Back Then


Yesterday's ink 
gives a view 
into my thoughts 
of you 
back then  

Back then 
I knew 
what love was 

or thought I did 

Back then, 
tomorrow
seemed 
such a long way off  

Today's view 
has been tarnished 
by the 
soot 
on the panes of glass  

Smoke 
from the fire 
that once burned 
in my heart   

For you  

Back then

Copyright (2021) Penny Wilson

New Beginnings? — beetleypete


REBLOG: Please read this wonderful post from Beetleypete. ❤

Tomorrow sees the swearing-in of a new President of The United States. Even allowing for the issues surrounding the recent protest in Washington D.C. and the risk of more disturbances during the inauguration, that must feel like a new beginning to most of my American blogging friends. (I know there are some who are not […]

New Beginnings? — beetleypete

Rusty Knight


She had been so cold and alone, those days in the dark.
There was a sadness on her soul and also in her heart.

She looked to the stars, the moon and the sun.
Warmth had turned it’s back, she thought she was done.

A Knight appeared before her and reached out to take her hand.
He was unlike any other in this unforgiving land.

His eyes shone bright, through the armor of rust.
He was covered with honor, love and trust.

The armored arms enveloped her; strong but soft and warm.
She was safe, she was safe, she would come to no harm.

She looked up into the eyes of the Rusty Knight’s eyes of green.
Her soul was being cared for, like it had never been.

He said “Take my hand M’lady, for treasures are lain before you.”
“Treasures more precious than diamonds.  Your soul to be born anew.”

“Your soul in my care will be loved adored and cherished.
Let no dragon cross my path or it is he who will perish.”

She laid her heart at his feet and trembling, took his hand.
Her future was in his eyes, her past now a wasteland.

Originally posted in 2014, but still a favorite.  I hope you will 
indulge me repeating it. Please enjoy. 

Copyright (C) 2014 Penny Wilson 

Saving Money on Books


If it’s books, it’s not hoarding, right?

I have always had a love of books. My mother taught me to read long before I started school. I developed a love of reading that has never diminished.

I also have a love of books. I love seeing their spines all in a row; different colors; different titles to entice one. I also love the feel and scent of a book. I love holding them in my hands and that thrill when you crack open the cover page for the first time!

I have books that I have packed and unpacked for decades; carrying them with me as I moved from place to place. Beloved books that I just cannot part with. These very special books have different reasons for staying with me all these years. Some because of the contents of the book, the story, etc. But others, I keep just because they evoke a memory; something special or someone special in my life.

I do listen to audio books frequently these days.  They just fit into my schedule better.  I have not gotten into e-books. I have had e-readers, but I don’t use them. It is just not the same for me.

I LOVE the library! I spent many hours in the library growing up. I still love to browse the isles, looking at the colorful spines and searching for some hidden gem just waiting for me to discover it!  But I do not visit the library unless it’s virtually to download an audio book.

So with this immense love of books, how do I get my fix for books if I must own a physical copy of one? What if that book is out of print? What to do?  Used books!  You can save yourself a fortune by purchasing used rather than new.

There are SO many wonderful places online to purchase used books now!  These are some sites that I have used to purchase books:

Thrift Books.  https://www.thriftbooks.com/  If you purchase $10.00 or more, your shipping is free! I find it pretty darned easy to spend more than $10.00 on books!  Their books start at just $3.99!

An example:  A friend recommended a book on Amazon new, which was $16.00, I found it on Thrift Books for $3.99!!

Better World Bookshttps://www.betterworldbooks.com/  For every purchase made, a book is donated to someone in need!  They also give you a great deal on your first purchase!

Abe Books. https://www.abebooks.com/  Abe Book’s selection is enormous!

Powell’s Books.   https://www.powells.com/  They have a lovely website.

These are the ones I usually use.  My first go-to is usually Thrift Books because of the free shipping with a $10.00 purchase.  Most of these sites will also give you the option of selecting the “condition” of the book you are purchasing.  These range from “like new”, to “acceptable”.  The price will vary as well, depending on the condition of the book.

If you simply Google “buy used books online”, you will come up with a list longer than what I have shared with you here.

So the next time you simple must ‘own’ a particular book, look online before you spend full retail for a new book!

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson

The heart of who I am — Her Writing Haven


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The heart of who I am — Her Writing Haven