Keep The Faith Writers, It’s A Difficult Journey!

Title: Letters to a young poet

Author: Rainer Marie Rilke

ISBN – 10: 1603864806

ISBN – 13 : 978-1603864800

Publisher: Merchant Books, 2012 Edition

Sample Text:

‘You ask whether your verses are any good. You ask me. You have asked others before this. You send them to magazines. You compare them with other poems, and you are upset when certain editors reject your work. Now (since you have said you want my advice) I beg you to stop doing that sort of thing. You are looking outside, and that is what you should most avoid right now. No one can advise you or help you — no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its root into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And is this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse’.

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Great Book For Writers – The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces

Title: The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces

Authors: Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

Series: A Writer’s Guide

Publisher: JADD Publishing

ISBN 10: 098977256X

ISBN 13: 978-0989772563

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Digitised Manuscripts hyperlinks Spring 2017

Title: Digitised Manuscripts hyperlinks Spring 2017

Author: Medieval Manuscripts Blog, British Library, UK

Full Text & Source:

The Internet, Online, 2/06/2017

Sample Text:

From ancient papyri to a manuscript given by the future Queen Elizabeth I to King Henry VIII for New Year’s Day, from books written entirely in gold to Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, there is a wealth of material on the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts site. At the time of writing, you can view on Digitised Manuscripts no fewer than 1,783 manuscripts made in Europe before 1600, and more are being added all the time. For a full list of what is currently available, please see this file: Download PDF of Digitised MSS Spring 2017. This is also available in the form of a spreadsheet (although this format can not be downloaded on all web browsers): Download Spreadsheet of Digitised MSS Spring 2017 .

If you are looking for something more specific, there are separate lists of Greek manuscripts, pre-1200 manuscripts digitised thanks to funding from the Polonsky Foundation and manuscripts written or owned in England before 1066.

If you’d like to know how to make the most of Digitised Manuscripts, we highly recommend this blogpost. Downloadable images of portions of our manuscripts can also be found on our Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts (which allows for searches by image content, origin, scribe, etc) and on the British Library’s Collection Items pages, which includes the only known playscript to contain William Shakespeare’s handwriting and the burnt copy of Magna Carta


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Tenderness Is Not Weakness

“Tenderness is not weakness; it is fortitude. It is the path of solidarity, the path of humility.” Pope Francis

” Good evening – or, good morning, I am not sure what time it is there. Regardless of the hour, I am thrilled to be participating in your conference. I very much like its title – “The Future You” – because, while looking at tomorrow, it invites us to open a dialogue today, to look at the future through a “you.” “The Future You:” the future is made of yous, it is made of encounters, because life flows through our relations with others. Quite a few years of life have strengthened my conviction that each and everyone’s existence is deeply tied to that of others: life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions.

As I meet, or lend an ear to those who are sick, to the migrants who face terrible hardships in search of a brighter future, to prison inmates who carry a hell of pain inside their hearts, and to those, many of them young, who cannot find a job, I often find myself wondering: “Why them and not me?” I, myself, was born in a family of migrants; my father, my grandparents, like many other Italians, left for Argentina and met the fate of those who are left with nothing. I could have very well ended up among today’s “discarded” people. And that’s why I always ask myself, deep in my heart: “Why them and not me?”

First and foremost, I would love it if this meeting could help to remind us that we all need each other,none of us is an island, an autonomous and independent “I,” separated from the other, and we can only build the future by standing together, including everyone. We don’t think about it often, but everything is connected, and we need to restore our connections to a healthy state. Even the harsh judgment I hold in my heart against my brother or my sister, the open wound that was never cured, the offense that was never forgiven, the rancor that is only going to hurt me, are all instances of a fight that I carry within me, a flare deep in my heart that needs to be extinguished before it goes up in flames, leaving only ashes behind.

Many of us, nowadays, seem to believe that a happy future is something impossible to achieve. While such concerns must be taken very seriously, they are not invincible. They can be overcome when we don’t lock our door to the outside world. Happiness can only be discovered as a gift of harmony between the whole and each single component. Even science – and you know it better than I do – points to an understanding of reality as a place where every element connects and interacts with everything else.

And this brings me to my second message. How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion. How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us. How wonderful would it be if solidarity, this beautiful and, at times, inconvenient word,were not simply reduced to social work, and became, instead, the default attitude in political, economic and scientific choices, as well as in the relationships among individuals, peoples and countries. Only by educating people to a true solidarity will we be able to overcome the “culture of waste,” which doesn’t concern only food and goods but, first and foremost, the people who are cast aside by our techno-economic systems which, without even realizing it, are now putting products at their core, instead of people.

Solidarity is a term that many wish to erase from the dictionary. Solidarity, however, is not an automatic mechanism. It cannot be programmed or controlled. It is a free response born from the heart of each and everyone. Yes, a free response! When one realizes that life, even in the middle of so many contradictions, is a gift, that love is the source and the meaning of life, how can they withhold their urge to do good to another fellow being?

In order to do good, we need memory, we need courage and we need creativity. And I know that TED gathers many creative minds. Yes, love does require a creative, concrete and ingenious attitude. Good intentions and conventional formulas, so often used to appease our conscience, are not enough. Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the other is not a statistic or a number. The other has a face. The “you” is always a real presence, a person to take care of.

There is a parable Jesus told to help us understand the difference between those who’d rather not be bothered and those who take care of the other. I am sure you have heard it before. It is the Parable of the Good Samaritan. When Jesus was asked: “Who is my neighbor?” – namely, “Who should I take care of?” – he told this story, the story of a man who had been assaulted, robbed, beaten and abandoned along a dirt road. Upon seeing him, a priest and a Levite, two very influential people of the time, walked past him without stopping to help. After a while, a Samaritan, a very much despised ethnicity at the time, walked by. Seeing the injured man lying on the ground, he did not ignore him as if he weren’t even there. Instead, he felt compassion for this man, which compelled him to act in a very concrete manner. He poured oil and wine on the wounds of the helpless man, brought him to a hostel and paid out of his pocket for him to be assisted.

The story of the Good Samaritan is the story of today’s humanity. People’s paths are riddled with suffering, as everything is centered around money, and things, instead of people. And often there is this habit, by people who call themselves “respectable,” of not taking care of the others, thus leaving behind thousands of human beings, or entire populations, on the side of the road. Fortunately, there are also those who are creating a new world by taking care of the other, even out of their own pockets. Mother Teresa actually said: “One cannot love, unless it is at their own expense.”

Pope Francis: We have so much to do, and we must do it together. But how can we do that with all the evil we breathe every day? Thank God, no system can nullify our desire to open up to the good, to compassion and to our capacity to react against evil, all of which stem from deep within our hearts. Now you might tell me,”Sure, these are beautiful words, but I am not the Good Samaritan, nor Mother Teresa of Calcutta.” On the contrary: we are precious, each and every one of us. Each and every one of us is irreplaceable in the eyes of God. Through the darkness of today’s conflicts, each and every one of us can become a bright candle, a reminder that light will overcome darkness, and never the other way around.

To Christians, the future does have a name, and its name is Hope. Feeling hopeful does not mean to be optimistically naïve and ignore the tragedy humanity is facing. Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn’t lock itself into darkness, that doesn’t dwell on the past, does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow. Hope is the door that opens onto the future. Hope is a humble, hidden seed of life that, with time, will develop into a large tree. It is like some invisible yeast that allows the whole dough to grow, that brings flavor to all aspects of life. And it can do so much, because a tiny flicker of light that feeds on hope is enough to shatter the shield of darkness. A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you. And then there will be another “you,” and another “you,” and it turns into an “us.” And so, does hope begin when we have an “us?” No. Hope began with one “you.” When there is an “us,” there begins a revolution.

The third message I would like to share today is, indeed, about revolution: the revolution of tenderness.And what is tenderness? It is the love that comes close and becomes real. It is a movement that starts from our heart and reaches the eyes, the ears and the hands. Tenderness means to use our eyes to see the other, our ears to hear the other, to listen to the children, the poor, those who are afraid of the future.To listen also to the silent cry of our common home, of our sick and polluted earth. Tenderness means to use our hands and our heart to comfort the other, to take care of those in need.

Tenderness is the language of the young children, of those who need the other. A child’s love for mom and dad grows through their touch, their gaze, their voice, their tenderness. I like when I hear parents talk to their babies, adapting to the little child, sharing the same level of communication. This is tenderness: being on the same level as the other. God himself descended into Jesus to be on our level. This is the same path the Good Samaritan took. This is the path that Jesus himself took. He lowered himself, he lived his entire human existence practicing the real, concrete language of love.

Yes, tenderness is the path of choice for the strongest, most courageous men and women. Tenderness is not weakness; it is fortitude. It is the path of solidarity, the path of humility. Please, allow me to say it loud and clear: the more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don’t, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other. There is a saying in Argentina: “Power is like drinking gin on an empty stomach.” You feel dizzy, you get drunk, you lose your balance, and you will end up hurting yourself and those around you, if you don’t connect your power with humility and tenderness. Through humility and concrete love, on the other hand, power – the highest, the strongest one – becomes a service, a force for good.

The future of humankind isn’t exclusively in the hands of politicians, of great leaders, of big companies.Yes, they do hold an enormous responsibility. But the future is, most of all, in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a “you” and themselves as part of an “us.” We all need each other. And so, please, think of me as well with tenderness, so that I can fulfill the task I have been given for the good of the other, of each and every one, of all of you, of all of us. Thank you.” Pope Francis

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My Article: The Baby Blues After Childbirth: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Title: The Baby Blues After Childbirth: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Author: Annette J Dunlea, Consumer Health Digest

Full Text & Source:
The internet, Online, 22/05/2017

Every pregnancy and birth is different and some women suffer more than others thus making them more susceptible to the baby blues. About eight out of every ten women suffer from the baby blues; it is that common. It starts around three – ten days after the birth of your baby and ends after two to three days. Common symptoms include weeping, anxiety, short – temper and sadness. It is exhausting and even more so if you are breastfeeding. It can be overwhelming after childbirth and a long nine months of carrying a child. Women may feel isolated and emotionally fragile. This is a normal part of having a baby. The good news is that these feelings should soon pass. Signs and symptoms of depression after childbirth can vary from mild to severe. Usually, the baby blues will pass and the most effective treatment is support from your partner, family and friends. Help is there but first, you must ask for it and articulate how you feel. People cannot read your mind. You are not alone many women in the past have gone through this and much more will in the future.

When the baby blues continue after two weeks you may have postnatal depression. Always seek medical advice from your local community nurse and doctor. They will have experienced other patients with this before and they know how to treat it. They will know what local resources and medicines are available to you. There is often a mother and baby group locally where new mothers share advice and experiences. It helps that other people know how you are feeling. They often share coping mechanisms and offer to help one another. Unfortunately, the postpartum depression can develop anytime during the first year after having a baby. It is often mistaken as the baby blues but the signs and symptoms are much worst and don’t pass. Many women can fear to hurt themselves or the baby. Get help immediately and help is available! You are not the first woman to feel this. Caring for a newborn infant and feeding them through the night is exhausting. Your body is healing and you are very tired. Research also shows that it can be genetic and if you have a history of depression this may put you at risk also. It will eventually interfere with your ability to care for your baby and yourself. Medical help is needed: medicine and/or cognitive therapy are offered.
There are many causes for the baby blues. Women suffer post birth from a decline in hormones: mainly estrogen and progesterone, which leads to depression. Hormones from the thyroid gland decrease and as a result in the women feel tired and depressed. Women speak of the absolute exhaustion and results of sleep deprivation, making it difficult to cope with even minor problems. Women worry about your ability to care for a newborn. Women struggle to lose their baby weight. Now you are a wife and a mom and feel that you’ve lost control of your life. You have the world on your shoulders. You alone are responsible for a new life that is totally dependent on you, a raw infant. You have to be fed and changed and are totally dependent on you. It can feel overwhelming.

Always seek the help of your family doctor and district nurse for support and advice. Talk to your partner, explain how you feel and articulate your problems. Make special time for your relationship. Ask for help from grandparents, siblings and friends eg, help house cleaning, making bottles, cooking meals etc. Make time for yourself: get some fresh air and exercise, watch your favorite TV show, eat properly, sleep well and take naps. Be organized and prioritize and don’t scapegoat the baby or your partner. Use your time effectively and try to manage your time as best you can. Play and bond with your baby, it will make both of you happy. Most women expect to bond with the baby immediately sometimes it takes a little longer. There is no manual for child-rearing and each child will have a different personality and likes and dislikes. You wing it and learn more about the baby’s needs and you learn new skills and strength gradually.
Make a list of your jobs and do the ones that are vital only. Ignore the housework, your best is enough. Don’t be hard on yourself or ashamed. Most women experience the baby blues but many are ashamed and don’t talk about it. There is no need to be ashamed. The more you suffer in silence the greater the isolation and burden. Use your six-week baby and mom check up, to discuss your baby’s and your health and mental health with your family doctor. It is important to mind your mental health too; it’s ok not to be ok! It may be overwhelming in the beginning. Every new mom feels that and in a week or two, you both will be in a routine that works for both of you. It gets better and very quickly, remember practice makes perfect. Soon baby will sleep through the night and the infant will get bigger and stronger every day. Your body will heal and your hormones will balance, everything helps.

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My New Writing Song – The Sound of Silence By Disturbed

I love the cover of The Sound Of Silence by Disturbed. I play this really loud to block out all noises while my fingers type frantically. As the words come I keep typing like my fingers are possessed. I write my first draft with the door open – anything goes and edit with the door closed!

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A Positive Side To Social Media

I heard a story about the positive use of social media. My sister is using her ipad to teach the old people who she works with to use Facebook and Twitter, to connect with their children and grand-children. I love it, using technology and reaching out to our loved ones before its too late.  Kids have the internet on their mobile phones and tablets. Why not teach our seniors to keep pace with modern technology. Wait until she teaches them Skype, they will be so shocked to see their loved ones abroad!  Too often we forget about our family as they getting older and their needs are more demanding. I attended two funerals this week and the crowds were huge. I could not believe what young family and relatives they had. It made me think of an interview I once did with a hospice patient. “Love me when I am alive”, she said. “Visit me and spent time with me, time is love”- Indeed it is.


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