Weathering Old Souls by James J. Cudney & Didi Oviatt: A Review



The two authors, Didi Oviatt and James J. Cudney  of Weathering Old Souls have created an excellent tale, in which they combine a thriller about a serial killer and a spiritual exploration of a woman who is trying to understand the impact of her past lives on her present existence.

This kind of story is a formidable task, one that could easily get muddled, but they do an extraordinary job of clarity of narrative lines in their writing. They do a fine job of creating and exploring the compelling characters, and they interweave their writing seamlessly.

This is a book that kept me captivated and completely pulled me into the narration. If you enjoy a novel that combines a variety of issues, both of the thriller genre and of an exploration of religious and spiritual concerns, then this book is for you! I found this novel to be wonderful, and I give it my highest recommendation.

Read it, and enjoy the ride!

I give this wonderful book five stars!


Quotations on Empathy and Compassion



(–Allan Warren)

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”

                                                                       James Baldwin




“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”

                                                                      Theodore Roosevelt




“I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.”

                                                                      Mahatma Gandhi

Quotations on Integrity




“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”

                                                                   Albert Einstein




“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”

                                                                 Marcus Aurelius



“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

                                                                Martin Luther King Jr.

The Spirit Animal Award Nomination!



I am deeply honored to have received a second Spirit Animal Award Nomination; I take these kind acts of recognition by other bloggers very seriously and with gratitude. I was nominated by Miss Gentileschi at Secret Art Expedition for this award.  Thank you so much!  If you have not seen her wonderful blog, please visit her.

The  rules of the award:

*Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to his/her blog.

*Post the award picture on your blog.

*Write a short paragraph about your blog and what it means to you.

*Answer this question: if you could be any animal, what would it be?

*Choose and notify ten nominees

What does my blog mean to me?

I have been writing this blog for a couple of years, and it has grown from simply being a small exploration of words and writing to a much larger look at many aspects of writing, life, and art. It also, however, has become a conduit or a place of  meeting with many people with whom I would never have had the opportunity to connect without the blogging world. Ideas are exchanged here, and I am humbled and grateful for that opportunity. For that connection, I am thankful.  And I thank all the people I have met, who follow me, and whom I follow.

What animal would I choose to be?

The first time I received  this nomination, I choose the wolf, because I have always felt a connection to those magnificent animals. I also have another connection, and that is to an eagle.  So, I choose an eagle as my spirit animal.



My Nominees:

*Jennie at A Teacher’s Reflections

*K.C. Redding-Gonzalez at Zombie Salmon (The Horror Continues)

*K.D. Dowdall at Midnight In The Garden

*usabaker at Running After 50

*Sarah Higbee at Brainfluff Curious corners of a writer’s cluttered mind

*Marlana Eck at Awaiting Moderation Reflections on Culture

*John Kraft at Down the Hall on Your Left

*Mitch Teemley at The Power of Story

*Laura at Today’s Dose of Sanity

*amoafowaa at Mum C Writes

Once again, thank you to Miss Gentileschi at Secret Art Expedition


The Spirit Animal Blog Award



I was delighted to receive a nomination from Tadhg for The Spirit Animal Blog Award.  Thank you very much, Tadhg for thinking of me; I am deeply honored by your consideration.  If any of you have not seen his blog, please visit it, and discover a witty, artistic, and poetic young man.

The Rules of the Award:

1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to that page.

2.) Post the award picture on your blog.

3.) Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.

4.) If you could be any animal, what would you be?

5.) Pick and notify ten nominees.

A Little About Me And What My Blog Means To Me:

I am a writer who has come to writing later in life and a college teacher for several decades. I am committed to an exploration of life and ideas. Reading has always been a crucial part of who I am, and I am blessed with being able to share that love of books in both my classes and now through my blog.  I hope to be able to share the work that I am producing through my novel writing and to connect with others who are exploring and discussing their ideas.  I feel very lucky to have made contact with so many wonderful people through this blog.

If I Were A Spirit Animal, I Would Be:

a wolf. I had to think very hard about this choice, because I have a deep affinity with several animals, but the wolf is loyal, brave, and adventurous. I realize many are afraid of these animals, but wolves do get a bad reputation from various horror movies, including some I have enjoyed and reviewed.  The true nature of the wolf, however, is strong and admirable, so I am always moved when I see photos of these beautiful animals; therefore, I hope I would be a spirit wolf.


My Nominees:

Zachary Paul Chopchinski

Michelle Saul

Kelly Miles

Mitch Teemley

Stehanae V. McCoy



C.M. Blackwood

Windmills of My Mind

Amy Reese

Once again, thank you very much to Tadhg


Happy Solstice and Blessed Yule!



The winter season is a time of celebrations in many cultures and religions. For me, I take great happiness in the winter and in my view of spirituality.

I will never try to push my religious and spiritual views on anyone, but I hope this expression of joy and peace for you, your family, and friends is accepted as an offering of kindness and happiness.