More Than Coffee – by Lauren Scott

As a person who enjoys poetry and coffee, the decision to read Lauren’s well written book was a no-brainer. As a matter of fact, I languished over every poem and bit of prose. For 33 mornings, I read one piece with my coffee.

Each day’s reading brought me warm thoughts, stirred feelings and created a desire to be creative. What a great and positive way to start the day.

In this intimate look at her and  her family, nature plays a huge part in stirring memories of irreplaceable experiences, both uplifting and occasionally heartbreaking. All emotions are expressed beautifully in positive light.

I couldn’t resist picking my favourite poem.

This poem is an experience I share with Lauren. She could have been writing about me and my mom. I am deeply moved.

There is no copy and paste from the ebook. I wrote this out, and proofed it many times. It seems the word program likes to correct non-mistakes. In the final proof, much to my amazement I saw the title was in blue. All the titles are in blue. Yet, I believed this title was in red. Lauren, I hope you are okay with me keeping the red!

So, what’s with all the sunflowers? How do they tie in?

The above sunflower was in my last street art post. Lauren left a comment. I responded.

L“I also love the sunflower which reminds me of my daughter.”

R – Sunflower; apologies if I missed this/don’t remember it in a post, or in your book! Why does the sunflower remind you of your daughter?

LAnd no, I don’t think I did a sunflower post, so please don’t worry, Resa. My daughter is 30 and loves sunflowers, but she exudes their sunny disposition, smiles all the time, loves to laugh, and practices optimism more than pessimism. 

She may have been speaking of her daughter, yet I see Lauren in those words. It’s as though I could have just used those words about her book, about herself.

ABOUT LAUREN SCOTT

(Abridged from “About the Author” in “More Than Coffee”)

Lauren is a writer of poetry and short memoirs. She resides in northern California with her husband of 32 years, and their lovable canine, Copper; they have two grown children. She has authored two collections of poetry; New Day Dreams (2013) and Finding a Balance (2015).

Lauren is inspired to write from her love of nature. Lauren marvels at how the world is interconnected and every living thing matters. She hopes her readers will find a little nugget of delight, comfort, or understanding in her poetry and stories – some detail that resonates with them beyond her words.

Find Lauren’s Books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B08NCRH4MK?ref_=pe_1724030_132998070

OR “More Than Coffee” on KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/more-than-coffee-1

Lauren’s Blog

Femina Centurio et Noctua

I fell in love with this. It added an hour to my walk.

I was in a mostly empty streetcar, when I saw it pass by.

What were my chances of getting another empty streetcar, when early rush hour was impending?

Two stops later, I got off, walked back and spent a half hour shooting. I then walked the rest of the way home.

I’ve been hoarding it, ever since.

Even the darn dumpster doesn’t ruin it.

Pics taken by Resa – June 22, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist(s)

It’s hard to see an owl, and not think of Tim – Off Center Not Even

Poppy Day

The words “In Flanders Fields” are hot. They will take you to the poem, should you care to read it!

Graffiti Lux Art & More

Poppy Day is Remembrance Day

In Flanders Fields

Artists: Michel St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michel St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

The 2 walls this mural is painted on must be 36.6 meters (120′) x  24.4 meters (80′). The 120′ is the parking lot side. I’m panning left to right.

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artist: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artist: Michel St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Turn the corner to find 80′ more along the street side.

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy…

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The Moon That I Made

I once wished someone would make me a moon.
Now, Holly has made us all a sweet moon, with this tide of words worth more than gold.

House of Heart

Bone white as driftwood, I stand sturdy

as the currents. The waves rush to shore,

collect against sugar mounds then fall

lacy back to the sea.

The ribbony pink sand diffuses light

to a soft ecru that coaxes abalone

and urchin shell to an ambient glow.

Soon the tide will devour the day and

night will descend, distorted and bowed,

like the curve of horizon that swallows

the sun in a wheel of sparks and the

moon that I made for you rises in

flecks of gold.

Gold-Leaf-Paint Paintings For Sale | Saatchi Art

Saatchi Art “flecks of gold”

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Happy Horror’een

Come closer, don’t be afraid! I’ll only bite some of you!

As you can see, I’m quite the looker.

I live behind parked cars, and when I can’t suck blood, I suck tail pipes!

Yip, yip, AAAaaaRRrrOooooo. I bite everyone! I’m an equal opportunity gnawer!

Perhaps you’d rather be impaled by my pal up the alley? He’s an old friend of Vlad.

Deepest horror condolences to Tim. It appears an owl swallowed him! Makes me wonder what the owlets will look like next spring?

Pics taken by Resa – 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artists:

DEDICATED TO MY NIECE , SHERRIE

For more Hallowe’en fun visit the Chicklets on Gigi’s blog, over the next two days!

For the horror of all horror visit Teagan!  She used a couple of my horror-ible drawings. She wanted to use another this weekend, but she has NO NET! The Horror! The Horror!

This is for Holly…

Holly, the sweetest Bad Ass on a bike you’ll ever meet!

Rethinking Life

she was bad
dangerous
and beautiful
especially
on Halloween night
when her bike
came alive
looking for a
good time
people stood back
and watched her
ride down the street
her red hair fluttering
behind her
a smirk on her face
she was one bad-ass
biker
sipping on a Frosty
and doing her thing

Photo:  Mauricio Leduc
Unsplash

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Welcome Rugs

In Little Italy, an artist has painted welcome rugs right on the sidewalk.

They are mandala – like.

She explains her concept at the end of the post.

I adore these painted rugs!

Pics taken by Resa – October 12, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist: