Magnolias for Self-Love

On the annual day of love,

she chose to strip the thorns.

Replaces them with soft gloves

of creamy colored, southern magnolias.

Her mastery of self-love and fondness,

clearing the way for her true essence.

And the whole world the redeemer

of her new-found kindness.


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Smiling Pups Contest

Is there ANYONE  who doesn’t love when a dog smiles?  Contest Time! Submit a picture of your “Smiling Pup” to #drawmysmilingpup on Instagram. One lucky winner’s pup will be drawn in pencil, and the owner gets a FREE PRINT of the drawing. Rules: follow me on Instagram @hercrackedhalo, like this post (on Instagram), tag 1 or more friends (on Instagram) and of course don’t forget to upload your adorable smiling pup . The contest runs for 7 days starting now. Best of luck! dog-contest

Today She Owns This Shit

Wrapped in scorched hope, the gifts are entrusted upon a new-born human girl. Everything good and bad about the storekeeper fit nicely in the marred hands of the merchant handing over the box of goodies of her new life. How much of it is accepted into her DNA? How much of who she is, truly is her own authentic identity?

She thanks him for the good. At a very young age, being able to draw and write beyond her years was astonishing to say the least. Her strength in character and loyalty are unwavering. The fact that she can cook better than most cookbook queens is also a huge plus.

She curses him for the bad. Inside the same perfectly wrapped box of strength and loyalty, sits the ugly offering of un-forgiveness and stubborn-ness. Also bestowed upon her is his “premium souvenir” that sits on her nightstand and greets her at 3am most nights with panic attacks and nightmares.  And the last offertory is the sweet “rite of passage” NOT to become an alcoholic.  A trait passed down through the last 3 generations, or as far as we can remember.

So, through the production line of quality controlled products that come out of the experiences in this life, she’s gotten really good at dodging bullets and avoiding obliteration of the physical self. Aware of her flaws, her mind fights against them daily. Her fighting causes her to have more of his “triple threat cocktail” of panic, alcoholism and un-forgiveness. Not Today!

Today, she owns this shit. Opens the box. Fixates on the gifts. Peers through it with that same “scorched hope” given to her in the beginning.  This time with gentler hands.  She Owns It.


Are you having “political” burnout?

You know, you feel like you’re head is about to explode from all the political talks and rants on your Facebook, twitter, favorite blogs, news sources and television?  It’s everywhere!  But this week, I saw it.  A tiny creeping of people slowly burning out. They came online and demanded that we all just stop talking and sharing all this Presidential political crap.  And they offer suggestions for posting different subjects, such as puppies, love, positive affirmations….. and Oh My Gosh, one even said “Please start sharing what you ate for lunch again!”, Hahahahaa.  Hmmmm…..soon I felt warm and fuzzy.  But nope, “Bammmm”, 5 minutes later they were at it again!  Well, at least they tried.  But I have a nice solution for them.  They should buy these really cool mini coloring books.  They are so tiny they can fit into a small to medium size purse or man-bag.  Only 7 1/2″x7 1/2″ big and they come with a nice starter kit of coloring pencils.  Take it with you everywhere and unplug from all of your social media sites.  And every time you think about politics, just open the book up and start to color.  Super affordable at only $7.00. May not completely kill your political craze, but its a start :).

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