Monthly Archives: December 2017

January 2018 Author of the Month: JOANNE VAN LEERDAM

In addition to writing poetry and short stories, Joanne Van Leerdam is a teacher of English, History and Drama/Production. She is an active member and performer in her local theatre company. Her hobbies include reading, music, travel and photography. Joanne loves traveling, and has visited many places in Australia as well as holidaying in New Zealand, Fiji, the USA and Canada at different times. She is the author of  thought-provoking and profound poetry, horror and short stories. She has won a number of awards for her books [...]

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A Discourse On Loss

"No man is an island." John Donne, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions As 2017 closes out its run, I struggle through the immensity of unmooring that the year has brought.  My bubble life of structure and belief in the common decency of man has suffered a knock-out punch. As a child of the sixties, I am no stranger to turmoil. However, the bouts of political insanity that rock the country strain my belief that goodness will triumph. A minority should never determine the course of the [...]

By |2017-12-31T11:59:00+00:00December 31st, 2017|contemplative, emotive, Essays, inspirational, philosophical|0 Comments

A December Manifesto: 2017

One. I am only one, but I have a voice. As a human being, as a citizen, as a child of the Creator, I must use that voice to speak out for good. Evil cannot be ignored or excused. Not for political gain. Not for corporate greed. Not out of apathy. In this season of peace, when all religions share hope, I must nourish the flame of that hope. More alike than we are different,  a cut bleeds red on all our skins. A light [...]