Every year the time I wait for the most is when our lilacs begin to bloom. They look spectacular in purple, pink and white. I always hate it that lilac time is so short and would love to see lilacs bloom all through the summer. When I lived in Latvia where they are so common when lilac time comes everywhere you look you see lilacs in different shades. The scent wafts in the air and it makes this time seem magical.

Lilac — Family Syringa

Grief is not…a “two steps forward, one step backward” kind of journey; it is often one step forward, two steps in a circle, one step backward. It takes time, patience, and, yes, lots of backward motion before forward motion occurs. — Dr. Alan Wolfelt

When we lose someone we loved dearly especially a soul mate or our significant other it can be a very devastating time in our lives. In fact, it can scare a person quite badly and so I totally agree with the quote above. When my husband and soul mate suddenly passed on it was like the…

What would the world be like if there were no colors? Imagine a black and white world that just kind of blended together. No blue skies to make you smile and no colorful flowers to make you sigh. It would be unimaginable and certainly not a very likeable world. Also when you think about it the colors that we see in nature are just as they should be. Can you imagine looking up and not seeing a sky of blue but say, a yellow sky? It is just right that the sky is blue and the sun is yellow. …

Latvian Poet and Writer Eriks Raisters

If there was one thing other than poetry that Latvian poet and writer Eriks Raisters was passionate about then, that was literature. He has a real love affair going with books, and each new book that came his way would be tenderly taken, looked at, read and then put gently upon a shelf to reread at a later date.

Some Thoughts About Reading

Poet and writer Eriks Raisters wrote many articles for the newspapers he worked for with the most written during the time he worked as the editor of the Latvian newspaper “Laiks” or “Time” in New York. …

Lilac is a deciduous, flowering shrub that is native to Europe and Asia. It is interesting that a lilac plant can be naturalized almost anywhere in the entire world if it has the right growing conditions. A lilac needs sunlight to grow and can survive in partial shade but has hindered flowering. I know that the lilacs were here in the garden before I came along and our lilacs have varying sunlight phases. Those lilacs which get the most sun also bloom wonderfully. …

One of the places that always intrigued me was the famous and well-known restaurant in New York City smack dab in the middle of Manhattan in Central Park Tavern on the Green. It has been written about and it has been shown and mentioned in Hollywood movies.

The official location of Tavern on the Green is on the Upper West Side in the borough of Manhattan in New York City’s Central Park. It is a place often associated with romance and pleasant memories which dates back as far as 1934 when it first opened its doors. The restaurant served American…

My dad and me

As a small child in the 1960s Sundays still held that wonderful feeling that it was like no other day of the week. Stores were all closed and there was a sort of hush all about. There were people who went to church every Sunday and those who just believed and went on religious holidays. My family was a mixture of both. Since I attended Latvian school on Saturdays there were all kinds of occasions when we as a family would attend church on Sundays. …

Perhaps in this world, there can be all sorts of interpretations about vanity. However, I have come to realize that the vain people I have met are but a shell of themselves. We all know that a person will always check to see that they look well-groomed and nicely made-up before they leave the house. Afterward, they may see their own image several more times during the day. Still, they know that they present themselves well among other people. Of course, these are people who are not vain. Now, as I have come to know and understand it, vain people…

Everyone agrees that to write, to create, and even to make poetry come alive, you need inspiration. So, where do we get inspiration from? Well, it isn’t like reaching out and taking a book off a shelf, but it is available. Inspiration is nothing tangible you won’t be able to touch it, and it won’t come up to you and tap you on the shoulder.

The tall oak in the garden fondly named Henry

The best way to get inspired is through many different things. Believe it or not, even silence can inspire. Find a place where you can be alone inside or outside, then sit down and get…

Throughout the ages, there have been many different superstitions where mirrors are concerned. One of the best-known notions is that if you break a mirror, you’ll have seven years of bad luck. As odd as it might seem, these kinds of stories came about during the times when people looked to see their reflections in the water. To be able to see their fate, they gazed upon the water. If their reflection was distorted, they were sure to die soon. However, with time even superstitions changed along with beliefs.

People in early times imagined that the image they saw in…

Rasma Sandra Raisters

I am a freelance and content writer. I have four blogs. I love music, reading, and drawing. I live in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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