The Time Garden- Tested by JS!

My partner loves the coloring books for adults. They are her way of unwinding and/or meditating. She tested out The Time Garden by Daria Song and had this to say about it.

The Time Garden is exciting and enticing because it is a story. I felt like part of the creation by bringing my own color to the pages. Wax colors (like Crayon) were difficult to use because of the small details in the drawings. Because of the thickness of the paper and the pages being one sided, markers (like Sharpies) bled through. Colored pencils worked well. The best on the paper were colored gel pens. Overall I enjoyed the challenge and appreciated the small details of the drawings, as well as feeling as if I was part of the story. In fact, the book feeling like a real book because of the storyline, made The Time Garden interesting and unique compared to other coloring type art books. In my opinion, The Time Garden might be a challenge for younger children, but enjoyable for older youth and the young at heart.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

I’ve seen the pieces that my partner have been working on in this book and have loved the colors and patterns. Please enjoy it as much as she has. 

Thanks for reading! Check you all out later! 

AHA Go Fresh!

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When I first saw this cookbook, I was curious but concerned that although fresh, some of the dishes might be lacking in flavor. I was so wrong! The recipes in this book were tasty, easy to make and pleasing to my mom. We both felt that most people could follow the recipes and enjoy the meals. The layout of the book was nice and made the process of cooking easier for us both. I would have liked more photos (that’s the photographer in me) but other than that, I really liked this cookbook. 

My partner liked the fact that the book had the why it was the way it was, the fact that the lists for ingredients and directions were clear and that it had variety of dishes in it. Usually, she’s not a fan of cookbooks but she did like this one. 

If you have a fussy eater (my mom- if it doesn’t have flavor, she’s not eating it) then this cookbook is still for you! Give it a shot, follow along and if you can, post in the comments your photos of the meals you make from it. Or, just tell me what you thought of the meals! Thanks American Heart Association for making my cooking a bit easier again!

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Job Hunting, Book Publishing and the “Dear Johns”

I graduated recently with my Master of Arts in Communications and have been riding the roller coaster of job hunting. Each day, I look at LinkedIn, Monster, iHireBroadcasting and my dream companies to see if they have posted new jobs. I find the jobs I like and I apply, sending them my resume and my cover letter which you can see here. I get the customary, “application received” email or silence from said potential employer and sit. The wait has begun, and I begin to sweat… wondering will I get the opportunity.

Then I get the e-mails, either let’s set up a phone interview, which have in a couple of cases, turned to Facetime or Skype interviews or… “we won’t be proceeding with your application as we have found a candidate matching closer to our needs.” I’ve gotten more of those business “Dear Johns” than the former, let’s do a phone interview. Even with those phone/skype interviews, I’ve ended up getting the business “Dear John” letters.

Getting those business “Dear Johns” is like an author getting a rejection letter, disheartening at first, then funny, then finally… a swift kick in the ass to keep going forward. One could wonder how is it a kick in the ass? Simple, it makes one move. It makes one keep going even when people have said no. Eventually though, someone will say yes as pointed out in an article by Literary Rejections on best sellers who were rejected. In the article, the author lists quite a few authors like Rowling, Le Guin, London, who were rejected, yet eventually were published and did great things.

I keep the fighting knowing that, like those authors, eventually, someone will say “yes” followed by “when can you start?”

If you’re in the same boat, keep the faith and keep applying for those dream roles. Someone will say to us at some point… “yes!”

Thanks for reading! Take care and much love to you all!

A New Dawn, A New Day… Love and compassion through Self Love!

Today I start the Self-Love Diet with my fellow Love Warriors. It is a way for us to grow and heal.

Today (the first day)’s prompt is:
I invite you to write a self-love prayer, letter or manifesto and to read it each morning to set your intentions on self- love at the start of each day.

I had a hard time at first writing it, but once I figured out what I wanted to write, it just flowed.
My manifesto/prayer is simple:
Today I am a phoenix reborn, my soul a light with the flames of love given and wisdom gained each day.
I forgive myself today for the anguish I have placed on myself. I forgive myself today for the mistakes I make because they are tools to loving myself through education and strength.
I take today to nurture the flame that is my soul.
I guide myself today with patience, peace and understanding when it comes to myself and others.
I am a woman of peace and love. I am a strong woman who will turn inward instead of outward for love and matters of my heart.
I am a love warrior, using kindness and compassion.
The Force/Universe is with me today!
Today is my day to be the Phoenix that I am!
The Self-Love Writing challenge is a 31 day process is a way for people to discover who they are and who they want to be. Please check it out at Self-Love Writing Challenge. Thank you to the Mineros for doing this.

2015 is going to be a process/system for me in my goal of growing and becoming the best human being, photographer, poet and media person I can be. Being the best has always been something I have strived for, yet I fell short because of self-sabotages that occurred. I didn’t understand why they occurred until I started tracing back through my History and discovering what they were and how they got me to where I am now. I am pulling those roots out and burning them, using the ashes mixed with self-love liquid miracle grow as lessons to becoming the person I want to be.

Make 2015 your best year ever. Know that you are appreciated and loved. Thank you all for reading. Much love and peace to you all! God (whomever you hold that to be) bless.


Closing 2014

We have nine days left of the year 2014 and let me tell you… it’s going to be an interesting nine days. Come to think about it though, all of 2014 has been interesting in mostly good ways. There have been a few meh moments, but for the most part? It’s been good.

2014 has been action packed around here as three books released, nearly 5,000 photos taken and new soundbites created.

Let’s check out the books!

First of the three books introduced you all to my bear, Buddha!




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Buddha’s been riding me since July and most recently has embarked on some new adventures. His first three months with me though had been so action packed that he wanted his own book.






Buddha’s Adventures is the book about Buddha’s run through central and eastern New Mexico. You can check it out at Amazon, Blurb, Google Play or iBooks.


The second book was a part of my graduate project for the Eastern New Mexico University Department of Communication . It’s titled Hipsta New Mexico. Hipsta New Mexico is a journey through New Mexico via the Hipstamatic apps on iOs. It is a full color book that shows the beauty of the places I have been and people I know here in New Mexico.

Hipster New Mexico Cover ACADEMIC CROPPED

It’s available on Amazon, Blurb, Google Play and iBooks! Grab yours today!

The last book… which was the second book in my graduate project and part two of my project is the newest collection of poetry. Part one was Hipsta New Mexico- book and exhibition and part three was the academic write-up about the project.

The book is titled Burning Bridges of the Delicate and it is… what it is.


It is a bit of a collaborative effort as my friends Caitlin Barnett did the editing and K.C. Peterson did the hand modeling and lighting (I took the photo). Yes, that is a live lighter and it was exploding from usage as we took about 40 shots to get this one. The last shot, the one that blows up the lighter, turns out to be the best shot. LOL!

The poetry itself is darker in tone and a much deeper expression than my earlier book, The ?s 4 Us. Some of the poems featured in Burning Bridges were blog posts here and you can find them by looking at the poetry tags. There are a lot of cool poems in the book. One of my favorite’s is Dreamt Days and Mind’s Lie. Check out Burning Bridges of the Delicate on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Createspace, Google Play, iBooks, Lulu, Kobo, Oyster, Scribd or Smashwords. Use the ISBN’s 978-1500126742 for print and 978-1311873842 for e-book.

Photo wise? Not sure where to start as I initially thought it was going to be a quiet year. I was so wrong!

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That’s a TINY fraction of what has gone on this year! A lot of photos and a lot of fun! It was wild shooting!

The last thing…

Two readings from the book Burning Bridges of the Delicate. Two that… I hope inspire someone.

We’re (not) Sorry


I Am

So yeah… the next few days are going to be interesting. A lot of new ideas are coming and I am just hoping to knock it all out!

Thanks for reading and listening! Check out the books and if you want a print, check out my Twenty20 and Deviant accounts (links are on the right).

Take care, happy holidays, and much love & peace to you all! Bless!

New Poem: Can’t be Capt’n save’em-all

Can’t be Capt’n save’em-all,

if they don’t want to be saved,

serving a dark side that just keeps them,

from seeing the light and hand.


“I’ma goin’ this way,

down the dark stairs,”

they say ignorin’ or fightin’ those

that try to save them each day.


Can’t be Capt’n Save’em-all

if folks are blind to each other’s plight,

they’d rather call it drama,

and totally watch or ignore the fight.


We’d rather bullshit and blame,

turn a blind eye or film on our iPhones,

not trying to intervene,

in saving something or someone.


Can’t be Capt’n save’em-all,

if I can’t be saved myself,

even superheroes need a hand,

They can’t always fight the good fight alone.


Just ask Batman about his Robin,

Xena about her Gabrielle,

takes a two or a village,

to save’em all.


Can’t be Capt’n save’em-all,

if there is nothing to be saved,

darkness falls and people are tired,

letting slip what might have been.


Hands slip,

people weaken,

heroes tire,

couldn’t save’em-all.

©KDM 2014