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Chasing a Butterfly by H.W. Bryce

  • Title: Chasing a Butterfly
  • Author: H.W. Bryce
  • Publisher:
  • Released: 2016
  • Genre: poems

“A journey of love through loss to acceptance”.

* Partial proceeds from the sale of this book are ear- marked for the Alzheimer’s Society to help combat this terrible disease.

Excerpts from book

When I was driven to taking an introductory course to educate myself about my wife’s Alzheimer’s disease, I became tongue-tied and overwhelmed with emotion. It was then that I found a way to express my grief–by writing my feelings and experiences, in poetry. Over the next couple of years, I had compiled about a hundred poems, longish ones, short ones, haiku-style ones.

MEMORABILIA

Oh dear!

A little pile of business cards,

An empty CD box,

Picture postcards—an owl, a heron, one red fox, An orange, a thumb tack, and one stopped watch, All sitting on the stand under the kitchen light, Balanced beside one lady’s slipper, the right.

Ann was here!

Authors bio

H. W. (Herb) Bryce

Former journalist, editor, book editor, teacher, courier, and robbery and kidnap victim while travelling the Middle East and North Africa.

His poetry appears in anthologies in Canada, the US, and, in India.

Mr. Bryce was judge (one of three) for the 2017 Rabindranath Tagore Award Internationl English Poetry Competition.

He is the author of a family book “Ann, A Tribute,” and of “Chasing a Butterfly: A journey in poems of love and loss to acceptance,” the poems of Alzheimer’s and poems for everybody. (Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and FriesenPress.com.)

“Chasing a Butterfly” is available also through the 26 branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Valley system.

H. W. Bryce blogs at http://hwbrycewrites.com

He has been a featured poet and frequent contributor to many venues. With his fellow Alzheimer’s writer John Knapp, of  “Donna’s Story,” he does info gatherings at care homes with readings from their books.

They are available for readings.

Mr. Bryce is a member of the Royal City Literary Society and the Holy Wow Poets Canada.

H. W. Bryce BA University of Western Ontario, now Western University.

What others have to say about Chasing a Butterfly

From the back cover of the book

“Thanks for sharing your heart with us! A family member has Alzheimer’s and I know (though not as deeply as you) the pain and loss when you watch someone you love slowly disappear before your eyes. HUGS.”

-Jo Hannah Afton, Asheville, North Carolina, USA

“My truly talented friend. How blessed I am to have written beside you.”

~Renae Potter, Australia, writer who also became a family caregiver

“Wonderful how your words bring tears and memories back.”

~Irene Nunez Martinez, author, London, who was caregiver to her father

“Simply beautiful…I appreciate the acknowledgement of having given you a seed that you planted, watered, and nurtured into such a heartfelt and meaningful poem.”

~Craig A. Adams, Washington State, USA, caregiver to his wife

Happy reading!!!

Posted in Fun tidbits, review

Review: Bart Simpson’s Manual of Mischief

  • Title: BART Simpson’s Manual of Mischief
  • Creator: Matt Groening
  • Hardcover
  • # of Pages: 64
  • Publisher: Insight Edition
  • Released: March 18, 2014
  • Genre(s): Humour, Comics
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book was given to my husband a few years back because he’s a big Simpson’s fan.  I am to, but for some reason I never picked up this book until now.  I really regret not reading this book sooner.  I had so much fun reading this book.

All readers will have fun reading this book but I wouldn’t give this book to a kid because it will give them ideas.

Happy reading!!

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Posted in Fun tidbits, Helpful information, Monday Mania

Monday Mania #15: 8 Undeniable Facts About Reading

Everyone has different views on why and when reading is good for you but there are eight undeniable facts that everyone should know.  I have listed them below with some basic information about why.

  1. It increases intelligence – A children’s books expose kids to 50% more words than prime time TV.  Also, children who read are better able to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgement.
  2. It can boost your brain power – When you read you have to remember a lot of things (including different characters, the main plot and subplots).  All of these things create new memories, meaning new synapses being created and old ones being strengthened.  Therefore, your short-term memory and recall capabilities improve.
  3. Can make you more empathetic – Science published research by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, showing that literary fiction has the power to help its readers understand what others are thinking by reading other people’s emotions.  The impact is more significant on those who read literary fiction as opposed to those who read nonfiction.
  4. Reading can help you relax – A 2009 study by Sussex University researchers found that reading may reduce stress by as much as 68%.  David Lewis, a cognitive nueropsychologist told  The Telegraph “It really doesn’t matter what you read, by losing yourself in a throughly engrossing book you can escape from he worries and stresses of the everyday world and spend a while exploring a world of the author’s imagination.”
  5. Reading before bed can help you sleep – If used as part of a bedtime ritual, it can send signals to the body its time to wind down and go to sleep.  However, this only applies to real books, as screens like ebooks and tablets can actually keep you awake longer.
  6. Reading is contagious – 75% of parents wish their children would read more for fun.  How do you encourage this?  Start by reading out loud at home, and don’t stop when your child learns to read for themselves.  A report from Scholastic suggests that reading out loud to kids throughout elementary school years may inspire them to become frequent readers.  More than 40% of frequent readers (aged 6-10) were read to out loud at home, but only 13% were not.
  7. Improves your health – Studies with elderly patients have shown that is decreases mental decline by 32%  and that you are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s.  Another study showed that depressed patients in a mental health ward showed positive improvement when they read stories out loud.
  8. Reading improves motivation – Reasearch has found that those who read about characters doing something are more likely to actually do it in real life.  Meaning your more motivated to do something you have concerns about (like asking for a raise, or go mountain climbing).

Happy reading!!!

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Monday Mania #13: Why Reading Is The Secret Ingrediant

Reading is the secret ingredient to what you might ask.  Reading is the secret ingredient to your well-being.  Reading has quite a few benefits that can impact many different areas of your life, most of which people aren’t aware of.  I have compiled some of these benefits here to show you.

When you read you are giving yourself alone time. Alone time allows you to reduce stress and enter a more tranquil state.  Also, reading for pleasure has been found to improve confidence and self-esteem.

By reading you can escape your reality and step into someone else’s.  Researchers have found that people who read about a character doing something are actually more likely to do it in real life.

With every book you pick up you increase your knowledge and improve your knowledge and improve your vocabulary.  As this happens other people will find you more attractive and interesting because you have so much to talk about.

Reading can boost your brain power.  Children who read are better able to grasp abstract thoughts, apply logic, recognize cause and effect and utilize good judgement.  Also, books can influence your “moral laboratory” in ways to increase your empathy.

You don’t have to read certain books (or genres) to see these effects.  Most types of books will offer these benefits without you even realizing it, so go ahead and read your heart out.

Happy reading!!!!

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Posted in About me, Confessions of a bookaholic, Fun tidbits

My Pottermore Sortings

I am a huge Harry Potter fan so, when I saw a post about Pottermore sorting on The Little Contemporary Corner I just had to write a similar post.  I’m not sure who wrote the original post, but thank you to whoever you are.  Pottermore is a website created by J.K. Rowling relating to Harry Potter and his world.

The moment I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone I was hooked.  I read the first book in one sitting.  For full disclosure I did not start reading the series until  <a href=”http://Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire“>Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released.  But, I did read all four books in less than a week.  I had some serious withdrawals waiting for book five to come out.

Since early on I have identified as a Ravenclaw.  Not wanting to be sorted into another house stopped me from going to this section, temporarily.  When I finally did go I was happy to be placed into Ravenclaw.

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My wand would be made of Cyprus wood with a dragon heartstring core.  It would be 12 3/4 inches long with unyielding flexibility.  The cypress wood was the most surprising trait to me because it often finds its soul mate among the brave and self-sacrificing, which are not the best words to describe me.  But, all  the wands traits (wood, core, length and flexibility), the owner’s life experiences and style of magic all combine to make a wand unique from all others.

My patronis would be a Grey Squirrel.  This shocked me at first, not sure why it shocked my but it did.  Once I did a little digging into Grey Squirrels I became prouder of my patronis.

Learning my Ilvermorny house was the most fun.  For those of you who don’t know Ilvermorny is the wizardry school in America, located in Massachusetts.  It was founded in 1627 (that’s 637 years after Hogwarts).  At Ilvermorny there are four houses, each one named after a founder’s favorite magical creature.  I was placed in house Pukwudgie.

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A Pukwudgie is a short, grey faced, large eared creature native to America.  They are distantly related to the European Goblin and possess magical powers of their own.  They are fiercely independent and hunt with deadly poisoness arrows.  They are not fond of humans (whether magical or muggle) and enjoy playing tricks on them.

Well those are my Pottermore sorting details.  I would love to know where all of you were sorted, so please share in the comments.  If you haven’t visited Pottermore yet, click here to learn your sorting.

Happy reading,

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