What a Story #OctPoWriMo 

Potholes in the Road of Life

When I sat down this afternoon to see what (hopefully less difficult) prompt OctPoWriMo had in store for me today I was a little apprehensive; if you read yesterday’s post you know I had some difficulty with it. Today I was pleasantly surprised to find a thought that gave me no difficulty in finding inspiration for! You see, I would be writing what is basically my storyin poetry form.

The idea was to capture a moment that you were proud of or shocked that worked out. I can tell you without hesitation I have nothing to be proud of on my end; I am only bearing witness to what happened to me over the course of a couple of years in my life. If you’re interested, you can read more on my Aboutand Maybe I Should Have Started Herepages.

I’m stunned
Did I hear that right?

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Size Matters – Chapter Ten – Avoiding Nutritional Deficiency.

Sally is thorough.

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I often use the term ‘Nutritional Deficiency Syndrome’ to describe what I believe is the root cause of the majority of illnesses.  I also call those diseases ‘Lifestyle Induced’.

It is in our own hands to make a difference and I know that making changes looks like it will be a costly or time consuming option, but really it is not.

For example, just simply adding sweet potato into your diet three or four times a week can reverse eye-damaging Vitamin A deficiency in a relatively short space of time. Tasty, can be cooked in one 20 minute session and stored in the fridge.

I do take some supplements, particularly those that are manufactured by the body but in decreasing quantities as we get older. Also I do not do winter very well and whilst I have enjoyed getting my Vitamin D from sunshine for the last 8 months, I…

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The Immune System – Part Two – The body’s greatest asset.

Sally provides us with an explanation of our immune system.

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The Immune System – The body’s greatest asset.


In this second post on the immune system I will cover the components of this complex defence mechanism, how it works and how to maintain its efficiency with some changes in diet.

It is a system that is usually taken for granted and treated with disrespect until it lets us down, and then we blame it for making us ill.  In fact if we have not provided this vital function within our body, the foods containing the nutrients it requires; it is us who is to blame. Many millions in the world do not have access to fresh produce and are unable to give their immune systems what it needs, causing widespread disease. This means that it is even more important for those of us who do live with the luxury of food choice to make the most of it.

Without an…

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Welcome to October and Autumn!

Welcome to October and Autumn!

Tell Rawls what you enjoy about autumn. Don’t you like his photo’s.

E.E. Rawls Writes

One of my favorite times of the year has arrived, and that time is autumn, and no month makes me feel the full season effect than the month of October! For this celebration of autumn I will share with you some things I’m looking forward to this autumn season. And if you like, tell me about what you are looking forward to this autumn in the comments below. 🙂

The Leaves: New England is among the most beautiful places during the fall, especially the further north you travel, so I’m looking forward to the trees coloring the world like a painting.

Pumpkins: I love carving pumpkins, even if it makes my hands sore afterwards, lol. Other places around the world are doing fun things with pumpkins too! Here are a few: (click on images to visit their websites for more photos and info)

Pumpkin contest in Germany

Giant pumpkin carving in the…

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Silence is a Writer’s Friend.

Silence is a Writer’s Friend.

Ronovan reminds us to be friends with silence.


Mother Teresa Silence quote
My quote today may seem somewhat one-sided when take at face value and purely at the word God. My being a Christian might even make you think of reasons I chose this verse today, but no.
I enjoy silence. Silence is one of my best friends. With the often times chattering mind of a person who has suffered a Grade 3 Concussion, by which I mean my brain does not stop for days at a time and keeps thinking and thinking without sleep, when I can find silence, I embrace it.

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”-Mother Teresa

You may look at…

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Rooted in the Land – Home from Holme

Let’s go a hike with Sue Vincent.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

P1110655We headed for Buxton, passing through the town with its mixture of architectural styles reflecting its rise to popularity as a spa. The waters of Buxton have been thought to have curative properties since at least the time of the Roman invaders who named the place Aquae Arnemetiae, the spa of the goddess of the grove. There is a huge limestone cave complex too, Poole’s cavern, that I would like to visit one of these days, where evidence of human occupation goes back beyond recorded history. For now though, we simply needed to get through it.

heather 2015 derbyshire, higger tor, beeley circle, edensor, bak 057“Are we going via the Snake?”
“Not exactly.” I was disappointed. I like Snake Pass. The road winds through spectacular hills and a few miles can take hours, if you are lucky enough to have time. “We’ll just touch the end of it at Glossop.” Oh well… I wasn’t about to complain. We were…

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Anniversary, Love (Short Story)

Liz’s love story is beautiful.

The Moments Between

Throughout the past 20+ years, I have occasionally written stories and poems that include thoughts about my husband, marriage, relationships, love, &c. We were in our mid-forties when we (once more…after a lapse of nearly twenty years) began dating and married. The following short story was written about four years after we married.

“Falling In Love Slowly”
by Liz Bennefeld

When life became unbearable and those with “witch” talents were branded unacceptable by the local clerics, Tharal, the one who founded our family, crossed the western border into a more hospitable country, leading a string of horses fit for the army’s elite, seeking a new life. How he acquired those horses, we were never told.

Tharal traveled as far as the foothills on the northern border of his adopted country, where he entered into a partnership with Dalen, a local farmer, to breed a new strain of horses for speed…

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Koh samui – Thailand ” Heaven on Earth ” welcome!

The “Bees Knees” page will be a good one to gaze at during the long winter months.

Bancha Kimavaha ( hooksamui)

Koh samui - Thailand,welcome!

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Memories are made of this – 1975 – Ghosts, You Sexy Thing and Jaws

Sally shares memories of training at Schooner Inn.

Photo Diary: Ilocos Trip with the Sisterhood

Photo Diary: Ilocos Trip with the Sisterhood

Hello, guys! Just want to share my last trip in the Philippines before I left for the United States. 🙂

Wax's World

Roadtrip Dates: April 9-11, 2015

You’ve probably heard of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It’s a young-adult book series written by Ann Brashares which were also turned into movies. It’s about four bestfriends and a pair of pants that miraculously fit them all. When they have to be apart from each other, these pants were passed from one to another and that somehow connected them.

I have my own sisterhood, too. And just like the four main characters from the series, we were also different in some ways but when we’re together, it’s like we have our own world. After high school, we started to be “apart” going to different colleges and now that we are already completely “adults” and in different professions, we hardly have time to be physically together.


Before I share some of the photos I took from our roadtrip, let me introduce you to my sisters…

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