Regarding the category of “sisterhood/female drama”.

Most of what I write is women to women.

I’m not being sexist; those topics in those forms are just what I am familiar with.

Those same topics and issues could likely be applied to men and their friends or associates.

And let’s not even forget about genders interacting.

…Egalitarians, unite! 😀




Id? Ego? Ergo…


There are people with a healthy sense of self (or in the process of discovering what really IS them).

There are people who like to share useful information, DIY’s, wonderful ideas and visuals that (unexpectedly) inspire, or share…just because.

…and then, there are the Gaston or Mother Gothel types, of either gender; not that having beauty contests still up and running help either. I cringe about the child beauty pageants with the stage parents and all the more unpleasant things that go on. 

Too many overinflated egos
Looking for a boost
   Look at me!
   No. Look at *me*
But these people can't really
feed themselves where they
   need it the most.

I digress. momentarily...
The hungry ones that
   need soul nourishment;
Can they feed themselves?
Do they know how?
Or they chose the free will option
of: "I won't".

Looking a social network newsfeeds
I see some selfies,
   which are fine
And then I see photographs
obnoxiously, obviously
bragging about 
"Look at what's mine!"
like a selfish, spoiled kid.
   [that pic poster is at least 30, but acts 
    more like an entitled age 9]

You don't need constant show and tell
To know if you're doing well
You will feel it in your bodily systems
Egotistical boosts are short lived
   Like sugar spikes
      Better watch out for that drug of choice
      especially if you're pre-diabetic.

The best one can be
is compassionate ruler of yourself,
your own energies
No one can be you
   not even your twin or clone
S/he doesn't have your history
S/he doesn't have your vibes
They can try to imitate you
But if they can and do, it doesn't mean
   they're truly alive.

BE yourself.
   (thank you Linda Goodman)

Sense of smelling


I think my nose is broken

My sniffer doesn’t work right

I think it might have happened when I started

working at that place

A shop with candles, fragrances, body care items

and things like that.

I’m not talking about essential oils

I’m saying fragrance oils

Brewed up synthetically in labs and vats

from petroleum distillates

You could smell what was warming in the oil lamps

from many yards away.

The store used to light fragrance warmers

all through open mall hours; night and day

It was an indoor mall.


And then there were the garbage runs

that the stock people took care of.

…the damaged bottles still leaking all sorts of smells

both pleasant or not, but more often way too strong.

Watch out for the imitation food and flower scents

that bring out the insect attention.

The rolling bins got pushed into the area

where there were the trash compactors.

All in that wing of the indoor mall

these disposals they had to share

And most everyone working knew when

the fresh (raw) fish and buffet place had been there.


The behind the scenes of retail at a home fragrance and body care shop

One of many throughout the continent…and some across the pond.

Be kinder to your nose (and environment) and choose things made with essential oils instead.