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Wish Again

Posted in One Shoot, One Stop Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2011 by dustus

We move in step

Our pace succinct
Gaining strength
From weakened knees
Chest hive shaking butterflies
Exorcised to far side of trees

I’m not sure if this is real
Can’t believe just how I feel
Falling over the bridge to up
Each move un-knots
Sore landing spots
Sandpaper shuffles
At her flip-flopped feet
Living in arbor seas of green
Forgetting planks
Arched frown toward peace

Showing way to finally reach

Had me tongue-raveled
Talking of so many things
First loves
Lame high school scenes
College majors
Burning dreams
Creativity therein
What we’ll be
Depends upon
More than might
Brush off
Touch, set fire
In blue jeans
Live wiring
Electricity shorts out
Words come easy
Curtail breath
Over this stream
Two lives cross
Looking up to each other
With smiles content to spend
Reciprocal grins and sugar touch
Lakeside picnic basket lunch

here, her

………………………………….…As time trails
Through forest clearing
……………..Floating together
tender warm wakes

Learned strides pasture worst mistakes
Full knowing now that she can hang—
Rather walking in serenity hand in hand
Where we miss and wish again
Discovering more than being happy
Finding joy that isn’t planned

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The above poem was written for One Stop Poetry’s Sunday Picture Prompt Challenge. Chris G. interviews Adam Romanowicz at One Stop Poetry. Fantastic photographer!

PROBLOGGER (Book Review by A. Dustus)

Posted in Blog, education, social media, Social Media Book Reviews (by A. Dustus), writing with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2009 by dustus

Over the last several months, I have read every book I could find about blogging and customizing self-hosted blogs. However, many “blog books” are more technical than entertaining. Nonetheless, there are a few current gems in major bookstores. The sparkling diamond among all the books about blogging may be PROBLOGGER: Secrets to a Six-Figure Income (Darren Rowse & Chris Garnett).

PROBLOGGER: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure IncomeAllow me to preface this review by stating that I appreciate books that are brutally honest and straightforward, especially when it comes to technological subject matter. While still maintaining an encouraging tone and presenting models for best practice, Rowse and Garrett explain the realities of earning income through managing multiple blogs, still having a life, and initiating networks far larger than a single website.

PROBLOGGER (the book) is a useful guide for implementing various publishing options. I think of it as a handy reference manual of insights into blogging as both an art and potentially lucrative business. My copy of PROBLOGGER is dog-eared throughout, highlighted on every page, and smells like I spilled coffee all over it (because I did in a moment of early morning klutziness). The library might not even accept my beat-up copy as a donation. I also scribbled inky notes all over the margins of many pages. At times it felt like a productive workbook.

= A Must Read for bloggers seeking advice on just about every blogging topic

Darren Rowse is the guy behind, which has become one of the leading places on the Web for information about making money from blogs. Darren also edits the popular Digital Photography School ( as well as numerous other blogs.

Chris Garrett is a writer, Internet Marketing Consultant, and of course, professional blogger.  As well as his own blog,, he writes for many sites including the Blog Herald, FreelanceSwitch, CopyBlogger, and even occasionally ProBlogger.