmo’s Fire. The event is awe-inspiring, forging a connection to a powerful energy, and the motivation to create. You emerge with certainty, clarity, and a vision. A concept to launch your project, intuition on how to proceed, or a novel way to complete your task, is the product of your transcendental experience.

Recreating the encounter is an exercise in futility, and chasing it makes it more elusive. When I hit a wall, the best solution is to step away from my screen and do something else. I have a laundry list of preferred activities. I shovel snow, do yoga, walk outside, indulge in a hot bath, or brew a strong pot of coffee to sip with fresh baked red velvet cake. Ideas have struck while weeding, crocheting, arranging a bouquet, listening to the wind dancing in the…

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Skin to soul

A Faded Romantic's Notebook


You could be

an actress

a model

the well-known face

of perfume

or clothes.


You could be

the spirit

the Muse

of painters

and writers,

a woman


an icon

a saint

a rose.



But you

sweet angel

are more lovely

more adorable

more desirable

more special

to me

skin to soul

than any of those.



© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Not brand new – but I like it

Art by William Oxer


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