never on sunday or any other day of the week



black sacrament


“Do you believe in God?” He asked.

“No,” I replied without thinking.

Later, I reconsidered.

I feel the existence of some form of higher power, spirit, universal energy/power/force. It’ hard to identify and name.

Whatever it is, it does not belong to Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism or any of the others.  While I believe in angels, I don’t believe in religion.

Those thoughts spawned this poetic rant:
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deal yourself a new hand


Gaming Table with Tonya Beckman Ross

Image credit: Gaming Table with Tonya Beckman Ross


One night I found myself in tears wishing I were somewhere other than where I was.

The next morning I dragged my spirit out of a ditch and told myself to get on with it. I wrote the poem below as part of that process.

Don’t like the cards you’ve been dealt? Deal yourself a new hand.
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the shape of things to come


pregnant woman silhouette painted



A poem about life’s potential and living it.
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wreck the halls and fa la la la la for a world gone mad


looking down a double barrel vintage 2


I’m really tired. We’re all really tired.

“We” being the vast majority of people worldwide who are fed up with the violence, torture and killing a small crazy percentage continues to wreak on innocent others using all kinds of weapons large and small.

It’s time it all stopped.

Enough is enough no matter what language you speak, or what God you worship, or not for that matter.

Here’s a little ditty for these festive times (sing to the tune of Deck the Halls): Read More…

15 Empowering Things to Tell Your Kids (and Yourself)

AWR say I love u a lotIn the summer of 2012, I was cracking up (not in a good way). I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. So I did both. Often. And intensely.

Things were going seriously south. I was at my wits’ end, about to break apart. Luckily, I have enough life experience to know when it’s time to call in the cavalry.

I went online, googled the name of a wonderful therapist (S.Z.) whom I’d seen for several months in 1989, and amazingly was able to find her! Doing so blew my mind – the bits of it, that is, that remained intact after too much alone time with someone whose mind was also being blown (in a tragically different way) by Alzheimer’s disease. Read More…

6 Powerful Ways to Make Your Life More Beautiful

AWR Make YOU first love

A little gift from me to you. Enjoy!

1) Make YOU your first love

I know, I know, this can be a tough one, especially since we are all imperfect, and we are often taught that we should strive to be flawless. The fact is, perfection, like fitting in, is vastly overrated.

Remember the story of the cracked pot? Love yourself because of your imperfections, not despite them. Make peace with who you are and where you are today, don’t wait for who you will be once you “fix” yourself.

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a nursery rhyme for violent times




hack and kill

a poem by punkie


Hack and Kill went up the hill

To see whom they might slaughter.

Just for kicks they fired their sticks

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for the sake of childish games


mary had a little blog


I spent a month un-publishing hundreds of blog posts, videos, images, and poems born from my core.

Why? Because a few people who wield a little power fear slivers of the truth I write. Read More…

even in prison there’s space between the bars


hands on bars black neon



a short poem

by punkie


fearful others

choke and smother

the right to seek and find Read More…

beware the charming king of swords and his evil pair of queens


a nurse her re rhyme


reversed king swords tarotby punkie


the king is in the parlour,

pissed off at his sister

the queens are in the pantry

finding ways to twist her


like the princess and the pea

she is quite contrary

the brat, the bitch, the mean old witch,

the cursed mary mary


what can be done to stop her dead?

her blog is such a bother

she blurts and spurts until it hurts,

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inspiration for underdogs: the story of david and goliath revisited


warrior woman


As an Aquarian, I often find myself on the leading edge of change.

I’m an early adopter. I see possibilities where others don’t; I have a never-ending stream of ideas. I sometimes find it hard to understand why others don’t see what to me is as plain as day. Read More…

What do Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US NSA whistleblower Edward Snowdon have in common?


Trudeau and Snowden


Something fundamentally world changing it would seem.

Justin Trudeau is the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada, sworn into office Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

Eric Snowden is the US National Security Agency whistleblower who gained notoriety in 2013 for leaking information about the NSA and mass surveillance. Read More…