Late August

Late August

The weather is changing. The mountainous temperate
edges toward autumn
There’s a crowded sound in the rattling leaves of the fig
and I think of cities,
though the second fruit, ovarian, purple, splitting to
is ready for picking.
The brambles hedging pink villas banked up from the
burgeon with berries
ripening black, seeded, sweet, which the French don’t
bother to gather,
but sometimes I do,
taking an extra plastic bag in my back pocket, coming
up from the market.
The bedsheets are grimy and wrinkled, but why should
we haul
to the costly laundry
what we’d need for a couple of days? All our
touch on departure.

— Marilyn Hacker, author of Selected Poems 1965 – 1990

T.S Poetry

A Father’s Protection ~ Cover Reveal


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Originally posted on Dragon Knight Chronicles:


A Father’s Protection

by: KJ Hawkins

The land beyond The Forest of Ferrês belongs to the kyres mortal enemies the twin-tailed foxes. Standing on the borders DarkDeath will have to plunge into the unknown to save his adventurous pup.

Will he be able to find Digger and make it out alive? The battle to protect his own will be tested when DarkDeath faces off against an old rival. Death lingering over his pup’s head will test his strengths as DarkDeath braces himself for battle.

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Official Release Date: September 29th, 2015


KJ Hawkins

KJ Hawkins is a young fantasy author making her way into print. She has had a strong love for fantasy since she was nine years old.

As an adult the magic stayed with her inspiring her to write stories of adventure and magic. Hawkins, at her best, brings personality to…

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Summer Recipe Sale

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It’s time for the last recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015!
As hot summer days turn into crisp autumn nights, and winter brings the season of gift giving, now is the perfect time to stock up on lip balm making ingredients! Fruity, fresh, and super moisturizing, this recipe will leave your lips feeling naturally soft at a fraction of the cost.

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The optometrist says my eyes
are getting better each year.
Soon he’ll have to lower my prescription.
What’s next? The light step I had at six?
All the gray hairs back to brown?
Skin tight as a drum?

My improved eyes and I
walked around town and celebrated.

We took in the letters
on the marquis, the individual leaves
filling out the branches of the sycamore,
an early moon.

So much goes downhill: our joints
wearing out with every mile,
the delicate folds of the eardrum
exhausted from years of listening.
I’m grateful for small victories.

The way my heart still beats time
in the cathedral of the ribs.

And the mind, watching its parade of thoughts
enter and leave, begins to see them
for what they are: jugglers, fire swallowers, acrobats
tossing their batons in the air.

— Danusha Laméris, author of The Moons of August

This poem is offered as part of our August theme: Carnival & Circus

T. S. Poetry

Janice Pockett

Janice Pockett

Her name like a warning at the edge of the woods
and also   green metallic bicycle   empty envelope
Whoever made her disappear did it entirely.
Had the kennel released its hounds
the dogs would have found nothing
before the decades of nothing.
How far back to trace a vanishing—
butterfly that crossed her path days before just so,
the one her hands finally caught
and the impulse that made her hide
it under that rock. Afternoons later
how she wanted to retrieve it or
the time it took to scavenge the drawers
for an envelope to carry it home and so
and so. No. That isn’t right.
No life should lean on such fine margins.
Janice Pockett, we 70s children sleeved your name
in our bodies like an orange flash in the wind.
Your name became prayer.
Your mother is still searching the woods
for the rock, the room for the envelope,
the quick bright wings for your voice.
When we rode off on banana seats toward
our granted days, we wanted to bring you home.
When we said your name, we whispered.

— Jennifer K. Sweeney, author of Little Spells

T. S. Poetry

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

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Today’s Aromatherapy Tip Comes From Farmer’s Almanac

Vacuum cleaning dust on a floor

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

No need to buy expensive carpet deodorizers containing artificial fragrances and ingredients. Simply mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of cornstarch, then add 15 drops of essential oil of your choice. Sprinkle on the carpet, leave for 10-20 minutes, then vacuum. Store leftover mixture in a glass jar or airtight container.

What essential oil do you add? Following are some suggestions:

Earthy Scents for the Fall Season: Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Spicy Scents for the Winter Season: Allspice, Bayberry, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, Orange

Fresh, Clean Scents: Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Linen, Narcissis, Orange, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rose, Spearmint

Get rid of household pet smells: Orange

Get rid of fleas: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree

More essential oil suggestions will be posted at a later date. If you have a need before then, just let me know in the comment section.

Purchase all of your Essential Oil Needs at:

Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist


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