Greetings from Washington, DC and a Feature Performance


In 2010-2012 I used to feature at least once a month. Including the cast appearances and being an opener for another more famous poet I would be on at least 20 flyers per year! The last feature I did was in Tucson in November 2012 and I have only performed once or twice since then. And yet… Back in April when Shelly Bell posted in the Women of Poetry Slam group on Facebook that she was looking to have ALL female features in 2015 for her show, I somehow thought that going to DC to perform for the first time in 3 years was a good idea. I think it was my financial aid money burning a hole in my pocket that gave me the hudspah to just up and buy a plane ticket. So… HERE I AM IN DC! I will perform tonight at the Busboys and Poets in the Village at Shirlington in Arlington, VA. SO EXCITED! ^_^


washington monument - sketch style







Blogging for Dollars… NOT.

I apparently FAIL at Google AdSense. I set up on Blogger because I figured since they don’t seem to have the traffic requirements I could make a few extra bucks with ads on my blog if I switch. So… tried to give it a whirl.

The first time I tried to turn on AdSense, I got a message that my blog had to be at least 6 months old. This was November of last year. I waited until May and submitted to AdSense. Got an auto reply that said my account would be reviewed and I would be contacted with the results and to be patient because it could take a while. Fair enough. A month later out of curiosity I checked the help forum to see how long it normally took. Turns out THEY DON’T EVEN START REVIEWING UNTIL THE ADS ARE TURNED ON FOR THE BLOG. Which made no sense. I thought I had to have AdSense and THEN the ads would be available to turn on, but NOPE. It’s the other way around.

With that in mind, I turned on the ads and promptly got a do-not-reply email NOT to say “Welcome” or anything cool like that. No, it was saying my AdSense account was disabled and gave NO WAY to contact any type of customer service. The only link was to appeal the decision but without knowing exactly WHY the account was disabled, what the heck was I even appealing??

I filled out the form which asked a bunch of questions about how I code my blog (I don’t, I just use the free templates as-is and just type in a blog) and other things that were WAY over my head and my answer to almost every question was “I have no idea what this thing is that you are asking about here. I am an amateur  blogger just trying to add income to my blog via AdSense. How do I find out EXACTLY why my account is disabled?”

I never did get an answer to that question. The only thing I got was another do-not-reply email telling me my appeal was denied (again without a reason why).  I really need to stop being lazy and call my lawyer to figure out what my legal rights are in this situation. Maybe after work tomorrow since I work mornings and will be off by 11am. I’ll let you know how that goes.

In the meantime… If Google is going to be so crappy about AdSense, I am going to quit Blogger and I will be back on good old reliable WordPress. I have a lot going on with work and getting all my online things in order and then summer school starts in a week so I can’t PROMISE to be better at posting… but… I will certainly try! :-)

The “improved” posting thing is NOT the bizness.

My Life Monday – Things I May Have Forgotten to Mention

As I begin my third week of school, I don’t know if I even mentioned on this blog about taking classes in 2015.  So as most of you know already, I will be sailing around the world beginning 2016.  Since prior to July I had never been on anything other than a rowboat in my life, I figured it would be a good idea to get my knowledge in a better place for a WORLD WIDE trip. Hence signing up for the US Coast Guard certified crew member classes at Clatsop County Community College here in Astoria, Oregon.

So that is my life for 2015: learning to be a better sailor!

Thanks for reading! :-)

#MLM = #MyLifeMonday – Simple Magic

I had intended on having this blog for more personal posts as well as for my poetry but haven’t really been doing that… so… a little thought I had and decided to share…

Life is a magical thing sometimes. I look around me at the magnificent Pacific Northwest that I now live in and am amazed daily. I am small town now. Kept close to the water by my bipedal mode of transportation, I find that my living area is really an even smaller section of this tiny hamlet (The Uniontown neighborhood to be exact). Especially since it is fall now.

The nearly constant gray skies are reason to take extra vitimin D and multivitamins. Tuesday November 11th was Vetreans Day. It was a rare time with sun in the sky and yet there I was indoors at the nearest coffee shop working on my blogs. Even so… life is still filled with little bits of magic. The sun in the sky is enough wonder for me. :-)

Rainbow over the West Mooring Basin. Astoria, Oregon on the Columbia River.

#MLM = My Life Monday — The Emuna Endeavor

I had at some point last year had the intention of posting a personal blog every Monday. I haven’t really been keeping up with that very much. Right now I am trying to get myself together to sail around the world so most of my energy is going to be put into that.

If you would like to keep up with what is going on I would suggest checking out our WordPress site for the trip:

Soon I will be posting some blog posts about the road trip in May from Louisiana to Oregon (where the boat has been in storage) and of the things we have done so far and what we have planned for going forward. I will also be posting inspirational quotes and links to things I am researching about circumnavigating the globe via sailboat.

If you would like to be a part of the start of a movement to support the idea of global friendship and diversity, please follow the trip blog. It is only a personal quest for us if you don’t join in too! We would love to hear from you! :-)


#MLM = My Life Monday — Acknowledgements…

I started making it a point to thank people for liking my posts. I went back and acknowledged each like on all my entries for October and will continue to do so going forward until my travel schedule doesn’t allow for it anymore. I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read these thoughts of mine so it’s the least I can do to say so!



#MLM = My Life Monday — Best laid plans…

There is a saying: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”… I am feeling that one right about now. Seems like no matter what my intentions have been, the execution of those intentions has consistently been missing the mark in 2013.

I had an EXCELLENT 2010 and 2011. 2012 had its ups and downs but for the most part my life was still very good. This year my life still has its bright moments but as the common calendar year comes to a close, I am finding that there are many things I should have done differently. I refuse to regret because it is an insult to the gift of life. I acknowledge 100% my part in how my life is in the moment.

Now is where I decide what is next… once I figure it out… I will let you know…

#MLM = My Life Monday — It’s still quiet on the home front…

My life is very small in my opinion. It has been filled mostly with poetry (mine and other people’s). Occasionally I have some photography in there. I dance sometimes. Sometimes (like right now) I have love in my life.

This year 2013 is very quiet compared to 2012 when I went to parties and events all the time and planned to leave on a sailing trip around the world this summer. The trip is postponed until next year (see for more info) and in the meantime I am just here surviving from week to week, day by day.

So just like last week, life is quiet. We’ll see what happens between now and next Monday. :-)



#MLM = My Life Monday — Things are pretty simple today


I decided to do a different kind of post every day on this WordPress blog… Follower Appreciation Friday, Throwback Thursday, Write Bloody Wednesday… So… to do something for Mondays and Tuesdays… It’s Monday so to keep with the catchy tag for the posts I decided on “My Life Monday” which will basically be a weekly post about random stuff going on or that I am thinking about at the time.  My life is pretty simple so don’t expect a lot of super in depth stuff here! :-P

That’s all that I am thinking about at the moment this week… maybe next week will be a bit more interesting, eh?  ;-)

The bf and me this past spring 2013… this is my life: sunny days in Phoenix, AZ and smiles with my love. :-)