Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season. May we put behind all the sadness of 2016, and focus on the success of 2017.

Since my last post, I’ve been thinking about blogging and writing, and decided to take a hiatus from both. I’d like to focus on other things in my life right now. If something comes up and I want to share, I’ll post it. If I feel the desire to write again, I’ll go with it. But for now, I think it’s best to put them aside.

I wish you all a wonderful year! May all your goals and dreams come true!

New Year and Goals,
Baer Necessities

Blog Flashback

YIKES! Last week, I missed my first weekly blog post this year. My husband and I have been doing some projects around the house, I’ve been working on the poetry anthology, and we’re taking advantage of his vacation. Of course, I didn’t prepare much this week either.

Here’s what I did do. I went to my old blog, Skipping Stone Memory, and read my very first blog post on August 16, 2008. When I started my blog, I didn’t have much focus. I introduced myself as an aspiring writer, talked about a writing forum I no longer belong to, and started to write poetry. Seven years later, I’m a self-published author and poet, met some awesome people along the way, and learned quite a bit about the publishing world.

Has anyone done a blog flashback?

It’s an eye opener. Also back in 2008, my husband, who was my then online friend, and I wrote a poem, Distant Exploration. I would write a line, send it to him, he’d write the next line, and then send it back. I posted this on my blog. At the time, we had only met online and didn’t know what the other looked like. We never would have thought we’d meet face-to-face seven months later let alone marry. Check out our cheesy poem.

Two similar minds reach across the pond,
Accidently they meet thoughts form a bond.
Virtual smiles and a bodyless hug,
Compliments given is like a new drug.
We spark imagination through our words,
Fly high on emotions, two blissful birds.
Secrets we share after learning to trust,
Lives we compare include culture and lust.
Rendezvous places we visit or dream,
Exploring together, a perfect team.
While bodies are stuck like birds without wings,
Accept with devotion that needs no rings.
Treasure the few times we spend together,
That help us defy life’s stormy weather.
Sharing the warmth of two souls in a cuddle,
Fingers glide, touch, the feelings so subtle.
Encouragement given pursuing goals,
No word ever lost, thanks to hidden scrolls.
Unforeseen ways of collaboration,
Post for all, sends smiles of jubilation.
Lucky we found a wonderful friendship,
The day we met, forever we’ll worship.

001 - Us at Cottonwood (800x602)This is us in 2009

In 2010, I quit my job and moved to Germany for five months. I wrote a post about how I was getting along in my new environment. I learned that grocery stores aren’t open on Sundays, gas prices averaged $7.00 a gallon, and there are five garbages to put your garbage in: organics, paper, regular, glass, and recycled.

50 - Martin and I-2 (800x602)This is us in 2010

By the end of 2012, we decided to make a life in Germany and I married my online friend. My life had a way of turning out completely different from what I had planned. If someone told me in early 2008 that I would meet a man in Germany (5,000 miles away), move there and marry him, I would have thought they were crazy. So let this be an example to all of you. It doesn’t matter how you planned your life, every choice you make veers you into another direction. All I can say is live. Keep an open mind and look forward to where life takes you.

DSC_0668 (800x530)This is us in 2012 (Wedding Day)

I’d love it if you’d share a blog flashback and tell us where you are today.

Flashback and Life Changes,
Baer Necessities

A Sundry of Subjects



In April, I kicked off National Poetry Month with an idea regarding an anthology. I figured if I collect enough interest, I would publish an anthology regarding violence through Baer Books Press, and all proceeds would go to Futures Without Violence. By the beginning of May, I collected only a handful of poems, so I extended the deadline from May 31 to June 30. BAM! Toward the end of May, I received a huge interest in participation. I can’t wait to share these compelling poems written from experience, emotions, and thoughts. The subjects range from bullying to domestic violence, identity confusion to world events, suicide, war and more. My hope is that this anthology will at least change one person’s life for the better.

Do you feel there’s an increase in violence worldwide?


Better to have eaten giardiniera than to have never eaten it at all. If you’ve ever lived or visited Chicago, and had a beef sandwich, then you know about Chicagoans and their Giardiniera. Some even think, the hotter the better. Giardiniera is a variety of vegetables marinated in oil, vinegar, and a few spices. Since they don’t have it in Germany, I had to make some myself. It’s great on salads and sandwiches. I’m not one for the hotness, so I left out the hot peppers and put in bell peppers, celery, carrots, cauliflower, olives, onion, garlic cloves, oregano, pepper flakes, ground pepper, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil. I let it sit in the refrigerator for a week so all the vegetables can mix for a heightened flavor.

What do you think of Giardiniera?

Author Interviews

Flavor of the week is ? I’d like to start doing author interviews every so often on my blog. It’s a good way to help an author, and to get to know them. There are many bloggers out there offering author interviews, so the questions I plan on asking aren’t all about writing. They are about promoting the author, but also letting the audience get to know the author aside from their books.

Do you participate in author interviews?

 Forgotten Books

Books we have forgotten. I love the site Forgotten Books, because it gives me the opportunity to read an old classic. Many of us want to read a classic, yet we don’t take the time to go and buy it. Well, Forgotten Books offers a free downloadable book every day! I signed up to receive an email each day. There are so many books I downloaded that I never heard of, and some great classics. Below is a screen shot of the books I’ve received from this site:


Are there any legal sites you use for free books?


Classic sites such as StumbleUpon amaze me. I often browse around StumbleUpon for writing ideas along with helpful information regarding gardening or cooking. Yesterday, I found an “interactive generative art” site called Weavesilk. By clicking on the screen and moving your cursor from one point to another, you can create a picture. It lets you pick colors, undo, and save the picture. Yesterday, I created the below.


Do you know of any other WOW sites that amaze you?

Assortment and Themes,
Baer Necessities